Rafael van der Vaart is out of tonight’s match after aggravating a calf injury in training. Rafa picked up the injury in our 2-1 win over Bolton but recovered in time to start against Milan last week. However, the problem flared up again in training yesterday.
Harry Redknapp has said: “He missed a couple of games, played in Milan, got through 70 minutes and then yesterday morning didn’t feel good.
“It’s a blow, he is a fantastic player. We need him but we can’t get that run out of him. I’m hoping he will be back for Wolves. He should be ok, it’s not a tear.”
Elsewhere Vedran Corluka and Jonathan Woodgate will both miss the game and they join long term injury victims Ledley King, Tom Huddlestone and Gareth Bale.
Luka Modric is fit after his appendix operation and looks set to start. Blackpool have injury problems of their own, with doubts over Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Brett Ormerod, while Stephen Crainey and Elliot Grandin will both definitely miss out.
In terms of our selection, the biggest questions are what combination to go with up front and who starts out of Kranjcar and Pienaar. The South African would do the best job from a defensive point of view, but it would be hard on Niko to leave him out again after his performance away at Sunderland. Other talking points are the choice between Sandro and Palacios in central midfield and what the hell has happened to Alan Hutton, who seems to not even being considered for selection at the moment.
Here’s our team to face Blackpool. What’s yours?