Sources suggest that Aaron Lennon is still struggling after the illness that caused him to miss Tuesday’s game with Real Madrid and led to much controversy.
If Lennon does miss out then any doubts about the formation could disappear and we could see 4-4-2 return for tomorrow’s game with Stoke. The front line personnel in a 4-4-2 have been Pav and Defoe, but many people feel that Crouch will start tomorrow. Maybe the thinking is he will have a point to prove after his performance in the week.
Behind them, Harry may well feel that it’s time for Tom Huddlestone to come back in at the expense of Sandro with VDV, Modric and Bale alongside him. Gareth Bale looked ‘spent’ as he trudged off the pitch on Tuesday, but there’s been no word on any latest injury doubts, so if he’s OK then he should start.
The big question at the back is over Corluka. If he is out then our only options seems to be Gallas or BAE at right back. Somehow you feel the inevitable will happen and there will be less than four available defenders shortly, but for now we just have enough fit players to fill the slots.
Here’s our team to face Stoke, barring injuries. What’s yours?