There have been no further updates on Rafael van der Vaart’s injury problem since last Friday when Joe Jordan stated that the player was 75% fit at the time.
It may be safe to assume therefore that VDV has continued his recover and is in line to take his usual place in the starting XI tonight.
Elsewhere, William Gallas has reportedly returned to full fitness and could put pressure on Younes Kaboul at the back. Vedran Corluka has made a swift return and after appearing for Croatia last week, could expect to take a place on the subs’ bench this evening.
In midfield there could be no changes unless Harry / Joe / Kevin have decided to find a starting slot for Sandro this evening and up front, it should be VDV behind Adebayor once again.
Here’s our team to face Aston Villa – what’s yours?