Earlier in the week it was expected that Benoit Assou-Ekotto would be fit again and challenging for his place at left back ahead of this game. However, at yesterday’s press conference, AVB declared that Benny wasn’t quite ready.
“Benoit is making a good recovery, so we should see him back in training next week,” Villas-Boas said.
Andre also stated that Kyle Naughton and Jake Livermore were approaching full fitness and that both would be pushing for slots tomorrow lunchtime.
“Kyle Naughton and Jake have made good progress, so hopefully they are close to being available for selection. Their return is good, positive news for us,” he added.
With no reports of any new injury concerns, the main questions lie in goal and in attack. Will Brad return for Hugo as is widely claimed and will AVB look to accommodate Adebayor for this match?
We think it will be unchanged from the team that beat Villa last time out but what’s your view?