The injury news all week has concerned Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe, all of whom were reportedly struggling with hamstring issues. AVB has now confirmed that Lennon at least is fit and he expects all three to be available so that would seem the justify any conspiracy theorists who thought it was all a smokescreen to avoid a meaningless international friendly.
“Most of the England boys who were carrying heavy legs have done one more recovery session,” Andre said.
“They were struggling. Lennon had a scan, but he’s okay. I think all three will be up for selection.”
AVB’s words also suggested that Emmanuel Adebayor would keep his place in the side ahead of Defoe.
“I suggest to make the most – we can use individual’s motivations and that is why we used Adebayor also in the game versus City last week. These are things that you have to count on,” he added.
“Hopefully it can have a positive effect but it can have a negative effect. Last year he scored from the penalty spot and had a good game and this is the type of revolt and motivation for matches like this.”
It all points to an unchanged side to the one that started the Manchester City game but what’s your view?