It’s not yet clear whether Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s return to first team training means that he is available for Sunday’s game with Swansea but AVB may be tempted to rush the 28 year old back into the side as soon as he possibly can.
Unlike the case of Scott Parker, where impressive performances from Sandro are blocking Scott’s progress back into the starting XI, Benny’s absence has exposed a lack of cover in the left back position. While Jan Vertonghen has looked comfortable there, many are desperate for Jan to return to his preferred role at the heart of defence.
Benny was only expected to be out of action for around a month and while his absence on the left may not have been a direct problem, Vertonghen’s switch has taken a first choice centre half away from his natural slot.
With Kyle Naughton and Gareth Bale offering less than perfect alternatives, BAE could find himself straight back in the starting XI as soon as fitness will allow.