There’s no official word from the club as yet but reports elsewhere suggests that three players are returning to fitness and are looking to start the game on Saturday lunchtime.
Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all pushing for a place while Scott Parker may also be included after three consecutive sub appearances.
BAE back on the left seems more likely to happen now – despite being threatened for several weeks. That would leave Jan Vertonghen free to switch back to his preferred position but who will partner him? William Gallas didn’t look particularly mobile at the end of the game at Villa Park on Wednesday – less so than usual.
AVB might like to bring Clint back in but who would miss out? Similarly – would Scott Parker oust Sandro in a game that could be more physical than the Villa encounter? Sandro first came to many fans’ attention at the Stadium of Light two seasons ago and this has all the makings of a game where we need him most.
Dempsey for Dembele could be the only change – unless AVB switches back to 4-2-3-1 – here’s our team but what’s your view?