Steffen Freund took over press conference duties ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup clash but the German wasn’t giving too much away when it came to team news. Freund simply confirmed that Benoit Assou-Ekotto was in contention for a slot while Younes Kaboul faced a further period on the sidelines.
“Benoit is fit and training well,” Steffen said. “He’s getting closer.
“Younes is a longer-term injury, but he’s doing well, he’s running and working with the fitness coaches.”
A squad that’s nearing full fitness does give Andre Villas-Boas the chance for some rotation and we could well see Scott Parker and Clint Dempsey return to the starting line up in midfield. Gareth Bale is available again after suspension and with an extended break until the QPR game on Monday the 14th it seems likely that Gareth will start the match.
Further back, Brad Friedel should take over from Hugo Lloris in goal and AVB may well shuffle the pack in defence with BAE, Walker, Naughton, Caulker, Gallas, Dawson and Vertonghen set to battle for four places.
Villas-Boas also has the option to use Carroll and Falque in midfield but the pair may have to settle for a slot on the bench along with Jake Livermore, who is another option for the starting XI.
This is our prediction but what’s your view?