Sunday’s match against Crystal Palace gave us some clues as to what side AVB will be fielding for the opening games of the season but the team news ahead of tonight’s first leg against the Georgian Champions adds a little more confusion.
Aaron Lennon and Jan Vertonghen have stayed at home to prepare for Sunday’s match with Swansea while injuries to Gareth Bale and Lewis Holtby keep them on the sidelines.
“With Jan, bearing in mind his injury in Asia, we decided to leave him out to have a full recovery and treatment on the ankle,” Andre Villas-Boas said in his pre-match press conference.
“We’ve decided it would be difficult for him to complete both matches, Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday and Swansea on Sunday.
“Aaron Lennon has been complaining of pain in his foot. He was okay for the game against Palace and will be okay for the game against Swansea. It’s one of those situations where rest is vital for the recovery.”
Away from home would AVB settle with the 4-2-3-1 that he used against Palace? Would anyone be rested and who comes in for Jan at the back and Aaron on the right?
It’s another tough one to call – here’s our starting XI but what’s your view?