Sunday’s defeat at West Ham was a low point but by the time the squad gets back together in two weeks’ time, head coach Andre Villas-Boas could have more options with players returning from injury together with Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly back in the fold.
Speaking before yesterday’s match AVB said,
“Aaron was back training with the team on Monday. He will be regaining his fitness with the team and we look to have him back in contention for a first-team place after the international break.”
Andre also confirmed that the fortnight’s break would be used to bring Ade into contention.
“Ade has just come back to training with the first team,” he added.
“We travelled on Tuesday so we haven’t trained with him. He definitely won’t be involved against West Ham, so hopefully within this next international break we can build him up to start competing again for his place in the team.”
Danny Rose is another likely starter against Villa although the left back went from 90% pre-Chelsea to 50 / 50 for the Hammers game.
“Danny Rose is a 50-50 chance for West Ham. Definitely yes after the international break, but probably not ready for West Ham.”
AVB will welcome the additional options but should any of these players walk straight back into the side following Sunday’s loss?