There’s no official team news from the club as yet but after Tim Sherwood’s comments in midweek, we expect Paulinho, Sandro, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul to be pushing for a starting place.
“The four lads are back in training but we have to be cautious of not rushing them back,” Sherwood said before the City game. “We have to make sure they are ready.”
We have to assume that Danny Rose is ruled out so there is a slot for Jan in his unflavoured left back position while the Brazilian pair of Sandro and Paulinho will be putting pressure on Dembele and Bentaleb in the centre of the park.
Then, of course, there’s the question of formation. Does Sherwood revert to 4-4-2 or stick with five in midfield to accommodate one or two returning players?
Plenty of options this weekend – here are our thoughts but what’s your view?