With our player tips and Captain tips out of the way our coaches here in the “Managers Office” have been keeping a close eye on this morning’s managers press conferences and with most of them complete at this stage here are the main talking points to come out of them.
“We have no injury issues. Robin van Persie has trained this week – he’s available for tomorrow. His hip was very tender but he’s okay now.
“Tomorrow is an important one because Tuesday will look after itself. It’s an occasion on Tuesday whereas tomorrow is the mundane practical situation in that we need to win.”
Although this doesn’t necessarily mean he will start his leading goal scorer it does throw a spanner in the assumption that he will rest van Persie in preparation for the visit of Madrid.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers admitted he has concerns over Daniel Sturridge’s fitness ahead of his sides trip to Wigan, Rogers told the clubs website:
“Daniel has had a little knock but we’ll assess that in the next day and see how he is for the weekend.
Roberto Mancini says Gareth Barry should be fit to play Aston Villa on Monday but ‘it’s difficult’ for Vincent Kompany to return meaning we are likely to see Nastasic continue at the back for the champions this weekend.
There was some good and bad news from Tottenham’s manager Andrea Villias-Boas at Spurs Lodge this afternoon as he informed us that Jermain Defoe is back training and in contention for the north London derby, which will come as some relief given that Clint Dempsey has been ruled out with a calf strain along with Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone who all remain sidelined.
Everton boss David Moyes remains hopeful that Maroune Fellaini and Victor Anichebe will be ok to face Reading this weekend stating:
“Marouane has a chance to be fit. But I have a doubt about Tim after he suffered a knock in midweek so I will assess that one.”
“Victor Anichebe has been carrying a knock as well so we are not quite sure how he is so I will have to make a decision about him.”
Elsewhere Harry Redknapp has ruled Bobby Zamora out of the R’s clash with an ankle injury, which could signal the return of Loic Remy to the starting line up. Pressure continues to mount on Villa boss Paul Lambert and with Darren Bent struggling with a foot injury ahead of Man City game it’s not getting any easier but with news that Chris Herd is back and Ron Vlaar trained today it may not be looking up.
As far as West Ham are concerned Noble remains a doubt while big Sam admits that we are unlikely to see Kevin Nolan this weekend, but Guy Demel has recovered from a knock.
There could be further worry for West Brom in the striker department with news that Shane Long didn’t train during the week and may be at risk of missing out on the Baggies trip to Chelsea, of course with strike partner Romelu Lukaku unavailable to play against his parent club, Baggies boss Steve Clark could be forced to play the out of favour Peter Odemwingieup front against the Blues.
And finally Fulham boss Martin Jol has confirmed that Kieran Richardsonhas recovered from injury in time to be considered for Fulham’s game with Sunderland.
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