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.
Having missed out last weekend reportedly due to a “knock” Daniel Sturridge has been given the all clear to play this weekend as Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield with the Red’s assistant manager Colin Pascoe telling the clubs website:
“He’s looking good. It was his first day training today and he has trained well. He will be available for Sunday.
“Everyone seems fit and raring to go and we can’t wait for Sunday.”
Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa made a return to action in midweek in the Europa League and is in contention to feature this weekend when the Magpie’s welcome Stoke to St James Park.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Pappis Cisse was forced out of Newcastle’s midweek Europa League game with Anzhi due to an illness and as of yet Alan Pardew has not stated whether he will recover in time to feature this weekend, however he did state that Coloccini will be out for at least another three weeks stating:
“There’s no treatment he can have – he’s broken two of the bones in his back.
“We think it’s going to be anything between three and seven weeks.
Staying up north and Sunderland boss Martin O’ Neill has announced that Danny Rose is back training and could feature this weekend when the Black Cat’s make the trip to Loftus Road on Saturday.
“Danny Rose has done some training and is making good progress, so he should come into contention”
“Theres no reason why he shouldnt be involved this weekend.” confirmed O’ Neill.
While Harry Redknapp has said that he is still unsure whether or not Julio Cesar and Bobby Zamora will recover from injury in time to face Sunderland, the QPR boss told the clubs website:
“We’re waiting on Cesar and Zamora. We’re not sure on either. We’ll leave it til the last minute”
This news means we could see Robert Green back between the sticks for the R’s this weekend with Jay Bothroyd set to continue up front along side Loic Remy.
Tony Pulis has said he still has reservations about the fitness of Matthew Etherington ahead of the game with Newcastle and admitted he will have to wait and see how the midfielder is tomorrow before making a decision.
Finally Paul Lambert has told us that Ron Vlaar could make a return from injury this weekend as Villa prepare for their high stakes clash with Reading this weekend, Lambert also went on to say that this weekend’s game has come to soon for Darren Bent and that Karim El Ahmadi is a doubt with an ankle injury.