Monday, March 16, 2009

Hutton to Begin Training & Defoe's Not Far Away

Alan Hutton is expected to begin training with the team again this week, possibly even on Monday. He has been sidelined since November with a foot injury, and his return to the squad will give Harry another option at right-back.

Since it seems that Harry gets nervous about the pace of Corluka against the speedy wingers, ie Ashley Young, it will be good for Harry to have Hutton as a choice against those wingers again, instead of slotting in Zokora who was overmatched yesterday.

There are still rumors about Hutton moving on in the summer, but I think in the last couple of months to the season he'll prove that he has a place at the club. I don't expect him to be in the squad against Chelsea this weekend, but he could make his return against Blackburn after the international break.

On other injury news, Jermain Defoe is close to beginning training again. I would expect to see him back in training next week, and possibly making the bench versus Blackburn. Jermain has made a good recovery from his foot injury and I am excited to see him back in the side, he was doing well before the injury. I am curious if Harry will have the same reservations about playing him and Keane together, I think that they could be a good pairing, we would definitely have pace up front then. We'll see what Harry has in store soon.

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