Thursday, April 2, 2009

Team News Before Blackburn

The lads are all back at the Lane now, getting ready for our match Saturday versus Blackburn. The thing that always gets me nervous during international duty is potential injuries, but no news on injuries other than the Darren Bent knock from the other day. Still no word as to whether Bent will be fit for Saturday, so it's possible that Roman Pavlyuchenko could be set to get back in the squad.

Robbie Keane notched a late equalizer against Italy last night, and I have to say the last time he netted a goal for Ireland is what set him back on track for the club, so hopefully this will only boost his confidence further.

We have been linked with a move for Wigan loanee Zaki. The 26 year-old has had spats with Mido his fellow countryman while at Wigan, and was blasted by Wigan boss Steve Bruce today for his unprofessionalism, failing to show back up at the club after international duty. We're linked with a thousand players it seems, and most never pan out, so I'm hoping this is another one of those cases. Harry, don't buy him!!!

No major news ahead of the match tomorrow, I fully expect to see the lineup that we've been deploying as of late, with possibly Pavy in for Bent, depending on his fitness. I also think Alan Hutton will make the bench, and I don't think Defoe is far off from being back for us.

Projected Lineup:

Corluka, Woodgate, King, BAE

Lennon, Palacios, Jenas, Modric

Keane, Pavlyuchenko (Bent if healthy)

Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Dawson, Zokora, O'Hara, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko/Bentley

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