Having admitted the player is fit and in the squad the manager hesitated over whether or not he will actually start.
We’d love to be proved wrong but as we suggested earlier in the week, given Allardyce’s attitude to returning players it would seem unlikely.
He said: “We can welcome Enner Valencia back in the squad, he’s had a good few days of training which is always helpful for the strength and depth of the squad. We have to weigh up whether he can play from the start or the bench.”
Asked how key the Ecuador striker is to the formation, he added: “I think he gives us more options to play different systems. With him back we have different selection options up front which is always important.
“Recently we’ve been limited with our options due to injuries, so having him back gives us more frontline options.”
With Stoke City having suffered three straight defeats against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Chelsea it’s to be devoutly hoped that Enner plays in a double-pronged front line with Diafra Sakho.
And there are many who also believe that if a player is fit enough to be in the squad he’s fit enough to start!