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Bilic could have four back for City

Payet & NobleMark Noble is expected to be available for the clah at Manchester City tomorrow after saving himself the embarrassment of being a part of the horrible midweek defeat by Astra.

And Arthur Masuaku will take over from Reece Burke at left back after being Cup tied for the Europa Cup clash. Manager Slaven Bilic indicated the skipper’s injury was onlt “small” and that he should be okay for the match.

And co chairman David Gold has now tweeted that the midfielder should be available for the game in his latest Twitter update with the left back returning.

And he has declared in the past that Manu Lanzini and Dimi Payet may bothe be available for the game although given the circumstances of the game the manager may start with a defensive set up.



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20 comments on “Bilic could have four back for City

  1. Great news, now give Oxford and Fletcher game time. My team is Adrian, Oxford, Reid, Ogbanna, Masauka, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Payet, Lanzini, Fletcher.

    • Payet and Lanzini on the bench!! They are not match sharp yet and you cannot give the ball away in this game:) If we need to gamble then bring them on!! 5 in midfield!! No Tore for me!! Calleri is a great player! He needs to settle and get his confidence up, he is only 22 !!

  2. Fletcher will not start, Calleri will

  3. You really don’t like Byram but stand by Reid,I don’t understand that at all,
    If he start with a defensive team Lanzini won’t be in or Payet,
    I would pick your team John except I would have Byram instead of Reid ,
    But I think he won’t pick Oxford,
    He will start with Tore and Novedt or Obiang instead of Lanzini and Payet,
    Shame to go there and wait until we are a couple down to bring on the talent,

    • Byram to start.There is no way Oxford will start at rb.He probably never will either.Unless I have totally lost the plot & he has suddenly become a rb.
      Payet or Lanzini won’t both start either.
      I bet Biggins starts as well unfortunately.
      Bubs Nordie is injured I think.I would much prefer Payet & Lanzini wasn’t rushed back than to lose them again for 7 or 8 matches because they got pushed back too soon.

    • Agree Bubs with exception of Novedt who I really don’t fancy at all.. He should play Byram and I would prefer Oxford to Reid. I also think Fletch is the best striker we have at the present, certainly ahead of Calleri. But please no Valencia. We must have Payet and Lanzini on the bench.

  4. If the deal is completed barring paperwork
    then zaza should be available. How long does it take to sign paperwork?
    Not a word from the “little boy” since the arrival of the mystery person. Yesterday afternoon.
    Also Payet and lanzini might not be playing tomorrow, according to Bilic!!!

    • He’s been down batter sea dogs home all night and day trying to find his bird after the cab driver reported her to the dog warden and removed her for craping on the seat ?
      Still ain’t found her , they all look the same , even with the photo ? Lol ( devil smiley )

  5. I don’t think they will deefers.Maybe they will make the bench.Its simple for me,if they aint fit enough then don’t play them.Im with Stanley,i would rather have them fit & firing long term than rushed back & have a setback.Have to trust the medical staff on this one no matter how much we want them back asap 🙂

  6. They have both been full on training ? You’re fit or not ? The clubs been saying maybe one or both will play some part in the game ?
    At what part of the game do you not get injured ?
    I was flicking through the games today , Watford look like a bunch of convicts having fun decapitating Sanchez and Liverpool and spuds were leaving feet in which seems the norm this season ?
    Point is which game to come back and be targeted , payet and lanzini are marked men lol.
    Just play em if fit maybe its best bring em back v city , at least they like to play football ?
    And we need a boost in the side ? Just saying mind ? ( smiley )

  7. Where is lady gaga? Is there a last minute problem like we promised EL for him to sign?
    I’m not very confident about tomorrow’s game.. Payet wont start & if we are being spanked he wont come on at all.

  8. If Payet plays tomorrow does that mean he will be called up by France,maybe.So he goes there,plays,gets injured with our luck.If we keep him under wraps tomorrow he won’t go on international duty & will be available after the international break ready for action 100% fit.Who knows.

    • He’s already been announced in the French squad which makes Bilic’s comments about resting during the international break all the more strange.

      • Payet has had a nice break, we need to get him playing and the recall to French team can only get him sharp and match fit!

    • Good point tone ? If he is fit and training then France will call him and access if he is fit enough to play , plus payet will want to play , its the way it is ,

  9. It seems we keep running into brick walls ! No control ?
    Play him if fit !
    The same is going to happen with ayew ? Lol.
    He gets fit and then fuks off to ACON? Fukin joke we got no control over our players when we need them ?

  10. Yeah but I expect he has been included in Frances squad in case he is fit.They can easily name him in a 25 man squad or however many it is.But if we leave him out tomorrow & say he isn’t quite ready he won’t travel will he.I don’t know,i was just putting it out there that it may benefit us in the long run for him not to play tomorrow.Perhaps Bilic doesn’t want Pep to know he or Lanzini ain’t ready.Im no mind reader though,pure guess work lol

  11. I think France can insist he goes to be checked over by their team of docs ?
    Telling porky,s won’t work ? I think he would want to go anyway ?
    Let’s wait and see lol. ( smiley)

  12. I wasn’t on about telling porkies Johnboy.We can’t do that to the lovely French can we.Can we??? Lol

    • No , we couldn’t ! Could we , I mean its not cricket ? Is it ,
      I suppose bowling a googlie ain’t porking ? I mean the french are not for stabbing people in the back are they ?
      I’m stopping there tone , the political head is coming out to play ?
      Just fukin lie ? Bolloxs ? ( smiley )

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