James Collins has been ruled out of the match against Liverpool on Saturday evening.
We reported earlier that ‘Ginge’ had exclaimed on Instagram that he was very close to a return sparking hopes he could step up should Winston Reid and/or Jose Fonte be unable to return.
Reid missed the last game with a calf strain whilst Fonte hobbled off leaving Slaven Bilic with yet more problems against one f the PL’s most attacking teams.
And with Pablo Zabaleta out via five yellow cards – incredibly picked up from 50 per cent of the ten matches he has played – it could be a difficult Saturday evening at the London Stadium.
It seems likely that Declan Rice, Cheik Kouyate and Angelo Ogbonna will be the only players capable of filling the three at the back system if that’s the way the manager chooses to go.
Should he go four at the back Rice and Kouyate look the more likely pairing with Sam Byram coming in for Zaba with Aaron Cresswell on the other side.