Manuel Pellegrini is backing Robert Snodgrass to the hilt in his battle to overturn an FA imposed £30k fine and one game suspension,
Frankly, the confrontation between Snoddy and the suits is becoming a bit of a farce as the “Oh yes he did, oh no I didn’t” war of words continues.
The story goes that the midfielder used offensive language when speaking to FA doping officials on a visit to Rush Green.
But despite being found guilty, the Scot intends to appeal and as a result, the one match suspension is on hold until the final outcome is decided.
It all means that the player is available for the game against Leicester City on Saturday as the guessing game continues on when he will eventually have to serve it out …if at all.
Everything we are hearing is that Snodgrass is very unhappy and ready to fight this one out down to the wire and he is getting the backing of the boss.
Pelle told reporters: “Robert will be available for the game. He continues saying he didn’t say anything. I trust absolutely in him so we will see what happens but this game he is available.
And the manager he will be right for the game adding: “Yes, yes. No problem.”
He admits he has no idea when the appeal will take place because the club is currently waiting for weritten reasons explaining the FA decision.
He said: It is so difficult to know who is telling the truth. I trust the player but I do not believe the man that came here from the doping system are lying. It is difficult to know. But I believe in my player.”
He added that Carlos Sanchez is close to selection for the first team having recovered from injury saying: “He will be ready to play a game before the end of the season. He feels confident and without any fear of what happened with his knee. He is working 100%.”
But he added that Aaron Cresswell “continues with some problem in his knee. We will see tomorrow. I think it will be difficult for him.”
And he believes that Jack Wilshere will be back soon explaining: “He feels confident. He is working without thinking that he could be injured and is without any pain.”