We should hear an update on the injury situation today from John Carver, and two players in particular he will be asked about are Rolando Aarons and Siem de Jong.
Rolando Aarons – still not fit
Siem could well be in the squad for Saturday’s game but Rolando will not – and that means the most games he can play again this season is just four, starting maybe with the early game at Leicester City a week on Saturday.
If Leicester win at Burnley on Saturday and we lose against Swansea, that becomes an interesting game because they would be just 4 points behind us with four games to play, and they have a better goal difference too.
Rolando is still training on his own, so there’s still a big question about his fitness, and the news that he may be out for the season was laughed off by the youngster only last week.
But hey, the most games he can now play for through the end of the season is four, and we’d be very surprised if he played in all four games after the Swansea game.
De Jong is much closer to being fit and playing, and he could well be in the squad for Saturday’s important game.
This is what Siem has said:
“You want to be part of the team and I haven’t really been part of the team this season.” “I have mostly been training by myself so it has been quite tough on me and also on the team, the club and the fans”.
“They expect a lot from a new signing and then this happened so of course it is most frustrating.” “I spoke to the doctor this week and he said when he saw me after the operation he didn’t think I would play this season.”
“He said it was quite good to see me back like this and back playing.” “I hope I won’t be injured again for a while.” “I am just glad to be back playing and I even asked if I could play this game.”
“I was glad for that and maybe I can be part of the team next weekend. I am training as well so my legs are a little heavy in the game but I think 73 minutes was good progress.”
“I feel I am still three or four kilos lighter than I was at the beginning of the season.” “I need to gain strength, muscle and explosiveness.”
“We will see if I can help the team but I need extra games and extra training sessions so I am working.” “I can’t rush it, I don’t think I can help the team if I am not at 100%.”
It may still be a game or two before we see Siem play and the club are certainly not going to rush him back, and it’s right the medics are going carefully with his return.
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