26 year-old Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita seems to have made a miraculous recovery from the back injury he sustained last Sunday against the Saints, and he was carried off on a stretcher mid-way through the second half, and seemed to be in significant pain.
However, he is still expected to start at Swansea today, in what we expect to be an unchanged side that did well against Southampton in our first game.
Vurnon Anita – carried off last Sunday
Steve McClaren in his press conference said that Vurnon was OK and in fact was back training again on Wednesday.
The head coach also gave updates on Paul Dummett and Emmanuel Riviere, who has had some surgery back in France last week:
“Vurnon has trained this morning Friday, so he’s okay.” “Manu has had a small operation on his cartilage in France and is back here on Monday.”
“Cabella is back in training and Dummett should be back in training on Monday, so hopefully that’s a couple of plusses for Monday.”
Hopefully a small operation means that Manu Riviere will not be out too long, and certainly our injury situation is improving, with Curtis Good (hip, thigh) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin), the only other players injured.
We may see Vurnon Anita become an important player for the side this season, and he can be very efficient and effective in central midfield, as he was last Sunday – when he rarely misplaced a pass before he had to leave the field.
Cheick Tiote came on and he was a little bit rusty, having not played since early January, but Cheick will be pushing for a starting place in the weeks ahead, so Vurnon will have to be on his toes and continue play well to keep his starting place.
That’s exactly what we need this season – competition for places all over the pitch.