Jonjo Shelvey has been training this week with the first team, although Rafa said at his press conference this afternoon that tomorrow may be too early for him – and we will have to wait and see.
Jonjo wanted to train last week but was prevented from doing so by the medical staff until additional scans came in, which must have shown zero damage to the knee if he was allowed to train this week.
So we think Rafa will start Jonjo in a 4-4-2 formation.
Jonjo Shelvey – back tomorrow?
Here’s the team that could start tomorrow’s crucial game:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Lejeune Dummett
Ritchie Shelvey Diame Kenedy
If Jonjo doesn’t make it Mikel Merino will get another chance to improve his match fitness against Southampton.
We’ve got Matt Richie back in the side (just in case we may get a penalty) and Gayle and Perez up front.
They are both fairly short, so maybe Rafa could play Joselu up front with Gayle who may get some knockdowns from the former Stoke striker.
But with Mitrovic gone to Fulham on loan and Slimani still injured there are not a lot of choices among the available strikers.
What team would you start for tomorrow?
Finally, let’s hope we can win this game!