It looks like Oba Martins and Geremi will make their pre-season return against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on Saturday (3:00 pm kick-off), but Seb Bassong is still struggling with sore muscles.
Oba Martins – back on Saturday!
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Oba will certainly be involved at some stage at Orient.” “And so will Geremi.”
“What we need to go through the lads in the next couple of days and assess any little problems, and then we’ll make a decision.”
“We need to assess Sebastien Bassong because he came back late.”
Bassong is doubtful because he’s still recovering from the the hard running in pre-season and apparently is having muscle aches.
But as we reported this morning, Nicky Butt is now expected to be out for about 4 weeks, after undergoing an operation on his hand.
Hughton talked about Nicky:
“We’re hopeful it might be less than four weeks, but he’ll be out for a few weeks, which is a big blow for us.”
“It was something that was quite innocuous.” “He’s a big player, and not only that, but he’s rarely injured.”
“We have been fortunate pre-season, and we haven’t really had any injuries.” “We’ll have to work round that.”
That’s the way things go sometimes, but we have to hope Nicky will be back quicker than the 4 weeks, because it is obviously going to be vital to get a good start to the season, especially while we still have our top paid players, which we will surely not be able to keep beyond August.
But with a block put on outgoing transfers, we’re really not sure what Ashley and Llambias are thinking.
Maybe we’re missing something here, but we don’t think so, and we’ll need to unload around 8 players in the next five and a half weeks, so why wait?