You know what will happen, either none of them will end up fit for next week or all three will. Liam Cooper missed the game yesterday through injury, Pontus Jansson went off injured and Matthew Pennington is “close” to a return.
looking at the position before the season we thought we were looking thin but two options we didn’t think would be viable have been just that. Liam Cooper has captained the side and been brilliant in every game and youngster Conor Shaugnessy has shown he is capable of playing at this level even if his experience has been exposed once or twice. The young Irish defender didn’t do much wrong today in all honesty and was alongside an out of sorts Pontus Jansson yesterday. Jansson of course can be forgiven, he looked shattered and had zero in front of him on the day.
The other options would make us vulnerable with players out of position but you simply can’t legislate for players getting injured. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson hasn’t put a foot wrong in any game he has played and in my opinion should be starting games anyway with is ability could be an option at the back if the three players aren’t fit for the game, he could certainly start there midweek against Burnley. Luke Ayling has also played there at times and hasn’t had many bad games in that position. The worrying thing would be playing both together, or perhaps one with Shaugnessy who is still learning his trade in the Championship.
Hopefully all three will be fit and if not at least one of the injured players is available. Chucking Pennington in against a very physical Ipswich Town would be a risk with the player not kicking a ball since the opening day of the season at Bolton, a game he played very well in. We are unsure on Jansson after he went off with a hamstring problem at Millwall but him actually leaving the pitch is unique in itself so something was very obviously wrong. Cooper was meant to be fit for yesterday so hopefully it was more just precaution he was left out and the injury isn’t worse than we originally thought.