Thomas Christiansen has declared everyone bar Caleb Ekuban fit for tomorrow’s game at home to Ipswich Town. That means that four players who had slight doubts have been made available for the game and the squad looks very strong again all of a sudden.
Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper, Matthew Pennington and Vurnon Anita have had niggles in recent weeks and the three centre-backs have all missed minutes through those injuries. Pennington hasn’t been seen since the opening day of the season at Bolton Wanderers, Liam Cooper missed the defeat at Millwall and win over Burnley in the League Cup and Jansson, who also missed that game missed the last 10 minutes in London after picking up what looked like a hamstring injury. Anita has been taken off a few times with niggles but looks set to be fit again, whether or not his recent performances will keep him in the side I am unsure.
Christiansen has said that Ekuban is the only player who won’t make the game so players are going to be sat in the stands unfortunately and more than one or two. Berardi is now back, either Vieira or Klich will probably miss out as will Sacko or Cibicki. The squad is at its strongest in years and players not even making the bench has been a regular occurrence. Stuart Dallas, Ronaldo Vieira and Liam Bridcutt all missed out on opening day and that has been the theme since, no places seem to be safe and that means players have been on their toes and pushed into putting in consistent and good performances.