The Senegalese midfielder is back earlier than expected from a hamstring problem.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood yesterday confirmed that Idrissa Gana Gueye had made a miraculous recovery from his recent hamstring problem. The summer signing from Lille looked set to be out of action for a considerable period of time with the problem picked up on international duty – but is now back in action after undergoing treatment on the problem with a specialist in France.
So with his shock return, what does Sherwood do?
Gueye was one of, if not Villa’s best player at the start of the season and they have undoubtedly struggled since he has been out of action.
So who does Sherwood drop to bring him back into the starting XI?
The obvious choice might be to drop Colombian international Carlos Sanchez back to the bench. The midfielder started the defeats against both Leicester City and West Brom and Gueye is perhaps a simply more mobile version of the midfielder.
Perhaps however it might be time to change things up, and give Ashley Westwood a spell out of the team. However he seems to act as the pendulum in the side and that would be a strange decision from Sherwood.
Another option could be playing all three in a more defensive midfield against Liverpool, although that would be a negative move against a Liverpool side currently struggling for confidence.
It is certainly an interesting conundrum and one Sherwood will need to get right.