Will they be fit or won't they?
Adebayor has barely played for Tottenham since signing on permanently with them, he made two substitute appearances for the club against Norwich and West Brom, before picking up a hamstring injury. An effect of not having a proper pre-season? Perhaps, but it meant he missed the club's Europa League match last week and subsequent two domestic matches in the league and Capital One Cup. He is slated for a possible return to the Tottenham squad tomorrow, ahead of their visit to Old Trafford, where he once hit the winner for Arsenal, although is likely to start from the bench if fit.
It has been a frustrating start to life at the Black Cats for Adam Johnson after his big money move from Manchester City, with injury preventing him from making an impact so far. He made a substitute appearance against MK Dons in midweek, but Martin O'Neill has intimated he will leave it late to decide on whether to involve the winger against Wigan. The manager confirmed the new signing missed training yesterday and said he would wait until later today to make a late assessment whether to include him with the squad this weekend.
The notoriously injury-prone Dane was stretchered off with a knee injury against Manchester United, but it has since emerged the defender is not as badly hurt as first feared. He could even be in line for a shock comeback this weekend when Liverpool travel to Norwich, but will have to pass a late fitness test. Despite having the experience of Jamie Carragher, and Sebastien Coates available, it would be a huge boost if the Dane was declared fit to resume his partnership with Martin Skrtel.
Borini like Agger sustained an injury last weekend, and while his bruised ankle did not sound as severe as Agger's knee injury, it was still expected to keep him out for the next fortnight. However Brendan Rodgers confirmed last night that the Italian is also in the mix. The manager said that Borini like Agger has not trained all week, but dependant on how the next 24 hours go, could be considered for selection, adding he is responding well to treatment.
Chelsea have a couple of injury concerns heading into the weekend's clash at the Emirates, but while Frank Lampard is expected to shake off an ankle problem, Daniel Sturridge is struggling to shake off a hamstring injury. He played against QPR a fortnight ago, but has not featured since, missing three matches in all competitions, and is rated at only 50-50 to be in the mix, meaning extra pressure on Fernando Torres to put in a goalscoring performance.
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