Filed: Thursday, 29th December 2011
By: Staff Writer
Sam Allardyce is preparing for the News Year's Day clash with Derby at Pride Park with as few as ELEVEN first team regulars available for selection.
With four first team players due to miss the game through suspension and a further nine either injured or out on loan, Allardyce will be forced to look to his youth team in order to provide a seventeen-man squad for the game.
However it is in defence that his biggest problems lie, with just Joey O'Brien and James Tomkins available for selection from the regular first team squad.
That means young Danny Potts, who made his first team debut against Barnsley just a fortnight ago will almost certainly extend his recent run in the first team, with Henri Lansbury likely to drop in at right back and O'Brien moved to the centre.
Possible starting XI: Green; Lansbury, O'Brien, Tomkins, Potts; Diop, Noble, Sears; Cole, Carew, Piquionne.
Missing in action: who's out and why
Suspended: Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison, George McCartney, Julien Faubert.
Injured: Sam Baldock, Matt Taylor, Guy Demel, Winston Reid, Abdoulaye Faye.
On Loan: Pablo Barrera, Herita Ilunga, Frank Nouble, Jordan Spence, Cristian Montano, Callum McNaughton, Jordan Brown, Olly Lee, Ahmed Abdullah.
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10:21PM 29th Dec 2011
''WHUFC.com says that Baldock, O'Neil, Demel and Reid are all back for tomorrow so Reid could fill the void left by Faye.''
by rugby irons
06:01PM 29th Dec 2011
''Why the big deal? We are a big club and so with what we have it should still be enough: Green, O'Neil, O'Brien, Tomkins Potts, Sears.''
04:57PM 29th Dec 2011
''I thought David Gold said on Twitter that Baldock is fit for the match?''
02:46PM 29th Dec 2011
''I thought Nouble, Abdulla and Jordan Brown all were back? Spence should be brought back immediately. As he doesn't play for BC it shouldn't be no big obstacle, I guess!''
02:16PM 29th Dec 2011
''Reading David Gold on Twitter, he has suggested that Baldock, O'Neil and Reid may be available. Personally I would love to see Montenegro start and possibly re-call Montano. Surely its time for Sam to take a risk with some more of the undoubted talent we have in the ranks?''
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