Rob Elliott may have put on a few pounds but goes straight into the cup team.
Tomorrow sees a break from league action as the Addicks attempt to reach the fourth round of the world's most prestigious cup competition where the romance of it has dictated that Huddersfield Town await. Not only that but a win will ensure another away trip on Saturday........I bet the lads can't wait !
As alluded to above the keeper situation is an interesting one given the events of the weekend. Thuram is not eligible as understand it and Ben Hamer is unlikely to be fit. That leaves Alnwick as our only experienced keeper and one has to hope that he is ok to play. I'm taking my gloves just in case.
It's always difficult, nigh on impossible to guess Sir Chris's starting eleven at the best of times, for this cup tie I'd say one hasn't a hope in hell ! He won't want to risk certain players but injuries and suspensions mean his options are quite limited.
I don't think Solly will have any involvement even if he is fit. He surely wouldn't be risked. Wiggins is suspended. Cort is injured. The Liege contingent are not eligible. Smith is cup tied. Good innit ?
However, upto a point it makes sense to field a reasonably strong team. The following Tuesday we face Doncaster Rovers in a six-pointer. It would seem sensible to play pretty much the side that you'd want to see play in that one. It's not as though the lads have had a lot games lately anyway. In fact, it'd make more sense to rest players in Saturday's cup tie should we be successful.
If we did go through then on Saturday Chris could play the likes of Gower, Hughes, Hollands and some youngsters if he so wished.
I'm making the relatively short trip to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow. Despite all the current gloom and lack of communication and non-Standard Liege transfer activity I'm quite looking forward to it. A new ground for me and I've not seen the lads play much of late given the recent postponements.
Come On You Reds !