Maybe I'm being naive and tempting fate with this, but it appears that we have gone through the International break without accumulating too more injuries, Bacary Sagna is the only injury that I am aware of. It's a bit like going out, getting smashed and waking up after two hours sleep feeling absolutely top notch. Strange that.
Nic Bendtner nears a return which is a welcome boost, Chamakh has been our only fit striker for quite a while now and it will be useful to have some extra options up top. Sagna did miss both France games due to a thigh problem, meaning Eboue is likely to start at right back this weekend. There are rumours that Theo is not far away, Gibbs is also close, Cesc is also very near, it is slightly ominous that there has not been much comment on Vermaelen and RVP.
Liam Brady has been talking of the next generation. Gibbs and Wilshere appear to be cementing their first team slots, while the likes of Lansbury and JET are pushing hard at the door. It is a shame Emmanuel Frimpong picked up his ACL injury at such an unfortunate time, he would be very close to starting a few games if it were not for that.
The goalkeeping situation remains interesting, there are other words that could also describe it. It appears that Vito Mannone is not quite as good as he thinks, maybe a spell out on loan would be ideal for him. It would seem likely that Lucasz Fabianski wil continue in goal, hopefully he can build on his last two solid performances.
Birmingham with the utterly inept Atkinson in charge will be a challenge, if the incompetent officials allow the likes of Ridgewell and Gardner to plough through our players with no due care then it will play into the Brummies' hands. Hopefully Atkinson can prove me wrong and have a decent game, I rather doubt it though.