Neil Warnock has admitted that he’s still unsure whether or not injured central defender Scott Dann will be fit in time to face Sunderland at Selhurst Park on Monday.
The former Blackburn man has been sidelined with a knee injury since we travelled to face Hull at the beginning of October, and now, with our next league fixture just over four days away, the manager remains uncertain if he’ll be fit in time to regain his place in the starting XI.
“Scott has done some running this week following on from the straight running previously, and he was a little bit sore.
“He is set to push his training up though on Thursday, so we’ll have to see.
“With Damien Delaney suspended last week, it’s given people like Brede Hangeland an opportunity, and he’s taken it, hasn’t he? I thought he was super on Saturday.”
With any ligament injury, there has to be a level of flexibility in any schedules surrounding a return to full fitness, as demonstrated by Scott’s soreness after a period of light running this week. Hopefully there will be no adverse effects from his attempts to increase the intensity of his training this morning, and he will be considered for a starting role on Monday, but it does always pay to be patient in these situations.
As Damien Delaney returns from a suspension, we will more than likely start with he and Brede Hangeland partnering one another in the heart of defence if Dann is indeed absent, which after two impressive performances from the Norweigian, isn’t quite as scary a prospect as first thought.
Without a clean sheet in our last three games, a solid defensive display would be more than welcome against a Sunderland side who have been struggling massively of late.
Despite it being extremely early in the league season, it already feels like a huge game for both teams, the pressure to perform is well and truly on.