MARK HUGHES has no fresh injury worries to contend with ahead of tomorrow’s encounter against Premier League champions Manchester United, his assistant Mark Bowen said earlier today.
The Welshman, who was deputising for Hughes at the pre-match press conference, confirmed that no players picked up any knocks during Wednesday’s game at Sunderland and revealed that both Andy Wilkinson and Matthew Etherington are on the road to recovery.
Robert Huth meanwhile remains sidelined for the encounter against David Moyes’ side, but Bowen is optimistic of seeing him back in action sooner rather than later.
“Apart from Robert Huth we have a relatively clean bill of health – and obviously we would like it to remain that way,” the 50-year-old said.
“There is slightly better news with regards to Robert Huth, because he is getting closer after his spell out but we still envisage him being absent for two to three more weeks.
“Andy Wilkinson has started training again this week which is good and Matty Etherington, who has been out for a few weeks too, returned to training yesterday.”
Hughes will have to decide whether to hand John Guidetti his first start for the club having stepped off the bench in each of the last two Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace and Sunderland.
“We know John is a talented player, that’s why we brought him to the Club,” Bowen added.
“He has had a lengthy spell on the sidelines and, hand on heart, I would say he’s still getting up to speed in terms of full match fitness.
“I must say as well that you never really know players until you bring them into the building so we’re still getting to know John and his attributes, although it’s there on paper what he has done in the past.
“We know he’s going to play a part for us between now and the end of the season but the supporters have got to trust the manager and staff who see them every day and have an opinion on how we can change a game a certain way and go with it.”
Elsewhere, Hughes will have to make a decision on which player he brings into the eleven at the expense of the suspended Steven Nzonzi.