Lambert's Injury Worries

Mame Diouf

PAUL LAMBERT admits he is still sweating over several key players ahead of this weekend’s Premier League showdown with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Scotsman was forced into making four changes to his starting line-up against Arsenal four days ago, with the likes of Maxim Choupo-Moting, Kurt Zouma and Kostas Stafylidis all ruled out through injury.

Lambert also has doubts as to whether Mame Diouf will be fit enough to feature on Saturday too, with the Senegalese international sustaining a knock during the defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon, he said: “It’s been a frustrating period in terms of injuries, as we have a few guys missing.

“Kurt trained this morning which is positive for us, but we will have to see how he is over the next 24 hours, whilst Mame hasn’t been able to train because of a kick he received at the weekend."

“Maxim Choupo-Moting is still missing and we have one or two other little issues too, but right now the biggest doubts are over Kurt and Mame.”

Greek international Stafylidis is likely to remain sidelined after sustaining a broken rib whilst in action for his country recently whilst Charlie Adam serves the second game of his three-match suspension.