Derby Day build up
Typical - bloody typical! [click on ball to bounce it]
After having laughed at our unfortunate Care in the Community cousins from across the park we are hit with a double-whammy from the International games. Firstly Jags goes out with a hamstring strain sustained in training with the England squad. He is very touch and go for Sunday.
If that wasn't bad enough then Marouane Fellaini, who has a score to settle with the Dark Side, gets a bad hamstring in Belgium's game with Austria. He had scored a header earlier in the game, got his injury, was kept on the pitch and now faces 6 weeks out. Just when he had got back to form.
Added to the above Steven Pienaar is likely to be absent once more while youngster Ross Barkley picked up a double fracture of the leg also playing in an International.
Still, a Derby is a Derby and it shouldn't matter what 11 you put in the shirts; it will be a battle no matter. Confidence had been very high; maybe it should still be against a truly awful set of oppenents.
There is every chance that Phil Neville will be asked to slot into the holding midfield role with Johnny Heitinger slotting in for Jags as Moyesie is unlikley to go for a straight 4-4-2. That will see Hibbo back and there is no better choice in a Derby game.
Defeat will send us into the bottom 3 once more at their expense whilst victory will start the chat about Europe once more. But pride will be the dominant force. An ale friendly 17:30 Saturday kick off would have been preferred rather than the more sedate 13:30 Sunday option but with good planning Shropshire Blues will be suitably 'refreshed' before the game.
It calls upon me to say
COME ON YOU BLUE BOYS!!!!