Andros Townsend was about the only (small) positive at Stamford Bridge, the 5-1 thrashing by Chelsea seeing the former Spurs winger keep going to the end and scoring a quality goal as a small personal reward for his endeavours.

In the lead up to the Stoke match last night, rumours/reports circulated that the January signing could possibly miss the game due to an unspecified injury.

Despite talk of the winger possibly passing a late fitness test, there was no sign of Andros Townsend in the eventual 18 man squad that lost to Stoke.

In the aftermath of that seventh away defeat in a row, Steve McClaren has given some information on the winger’s situation, though no precise details as to what the injury actually is.

The Head Coach has instead simply said that they didn’t want to risk Andros Townsend and that the problem means that he can’t perform at 100% pace.

Claiming that they don’t want to risk a longer term injury by playing him if there is a potential to make the mystery injury worse, McClaren says that they will look again at the possibility of him playing on Saturday against Bournemouth.

The good news is that the team boss at least knows where Andros Townsend is supposed to play, declaring ‘He is a winger’, in reference to the fact that he needs his pace to play there.

Shame he doesn’t realise where other players should and shouldn’t play, such as Rolando Aarons (winger not full-back), Jonjo Shelvey (attacking midfielder not standing on toes of centre-backs) and Yoan Gouffran (off the pitch rather than on it).

Steve McClaren:

“We don’t want to risk Andros Townsend.

“He is a winger.

“Some players could have played but he needs 100% speed and he is not quite at that.

“We don’t want to risk it becoming longer term and so we will have to assess it for Saturday (Bouremouth).”

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