John Carver will have four extra options for his starting eleven against Stoke.

While midfielders Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons are still recovering from thigh and hamstring injuries respectively, three others are now fit enough to start of called upon.

Gabriel Obertan is now fully recovered from his thigh injury, Ryan Taylor is now fit again after his most recent knee problem, while Paul Dummett is back after missing Hull with a hamstring problem.

The fourth to line up as available is Papiss Cisse who made it back just in time for the Hull match last Saturday, though wasn’t ready to start the game after his long journey.

Though he did draw praise from John  Carver after making it back from the African Cup of Nations in time for that game;

“I was so pleased Papiss (Cisse) made such an effort to get back last weekend.

“He had very little sleep but tried everything within his means, it was very very difficult.”

Busting a gut;

“When players go to the African Cup of Nations it is sometimes difficult to get them back.

“That is what I want, people busting a gut to be part of this team – he has trained this week and been good.”


  • Bills frollocks

    Four extra options eh. Does it really matter. NO

  • RobBrown

    Give it rest mate

    A new head coach. Doesn’t matter. Players returning from Injury don’t matter.

    Pardew has gone – doesn’t matter (and no doubt you were praying for that one)

    I suppose 3 points don’t matter either?

    No – you just go away and be bloody miserable sunder a bridge somewhere and let the real fans support the club

  • RobBrown

    I would suggest it was possibly even Carvers idea to loan out Santon and the other 5 kids . Showing the management that he knows how to save money!

    He’ll soon have youngsters driving onto the pitch watching movies not eh big screen at a tenner a head.

  • amacdee

    Having players available is all very well but the hard part for the manager is to choose the best available XI who will work together, against any given opposition, to win the game.
    Unfortunately, since SBR departed, I seriously doubt that we’ve had a manager who can influence a game from the touchline regardless of the quality of the squad. If Carver can motivate a bunch of players then good luck to him however I just dont think he’s got what it takes.