Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game, manager Marco Silva spoke about the injury news that all Blues have been waiting with bated breath on, Yerry Mina’s injury.
“Not so good, not so good news. Of course we have one or two more days before the game. Let’s see how he will be tomorrow and on matchday as well.
“It’s not a serious, serious injury, but for now Yerry Mina is not ready to work with the team in a full session.”
When asked if Mason Holgate was ready to step in, he added -
“He’s ready, he’s prepared. He showed to me every single day he’s ready and working hard to achieve his chance.
“He already played two Carabao Cup matches, he did well, performed well. I’m 100% sure if he has the chance he will be ready to perform at this level.”
Silva added an update on the two injured midfielders Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin.
“They worked in full sessions and are ready.”
The manager then talked about his selections for this weekend’s game, especially if he would stick with Alex Iwobi at the #10 spot, with Richarlison upfront and the Andre Gomes & Tom Davies pairing at midfield, with Djibril Sidibe keeping out Seamus Coleman.
“It’s a good headache, and it’s what I want. When this happens and we get good results and players get a chance to perform well then it’s a very good thing for me as a coach, I like to have this kind of headache.
“It means the players on the bench have the quality to play, they are working hard to play and the players who are playing it means they had a good performance as well, like was the situation against West Ham.
“It’s up to them to keep working and for each match you can have your plan for the match. Last match we wanted to play a certain way and the team performed really well. It was a really good game, not only because we won, but we showed good mobility, pace, intensity in our game.
“It was a good week again, and it’s up to me to decide what is the best XI for Saturday.”
Silva has been known to stick with a winning lineup so was that a hint that he will keep the same XI (minus Mina) on Saturday? Has he already decided on his lineup for this weekend?
“Normally we have one plan and I am working on that plan. But we have one more session, with 48 more hours before we play. I haven’t decided everything but we have a plan and the things are clear in my mind what we should do against a tough opponent in a tough match.”