Wonderful, simply wonderful. From official site:
Martin Jol reports a few injury doubts, but expects the team to be largely unchanged when we take on Everton at the Lane tonight.
Jermaine Jenas, Teemu Tainio, Pascal Chimbonda and Didier Zokora were unable to participate in full training sessions yesterday as a result of picking up problems in Saturday's 1-0 defeat up at Sunderland.
"We've got a couple of knocks and a few players who couldn't train on Monday," revealed Martin. "Jermaine has a back problem, while Teemu doesn't feel 100 per cent. Pascal only did the warm-up and Didier didn't train.
"So there are a few little worries, but the boys want to play and put things right."
Michael Dawson remains a doubt, while not in contention are Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Lee Young-Pyo, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon (all knee).
No idea just how 'injured' Jermaine Jenas, Teemu Tainio, Pascal Chimbonda and Didier Zokora actually are. Hopefully the three midfielders are out, forcing Jol to play Taarabt.
It pains me to see a talent like him 'protected' or whatever lame excuse management want to use for not selecting him. He played all pre-season. He is creative. He is an immense talent. But there's no way of knowing just how good he actually is if he doesnt play. Did Wenger think twice about playing a certain Spanish 16 year old, who continues to get better and better with each passing year?
Steed on one wing, probably Keane on the other with Berbatov and Bent upfront. Taarabt and Huddlestone in the middle of the park - and we are set. At least that line-up is more likely to carve out a chance for the forwards.
Knowing my luck, all this 'they never trained' bollocks is Jol's idea of playing mind games. I'm sure Everton will faint when they find out that Jenas, TT and The Zok are playing. I know I will.