Albion sweat on midfield injuries

Dale Stephens has picked up a knock

Dale Stephens has picked up a knock

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion still have central midfield concerns for Reading’s visit tomorrow.

Andrea Orlandi has not trained so far this week and remains doubtful with a thigh injury.

Dale Stephens has also suffered a knock which could limit the options open to head coach Oscar Garcia.

Rohan Ince, sidelined from the win at Millwall by an ankle injury, is expected to be available after resuming training.

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6:01am Fri 7 Mar 14

WestStander17 says...

Sweat? Really?

Even with Stephens and Orlandi unavailable, we have 9 players by my reckoning (Ince, Andrews, JFC, Lopez, March, Buckley, Rodriguez, Lua Lua and Lingard) to fill 5 midfield positions. Hardly down to the bare bones!

Depending on each individual's fitness, I would go with Ince and Andrews holding with Lingard on the left, March in the centre and Buckley on the right ahead of them. Those 3 could interchange easily too. Thats how I would start but I think Oscar will go for Lopez or JFC as the 3rd central midfielder.

Barring knocks, aches and pains, the other 6 (Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward and Ulloa) pick themselves.
Sweat? Really? Even with Stephens and Orlandi unavailable, we have 9 players by my reckoning (Ince, Andrews, JFC, Lopez, March, Buckley, Rodriguez, Lua Lua and Lingard) to fill 5 midfield positions. Hardly down to the bare bones! Depending on each individual's fitness, I would go with Ince and Andrews holding with Lingard on the left, March in the centre and Buckley on the right ahead of them. Those 3 could interchange easily too. Thats how I would start but I think Oscar will go for Lopez or JFC as the 3rd central midfielder. Barring knocks, aches and pains, the other 6 (Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward and Ulloa) pick themselves. WestStander17
  • Score: 3

6:32am Fri 7 Mar 14

Albion In Staffs says...

WestStander17 wrote:
Sweat? Really?

Even with Stephens and Orlandi unavailable, we have 9 players by my reckoning (Ince, Andrews, JFC, Lopez, March, Buckley, Rodriguez, Lua Lua and Lingard) to fill 5 midfield positions. Hardly down to the bare bones!

Depending on each individual's fitness, I would go with Ince and Andrews holding with Lingard on the left, March in the centre and Buckley on the right ahead of them. Those 3 could interchange easily too. Thats how I would start but I think Oscar will go for Lopez or JFC as the 3rd central midfielder.

Barring knocks, aches and pains, the other 6 (Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward and Ulloa) pick themselves.
I'm not into picking teams, but your point on availability when set against 'concerns' is entirely valid.
If the newspaper wanted to be positive, they could have (for example) started the day with a line about Lingard's pending home debut and tagged the injury issues on the bottom without headlining. Then, later in the morning, an injury update might have been rather more optimistic.
But bad news 'sells'.
Apparently.
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Sweat? Really? Even with Stephens and Orlandi unavailable, we have 9 players by my reckoning (Ince, Andrews, JFC, Lopez, March, Buckley, Rodriguez, Lua Lua and Lingard) to fill 5 midfield positions. Hardly down to the bare bones! Depending on each individual's fitness, I would go with Ince and Andrews holding with Lingard on the left, March in the centre and Buckley on the right ahead of them. Those 3 could interchange easily too. Thats how I would start but I think Oscar will go for Lopez or JFC as the 3rd central midfielder. Barring knocks, aches and pains, the other 6 (Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward and Ulloa) pick themselves.[/p][/quote]I'm not into picking teams, but your point on availability when set against 'concerns' is entirely valid. If the newspaper wanted to be positive, they could have (for example) started the day with a line about Lingard's pending home debut and tagged the injury issues on the bottom without headlining. Then, later in the morning, an injury update might have been rather more optimistic. But bad news 'sells'. Apparently. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 6

6:59am Fri 7 Mar 14

farside says...

Solly March will eventually establish his career playing at the centre of a midfield diamond - he's made for it IMO. May need to start him there tomorrow.
Solly March will eventually establish his career playing at the centre of a midfield diamond - he's made for it IMO. May need to start him there tomorrow. farside
  • Score: 5

7:12am Fri 7 Mar 14

mark by the sea says...

farside wrote:
Solly March will eventually establish his career playing at the centre of a midfield diamond - he's made for it IMO. May need to start him there tomorrow.
Think Jessie is going to play off Leo , but not 100% certain of march, his left foot is superb, however once defenders get to know his strength things will change, by that he will become known by sides and defenders will stop him cutting in, this means solly must get to the byline and cross with his right foot .. Something I have yet to see.. when he can do that he will be a 3-4 million pound player... He has yet to develop fully, and in that I can't wait to see OG working to improve him.
We have seen lua lua stagnate in his form, this is based again on defenders knowing his ability and have sussed him out, for me he has not stepped up and improved, that may be to injuries etc, but in solly march we have a real talent who needs time to learn his trade.
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: Solly March will eventually establish his career playing at the centre of a midfield diamond - he's made for it IMO. May need to start him there tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Think Jessie is going to play off Leo , but not 100% certain of march, his left foot is superb, however once defenders get to know his strength things will change, by that he will become known by sides and defenders will stop him cutting in, this means solly must get to the byline and cross with his right foot .. Something I have yet to see.. when he can do that he will be a 3-4 million pound player... He has yet to develop fully, and in that I can't wait to see OG working to improve him. We have seen lua lua stagnate in his form, this is based again on defenders knowing his ability and have sussed him out, for me he has not stepped up and improved, that may be to injuries etc, but in solly march we have a real talent who needs time to learn his trade. mark by the sea
  • Score: 7

7:44am Fri 7 Mar 14

Far gull says...

Ref Lualua and March ,might actually help them if they actually played on their wing that used to be the way. Ie left foot left wing ,right footed right wing.
God football over complicates itself these days :-)
Ref Lualua and March ,might actually help them if they actually played on their wing that used to be the way. Ie left foot left wing ,right footed right wing. God football over complicates itself these days :-) Far gull
  • Score: 3

8:11am Fri 7 Mar 14

mark by the sea says...

Far gull wrote:
Ref Lualua and March ,might actually help them if they actually played on their wing that used to be the way. Ie left foot left wing ,right footed right wing.
God football over complicates itself these days :-)
Yes agreed , what's more to the point is players can't go either way now with one foot, sorry but for me it's basics, is there any wonder our game is now managed and played by overseas, and owned too! Even our TB is not domicile here, think he spends 32 nights a year in the uk.. Based on him then not being a uk tax payer.
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: Ref Lualua and March ,might actually help them if they actually played on their wing that used to be the way. Ie left foot left wing ,right footed right wing. God football over complicates itself these days :-)[/p][/quote]Yes agreed , what's more to the point is players can't go either way now with one foot, sorry but for me it's basics, is there any wonder our game is now managed and played by overseas, and owned too! Even our TB is not domicile here, think he spends 32 nights a year in the uk.. Based on him then not being a uk tax payer. mark by the sea
  • Score: -2

8:13am Fri 7 Mar 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

Would be very refreshing to see Ulloa have some home support up top, Ulloa and Lingard together with Buckley, Ince, Andrews, Lua Lua supplying the bullets from midfield, be great to see the players actually given licence to attack, with Andrews and Ince holding it seems an ideal chance to play Buckley, Ulloa, Lingard, Lua Lua together, all fit and fresh, should cause any championship team a problem
Would be very refreshing to see Ulloa have some home support up top, Ulloa and Lingard together with Buckley, Ince, Andrews, Lua Lua supplying the bullets from midfield, be great to see the players actually given licence to attack, with Andrews and Ince holding it seems an ideal chance to play Buckley, Ulloa, Lingard, Lua Lua together, all fit and fresh, should cause any championship team a problem Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 0

8:16am Fri 7 Mar 14

albionfan33 says...

Far gull wrote:
Ref Lualua and March ,might actually help them if they actually played on their wing that used to be the way. Ie left foot left wing ,right footed right wing.
God football over complicates itself these days :-)
Yep, no point having a big wide pitch if you're just going to let them cut inside to a conjested middle. Let them stay out wide a really stretch teams
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: Ref Lualua and March ,might actually help them if they actually played on their wing that used to be the way. Ie left foot left wing ,right footed right wing. God football over complicates itself these days :-)[/p][/quote]Yep, no point having a big wide pitch if you're just going to let them cut inside to a conjested middle. Let them stay out wide a really stretch teams albionfan33
  • Score: 6

8:28am Fri 7 Mar 14

WestStander17 says...

mark by the sea wrote:
farside wrote:
Solly March will eventually establish his career playing at the centre of a midfield diamond - he's made for it IMO. May need to start him there tomorrow.
Think Jessie is going to play off Leo , but not 100% certain of march, his left foot is superb, however once defenders get to know his strength things will change, by that he will become known by sides and defenders will stop him cutting in, this means solly must get to the byline and cross with his right foot .. Something I have yet to see.. when he can do that he will be a 3-4 million pound player... He has yet to develop fully, and in that I can't wait to see OG working to improve him.
We have seen lua lua stagnate in his form, this is based again on defenders knowing his ability and have sussed him out, for me he has not stepped up and improved, that may be to injuries etc, but in solly march we have a real talent who needs time to learn his trade.
The difference between the two being that March is far better technically than Lua Lua. He can spot a pass, play a pass, dribble, cross and shoot with accuracy whereas Lua Lua basically runs and shoots powerfully.

Would like to see him given the number 10 role tomorrow and see what he can do centrally.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: Solly March will eventually establish his career playing at the centre of a midfield diamond - he's made for it IMO. May need to start him there tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Think Jessie is going to play off Leo , but not 100% certain of march, his left foot is superb, however once defenders get to know his strength things will change, by that he will become known by sides and defenders will stop him cutting in, this means solly must get to the byline and cross with his right foot .. Something I have yet to see.. when he can do that he will be a 3-4 million pound player... He has yet to develop fully, and in that I can't wait to see OG working to improve him. We have seen lua lua stagnate in his form, this is based again on defenders knowing his ability and have sussed him out, for me he has not stepped up and improved, that may be to injuries etc, but in solly march we have a real talent who needs time to learn his trade.[/p][/quote]The difference between the two being that March is far better technically than Lua Lua. He can spot a pass, play a pass, dribble, cross and shoot with accuracy whereas Lua Lua basically runs and shoots powerfully. Would like to see him given the number 10 role tomorrow and see what he can do centrally. WestStander17
  • Score: 2

8:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

mark by the sea says...

WestStander17 wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
farside wrote:
Solly March will eventually establish his career playing at the centre of a midfield diamond - he's made for it IMO. May need to start him there tomorrow.
Think Jessie is going to play off Leo , but not 100% certain of march, his left foot is superb, however once defenders get to know his strength things will change, by that he will become known by sides and defenders will stop him cutting in, this means solly must get to the byline and cross with his right foot .. Something I have yet to see.. when he can do that he will be a 3-4 million pound player... He has yet to develop fully, and in that I can't wait to see OG working to improve him.
We have seen lua lua stagnate in his form, this is based again on defenders knowing his ability and have sussed him out, for me he has not stepped up and improved, that may be to injuries etc, but in solly march we have a real talent who needs time to learn his trade.
The difference between the two being that March is far better technically than Lua Lua. He can spot a pass, play a pass, dribble, cross and shoot with accuracy whereas Lua Lua basically runs and shoots powerfully.

Would like to see him given the number 10 role tomorrow and see what he can do centrally.
Yes me too, but he is not had the experience for a game of that magnitude , if we were out of the play offs with two games to go, stick him in that roll,
He is excellent prospect, let's take him slowly in the right way.
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: Solly March will eventually establish his career playing at the centre of a midfield diamond - he's made for it IMO. May need to start him there tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Think Jessie is going to play off Leo , but not 100% certain of march, his left foot is superb, however once defenders get to know his strength things will change, by that he will become known by sides and defenders will stop him cutting in, this means solly must get to the byline and cross with his right foot .. Something I have yet to see.. when he can do that he will be a 3-4 million pound player... He has yet to develop fully, and in that I can't wait to see OG working to improve him. We have seen lua lua stagnate in his form, this is based again on defenders knowing his ability and have sussed him out, for me he has not stepped up and improved, that may be to injuries etc, but in solly march we have a real talent who needs time to learn his trade.[/p][/quote]The difference between the two being that March is far better technically than Lua Lua. He can spot a pass, play a pass, dribble, cross and shoot with accuracy whereas Lua Lua basically runs and shoots powerfully. Would like to see him given the number 10 role tomorrow and see what he can do centrally.[/p][/quote]Yes me too, but he is not had the experience for a game of that magnitude , if we were out of the play offs with two games to go, stick him in that roll, He is excellent prospect, let's take him slowly in the right way. mark by the sea
  • Score: -4

9:40am Fri 7 Mar 14

pjwilk says...

Strongest team for every game,Burnley have had the same team for 7 games,rotation for the sake of it will get us nowhere ,we have not got enough quality for these shenanigans.
Strongest team for every game,Burnley have had the same team for 7 games,rotation for the sake of it will get us nowhere ,we have not got enough quality for these shenanigans. pjwilk
  • Score: 4

9:54am Fri 7 Mar 14

Aye Aye says...

pjwilk wrote:
Strongest team for every game,Burnley have had the same team for 7 games,rotation for the sake of it will get us nowhere ,we have not got enough quality for these shenanigans.
I agree - now is not the time for squad rotation and we simply have to play to win (and I'm certainly not suggesting our approach is anything other than that). The Ulloa/Lingard combo has mouth-watering potential and I'd like to see this from the get-go on Saturday. At the 32-game stage of last season, we had identical points and one win less than this year. We were, however, 4 goals better off in the GD which may yet bite us on the proverbial. There are 12 points between us and the third-placed team wheres, last season, the gap was 10. So, in my view, everything to play for and we must still be in with a shout.

Bring it on!!!
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: Strongest team for every game,Burnley have had the same team for 7 games,rotation for the sake of it will get us nowhere ,we have not got enough quality for these shenanigans.[/p][/quote]I agree - now is not the time for squad rotation and we simply have to play to win (and I'm certainly not suggesting our approach is anything other than that). The Ulloa/Lingard combo has mouth-watering potential and I'd like to see this from the get-go on Saturday. At the 32-game stage of last season, we had identical points and one win less than this year. We were, however, 4 goals better off in the GD which may yet bite us on the proverbial. There are 12 points between us and the third-placed team wheres, last season, the gap was 10. So, in my view, everything to play for and we must still be in with a shout. Bring it on!!! Aye Aye
  • Score: 2

9:54am Fri 7 Mar 14

Aye Aye says...

pjwilk wrote:
Strongest team for every game,Burnley have had the same team for 7 games,rotation for the sake of it will get us nowhere ,we have not got enough quality for these shenanigans.
I agree - now is not the time for squad rotation and we simply have to play to win (and I'm certainly not suggesting our approach is anything other than that). The Ulloa/Lingard combo has mouth-watering potential and I'd like to see this from the get-go on Saturday. At the 32-game stage of last season, we had identical points and one win less than this year. We were, however, 4 goals better off in the GD which may yet bite us on the proverbial. There are 12 points between us and the third-placed team wheres, last season, the gap was 10. So, in my view, everything to play for and we must still be in with a shout.

Bring it on!!!
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: Strongest team for every game,Burnley have had the same team for 7 games,rotation for the sake of it will get us nowhere ,we have not got enough quality for these shenanigans.[/p][/quote]I agree - now is not the time for squad rotation and we simply have to play to win (and I'm certainly not suggesting our approach is anything other than that). The Ulloa/Lingard combo has mouth-watering potential and I'd like to see this from the get-go on Saturday. At the 32-game stage of last season, we had identical points and one win less than this year. We were, however, 4 goals better off in the GD which may yet bite us on the proverbial. There are 12 points between us and the third-placed team wheres, last season, the gap was 10. So, in my view, everything to play for and we must still be in with a shout. Bring it on!!! Aye Aye
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Captain Haddock says...

WestStander17 wrote:
Sweat? Really? Even with Stephens and Orlandi unavailable, we have 9 players by my reckoning (Ince, Andrews, JFC, Lopez, March, Buckley, Rodriguez, Lua Lua and Lingard) to fill 5 midfield positions. Hardly down to the bare bones! Depending on each individual's fitness, I would go with Ince and Andrews holding with Lingard on the left, March in the centre and Buckley on the right ahead of them. Those 3 could interchange easily too. Thats how I would start but I think Oscar will go for Lopez or JFC as the 3rd central midfielder. Barring knocks, aches and pains, the other 6 (Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward and Ulloa) pick themselves.
I'd go with that, WestStander.
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Sweat? Really? Even with Stephens and Orlandi unavailable, we have 9 players by my reckoning (Ince, Andrews, JFC, Lopez, March, Buckley, Rodriguez, Lua Lua and Lingard) to fill 5 midfield positions. Hardly down to the bare bones! Depending on each individual's fitness, I would go with Ince and Andrews holding with Lingard on the left, March in the centre and Buckley on the right ahead of them. Those 3 could interchange easily too. Thats how I would start but I think Oscar will go for Lopez or JFC as the 3rd central midfielder. Barring knocks, aches and pains, the other 6 (Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward and Ulloa) pick themselves.[/p][/quote]I'd go with that, WestStander. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

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