Hines, like Behrami, pulled out late with an injury yesterday. So we know that Grant was without Green, Stech, Jacobsen, Ilunga, Da Costa, Collison, Hitzlespurger, Hines, Behrami and Noble. That is TEN players! But the big question is, where was Obinna?
I know the guy's form has been in and out, but surely Grant would not have chosen to leave him behind with so many players ruled out. He presumably didn't travel with the team because we started with only 6 players on the bench, including a 16 year old replacement keeper.
The injury list yesterday crystalises the problems Grant faces. One of his staunchest critics on here - a Zola ho desperate to be proved right about the Italian - has complained repeatedly that Grant has enlarged the squad to no good effect. Well thank God he has enlarged that squad because unless he had done so, we wouldn't have been able to put out a team yesterday! Remember, Zola told us all how good it would be to operate with a smaller squad!
But tell me, what options did Grant have yesterday? Look at the sub's bench and the only players not used were Reid and Faubert - and if Obinna was injured, or unavailable for other reasons, the cupboard was otherwise bare. In the circumstances, a 1-1 draw was probably a good result.
But does anybody know why Obinna wasn't there?