The unavailability of Bridge to play against the club that owns his contract poses yet another problem for Grant. As if playing the multi million pound outfit isn't a big enough of a problem in itself, we now find ourselves going into the game without a specialist left back in the squad. Incredibly, this was always going to happen because we knew about this fixture and still chose to leave Ilunga out of the squad.
So who plays left back? Gabbidon? We know that doesn't work! Spector? Anybody got an abacus to keep a tally of the score? Upson if he is fit? Anybody got a mobility scooter he could borrow? I suppose Grant could destroy Tomkins' confidence once and for all by getting him to fill in at left back, or by moving Jacobsen to the left flank and chucking Tomkins in at right back again. Bugger it, the boy is only a future England player so why does his confidence matter?
It's a mess and it is a mess entirely of our own making. No forward thinking whatsoever. In fact, no defensive forward thinking whatsoever!
Never mind, Gabbidon says we should go out with an attacking attitude so perhaps we won't need defenders! I bet Mancini is shaking in his Armani suit!