Lets start with the good news, Christian Benteke is ahead of schedule and will beginning training during the International Break! He torn his Achilles and is well ahead of schedule, he has already started some light jogging and light ball work. He will start joining his team-mates within a week. Kozak on the other hand still has a few more weeks to go.
“Christian is ahead of Libor at the minute in his rehab.
“He will be, with a bit of luck, doing little bits with us after the break. Then we will see how he is.
“He’s doing really well. Libor is a bit behind him but doing very well himself.
“If Christian can start training with us that would be a major thing.
“Then we will have to see how he is for games-wise and see how he feels himself.
“But in terms of physical condition, he’s looking fantastic. He’s desperate to get back. – Lambert
Interestingly, N’Zogbia suffered a similar injury as Benteke, yet it took N’Zogbia a full season to recover! But it’s important that we get at least one big striker back, we have been desperate for goals and Benteke might soon start delivering sometime in September.
Now onto Saturday’s game against Hull City. Ron Vlaar and Cissokho will both face late fitness tests. Vlaar has a slight knee injury and Cissokho had to come off with an ankle injury against Newcastle last week. The duo missed out the League Cup game against Leyton Orient. Meanwhile Jores Okore will not be risked this weekend as he continues to suffer with a knee injury. Should Vlaar and Cissokho miss out, Baker will most likely face Hull alongside Senderos with Richardson filling in the left-back position, this would allow Sanchez to come into the midfield.