Sonko Available for Brighton Trip Thursday, 23rd Feb 2012 14:29
Central defender Ibrahima Sonko is over his dislocated rib and is available for selection for Saturday’s game at Brighton. The Senegalese international suffered the injury in the abandoned game against Middlesbrough and has missed the last two matches.
Boss Paul Jewell says that even with the 31-year-old returning, he’ll still be looking for reinforcements: “Sonko’s fit, he’s made a terrific recovery from his dislocated rib.
"We are looking [at loan signings] in all areas between now and the end of the season to improve the squad.
“We have been very light on centre-backs and the two left-sided centre-backs have done terrifically well, but we are short in certain areas.”
The Town manager says Sonko is in with a shout at a return to the side and that he has decided on his starting line-up: “He’s got a chance [of being involved on Saturday]. He’s trained all week, so he’s fit and, touch wood, as we sit here on Thursday afternoon, we’ve got no injuries.
“Every decision you make is big decision, whether that’s to change the team or not to change the team. No decision is every made without any thought.
"The decision [on the starting XI] has been made. If everyone’s fit, I know what the team is going to be.”
After helping to keep two clean sheets in two games, dropping either Tommy Smith or Damien Delaney would seem harsh and Sonko would appear likely to be amongst the subs.
Also back in the fold is Lee Bowyer, who is over his groin problem: “We had a practice match on Tuesday, Lee played 80 minutes of that and he’s trained.”
He should be considered for the starting line up. For a whole 2 seconds then we stick with the so far winning formula of Smith+Delaney. What a message that would send out, ok you've done well, been involved in the first four match win streak in over 5 years and for that we're going to drop you for the donkey.
Put him on the bench ,definately better back up at centre back than Ainsley ,position is for Tommy and Delaney to lose now . Would rather have Bowyer on the bench than Leadbitter ,but would take Carson above both
arc - agree with you. If we could get a centre half or right back on loan and agree a fee then go for it. If not, let the kids and the team who have been playing well lately continue with the same motivation they have been displaying.
Just hope PJ drops Leadpants from the bench for good cos I for one do not want to see that un-motivated crab who clearly doesn't want to play for our club ever pull a Blue Shirt on again!
That was quick! Thought he would be out for ages! Think TS & DD have done well in the last couple of games so IS will have to wait his chance...
Some people have short memories on here. IS may not be the best defender we've ever had, but earlier this season he put in some very good performances and without him we would probably be a few places closer to the bottom...
Tommy Smith should keep his place,but I can't make up my mind between Sonko and Delaney. Both are equally as nerve jangling,but you can't argue with 2 clean sheets in a row. What is it with Town that in recent years, we must have a least one clumsy lumbering oaf at centre half!!!!