El Mizouni Could Return But Lambert Has One or Two Concerns Ahead of Peterborough
Friday, 16th Aug 2019 12:14
Blues boss Paul Lambert hopes youngster Idris El Mizouni will be fit enough to return to the squad at Peterborough tomorrow but thas one or two worries about other players ahead of the visit to London Road, while he says the likes of Gwion Edwards, Emyr Huws and Alan Judge will have benefited from playing in the Carabao Cup tie at Luton on Tuesday.
“I’ll see how he is this morning, he’d have played against Luton but for his ankle,” Lambert said when asked about Tunisian international El Mizouni.
“I’ll see how he is this morning. He’s a big talent, a huge talent and he’s been doing really well, so I’ll see how he is.
“We’ve one or two other things at the minute, but we’ll assess them this morning and we’ll decide later on today who plays.”
Asked about the number of injuries the Blues have suffered, not just this season but for the last few, and whether anything needs to be looked into on that front, Lambert said: “It’s football, you need a lot of luck in football, you can never say in a game what’s going to happen, whether it’s contact or a strained muscle, anything can happen.
“The frustrating thing is that lads were injured last season and it’s taken them longer to come back from it. They’re getting there, slowly but surely, but that’s just part and parcel of the game, I guess.”
Among those on the way back from injuries picked up last season are Edwards, who played an hour at Kenilworth Road, and Jon Nolan, who was on the bench and may be involved for the U23s at Hull City this evening.
“Gwion is slightly ahead of what Nolan is,” Lambert added. “Nolan hasn’t played any games whatsoever and it was Gwion’s first 60 minutes the other night.
“It’s good to have them back, but they’re still a little bit off it regarding game time, but the good thing is they’re training with us now.”
Lambert says central defender Toto Nsiala is still a few weeks off a return from his hamstring injury, despite being back running.
“It was Emyr’s first game in 21 or 22 months, Andre [Dozzell]’s just back – so Andre is probably the fittest out of everybody really, again I’ll look at it.”
Lambert says Emyr Huws came through is first senior start since December 2018 at Luton, the Welshman having played 66 minutes against the Hatters.
“I’ve said before he’s a talented footballer, but you’ve got to nurture him in, and it’s incredible the length of time he’s been out, but I’m happy with him, really really happy with how he’s training and how he’s progressing and not really missing training days now."
“What the lad has done has been really good, and I’m really happy with him and how he’s getting back to the fitness levels. He’s a good footballer, but you have to protect him from himself.”
“And as I said before, we’re going to need everybody, and sometimes you have to sacrifice the ‘me’ for the ‘we’, that’s the way to view it because there are so many games that we have to win.
“At the minute there’s a really good feeling with the team, fans and the club, so we go and try to win the game.”
Meanwhile, Lambert says young strikers Ben Folami, who is back in training after his achilles injury, and Ben Morris, who is continuing work with physios after his ACL, are making good progress.
“Those lads are doing really well, they’re doing really well,” he said. “They had horrendous injuries those two, but they’re nowhere near ready for the first team or anything like that. They have to get their careers going again in the young team, but they’re doing really well.”
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