Date: 6th October 2008 at 11:24am
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Steve Sidwell has declared himself fit following a disappionting start to the season for the summer arrival. The former Reading and Chelsea midfielder is now back in full training and told the official site he is fully fit adding, ‘it’s great to be out there again. It’s been such a frustrating start to the season because I wanted to make a mark here. The main thing now is I feel fine and I feel fit.’

‘It’s about getting games in and working my way into the team. It’s going to be hard because the lads have been doing so, so well – particularly in midfield. But it’s about biding my time and taking my chance when it comes along.’

It looks like Sidwell might be in line for a reserve game next week. Guess who he will be lining up against? Chelsea! Nice test for him!

Great news that he is returning to fitness though, it gives Martin O’Neill more selection problems which can only be a good thing. Be very interesting to see how MON deals with the amount of options in midfield as he doesn’t seem the sort to like to change things much either in starting line ups or substitutions during games. On current form it is very difficult to see Stiliyan Petrov being dropped but Gareth Barry will have to step up to the plate as he has had some very disappointing games thus far this season.