Date: 15th January 2009 at 3:26pm
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Martin O’Neill has spoken of the selection headache he now faces given that players are returning from injury.

Martin Laursen went straight back into the squad, despite not being at his best, at the expense of Knight who had performed admirably in his stint back in the first team.

For our trip to Sunderland O’Neill also has to decide whether to drop Reo-Coker for Cuellar again. And with talk that Carew isn’t far off a return to the first team squad aswell he will shortly have to ponder whether to rejig midfield to accomodate the Hulk again.

Speaking to the Express and Star our enigmatic manager said:

“When players come back to fitness I am left with decisions to make about the side. Martin came in, he felt pretty good.

“Carlos had a hamstring problem and I thought putting them in together would have been a bit risky.

“I think Nigel has done very well and I don`t think that there was any need to be risking anything. Zat Knight did very well when he came in. He scored the goal against Arsenal and did fine against Hull.

“But Martin has done exceptionally well and is the captain of the side. He wanted to get back as quickly as possible.”

Hopefully as additions are made this month selection headaches will become a normal thing for our manager. Being able to have players on the bench that can both easily slot into the first team and provide competition will only be a good thing for the club as everyone agrees.