Wesley Fofana not expected back this week despite growing excitement over injury return

Give Me Sport‘s weekly column with Ben Dinnery is up, and on the menu this week is Wesley Fofana.

Various reports have him close to a return, and we saw pictures of him training with the rest of the squad this week.

The bad news is that Dinnery thinks that a return for Saturday’s early kick off is a long shot. Given how long he’s been out, a rapid return makes no sense.

“[A Fofana return] is certainly one that I definitely would not expect; last competitive game probably over four months now; I think it was the beginning of October,” the injury specialist mused.

“His only semblance of any sort of real football of note was the behind-closed-doors game with Brentford, where he suffered that reaction or recurrence [of his injury] in that game as well.”

The good news is that, really, we don’t desperately need him right now. Thiago Silva and Benoit Badiashile have formed a nice partnership in a back 4, and have kept three clean sheets in a row. Of course it will add a huge amount to have Fofana back – but we’re not rushing him as we might have been a few months ago.

He’s already had one relapse – let’s make sure it’s the only one.

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