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Zaki to miss Villa game

Zaki was in jured in a strong tackle in the first half on Wednesday,( one that strangly Mr Benitez omitted to mention).He played on but according to his official website, the injury is serious enough to prevent him playing today.

Steve Bruce must now decide to play want away Henri Camara or go with new signing Hugo Rodellaga, whose cameo on Wednesday promises great things for the future. Bruce though is quoted as saying Hugo will need time to settle and therefore has a dilemma as to whom to start with.

Another selection headache is on both wings.
Neither Taylor or De Ridder covered themselves in glory on Wednesday night and with Taylor seemingly on his way to Tyneside to join Newcastle, it would appear the left wing choice is between the unsettled Kapo and the brilliant but unpredictable Koumas.

With the lack of alternatives on the right wing, it seems that Bruce must bite the bullet and go with De Ridder.

Central midfield is another area of concern, with the willing Brown up against new signing Ben Watson. Brown won the nod on Wednesday night but lacks the creativity and drive forward of his predecessor Palacios and at 31 also lacks the pace needed for such a game.
Watson however has been out injured since early January and this game may be too soon as he strives for match fitness.

In centre of defence the return from suspension of Bramble creates a welcome headache for Steve Bruce. Bramble who has been superb this season, was replaced on Wednesday by Boyce who was absolutely superb against Liverpool and to drop him to the bench for Bramble would be cruel.

With Scharner being a shoe in for the other centre back spot, Bruce has to make a tough decision.

Between the posts Bruce has to assess whether Kirkland's back has recovered sufficiently to replace Pollitt between the sticks. Pollitt, who had a poor first half against Liverpool but a better second is reliable but not as good as Kirkland. Chris' well documented back problems however, means he will always be a risk fitness wise.







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Date:Saturday January 31 2009

Time: 10:22AM

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could see quite a few chsnges from wednesday
worbo
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31/01/2009 11:14:00

Zaki has been poor of late!
robin
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31/01/2009 11:18:00

I agree robin, Zaki has been poor. His heading in a joke, he is always out of a goal scoring position and he lacks pace for such a young man. It was not that long ago we were gutted we only had him on load, now it may be a blessing.
zeppelin123
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31/01/2009 11:52:00

you might be right there zeppelin123! Up the Latics!
robin
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31/01/2009 14:51:00

what is zeppelin and robin on about ..Zaki has been unfit for some time now and once he gets back to his usual best he'll be firing at all cylinders and dont forget both of you that Zaki and other key players in the team are the reason where u r now
mmjnr
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31/01/2009 16:25:00

If you dont want him you can keep the fat mido and give Zaki to us !
Shiha
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31/01/2009 20:02:00

Mido and Zaki didn't play alot together in the Egyptian Team but they are friends only, let wish that Mido get fit and can replace Heskey
Tito610
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31/01/2009 21:47:00

To cut it short Zaki is one of best 5 premiereship strikers and one of best 10 strikers in the entire globe and those of you will unable to withstand Zaki at his low moments then tough coz soon enough Zaki will move to a bigger team and will continue doing what he does best and there will no going back then ..I personally love it if Zaki continues with Wigan who proved to be the black horse of the competition this year and one of the best teams in the EPL this season by far with some star players who were unknown to everyone yet everyone is dying to sign them right now
mmjnr
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31/01/2009 21:57:00

agreed with you mmjnr, in addition to Valencia also, If both players are playing in a match, Wigan has another shape and plays offensively, one of them are missing, Wigan is in bad shape
Tito610
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