How could we not issue our 2nd update to the visual Match Fit Index; what with CD9 scoring goals, Bob Bradley commenting in the Big Apple yesterday, and (sigh) Ashley Cole hounding wingers on the pitch. (Last visual)
For those unfamiliar, TSG has the MFI, with four designations: Medic! (You don’t want to go to the Medic!, trust us. CD9, Gooch…they’ve been there this year), Training Table (A 6-to-8 weeker….could go either way), Magic Spray (Spritz, spritz….you’re good to go), Match Fit (Energizer…..bunny).
On the chart below….one Charles Desmond Davies is not in Tweezerland…he’s under Match Fit status. And so is Gooch (or as John Harkes calls him Onyewu Oguchi) and even Iceman Holden!
In the schematic below if you’re Magic Spray or better….you’re on the Match Fit list.
Both Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand are expected in the line-up for Manchester United this weekend
Steven Gerrard: Have you heard the news? Yet another scandalous, um, scandal just three fortnights before the World Cup.
Oguchi Onyewu: Not sure what is more impressive. That he’s got no restrictions on training or he used Twitter to deliver the news.
Stu Holden: Likely back for the final two Bolton fixtures….sure sounds like Owen Coyle’s got big plans for Mr. Haircut.
Ashley Cole: Back and in full effect.
Aaron Lennon: Still battling, but will likely be battle-tested.