It’s almost inconceivable that Roy Hodgson won’t shuffle his pack as Fulham prepare for a trip to Anfield on Sunday.
Several of his key first-team players are a little bruised after last night’s memorable win over Wolfsburg. It’s unlikely that goalscorer Bobby Zamora will risk damaging his Achilles with a second game in the space of three days, while Simon Davies, who took a painful elbow in the ribs during the second half in Germany, may well be a doubt as well.
Fulham will definitely be without Clint Dempsey against Liverpool after Titus Bramble’s late challenge left the Texan sidelined for a while with a thigh injury. David Elm will only travel if he’s fully recovered from the virus that has laid him low recently: Hodgson admitted in the aftermath of last Sunday’s win over Wigan that starting with the Swede was a mistake. The former Kalmar striker was taken to hospital to monitor his heartbeat after being taken off at half-time.
The absence of other striking options might pit Erik Nevland, who came on as a late substitute last night, against Stefano Okaka, introduced to great effect against Wigan, for the single starting berth if Hodgson persists with the 4-4-1-1 formation that he currently favours. John Pantsil has an outside chance of making the matchday squad after coming through 60 minutes of a reserve outing in midweek.
Injuries might not be the only reason for alterations. Nicky Shorey, ineligible for the Europa League, could replace Paul Konchesky at left back and Chris Smalling may be in line for another start. Jonathan Greening and Kagisho Dikgacoi may freshen up the midfield, whilst Bjorn-Helge Riise will be hoping to be a little more impressive than up at Hull if he gets a chance to impress.