Matt Ritchie will now miss Wednesday’s trip to Everton after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season during Saturday’s home defeat to West Ham – with Paul Dummett also facing a race against time to be fit for the game.
Given our lack of convincing options out wide, coupled with the fact Ritchie filled in for Dummett in a left wing-back role in our last away game at Burnley, this is a concern ahead of what promises to be a tough trip to Everton.
Dummett could yet be fit to face the Blues – with Rafa admitting that he was ‘very close’ to returning to full training just a few days ago – but IF he does miss out, Rafa has a few big decisions to make.
He will more than likely have to play Atsu or Murphy, with Manquillo, Clark or Kenedy all able to play at left-back – however the latter could be used as a wing-back option if we opt for the same system that worked so well at Burnley.
What would you do if Ritchie and Dummett BOTH missed out on Wednesday?
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