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Big Sam: Tomkins Set To Miss Final Games

25 April 2017

Sam Allardyce revealed that James Tomkins could be absent through until the end of the season following the ankle injury picked up at Anfield on Sunday.  The defender suffered the blow when on the end of the challenge by Marko Grujic. 

“He is fortunate in the respect that nothing is broken, which we are very pleased about given the nature of the tackle and it's not great for us given that Scott Dann has a long term injury but we do have Mamadou back for this game.  We do also have some cover in those positions which shows how important a good, strong and experienced squad needs to be.“

but with that game on a Sunday it doesn’t leave a lot of recovery time for the squad before their next home match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.thThe victory at Anfield saw the side move up to 12

This has led to discussions amongst Sam's backroom staff as to whether players will need to be rested as the weekend game will soon come round.

"Players recovery is a big question mark to select what team based on the form they're in. Do we let them go again if they are capable of going again and if not should we change the side and that is the big question we have been asking ourselves yesterday and we will again in the morning with no final decision being made until then.

"The energy to produce a performance like Liverpool is one of the key elements of the mental strength that is required now and if they haven't got that, they'll find it hugely difficult to perform against the top sides.

 point of view and professionally, is that the right thing to do?”realistic"I have to ask myself what the right thing to do is, go with fresh legs or stay with the vast majority of the team that played on Sunday? The players will want to play and I don't blame them for that, but from a 


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