Unsurprisingly David Moyes will bring Yakubu back from exile for this week’s UEFA Cup tie against Norwegian outfit SK Brann. The Moyesiah said:
“Yak’s back in and it’s done with now — that episode has ended.
“Let’s hope he feels he has a point to prove because he let us down by not coming back on time.
“We have moved on but he will be important because he is one of those with good European experience which will be vital.”
So it looks like Yakubu will be playing, but what of the injury ravaged midfield, with Arteta, Gravesen, Pienaar, and possibly Manuel Fernandes crocked? Moyes confessed that his team will be severely depleted:
“To be honest it’s a bit of a struggle even getting a team out.
“We would hope that the boys who have been through it all before in Europe are a real help to us, because we’ll need it with the injuries.”
A look at the squad members that flew over to Norway shows us that a certain Mr Van Der Meyde, international man of mystery, and once upon a time a blahhrdy good winger, any chance of a double recall of Yakubu and Van Der Meyde?