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Injury report: Lansbury, Tuanzebe, Chester and Elphick; 'one has to miss out'

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Injury report: Lansbury, Tuanzebe, Chester and Elphick; 'one has to miss out'

Dean Smith has confirmed that both Henri Lansbury and Axel Tuanzebe are in contention to feature against Blackburn Rovers next week.

Lansbury last played in the first week of January, while Tuanzebe hasn't featured since mid-December.

But both have now returned to full training ahead of the final stint of the campaign – adding to our squad depth at a crucial time.

The gaffer also touched upon further selection headaches, including having six fit loan players available and only five being permitted in a matchday squad.

Smith said: "Henri Lansbury and Axel Tuanzebe have trained fully with us for the last week now.

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"They'll have had a good two weeks in training before the Blackburn Rovers game comes around.

"It's great to have Axel back. He's a very talented player – comfortable on the ball, athletic.

"With him and James Chester out, it was a big loss for us with the lack of centre-backs we had at the club.

"Now, Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause have come in and done really well, as has Tommy Elphick, who we called back.

"Axel gives me not only a selection headache, but a loan headache. You're only allowed five in the matchday 18.

"One will have to miss out – I have Axel, Tom, Carroll, Hause, Mings, Tammy Abraham and Anwar El Ghazi. That's a decision I've got to make."

Smith also says James Chester and Tommy Elphick are making good progress at Bodymoor Heath.

He added: "James Chester has had a course of injections. He's now doing light work on the bike and in the gym.

"Tommy Elphick has got the protective boot off and is walking around a little bit now. He should be back soon.

"We've got a few coming back now."

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 22nd March 2019