Apparently Habib Beye is fit as well, and this is where I admit that I had no idea Habib Beye was injured. Nigel Reo-Coker's return is not ruled out entirely, but it seems quite a long-shot. In other injury news, Steve Sidwell has returned to light training (oh goodie) and Stilyan Petrov should be ready to do so himself within the next few weeks.Carlos Cuellar's calf injury has apparently healed nicely, meaning he'll have a wonderful vantage point from which to observe Luke Young being awful.
Barry Bannan's presence was clearly missed against Liverpool and it's wonderful to have him back with the club, but Emile Heskey's return is the far bigger news where I am concerned. The big man gives an added dimension to the attack that Gabriel Agbonlahor is just not physically capable of providing, and in doing so allows Gabby to play to his strengths in his own right. This team is far better with Emile Heskey than without him, and it's a pretty huge relief to have him back in action.
The injuries have been the biggest ongoing story of the season to this point, but it's starting to look like relief is in sight. It's about damned time, too.