Robinho still a couple of weeks away

In the Fulham pre-match press conference, Mark Hughes said Robinho’s stress fracture has still not healed sufficiently and he wouldn’t be ready for 10-14 days. Transfer speculation surrounding the Brazilian was once again rebuffed, along with that around Michah Richards, who “has a big future here”.

Hughes on Robinho:

“Robi is 10-14 days away because his stress fracture has not healed as anticipated.

“Any rumours linking him with a move away are a non-story. He will be back soon and I expect him to have a big part to play.”

Hughes would hardly announce plans to sell anyone in the environment of a pre-match press conference so this is unsurprising. News that Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez weren’t training with the main group today was more of a concern. However Hughes expects all three to be back tomorrow, and hopefully available for Sunday.

Kolo Toure is set to return, and Vincent Kompany will be in the squad again. This is excellent news regarding Kompany as his height and physical presence can give us something we lack on occasions. With his new contract signed, the Belgian international should be looking to force his way back into the starting 11.

Hughes also acknowledged that he would be keeping an eye on Liverpool v United this weekend to see who drops points. It would have been interesting to know who he wanted to win. Liverpool are looking the most vulnerable of the ‘big four’ so if he wants them to lose, it would mean we are chasing a place in the top four. If he wants United to lose, maybe he has got an eye on the title itself!