Romelu Lukaku has returned following his extended post-Euro2016 break
The club captain will remain on Merseyside to continue treatment on his injured hamstring in a bid to be fit for the Premier League kick-off against Tottenham Hotspur on 13 August.
Having missed the last two friendlies against Barnsley and MK Dons with a knee problem, striker Kone, meanwhile, is expected to among the party that travels to Dresden. The Ivorian's absence, combined with Lukaku's extended break and Oumar Niasse's omission amid reports of an impending switch to Galatasaray, has left manager Koeman without a recognised striker so far this summer.
However, with Lukaku back and Kone apparently fit again, the Dutchman will have a more orthodox forward line from which to choose for the upcoming friendlies after deploying Gerard Deulofeu up front at Oakwell and Stadium mk.
Koeman has confirmed that the skipper isn't fit to play and explained that the proximity of the two friendlies means that he will be fielding two different teams to face Dresden on Friday and then Real Betis or Werder Bremen on Saturday.
“You can't play with the same team," Koeman explained. "Players cannot play Friday evening and then 1:30pm on a Saturday afternoon, that's impossible. We'll take 24-25 players.
“I have a good hope that Arouna Kone and Gareth Barry are fit enough to travel to Dresden for the tournament and James McCarthy will be involved in the squad for the weekend.
"Of course they need a good pre-season, that's the problem. Every player missing weeks in a pre-season that's a big problem.
“We will also take Romelu to the tournament because he started [training] last Monday and we have to see what we can do with Romelu. But he will play 45 minutes at least," Koeman explained.
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1 Posted 27/07/2016 at 17:29:16
2 Posted 27/07/2016 at 18:42:11
3 Posted 27/07/2016 at 19:36:12
I really like Garbutt, much prefer him to Oviedo! He should be our first choice back up LB. Plus he can offer that something special off the bench at LM too.
4 Posted 27/07/2016 at 19:44:00
Also Tony A@1, why are you worried? What makes who we have been linked with any better thank our youngsters?
5 Posted 27/07/2016 at 19:55:31
I've no doubt we will get 3-4 big signings in before 31August, but it looks like we may be a bit thin on the ground squad-wise by the time Spurs roll into town.
6 Posted 27/07/2016 at 20:06:14
We've got Davies and Tarashaj who played only one game between them so I'd say, Keep Calm and Trust Ron
7 Posted 27/07/2016 at 20:16:52
8 Posted 27/07/2016 at 20:26:26
Or Conor McAleny?
9 Posted 27/07/2016 at 20:31:55
10 Posted 27/07/2016 at 20:39:27
11 Posted 27/07/2016 at 20:53:39
12 Posted 27/07/2016 at 22:04:33
14 Posted 27/07/2016 at 23:42:54
15 Posted 28/07/2016 at 00:23:06
16 Posted 28/07/2016 at 02:23:57
Go on then, who is the first to say "Oh well he wants to access the players." Yes, just like McGeady.
I can just see Kenwright giving the two of them extended contracts because like Gibson, it's the cheaper option to actually buying better players. I've had enough already.
17 Posted 28/07/2016 at 03:23:31
I read his contract was up and he wasn't going to renew.
18 Posted 28/07/2016 at 03:27:02
19 Posted 28/07/2016 at 03:32:37
20 Posted 28/07/2016 at 03:58:51
Koeman and Co are worth at least 10 points more than Martinez and the boss says we will be making signings over the next few weeks, so let's have some faith in the man.
21 Posted 28/07/2016 at 05:49:54
22 Posted 28/07/2016 at 07:55:36
All smoke, mirrors and bullshit from the board as usual, other than appoint a manager that was a very safe bet what has Moshiri actually done!
23 Posted 28/07/2016 at 07:59:45
Let's be honest here, we bang on about how good they are then they get released or sold to a League Two side for a nominal fee, never to resurface!
24 Posted 28/07/2016 at 08:09:13
25 Posted 28/07/2016 at 08:18:55
It appears to me that the boss has options coming out of his ears at full back, midfield, and up front, but we look very frail In the centre of defence. Ironically Martinez got one thing right in signing Funes Mori. If he hadn't we would be in serious strife just now.
Galloway, Pennington, and Holgate are all terrific prospects but they are just not strong or experienced enough yet to deal with the likes of Ibrahomovic, Kane, Giroud, Aguerro, Costa, and Vardy.
26 Posted 28/07/2016 at 10:34:12
Stones is off for Champions League football, or more important, more dosh! We have been linked with numerous so-called Marquee signings, but not one has materialised.
it occurred to me that, as long as we lack serious talent, big names are unlikely to come and play for us for fear of floundering like a big fish in a small lake! And damaging their careers. West Ham were linked with big names and even got a knock back from Lacazette.
It's great having money to splash, but we are not the only ones. I think we came into the money far too late. We had far too much stagnation these past decades and, whether we like it or not, apart from ourselves who think otherwise, we are also-rans!
I don't think Moshiri's millions will provide a quick fix. I personally think we will have to make a few astute signings and hope we can play our way with blood and guts into at least a Europa spot. That way, we could keep the momentum and attract other big fish to play for a good footballing consistent club,
Cos right now (blinkers still off!) based on the last two seasons, we are neither good nor consistent. Hoping it will change... Now I am going to put my tin hat on and my blinkers back on.
27 Posted 28/07/2016 at 10:54:31
28 Posted 28/07/2016 at 11:56:42
29 Posted 28/07/2016 at 12:27:01
30 Posted 28/07/2016 at 12:32:38
31 Posted 28/07/2016 at 12:34:00
Still 2.5 weeks till the big KO, a lot can happen till then and no team will be match fit for the first couple of weeks of the season. Even if only Funes Mori out our senior defenders is fit, we'd still have Coleman, Funes Mori and Baines in the back 4. I trust one of the youngsters to be able to step up if needed. It's not like our whole defence is missing. (Also have the added bonus of not having Jagielka as captain).
32 Posted 28/07/2016 at 12:46:28
33 Posted 28/07/2016 at 13:52:55
34 Posted 28/07/2016 at 15:19:57
35 Posted 28/07/2016 at 15:21:13
36 Posted 28/07/2016 at 15:23:00
37 Posted 28/07/2016 at 15:30:33
38 Posted 28/07/2016 at 15:34:37
39 Posted 28/07/2016 at 16:44:26
Lets see how Kone does in these two games, I think Kone might just surprise a few with a different manager, if not we have lost nothing.
We still need a backup striker but Kone could turn out to be a squad player.
I still think Ronnie will land a number one keeper, a centre half and a striker, possibly a holding midfielder.
40 Posted 29/07/2016 at 05:01:39
I have faith in the manager, but I am not too sure about the new football director.
41 Posted 29/07/2016 at 08:29:15
If Moyes were still here we'd be waiting for Dithering Dave to make up his mind. If Martinez, we'd be waiting to see which ex Wigan player became available.
But with the new set-up we just wait !
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