A suspension to Paul Robinson has denied Bryan Robson the chance to name an u nchanged West Bromwich Albion team to face Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow.
It is rare for Robson, the Albion manager, to reveal his team selection in advance of a match but, after the 2-0 victory at home to Blackburn Rovers last week, it would be difficult to make any changes.
But the change one involving Robinson, the left back, is enforced and it is likely that Robson will move Neil Clement into that position, allowing Williams Martinez to make a debut at centre back. An alternative is that Darren Carter plays at left back, with Clement remaining at centre back.
Steve Watson and Thomas Gaardsoe (both groin) remain doubtful but, for once, the team virtually selects itself.
"I've got a couple of options at left-back," said Robson. Darren Carter has played there in the Premiership and I have Williams Martinez to consider. That's my main decision, otherwise the team picks itself.
"Martinez has played at a high level and sometimes you throw players in at the deep end and they come in swimming. Inamoto will start on the right again because with the performance we put in last week, if everyone was fit and available, the team would be the same.
"That's because they gave a good solid performance against a very good side. Inamoto and Nigel Quashie showed a good little under-standing on that right-hand side. There was good balance and Ina played the role well. All my midfielders played very well last weekend."
Zoltan Gera, the Hungary international captain, will return today after nursing a groin injury in Budapest.
N wankwo Kanu, the Nigeria international striker, and Diomansy Kamara, the Senegal striker, will next week after playing their third-place match in the African Cup of Nations yesterday.
"Zoltan Gera is still out," Robson said. "Kanu and Kamara won't come back into contention until after the Fulham came."
Robson feels comfortable making tough decisions. It appeared that Chris Kirkland would be his first-choice goal-keeper but that is no longer the case. Tomasz Kuszczak, the Poland international, has retained the spot in recent matches and shows no sign of losing form.
Kuszczak was second choice for Albion during the first three months of the season but has not looked back since Kirkland, on loan from Liverpool for the season, suffered a bruised kidney against Bolton Wanderers in late October.
Kuszczak, aged 23, was watched by his international manager, Jacek Kazimierski, against Blackburn last week and kept a clean sheet.
"Do I think Tomasz deserve a chance with Poland? I certainly do the way Tomasz has been playing," Robson said. "He deserves at least someone monitoring him.
"He has got a chance of going to the World Cup because he has been in great form. It is a good turnaround for Tomasz after being kept out by Chris early on but full credit to him.
"It would have been easy for him to drop his head and think, 'Chris Kirkland, with the way he was playing, is going to be the automatic No 1 all the time'. But Chris got injured and Tomasz has taken his chance and that's what you want your players to do.
"Tomasz has progressed a lot. Full credit to him and Chris Kirkland and the goal-keeping coach, Joe Corrigan. He is an excellent coach and he has helped to progress Tomasz and Chris very well over the last year or so."
Robson has reiterated his desire to take the Albion play-ers abroad in an effort to recharge their batteries for the battle against relegation.
Albion went to Florida 12 months ago and their results improved dramatically. Albion avoided relegation only on the final day of the season but it is likely that they would have slipped into the Coca-Cola Championship had it not been for the trip to Orlando.
"I've been trying to get the arrangements finalised to go somewhere because it will help the players mentally," Robson said. "We will do some training and it will be good for the players to re-group and get a little sun if they can.
"The break helped last season and hopefully it would do the same this time. It helps with camaraderie with the lads all together for a few days."