Glenn: Sinclair Must Be Patient

Glenn Roeder has told Trevor Sinclair: Your time will come.
Although he was left out of the England squad to face Holland next week, Glenn is convinced that he will break through some time this season, as long as he recaptures the form he was showing when he got injured in the last campaign.
"I think the fact that he missed 20 games last year, and a bit of the preseason - including the Rushden and Diamonds game when Tord Grip was there the other evening - were factors," says Glenn.
"But I am very aware that Trevor Sinclair is going to be carefully monitored in the next few weeks.
"Tord Grip came out on record by saying he is a player that impressed him very much when he first came here looking at our players."
If Trevor, along with Joe Cole, were to make it into the England squad this season, it would give the Hammers a quartet of full internationals - and leave Glenn wistful about the two who left the club in the last few months.
With Frank Lampard back in the England squad, and Rio Ferdinand only just missing the cut because of fitness problems, the 'what might have been' scenario plays heavily upon his mind.
But four out of six isn't bad, and Glenn says:
"I hope it happens, and for a club like ourselves to have Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Trevor Sinclair and David James in the England set-up would be fantastic.
"It is there for everyone to see that after Rio left the club we didn't pick up too many points.
"It just shows how greatly he has been missed and how difficult it has been to find players to come in and replace him, if you will.
"Having said that, you couldn't replace him, he is £18m of defender, and after he left we only picked up 25 points out of 26 games.
"But we are still looking for that partnership in front of David James to make us solid at the back."
Glenn hopes the pair who are in the full squad both get at least part of a game next week, and with Sven-Goran Eriksson saying he will use a lot of substitutions, that could be likely.
"It is a great honour for David and Michael, it is a great honour for the club, and it is wonderful for individuals and their families, says Glenn, "and we will just have to wait and see whether they play."
Added to that, of course, is the inclusion of Jermain Defoe in the U21 squad, and Glenn adds:
"It is terrific news for Jermain; he crept into the squad last year and did well against Mexico."
But Glenn reveals that he is not likely to start at Anfield on the first day of the season in the absence of Fredi Kanoute, and adds:
"They know that place is up for grabs - is it going to be Paul Kitson or Todorov?
"They would be the two favourites, but Jermain is fighting hard to get a place on the bench, probably."
There is one more public friendly ahead of the trip to Liverpool, against Utrecht on Saturday evening, and Glenn says:
"It is the absolute key that we top up on our fitness but it is absolutely crucial that we come through unscathed.
"If any of our supporters looks at the numbers in the squad they will know how drastically it has been cut and how thin it is.
"It's a real concern for me, but you can't wrap them up in cotton wool because if you do that they don't get fitness.
"That is the way it has unfolded, so it is fingers crossed in Jersey."