Vlado Getting Fitter

Vladimir Labant reckons he is still a week or so away from full fitness.

He is included in the squad for the Chelsea game, but a place in the starting line up is unlikely, even though Trevor Sinclair is doubtful after sustaining an gash last week.

Ludek Miklosko says he is adapting to life in England, but explains:

"He played the last time on the 4th December and then he had a month's break; he has trained for maybe 10 days and is getting his fitness back.

"He was very pleased to play 70 minutes and I think he is looking forward very much to being involved in the squad and the team.

"It is different here; it is more physical and I think these games in the reserves will help him understand what English football is all about - he will handle it."

As for when Vlado will be fully fit, following his first taste of English football in the reserves midweek, Ludo says:

"It is quite difficult to answer this question but it is only his second week of training; he said after the game against Forest he felt quite good in the game but afterwards and yesterday he said he could feel his legs.

"Maybe after another week of fitness training he will be fine by then."

As for Tomas Repka, Ludo says:

"He is absolutely fine and has settled very well."

Tomas is hoping to put right the wrongs of last weekend's 5-1 defeat , and Ludo adds:

"These things happen and I hope they will not happen again."

SQUAD: James, Andersson, Dailly, Repka, Soma, Schemmel, Hutchison, Carrick, Winterburn, Cole, Kanoute, Di Canio, Defoe, Kitson, Labant, Sinclair, Garcia, Courtois, Foxe.