After defeat at the Amex, the manager will be desperate for a response from his side, but he is likely to be without his No. 27 again despite being “very close” to returning.
“[There has been] progress with all [players out],” he explained in his pre-match press conference.
“Darwin is very close, but it’s Monday and tomorrow is the game. But he’s very close.
“Milly and Stefan [Bajcetic] trained fully. Milly was on the bench [at Brighton] but wasn’t match-right. Stefan as well.
“They’re now available again. That’s it.”
Asked whether he would rotate his side for the tie, he confirmed he would make changes and admitted that “not all players who played the last game are available now.”
“We go as strong as you can, but it always depends on the situation you are in,” he said.
“That means when the last game was and stuff like this. Not all players who played the last game are available now, for different reasons.
“Yes, we will make changes, that’s clear. But it’s good as well.
“What I mean with ‘as strong as we can’ is we want to win the game, so we need obviously fresh legs.
“The easiest thing for me is to sit here and tell the boys ‘with the game at Brighton you put us in the situation, so let’s have a look how you can get us out of that again’.
“But that would mean I’m out of responsibility and I cannot [do that]. I just can’t.
“We have to make decisions about the lineup. We will. We will make changes, that’s clear, three days after the last game, I think that makes absolute sense. Then we will go.”