Cobblers boss Rob Page will run the rule over Gaby Zakuani in training before deciding whether or not to recall the central defender to play against his former Peterborough United team-mates in Saturday’s big derby date at Sixfields (November 19).
Zakuani missed the weekend (November 12) trip to Gillingham as he was on international duty, captaining DR Congo to a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Guinea on Sunday evening.
The 30-year-old will be desperate to win back his place to play against Posh having spent more than six seasons at London Road, but Page is keeping his cards close to his chest on what his selection will be.
Zakuani has missed two previous matches due to international duty this season, against Milton Keynes Dons in September and then against Scunthorpe United in October, and on both occasions he had to make do with a place on the bench in the following fixtures, against Chesterfield and Millwall respectively.
Lewin Nyatanga certainly impressed alongside Zander Diamond in Zakuani’s absence at Gillingham last week, and has made it clear he is going to be battling very hard to keep his place in the first team.
It is going to be a difficult selection decision for Page, but one he welcomes.
“We will have a look at Gaby,” said the Town boss. “Obviously he has done a lot of travelling, and we will have to take that into consideration.
“We will see how he is, and he didn’t look right the last time he came back.
“We will have a look at that training, but I though Lewin and Zander were excellent on Saturday, so it is a great problem to have.
“We know Gaby’s qualities, it is just whether the travelling has had an impact on him. If we feel the right thing is to put him back in, then we will consider it.”
Zakuani has been on the losing side for Cobblers just twice in League One this season and in one of them, against Bristol Rovers, he was controversially sent off when the scores were level.