Ferdinand, who has scored three goals in only nine appearances, said: "I've had only 45 minutes in a reserve game since the operation but I've trained well this week."
The cruel irony for the former manager Gerry Francis, who resigned last week, is that it is a line-up he would have loved to have selected. "The improvement in the injury situation is a massive boost for the club, but I can imagine how Gerry will be feeling," said Chris Hughton, who has been elevated from reserve-team manager to chief assistant and picked the team.
Gross will have only a watching brief tonight after flying in from Switzerland. In his final match in charge of the Zurich club, Grasshopper drew 1-1 yesterday at second-placed Lausanne. He leaves them on top of the league.Reuse content