Light Blues manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed that the Finland international is fit enough to feature in the match after playing 30 minutes in the Champions League on Tuesday night on his comeback from an injury.
Speaking to the club’s official Twitter account, he said:
“Glen [Kamara] is available for Sunday after getting minutes this week, Lundstram is back from his European suspension.”
The head coach has also confirmed that Charlie McCann will return to the squad and that Ben Davies could be in contention to play if he gets through the last training session on Saturday.
Forget Lundstram’s return from suspension, the availability of Kamara for this clash could be a big boost for van Bronckhorst as the midfielder has the potential to be a key player in the middle of the park.
The former Arsenal man has endured a difficult start to the season as he has struggled with injury issues. He has only started twice in the Premiership, playing four times in total, and Sunday’s clash with St. Johnstone is now a chance for him to kickstart his campaign.
Kamara is a proven performer in the Scottish top-flight and someone the manager knows he can rely on to put in a good performance if he is fit and ready to play.
Last season, the 27-year-old averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.01 across 31 appearances in the league as he completed 91% of his attempted passes and won 54% of his individual duels, whilst chipping in with three goals and three assists.
These statistics show that he is reliable in possession and capable of making an impact at the top end of the pitch, whilst still holding his own in physical battles and not allowing the opposition to bully him on or off the ball.
This suggests that Kamara could offer more than the former Sheffield United man in terms of creativity from the middle of the park, which could provide the likes of Ryan Kent and Antonio Colak with more opportunities to hurt the St. Johnstone defence.
Therefore, having the Finnish gem back is a big boost for the manager and one that he should take advantage of by starting the midfielder on Sunday.