Odemwingie faces fight for shirt
The 30-year-old Nigeria striker, who found the net 15 times in the Premier League last season, has been struggling with knocks this term and has only found the net twice so far. The African goal machine is currently sidelined with a knee injury picked up in training which has scuppered Hodgson plans to pair him with Shane Long. And with Zoltan Gera hitting some of his best form for the club, Hodgson fears Odemwingie may struggle to get a look in. "In our dreams at the start of the season we saw them both playing," said Hodgson. "But we have not realised that dream as yet. "Peter's performances have been sporadic and he has had a lot of injuries and interruptions "So, we have yet to see what those two are like together properly. We won't know that until Peter is able to declare himself fit. "He might struggle to get back into the team because Tchoyi has not done badly in the games he has played, Cox is a current Ireland international and Fortune, in the games where I have given him a chance, has not let the club down. "It is something that gives me great hope for the season. It does not matter how well you play as a football team, if your goalkeeper does not make the saves and your front players are no good then you cannot win. That is the bottom line."