Hey guys Matt here to wrap up all the key injury news and form from this past couple of weeks. How has the international break affected our fantasy teams? Let’s take a look. Edited for RVP/Kagawa as of Saturday 11:20 a.m WST.
- Van Persie is a big concern for those who had just transferred him in this week to play Wigan! He was subbed of at half time during Holland’s latest international match and is in doubt for this Saturday. The fact that the game is against a lowly Wigan suggests to me that he will be rested, especially with guys like Hernandez and Welbeck warming the bench. Add to that a mid week champions league fixture and I can’t see Vanners being risked at this stage, be very wary captaining him as if he starts then he may only get 60 minutes, or even come off the bench for a measly 1 point. Tread with caution, although he should be right for next week. EDIT: It seems as though RVP will be fit to play, possibly for 60-70 minutes is my guess. I highly doubt Kagawa will be risked given he has a history of back injuries and it’s only Wigan, but then again who knows with Sir Alex. 60 minutes at best.
- Kagawa is a similar story after pulling up with a twinge in his back prior to Japan’s second game. He has been sent off for scans last night which really concerns me, he has also had back problems in the past. Same story here I can’t see Fergie risking him, and if the scans show anything significant then he may be out for an extended period of time. Don’t expect him to play this week.
- Johnson missed both of England’s games due to a thigh problem but has tweeted that he should be fit for the home game against Liverpool this Saturday. Slight concern but my gut says he will play.
- Both Terry and Cole missed England’s internationals and have only returned to light training this week. Both are doubts for this weekend’s game against QPR with Luiz and Bertrand the obvious replacements.
- Diaby sent a scare through the Arsenal camp after missing France’s second international fixture with a hip complaint. However Wenger has reassured fans that it is only minor and he is a slight chance to play this Saturday. However seeing it is only against Southampton I expect him to miss this week before returning midweek in the champions league, they can’t afford to take any chances with him.
- Both Sagna and Koscielny have had recent injury problems of late and little news has been heard on the pair. Sagna has returned to training and is pushing for selection, although it won’t be this week. Jenkinson owners have to be wary of Koscielny’s inclusion to the team as he looks fit to go. Whether it will be Mertesacker or Jenkinson to make way I’m not too sure, but considering it’s only against Southampton he could start from the bench and give Jenkinson one last run. However with an away trip to City then facing Chelsea at home I have doubts over Jenkinson from here on out.
- Newcastle are facing some serious injury problems in the lead up to their game against Everton. Krul and Colocinni are serious doubts this week. Krul is reportedly set to miss up to 3 weeks with an elbow injury sustained while training for the Netherlands while Colocinni is also a doubt for this weeks Monday night fixture at Everton. Perch could return after missing last week’s draw against Aston Villa but Simpson is now sidelined for 2-3 weeks with a hamstring injury. Tiote is also still missing with a calf problem so they are really struggling for numbers, don’t expect clean sheets to flow for the upcoming few weeks with a makeshift defence.
- Beausejour is set to miss Wigan’s upcoming trip to United with his constant hamstring issues. He could face a further 2-3 weeks on the sidelines so monitor closely.
- Dempsey is now nearing peak fitness after his move to Spurs on deadline day. He is in line for a start this week at reading and could provide just the attacking edge spurs have been missing. Monitor his progress closely.
- Aguero and Balotelli both look set to miss this weekend’s trip to Stoke and could return midweek to face Real Madrid. Aguero looks close to a return so he could come into our considerations as his price drops to just 11.0.
- Finally on the injury front Pienaar has had doubt cast over his fitness with a thigh injury sustained while training with South Africa. I can’t really find any reports saying he will miss so I expect him to face up against Newcastle this week. He should get amongst the points for sure.
- Kagawa has not only had injury issues but form issues also. He was subbed at half time during Japan’s first friendly after tripping over the ball performing ‘one too many’ stepovers. His coach had been frustrated with his performance and he has certainly not been in top form for United. People are starting to doubt him at this stage but give him time, if news on the injury front is positive then stick with him, it is only a matter of time before he clicks.
- Lampard banged home 3 goals over England’s two internationals and seems in fantastic form. At the age of 34 doubts will forever hang over his starting time and position so unfortunately I can’t consider him.
- Adebayor grabbed his first goal of the season for Togo and is finally reaching peak fitness. This can only be positive news for him and Spurs fans so expect him to start against Reading. Many have written him off after two performances off the bench but he was not fully fit, and we all know what he can produce when at peak fitness. Keep an eye on him, especially while he is only in 4% of teams.
- Ivanovic is tearing it up! Another goal and 2 assists for Serbia suggests he is in great form and will continue to provide attacking threats for Chelsea. Great option.
- Same goes for Kolarov as he continues to provide an attacking threat, scoring one and assisting one also in his last international outing. If City continue with a 3-5-2 expect him to flourish but we cannot be confident of his job security just yet.
- Bale banged home his first goal of the season for Wales with a cracking free kick. Will it finally set his season alight? We can only wait and see, 50/50 call at this stage.
- Finally we get to Dzeko who just continues to press forward his selection prospects at City. Job security will unfortunately always be an issue but if he can nail down a starting spot oh boy. Another 4 goals and 2 assists over his two international games, including a hat-trick continues to give Mancini reasons to start him.
That’s about it for now as far as fantasy relevant players go, hope you guys enjoyed it!