The premier league has a 25-man squad rule.
The importance of raising this point is there is quite literally 500 players plus extras to include in an injury report from the smallest niggle to a broken bone it gets quite in-depth. The focus of this piece is to discuss the injuries important to us fantasy managers.
Feel free to write in the comments: anyone you think I have missed, why you consider them a fantasy asset or even if you think I have got it wrong, get the debate going.
Walcott, Theo: One hopes he can get a run of games together (that’s two in a row now, he is looking a promising point of difference in midfield). Still not getting removed from this list though due to his constant threat of injury, or most importantly at the moment, rotation.
Villa’s defence had been rather solid without Vlaar (4.5) until Chelsea put 8 past them…The Vlaar – Clark combo is on the cards. That’s not to say Baker (3.9) is not an outstanding young prospect, its just at centre back experience is often needed. Vlaar should return in the next week before new years but is only a 50-50 chance for boxing day.
Terry, John: He’s missed 6 games but Chelsea have quite simply rebuilt without the mercurial captain. He still should slip into the defense upon return, which could possibly be before the new year. Although that seems unlikely as he is STILL experiencing some pain while training so they could slowly ease him into things. A 25% chance at best of appearing on boxing day.
Felliani, Marouane: Into his 2nd match of his three match ban, I among with others are waiting for him to return (along with a few more price drops).
Ruiz, Bryan: The apparent key to Berbatov’s goal scoring is a 50-50 chance of returning. All Berbatov owners are praying for a return as Southampton roll in to the cottage. I just hope Berbatov scores!
Enrique, Jose & Johnson, Glen: Not injured just a very tough battle between the two, if holding Enrique I would continue to do so. Glen will finish with more points but it is not worth a trade until the free wildcard.
Kompany, Vincent: Is fit again. The CB combo appears to be Kompany – Nasatasic, at 5.6 he is excellent value, I consider him a must have.
Rafael: Missed the last TWO games with a hamstring niggle. As I mentioned last time that is beside the point as he is due rotation with Jones and Smalling back to fitness. An outstanding FPL player but his natural mindset seems to be contributing to United’s lack of clean sheets. I would be looking to jump off ASAP as his price continues to dive.
Vidic, Nemanja: The key man stays in injury watch as he regains his fitness. He played 90 minutes at Swansea but is worthy of monitoring as United look set to rotate over the busy period.
NEWCASTLE: (in trouble)
The Taylors: Out long term, not many people would have them anyway. The important note is if Newcastle manages to stay up (outrage expected) these two will be at a friendly 4.5 next season. Injury prone but both excellent when fit.
Cabaye, Yohan: Hes got a nasty one people, groin injuries are not often easy to shake off, he is gone long term.
Ben Arfa, Hatem: No christmas fixtures for the young winger. Not that many people would be holding onto him as Newcastle’s hopes continue to drop.
Tiote, Cheick: One match ban for reaching 5 yellow cards. Not a great fantasy asset but so key to the team as a link man that he deserves a mention.
Ruddy, John: Out with a long term injury, don’t look at Bunn as a cheap keeper at 4.0 his not premier league ability cost his team heavily against West Brom with very average positioning.
Whittaker, Steven: Has been very good at right back for a minimal 4.3 but has picked up a strain. A doubt to return this week but with captain Russell Martin in the wings the unit remains quite solid.
Holt, Grant: Hamstring niggle but should return after having the last game off. I wouldn’t expect more then 4-6 points but that is ok given his price range. He is worth monitoring for that third striker spot (don’t sell if own, don’t buy if you don’t own).
Cesar, Julio: Appears to be fit. Should return this week after not quite making it last week.
Bosingwa, Jose: The mono man is a joke of a professional player. Thinks he is much better then he is and won’t even sit on the bench for QPR. Has some ability but lacks heart and mindset.
Nil, local TAB for a friendly relegation investment are they still taking bets on this?
Lallana, Adam: Captain, future star, hopefully his knee injury is not too bad it is appearing worse then first thought. A return is unknown another 2-3 weeks could be expected at a minimum. The bad news is it dints the potential of Puncheon as there is no strong replacement for the captain.
Have a rather fit squad at the moment but lack any real solid investments outside of the back 5. Jones at 5.0 would be worth a look if he could get into a run of form (and not miss sitters).
Fletcher, Steven: This bloke is clinical as but also as injury prone as they come. Players go throughout the season with many niggles. They seem to sideline Fletcher more often then the average player which is disappointing for someone of his quality. Is back to full fitness but like Walcott I am not taking him off this list for fear of a niggle.
Johnson, Adam: Has been carrying something for the last few weeks and it is effecting his output obviously. Time to sell if you are one of the 1.8% that own him.
Vorm, Michael: Was good against United from what I saw pulling off a few tidy saves. Did nearly hand Rooney a goal but that would just be from the recent lack of game time. At 5.1 he is worthy of investment if you can find the right player to rotate with him.
Rangel, Angel: This guy has a wicked name (not that it means anything). He is rated at 50-50 to return I hope he misses a few more so his price can continue to fall although since Rodgers left he doesn’t get forward as much so probably not worth the investment.
Hernandez, Pablo: Still adjusting to the league, has great potential but only Michu is worthy of investment going forward for the Swans.
Dempsey, Clint: Has picked up a groin injury which is nasty. This could well of contributed to the 0-0 draw with Stoke. Not as explosive as Bale but still and important asset to Tottenham on the pitch. If you own him look to move back to Bale as soon as possible.
Assou-Ekotto: lacking match fitness but is a possibility to appear (75%). This should reveal AVB’s back 3 or back 4 plans to a degree.
Dawson, Michael: Check out In & Out of From for a wrap up on Dawson. He is fit, vice captain and back playing at 4.5 in a strong unit.
Nothing of note here…
McCartney (4.0) has a MCL Knee injury. Typically this kind of injury is anywhere from 2-6 weeks. The game lists him as 50-50 but having only played 45 minutes in the last 4 games it would be safe to move him on to someone more reliable.
Demel (4.0) was sick last week which would of initially made owners nervous of his seemingly constant rotation. He is first choice when fit though & also (currently) the best budget defender in the game.
Alcaraz (knee) & Ramis (hamstring) are heavy doubts. Wigan turned in a resilient performance against Arsenal last week. Not sure what to take out of the game but I will say this Wigan are once again good enough to stay up.
Plenty of niggles expected at this time of year that are not listed, expect last minute changes and rotation so ensure you have a strong squad to fill in any blanks.