After a huge double gameweek for some & a tidy ‘rest’ period for many fantasy managers it is time to turn our attention to the weekend in this injury report. The report is quite light which is a relief for those stretching out there squads due to the Liverpool & Swansea blanks.
Sagna, Bacary: Has a knee issue is out until the 3rd is the cheapest way into Arsenal’s back four although his form is questionable so don’t expect attacking returns. Has back to back clean sheets but that was against some of the less potent teams (Stoke & Sunderland).
N’Zogbia, Charles: One of the pure enigmas of the pl & certainly the fantasy game. He has the ability to almost single handily lift a team out of the relegation zone with magnificent performances. Is a slight doubt with a knee injury (not even listed on the official game) but is expected to play. Place him on your fantasy watchlist at 5.8 he is certainly one to watch.
TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION: Was N’Zogbia a stable part of your midfield in past seasons?
CHELSEA: (Rotation is always a worry though be sure to check out a line up piece)
Anichebe, Victor: Is in quite good form from his limited minutes. Is a very interesting option at 4.5 but he did pick a knock up in the FA Cup. Is rated a 75% chance to play (100% likely to appear in my book). It won’t be for 90 minutes though so be careful of investment.
Kompany, Vincent: “Has been through the wars this season & looks to face another 3 weeks on the sidelines (24th Feb) with the current injury. A regularly fit Kompany would surely see City closer in this title race. Is a key player & always increases the chance of clean sheets. Selected by 10.9% which is interesting considering his steep price of 7.1.”
Rated a 75% chance to appear surely they will not risk the captain. Little confidence can be found in the City back four of late. Zabaleta has been encouraging though and seems a lock holding the armband in Kompany’s absence.
Rooney, Wayne: Is struggling with illness (rated a 25% chance to appear). The rumour mill is suggesting he will not play which a fair enough assessment considering they are playing the bottom club in the league after a tough midweek contest. The flip side is Rooney often looses his fitness quickly (having a traditional English build).
Krul, Tim: Has an ankle / foot injury & was seen in a moon boot during / after the Europa league this week. It seems rather unlikely (10% chance) that Krul would appear. A long term injury looks likely but scans need to be completed in the following days.
Cabaye: A knee injury also needs to be assessed. A medium term injury is likely (2-6 weeks) to a long term one. At any rate he will not appear this week (10% outside chance).
Tiote, Cheick: Illness unknown whether or not he will play. Rated at 75% which is a fair enough assessment. Expect him to play at 75% if he does appear though.
Ben Arfa, Hatem: Is rather injury prone was set to return this week but his hamstrings are proving troublesome. An outstanding talent at times could of been a real break out this season. Is one to put on the watchlist for next season with Newcastle going back to a 4-3-3 with so much French talent he could explode (at a lower price point).
TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION: Will these key midfield injuries & the possible return of Ben Arfa halt Sissoko’s fantasy dominance?
Ruddy, John: Out with a long term injury is expected back in late March (17th), so Bunn at 4.2 is in good form at the moment.
Wilson, Mark: Much talk has centered on this man in the form’s article this week. He should play (75%+ chance) if not he is a lock for next week. It is a tough spot this week with many struggling with Liverpool & Swansea deadweight a 75% chance could quickly turn into a zero. If your playing it safe wait until next week if not free yourself with some cash for next week with this 3.9 basement bargain.
Defoe, Jermain: Ankle injury 25% chance, who needs him anyway in Bales current form. On a fantasy note he is definitely overpriced your his output an overpriced differential. As an actual player he is a top class poacher at times but 8.0 is too much for an average of 4.3 per game.