Its that time of week again, time to analyse all the latest Injury and Team news. There has been a fair break in the Premier League for a week and have been a few injury scares. Lets get to it!
- Christian Benteke is finally set for a return for Aston Villa this weekend after being sidelined since the trip to Norwich. He is in the squad for Villa but not necessarily guaranteed a start. If I was Paul Lambert I certainly wouldn’t be rushing my main man back, on the other hand, Villa need some firepower, and Benteke would certainly bring that. I can see a spot on the bench for the Belgium monster. Paul Lambert said in his press conference yesterday, “He has trained the last couple of days and had no problem. He seems to be not too bad”. Villas-Boas has said he expects Benteke to return this weekend after receiving news from international team mates Jan Vertonghen and Dembele.
- Mesut Ozil picked up a knee injury for Germany which saw him substituted for the remainder of the game. The German is expected to be fine for the Norwich game, but still with that injury cloud over his head.
- Robbie Brady is back at training after his hernia operation. He was assessed all week and the medical staff are making him prove his fitness late before kick off. I am not convinced he will start, let alone feature!
- Rio Ferdinand trained all week in a bid to prove his fitness for the game against Southampton. Will face a late fitness test but should be ok.
- Swansea keeper, Michel Vorm, picked up a hand injury while on International Duties. Swansea are optimistic he will be fine to face Sunderland
- Swansea full-back, Ben Davies is under a massive injury cloud and is considered as “hopeful” for the game against Sunderland. Should get through the late fitness test and line up for Swansea.
- For those hearing the rumour about Oscar picking up an injury over the International Break are wrong, he is fine and will be available for selection against Cardiff.
- Piennar will miss this weekends clash against Hull City, as the fixture is slightly too early for his return. He is expected to return the following week against Aston Villa.
- Pilkington picked up a hamstring injury over the International Break and will face a late fitness test to determine whether he is fit. Should be ok.
- Liverpool and Brendan Rogers can welcome back trio Coutinho, Johnson, Cissokho for the trip to Newcastle. Lucas Leiva will also return from suspension after already accumulating 5 yellow cards! I doubt that they will be risked with a start, but certainly a spot off the bench seems imminent – especially Coutinho, as he is back at training but has remained away from the main group.
- Luke Shaw and Arthur Boruc have both been confirmed fit for this weekends trip to Manchester. Both had injury scares throughout the week but will be fine.
- Vincent Kompany has been ruled out for Manchester City this weekend after being troubled with a groin injury. Pellegrini confirmed both he and Demichelis are not “fit enough” but a return next weekend seems likely.
- Bacary Sagna and Santi Cazorla have both trained all week but and are considered ‘match fit’. Both are ready for the Norwich and will be looking to stake a claim for a start. Theo Walcott will unfortunately miss.
- Winston Reid will face a late fitness test after picking up an injury over the International Break. Should be right.
- Iago Aspas has been ruled out for 6 weeks after suffering a thigh injury during training midweek.
- David Moyes said that Manchester United are carrying “One or two” knocks but “Hopefully they’ll be ok”. Reports are Van Persie is still struggling with a toe injury, nothing to keep him out but just something to be mindful of. Obviously didn’t seem to hinder him when he scored a hat-trick for Holland over the International Break.
- Hernandez is expected to finally return this weekend against Sunderland. After injuring his hamstring a few weeks ago, Hernandez will finally be ready to prove his Fantasy worth. Although, I wouldn’t put my house on him starting
- James Collins has pulled out for the game against Manchester City. The Welshman picked up a hamstring injury over the international break and the full extent and time period of his injury is currently unknown.
- Newcastle captain, Coloccini, has pulled out of the game against Liverpool after suffering a groin injury. They’re unsure of the timeframe so could mean he will miss several weeks.
- Stekelenburg has finally recovered from his shoulder injury which has seen him miss over a month of football. He is fit and now available for the game against Crystal Palace on Monday.
- Scott Sinclair has been ruled out of the trip to Stoke but Anichebe is expected to be available.
- Stephen Fletcher will be available for Sunderland after suffering a dislocated shoulder a few weeks ago.
- Jose Mourinho confirmed yesterday that Fernando Torres is available for the game against Cardiff. He also confirmed that Ashley Cole will miss out and that Ryan Bertrand is on standby to take his place Schurrle picked up a minor problem but will miss against Cardiff. A shame because he looked in good form after banging in a hat-trick for Germany.
Well that’s the latest Team News and Injury News. There has been a few knocks over the International Break so be mindful of the late fitness tests. I hope this week is good for everyone after last weeks shocker!