News Wrap – GW15

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What an incredible Gameweek it has been! I hope you saw nothing but green arrows when you logged in after everything was updated, I certainly did! With the next Gameweek such a short time away squad rotation will be in the forefront of managers’ minds. Time to get stuck into some injury and possible team news ahead of Gameweek 15!


  • Robin Van Persie is still no closer to a return than he was this time last week. The Dutchman is still having issues with his groin and is unlikely to return this weekend against Newcastle. David Moyes said “I don’t know when he will return. We’ve been trying to get Robin back for a few weeks. He is not ready yet. It’s his groin”
  • Vincent Kompany made a successful return without any problems against West Brom midweek. He is crucial at the heart of the Manchester City defense and will be included in their starting XI as much as possible. A tough couple of games coming up for city + a shaky away defense means he won’t be coming into my side anytime soon.
  • Nathaniel Clyne limped off after 58 minutes in Southampton’s narrow 3-2 loss to Aston Villa midweek. Pochettino said “We need to review how they are doing (referring to Wanyama and Clyne) we will see if they are fit for Saturday”. A game against Manchester City is tough so I would be benching Clyne regardless. An extremely tough upcoming month for Southampton with very few clean sheets on offer, might be time to offload some of the ‘reliable’ Southampton defenders – especially if you have more than one. Fonte also picked up a problem and went into the Villa game not 100% fit. Pochettino said “Fonte had a problem, he had a knock and wasn’t fit to play 90 minutes, we decided to put in a fresh player, Yoshida”. Pochettino confirmed that both Clyne and Wanyama will miss the Manchester City game.
  • After missing Chelsea’s midweek win at Sunderland, Oscar is a chance to return for the trip to Stoke on Saturday. The Brazilian missed out because of an ankle injury and will be pushing for selection. Eden Hazard is in blistering form at the moment so he would be my pick if choosing between the two. Oscar “has improved” according to Mourinho but will face a very late fitness test. Select him at your own risk, with fixtures so cramped he may not be risked this weekend.
  • Wenger revealed that Theo Walcott was not risked against Cardiff or Hull because of an illness he sustained before both games. He should overcome the illness in time for the game against Everton and will certainly come into starting XI contention.
  • Ben Arfa also is battling illness after once again not starting for Newcastle. The Frenchman is hopeful to be right for the Manchester United game on Saturday, if not certainly available against Southampton next Saturday. Cisse is a major doubt thanks to a heel injury.
  • Vertonghen is currently being assessed after suffering an ankle injury midweek at Fulham. Villas-Boas said “He rolled his ankle, it’s quite swollen. We’ll assess it today medically. I don’t want to rule him out immediately”. He has now been ruled out of the game against Sunderland with teammates Adebayor, Eriksen and Rose.
  • Van Wolfswinkel has returned to ‘light training’ this week but will still miss Norwich’s trip to West Brom. Hughton confirmed that Norwich suffered no fresh injury concerns in their 5-1 hammering by Suarapool.
  • Flamini will be assessed over the weekend after tweaking his groin in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Hull on Wednesday. Not really fantasy relevant but if he misses it may mean Ramsey is safe from rotation for this weekend.
  • Ron Vlaar picked up a calf injury in Villa’s 3-2 win at Southampton midweek. The defender is a major doubt for this weekend’s game against Fulham but will face a late fitness test. Lambert said “Little bit of a concern but it’s not too bad”. Will be touch and go as to whether he lines up against Fulham.
  • After missing the win against Hull, Sanga has been ruled out against Everton this weekend. He was supposed to miss around 7-10 days so bringing him back early at his age wasn’t risked. With Jenkinson holding his own at right back there was no need to rush Sagna back.
  • It has now been 5 weeks since Michu suffered his ankle injury against Cardiff and a return in the not too distant future looks set to be the case. Laudrup said “He could be back for Monday but he will definitely not be match fit, we have to bring him back in carefully”. If he’s not match fit someone of his caliber is likely to not be risked. A return next weekend is likely to be the case. Bony also has a chance to return on Monday but Laudrup reckons it is too early to determine if Monday is the right return time.

Team News:

  • Wayne Rooney will miss this weekend’s game against Newcastle after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season, meaning a one match suspension. Very frustrating for his owners as he is in very, very good form at the moment and would have been licking his lips at the opportunity to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Everton. Hernandez is likely to partner Welbeck up front for the Red Devils this weekend with both Rooney and Van Persie unavailable.
  • Ravel Morrison will be unavailable this weekend after also receiving his 5th yellow card of the season. He was very lucky to not get a red card but he will still serve a suspension nevertheless. A tough game against Liverpool would have been hard regardless so benching Morrison might be a blessing in disguise.
  • Liverpool have no injury worries ahead of their game against West Ham on Saturday. Sturridge, Enrique and Coates are all long-term injuries.
  • Martinez has confirmed that Everton have a fresh squad to pick from ahead of their trip to London on Sunday. Martinez said “We had a few knocks and bruises but nothing too serious. We should be the same as for Manchester United”. Martinez also confirmed that Leighton Baines will be back in around 3-4 weeks.
  • Silva will return to full first team training next week and could be a likely inclusion for Manchester City’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich midweek. But the Spaniard may not be risked as City face Arsenal next weekend in a huge clash, either way a return next week is likely. Nasri owners start preparing…
  • Eto’o will return this weekend after suffering a slight hamstring strain a few weeks ago. A spot on the bench is seemingly best case scenario for the striker. David Luiz will once again miss out.
  • Billy Jones and Scott Sinclair will return for West Brom this week at home to Norwich. Anelka has trained all week but the Norwich game is too early.
  • Hughes confirmed that Pieters is likely to miss the clash against Chelsea after suffering a groin injury against Cardiff midweek. Walters should be fine to return.

Well, that’s another wrap of all the injury and team news. Its great having football come around so frequently! Let’s hope it’s another high scoring weekend, good luck! Cheers.

23 comments on “News Wrap – GW15

  1. Aussie

    thanks mate! Should I keep Amalfitano this week? Hasn’t scored many points in a while, but that has a lot to do with Sessegnon’s pathetic finishing

  2. Moaz

    i am having to bench Morrison and Rooney this week.
    Means playing 4-4-2 with Kosc,Cole,Terry,Daws. Rams,Haz,Barkley,Cabaye. Suar and Aguero up front. Only have 0.2m in bank. what transfer to make please? or should hold tight and hope for a low average scoring week?

    • nburk53 Post Author

      I don’t think there is much at all wrong with your lineup at all this week. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all a chance for a clean sheet, so that sorts out your defense. Ramsey and Hazard are both in very good form so they’re safe. Barkley is due a goal so could be this week, and I reckon Newcastle could be good for a goal against a shaky United defense – So maybe Cabaye could be involved somehow. Anyway I reckon you can get away with no transfers this week and have 2 freebies next week! But up to you really.

      • Moaz

        that is where i am leaning too (2 freebies next weekend). especially because there is no clear choice of player i want in my team for today. maybe barkley -> shelvey but that is no longer affordable. so i will stick with barkley for coming weeks. thanks for your response.

  3. nburk53 Post Author

    After the Arsenal game this weekend Everton have some very good fixtures so points scoring could come back to Barkley, especially if he can hold his spot. Good luck this weekend!

  4. Aussie

    In fantasy a-league is it the same rule as fantasy epl in that if you dont use a free transfer one week you get two the next week?

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