Perma-Captain Sir Luis Suarez stole the show again last week with an incredible 2 goals and 3 assists! What a player he is, simply a must have. A home game against Cardiff this week has me licking my lips – but I keep asking myself the question – When will he fail? Some League Cup action midweek saw rotation from all managers but there still happened to be some massive injury news as well as injuries to key players last weekend, let’s analyze it!
- The biggest news of the season so far was the injury that forced Sergio Aguero off against Arsenal on Saturday. The Argentine was looking lively and had already scored one before limping off with a calf injury. Initially we were hoping he wasn’t out for long but it is now likely that he will miss at least a month, possibly two. He is likely to return midway through January with Pellegrini saying “I am not a doctor. It is very difficult. The doctor has said he has at least 1 month of 8 weeks. We will see”. Massive news considering the stellar form he is in at the moment, a downgrade to Negredo looks like a very good option, should be the number one man without Aguero now. In some good news for Manchester City, Jovetic is “fit and ready to play” according to Pellgrini. Very risky brining him in with only 79 minutes worth of Premier League experience, definitely a no go.
- In what seems to be a shocking week for ‘premiums’ getting injured, Manchester United star, Wayne Rooney, also headlines a massive causality list from the weekend’s games. Initially thinking Rooney was just rested for the League Cup game, Moyes soon informed everyone that the Englishman “Is injured” and that when asked if he would be available over the hectic festive period he responded with “We hope so”. Not at all convincing but could be a mind game ploy, we will have to wait until the team news has been released on Saturday! Will face a very late fitness test.
- Laurent Koscielny was another massive causality from the weekend’s game against Manchester City with the centre back being forced off just before half time with a nasty gash to his knee. It is expected that the Frenchman will miss around 2-3 weeks of football. Arsenal’s defense has been very solid thus far this season, aside from conceding 6 to Manchester City, so investing in a Gunner defender wouldn’t be the worst move ever. However after the game against Chelsea this weekend would be the most ideal time.
- On loan Everton youngster, Gerard Deulofeu, will face up to 8 weeks on the sidelines after scans confirmed that the forward suffered a hamstring tear. He has been in such fantastic form recently and has somewhat taken the Premier League by storm, especially with that important goal against Arsenal. Mirallas will likely be in the starting books again.
- Pablo Zabaleta will also find himself joining Manchester City and Argentina team mate, Sergio Aguero, on the sidelines as the full back limped off in his sides 3-1 victory over Leicester City midweek with a suspected Hamstring injury. He is expected to only miss around 1-2 weeks of football so trading him out as soon as possible is ideal. Somewhat good news as the initial Trading both Rooney and Zabaleta in this week, as I’ve heard, is a massive stinger but also teaches a good lesson that you should hold onto your transfers until the midweek competitions are over!
- Andros Townsend suffered a major blow to his hamstring midweek and is likely to miss around 2-3 weeks.
- Nathan Dyer suffered what looked to be a horrific leg break over the weekend but scans have revealed that he had indeed suffered ankle ligament damage. The club announced “Although there is also further damage to two ligaments, the news is positive after the club feared the worst”. He will return late January early February.
- In a boost for West Brom, Ben Foster played 45 minutes for a development team after being sidelined for three months. The Englishman will be working hard to return to the first team football, he has said he is fully fit now so a return in the not too distant future is likely for Mr. Foster.
- After missing the past two weeks, Nathaniel Clyne has a chance to return against Tottenham this weekend. He will once again face a very late fitness test to determine whether or not he is right. 50/50 at the moment.
- Vlaar is rated as “very doubtful” according to Paul Lambert, for the trip to Stoke this Saturday. Very likely to miss.
- Nani will miss Saturday’s game against West Ham after the hamstring injury he suffered was a little worse than first anticipated. Moyes said “It is worse than we hoped”. He is likely to miss a few weeks.
- Alan Pardew has confirmed that Newcastle have a fully fit squad to choose from for this weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace and will be bolstered by the return of Cabaye from suspension. Pardew said “we are injury free & coming into this period of the year, thats important. We also welcome back Cabaye”.
- Chris Hughton has confirmed that both Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Robert Snodgrass will return against Sunderland this Saturday after both have missed several weeks. I suspect a spot on the bench, especially for Van Wolfswinkel with Hooper in stellar form at the moment, definitely one to keep an eye on just quietly – very good fixtures coming up!
- Poyet has confirmed that both Colback and Fletcher have trained well ahead of the game against Norwich this Saturday. Both were rested in their midweek triumph against Chelsea ( 🙁 ) so should be right to play.
- Jack Wilshere will miss Monday night’s crucial clash with Chelsea and the following weeks match against West Ham for giving the Manchester City fans the finger after last weekend’s 6-3 loss. Pretty harsh penalty but something that in reality shouldn’t happen.
- Robbie Brady has been ruled out for the trip to West Brom this weekend and there are doubts as to whether he will play at all over the Festive Period. I’d say this is the last straw with Brady, that Hernia operation seemed to come at a very bad time!
- Mourinho has confirmed that Azpilicueta will start on Monday night along with Ivanovic and Terry, seemingly suggesting that it’s a fight between David Luiz and Cahill for the last center back spot.
- Lukas Podolski is set to return to some sort of action this weekend after being injured for several months now. The German is unlikely to start but a spot on the bench seems to be the case.
- Nastastic, Jovetic, Richards, Zabaleta and of course Aguero will all miss the trip to Fulham this weekend.
- Kaboul, Townsend and Vertonghen have been ruled out for Spurs’ trip to Southampton this weekend. Paulinho will also miss due to his red card in last week’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
- Ryan Shawcross is likely to miss this weekend’s game against Aston Villa after injuring his groin midweek. Hughes said “We’re going to give Ryan as long as we can. He’ll have a fitness test tomorrow morning”.
- Michu has emerged as a doubt for this Sunday’s game at home to Everton. Laudrup said “Michu is still struggling. He will need an operation, it could be the end of his season”. Massive news for Swansea if this is truly the case.
Well, that’s a latest wrap of all the Injury and Team News in what has been a massive week for Injuries. What is everyone’s plans for Aguero? Personally I turned him into Negredo with the strong belief that he can continue with City’s strong form. Keep an eye out for any latest news on Rooney as he still does have a possibility of playing this Saturday. Hope all goes well this weekend, cheers!