Hello and welcome to another addition of the News Wrap. This is the first of 3 hectic weeks full of blanks for major fantasy relevant teams in Manchester City, Liver, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton. Spending your free transfer/transfers is pivotal during tough times like this, not only bringing in the right player but dumping players like Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, both cash making machines, makes it very difficult to bring them back in once transferred out. With Champions League and Europa League action during the week there is bound to be some injury news floating around, lets get stuck into it!
- Everton striker, Lacina Traore, had more scans to determine the full extent of his hamstring injury during the week. The scans initially revealed the striker might only miss weeks not months, but there has been a lot of speculation that he requires surgery. Will know more over the coming week.
- Arsenal fullback, Kieran Gibbs, is set to be sidelined for a further 2-3 weeks after scans revealed the full extent of his gluteal injury. With Monreal also a doubt, the left back position will be up for grabs this weekend against Stoke.
- After being the first player in history to be later cheered when he got substituted by his fantasy owners, Laurent Koscielny is likely to be fine for the trip to Stoke this weekend. There were fears he would miss the game, adding to the contingent of fantasy guns missing this week, but he should recover in time.
- Liverpool holding midfielder, Lucas, is set for a return to the first team shortly after missing the last 5 weeks. Although not at all fantasy relevant, Fantasy gun Steven Gerrard is playing a holding midfield role during his absence, meaning his time forward is decreasing more than usual. Although it doesn’t seem to be affecting Gerrard’s scoring output, lets hope Lucas returns ASAP so that Gerrard can play predominantly his usual attacking role.
- Both Davide Santon and Hatem Ben Arfa have failed to recover from their respective injuries and will not travel to face Hull City this weekend. Newcastle will be hopeful they will be right for next week.
- Although not relevant for the next two gameweeks, Nastasic and Jovetic will miss Manchester City’s Capita One Cup final this Sunday but in better news, Sergio Aguero has been included in the squad. He will likely feature off the bench meaning a return to the Premier League is imminent
- With the news of Traore’s injury, Everton will be bolstered by the return to full fitness of Belgian Giant, Romelu Lukaku. He has missed several weeks with an ankle injury but trained during the week and will now return for the game against West Ham this weekend. Martinez said “Romelu has been working really well, he is looking fresh and ready. We are excited to see him back with really top energy levels.”
- There where reports circling that Daniel Agger was substituted due to injury against Swansea last week, however these reports are incorrect. Rogers said after the game that Toure came on to combat the physicality of the dominant Wilfred Bony. Will play if selected.
- After missing last weekends win over Sunderland, Mesut Ozil has trained fully this week and is back into contention for the trip to Stoke. He has been lacking energy recently and has shown through his poor scoring return. Hopefully a break will see him back to his world-class best.
- Andy Carroll will return to the West Ham squad this weekend after serving his suspension for brushing Chico’s hair back. He was in very good form before his injury so could be a very good shout over this period of premium blanks. Watch closely this weekend.
- Both Walker and Sandro are possible inclusions for this weekend’s home game against Cardiff. The pair were expected to return last week however didn’t pass the fitness test. Both will face another late fitness test, touch and go at the moment.
Well that’s the latest wrap of all the news and injury ahead of a massive gameweek 28! Like I mentioned previously, Manchester City and Manchester are the two big guns missing out this weekend, so do your best to avoid any donuts. Personally, I only have Juan Mata meaning I can easily chuck him on the bench for this weekend and save my trade for carnage week next week. Don’t stress about all the absentees you will have in your team over the coming weeks because everyone is in the same boat! Just don’t make any silly trades that you will regret in the long run. I’m really keen to cash in on the Manchester City DGW shortly, so players like Aguero and as much as I hate to say it, Toure, could be worth their weight in gold. Good luck for this weekend and I’ll be back for another instalment next week! Cheers.