News Wrap – GW31

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Hello and welcome to another addition of the News Wrap. Sorry for not posting last week, I was unfortunately away all weekend with a state footy camp. Anyway, we now have a lot bigger fish to fry. We have been blessed with a 15 game gameweek that will be filled with injury, rotation and possible rotation for our star players. Lets analyse it!


  • The biggest news of last week was the injury to key Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Thankfully it wasn’t as serious as first thought but now has brought some serious question marks over his hamstring stability. After taking a -8 to bring him in at the start of the week I was extremely disappointed with this and have no serious doubts whether he will return to my team, despite the amount of DGW’s City do have.  The Argentine is expected to miss both games this gameweek but return for the Arsenal game the following weekend. Too expensive to bench in my opinion…
  • Aguero wasn’t the only key star player injured last week, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil also suffered a frustrating injury which has forced him out for around 6 weeks! This is massive news for both Arsenal and Ozil and yet another injured player in Arsenal’s squad. They’re lacking serious depth at the moment and have suffered well and truly the most injuries out of any team this year in the premiership, one of the main things that could stop Arsenal from winning the trophy this year!
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a calf injury in Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Tottenham last weekend. Thankfully in some much deserved good news for Arsenal though it isn’t at all serious and he will be available for the massive clash against Chelsea this weekend.
  • Robin Van Persie was certainly the hero in Manchester United’s stellar 3-0 demolition of Olympiakos in midweek but was stretchered off late in the game causing the hearts of many United fans to drop. Moyes said after the game and reiterated yesterday by saying “Thankfully not too bad” and “I don’t think he’s too bad. He’s got a knock just behind his knee. We’ll know more in the morning”. He has now been ruled out of the West Ham game and will face a further 6 weeks on the sidelines with ligament damage! What massive news for Manchester United and FPL managers.
  • Dwight Gayle picked up a hamstring injury at training during the week and is set to have a scan to determine the full extent. Chamakh has once again been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
  • Jagielka is currently a 50/50 chance of returning against Swansea this weekend with Steven Pienaar unfortunately ruled out for 3 weeks.
  • Swansea are expected to welcome back Shelvey and Dyer from their respective injuries this weekend with Hernandez and Michu both pushing for a long awaited start. Will be good to see Michu back after a horror run of injuries this term.
  • Tim Sherwood is ‘hopeful’ that Kaboul will be available for the game against Southampton this weekend. He missed the 2-2 draw with Benfica midweek so will face a late fitness test.
  • Both Jovetic and Nastastic have returned to training this week after their respective injuries but are not expected to return to first team action until they build up their fitness. Should be a couple of weeks away until considered for selection. Although Pellegrini said yesterday he is ‘concerned’ about Nastasic’s knee injury and ‘doesn’t know what’s wrong’. Still expected to miss a few more weeks.
  • Mitroglou has once again been ruled out for Fulham this time because of his ongoing knee trouble. There has been no definitive answer as to when he will return but it wouldn’t be too long I wouldn’t have thought. Parker will also miss the game against Manchester City because of injury but Fulham boss, Magath, is ‘hopeful’ he will return next weekend.

Team News:

  • Willian and Ramires will miss out this weekend due to suspension for last weeks red cards. Ashley Cole will also miss out through injury meaning Azpilicueta will once again continue holding it down at Left Back
  • Ben Arfa will return to the Newcastle squad this weekend after missing the past 3 games. Santon will miss out through illness.
  • Sunderland has confirmed that Steven Fletcher will miss out against Norwich this Saturday because of an ankle injury. The club will know the full extent during next week sometime. Poyet is confident he will not be ruled out for the remainder of the season in some good news ahead of their massive relegation battle.
  • Amalfitano, Brunt, Lugano, Yacob, and Billy Jones will miss out for West Brom this weekend after not training during the week. Not anything all that serious and should return next weekend against Cardiff. Olsson will also miss through suspension.
  • David Luiz has fully recovered from a groin problem and is available to take on Arsenal this weekend. In a massive game Mourinho might opt for his rock-solid defensive partnership in Terry and Cahill instead of the risky Luiz. With Mourinho’s mindset though we will never know until the teams are released…
  • Ireland is ineligible to face Aston Villa this weekend due to his loan requirements. Will be right next weekend.
  • Hull City have no fresh injury concerns ahead of a big weekend of football. However they will be without Boyd after his suspension for spitting in Joe Hart’s face, how pleasant….
  • With the latest developments of the Van Persie injury, Welbeck now seems like the most ideal replacement to partner Rooney up front. Could be worth a punt considering he went on a goal streak of 5 goals in 5 games earlier in the year. Definitely consider…


Well that’s the latest wrap of all the injury and team news ahead of literally a massive weekend of football. We have some midweek fixtures aswell which is always pleasing, especially when it involves the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool all playing twice! Like I said earlier, players will be subjected to rotation more this week than ever, especially with some teams still being involved in other competitions. Good luck for this weekend and let’s hope all the guns fire! Cheers. 

6 comments on “News Wrap – GW31

    • nburk53 Post Author

      Yeah his hamstring is bloody frustrating that’s for sure! Don’t know if it’s worth bringing him back to be honest, even despite their DGW’s. Knowing me i’ll still bring him back in…. 🙁 Yeah will be interesting re. Pienaar. I don’t get it why Barkley doesn’t start more often? He seems to go on a flurry of runs where he starts and then all of a sudden gets benched? Can’t be because of poor performance can it?

  1. rostie

    Is Colback any chance of playing this week, let alone the double? At this stage I am leaning toward playing Terry for his single game instead and only field 9 DGW’s. What are people’s thoughts?

    • nburk53 Post Author

      I’m not sure, I reckon he’ll play some part. But I would play Terry over Colback anyway, despite him playing 2 games. He’s had 3 assists for the whole year and only scored 1 goal, so he’s not a prolific scorer. Plus 2 away games against Norwich and Liverpool isn’t exactly a walk in the park. And on to Terry, whenever Mourinho has played the big teams this year they’ve tended to be tight affairs. It’s up to you really but I’d field Terry. Great goal threat as well.

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