Hello and welcome to another edition of the News Wrap. Another DGW this weekend brings the possibility for another high scoring weekend. With slight concerns over some key powerhouses though it does come with an anxious wait for the release of team selection. The final four was also decided in the Champions League this week so English teams Chelsea and Manchester United both played midweek games. Lets get stuck into it!
- The biggest news this weekend is the injury sustained by Eden Hazard in Chelsea’s midweek tie against Paris Saint-Germain. The Belgium suffered a calf strain, which will definitely see him miss this week’s trip to Swansea, but is possibly likely to see him miss another week as well. He has already dropped in value by 0.3 meaning it’s probably advisable to jump off – especially if he does miss next weekend as well. David Silva or Yaya Toure, although under injury clouds, loom as handy replacements with their DGW this week.
- Coming in a close second for biggest news of the week, is City duo, David Silva and Yaya Toure. The midfield dynamos have been under injury clouds all week (Silva for 2 weeks now) meaning owners are facing a nervous wait until team news is released on Saturday night. The pair only have slight knocks, but these are perhaps the most frustrating come DGW time because of the likelihood of a rest for 1 of the 2 games being played. I am confident both will be right, especially for the trip to Liverpool, but with such depth Pellegrini might opt for a cautious approach. Pellegrini did say during the week “Silva played the last two games without a problem, now we have a whole week before we play Liverpool. I don’t think he will have any problem.” Seems like he should play against Liverpool but may be rested against Sunderland.
- Wayne Rooney was a late out last weekend against Newcastle with a toe injury but made a return against Bayern Munich midweek. Although he played, he had a serious injection to numb the pain, meaning he obviously isn’t 100%. There was speculation yesterday that he may have actually chipped a bone in his toe, therefore ruling him out for the remainder of the season. Approach with caution and stay tuned late tonight for any early team news just like last week. Remember that even if he does play he wont be at his absolute best – a clear reflection of this was his game against Munich midweek. If it was me I’d be dumping. Lukaku looms as a handy replacement, especially considering his DGW.
- Samuel Eto’o returned against Paris Saint-Germain midweek in what was a boost for he and the club. Torres has faced a lot of criticism recently so he might start against Swansea this weekend. Better options out there, especially those with the double…
- Southampton and England suffered a major blow last weekend with the news that star striker Jay Rodriguez has torn his Anterior Cruciate Ligament. He will not only miss the remainder of the season but will also miss the World Cup. He has been in fantastic form this year and has been fantastic for Southampton.
- Aaron Ramsey returned to the Arsenal squad against Everton last weekend and looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. Wenger hinted at a possible return to the starting XI this weekend in some good news for managers after a decent midpricer option. He has already risen by 0.1 and will look to recapture his ‘must have’ form he had at the start of the year. Give him a couple of games and reassess then. Looks a good option though.
- John Terry is a doubt for the trip to Swansea this weekend after he picked up a foot injury against Paris Saint-Germain midweek. He will face a late fitness test before the game this weekend but with David Luiz available, Mourinho might opt not to risk his ageing superstar. If he does miss he’ll certainly be available next weekend against Sunderland.
- Loic Remy will miss once again this weekend as Newcastle look to bounce back after a disappointing loss to United last weekend. The Frenchman is still suffering the calf injury that has kept him out for the past 5 games. Newcastle are hopeful he will return against Swansea next weekend. Tim Krul has missed the pats 2 games and is hoping to return this weekend against Stoke. He will face a late fitness test but is hopeful he will be right.
- Mitroglou will once again miss this weekend as his knee injury is still an ongoing issue. Magath said during the week “He is improving but he will not play this week. I hope for next week.”
- Boruc and Ramirez will both be assessed before this weekends clash against Cardiff. The pair are both struggling with niggles and will face a late fitness test before tonight’s game. Touch and go at the moment.
- The biggest team news this weekend is the long awaited return of Sergio Aguero. The Argentine has missed the past 8 games with an ongoing hamstring injury. He has finally recovered and is now set for a return against Liverpool this weekend. Having missed 8 games, it is likely that the superstar will feature off the bench this weekend, but will be hopeful he can return to the starting XI against Sunderland midweek. I wouldn’t trade him in until he’s played 2 full games and has proven that he has shaken off the hamstring injury that has plagued him this season.
- Laurent Koscielny is hopeful of a return against West Ham this weekend after missing the past three weeks with a calf injury. Is touch and go at the moment and is probably more likely to miss than play.
- Ireland will return for Stoke this weekend after missing last week’s loss to Chelsea. Assaidi and Huth will unfortunately miss. Charlie Adam has a confirmed broken nose that he sustained in training midweek. However Hughes has confirmed that he will play, instead wearing the ever-popular protective mask.
- Dembele, Vertonghen, Capoue, Walker and Lamela will all remained sidelined this weekend with their respective injuries. Soldado will join that list of injuries, as Spurs are not willing to risk him this weekend. They’re all hopeful of a return within the next couple of weeks.
Well that’s the wrap of all the latest team news and injury news ahead of another enticing DGW. Good luck this weekend and I’ll be back for another edition next week. Cheers!