Hello and welcome to another addition of the News Wrap. It’s getting down to the business end of the season now with the title seemingly Liverpool’s to loose. With only 3 gameweeks left, 1 a double gameweek, it is critical that your trades are methodical but also slightly different, in the hope to jump a few thousand rankings over the remaining few weeks. Enough of that, lets analyse a big gameweek 36!
- David Silva was stretchered off in Manchester City’s 3-1 win against West Brom on Monday with fears his season may be over. Thankfully this wasn’t the case and the Spaniard is expected to miss 2-3 weeks meaning he has a chance to return for the last 1-2 games of the campaign. He was not expected to play in this clash because of an ongoing ankle injury but Pellgrini deemed him fit enough for selection. No point holding until he returns Mata, Ramsey, Eriksen and Ozil all loom as potential replacements.
- Petr Cech has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after dislocating his shoulder in Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Athletico midweek. The Czech keeper was a shock absentee in Chelsea’s last league game against Sunderland due to illness. Now he will definitely miss the remaining 3 games of the season with that shoulder injury meaning 41-year-old Australian keeper, Mark Schwarzer looms as the likely replacement for the remainder of the season. At just 4.5 he looks a fantastic option – especially considering Chelsea’s fantastic defence.
- Kevin Mirallas will also miss the remainder of the season after the Belgium midfielder suffered a groin injury last weekend against Manchester United. The winger has struggled to get consistent game time this year but has often popped up with a strong attacking return giving his owners constant headaches! Thankfully a decision has been made and he has been ruled out for Everton’s last 3 games. A sideways trade to one of Christian Eriksen or Aaron Ramsey seems like the go at the moment.
- Eden Hazard travelled to Madrid during the week making some question whether or not he will be risked. He consequently was not risked and therefore didn’t feature during the game. He has been ruled out against Liverpool this weekend, although this was fairly common knowledge after Mourinho openly said he is looking at playing a second-tier team against Liverpool in preparation for the second leg of the Champions League next Wednesday. Touch and go at the moment to even make the champions league clash.
- Michu will miss this weekend’s game against Aston Villa and possibly may not play again this season. In what has been a frustrating second season in the Premier League, Garry Monk said, “The truth is we don’t know when he will be available.” Disappointing after he was such a force last year.
- John Terry was another casualty in Chelsea’s midweek clash against Athletico Madrid with the centre half suffering an ankle injury. Jose Mourinho ruled him out for the remainder of the season after the game but Terry is confident he can return for the second leg against Athletico after scans revealed the full extent of the injury. Will know more over the weekend and the beginning of next week.
- Ramires will miss the remaining three games of the season after the midfielder was charged by the FA for an incident occurring against Sunderland last weekend. The incident wasn’t seen by the referee at the time but would’ve been a straight red card if witnessed meaning he was always going to receive a ban. He has been handed a four-match ban meaning it will continue into next season as well.
- Daniel Sturridge has declared himself fit for selection against his former club in a massive top of the table clash. He was not risked against Norwich last weekend in preparation for this game and has openly said he will celebrate if he scores… He’s lucky the game is being played at Anfield otherwise he’d be lucky to leave the stadium alive. He hasn’t been in good form at all recently so there are far better options out there. Pass.
- Yaya Toure returned to full training on Thursday as his bid continues to be fully fit for the trip to inform Crystal Palace this weekend. He has not been ruled out so will likely face a fitness test before the game. 50/50 chance at the moment.
- Mesut Ozil made a shock start in last weeks 3-0 win against Hull. The midfielder had previously missed Arsenal’s past 6 league games so everyone presumed a spot on the bench was a likely outcome. Wenger saw differently and played him 60 minutes in a successful return. He looked back to his creative best and with only 10.7% ownership (majority likely to be ghost teams) he looms as a potential POD considering Arsenal’s soft remaining fixtures. Keep an eye out.
Well that’s the wrap of all the latest injury and team news ahead of a big gameweek 36. Two massive games this weekend see Liverpool take on Chelsea and Manchester City travel to arguably the second most inform team in the league, Crystal Palace. The season can be decided this weekend so strap yourself in for an entertaining weekend of football. Goodluck and I’ll be back next week! Cheers.