Hello and welcome to the third edition of the News Wrap. In what was a better spectacle last week we head into gameweek 3 full of hope for another high scoring round. There have been some big injury news circling over the last 24-48 hours so lets get into it!
- Perhaps the biggest news that has been circling this week is the hamstring injury to Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Costa kicked off his Premier League campaign with two goals in two games and started to finally look like the player Chelsea have required for years. Unfortunately though, he suffered a hamstring strain in training during the week and all reports indicated he would miss the game against Everton this weekend, and possibly even up to 6 weeks on the sidelines. But the good old English media have been proven wrong with Costa training strongly in the main session yesterday and now it is looking likely he will be right to face Everton this weekend. In his press conference yesterday, Jose Mourinho said “We are trying everything for him to play tomorrow. He didn’t train for the last 2 days. Today is the last day. If the reaction is positive he could be on the bench, if not, we don’t select him. At the moment, I don’t know”. A bit like Aguero it will be a touch and go situation with Costa. It wouldn’t at all surprise me to see him starting on Saturday but with his history in the past it might be best not to rest him and give him the whole International Break to recover… Another one of those injuries were we’ll find out when the teams are released.
- Another big piece of injury news that has resulted from last weekend’s fixtures is the injury to Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud. The Frenchman suffered a rather innocuous ankle injury in the dying stages of the Everton match and reports have suggested the striker will miss around 2-3 months of football. In disappointing news for Arsenal they will need to fill the void he will leave and seemingly have done so through Alexis Sanchez. The summer signing lined up as Arsenal’s lone striker in their 1-0 win over Beskitas midweek and rewarded Wengers faith with the game winner. He’s had a couple of games to warm into the Premier League – is this his time to set the Prem on fire?
- In what has been a shocking week for strikers, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero added to that increasing list after suffering an injury in training during the week. Thankfully though, City staff have confirmed that he is fine after teammate Aleksandar Kolarov made a strong tackle on the Argentine. Some good news amongst a lot of bad news this week!
- Kevin Nolan suffered a fracture in his shoulder during training last week and consequently will miss around 6-8 weeks. Allardyce said “Kevin fractured his shoulder, that’s a massive blow. He’ll will be out for probably six weeks; it isn’t a dislocated shoulder”. Big Sam also indicated that Carrol, Jarvis, Jenkinson and Collins will all miss the game against Southampton this weekend.
- Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko limped off early against Liverpool on Monday night after hurting his leg in a challenge but is thankfully expected to be fine to face Stoke this weekend. Pellegrini said “Edin had a kick that gave him some trouble, I don’t think it’s anything important. We will see tomorrow but I think he will be ok”.
- Charlie Austin will face a late fitness test to determine whether his is fit enough to face Sunderland this weekend. The striker is battling a hamstring injury and Redknapp said in his press conference “we need to se how he is this morning and see if he can come out and train”. Touch and go at the moment, dependant on how he recovers from training.
- Steven Pienaar has been ruled out for the clash against Chelsea this weekend as the South African suffered a groin injury. There isn’t an exact timeframe on the injury but it isn’t overly serious or worrying for Martinez. A return after the International Break is looking likely. However in better news for Everton fans, Romelu Lukaku is likely to face his former team for the first time after pulling up well from a toe complaint. Martinez said “We’ll keep assessing him. He has reacted well after the game. At the moment it’s too early to know but I am quite positive”.
- After being pictured hobbling into a Manchester hospital, last week Marouane Fellaini is expected to miss around 2-3 weeks…If he’s still at United by then… Herrera will also miss out again.
- Popular defender during pre-season, Geoff Cameron, suffered an injury in Stoke’s Capital One Cup win during the week. Cameron is “likely to be out for a couple of weeks” after hurting his groin. Dump, he wasn’t getting game time anyway…Not to mention Stoke’s defence….
- In possibly the worst news of all, QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin has suffered a third ruptured ACL in as many news. Devastating news for QPR and Faurlin but an injury that will see him sidelined for the whole campaign. It’s a cruel game sometimes!
- Manuel Pellegrini has said that Sergio Aguero is “absolutely fine” after the knock he received in training during the week. He also said that “we’ll see tomorrow how many minutes he will play” when asked about Sergio Aguero starting against Stoke. It really is a flip of the coin at the moment as to whether Aguero will start. Even if he comes off the bench he’ll still no doubt score! Mangala will once again not feature due to ongoing training to improve his fitness.
- Louis Van Gaal will be hoping that new signing Marcos Rojo will be available to face Burnley in his first Premier League game this weekend. The defender is waiting for an international clearance to allow him to play this weekend but LVG will be hoping United achieves this before Saturday. Looking unlikely he will get the clearance in time.
- After training strongly for the past few weeks, Adam Lallana is finally set to make his Liverpool debut. The attacking midfielder suffered a knee injury during pre season that saw him miss the first two games of the season. He is currently “lacking match fitness” according to Brendan Rogers which means he’ll likely start from the bench against Tottenham. Rogers said in his press conference, “of course he is well short of match fitness but in training for the last couple of weeks he has been exceptional”. Despite these comments I’d still expect him to start on the bench.
- After signing with Manchester United during the week Angel Di Maria is in line to make his debut against Burnley this weekend. Van Gaal has said “I think he is ready to play” which alludes to the fact he might be given an opportunity this weekend. Will have to wait until team news are released.
- James Chester will miss this weekend’s game against Aston Villa after being sent off last weekend against Stoke. He’ll return to face West Ham after the International Break.
- After being sent off in the opening game against West Ham, Kyle Naughton is in line to return after serving his one match suspension. His return just ads more competition for Ben Davies down that left side. An interesting one.
- In what was just a rumour last weekend, Angel Di Maria has made a remarkable move from Real Madrid to Manchester United in what was another signing from new boss Louis Van Gaal and the highest English Transfer ever. The winger made a league-high 17 assists in La Liga last year, a definite strong point in the Argentine’s game. After starting with a 3-5-2 formation it will be interesting to see whether United switch this up to accommodate for Di Maria, or whether they make him play as a wing back…. Yeah I reckon they’ll change it up as well. He has been priced at a reasonable 9.5m but I would be giving him a few games to warm into the Premier League before bringing him in. Has the potential to be great.
- Manchester United flop, Tom Cleverley is apparently on his way to Aston Villa for a reported fee of around £7m. Cleverley has really failed to make a strong impression whilst at Manchester United and seeking regular game time at another club might be beneficial. However I don’t see him as a FPL relevant player…Lol. How does Xabi Alonso go for £5m and Cleverley looks likely to go for £7m? Haha #logic.
- Whilst on the topic of Manchester United and flops, Wilfried Zaha has made a remarkable switch back to boyhood club Crystal Palace on loan for the upcoming season. After really failing to impress both Moyes and Van Gaal Zaha has moved back to Palace in what might reignite his good form. While playing for Crystal Palace previously the Winger scored 12 goals in 110 appearances, proving to be a key player. This move will only benefit his career and regular game time may well be on the cards. Watchlist.
- Instead of bucking the trend, I’ll keep mentioning moves of Premier League flops though the loan of Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to AC Milan. His agent was seen in Milan earlier during the week and was now spotted landing in London, resulting in the two clubs reaching an agreement that will see Torres at the club on a two-year loan and see out his remaining 5 and a half year Chelsea contract. Apart from the fact I didn’t even know two-year loan deals existed, Chelsea are going to need to purchase a third striker in this transfer window as Diego Costa and Didier Drogba will not be able to carry the Chelsea team. Loic Remy’s name has been thrown around and apparently the two clubs have “agreed a deal” for around £8m but until either club confirms I wouldn’t read into it.
The transfer window closes in the coming days meaning teams will not be able to buy & sell players until January. A lot of deals will likely come through over the next few days and a lot of struggling teams may well be pressured into panic buying. Definitely something to watch until the window does shut!
Just thought I’d finish with this piece of news I found on Thursday morning… Haha no words needed.
Well that’s the latest wrap of all the news surrounding the Premier League. Good luck for this weekend, I hope it’s a high scoring one. Until next week, cheers!