Hello and welcome to another edition of the News Wrap. Firstly, I just want to apologise for no News Wrap last weekend – I was away playing my footy Grand Final! If it’s any consolation, we got up!! Anyway, its time to get back to the real footy! A big weekend last weekend, albeit relatively low scoring FPL wise. With Cup action during the week there are bound to be injury and rotation news, let’s get stuck into it!
- There was big news circling during the week that Sergio Aguero had succumb to another injury but thankfully Manuel Pellgrini downplayed such rumours and has said both he and teammate David Silva will be available for the trip to Hull this weekend. That’s a relief…
- Daniel Sturridge has been in the news of late with reports suggesting he might make it back in time to face Everton in this weekend’s Merseyside Derby. The striker has ‘responded well to treatment’ and ‘is nearing fitness’ according to Rogers meaning if he doesn’t return this weekend then a return against West Brom is certainly on the cards. Rogers also added “he certainly won’t be match fit, he hasn’t played for a few weeks. But it would be great to have him back.” A spot on the bench is seemingly best-case scenario at this stage.
- News has reported early today that Samir Nasri will miss around a month of football after undergoing groin surgery. More news in next week’s edition as it comes out.
- It was confirmed during the week that Arsenal summer signing, Mathieu Debuchy is out for at least 3 months after having surgery on his ankle. The challenge appeared rather innocuous but was obviously serious enough to require surgery. This is good news for Callum Chambers as he should hold down the Right Back spot until at least Christmas. At 4.5m he is a great way into the Gunners’ solid defence.
- West Ham have suffered a heavy blow ahead of their trip to Manchester, with summer signing Cheikhou Kouyate sidelined for around 6 weeks. The Senegal central midfielder has suffered a groin injury meaning the Hammers will be without him until around the start of November. Big blow
- Southampton youngster James Ward-Prowse received some disappointing news during the week, with reports suggesting the midfielder is likely to miss around 10-12 weeks of football. Looking to return at the start of December/end of November if all goes well
- Manchester United are once again in trouble down back with LVG revealing that all three right sided centre halfs, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will miss the game against West Ham this weekend. Looks like the defensive troubles are continuing at Manchester…
- Christian Benteke has been training strongly over the past few weeks in a bid to return from his Achilles injury that ruined his last campaign. He is now working predominately on match fitness meaning a return in the not to distant future is very likely. At 7.9m and the majority of Aston Villa’s bad fixtures missed, he could be very tempting once he returns. One to keep an eye on
- QPR signing Sandro suffered a rather strange injury during the week, hurting his knee while celebrating a goal he scored in training. In what is rather laughable news the midfielder was actually under some doubt ahead of the game against Southampton this weekend. Thankfully for ‘Arry though he has resumed training and is expected to be right. Teammates Mutch and Barton aren’t as lucky, with the pair expected to miss out due to hamstring injuries.
- Arsenal duo Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker were not risked in Arsenal’s shock exit from the Capital One Cup during the week. Wenger said after the game it was precaution and they weren’t taking any risks ahead of a big North London Derby this weekend.
- Both Steven Pienaar and Seamus Coleman missed Everton’s Capital One Cup game against Swansea during the week but thankfully for the Toffees’ sake they are expected to front up against Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby this weekend. Will have a precautionary fitness test before kick off. Arouna Kone is also on the brink of a return after missing basically the whole season last year. Roberto Martinez said “Arouna is available for selection, we need to be cautious. He is in a situation where he has been training with the group. I think he is ready for 11-a-side. He played a game for the U21’s last week, but I need to make a decision tomorrow morning.” Sounds like he’s at least in contention for the Merseyside Derby!
- Wilfried Bony will return to face Sunderland this weekend after serving his suspension in the Capital One Cup game midweek. Really clumsy by the big fella last weekend so Swansea will be hoping for a big one from him this weekend. Surely he’ll start to fire soon?
- Chelsea have a fully fit squad to choose from this weekend apart from Ramires, who is sidelined with a groin injury. There is an unknown return date for the Brazilian but there are suggestions he may miss more than just this weekend. Mourinho also alluded to the fact that Costa will start against Villa, saying “Costa starts tomorrow and he starts without problems.”
- Pochettino has confirmed he has a fully fit squad for the upcoming North London Derby, with Kyle Walker the only absentee. Still an unknown return date for the Right Back after undergoing pelvic surgery.
- Both Coutinho and Henderson have been cleared fit to play against Everton this weekend despite being under doubt during the week.
Well that’s a wrap of the latest injury and team news ahead of an exciting gameweek 6. Feel free to post any selection issues in the comments below and I’ll be back next Saturday for another edition. Cheers!