Hello and welcome to another edition of the News Wrap. A fairly disappointing gameweek last week has me hoping for an action-packed weekend for GW7. Let’s hope it doesn’t let us down. A few injuries to report so let’s get stuck into it!
- The biggest news that came out of last weekend’s fixtures was the injury sustained by Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey was forced to leave the North London Derby prematurely after injuring his hamstring during the game. He is expected to miss around a month along with teammate Mikel Arteta who is expected to be sidelined for around 3 weeks with a calf injury sustained in the same game. In some good news for Arsenal fans however, Jack Wilshere has declared himself fit for their big game against Chelsea this weekend.
- Everton confirmed during the week that Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas will be sidelined for around 2 months after injuring his hamstring against Liverpool last weekend. Martinez was hopeful fullback Seamus Coleman will return to the Everton line-up after missing their Europa League tie in Russia during the week. Martinez said “he has a chance for Sunday”.
- Didier Drogba suffered a reoccurrence of his troublesome ankle and consequently will be out for “a couple of weeks” according to Mourinho. In good news for Chelsea fans Diego Costa got through a full game against Sporting in the Champions League midweek and has declared himself fit to face Arsenal this weekend. Ramires still out for the Blues.
- Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho injured his thigh against Everton last weekend and as a result is likely to miss around 2-3 weeks.
- Mark Hughes has confirmed that summer signing Mame Diouf will miss the game against Sunderland this weekend after suffering a hamstring injury against Newcastle on Monday. An unknown timeframe on the injury at this stage.
- Hull City goalkeeper Alan McGregor has been ruled out with a shoulder injury and consequently is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Steve Harper will now take the Gloves for the Tigers and at 4.5m is a decent option. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
- Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar is likely to miss the game against Manchester City this weekend after Lambert confirms the centre half still needs a few more weeks. Lambert said, “Ron is doing really well. This one is probably too early. Hopefully we will see him after the break.”
- Perhaps the biggest news of the weekend is the possible return of Belgium monster Christian Benteke. After missing the majority of last season due to an Achilles problem the striker has returned to full fitness and is a chance to return to face Manchester City this weekend. Lambert said in regards to his fitness, “if everything goes ok tomorrow then I will put Christian in the squad. He’s come through the last few weeks unscathed.” It’s unlikely he’ll be thrown straight into the starting XI but a spot on the bench certainly has his name on it. Glad to have you back Christian!
- The biggest suspension to come out of the weekends fixtures is the red card Wayne Rooney received for lashing out on West Ham winger Stuart Downing. The Manchester United skipper will consequently miss games against Everton, West Brom and Chelsea. Juan Mata is a chance to replace the skipper in the starting XI after being relegated to bench duties over recent weeks. LVG alluded to the possibility of Mata starting, saying “Juan has played very well in the Number 10 role.” Herrera is out with a suspected broken rib.
- West Brom manager Alan Irvine has ruled out Brown Ideye for the Liverpool game this weekend. The gaffer also confirmed that Victor Anichebe and Silvestre Varela wont be right to face Liverpool either.
- Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could return this weekend after training successfully all week. However teammate Phil Jones is only rated a 50/50 chance of making the Everton game.
- There are no new injury concerns for Crystal Palace this weekend after the Neil Warnock confirmed he has a “fully fit squad” to pick from to face Hull.
- Pre-season sensation Geoff Cameron was a chance to return to the Stoke line-up this weekend after missing 5 weeks due to a Hernia problem. He has stepped up his rehab but will miss out this weekend after Hughes said “he isn’t yet fit enough to be involved. He needs another week.”
- Florin Gardos has been declared fit for Southampton this weekend while teammate Maya Yoshida is not so lucky. The Japanese centre half remains sidelined due to an ankle injury.
Well that’s a wrap of all the latest injury and team news ahead of a big weekend of football. Good luck this weekend and I’ll be back next Saturday. Until then, cheers!