Hello and welcome to another edition of the News Wrap. It was the Aguero show last weekend, who’s going to steal the limelight this weekend? Let’s catch up on the latest injury news ahead of a big gameweek.
- The biggest news that came late last week was the alleged reoccurrence to Diego Costa’s dodgy hamstring. Unsure whether it was one of Mourinho’s mind games, many managers went into the weekend’s fixtures with the philosophy that he was going to play. Unfortunately Costa didn’t front up against Crystal Palace and news emerged during the week that it was in fact a groin injury that plagued the striker. It has also been announced that Costa was hospitalised during the week, albeit due to contracting an illness, with the Spaniard being released on Thursday. Mourinho said in his press conference that Costa has a “small chance” of playing against Manchester United this weekend. Whether or not you believe Mourinho is up to you but I’d be astounded if he fronted up on Sunday. He allegedly trained away from the group which depending on which way you look at it, is good or bad news. Good news that he has trained but bad news that it was away from the main group… Loic Remy, filling in for the injured Costa during the Champions League midweek, also unfortunately suffered an injury, hurting his groin shortly after opening the scoring for the Blues. Initial thoughts are that Remy will miss 1-2 weeks. After the game Remy said, “We’ll see after the scan, I don’t think it’s too bad. I felt something in my groin. It’s frustrating because I had the chance to play.” Due to the injuries sustained by both Chelsea’s key strikers, Didier Drogba is seemingly going to lead the line against Manchester United this weekend after training strongly during the week. Will have to wait and see on the fitness of Costa before we know anything definitive.
- Angel Di Maria had his owner’s hearts in their mouth when the Argentine limped off early in United’s 2-2 draw with West Brom on Monday night. The summer signing was pictured icing the aggravated groin whilst sitting on the bench but thankfully it has been revealed it was only precaution. Di Maria is set to be fit and available for selection ahead of United’s massive game against Chelsea this weekend. Ander Herrera also fit and available for selection.
- Arsenal summer signing and back-up goalkeeper, David Ospina, has been ruled out for 12 weeks after suffering a thigh injury. Not overly fantasy relevant but just more injury trouble for The Gunners.
- Mamadou Sakho has confirmed he still faces at least 10 more days on the sidelines after battling an ongoing thigh injury. Is targeting a return against Newcastle.
- Andy Carroll has returned to full training this week after being sidelined since the start of the season with an ankle injury. After ramping up his training load the striker it targeting a return in November. Good news for The Hammers who will have an abundance of options to choose from up front.
- Victor Moses was withdrawn early against Swansea on Sunday with initial fears suggesting he may be a doubt for the game against Southampton this weekend. The Nigerian has thankfully trained during the week and Hughes has brushed aside suggestions he is injured, saying he was only suffering from cramp. Good news for Stoke and Moses.
- Frank Lampard will miss the trip to West Ham this weekend after being stretchered off against Tottenham last Saturday with a thigh injury. The veteran is hoping to be back in action next week and hopefully available for selection for the Manchester Derby. All depends on how he recovers from training next week.
- Aaron Ramsey returned to first team action for Arsenal during the week as the Gunners snatched all three points late on against Belgium outfit Anderlecht. The Welshman started the game and got through unscathed, edging closer to a return in the Premier League. He should make his return against Sunderland this weekend. In more good news for the Gunners, Calum Chambers will return this weekend after serving his one match ban against Hull for already accumulating 5 yellow cards. Jack Wilshere however, will serve his suspension this weekend against Sunderland after also accumulating 5 yellow cards. Walcott once again playing u/21’s.
- West Ham have a boost head of their game against Manchester City this weekend. The Hammers are set to welcome back both James Tomkins and summer signing Cheikhou Kouyate to the squad after their recent absence. Allardyce said, “We’ve got James Tomkins and Cheik Kouyate in the squad so we’ll look forward to having them back.”
- Samir Nasri is targeting a return in next weekend’s Manchester Derby after the Frenchmen returned to training after the squad arrived home from Russia. Will ramp up his training over the next week in a bid to earn selection.
Well that wraps up the News Wrap for this weekend. If you’ve got any last minute queries feel free to ask them below. Good luck this weekend and I’ll be back this time next Saturday. Cheers!