Hello and welcome to another edition of the News Wrap. ‘perma-captain’ Aguero failed to deliver last week and with Costa looking like making his return against QPR this weekend, who will be this week’s top scorer? Let’s check out the latest injury and team news ahead of gameweek 10.
- Budget mid of the year so far, Gylfi Sigurdsson, was substituted prematurely against Stoke last weekend after suffering from a groin complaint early in the second half. The Icelandic midfielder was forced off after 57 minutes after he apparently “felt” his groin before the game. He has thankfully been given the all clear and should be right to face Everton this weekend.
- Arguably one of the best pieces of business for the summer, especially considering price & reputation, was Diafra Sakho for West Ham. The striker scored his 6th consecutive goal from as many starts against Manchester City last weekend, but his day was cut short thanks to a knock to his shoulder he received. The striker has emerged as a big doubt for the game against Stoke this weekend, but in some half decent news for The Hammers is only expected to miss the one game. If he does miss out, he should be in for a return against Aston Villa next weekend. Allardyce said “It’s 50/50 at the moment. But we’ve still got 48 hours recovery time. We might even wait until Saturday.” This was said on Thursday so depending on how he’s pulled up will determine whether or not he will face Stoke this weekend.
- Romelu Lukaku copped a knock against Burnley on Sunday and was in some level of doubt early during the week for the game this weekend. The Belgium International has thankfully trained during the week and is now expected to be fine to face Swansea come Saturday. Martinez said, “Romelu is ok. It was a really painful knock, the moment when he scored he had a couple of knocks in the same area, but he’s ok.” Expect him to be fine.
- Alan Pardew is “hopeful” that striker Papiss Cisse will return against Liverpool this weekend after being “touch and go” during the week. The striker has been struggling with a knee issue but is hopeful to shake it off and face Liverpool on Saturday. Cheick Tiote will once again miss out.
- David Silva sent a scare through the Manchester City camp during the week when the Spanish midfielder was forced off early in their Capital One Cup defeat to Newcastle. The attacking midfielder twisted his knee and was substituted straight after. Pellegrini has eluded to the condition of Silva, saying he has damaged ligaments in his knee and consequently has been ruled out for around 3-4 weeks. Yaya Toure also pulled up sore from the game but thankfully it “wasn’t serious” according to Pellegrini. Both he and Kolarov are expected to front up against United.
- Jose Mourinho has said during the week that star striker Diego Costa is likely to return this weekend against QPR after missing the past two games through an ongoing groin issue, along with teammate Ramires. Mourinho said when asked whether Costa would be available this weekend, saying, “I think so. QPR, one week more, I hope so.” Mourinho also added, “Costa and Ramires will be available for our game against QPR. I won’t have difficulty picking my team.” So it seems fairly likely he’s going to start. He has the ability to come back with a bang but his ongoing injury issues is always going to cause headache for his owners. I’d give him a week, maybe two, and see how he’s looking. Plus how he’s recovering from games. Both Mikel and Remy will once again miss out.
- After serving his three-match suspension for his red card against West Ham, Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney was struggling with a foot injury during the week. In a massive game against Manchester City the Red Devils were obviously worried about their captain and his chances to front up in the Manchester Derby but it has thankfully been revealed he has fully recovered and is expected to be fit come Sunday. Falcao has once again been ruled out by Louis Van Gaal,
Well that’s a wrap of all the latest injury and team news ahead of a big gameweek 10. Good luck to all managers and feel free to post any last-minute questions down below. Cheers.