Hello and welcome back to another edition of the News Wrap! It’s a short turn around this week after we were treated to some midweek Premier League fixtures – you beauty! As always with fixture congestion injuries and team selection are a worry, let’s take a look into who is unavailable this weekend!
- Wayne Rooney was perhaps the biggest casualty from the midweek fixtures after the Manchester United skipper was left out entirely of the squad that played Stoke City at Old Trafford. Many managers would have been considering giving Beyond Blue a buzz after transferring Rooney IN for the suspended Costa, a move that seriously backfired! Rooney had a scan on his troublesome hamstring later in the week and has been given the all clear for their game against Southampton on Monday night. Should be welcomed back into the United squad. Van Gaal also confirmed after United’s win over Stoke that he does not expect Angel Di Maria to be fit for their game against Southampton on Monday night.
- Manchester City will be without David Silva and skipper Vincent Kompany once again this weekend and striker Stevan Jovetic has also joined that list. Jovetic copped a knock in their win over Sunderland and it was serious enough to keep him out of the Everton game this weekend. Yaya Toure also did not train yesterday but Pellegrini insisted it was only precautionary and that he will be “in the squad list for Everton.” In some good news for City however, both Kolarov and Dzeko will be welcomed back into the squad for the Everton game.
- Not only did Southampton suffer heartache through conceding in the dying embers of their game against Arsenal on Wednesday, but Koeman’s team also suffered an injury crisis as key trio Alderweireld, Cork and Tadic all suffered respective injuries. Alderweireld said after the game, “I’m hoping to recover soon, very fast. I will do everything to be back quickly.” Both Alderweireld and Cork are expected to be unavailable to face Manchester United on Monday night, however Tadic’s injury was only minor and, at this stage, he should be fine to take on United.
- Gary Cahill was withdrawn early against Tottenham on Wednesday night after the centre half clashed heads with Jan Vertonghen during the first half. Mourinho said after the game that the Englishman was “okay”, hinting that the substitution was more precautionary than anything else. At this stage should be available for the trip to Newcastle.
- Philippe Coutinho did not feature against Leicester City during the week after the Brazilian was battling with a knee issue. Rogers said after the game, “Coutinho had a slight issue with his knee, but he should be okay for Saturday.” He also eluded to the possibility of a Jose Enrique return, saying “Enrique has trained and should be okay.” Balotelli is still struggling and is expected to miss out once again.
- Chris Brunt was substituted before half time against West Ham on Tuesday after suffering a problem with his hamstring. Irvine has already ruled the midfielder out of their game against Hull this Saturday but hinted at a possible return against Aston Villa next weekend. The gaffer said, “Brunt won’t be able to play. Hopefully he will be in contention for the Villa game.”
- Diego Costa has served his one-match-ban against Tottenham during the week and is now available for selection for Chelsea’s trip to the Sports Direct Arena this Saturday. Nemanja Matic however is not as lucky and will miss the game against Newcastle after he too picked up his 5th yellow card of the season, resulting in a one match suspension. Cesc Fabregas is still only one yellow card away from a suspension and this was seemingly in the back of Mourinho’s mind during the game against Spurs, with the Spanish midfielder taken off with 15 minutes remaining.
- West Ham will welcome back key duo Alexandre Song and Diafra Sakho for this weekend’s game with Swansea after the pair trained strongly during the week. Allardyce said in his press conference, “Sakho and Song have been training all this week so the opportunity for them to join the squad this weekend is good.” Finally good to have Sakho back.
- Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has seemingly recovered from his hamstring injury that has seen him miss Newcastle’s last 3 games, making him available for their game against Chelsea this weekend. Pardew said in his press conference, “Fabricio Coloccini has been training today but whether he has the fitness levels to play in this game, I don’t know.” A late decision will seemingly be made as to whether he is fit enough to start against Chelsea come Saturday.
- Andreas Weimann will be unavailable for Villa’s game against Leicester this weekend after the striker picked up his 5th yellow card of the season. He will only serve one game and will be available for selection against West Brom next weekend.
- Jack Colback served his one match ban against Burnley on Tuesday night after he too picked up his 5th yellow card of the season also. The ginga ninja will be available for the Chelsea game this Saturday.
- It was a horror week for Leicester City centre half Wes Morgan, with the defender scoring an Own Goal, gifting Stevie G a goal and being sent off against Liverpool all in the space of one week. As a result of his red card he received against Liverpool he will miss their upcoming game against Aston Villa but will be available for the game against Manchester City the following weekend.
Well that wraps up another edition of the News Wrap. Good luck for this weekend’s fixtures, let’s hope it’s another high scoring one like it was midweek! Feel free to post any last-minute selection queries in the comments below, cheers!