Hello and welcome to another edition of the News Wrap. Well it’s finally bloody happened. Sergio Aguero has succumb to yet another bloody injury. It looked as if the striker had shaken off his troubled campaign from last season and was proving what he could do when at full fitness, but that was obviously too good to be true, with the Argentine limping off against Everton after less than 10 minutes! It was a horrid gameweek for everyone so let’s assess the damage ahead of a big gameweek 16!
- As I touched on earlier everyone’s favourite player, in fantasy terms at least, Sergio Aguero only lasted a measly 6 minutes against Everton after suffering damage to the ligaments in his knee. After 24 hours of speculation and hope, it was announced early in the week that Aguero unfortunately will miss at least a month of football, with the possibility of that stretching to 6 weeks depending on his recovery and of course his previous history of injuries. This is devastating news for many Fantasy Managers and due to the large period of time he will be missing he must be replaced. Check out Matt’s great analysis of the Aguero Situation for the best options regarding his replacement!
- After suffering a major blow against Everton regarding Sergio Aguero, Manchester City received a boost ahead of their do or die Champions League clash against Roma with David Silva, Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho all returning from injury and featuring in the game. Yaya Toure missed out against Roma but is expected to be fine against Leicester this weekend. Vincent Kompany also a chance to return after training strongly during the week.
- Chelsea’s first choice keeper this season, Thibaut Courtois, has suffered a muscle injury during the week which is forcing him out of the game against Hull City this weekend. It’s good news for out-of-favour veteran Petr Cech who has been a confirmed starter this weekend after not featuring in the league since Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal. This injury isn’t overly serious and he should only miss this weekends game.
- Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out of Arsenal’s game against Newcastle this weekend after the midfielder left the field early against Galatasaray during the week. It was presumed that he was substituted early due to Arsenal having wrapped up the game in the first half but it emerged yesterday that his knock he received was enough to deem him unfit to face Newcastle. The Welshman had a fitness test during training on Friday but did not show sufficient recovery and Wenger therefore deemed he is unavailable for selection. A shame considering the good form he showed midweek. The injury is apparently more serious than first thought and there are suggestions he may face up to a month on the sidelines. No definitive news has emerged so that is only speculation at this stage, more damming evidence will be released over the course of next week. Trio Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal will join him on the sidelines as they continue to suffer form their respective injuries. Koscielny “has a calf strain” according to Wenger which is serious enough to keep him from facing Newcastle. In some good news however, Sanchez, Welbeck and Giroud are all available after being rested from the Champions League during the week.
- After seemingly set for an extended stint as Newcastle’s first choice keeper, Rob Elliot unfortunately suffered a frustrating thigh injury against Chelsea last weekend and is now set to partner Tim Krul on the sidelines, with the keeper facing 6 weeks out of action. Pardew said, “that’ll be him until January. Both Number 1 and Number 2 are out, and we’re now on Number 3.” It’s good news for Jak Alnwick however who should face an extended stint in goals for Newcastle, til at least Mid-January it seems. At 4.0 he presents some good value to free up some cash for elsewhere!
- Chris Smalling was forced off early in the first half against Southampton on Monday night after the centre half suffered a groin strain as a result of a rather innocuous challenge. He had a scan which revealed that he will miss around 2-3 weeks. Jonny Evans was his replacement during the game so is seemingly the appropriate choice in the future. Angel Di Maria will once again be unavailable for selection after he continues to deal with his hamstring injury. Manager Louis Van Gaal has ruled the Argentine out of their game against Liverpool this weekend.
- Chris Brunt is set to miss out again for West Brom this weekend as the midfielder continues to struggle with a hamstring injury. The Midfielder is ‘desperate to play’ in their derby against Aston Villa but unfortunately is expected to just miss out once again. Hopeful of a return against QPR next weekend.
- Kyle Walker made his long-awaited return to first team football as the full back started against Besiktas in their Europa League clash during the week. He is no doubt Tottenham’s best player at Right Back and with Eric Dier and Vlad Chiriches previously occupying the role it would not be unimaginable for the Englishmen to return against Swansea this weekend. Might be eased back into the Premier League however.
- Fabricio Coloccini is expected to miss out against Arsenal this weekend after his heroics against Chelsea last Saturday. The centre half sustained a calf injury and is now a major doubt ahead of their trip to the Emirates. Is looking likely to miss out.
- Leicester City will be without first-choice keeper Kasper Schmeichel for around 4-6 weeks after the keeper suffered a brake to his metatarsal, of which is requiring an operation. Pearson said, “Unfortunately Kasper is having an operation on a broken metatarsal. The optimistic view is 4-6 weeks out.” Back-up Ben Hamer will come in as his replacement.
- In what was really a horrid week for Fantasy Managers it was capped off a ridiculous amount of Red Cards to key FPL players. Lukasz Fabianksi was sent off against West Ham on Sunday for his challenge on Diafra Sakho and despite Swansea’s appeal, will have to sit out against Tottenham this weekend. 37-year-old Gerhard Tremmel will be his replacement for this weekend as Fabianksi will be available the following weekend against Hull City.
- Chelsea have struggled to have their favoured XI on the park in recent weeks as key players have succumb to the 5 yellow card rule. In recent weeks both Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic have served their respective suspensions and this week it is Cesc Fabregas’ turn to have a stint on the sidelines. The Spanish midfielder will miss Chelsea’s game against Hull City this weekend, however will be available for their trip to Stoke next weekend. Nemanja Matic will return to face Hull after missing the game against Newcastle through suspension.
- Another key FPL player who was given his marching orders was QPR’s Charlie Austin. The striker was sent off after receiving two yellow cards however this sending off was not all bad news, with the striker already assisting and scoring before exiting the arena, meaning his owners got a respectable score for the forward, albeit it could have been a lot more. Austin will miss the game against Everton this weekend and return next weekend against West Brom at Loftus Road.
- After injuring himself against Arsenal, Southampton centre half Toby Alderweireld has trained strongly during the week and is expected to be available to face Burnley this weekend. He ended up only missing the one game, their 2-1 loss against Manchester United, which is the timeframe the saints expected. Morgan Schneiderlin missed the Manchester United game and is expected to miss out against Burnley again this weekend. He should however return in the League Cup during the week.
- Despite ending Chelsea’s invincible’s ambitions, Newcastle did it the hard way after Steven Taylor was sent off for a horrendous challenge in the dying minutes of the game. As a result he will miss out on Newcastle’s trip to the Emirates this weekend and will be joined by Moussa Sissoko who is suspended after receiving his 5th yellow card of the season. Both will return against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear Derby!
- It seemed as though it couldn’t get any worse for us FPL managers but good old Callum Chambers made sure that it could after he was sent off in Arsenal’s embarrassing performance against Stoke City last weekend. The fullback received his marching orders after Arsenal had already conceded 3 goals which meant his score continued to plummet even more. With summer singing Mathieu Debuchy returning against Galatasaray during the week and back in full training it is not looking overly good for the teenager anyway in regards to his minutes. You’ve been a good servant Callum but it’s time to go!
- Aston Villa will welcome back winger Andreas Weimann for this weekend’s game against rivals West Brom after the Austrian served his suspension against Leicester last weekend.
- Paul Konchesky received some good news during the week after he was let off his suspension and as a result will be free to face Manchester City this weekend. Wes Morgan also returns after the centre half was given his marching orders against Liverpool during gameweek 14. A boost ahead of a tough test against Manchester City.
Well that’s a wrap of the latest injury and team news ahead of a big gameweek. Personally I’m hoping to bounce back after a dismal performance last weekend. Feel free to post any last minute selection issues in the comments below, cheers!