Hello and welcome to another edition of the News Wrap. Last weeks double gameweek brought many managers that much needed confidence to attack the next few gameweeks head on, hoping to post some good scores and rise up the rankings. There were some big injuries last weekend and to some key players as well. Lets assess the damage ahead of gameweek 32!
- Diego Costa went into last Saturday’s game against Stoke confident that he had overcome a niggling hamstring injury that plagued him over the International Break, however this proved to be incorrect. Costa featured off the bench in the second half, only managing a measly 11 minutes before succumbing to the troubling injury. He is now set to face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines, with the club hopeful he will return for Chelsea’s big game against Arsenal in gameweek 34, a gameweek that happens to be a double for Chelsea, who also face Leicester three days later. However in his press conference during the week Jose Mourinho stated that Costa “will be back in time to play four matches this season.” If that is the case then he is actually set for a return against Crystal Palace at the beginning of May… It’s a tough one. All that we can be certain of is Loic Remy and Didier Drogba will fill the void up front left by Costa over the next few weeks until the big man does eventually return.
- QPR will be without Eduardo Vargas for the remainder of the season after the Napoli-Owned striker sustained a knee injury against West Brom last weekend, only managing 29 minutes on the park. The diagnosis is a medial collateral knee ligament issue, which unfortunately will see him take no further part in the Premier League this season. Unfortunate for the Chilean.
- Wilfried Bony was a shock absentee from Manchester City’s squad against Crystal Palace last weekend, with the Ivorian suffering from an ankle injury he sustained in training during the week. The striker was assessed before the Manchester Derby this weekend however has been ruled out once again. Both he and Jovetic will remain on the sidelines this weekend.
- Swansea defender Kyle Naughton has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after the fullback suffered damage to his ankle ligaments in the 3-1 win over Hull City last weekend. He has loomed as a handy bench option for many mangers at just 4.4m but with this latest setback he must be traded. Angel Rangel will seemingly have his spot back at right-back now.
- Romelu Lukaku was another shock absentee from his respective clubs squad last weekend, with the Belgian not featuring against Southampton due to a hamstring complaint. As a result of his absence from the game last weekend he is expected to return to face Swansea this weekend, a boost for the Evertonians as they look to continue to rise up the table.
- Enner Valencia is finally available for selection this weekend against Stoke after the Ecuadorian suffered a laceration on his foot as a result of stepping on a broken tea cup several weeks ago. The striker has been absent since gameweek 29 but has finally recovered and will be available this weekend. Good news for the Hammers.
- Robin Van Persie was hoping to be available for selection in the Manchester Derby this weekend after the Dutchman has been sidelined since gameweek 27 with an ankle injury. He was in a similar situation ahead of the Aston Villa game last weekend but was ruled out during the week, with the same happening again this weekend. A return not too far away for RVP however it wont be this weekend.
- Arsenal have received a massive boost ahead of their title charge, with the news that Diaby, Arteta and Wilshere have returned to full fitness and will be available for use for the remainder of the season. Wenger said during the week, “Diaby, Arteta and Wilshere came through well on Tuesday. They’re at a good level and should all be available until the end of the season.”
- Liverpool will be able to select Emre Can for their game against Newcastle this weekend despite being shown a red card last weekend against Arsenal. The German served his suspension in the FA Cup replay against Blackburn midweek, thus allowing him to play in the League this weekend.
- West Brom will be without midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu for their next three games after he was sent off against QPR last weekend. He will miss games against Leicester, Crystal Palace and Liverpool before returning against Manchester United in gameweek 35.
Well that wraps up another edition of the News Wrap. Good luck this weekend and feel free to post any last minute selection queries in the comments below. Cheers!