Thursday, November 20, 2008

Injury update

Damn those friendlies, my team is in shreds. Here's a quick run though of the injury news, with further updates to come in the week.

The big news out of the international break for the Gunners is that Walcott is out for as long as three months (shoulder). He is an obvious sell for anyone who has him. In terms of replacements, Eboue will get a game over the next few weeks, especially because Sagna is also injured (ankle). Eboue has been injured himself though maybe back this week to face City, though don't expect a clean sheet as City have scored a massive 16 in 6 at the Middle Eastlands this season.
Van Persie and Adebayour both return, though Fabregas will miss out due to suspension. The seemingly out of favour Toure has also picked up a knock and will probably not figure. A rare bright spot is that Eduardo is close to returning to training.

Aston Villa
Martin O'Neill is sweating on the fitness of Carew this week though he could be set to return having been named in the Norway squad for midweek but then not selected. The big man is not worth a gamble yet (particularly against United) but Villa have some decent games on the horizon and he may be worth consideration if you're in the market for a mid-range striker.

Warnock is set to miss out through suspension and he joins Emerton and Dunn on the sidelines. The rest of the team, include Santa Cruz, appears fit though are not a great play this week at Spurs. Should be a few goals mind, and I suppose Roque may be worth a punt.

The Wanderers have a full strength side as they prepare to travel to Boro in what has 0-0 written all over it. If you have Bolton defenders then hold, but with Chelsea, Villa Pompey and Wigan coming up its time to start planning your exit strategy.

Physio room lists Chelsea as having 9 injuries at the moment, though all but Alex and Essien could figure this week. Its unlikely Lampard will miss out and Carvlaho may be rushed back due to lack of cover, if not Ivanovic becomes a steal. Start Cech (as always with 50-50 keepers) though Joe Cole is too risky right now. Drogba is still suspended.

Pienaar and Fellaini are both questionable, though Fellaini should hold his place in the improving Everton side. Yakubu and Saha are both fit and will hopefully start to forge their potentially sound partnership over the coming weeks, giving us two more decent mid-range striking options.

Nothing to report here as Hodgson is free to name his best team. However, on the road to Liverpool is not a great place to be and Fulham players should be avoided this week.

Andy Dawson looks set to return (hopefully) as does long term casualty Anthony Gardner, though he won't be breaking into the first team any time soon due to the solid play of Turner and McShane.

Skrtel is still weeks away from returning so feel free to stick with Agger (surely Hyypia is an afterthought these days?). Keane looks to be a doubt, and with the return of Torres he looks a likely candidate to miss out. Gerarrd did not feature for England in midweek, though that doesn't seem to mean a great deal. Fulham have a very solid road defense but Liverpool are still a great play and I'd stick Gerrard in on the assumption that if he doesn't start he probably won't feature at all and therefore your sub will be brought in.

Man City
Joe Hart is out, though for less time than first suspected. If you're desperate to save cash Schmeichel at 3.9m will now feature, though that could be for two games against Arsenal and United so probably best to stay clear. No return date in sight for long term casualties Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov.

Man Utd
Berbatov joins the growing list of Pure Juice injuries after limping off for Bulgaria in midweek. He looks set to miss one or two games. Ferdinand and Rooney both missed the England game but will no doubt return when it matters for their club (that wasn't sarcastic, I really believe players should choose their club over a friendly).

The impressive Riggott and defensive partner Pogatetz are both doubts and should probably be avoided. This also devalues Turnbull and co and Boro lose some of their appeal this week though Bolton at home is still appealing. Meanwhile, Mido should be available.

Joey Barton is the only new injury concern for JFK (see football365) though as they are travelling to Chelsea they may as well all be out.

Defoe could be out after getting injured for England which is a real blow for his owners as Pompey have a great run of fixtures coming up. Diarra is questionable and could be replaced by blog favourite Armand Traore. Sol Campbell and Kranjcar also look set to miss the match.

Liam Lawrence is still a doubt and should be avoided. Everyone else is fit and the defense might be worth a punt at home to WBA is you have the nerve for it.

Craig Gordon looks set to miss out again though the outfield is looking healthy for Roy Keane. Cisse and Jones will look to flourish against a poor Hammers side coming to town.

Modric is still out though the likes of Bent and Bentley look like intriguing buys. Frazier Campbell may also prove to be a decent buy if he can force his way into the first team in Modric's absence.

No new injury worries here not that anyone owns any Baggies outside of their bench.

West Ham
New fresh injuries for West Ham as Zola looks to restart his faltering side's campaign. Hopefully that will be in the form of Carlton Cole who has gone off the boil what with his suspension and lack of goals in recent weeks.


Koumas, Melchiot, Heskey and Zaki are all "50-50" for the visit of Everton. Zaki has a 'virus' and was sorely missed last week. Without him Wigan just aren't the same side: for the sake of the Juice I need him to return!


Ashwin said...

shame to hear about the injuries, it's a good argument to wait for later in the week for transfers, but it's too exciting to do them on the spur of seeing your points come in!
I think Berba now has to go, injuries + tough away fixtures + form of Anelka + missing gameweek 18 mean that God in a hairband must go.

TD Ocho said...

I went ahead and made 3 transfers this week due to injuries - Hart, Reo-Coker, and Alex out. I've still got Lampard, Zaki, and Defoe, too, so hopefully they all get some minutes (and more).

Those Chelsea Blues said...

Wow, that sounds like a risky play TD... Thats alot of points for you to be losing in your point shaving style...

Ollycee said...

I think its better to put someone in who has a chance of scoring, setting one up, keeping a clean sheet etc than slowly getting rid of injured players with your free transfer. My team has been injury ravaged this week, I have made 4 transfers and I still have Kranjcar!

Chris Glover said...

i think this is a big point in the season so far with so many widely held players struggling. i'd prefer my players to be categorically out for months than all this "questionable" and "doubtful" stuff. it makes it hard to make a decision. i'm leaning towards moving Berbatov out to free up cash to improve my defense (Alex > Carvalho).

Silent Jay said...

Duuuude, red font = big no-no! In the words of Dr. Smith: "The pain... the pain!"

Ahh... I think I'm going blind. (Just as well they taught us that 10 finger no-look typing thing in school.)

Anyway, just so you know, the last time Zaki was "doubtful", he scored 2 against ManU. (According to Yahoo he should be fit; according to Physioroom he's doubtful. Pick your poison.)

Chris Glover said...

point well taken on the red font, i was a bit unsure myself!
as far as Zaki i'm majorly concerned that he isn't settling in the English winter and might go quiet but I can't afford to ship him out for (a) lack of replacements and (b) I'll lose 0.6m if I do.

Silent Jay said...

I'm in the same boat with Zaki. (All of a sudden it's rib and calf injuries, btw.; instead of a virus. Whatever.)

Home to Everton this week, and home to WBA next week... I REALLY don't want to drop him. But he's kinda lost his "untouchable" status... for now. Only takes a couple of goals against Everton to regain that, of course.

With Traore almost guaranteed to play (basically making him a must start), I think I'll bench Zaki this week. Cost me 10 points the last time I was silly enough to do so. But maybe I should place a bet on him scoring a hat-trick... just in case.

Silent Jay said...

3:57 a.m., I can't sleep, and I've changed my mind. Zaki shall start! Mainly because I don't want to rely on two Pompey defenders against Hull, who are always good for a goal. (I know I'm gonna regret this. I just know it...)