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PhysioRoom Weekly Injury Round-Up – 13/10/17

Hello once again and welcome all to PhysioRoom’s weekly injury round-up!

There’s been an influx of injuries over the international break and our table is looking considerably more bloated than a couple of weeks back.

Despite it being the turn of national team managers to face the media’s ire, there was still a chance to get quite a few “Jose Mourinho is really angry about this” stories in over the last fortnight.

That’s because his new revitalised version of Marouane Fellaini that he toiled over for months before bringing him to life in Frankenstein-esque fashion, was risked by Belgium manager Roberto Martinez in a game v Bosnia, having already qualified, where the pitch was more ploughed field than snooker table.

Lo and behold, Fellaini suffered an MCL injury and could be out for a few weeks.

Not being ones to let sleeping dogs lie, reports then emerged he was also ‘FURIOUS’ about Romelu Lukaku playing 20 minutes against Cyprus on Tuesday, as he was also recovering from an injury scare.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Fellaini’s injury, Mourinho said:

“No blow, no problem. We don’t cry with injuries.”

Oh, so he’s not angry then.

“We may cry with the process that leads to the injuries but we don’t cry with the injuries.”

Oh wait, no, he’s seething.

Anywhoooo, let’s turn our attention to the table…

The intro probably gave it away, but much like this Premier League weekend, we’re going to start with perhaps the biggest game in English football as Manchester United head to Anfield.

As we know, Jose Mourinho will be without Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba (hamstring) as well as long-term absentees Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ACL) and Marcos Rojo (ACL).

Michael Carrick, a potential slice of midfield relief for Mourinho, has been confirmed as out by the Portuguese manager, but Phil Jones could still make it after his knee problem.

For Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool the big news is the absence of Sadio Mane after he picked up a hamstring injury playing for Senegal, which is a big blow given how vital he is to their style of play.

Mane is the only fresh worry though, as Roberto Firmino and Phillipe Coutinho will both make it, thanks to a pricey flight from South America, according to Klopp.

Manchester City will be looking to make the most of any United slip up in Liverpool as they welcome former manager Mark Hughes back to the Etihad.

As they do they’ll be sweating over the fitness of Sergio Aguero, who returned to full training on Friday, but it remains to be seen whether Pep Guardiola takes the risk on the Argentinian, despite thousands of FPL managers hoping he does!

There’s also a slight doubt over Fabian Delph after he left the England camp with a hamstring problem, while Vincent Kompany (calf) and Benjamin Mendy (ACL) are both still out.

For Stoke their task looks even tougher than it did before the break after Joe Allen was taken off in Wales’ World Cup Qualifier against Ireland with a head injury.

The Welshman may still make it, with Hughes saying: “You have to be very careful with head injuries. We are being guided by the medical staff and will abide by them.”

Jese Rodriguez is said to be fine after missing the last game for ‘family reasons’, but is more likely to take part next week.

And there’s no return date for Ryan Shawcross who’s torn a muscle in his back, but is said to be ‘improving’, while Bruno Martins Indi ‘progressing well’ after his groin strain, but Saturday may be too soon.

Roy Hodgson has had a torrid time since taking over at Crystal Palace, and it doesn’t look set to get any easier as they face Chelsea.

The former England manager may be able to call on Wilfried Zaha (knee) for the first time in his reign, however, as it was revealed he should be in contention to play.

Julian Speroni will be on standby as Wayne Hennessey received a knock in the last kick of the game against Ireland and will now need a scan to determine whether he can play.

Meanwhile Scott Dann (knock) faces a fitness test, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (knee) could return next week and Christian Benteke (knee ligaments) will remain out for a while yet.

Marouane Fellaini in action against Bosnia before coming off injured. Image via REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

 

It looked as though Antonio Conte would tentatively check on Alvaro Morata as rumours swirled he could make a quick return for Chelsea, but the Spaniard has been confirmed as out.

Initial tests on N’Golo Kante reveal he could be out for 20 days but a further scan will reveal more, while his new teammate and former Leicester City team mate Danny Drinkwater remains side-lined with a calf injury.

This weekend’s Saturday evening game sees Arsenal travel up the road to Watford. They’ll do so without the services of Shkodran Mustafi though, who is set for four to six weeks out with a thigh strain he picked up for Germany.

Saed Kolasinac (hip) will be assessed ahead of the game along with Koscielny (Achilles) who remains a doubt, while Alexis Sanchez ‘will be checked’ on his return from South America as he’s reportedly a bit sad about Chile not going to the World Cup…errr, ok.

But there’s better news as Mesut Ozil (knee inflammation) and Danny Welbeck (groin) have trained this week and will be included in the match day squad.

Opponents Watford have confirmed Isaac Success will miss 10 weeks with a knee injury, joining Nathaniel Chalobah on the list of knee problems, while Sebastian Prodl (hamstring) and Younes Kaboul (hamstring) remain doubts.

Bournemouth head to Wembley this weekend with the intention of extending Spurs’ Wembley hoodoo, but they’ll have to do it without Brad Smith (knock), who picked up a ‘nasty’ injury playing for Australia, with Eddie Howe unable to give a specific time frame.

Ryan Fraser returned from Scotland duty early with a hamstring problem and a late decision will be made over his fitness, while there was good news over long-term ACL absentee Callum Wilson who is said to be progressing well, with ’the signs looking good for the future.’

Josh King (hamstring) will also have a late fitness test while Tyrone Mings (back) and Adam Federici (knee) remain out.

Hosts Tottenham have fewer problems than their opponents as Mousa Dembele (ankle), Erik Lamela (hip) and Danny Rose (MCL) have all started reintegrating in to first team training as they continue their recoveries from injury.

But while Victor Wanyama (knee cartilage) has stepped up his rehabilitation, he still remains missing.

Paul Clement will likely set his Swansea side up against Huddersfield without loan-signing Renato Sanches as he confirmed the Portuguese youngster is a major doubt with a minor thigh injury, but there could be better news over Wilfried Bony as he is rated as 50-50 chance of being involved.

For Huddersfield, David Wagner has confirmed Michael Hefele will not require surgery and should return within six weeks, while Danny Williams (foot) has returned to full training and will be involved.

But Steve Mounie (heel) may miss out once again as he faces a late fitness test, with Wagner giving him an ‘outside chance’.

Aaron Mooy will be assessed on Friday due to his late return after representing Australia, Colin Quaner (calf) will “probably be back in training next week” and Kasey Palmer (hamstring) could potentially return before the next international break.

Jurgen Klopp will be without Sadio Mane against Manchester United. Image via Reuters/John Sibley

Mondays game sees Leicester welcome Tony Pulis and friends to the King Power Stadium, with Jamie Vardy set to return after a niggling hip problem that has troubled him the past few weeks.

Elsewhere in the squad, Wilfried Ndidi will play despite a bout of cramp giving Craig Shakespeare a scare, while Matty James (Achilles) and Robert Huth (foot) remain side-lined.

Ben Chilwell however, is fit despite his withdrawal from England under-21 duty with a knee worry.

Brighton will welcome back Davy Propper (thigh) and Glenn Murray (ankle) against Everton but will still be missing Steve Sidwell (back), Beram Kayal (broken leg) and Sam Baldock (calf).

While Everton themselves only trained with around 17/18 players on Friday, with Ronald Koeman admitting some of his players are carrying knocks.

James McCarthy (knee) has been back in full training but needs more fitness work and will take part in the under-23’s next week.

Long-term absentees Ross Barkley (hamstring) Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Yannick Bolasie (ACL) remain out while Aaron Lennon (muscle) is also still not back.

West Brom will make a late decision on Nacer Chadli over the weekend after he visits a specialist in Germany on Friday, as Hal Robson-Kanu (muscular) and James Morrison (calf) also face eleventh hour tests with Pulis believing “extra days might help.”

Up in Burnley Sean Dyche couldn’t confirm a return date for Jonathan Walters who is suffering from an ongoing knee problem, but says it’s a matter of weeks rather than days.

Tom Heaton’s dislocated shoulder still sees the England goalkeeper on the injury table, but Dean Marney (ACL) and Nahki Wells (ankle surgery) will play some part in Fridays under-23s game.

Their visitors West Ham will only be missing James Collins (ankle) this weekend as Pedro Obiang (muscular) and Edimilson Fernandes (ankle) will be available again.

Finally, on Sunday Southampton will have Shane Long (hip) available after a scare but Matt Targett (ankle) remains injured.

And their opponents Newcastle have received a boost as Matt Ritchie (calf) and Christian Atsu (knee) are expected to be included in the travelling squad to the south coast.

There are two confirmed absentees though, Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Massaido Haidara (knee). Jonjo Shelvey does have a finger problem, but will be fine as long as “he won’t take the throw-ins” according to Rafa.

 

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!

 

Anyone we’ve missed? Why not head on over to our Premier League injury table and take a look?

 

Author: Chris Coates | @Coates_17