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PhysioRoom Weekly Injury Round-Up – 15/09/17

Welcome back once again to the Injury Update, where we keep you abreast of all the latest injury happenings!

With European competition barrelling its way back to the forefront of the footballing world, the top teams are set to be put under some extra strain in the coming months.

We already saw evidence of that when Manchester United’s Paul Pogba limped off early in their game against Basel on Tuesday with a hamstring complaint.

Which is bad news for United ahead of a bumper edition of Superly Duperly Spectacular Bonanza Sunday, which last week gave us Burnley v Crystal Palace and Swansea v Newcastle, along with just two goals.

This week though we have a couple of thigh rubbers in the Premier League, where on that Super Sunday United face Everton and Chelsea take on Arsenal.

On that note, let’s get in to the injuries and see who’s struggling, and who’s set to make a glorious return.

But first, here’s our table…

One thing that’s immediately noticeable is that certain teams have had a boost injury wise as last time outs top 3, Crystal Palace, Stoke and Everton all have fewer injuries than this time last week.

But Watford meanwhile have retained their seven injuries, which floats them to the top. Marco Silva’s side are suffering some defensive woes, with Younes Kaboul (hamstring) and Sebastian Prodl (hamstring) set to miss the visit of Pep Guardiola and his team. There is some good news for The Hornets however, as Kiko Femenia (head injury) has been passed fit to play and Roberto Pereyra could make it in to the match day squad.

Their opponents this weekend Manchester City meanwhile have no fresh worries for the trip to Vicarage Road, but skipper Vincent Kompany, while back training, will likely miss out with the calf worry that kept him out of the Liverpool drubbing last weekend.

Roy Hodgson’s return to management has coincided nicely with some easing of the strain on Crystal Palace‘s doctors, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek (groin) and James Tomkins (groin) could be set to return. Meanwhile Southampton travel to Selhurst Park only wondering if Virgil van Dijk will return to fitness and make his 2017/18 bow, even if it’s not for the team he’d hoped.

Now let’s turn our gaze towards Sunday and the two biggest games of the weekend, first of all to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea, where Antonio Conte doesn’t have a care in the world, apart from Danny Drinkwater’s calf strain that is, which will keep him out until October.

Visitors Arsenal will be well prepared for this away trip given they were forced to play an impromptu away game on Thursday as FC Koln took over the Emirates, but they’ll be without Francis Coquelin (hamstring) as he’s set to be out until October.

Up at Old Trafford we’ve already mentioned how Manchester United will be missing Paul Pogba. The Frenchman could be out for up to six weeks, meaning Marouane Fellaini may have to accelerate his steady ascension to cult hero. There was some good news during the week for United however, with Ashley Young making his long-awaited return, meaning he could be in contention for a place in the squad on Sunday.

Image via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Opponents Everton are still missing the likes of Ross Barkley (hamstring), Ramiro Funes Mori (knee), Yannick Bolasie (knee) and Seamus Coleman (broken leg).

Liverpool welcome Sean Dyche and his side to Anfield on Saturday with the news that Danny Ings is back in training and Adam Lallana is aiming to start running as soon as next week. Thanks to Sadio Mane’s suspension, Philippe Coutinho could be in line for his first start after returning to the bench against City.

Burnley meanwhile will welcome back Jeff Hendrick, who has recovered from a thigh strain and could be in contention for a place in the 18. But the manager has confirmed surgery for goalkeeper Tom Heaton (dislocated shoulder) “We’re happy the surgery went well but we won’t rush Tom back. He has to be right. He’ll be fine.” said Dyche.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are still missing Victor Wanyama (cartilage knee injury) as Georges N’Koudou faces a late fitness test. The Argentine also provided an update on left-back Danny Rose (MCL), who he compared to Erik Lamela’s (hip) long-term absence.

“We cannot say in one week or two weeks. We are assessing them every day, still we need to wait and cannot give a date to return to the group and start training.

“Of course I suffer because like with Lamela you always want different players. You always want them fit and healthy and ready to compete to be available for selection.

“After the long term it is so difficult for him. All players love to play football and be healthy. He is suffering a lot. It is eight, nine months, we want to help him and push him to be motivated as quickly as possible.”

Swansea travel to Wembley hoping to have Leon Britton back from a back injury, while Ki Sung-Yeung (knee) is set for a late September return.

David Wagner’s Huddersfield will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend, but they’ll be sweating on the fitness of striker Steve Mounie who’ll look to prove his readiness with a fitness test after picking up a knock. Fit-again Jonathan Hogg (ankle) and Martin Cranie (hip) might be involved for the first time this season if they come through tests of their own.

Vicente Iborra could be in contention to make his Premier League debut for Leicester after shrugging off a groin concern, while Robert Huth is back in line for some playing time following ankle surgery. There’s some bad news though as Christian Fuchs has gone down with a freak eye injury suffered in training.

Image via REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Rafael Benitez has confirmed Chancel Mbemba (groin) and Karl Darlow (ankle) will return to the Newcastle squad on Saturday, with Paul Dummet (hamstring) and Massadio Haidara being the only absentees.

Mark Hughes’ biggest concern this weekend is of course whether his opposite number will shake his hand at the end of the game, but he’ll also be concerned about Stoke’s injury list, which has added Geoff Cameron (hamstring) but could lose Ryan Shawcross (back) who could return if he proves his fitness.

Someone else who has to prove his fitness is West Brom’s Oliver Burke who was forced off in an Under-23’s game mid-week, but a scan has shown it’s nothing serious, so the Scotsman should be in or around the squad. Gareth McAuley meanwhile has managed 45 mins on his long-awaited return from injury, but will need time to get up-to speed following a lengthy thigh problem.

West Ham have confirmed that Mark Noble (knee) will miss the visit to The Hawthorns, and Manuel Lanzini is still a week or so away.

Turning our attention to Friday’s south coast clash between Bournemouth and Brighton, Eddie Howe will have to wait another week for Junior Stanislas (groin) to return, but Ryan Fraser (ankle) “should be okay”.

Brighton have no new concerns, and could even have the addition of Izzy Brown (hamstring) as he returned to training this week.


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


Author: Chris Coates | @Coates_17