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PhysioRoom Weekly Injury Round-Up – 20/10/17

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

Game Week 9 comes off the back of another successful mid-week for English teams in the Champions League, proving that if you throw enough cash at something, eventually that cash will form a pile that eventually engulfs the problem entirely.

We may not be at the peak of English powers just yet, but the gold-plated pistons of the Premier League machine are beginning to, finally, work like they’re supposed to.

You’ll notice we didn’t mention the Europa League as Everton are still a bit rubbish and are therefore ruining the narrative a little. Sssssh.

With that said, and while it may not be directly football related, we do have to mention that horrible, dishevelled looking man on the touchline on Thursday night who brought shame on the blue half of Merseyside.

Indeed, Ronald Koeman didn’t look at his best.

Oh, and some bloke whacked one of the Lyon players while holding an actual human child! Mad!

But back to Premier League matters and specifically injuries, which is why we’re here, is it not.

Let’s have a look how each team is generally shaping up by taking a look at our table:

After last week’s mammoth let down in ‘the biggest game in the Premier League’, we’re going to ignore the 4pm kick off on Sunday for a second and look at things all linear like.

Starting with Friday’s big game at the London Stadium where both teams are looking for their third win from nine games.

West Ham will put Javier Hernandez through his paces ahead of the game after a hamstring scare on Tuesday, but a scan has come back clear for the Mexican.

Slaven Bilic also confirmed James Collins (ankle) has still not recovered, Diafra Sakho (back strain) won’t make it, and Adrian (abdominal) is still out.

For their opponents Brighton, Tomer Hemed serves the final game of his three-match ban and Steve Sidwell remains side-lined because of a back injury.

Shane Duffy (groin) hasn’t trained since limping off against Everton but Chris Hughton remains hopeful he can re-join the group and be available for the trip to London.

With what we said earlier, said, we’re pretty sure Tottenham will ensure a more entertaining game on Sunday than United did last week at Anfield, so let’s peruse the injuries ahead of the big clash at Wembley.

For Spurs, Ben Davies (illness) and Georges-Kevin N’koudou (concussion) have rejoined the group after their injuries but Mousa Dembele (ankle) suffered a setback while training in Madrid and is a major doubt.

Elsewhere Victor Wanyama (knee cartilage) will meet with a specialist next week and Erik Lamela (hip) is still working his way back to full fitness.

For Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, Sadio Mane remains out after he picked up a hamstring injury playing for Senegal, with the German saying he’ll be happy if the winger is back within six weeks, while long-term misses of Adam Lallana (thigh) and Nathaniel Clyne (back) are still out.

Mousa Dembele could miss Spurs’ game against Liverpool on Sunday. Image via REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

It gets no better for Marco Silva and Watford this week, with the Portuguese confirming not much has changed ahead of their visit to Stamford Bridge for the lunch time kick off on Saturday.

Last week brought news that 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 doubtful, but the Hornets “expect them to work with the team next week”.

Chelsea have some problems of their own, with Antonio Conte confirming David Luiz (calf) and Bakayoko (groin) will be assessed after the pair played through the pain-barrier against Roma.

Also, Victor Moses (hamstring) remains a big doubt, Danny Drinkater (calf) is inching towards fitness and N’Golo Kante is still out for a couple of weeks at least with his hamstring complaint.

Huddersfield host Jose Mourinho and his United side with the news that Steve Mounié will be back in the squad after he trained all week without any issues.

But it’s not all good news as David Wagner confirmed Philip Billing has a serious ankle injury. The club as of yet sure if he needs surgery or not, with confirmation expected on Monday.

Collin Quaner (calf) won’t make this game but he should be back next weekend, while Kasey Palmer (hamstring) is expected to return to full training during the international, after which he’s expected to be ready for first team action.

Manchester United have some worries of their own , although apparently not Marcus Rashford, who Mourinho has confirmed is fit and available for tomorrow’s game.

Otherwise there’s no fresh concerns for United, with the same squad available as for the  Benfica match, according to the manager, which would seemingly confirm the absence of Eric Bailly (groin).

Sunday’s early game sees Arsenal travel up to Merseyside with a a mighty triple boost of positive injury news as Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey are all confirmed as fit for the game.

But Danny Welbeck is out with a groin problem, with Arsene Wenger confirming the forward won’t return before the next international break.

In terms of the hosts, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has told how Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka will be recalled to the starting line-up on Sunday after dropping out against Lyon on Thursday.

James McCarthy (knee) could also feature after coming through some minutes for the Under-23’s on Wednesday and despite his knock against Lyon, Morgan Schneiderlin should return to the group on Saturday ahead of the game.

Chelsea defender David Luiz could miss out after playing through injury in mid-week. Image via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Stoke City’s Mark Hughes will be as stern faced as ever heading in to this weekend, as Xherdan Shaqiri will face a late fitness test after spraining his ankle.

Bruno Martins Indi (groin) has suffered a setback and is out, likewise full-back Thomas Edwards(ankle), but Joe Allen could return after concussion.

Ryan Shawcross is also closing in on a return with Hughes saying if he isn’t back this weekend then he should be involved against Watford.

Their visitors Bournemouth will give a fitness test to Scotland’s Ryan Fraser (hamstring), while Brad Smith misses the game with a hip injury and Tyrone Mings (back) and Adam Federici (knee) remain out.

League leaders Manchester City could welcome back Sergio Aguero (ribs) after Pep Guardiola wouldn’t be drawn on whether the striker will start, but confirmed he is ‘ready’.

Otherwise it’s just Vincent Kompany (calf) and Benjamin Mendy (ACL) who remain missing.

Resilient Burnley meanwhile have fitness concerns over Dean Marney, as Jonathan Walters (knee) and Tom Heaton (dislocated shoulder) are still out.

Newcastle United have no Dwight Gayle this weekend after the striker picked up a calf injury at Southampton, while Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Massaido Haidara (knee) are also still out.

Their opponents Crystal Palace welcome back a recovered Wayne Hennesey as Roy Hodgson confirmed the Eagles have a full bill of health aside from the long-term injuries of Christian Benteke (MCL) and Connor Wickham (ACL).

Swansea have received mixed news ahead of the weekend with Wilfried Bony unavailable with a hamstring injury. But Renato Sanches is back and ready to go after a thigh strain.

Michael Appleton won’t have too many problems as he takes over as caretaker manager following Craig Shakespeare’s sacking this week, with just Robert Huth (foot) and Matty James (achilles) still out as Leicester visit south Wales.

West Brom travel to the south coast missing Hal Robson-Kanu (muscular), Oliver Burke (hamstring) and James Morrison (calf), while both Ben Foster (knee) and Boaz Myhill (hamstring) are facing a fight to make it, with Tony Pulis hoping at least one does so.

Finally, their hosts Southampton continue their good injury luck, with Jeremy Pied (knock) the only worry to be seen.

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