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PhysioRoom Weekly Injury Round-Up – 22/09/17

Welcome back once again to the PhysioRoom.com Injury Update, where we keep you up to date with the latest injury goings on!

It’s almost a good old fashioned English football weekend as eight of ten matches are taking place on the Saturday, with six three o’clock kick offs! The money men will not be pleased.

Don’t fret though, they’ve made it up to us by making the only game on Sunday between two promoted teams, jack-pot!

The teams involved in European competition got their League Cup(I can’t spell the sponsor) campaigns under way mid-week, which prompted Jose Mourinho to ponder upon the nature of English Football’s schedule.

“If you ask me ‘could English football survive or be even be better without this competition?’ Maybe.” said Mourinho.

“Maybe we would be fresher for European competition.”

And maybe there’d be fewer injuries too?

Speaking of, here’s our table…

 

Now to the King Power Stadium where Liverpool pop down to the midlands for the second time in the space of a few days. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be looking to secure their first win in five games, but it’ll be touch and go for Dejan Lovren (back strain), Joel Matip (knock) and Emre Can (knock), who all face late fitness tests ahead of the late kick-off.

Their hosts Leicester have some troubles of their own, with Leonardo Ulloa (neck) and Matty James (achilles) thought to be major doubts, while Jamie Vardy (groin) will be assessed ahead of the game. There is good news though, as Craig Shakespeare has confirmed Christian Fuchs trained in the week, and should recover from his eye injury.

Down at the London Stadium there’s an inter-city derby to contend with as Tottenham leave their Wembley troubles behind to visit the Hammers.

There are no fresh worries for Mauricio Pochettino but Victor Wanyama (cartilage knee injury), Danny Rose (MCL) and Erik Lamela (hip) all remain in the treatment room.

West Ham meanwhile are still missing Manuel Lanzini (knee), who scored the winner in this fixture last year as Slaven Bilic’s side put a stop to Spurs’ title tilt. He’ll remain out until mid-October, as will James Collins (ankle), while Pedro Obiang (muscualr) and Edimilson Fernandes (ankle) could return next week.

Now, to the potteries! Said no one ever…. As that’s where Stoke will entertain the Premier League champions on Saturday. Stoke are top of our injury table at present and are sweating over the fitness of Kevin Wimmer (hamstring).

“We’ve got a major doubt on Kevin Wimmer, so that’s touch and go. We will have to have a look and see how he is today,” said Hughes.

The Welshman did confirm that Ryan Shawcross (back) won’t be available, Geoff Cameron (hamstring) similar and Kurt Zouma isn’t available to play against his parent club. Mame Diouf (knee) could make it however, as he faces a late fitness test.

For Chelsea, Danny Drinkwater (calf) remains out, with slight doubts over the fitness of David Luiz (wrist) and Pedro (ankle). Both are looking like they’ll be ready though, as will Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was involved in what has been described as a ‘minor’ car crash.

Southampton will be missing Matt Targett (ankle) and Charlie Austin (knock) but will decide late if Virgil van Dijk’s fitness is good enough.

They may need him as a rampant Manchester United visit St Mary’s with an ever shortening injury list despite the continued absence of Paul Pogba (hamstring), who Mourinho admitted he has “no idea” when the midfielder will return, having dismissed claims of the Frenchman being missing for up to three months earlier in the week.

Also, Luke Shaw is back in contention following his substitute appearance in the League Cup victory over Burton in mid-week.

Ilkay Gundogan goes down with a knee injury at West Brom – Image via REUTERS/Darren Staples

 

United’s neighbours, Manchester City have one of the easier assignments this Saturday as they entertain bottom of the table Palace. They’ll also be helped by the fact they have a clean injury list apart from, you guessed it, Vincent Kompany (calf) and Ilkay Gundogan (knee).

There’s good news on the Gundogan front though as it’s the opposite knee to the ACL injury that kept him out most of last season, and isn’t thought to be serious.

Crystal Palace are short on fresh problems themselves, but Wilfried Zaha, who’s “On target for a return after the international period”, and Connor Wickham (ACL) remain out.

Sean Dyche will still be missing goalkeeper Tom Heaton (dislocated shoulder) as Burnley attempt to recreate their home form of last season. There’s also a doubt over Jonathan Walters (knee) who could very well miss out.

Their opponents Huddersfield will administer late fitness tests to Rajiv van La Parra (muscular) and Laurent Depoitre (muscle strain), while Steve Mounie (heel), Collin Quaner (calf), Daniel Williams (fractured foot) and Kasey Palmer (hamstring) remain out for David Wagner’s men.

Everton have no new injury worries but are still missing Ross Barkley (hamstring). There’s better news for James McCarthy who could return to training next week, while the club have confirmed they hope Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Yannick Bolasie (ACL) will return this year, perhaps even in November.

They’ll be looking to kickstart their season against Bournemouth, who Eddie Howe confirmed that “Apart from Mings we’re OK. Junior (Stanislas) came through the game on Tuesday OK which is a big boost. We don’t have any other injury problems.”

The club originally though they could manage Tyrone Mings back problem, but he’ll need up to a month on the sidelines.

Swansea boss Paul Clement confirmed Sung-Yueng Ki joined in full training for the first time since knee surgery today, while Nathan Dyer will play for the Under-23’s on Friday night.

Wilfried Bony is set to be in or around the squad though for the Swans: “His physical condition is good. He’s definitely in contention for a start this weekend.” said Clement.

Danny Welbeck continues his bad luck with injuries as he’s set to be out until after the international break – Image via Reuters/Carl Recine

Visitors Watford have confirmed Younes Kaboul will not need surgery on his hamstring injury but will remain out for some time, but Kiko Femenia (head) will return after being rested as a precaution last week. Sebastian Prodl is progressing quicker than expected too, and will be “re-integrating with the team soon”.

Sunday’s all-Championship clash will see the return of Bruno (back) after he missed Brighton’s game at Bournemouth last Friday. Chris Hughton also confirmed Izzy Brown is back in the frame following his hamstring complaint, but Steve Sidwell (back), Beram Kayal (broken leg) and Sam Baldock (calf) all remain sidelined as they continue their recoveries from long-term injuries.

There’s not much change for Newcastle on the injury front, apart from the news that Karl Darlow has recovered from his ankle injury and will be in contention for a place in the squad.

Finally, Monday Night Football features Arsenal, who confirmed Callum Chambers’ hip injury that will keep him out for a couple of weeks. Monday is ‘too soon’ for Mesut Ozil (knee) and Danny Welbeck will out until after the next international break with a groin strain.

For Tony Pulis and West Brom, Chris Brunt (calf), Oliver Burke (hamstring) and Nacer Chadli (thigh strain) all face fitness tests.

 

 

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

 

Author: Chris Coates | @Coates_17