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PhysioRoom Weekly Injury Round-Up – 27/10/17

Thank football it’s Friday.

And you know what that means, yep, it’s time for our weekly injury round-up!

We have quite a nice set of fixtures this week with generous dollops of intrigue spread throughout this ever-so-great league of ours.

But there’s no doubt where the headline act is this weekend as Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs travel north to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

The biggest talking point leading up to the game has centred around Jose Mourinho, his bottle, and whether he has enough of it.

Pundits far and wide are placing ultimatums on the Portuguese manager, saying he SIMPLY MUST attack and go for the win.

I’m not sure what consequences he would suffer if he didn’t, but it’s a far cry from the days of Sir Alex Ferguson strolling in to the dressing room and saying “Lads, it’s Spurs.”

Anywhoo, let’s get on to the bit about all the hurt legs and stuff.

Starting with our table…phwoar, look at how square those edges are…

The biggest news coming out of the build-up to Tottenham’s game at Old Trafford is by far that Harry Kane will miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Mauricio Pochettino, who also revealed Victor Wanyama (knee cartilage) is set to see a specialist next week, confirmed the news.

“We cannot take a risk for tomorrow, we’ll see after for Wednesday. But tomorrow, it is impossible.” said the Argentine.

For Manchester United, the injury front looks significantly rougher as they sit top of our entire table.

United’s game-spoiler-in-chief Jose Mourinho has told how Marcus Rashford (tight hamstring) and Ander Herrera (ankle) will be assessed ahead of the game after picking up minor injuries in mid-week.

There’s slight reprieve however, in the shape of Phil Jones, as the England defender has recovered from a quadricep niggle.

Eric Bailly is a slight doubt but should be available for selection, while barring the ceremonial sacrifice of a confused Phil Jones to the injury gods, lured there under the guise of taking him to Greggs for his favourite pasty(steak bake), Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba will not return.

Otherwise, it’s as you were for the red half of Manchester.

For Manchester City and the blue, slightly emptier but definitely the people’s club, side of Manchester, there’s a small doubt over Ilkay Gundogan after he suffered cramp late in their League Cup penalty shout-out victory over Jorge Mendes FC, or Wolves as they’re more commonly known.

Otherwise, Benjamin Mendy continues to continues to warm our hearts via twitter is not the pitch due to his ACL injury and Vincent Kompany is still out with that pesky calf strain, but could re-join the group in seven to 10 days.

Their hosts West Brom gear up for their veritable feast of hoofing with some bad news, which is that defender Craig Dawson suffered a thigh injury plus damage to his knee capsule and is expected to be side-lined for around eight weeks.

Harry Kane leaves the pitch toward the end of Tottenham’s 4-1 victory over Liverpool with a hamstring strain. Image via REUTERS/Eddie Keogh


Hal Robson-Kanu (muscle strain) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) have returned to training and should be in contention, however.

Tony Pulis is also ‘hoping’ Gareth Barry can be involved after a back injury while he doesn’t believe Jonny Evans (groin) will quite be ready.

The Welshman also confirmed James Morrison (Achilles) has suffered a setback and will be out for the “foreseeable future”.

Next to Watford’s game against Stoke, where Roberto Pereyra will miss out with a hamstring complaint, but shouldn’t be out too long, according to Marco Silva.

Sebastian Prodl (hamstring) and Younes Kaboul (hamstring) are still edging towards fitness but still could be a week away from training, while Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart remain long-term absentees, all with knee related injuries.

Mark Hughes’ Stoke will be without Peter Crouch after the former England man was struck down with a back injury.

Otherwise, it’s not looking too bad for the Welsh boss:

“Bruno Martins Indi (hamstring) is still unavailable. Apart from that, we are ok.” Said Hughes.

To the Emirates next where Arsenal are all set to stop YouTube fan sites making much money at all this weekend as they should get over the line against Swansea.

But they could do it without Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) and Calum Chambers (hip), who are back in full training, but the match may come too soon for the pair.

Meanwhile Santi Cazorla (ankle), Danny Welbeck (groin) and David Ospina (groin) are still out.

Visitors Swansea are not without their own ailments, with Paul Clement confirming Martin Olsson (hamstring), Wilfried Bony (thigh) and Renato Sanches (thigh) are all out, with Sanches touch and go in terms of being back before the international break.

Now we’re off to Liverpool where it’s the battle of the spectacled Germans as equally affable types Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner face off, accomplishing a long-term goal of their friendship, managing against each other. Aww, nice.

For Liverpool there’s a concern over Philippe Coutinho with Klopp insisting it’s “not clear” whether the midfielder will miss out after hip problem.

Sadio Mane (hamstring) and Adam Lallana (thigh) should be back after international break, while Giorgio Wijnaldum (knee) is back in training and poised for a return to action.

Huddersfield meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Elias Kachunga after he picked up a back complaint.

Elsewhere at the club, Philip Billing has a serious ankle injury with the club confirming he will need surgery, and Kasey Palmer (hamstring) and Michael Hefele (Achilles) are expected to return next month.

Philippe Coutinho is in danger of missing Liverpools game against Huddersfield with a hip problem. Image via Reuters/Matthew Childs


Bournemouth host the champions on Saturday’s evening kick-off with manager Eddie Howe confirming Josh King is set to the miss the game:

“King missed the last two games with illness. Now has a back problem. He was feeling it in pre-season and he’ll be seeing a specialist.

“We don’t think it’s anything serious, but it’s resurfaced and leaves him a doubt for this game.”

He also confirmed Ryan Fraser should be ok after a knock, as well as that they still have the long-term injuries to Tyrone Mings (back), Brad Smith (hip) and Adam Federici (knee).

Jermain Defoe (hamstring) though, should be fine.

Chelsea will visit the south coast without Victor Moses (hamstring), as Antonio Conte put a stop any talk of a return this weekend.

N’Golo Kante (hamstring) is aiming for a comeback against Roma in the Champions League next week, while despite a start in the League Cup, Danny Drinkwater will need time to reach optimal Premier League fitness.

From two former Leicester players to the club themselves, as new manager Claude Puel revealed Robert Huth (ankle) will miss this weekend’s game against Everton after suffering a set-back, along with Matty James who will miss out via an Achilles injury.

Their opponents Everton, having not done as their opponents did and hired a new manager prior to this game, will see caretaker boss David Unsworth test the fitness of Morgan Schneiderlin after the midfielder suffered from illness.

Elsewhere Ross Barkley (hamstring), Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Yannick Bolasie (ACL) are still missing.

The latest in a long line of London derbies sees Crystal Palace host West Ham United, with Roy Hodgson confirming Chung-Yong Lee will have a scan on a muscle injury after the 4-2 League Cup defeat at Bristol City.

The home side are hopeful James McArthur will recover in time for a knock, but there was bad news regarding Cristian Benteke (MCL) as it was revealed the striker isn’t progressing as hoped, and could still be out for up to five weeks.

For West Ham Slaven Bilic says “it’s only James Collins (ankle)” who is definitely missing this weekend, while Michail Antonio (bruised rib) trained without contact on Thursday, with the winger set to be assessed before a decision on his fitness is made.

Up in Burnley Chris Wood (hamstring) is rated as “touch and go” for Monday but Sean Dyche remains hopeful that Sam Vokes (abdominal) will make the game.

Visitors Newcastle will welcome back Dwight Gayle after calf strain, but Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Massaido Haidara (knee) are still out.

Finally, on Sunday Brighton look for a victory over their fellow south coasters missing only Steve Sidwell (back) while their opponents Southampton will be without Mario Lemina (ankle) and Jeremy Pied (knock).


Anyone we’ve missed? Why not head on over to our Premier League injury table and take a look?, come on, don’t be so lazy.


Author: Chris Coates | @Coates_17