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PhysioRoom Weekly Injury Round-Up – 29/09/17

It’s once again time for us to slide up in to the world of injuries and see what’s taking place.

There are worse places we could be sliding up in to, mind, console yourself with that.

It’s been a busy week in the world of injuries, players dropping like flies, twitter spats over the finer nuances of ACL diagnosis, it’s all been going on.

Yep, Benjamin Mendy’s decision to call out journalist Duncan Castles over his (at the time potentially) ruptured ACL cause quite a stir on twitter this week.

Unfortunately for Mendy, Castles turned out to be correct and the full-back, who has looked outstanding so far, faces an extended spell on the side-lines.

It’s not all bad though as some of that time will be during an international break, which unfortunately is coming very soon. Let’s enjoy it while we can.

So, here’s how we’re all looking…

 

 

There’s only one place to first dip our toes in the injury water, and that’s at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea host Manchester City in Saturday’s 5.30pm kick off.

Antonio Conte’s men are only missing Danny Drinkwater (calf strain) and David Luiz who’s suspended, while the Italian has confirmed Alvaro Morata is fit and ready to play.

For Manchester City, there was the shock news that Sergio Aguero was involved in a car accident in Amsterdam.

As of now it’s unknown how the long the Argentine will be out for, but reports speculate he’s suffered at least one broken rib, which would see him out for a few weeks at least.

Pep Guardiola also confirmed the extent of Benjamin Mendy’s injury, as the defender is set to miss the vast majority of the season.

“Mendy will be operated on this afternoon in Barcelona and will be out until the time of the semi-final of UCL” said the Spaniard.

Captain Vincent Kompany (calf) remains out, and will meet with Belgian doctors over the international break before returning to City.

Manchester United head in to this weekend’s fixture fresh off securing their second victory in a row in the champions league away in Moscow. But all of a sudden, the injury clouds seem to have descended on Manchester as Jose Mourinho has several injury concerns.

Marouane Fellaini, who wasn’t part of the travelling party to Russia, is a major doubt after picking up a knock to the ankle against Southampton last week.

Meanwhile it was confirmed Phil Jones and Michael Carrick, who both have knocks, will miss the visit of the Eagles, while Valencia “has a chance”.

Crystal Palace visit Old Trafford with the news that Christian Benteke’s knee injury will keep him out for a minimum of six weeks in what presents a significant blow to new manager Roy Hodgson.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also miss out because of a thigh strain, but Wilfried Zaha did give a glimpse on social media that he’s back doing work at the training ground, but he likely won’t return until after the international break. Meanwhile Timothy Fosu-Mensah will fall ineligible to play against his parent club and will return next week.

Benjamin Mendy suffers the ACL injury that will keep him out until next year. Image via REUTERS/Phil Noble

 

Huddersfield welcome Spurs to Yorkshire without Steve Mounie (heel), Collin Quaner (calf), Daniel Williams (fractured foot) and Kasey Palmer (hamstring), who are all still missing for David Wagner’s men.

For Tottenham, Christian Eriksen should recover from illness, but Mousa Dembele has picked up an ankle injury, and Victor Wanyama (cartilage knee injury), Danny Rose (MCL) and Erik Lamela (hip) all remain in the treatment room.

Liverpool travel to the North-East to face former manager Rafael Benitez with a “few knocks”, but no one is ruled out bar long term injuries Adam Lallana (thigh) and Nathaniel Clyne (back).

For Rafa and his Newcastle side there’s good news as Florian Lejeune has recovered from an ankle knock and will be available, but Paul Dummet (hamstring) and Massadio Haidara (knee) are still a bit away.

Everton will administer fitness tests to Michael Keane (foot) and Phil Jagialka (hamstring), with Ronald Koeman hoping to have “some positive news”. Still missing though are Ross Barkley (hamstring) and James McCarthy (knee), while the club confirmed last week they hope Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Yannick Bolasie (ACL) will return this year, perhaps even in November.

Opponents Burnley will still be without goalkeeper Tom Heaton (dislocated shoulder), Jonathan Walters (knee) and Nakhi Wells (ankle), who could return after the break.

Ahead of the weekend Stoke are looking to give fitness tests to Kevin Wimmer (hamstring) and Geoff Cameron (hamstring) but Ryan Shawcross (back) won’t be available.

Bruno Martins-Indi could also miss three weeks with his groin injury, but Kurt Zouma returns after being ineligible for the defeat to Chelsea last week.

Southampton meanwhile are relatively untroubled as they’re only missing Matt Targett (ankle), with Virgil van Dijk is edging ever close to his first start according to Mauricio Pellegrino.

Phil Jones looks set to miss out on Manchester United’s game with Crystal Palace, having started the season in great form. Image via REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

 

For Arsenal Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Callum Chambers (hip) have been ruled out until after the international break while Alex Iwobi is missing after picking up a thigh strain.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton will be sweating over the fitness of Glenn Murray (ankle) and could get good news, but Steve Sidwell (back), Beram Kayal (broken leg) and Sam Baldock (calf) are still out.

For West Brom Oliver Burke and Nacer Chadli have recovered from hamstring injuries but lack sharpness that Tony Pulis is hoping will return this international break.

Watford travel to the Hawthorns in somewhat dire straits, with Nathaniel Chalobah struck down by a knee injury, Mauro Zarate struggling for fitness and Younes Kaboul still nursing his hamstring complaint.

Sebastian Prodl (hamstring) is progressing quicker than expected though, and will be “re-integrating with the team soon”.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has told how Tyrone Mings (back), Callum Wilson (ACL) and Harry Arter (Achilles) will all miss the game with Leicester. But there could be better news as Dan Gosling faces a late fitness test after taking a knock against Everton.

Leicester are said to be managing Jamie Vardy’s ongoing hip problem but he is expected to be included in the travelling squad to face The Cherries.

There’s worse news though for Matty James who is wearing a protective boot due to his Achilles injury. It should be removed within the next week when The Foxes will “assess from there.”

Also, centre-back Robert Huth is struggling to shake off a foot problem with manager Craig Shakespeare saying it’s like “one step forwards, two steps back.”

Michail Antonio (groin) faces a race to be fit for West Ham’s latest outing at the London Stadium.

As does James Collins (ankle), while Manuel Lanzini (knee), Pedro Obiang (muscualr) and Edimilson Fernandes (ankle) could return after the internationals.

Finally, Swansea will give Sung-Yeung Ki (knee) and Nathan Dyer (Achilles) will both play for the under-23s against Celtic to build fitness next week but this weekend will be too soon.

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

 

Author: Chris Coates | @Coates_17