Our friends over at PremierInjuries.com have kindly provided our Fantasy Football community with some very useful injury news following the international break. Must-read information when building your Oulala teams this weekend.
Ben Dinnery from PremierInjuries.com explains…
Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva re-joined the main group in training this week but the trio may have to wait for a start as they continue to build their fitness following injury. Vincent Kompany continues to manage an ongoing calf complaint while similarly, Fabian Delph will take no risks with the niggling hamstring issue which has blighted his City career.
Jay Rodriguez looks set to go under the knife. The Southampton forward who battled back from a ruptured ACL has been struggling with a persistent foot injury and specialists expect to make a final decision this weekend. Surgery would effectively end any hopes of the 26-year-old appearing at next summers’ European Championships.
Luke Shaw is progressing nicely but the full-back has a long way to go and any football this season would be a massive bonus. The young defender has been joined in the treatment room by teammate Antonio Valencia who required surgery after failing to shake off the foot injury he picked up during the derby. The Ecuadorian international could miss up-to five months and Louis van Gaal may consider reinforcements during the January window.
Early season performances belie Arsenal’s current injury crisis and with a hectic Festive fixture period coming up Arsene Wenger is expected to welcome back a number of his side-lined stars. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey are very close while Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are all targeting the New Year. Alexis Sanchez is never far from the headlines or the red zone it seems and the Chilean could be rested before the winger picks up a serious muscular problem due to fatigue.
Tim Krul won’t return this season but Rob Elliot has performed admirably in his absence – despite an ongoing thigh issue – and the Republic of Ireland stopper looks to have made the goalkeepers’ jersey his own although Karl Darlow is close to full fitness. Steven Taylor is at least a month away following hamstring surgery, meaning central defensive responsibilities have fallen to Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett and Chancel Mbemba. Newcastle are a little lightweight at the back which is reflected in their goals against column.
Good news from the Hammers’ camp as Dimitri Payet will not need surgery having fallen foul to a James McCarthy scissor tackle, however, the specialist report indicates that regardless the French playmaker will still miss around three months. Enner Valencia – also injured against Everton – should be back before Christmas although with Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho now fit Slaven Bilic does at least have options. Alex Song is on the comeback trail after completing 60 minutes in a behind-closed-doors game during the break but the Cameroonian is still way short of match fitness. The Barcelona loanee last played competitively in May but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.