Monday, 26 October 2009

Injury Update 26/10/09

From the ever excellent

Any Manchester United fans who saw Michael Carrick's non-performance against Liverpool will be very pleased to read that Owen Hargreaves is being pencilled in for a return in early December.

United play Wolfsburg in the Champions League in a game likely to be a dead rubber with Sir Alex Ferguson saying: "He's coming along fine and he's pleased with his own progress, which is a good indication. The Wolfsburg game would be a nice time to bring him back.

"It would be good to have him come in on a European night, but it may depend on whether we need anything from the game."

Coming back somewhat earlier will be Darren Fletcher, who is expected to return against Blackburn on Saturday if he recovers from the groin injury that kept him out of the Liverpool game.

The team with the biggest injury list is undoubtedly Everton, who added Johnny Heitinga and Tim Cahill to a list that also features Bilyaletdinov, Baines, Vaughan, Osman, Yobo, Pienaar, Neville, Anichebe, Jagielka, Arteta and Yakubu.

Tottenham are in some trouble though as they could be without five key players for Saturday's derby clash with Arsenal.

Aaron Lennon is struggling with a left ankle problem which forced him off the pitch against Stoke and saw him leave White Hart Lane wearing a protective boot while Jonathan Woodgate managed only 14 minutes before being forced off with concussion, which usually means a mandatory two weeks on the sidelines.

Ledley King missed the Stoke game with a virus while Luka Modric is still crocked and Jermain Defoe will still be serving his suspension for the ridiculous stamp on Potrsmouth's Aaron Mokoena.

Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa is facing several weeks on the sidelines after damaging knee ligaments during the 3-1 win at Burnley on Saturday.

Figueroa had to leave the field after only 28 minutes at Turf Moor having sustained the injury, while team-mate Paul Scharner required 10 stitches stitches in a facial wound he picked up creating the Latics' third goal for Emmerson Boyce.

The damage to Scharner is only superficial, but Figueroa's condition is more concerning for manager Roberto Martinez.

"Maynor has a grade two medial ligament problem in his left knee," Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post.

"We will assess it further to see how bad he is, but it doesn't look too good.

"Normally with this sort of injury, you are talking about weeks rather than months - but the signs are not nice."

Burnley have revealed goalkeeper Brian Jensen sustained an ankle ligament injury during the home defeat by Wigan on Saturday.

The damage was described today by the club as only "slight" and the 34-year-old may have a chance of recovering to play against Hull at the weekend.

Manchester City winger Martin Petrov could miss the Carling Cup tie against Scunthorpe with a knee injury.

The 30-year-old Bulgarian limped out of the 2-2 draw against Fulham at the weekend and looks set to miss the clash with the Iron on Wednesday.

City boss Mark Hughes hopes the injury is not a serious one, after Petrov repaid the faith shown in him by his manager by scoring the Blues' second goal against the Cottagers at Eastlands on Sunday.

"I felt it was important for Martin to play," Hughes told the club's official website.

"He's been doing well and I didn't want to disappoint him. He was keen to get the ball and scored what should have been the winner.

"But he got a bang on the knee and was unable to finish. It's been sore for a while now. Hopefully it won't be too serious, a bang and not a twist."

City captain Kolo Toure is also a doubt for the game at the City of Manchester Stadium with a heel injury, while striker Roque Santa Cruz is suffering from tonsillitis.

Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe, who played an hour of a reserve match last week, is set to make his first senior appearance since undergoing surgery on a damaged cruciate ligament seven months ago in the Carling Cup clash with Portsmouth.



Anonymous said...

80 points but still up 743 places overall. I guess that's how bad a week i was for most of us.

I just can't excited about the double match week for Villa and West Ham. Looking for a bagful of points from Diamanti but otherwise not loading up, yet.

Bily still looks like a bargain at 8.74. How badly banged up is he?

Anonymous said...

Heitinga is injured?! So how many good YFF defenders are there now, 2?
A problem. A major problem. I thought about dropping him in the following weeks, so if it turns out that he can make it this weekend, I'll probably get rid of him. But it's really bad.
Any ideas?


Naning said...

Well, theres Vermaelen... Maybe Richards. 2-5-3 anyone? :D

bean said...

@billthegrunt - i ended up with 98.5 points on the week but somehow went down 561 places overall.. how does that work?

Anonymous said...

@bean - I have no idea how it works. I read my score right but something is obviously wrong, and probably on my end. 80 is a pretty mediocre score to jump so many places, even on a bad week. I guess only the Lords of YFF know for sure.

Remisheva said...

98.5 point for this week .
My positon jump from 4xx to 275 this week . Just ok week

Anonymous said...

@Remisheva - 98.5 is "just ok?" Quit bragging.

ben. said...

Position jumps depend on where you are on the table, thus differing with each individual.

Week 9 is bad ):

Kellz said...

seriously anyone over 90pts this week had a great week in respect to many who had 60-80pt weeks.

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