Thursday, 5 November 2009

Injury Update 05/11/09

Injury round-up gathered from

Rio Ferdinand will miss Manchester United's trip to Chelsea on Sunday but Darren Fletcher will be available despite admitting that he will require an operation to cure a long-lasting ankle problem.

While The Sun says that Ferdinand will be out of action for six weeks due to his bad back, the impression made by The Times is that it is even more serious than that.

'Ferdinand will miss United's Barclays Premier League top-of-the- table match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and could face weeks on the sidelines - and possibly surgery - after finally deciding to address an injury that has plagued him since last December and contributed to his poor form this season,' it reports

'The Times revealed in September how, despite claims to the contrary, Ferdinand's back complaint had not gone away and was becoming a serious cause for concern for United - and England before the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer - with specialists struggling to determine the exact nature of the problem,' it reports.

As for Fletcher, United fans should not be losing much sleep just yet. The Scot's admission that he is struggling with the injury concluded with the assurance: "It should be OK to the end of the season. That is the plan, to get me through to the summer and do something then."

Meanwhile, in case you missed it on Wednesday, Sir Alex has told MUTV: "Hopefully Vidic, Giggs and Berbatov will be ready for Sunday. Gary is suspended so John O'Shea will be ready to play."

Almost-no news is good news for Chelsea with the club not reporting any problems after their game in Madrid.

The only update has been provided by Jose Bosingwa with the right-back waiting on results of tests on his knee. The former Porto man insists there is no guarantee he will require an operation to put things right, but he accepts that he must follow whatever advice he is given. "It's all up to the doctors, but I'll accept the best solution," Bosingwa said in the Daily Express.

From the sounds of it, Aaron Lennon will still be absent when Tottenham face Sunderland this weekend.

"We just don't know how long it will be before Aaron is back," said Harry Redknapp. "We will have to wait and see how he gets on this week."

However the good news for Spurs is that Jonathan Woodgate is "back in contention" - which is just as well given that Sebastien Bassong pulled a hamstring in last week's North London derby - while Luca Modric has finally returned to light training. But he'll still be short of fitness for the Sunderland game.

In a piece of news nobody was expected, Arsene Wenger has reported to Arsenal's official website that none of his players were injured this midweek.

Seriously, read it for yourselves:

'The Arsenal manager lost no-one from Wednesday's win over AZ Alkmaar'

And although nobody on their current injury list will return for the trip to Wolves, the club have also reported that Armand Traore (now back up to Kieran Gibbs at left back with Gael Clichy out for two months) and Carlos Vela 'are close to comebacks' while Denilson will return to training in the second week of the international break with Theo Walcott joining in one week later.

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is poised to gain one striker but lose another this weekend.

Emmanuel Adebayor is set to return to the side for Saturday's Premier League clash at home to Burnley after missing the goalless draw at Birmingham four days ago with an ankle injury.

Club skipper Kolo Toure also seems set to face the Clarets after he joined Adebayor on the sidelines last weekend with a heel problem.

However, Roque Santa Cruz is likely to miss the match at Eastlands after sustaining an ankle injury at St Andrew's which forced him off midway through the second half.

Hughes said: "Roque hasn't trained since the weekend. He got a really bad bang on his ankle. He's got a lot of blood in and around the area that needs to come out. We need to shift that and we're hopeful he will be able to train tomorrow, but we'll have to wait and see.

"Ade and Kolo have trained for the last couple of days. They've had a couple of sessions and there was no reaction today from the work yesterday. The feeling is they will be okay for the weekend."

Left-back Wayne Bridge has joined Santa Cruz in the treatment room with a slight strain above the knee.

"Wayne hasn't trained either since the weekend," Hughes said. "We're hoping he will train tomorrow, but again we'll see how he is. We're hopeful he'll be okay."

Robinho, meanwhile, is now doing "field-based work" as he closes in on a return to action after more than two months out with a stress fracture of the ankle.

Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo is facing several weeks out of action after damaging the metatarsal he fractured during the pre-season summer trip to Australia.

The Scotland international started his first Barclays Premier League game against Stoke last weekend and impressed during the 2-2 draw.

But Iwelumo suffered the setback after Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen and Wolves central defender Christophe Berra landed on his foot.

Finally, Rafa Benitez has admitted that both Steven Gerrard & Fernando Torres may need surgery. Torres was pictured arriving at a Liverpool hospital on Thursday afternoon

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Mike B said...

Good to see none of the gunners pick up any knocks, makes life a bit more difficult here though.

Can anyone give an opinion on Diamanti now that Cole is gone? Do you think he will come back into the fray? Or will Hines just take his place?

I ask because i really don't want to get rid of him just yet, i like the look of my team this week, the only change i'll make if neccassary is Diamanti to Eduardo.

Anonymous said...

@Mike: I wouldn't take the risk of picking Diamanti. Not after seeing Zola refusing to start him even after CCole was injured last match.

Need some help here guys, which combo is better?





bean said...

in addition, GZ had many good things to say about Hines after the match, leads me to believe he's going to get the spot.. but who knows. great deal though, if he is going to start, especially with the Hammers schedule.. I really think there's gotta be some inside story between Zola and Diamanti

Mike B said...

Thanks guys, somethings definately gone on in the dressing room. Diamanti was looking like the next Paulo Di Canio for a few games there!

I might hold him for another week just to make sure though, i can see Zola pissing us all off and playing him this weekend haha.

@D2D - The Bellamy/Dunn combo appeals to me more, both have great matchups and are in good form.

Jeremy Spitzberg said...

Sylvinho for the visit of Burnley? Wouldn't that just be too good to be true?

I'll have to add him to my list of cheap options for the weekend.


bean said...

is this the year of the red card in european matches? 9 already today

saitofall said...

Okay I am done no more changes I am not looking at any more sites until Saturday I have spent much too much time perusing all pertinent information online here is the end result

Verms Alexander Gibbs
Fabs O'hara Kranjcar Lee Chung Yong(dark horse pick obv.)
Drogba Dindane Eduardo

Kellz said...

Can't decide between a returning K2 or sure starter Bellamy. Would I be crazy to go with both up front? Bellamy will be playing out on the wing, but I feel ManCity could really punish Burnley and the points could be there to go all around. Also with Bridge out, are we sure to see Richards coming in? I know Jeremy stated Sylvinho as a possibility.

Possibly team:
Given, Verm, Gibbs, Richards
Kranjcar, MPet, O;Hara, Dunn
Drogs, K2, Bellamy (Defoe/Beattie)

bean said...

-Sylvinho seems like a real long shot...nobody like Givet in the bargain defender bin?
-LeeChung did look good for a while, but not sure @villa, even though they've let a few through as of late.
-i don't think i can have two arsenal defenders and fabs, as much as i would like to pick up Gibbs. He looked pretty strong against AZ.
-If there's any week K2 comes back, home to burnley is a good time. or Tevez for cheap?
-I'm liking Hines, though no one else seems to

i'm still sitting with:


probly be tinkering more tomorrow

Anonymous said...

arshavin,kranjar,benayoun,[dont know yet..still hve 8.63 to spend]

plzz.....comment on my team...i need some opinion

Anonymous said...

Yakubu or Saha?

Naning said...

I'm pretty much going for balance this week.

Verm, Gibbs, Samba;
O'Hara, Fabs, Benayoun, Etherington;
Drogs, HRod, Eduardo

It's probably my final team as I'm not sure I will have internet access tomorrow morning.

Jimbo said...

I have one midfield spot left.

Bentley or barry or bullard?

Which one!?

chris m said...

@ Jimbo

How about none of the above. Bentley may not get another run out, Bullard is stll working his way back and is $$$$. Barry doens't really score pts. How about Dunn, Benayoun or Kranjcar instead.

jimbo said...

thanks chris m.

great minds think alike, i already have dunn and benayoun!

i'm leaning towards barry, guaranteed start and great fixture. i'll admit he is expensive, but ive not been able to fit in a man city striker and they might win heavily

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