Premier League injury report Feb26-28
February 27, 2011 | In: Articles
Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Villa boss Gerard Houllier has defensive concerns ahead of the visit of Blackburn, with Luke Young still suffering with a knee injury and Carlos Cuellar out for five weeks with a hamstring tear. Jean Makoun starts a three-match suspension and will be replaced by one of Stilyan Petrov, Barry Bannan or Michael Bradley. Nathan Baker returns from his recent ban.
Blackburn defender Gael Givet has a great chance of returning following a groin injury, but Phil Jones is still around three weeks away from returning to action with a knee injury. Christopher Samba will be given every opportunity to recover from a virus while Junior Hoilett will miss out with a strung hamstring.
Everton v Sunderland 15:00
Everton will have to manage without Louis Saha (hamstring), Jack Rodwell (groin) and Ross Barkley (broken leg).
Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon is a big doubt for the trip to Goodison Park with a knee injury – Simon Mignolet is cleaning his gloves in anticipation of playing in his place. Frazier Campbell and David Meyler are due to see a specialist regarding their knees on Monday so will miss out on this game. This game comes too soon for Lee Cattermole – he is about 10 days away from a return to the fold while Danny Welbeck is still recovering from his knee problem.
Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers 15:00
Peter Lovenkrands will be given a very late fitness test following his thigh injury sustained in Newcastle’s last game with Birmingham. Nile Ranger and Shefki Kuqi are on standby. Danny Guthrie will definitely miss out though with a hamstring issue, while Shola Ameobi (fractured cheekbone), Alan Smith (Ankle), Stephen Ireland (knee) and Hatem Ben Afra (broken leg) are also on the sidelines.
Zat Knight (knee) and Jlloyd Samuel (calf) are still absent for Bolton but they can recall Daniel Sturridge, cup-tied for their last two games. Jussi Jaaskelainen will return in goal.
Wigan Athletic v Manchester United 15:00
Wigan’s only concern surrounds Emmerson Boyce. He has been suffering all season with a troublesome hamstring and it has flared up again. Goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi will return between the sticks.
Michael Owen returns to the Manchester United squad after a nasty groin injury. Ryan Giggs will also travel but Jonny Evans (ankle) and Antonio Valencia (ankle) both miss out. Parak Ji-sung and Anderson also mis out with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
Wolves v Blackpool 15:00
Kevin Doyle is fit for Wolves for the visit of Blackpool after hurting his hip in the 1-1 draw with West Brom last weekend. Stephen Hunt is still struggling with a calf injury.
Blackpool travel without captain Charlie Adam, who begins a two-match suspension. Luke Varney should reeturn to the starting XI, but Elliot Grandin and Gary Taylor-Fletcher miss out. Blackpool’s Sergei Kornilenko made his debut against Spurs and, following the 3-1 win, could be involved.
Sunday 27th February 2011
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United v Liverpool 13:30
Steven Gerrard should return for Liverpool after his recent groin injury. Martin Kelly and Daniel Agger, both substituted with injuries in Thursday’s win over Sparta Prague, will face fitness tests nearer kick off. Glen Johnson (Achilles) is also facing a test. Defintely out are Fabio Aurelio and Andy Carroll. Luis Suarez should return to the match squad.
Manchester City v Fulham 15:00
Manchester City couldbe without Vincent Kompany. The defender limped off against Aris Salonika on Thursday night with a hip injury. Kolo Toure is limbering up as his replacement. Micah Richards (calf), James Milner (hamstring), Nigel de Jong (ankle) and Adam Johnson (ankle) all miss out, as does Shay Given (shoulder).
Fulham were considering giving Bobby Zamora his first start since he broke his leg against Wolves in September but the striker went over on an ankle on Friday morning and now faces a late fitness test. Steve Sidwell is out for four weeks with damaged knee ligaments, while Philippe Senderos and Diomansy Kamara miss out with back problems.
Monday 28th February 2011
Barclays Premier League
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion 20:00
Stoke are sweating on Matthew Ehterington’s fitness (back) ahead of the visit of West Brom. Abdoulaye Faye is struggling with a hamstring problem and is not likely to figure, while Mamady Sidibe remains sidelined with a long-term Achilles injury.