Injuries and suspensions Oct 30th + 31st
October 29, 2010 | In: Articles
Arsenal v West Ham 15.00
Arsenal will revert to a more familiar line up for their Premier League encounter wth West Ham following their thumping of Newcastle midweek.
Cesc Fabregas (one goal, two assists) should start for the Gunners after making a substitute appearance during the week but Thomas Vermaelen, Robin van Persie, Aaron Ramsey and Emmanuel Frimpong are still missing. Jack Wilshere (two assists) serves the final game of his suspension.
West Ham need big results, and fast to get themselves out of the drop zone. They’ll give a late fitness test to Matthew Upson but still miss Thomas Hitzlsperger, Jack Collison, Zavon Hines and Peter Kurucz.
Blackburn v Chelsea 15.00
Blackburn recall Christopher Samba, who missed the 2-1 defeat at Liverpool through suspension, and test Ryan Nelsen (thigh) but he should be okay. Keith Andrews, who also has a groin problem, will be missing for at least another week
Chelsea have conceded just two goals in the league this season, and both have come away from home. A glimmer of hope for Rovers? Chelsea are still without Yossi Benayoun, who will be out until April, and doubts remain over the fitness of Frank Lampard and Alex but both are approaching full fitness.
Everton v Stoke City 15.00
Everton, unbeaten in four games, are missing Leon Osman (one assist) and Marouane Fellaini (one assist). Mikel Arteta (hamstring) faces a late fitness test but Jack Rodwell (ankle) is defintely out.
Stoke have lost three on the bounce now and they’ll have to manage without Ricardo Fuller (shoulder) and Mamady Sidibé (calf) for their trip to Goodison.
Fulham v Wigan Athletic 15.00
It’s fair to say that Fulham are struggling a little bit lately. They’re without a win in their last five games and have lost their last two on the bounce. They received a big boost last weekend with the return of Andrew Johnson up front and he’s in line to start against Wigan on Saturday afternon. Simon Davies could return having shook off an ankle injury. But still out are striker Bobby Zamora (broken leg), Dickson Etuhu (ankle), Danny Murphy (groin), Damien Duff (calf), Fredrik Stoor (groin) and Philippe Senderos (Achilles).
Wigan are on a decent run of being unbeaten in their previous four league games. Emmerson Boyce is a big doubt with a hamstring strain while James McCarthy (ankle) is out until January at least. Defender Steve Gohouri could be available after missing the last three games due to a calf problem. Gary Caldwell’s fitness will be assessed nearer kick off after the captain played 90 minutes against Swansea in the Carling Cup on Tuesday, his first appearance since undergoing double hip surgery over the summer. Tom Cleverley comes back into the squad having been ineligible for the Carling Cup game.
Man Utd v Tottenham 17.30
Wayne Rooney’s ankle injury is worst than first thought and will miss at least three weeks’ worth of matches. Luckily Hernandez (three goals) is playing out of skin. Michael Owen is also out (hamstring) and accompanies Owwen Hargreaves, Ryan Giggs and Antonio Valencia on the treatment table.
While Spurs are on a great unbeaten run of three games, manager Harry Redknapp will have one eye on Tuesday’s game against Inter Milan. Ledley King (groin) will face a late fitness test but Spurs will be without Vedran Corluka (groin), Michael Dawson (knee), Jermain Defoe (ankle), Jamie O’Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin).
Wolves v Man City 15.00
Wolves will welcome back skipper Karl Henry (one assist) from suspension but defender Jody Craddock is still out with a thigh injury. He is expected back in a fortnight. Stephen Hunt played in the Carling Cup midweek is in contention to make his first league start for Wolves. Adlene Guedioura (broken leg) and Ronald Zubar (hamstring) miss out. Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet all season.
Homesick and injured Carlos Tevez will be missing from the Manchester City lineup so Emmanuel Adebayor will lead the line. Striker Jo could be recalled, and Mario Balotelli could get a rare start. Definitely missing is defender Dedryk Boyata, who was sent off last Sunday. Kolo Toure (hamstring), Michael Johnson knee) and Aleksandar Kolarov (ankle) are also absent.
Sunday 31st October 2010
Barclays Premier League
Aston Villa v Birmingham 12.00
Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock (one assist) will return after suspension. Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (groin), captain Stiliyan Petrov (knee) and defender Luke Young (hamstring) are injured and midfielder Marc Albrighton (one goal, one assist) is banned. John Carew is struggling with flu.
Birmingham will be delighted that Alexander Hleb has been declared fit for Sunday’s derby clash. The on-loan Barcelona player suffered a knee injury during last Saturday’s 2-0 home success over Blackpool but is in Alex McLeish’s squad. Midfielder Michel has shaken off a knock suffered midweek but Cameron Jerome (ankle), Jean Beausejour (knee) and James McFadden (knee) are long-term absentees.
Newcastle v Sunderland 13.30
The Newcastle physio is earning his wages this week. Sol Campbell (thigh), Hatem Ben Arfa (broken leg), Steve Harper (collar bone), Dan Gosling (knee) and Steven Taylor (shoulder) are all on the treatment table.
Sunderland have problems of their own for this Tyneside derby. Andy Reid, Kieran Richardson (both hamstring), Fraizer Campbell and David Meyler (knee) are still absent.
Bolton v Liverpool 16.00
Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic is in contention for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool despite currently being on bail following his arrest on suspicion of rape earlier this week. Andy O’Brien is to join Leeds on a month-long loan as he completes his return to fitness after a hamstring injury. With Joey O’Brien, Ricardo Gardner, Jlloyd Samuel and Sean Davis all still sidelined with long-tern injuries, Coyle has a settled squad to choose from.
Liverpool returned to winning ways last weekend but still languish in the relegation zone. Three more points will be vital from this potentially tricky tie away to Bolton. Dirk Kuyt (one goal, one assist) is still out, as is Ryan Babel and Daniel Agger.
Lovely stat noticed on the web: Liverpool have beaten Bolton in their last seven Premier League meetings.
Monday November 1st
Blackpool v West Brom 20.00
Two teams promoted last season meet in the top division for the first time since the 1970-71 season, when Albion won both games 3-1.
Blackpool are still missing Alex Baptiste (knee), Louis Almond (shoulder) and Billy Clarke (knee). Albion test Marc-Antoine Fortune (ankle), Peter Odemwingie (knee) and Jonas Olsson (Achilles).