Injury and suspension report Oct 23+24th

October 23, 2010 | In: Articles

Spurs’ captain Ledley King and Vedran Corluka (both groin) are out, but Younes Kaboul could return from a hamstring injury, while Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson (both ligament damage), Jamie O’Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are long-term absentees.
Influential Everton midfielder Leon Osman (one assist) has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. To make matters worse, the Toffees may have to manage without Mikel Arteta (two goals) too. Everton are already without Marouane Fellaini (hamstring), Jack Rodwell (ankle) and Ross Barkley (broken leg), while Steven Pienaar (groin) and Louis Saha (calf) are both struggling.
Birmingham v Blackpool (Kick off 15.00)

Birmingham will wait on the results of striker Cameron Jerome’s fitness test before naming their team to face Blackpool. Jerome (one goal, one assist) suffered an ankle injury in training last week. Nikola Zigic (one goal), who played in Jerome’s place at Arsenal last weekend, could keep his place.Midfielder Craig Gardner is suspended but winger Jean Beausejour is sidelined with a knee problem.
Blackpool have no new worries for this game but long-term injuries are keeping Billy Clarke, Alex Baptiste (both knee) and Louis Almond (shoulder) on the treatment table. Rumours suggest that Marlon Harewood could force his way into the starting XI after scoring against Manchester City last weekend.
Chelsea v Wolves (Kick off 15.00)

Jose Bosingwa is back in the Chelea squad for the visit of Wolves. He’s been sidelined for almost a year with a knee problem. Striker Didier Drogba (six goals, five assists) returns after being struck with a virus. Frank Lampard (groin), Alex (thigh), Yossi Benayoun (Achilles) and Ramires (ankle) are all sidelined with striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) also doubtful.
Wolves will be without on-loan Michael Mancienne as he cannot face his parent club. Wolves are also be without suspended skipper Karl Henry (one assist) and defender Jody Craddock (hip) while the game is also likely to come too soon for Stephen Hunt as he continues his return from a foot injury.
Sunderland v Aston Villa 15.00

Darren Bent (five goals) has fully recovered from groin injury and is fighting fit for the visit of Aston Villa. Full-back Kieran Richardson is likely to miss out after suffering a setback in his battle against a hamstring problem, while Andy Reid is out with a similar problem. David Meyler, who is back in training after a knee injury, and Fraizer Campbell (also knee) remain on the sidelines.
Emile Heskey (one goal, one assist) and Marc Albrighton (one goal, two assists) both missed last weekend’s clash with Chelsea but are both back in the squad for the trip to Sunderland. Richard Dunne is also available after suffering an ankle gash which required stitches. But Gabriel Agbonlahor (one assist) and full-back Luke Young (one goal) are again ruled out.
West Brom v Fulham (Kick off 15.00)

Peter Odemwingie (three goals, two assists) is a major doubt for West Brom. The Nigeria international is still struggling to overcome a knee injury. Marc-Antoine Fortune is poised to deputise. Jerome Thomas (one goal, one assist) is in contention for a recall to the starting line-up after fully recovering from a calf problem.
Fulham striker Andrew Johnson is available again for Fulham for the first time since January after recovering from shoulder, knee and hip injuries. He played in a development match against Southampton in midweek and manager Mark Hughes revealed: “Andy should be okay. He came through 90 minutes and we’re pleased with that. It was the good challenge that he needed to clear his mind. He’s available for selection. We’ll look at the option of starting Andy. It would be more advisable to introduce him slowly and see how he goes.”
Fulham are struggling to find fit midfielders though with Simon Davies (ankle), Danny Murphy (abductor strain), Dickson Etuhu (ankle) and Damien Duff (calf) all out. Jonathan Greening, Chris Baird, Zoltan Gera and Clint Dempsey (two goals, one assist) are likely to form the midfield in their absence.
Wigan Athletic v Bolton 15.00

Chris Kirkland will make his first Barclays Premier League appearance since August as current shotstopper Ali Al Habsi is ineligible for this game against his parent club. Striker Franco Di Santo (one assist), who had 10 stitches in his lip this week after a collision in training, and Steve Gohouri, are slight doubts but Gary Caldwell is definitely out as he continues his recovery from double hip surgery.
Bolton will be without the suspended Ivan Klasnic (one goal). Andy O’Brien is recovering well from a hamstring strain but is not in full training yet. Joey O’Brien, Ricardo Gardner, Jlloyd Samuel and Sean Davis remain sidelined.
West Ham v Newcastle (Kick off 17.30)

Matthew Upson is poised to return to the West Ham starting XI after missing last weekend game. Defender Manuel Da Costa has been training all week and is available for selection after being released on police bail. Pablo Barrera and defender Winston Reid are back in the squad after being rested last week. Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh), Zavon Hines and Jack Collison (both knee) are long-term injury absentees.
Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan (three goals) will return to the squad after being rested for last weekend’s match. Danny Simpson is also included after getting a third reserve team game under his belt following his return from a long-standing ankle problem, but Sol Campbell (thigh) will miss out. Steven Taylor (shoulder) is due to return to training on Monday, while Steve Harper is around four weeks away from doing the same, but Leon Best (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Dan Gosling (knee) are still out.
Sunday 24th October 2010
Stoke City v Man Utd (Kick off 13.30)

Despite sensationally signing a new five-year contract, Wayne Rooney (one goal, three assists) will miss Manchester United’s clash with Stoke due to an ankle injury sustained in training on Tuesday. He will be out for three weeks. Ryan Giggs (one goal, one assist) and Jonny Evans (hip) are also sidelined.
Stoke are waiting on a fitness test on striker Ricardo Fuller. Fuller has had problems with a recurring shoulder injury aggrevated last weekend. Aside from long-term absentee Mamady Sidibe, Potters boss Tony Pulis has no other injury concerns.
Liverpool v Blackburn (Kick off 15.00)

A must-win game for under pressure Liverpool, and their manager Roy Hodgson. The Reds will field their strongest team available for this game which will see recalls for Torres (one goal, one assist), Steven Gerrard (three goals, one assist), Raul Meireles and Lucas Leiva.
Jamie Carragher, who was substituted at half-time on Thursday in Napoli, will face a fitness test but Glen Johnson should replace Martin Kelly at right back. Centre-back Daniel Agger should also return. Dirk Kuyt is still on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
Christopher Samba (one goal) is suspended for Blackburn but Ryan Nelsen should have recovered from a thigh injury in time to play. Keith Andrews (groin), Jason Roberts (ankle) and Vince Grella (hamstring) are out. New recruit Herold Goulon, who signed a two-year deal on Friday after a successful trial period, will not feature as he awaits international clearance.
Man City v Arsenal (Kick off 16.00)

It appears that Emmanuel Adebayor will be lining up against the Gunners. The striker ran the entire length of the pitch in this game last season to celebrate in front of the visiting supporters and Roberto Mancini has indicated he is likely to start after a hat-trick against Lech Poznan. Mario Balotelli could also return following a knee injury.
Bacary Sagna will return to the Arsenal squad after recovering from a thigh problem. Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are included in the squad, but centre-halfs Laurent Koscielny (back), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remain out, while midfielder Jack Wilshere begins a three-match suspension. Robin van Persie (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) are on course for a return next month.

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