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From The Physio

From the Physio – Gameweek 10

This week’s update, sees Dimitar Berbatov fall languidly, once again, firmly on the Scout’s physio plinth, landing a further body-blow to Fantasy Managers, this time squarely in the ribs.

Commenting after the Reading match Martin Jol confessed that Dimitar Berbatov received a pain-killing injection at half-time to facilitate his second half appearance:

“He needed an injection to play in the second half, and showed a lot of character. We need to have a look at it because maybe it’s broken, but it was very painful”

Fuelled with adrenaline from an enthralling encounter and with the character of his team in mind, this is perhaps a slight over-reaction from Jol, as it would be very unlikely, even reckless, for a medic to allow a player to carry on with a suspected, even moderately, fractured rib. To do so, risks further complications, indeed, a punctured lung form an awkward fall or a mis-placed elbow or knee would not be unusual during a football match of the intensity of the Premier League. Of course some football clubs are more ruthless than others, but, even so, a fractured rib would usually exhibit pain and swelling to such an extent that would render them unable to continue regardless of any interventions.

Additionally, it must also be noted that segments of the Thoracic Spine and the surrounding nerve and soft-tissue can often refer pain to present classic symptoms of a cracked rib, so too can a pneumothorax or respiratory muscle damage. These points cast further doubt on such a swift diagnosis before an x-ray could be administered.

On a final note, reports today suggest that Berbatov has the desire and appetite to continue playing until he is 40. The timing of this statement is interesting. Berbatov comes across as an introverted, sensitive soul and such sunny optimism is not usually the mind-set of a player in the middle of an injury. Anyway, if it were fractured and treated Berbatov would be sporting a fetching, compressive corset type garment to facilitate healing and, on recent form, surely this photograph would have found its way onto his Facebook page by now.

Personally, I feel Berbatov suffered a minor soft-tissue injury, which, in all likelihood, will be resolved by the weekend, which should see him grace the pitch at Craven Cottage, as Everton roll up, with the insouciant grace and style to which we have become accustomed.

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  1. alex5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    I think I'm good to go

    I did ba > defo just for this week

    Bego
    Baines rafael Ivan
    Mata cazorla bale sterling
    Defoe RVP berbs

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    1. ninja
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Yip, very nice indeed, let it roll. Your only decision is rvp or bale for the armband then

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      1. Rodders
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Awesome team. Who are your subs?

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        1. alex5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Subs are rud . Demel . Clyne . Kaca
          So they do need some work next

          Captain without a doubt for me is rvp

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  2. r0scr0w
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Hi guys, wildcard week for me. Have revised my choices and come up with the below. Please offer any advice or criticism. I'm willing to listen:

    Begovic (McCarthy)

    J.Evans Baines Cuellar (Nelsen, Davies)

    Bale Mata Fellaini Sterling (Lallana)

    RVP Tevez Berbatov

    My tough calls are Fellaini or Pienaar and its also tempting to downgrade Baines to get a better midfielder than Lallana. 0 in bank by the way.

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    1. pompeyfan
      4 years, 11 months ago

      looks pretty decent to me, nice spread and nice coverage of fixtures

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      1. r0scr0w
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks pal. Second thoughts Davies out for Clyne. Favourable fixtures for S'hampton even if they are terrible at back. Has to improve a little. Newcastle are my uncovered area,

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        1. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
          4 years, 11 months ago

          and arsenal

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    2. BBG ✩
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Wildcard Week for me too.
      Looks almost same as mine.

      Begovic/Tremmel

      Baines/Rafael/Cuellar/Nelsen/Gorrks

      Mata/Bale/Pienaar/Walters/Leighterwood

      Ba/RVP/Tevez

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      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Looks good. Very similar to mine. What do you think is better Crouch & Michu or Ba & Tarrabt?

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    3. BBG ✩
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Go for Pienaar. Felliani nearing suspension.

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    4. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Looks good. Not convinced by Lallana but probably a safer move than my Taarabt punt!

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  3. Timmy Cahill Rules
    4 years, 11 months ago

    is this worth a 4 point hit for GW 11 onwards

    IN

    Lallana
    Cameron

    OUT

    Nolan
    Davies

    cheers lads

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    1. सनकी
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Nolan>Lallana first. Cameron can wait.

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  4. M_NUS United Force
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Manchester united - Arsenal will be 0:1 or 1:2. You heared it here first 😉

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    1. Billy Gilmore
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I heared nothing 😉

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    2. Chu Young Ping Pong
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Why is ur name United Force then???

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      1. M_NUS United Force
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Because that is the name of supporters of my favourite club in Belgrade 😉

        http://www.united-force.org/

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        1. Chu Young Ping Pong
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Ah okay 😀

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        2. Zep
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Which of those pixelated faces are you?

          You big hooligan, you... 😉

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          1. M_NUS United Force
            4 years, 11 months ago

            Hehe, im just supporing them form '87, im little bit old to make shi*s with htem 🙂

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        3. marrog
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Nazi salutes. Classy.

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      2. Zep
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Yes, there are no other teams in the world who bear the name United...

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        1. Chu Young Ping Pong
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Shhhh

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  5. Milky
    4 years, 11 months ago

    BAM right in the kisser!

    Begovic
    Nelson . Baird . Cuellar
    Mata . Bale (c) . Pienaar . Cazorla
    Defoe . RVP (vc) . Tevez

    Sub: Sterling . Saylor . Demel

    Anything wrong with this lineup?

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    1. Waitakere_
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Demels injured...
      But looks good 😀

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        1. Milky
          4 years, 11 months ago

          http://i.imgur.com/dslFJ.gif

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          1. Waitakere_
            4 years, 11 months ago

            what do you say to that...

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      1. Milky
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Yeah I think im shipping him out for Cameron next week unless Saylor and Defoe doesnt get much gametime

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  6. Blue Hazard
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Tevez, RVP and Defoe for long term...?

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    1. M_NUS United Force
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Ba instead of Defoe

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    2. hazza
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Defoe out by gw 11.

      Better strikers with better fixtures.

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  7. M_NUS United Force
    4 years, 11 months ago

    This GW make them pay Santi !

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    1. Bubbles
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Yeah, you give 'em another 2 pointer Santi!

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      1. M_NUS United Force
        4 years, 11 months ago

        I have strange feeling that he will be best player on that match.

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        1. Zep
          4 years, 11 months ago

          That may be, but the 2pts will still stand...

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          1. Billy Gilmore
            4 years, 11 months ago

            Did my rambling on the last page mean nothing? He's gonna get 8pts 😉

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        2. Smarty Pants
          4 years, 11 months ago

          ... who will still get 2 points 🙂

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  8. Heisenberg:Crystal Meth Pal…
    4 years, 11 months ago

    SNAP POLL:

    Play TWO of:

    A) Cameron v nor
    B) Pienaar v ful
    C) Lambert v wba

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    1. super zlatan
      4 years, 11 months ago

      B and C

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    2. Timmy Cahill Rules
      4 years, 11 months ago

      a and b

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    3. fuml_akimbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      A and B

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    4. Smarty Pants
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Pienaar and Lambert

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  9. MountainBeach
    4 years, 11 months ago

    thoughts on this team

    begovic
    hangeland clyne rafael
    michu pienaar hazard bale C
    rvp aguero berbs

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    1. chris8910
      4 years, 11 months ago

      who are your subs?

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  10. hazza44
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Aguero to Tevez for a free, so i can free up some cash??

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    1. Chu Young Ping Pong
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Nice grav.

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    2. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Even though I did the swap the other way round a few weeks back, I think tevez is the best option so looks good. Not sure whether this week is the time to do it though.

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    3. BBG ✩
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Go for It Mate!

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  11. Mac Spatburgunder
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Morning folks! need some help as per usual 🙂
    Bego (Foster)
    Baines, Rafa, Mcauley (demel, gorkss)
    Bale (c), mata, pienaar, Santi, (puncheon)
    Crouch, Ba, Suarez
    2+ mill in the bank

    option 1: Ba + santi out RVP and Mcanuff in for -4
    option 2: Suarez and santi out RVP and 7.9 mid in -4
    option 3: do nothing and next week do Suarez, santi puncheon out for RVP mcanuff and sterling?
    Any ideas guys?

    Cheers for the help

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  12. COMH
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Insouciant. Good word and an even better article. Berbonics!

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    1. Zep
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I like to see you use that in a sentence...

      I would like to buy RVP and Rooney, but I have insouciant funds... 😀

      😉

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      1. COMH
        4 years, 11 months ago

        🙂

        I shall be purchasing RVP and Rooney. Oh no wait, my funds are insouciant. Berbonics!

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        1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          in·sou·ci·ant (n-ss-nt, s-syä)
          adj.
          Marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
          [French : in-, not (from Old French; see in-1) + souciant, present participle of soucier, to trouble (from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *sollictre, alteration of Latin sollicitre, to vex; see solicit).]
          in·souci·ant·ly adv.

          😉

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  13. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Shall I play Ben Arfa (a - Liverpool) or take a punt on Pog (a- QPR). Ben Arfa has been useless away from home whereas Reading seem capable of scoring.

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    1. Chu Young Ping Pong
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Don't waste a striker spot on Pog, he's useless.

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      1. TwiggsJameson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        I think hes a good bench warmer at 4.7. Which probably answers my own question. But I really don't fancy Ben Arfa at Anfield.

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      2. 4vets
        4 years, 11 months ago

        That doesn't really help, does it?

        Difficult one. I'd play HBA.

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  14. slicks1980
    4 years, 11 months ago

    hi need some help

    need 2 mids for total value of 12,6 mil
    aleady have bale , hazard , mata , rvp , teves

    thoguhts ??

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    1. Waitakere_
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Sterling + ????

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      1. slicks1980
        4 years, 11 months ago

        thinking about him ... and maybe routeldge

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        1. Waitakere_
          4 years, 11 months ago

          I wouldnt get Routledge, Michu before him. Maybe Lallana or Peinar/Fellani or go McAnuff and use the money elsewhere. Sterling and McAnuff rotate quiet well

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      2. BBG ✩
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Pienaar!

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  15. Daniel_tsl
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Any1 here who doesn't have any strikers above 9.0?

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    1. Zep
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Mark & Granville's team don't...

      Yet.

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    2. Craggy Island All Priests O…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Yep! Ba, Jelavic & Fletcher. Gonna change next weel tho!

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  16. Rangers are deed
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Very tempted for Ba-Defoe for 1 gameweek then swap back nxt week or be waste of a swap?

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    1. Craggy Island All Priests O…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Have heard of others doing this.
      Personally I would just stick with Ba (he may well play still!), but depends on how much work rest of your team needs - 2 transfers to end up back with same team is definitely a luxury I couldn't afford right now.

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  17. Az - Mozampique Manager
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Great article Facer - Hope youre right about all this!

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  18. masyuris
    4 years, 11 months ago

    A quick poll: which pairs is better ?
    A) Bale + Wilshere
    B) Cazorla + Fellaini

    How strong Wilshere deliver FPL points ? please advise, masters......

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  19. Pilko's Pump Pants
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Getting close to a finished WC lineup...

    Currently have...

    Bego/Tremmel
    McCartney/Caulker/Cuellar/Sagna/Nelson
    Cazorla/Mata/Bale/Michu/Sterling
    RVP/Tevez/Berba

    think my defence is too light - if i swap out Michu > Routledge i can replace Nelson > Rafael - also still pondering swapping McCartney > Gorkss cause of West Hams upcoming fixtures...

    opinions please gents?

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    1. Le Limpar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I wouldn't lose Michu - esp. if you've had him from the beginning. Swansea looked very good at the Etihad and Anfield. I think they'll tick all season and with Michu upfront and near the top of the scorers charts I think he's a keeper.

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    2. Le Limpar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      You could do
      Sterling > someone like Puncheon,
      Caulker > someone like Gorkks,
      Cuellar/Nelson > Zabaleta/Huth/Rafael

      ?

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  20. Linca
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Thoughts on sterling or hba to start fellas?

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  21. andtho425
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Team is
    Foster
    rafa, ivanovic, clyne
    sterling,HBA,bale,yaya,mata
    RVP,Aguero

    tempted to swap aguero for tevez,thoughts?
    wud also free up mre cash to invest

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  22. The Team Principal
    4 years, 11 months ago

    If anyone has any Fantasy League questions or needs help with their team, leave your questions here.
    Only comments/questions submitted before 10pm Friday will be answered.
    I will give my honest opinion and a detailed answer.

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  23. danmac10
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Howard,
    rangel, rafael, baines (demel, harte)
    santi, noble, HBA, Morrison, (sterling)
    RVP, Ba, Tevez
    Not a fan of Cazorla and thinking sterling > kebe & santi for bale (because of poor capital need 2 changes). thoughts?

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  24. Sheiny
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Advice please?!!!!!! I have already made 1 transfer which is Cameron for Wilson. Is it worth taking Lambert out for Long or Lukaku who is a doubt. WBA are playing SOT and wig, is it worth the 4 point hit?

    Howard (Jaask)
    A Cole, Zabaleta, Hughes, Cameron,( Mertesacker)
    Bale (c), mata, Fellaini, Sterling, (Michu)
    Tevez, Ba, Lambert

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