December
04

In a move that could have graced the pages of Roy of the Rovers, Jermain Defoe cut open the Fulham rearguard with the precision of a Surgeon. Responding to the galloping Bale’s cues, Defoe crafted a pass of intricacy and subtlety that rendered Fulham’s defence wooden and flat-footed finding the Welsh wizard perfectly as he raced clear to unleash a first time rocket towards the net. Sadly for Bale, his effort was off target and Tottenham’s main creative force limped off nursing a hamstring tear which Andre Villas-Boas later revealed could keep the winger out for one to two weeks.

As Bale initially follows through on the shot he appears to lose balance slightly and his subsequent bodily adjustments cause him to land awkwardly back onto his left leg. It would appear that a combination of a forceful contraction combined with the slight hip and Gluteal mal-alignment when landing caused the hamstring muscle to tear slightly. However, the lack of any significant traumatic impact gives us initial cause for optimism.

Following the shot Bale immediately clutches the back of his thigh, directly over the muscle belly of the hamstring group of muscles and unable to fully weight bear on the affected leg, hobbles off the pitch. We may assume at this point that Bale attempts to “run-off” the injury as the next time the camera cuts to him he can be seen sitting down, back on and further up the pitch, again holding his hamstring over the main muscle belly and looking slightly anxious.

At this point we observe Tottenham’s physio administering a prone, straight leg hamstring stretch, where a range of over 90 degrees is achieved with slight over-pressure. Bale registers relatively little discomfort and indicates the main muscle belly of the hamstrings as the site of the injury. This is encouraging, and an important base-line indicator as it suggests that pain is present, but only at full or end of range and that tendon involvement in the injury is unlikely. In essence a relatively minor grade one tear with only a few fibres involved. Bale then gets to his feet and walks from the pitch independently, and although now able to weight bear on the affected leg, still exhibiting a pronounced gait.

In my estimation a general ball-park figure for this injury would be one to three weeks, however, Bale has genetics in his favour, with the natural body composition of an athlete he has the propensity and the reputation to heal swiftly, even so, on the balance of these observations I feel he will need at least seven days rehabilitation time. A prognosis that makes the trip to Goodison on December 9 touch and go, but one, I feel, should see the influential playmaker once more back into the breach when the Swans roll up to the Lane on December 16.

  1. Granero (QPR) to Gardner worth -4?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. No Granero plays a weakened Wigan defence and could do something so not for a -4

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. do it Graneno is a fantasy nightmare

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  2. R E P O S T

    Shorey's points per game are 3.18. Is there any better defender for similar price ?

    Thanks

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Morrison

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  3. will tevez start for mancity in the manchester derby ? iam really confused because he started against BVB also. So will he be rested ?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. 50 50 for me. I have him & Suarez so i need him too!

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. No one knows!

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    3. There's no pattern to Mancini's selections - he's probably more likely to play than not, but it's really anyone's guess.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    4. 25%.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    5. I think he will, its derby and Tevez played for UTD also, its time for revenge :)))

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    6. Tevez played 90 mins but then again he's been rested 2 of last 4 games, so maybe. He could start for sure.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    7. he will.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  4. I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep my FT this week. Is this suicide?

    Begovic (Jaaskalainen)
    Enrique/Gorkss/Cuellar/Davies (Demel)
    Nolan/Mata/Bale (Sterling)/Fellaini (c)
    Giroud/RVP (Suarez)

    Any thoughts?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Suarez definitely absent, Bale and Gorkss almost certainly. You're down to the bare bones so any niggles or unscheduled resting will see you play less than XI. Lots of folks taking hits, though - so it might not prove too costly.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. Gorkss -> Shorey?

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. can't afford it! could ditch Demel for Shorey, but then I'd have 2 RDG defenders (one of whom probably won't play!)

          • 2 years, 14 days ago
  5. Would people play Mariappa over Cameron purely for DGW?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Put it this way, Mariappa has two chances to get a clean sheet and Cameron only has one. Probability!

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. Yes but will Mariappa start both. Hes hardly nailed on

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. Apart from the United game, Reading looked solid against Villa where Mariappa played, if Mcdermott ignores the Man U game as an anomaly, he will start both with Morrison.

          • 2 years, 14 days ago
          1. Ok thats good enough for me. Thanks he starts

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  6. Having a headache with these injuries and suspension, whats the best transfer i can make for this gameweek with this lot? 2 million in the bank.
    Jussi (Begovic)
    Demel Cuellar Garrido Enrique (Nelsen)
    Michu Fellaini Santi Robson-Kanu (Bale)
    RVP Fletcher (Suarez)

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Id probably leave it for DGW & then use two to shift out Robson Kanu & Fletcher

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. Save Ft.
      Next week do Fletcher---> ANYBODY!

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  7. Repost

    Hey guys,

    I am after some help, seems i am not doing so well this season, and i am here to ask for some assistance with my team.

    I have 2 FT this week, and 0.8 mil in the bank, now i am willing to take a hit or 2 if needed, i just need to freshen things up, any help would be fantastic!

    My Team

    Begovic / Jasske

    McAuley / Demel / Jenkinson / Gorkss / Clyne

    Sterling / Mata / Santi Cazorla / Bale / Nolan

    Berbs / Fletcher / RVP

    So anyone please, help me, i need to pull myself out of this mess!

    Thanks in advance.

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Fletcher must go after this week. Id consider downgrading one of you big three & strengthening your backline. Maybe Nastasic & Evans

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  8. How does this DGW plan sound?
    Sterling to Robson-Kanu

    wait a week and finally do Berb/Giroud to Suarez

    (already have Enrique)

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. (Y)
      Nice plan only if u are willing to NEVER bench suarez.

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      1. well yeah I'm not going to play 10.5 million for a player to put him on the bench. (ever)

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. I'm doing a similar one
          took out Hazard this week to get Michu
          Gonna do Fletcher---> Suarez next week and capt him against Villa ;)
          (the downside is that it would leave me with 3 liverpool players which has never happened to me with ANY EPL side)

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  9. Entries for Sexy Santa are now open.

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Oooh... oohh.... may I join?

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. His name is Wallace. He's an estuary. :roll:

          • 2 years, 14 days ago
          1. Yeah one good swallace does not make a santa though,.

            • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. For me it's not the winning - I'm just happy to be part of it.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. Don't worry. You won't win.

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. I'm still on for a bronze, though.

          • 2 years, 14 days ago
          1. Oooh...I dunno hey....Pinkfish might pip you.

            • 2 years, 14 days ago
      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    3. If I get my pussy back out and put a hat on my pussy, will I win?

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. Please so. Nothing like a pussy with a Santa hat.

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
  10. Took a hit to get Michu in my team this week and i have a 20 pt gap in order to reach my ML leader so help would be much appreciated!
    1)Who should i captain?
    A) Michu
    B)Cuellar
    C)Fletcher

    2)I am benching Enrique/Ridgewell/Sterling
    Is this order good?

    Thanks in advance mates!

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Definitely captain Fletcher

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. Even if he might play only 1 game of the DGW?

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. 1. wait til saturday morning and C
      2. ridgewell

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. so the order should be Ridgewell/Enrique/Sterling in your opinion?

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. sterling/enrique/ridgewell
          mf over df

          sorry, misread your question
          thought it was who to bench

          • 2 years, 14 days ago
    3. Fletcher

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
  11. Jez

    Sessegnon or Johnson?

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    1. Sessg.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. sess

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. Sess.

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. Jez

          Cheers. Im gonna go with Sess but still got a feeling that Johnson is gonna get points this weekend...

          • 2 years, 14 days ago
  12. I would wait until Fri/Sat morning to do any transfers.
    There's ice and snow about and maybe match postponements.
    Also RVP may drop a can of baked beans on his toe while out shopping!

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  13. Can you tell me the best Manchester city 11 players depending on quality and form ?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. If anyone can it's probably a good idea to tell Mancini as well as he doesn't seem to be able to decide!

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  14. Later folks,

    Catch ya'll tomorrow. :)

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    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. nice
      never had demba though :(

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  15. I think it's about time Mark's grav get's a Santa hat.

    What you think?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Disagree.

      If Mark changed his grav the foundation of this site would collapse. It's the only thing that's stable in this hostile environment.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. *Farts

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
      2. bah humbug

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
      3. "hostile environment" :lol:

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
  16. do we think nastasic will play at wknd against united

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. I feel so.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. There was an article last wk that he would be nailed on last G/W and was a no show.

      Anyone know why?

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. injury during warm up

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
    3. He played and came through last night, so at least he is fit.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  17. Mata -> Sessy. Nada or yessy?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. yessy

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    2. Jez

      Id keep Mata this week and get rid of him for Silva next week... Thats if you dont have Silva already..

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    3. Jez

      Get rid of Bale for Sess

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. :roll:

        Bale will miss 1 game, 2 max. He is a season keeper for me. Along with Fellatio and Michu. Hence Mata is the only one I can dispose of.

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. Jez

          you can always get Bale back when his price has dropped another 0.2 and he is fit again. you're gonna kick yourself when mata scores goals this weekend

          • 2 years, 14 days ago
  18. Still waiting for news on Fletcher!

    If Fletcher is out.

    Fletcher> Defoe
    Bale> Sessegnon - This plays:

    Begovic
    Enrique Baines Cuellar
    Fellaini Sessegnon(c) Walcott* Puncheon Sterling
    RVP Defoe

    If Fletcher is fit: I think I'll risk Bale and have Santon as first sub and try and save a transfer?

    Begovic
    Enrique Baines Cuellar
    Fellaini Walcott* Puncheon Sterling Bale*
    RVP Fletcher(c)

    Sound like a plan?? Would really appreciate the feedback on this guys.

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. Same here. I'm thinking fletcher might play one of the two though. If I do Bale ->Sess then i will play Fletch and do fletch->Defoe gw 17.

      I hope with flecther it's a all or nothing though.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. I don't think I'd like keeping him even if he is playing just the one game though. I like your thinking though. It makes a lot of sense.

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
        1. The problem is I don't think we will get confirmation prior to the gw that he will play, or will we?

          And if MON says he is fit for the first game, there is no guarantee he will be fit for the second though.

          Is it worth taking the risk and give him the armband?

          • 2 years, 14 days ago
          1. We were supposed to find out early this week so I'm hoping we'll find out today.

            Lets say we hear nothing...I'd probably have to keep him then but do Bale>Sess like you said and give Sess the armband.

            • 2 years, 14 days ago
          2. I think you're right Christina, as a pick for the DGW news or no news Fletcher should get at least 90 minutes so he isn't worth shipping out really. (Unless he's ruled out for both). I think Bale>Sessegnon(c) is a good move so I'm gonna say that one is a definite for now.

            • 2 years, 14 days ago
            1. Yeah, I have 72pts to make up thisgw on my ML leader who has mentioned he wants to ship bale for a -4.

              I'm thinking he might go Sess(c)

              • 2 years, 14 days ago
  19. Morning all. First time I've ventured on here following a disasterous gw (thanks largely to the enigma that is Luis Suarez!). Want to get Michu back in, but have been biding my time awaiting news on the Bale injury. Were Bale fit then it would have been a straight forward swap with Cazorla, but now I am not so sure. Therefore my friends, I could use some healthy advice.

    Bring Michu in for:

    A) Bale
    B) Cazorla

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. A for short term.
      Then later do Cazorla--->Bale

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. Bale and after Bale is fit and reduced in price, swap Cazorla for Bale...

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    3. Flippin' heck! Suarez ruined my decent score. Never captaining him again. :(

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. Same here Wallace. Just to rub salt in to the wounds it was Ba that I swapped out for him. Will I ever learn.....

        • 2 years, 14 days ago
    4. A) think Caz has a great fix. this week.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    5. Thanks all. Sounds like its Bale then...

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  20. didn't know that it will be snowing so soon,
    luckily my christmas playlist is ready :)

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  21. Mata > Sess? good or bad business?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. good, do it

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. mad.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. bad.

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  22. I find it quite funny, but really very sad that the English Cricket establishment have taken so long to find out that Monty Panesar is their best spin bowler for more than a generation.

    Also made a huge mistake by putting in Finn for Broad.

    Also treating all the batsmen cavalierly. :-?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. That was well-timed. :-)

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. The problem with Monty is that he is probably also their worst batsmen for more than a generation. Therein lies the dilemma for the selectors.....

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
      1. No. He isn't. By a long chalk.

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  23. Chance of Chelsea going through to the knockout stage? :D

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    1. 100% guaranteed

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. Hope they qualify and get Celtic in the knockout stages and then we will pump them ! Lol

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  24. RMT?

    What would you change at this point / over the next couple of weeks?

    I’ve been building towards this for a while (turning profit on players to upgrade others over time) and am pretty happy.

    But it’s my first year, so I could use some tips.

    £1m in the bank. Thinking of losing a Norwich defender next week.

    Thoughts?

    Begovic /Jaaskelainen

    Huth / Jose Enrique / Bassong / Morrison / Garrido

    Hernandez / Michu / Sterling / Fellaini / Bale

    Van Persie / Defoe / Suarez

    Thanks!

    J.

    Ps. Love to hear who you’d bench. Beyond Saurez…

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  25. A. Sterling / Silva -> Sessegnon
    B. Rafael / Garrido -> Shorey?

    Yay or Nay?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  26. Is Carlton Cole worth a punt as 3rd striker

    im thinking 3-5-2 formation from now on ?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  27. RMT?

    What would you change at this point / over the next couple of weeks?

    I’ve been building towards this for a while (turning profit on players to upgrade others over time) and am pretty happy.

    But it’s my first year, so I could use some tips.

    £1m in the bank. Thinking of losing a Norwich defender next week.

    Thoughts?

    Begovic /Jaaskelainen

    Huth / Jose Enrique / Bassong / Morrison / Garrido

    Hernandez / Michu / Sterling / Fellaini / Bale

    Van Persie / Defoe / Suarez

    Thanks!

    J.

    Ps. Love to hear who you’d bench. Beyond Saurez / Bale?!

    • 2 years, 14 days ago

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