The Treatment Table – Gameweek 30

Filed under: Injury News - Posted by: Paul

We scour the weekend’s matches and analyse the post-match reports for news of any fresh injury concerns ahead of double Gameweek 31:

Reports suggest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Thomas Vermaelen with five minutes left of yesterday’s win over Spurs due to a tight calf. Nicklas Bendtner missed the north London derby win as a result of illness, according to Arsene Wenger.

Aston Villa
Gabby Agbonlahor was withdrawn in Saturday evening’s win over Chelsea with a calf complaint. Paul Lambert remains optimistic the forward will be ready for Sunday’s home clash with Stoke:

“Gabby had a little problem at half-time just with his calf and so we watched it and took him off because we still have masses of games to play – I think he’ll be okay.”

Gareth Barry needs to be assessed after suffering a shin problem in Everton’s win over Cardiff. Roberto Martinez rolled out an update on the midfielder, who picked up the problem following a strong challenge by the Bluebirds’ Kevin Theophile-Catherine:

“Gareth has stud marks on his shin. It’s a strong knock but it didn’t affect any joints so that’s the reason he could carry on. I haven’t seen the replay, but I believe the player has both feet off the ground and he doesn’t get the ball so it was a reckless, violent challenge.”

The Cottagers record signing Kostas Mitroglou failed to make the weekend win over Newcastle after picking up a knee problem, whilst Darren Bent was unavailable due to “personal reasons” once again, though is expected to return next week. Goalscorer Ashkan Dejagah is an early concern for Saturday’s trip to the Etihad after he was forced off towards the end of the 1-0 triumph. The Iranian emerged from the benched to grab the winner but lasted just 26 minutes, with manager Felix Magath revealing:

“It’s too early to talk about it. He was injured before and has done almost the same thing. I’m afraid it might last a bit longer this time.”

Man United
Chris Smalling’s run of six straight league starts came to an end yesterday after he missed the home clash against Liverpool with a hamstring injury.

Dejan Lovren was forced off towards the end of Saturday’s 4-2 win over Norwich with a groin problem. Mauricio Pochettino revealed after the match that the Croatian suffered the most tender of injuries:

“Basically, one of his testicles was stepped on by another player and I’m pretty sure that one testicle is quite inflamed, quite swollen.”

Erik Pieters was subbed off with less than 15 minutes on the clock after sustaining a muscle injury. Post-match, the Dutchman gave an update on the problem after a trip to the hospital:

“Had my first scan in half time and I’m happy to say everything it’s ok. Weekend rest and see how it’s on Monday.”

Steven Fletcher lasted just 45 minutes of Saturday’s goalless draw before limping off at half-time with an ankle injury, with Jozy Altidore now looking in pole position for the central role ahead of the Black Cats’ double Gameweek.

West Brom
Morgan Amalfitano was ruled out of Saturday’s win over Swansea after picking up a knock in training, according to reports in the local press.

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  1. Foolish to go into this gameweek without an Everton defender?

    1. Evs
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      I would have cover there.

    2. I have 2 of them

      1. Great minds...

        1. I agree. I applaud your geniuses.

    3. I just got my second one.

    4. Cheers lads, confirmed my thoughts

    5. Yeah. Distin is a nice cheapie.

  2. Any reason not to do Lallana ------> Gerrard tonight?

    A few thousand others have. :)

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      1. right answer. :D

    2. don't follow the crowd, that's how so many people ended up with lukaku who was a certainty for a hat-trick this week

      1. I ended up with him as everyone else got injured, I just didn't fancy having Carroll over Nolan

        1. He might still do well but he was destined to fail v cardiff after all the big hype

        2. this was the reason, there were few sexy options plus he had a dgw

      2. gerrard is fpl gold. lukaku is bronze at best.

    3. I would if I could.

    4. Depends who else you have. I find the Gerrard v Silva debate quite a good one. In the context of just GW31 then it would be Gerrard for me (despite what the RMT tool says). But longer term I'm not so sure - of course you could transfer one for the other but you have to put a value on that FT.

  3. Considering both this GW and long term
    A) Lallana to Silva or Gerrard (do mention) with Distin to Coleman -8 hit
    B) Only Lallana to Silva or Gerrard -4hit
    C) Mention another needed transfer.
    3m itb


    Distin Bruce Cahill
    Yaya Hazard Mirallas Lallana
    Lukaku Suarez Sturridge

    Boruc Ward Noone Fonte

    1. Lallana -> Silva

  4. Who would you remove for Coleman?

    A) Cahill (ensures I have cash for future transfers)

    B) Azpi (Allows me to keep cahill who is more of a goal threat)

    1. Cahill imo

      1. Luiz can still displace Cahill from the team. Allthough he isn't first choice atm it doesn't take much.

        1. luiz will play in cdm position rather than cb I think

          1. He will while Ramires is out 100%.

    2. Consider Kos as an option if you dont have him. Still scoring well and Ars nice fixtures for the run in.

      1. Will do mate.
        Btw who would you lose, Azpi or Cahill?

  5. Repost (no response)
    My team going into DGW.

    Mannone - Adrian
    Azpilicueta - Coleman - Demel - Chester - Bardsley
    Yaya - Silva - Gerrard - AJ - Mutch
    Suarez - Lukaku - Sturridge
    0.1m ITB

    Do I use my FT this week or hold off? Thinking of moving on Lukaku but I'd feel stupid with those fixtures.

    1. I would prefer Nolan for the DGW if you can afford it. Wouldnt have mannone AND adrian

      1. I would do that but I think I'd just end ep brining AJ back in for the future DGWs. I was thinking Lukaku -> Carroll but even that would be just for the DGW.

  6. wow, Suarez has recived points for assist :)

    1. You just woken up?

      1. after work :)

  7. Team is nearly set, apart from 2 final decisions.

    Cahill, Hazard, Collins, Januzaj.

    A) Start two of these
    B) -4 to bring in Zabaleta
    C) -4 to bring in Koscielny
    D) -4 to bring in Rosicky

    1. Start Collins & Januzaj

    2. A - cahill & hazard

    3. Hazard/Collins

  8. Would say A)

    Tiote, Cahill, Hazard, Collins. Please pick two for next GW:)

    1. Collins, Hazard

    2. Same answer ^^^

    3. Sensible : hazard Collins

      Gamble : tiote and collins

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  10. What you lot think about Kolarovs chances for game time this week? 180 unlikely. 90?

    1. probably 120. Start one, come off the bench in the other.

    2. 120. 3pts for gametime.

      1. I'd be happy with this.

  11. Thoughts on the possible options below in place of Ivan and Lallana. Many thanks

    1 ) Coleman/Zaba and Nolan


    2 ) Kolarov/Distin and Silva

    Current squad

    Baines, Koscielny, Cahill
    Sterling, Lallana, Hazard, Yaya Touré
    Sturridge, Lukaku, Suárez

    (Puncheon, Ivanovic, Dann)

    1. both look good.

      1. Cheers mate. Any preference?

    2. Kolorov isn't nailed on for both.

      Doubling up on Everton defs seems risky too with the poor form but better fixtures...

      I'd probably go Distin and Silva as they have DGW 34 coming up soon too

      1. Cheers. Kolarov is a risk but one that can be profitable. You are probably right though and Distin is safer. Maybe Zaba is the way forward with Nolan as this avoids doubling on Everton defence.

  12. Thinking of getting Zaba or Distin to keep for the next DGW.

    A)Zaba (not the best DGW fixtures WK31 and 34, no Kompany but good form)

    B)Distin (better fixtures but poor form)


    1. both are sound choices

      1. I already have Coleman so is it worth doubling up on Everton defs?

  13. Aguero and Lallana > Studge and Silva -4 pts

    Only have 7 DGW so far?

    Good idea/bad idea

    1. Good

  14. How am I looking?

    Terry* Coleman Bruce* (or Ward if he doesn't play)
    Hazard* Yaya Silva Mata
    Suarez (c) Sturridge (v) Lukaku

    Zero bank!
    * = no DGW or unlikely to play two

    I don't think anything else is worth a hit, do you?

    1. Mata to Gerrard would probably get you a pretty unanimous YES GO FOR IT.

      1. [Then again Mata to Heskey would probably get you same reaction]


  15. Oscar, Lallana, Dzeko --> Silva, Sterling, Sturridge

    Worth -8?

  16. I keep changing (c) back and forth between ronaldo and hazard. I guess the question is: Will ronaldo be rested for the classico or play to establish a firm lead in CL top scorer charts?

    Any thoughts?

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