With five fixtures still left in the Gameweek, we scour the 10 matches played out over Saturday and Sunday and analyse the post-match reports for news of any fresh injury concerns:
Arsene Wenger has confirmed Laurent Koscielny is out of tomorrow’s home game against Swansea and is set for scans on the calf complaint that forced him off at the break away to Chelsea last Saturday.
Both Andreas Weimann and Karim El Ahmadi lasted just over half an hour during yesterday’s disastrous home defeat at the hands of Stoke City. Speaking to the Villa official website after the game, Paul Lambert went on to say:
“Andi had a severe dead leg which he couldn’t shake off. I will have to see how Karim is to see if he has a little thigh strain there.”
Craig Noone missed the 6-3 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool after failing a pre-match fitness test. The midfielder continues to be troubled by an ongoing muscle injury.
Samuel Eto’o is expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring problem. The Cameroon international was replaced by Fernando Torres within 10 minutes of Saturday’s win over Arsenal, with Jose Mourinho revealing:
“Hopefully it’s not so big. Hopefully it’s not a one-month injury, it’s 10 to 15 days.”
Shane Long was forced off towards the end of the Tigers’ 2-0 win over former club West Brom. Steve Bruce gave an update at his post-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s trip to West Ham:
“We’ll see how it is. We don’t think it’s too serious, but for him to come off… We think it’s a kick to his knee. For him to come off, there must be something wrong.”
Edin Dzeko missed Saturday’s home rout of Fulham through illness, though is expected to be fit for tomorrow’s Manchester derby. In his Monday lunchtime press conference, Manuel Pellegrini ruled out only Sergio Aguero and Matija Nastasic when discussing those players unavailable.
David Moyes’ central defensive concerns escalated on Saturday after Rio Ferdinand was ruled out of the trip to West Ham, forcing the United boss to field Michael Carrick alongside Phil Jones in the heart of the back-four.
Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Nathaniel Clyne was replaced at the break with a groin injury during yesterday’s 3-2 defeat at the Lane. The Saints boss also confirmed Jay Rodriguez was subbed off just after the hour mark after sustaining a leg problem.
Erik Pieters was passed fit for the trip to Villa after recovering from a foot problem but was withdrawn with just over 10 minutes of the match remaining with a recurrence of the injury.
Emmanuel Adebayor missed yesterday’s 3-2 win over Southampton due to ongoing hamstring and ankle problems. Tim Sherwood, who had previously claimed the Togo international was “in contention” for the Saints clash in Friday afternoon’s late press conference, has since confirmed Adebayor is “possibly back” for next weekend’s clash with Liverpool. Sandro was also unavailable after picking up another knock.
Pepe Mel’s injury worries continue to grow after both Gareth McAuley and Victor Anichebe were subbed off in the 2-0 loss at Hull. The Baggies boss went on to explain:
“McAuley has a very swollen ankle and Anichebe has a muscular problem.”
James Tomkins is hopeful he can recover from an ankle problem in time for the Hammers’ vital home game against Hull. The centre-half picked up the injury in a collision with United’s Marouane Fellaini last Saturday.