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The talented dribbler accepts he may require surgery at the season's close to clear up the problem, but any such plans have now been shelved until after the final.But does this mean that he's rested through the remaining EPL games? Figure K2 (Adebayor) returns and Freddie moves back into midfield?
Jewell, though, feels Bullard - signed from Peterborough in January 2003 for £275,000 - is on his way, to such an extent the player is not included in tomorrow's squad to face Portsmouth.
Coleman is likely to shuffle his front-line after a lack of goals in previous weeks with Brian McBride and Heidar Helguson expected to make way for Tomasz Radzinski and Collins John in attack while Philippe Christanval is bidding for a midfield slot.
Gabriel Heinze is unlikely to be risked after feeling a twinge in the reserves in midweek but Scotland coach Walter Smith was forced to correct himself when indicating Fletcher was injured as the midfielder is fit and available.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger recently hinted that England's first choice left-back would only be available for the last two Premiership games of the season, along with the UEFA Champions League final, due to his fitness problems.Flamini out with a bad hammy? Cole still not ready? Clichy back, but ready for 3 games in a week? Would love to pick up one of these guys for Ars' easy schedule but not sure who is going to be able to play. Or worse, they could end up splitting time.
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However, the Scots are missing influential Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher due to a knee injury.
"Fletcher is not available to us, he dislocated a knee cap playing against West Ham so that puts him out and he will not be there," Smith told a news conference at Hampden Park.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez plans to rest some players for Wednesday's Premier League match against FA Cup final opponents West Ham United.BUT WHO? I'm still thinking (and hoping, as he's in my team) that Robbie Fowler, cup-tied for the FA Cup, will start. And hopefully he'll continue his goal-a-game streak.
"We will try and rest some players that will need a rest," Benitez told reporters on Tuesday.
"Maybe they will rest some players as well because they will be thinking about the final.
"This game will not be the most important result of the season as we will be thinking of the final," he added.
Mark Schwarzer is confident of returning to training within two weeks, despite the fact he is having surgery on his broken cheekbone.B. Jones (MID - G) @BOL,@MAN,EVE,@FUL [ BUY ] 10.12
The Middlesbrough number one was caught by a stray elbow from Dean Ashton during the FA Cup semi-final defeat to West Ham on Sunday.
If Schwarzer progresses as he expects, then he would be available for the Uefa Cup final in May - should Boro navigate their way past Steaua Bucharest on Thursday.
'All I can say is that when Wenger squared up to me on the touchline, I had to hold myself back because he doesn't know how strong I am.'The Professor v The Dutch Strongman in a "loser leaves Europe" match!
Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a blow with the news that Jermaine Jenas is out of their crucial derby clash with Arsenal on Saturday.It's amazing that this news got out today. Normally this is the kind of thing you find out only as the teams take the pitch.
The England midfielder has suffered shin injury during training on late on Friday and he has been forced to pull out of the clash at Highbury.
Tottenham Hotspur are struggling with injury problems before Saturday's visit to Arsenal for their biggest game of the season. There are doubts over striker Mido, central defender Anthony Gardner, midfielders Teemu Tainio and Edgar Davids while captain Ledley King is already out of the campaign with a broken foot.To be honest, the more interesting questions are on the other side of the pitch. How will Arsenal line up knowing that they have to protect their 1-0 in Spain just a few days later? Especially since Thierry Henry is a reasonable (for him) $20 in Yahoo! fantasy.
Cech momentarily thought he had suffered a serious injury, but is relieved that he is unlikely to miss any games for the champions-elect.So don't rush to buy Cudicini just yet. C'mon, admit that it crossed your mind. It's okay, we're all friends here.
Upson's continued enforced absence means that Martin Taylor is likely to deputise for the remainder of the campaign alongside Kenny Cunningham - starting with tomorrow's home clash with his previous club Blackburn.A lot of soccer since our last posting. Good to see that some things never change. Birmingham losing players to injury has been a constant all season and will surely be the excuse given for their relegation. It will be interesting to see if next year these same players stay in the EPL on different teams (Dunn, Pennant, Jarosik, Melchiot, etc.) perform well and play consistently.
But former Blackburn midfielder David Dunn will almost certainly be unavailable with the calf injury sustained in the first half against Villa and leading scorer Jiri Jarosik is given only a 50-50 chance of recovering from a hamstring injury.
Sol Campbell will start for Arsenal on Wednesday in their Barclays Premiership trip to Portsmouth...
Philippe Senderos will be rested, while captain Thierry Henry will come back into the starting line-up. Freddie Ljungberg and Jose Antonio Reyes are also in contention again, but left-back Ashley Cole (ankle), Cesc Fabregas (foot), Pascal Cygan (hamstring) and long-term absentee Lauren (knee) are all still out.
Heinze is regarded as Ferguson's first-choice left-back despite Mikaël Silvestre's switch from centre-half and the £5m acquisition of Patrice Evra from Monaco, and he is expected to be among the substitutes for the Sunderland match. If United have a comfortable lead, Ferguson intends to bring him on in the second half.
Ferguson has now admitted he was extremely close to naming Heinze on the bench for the weekend win over Arsenal and, providing the former Paris St Germain star comes through training without a problem this week, he is set to make his comeback in the Good Friday clash with basement boys Sunderland, four days before his 28th birthday.Another great pull out from the article:
Unfortunately for the Black Cats, it is not a case of if United win on Friday but how many they win by.
Seven points behind Chelsea with five games remaining, the Red Devils also have an eight-goal deficit to make up on the Londoners and the arrival of Sunderland offers a glorious opportunity to make inroads into that particular Blues advantage.
Sir Alex Ferguson's main selection poser is yet again whether to start with Ruud van Nistelrooy or Louis Saha alongside Wayne Rooney. Van Nistelrooy was clearly shocked and upset to be left out last weekend, after notching the winner against West Ham, and he repeated the trick to clinch the points at Bolton.
However, Saha produced a Man of the Match display at The Reebok and will be difficult to dislodge, even though Ferguson hinted after the game that the Dutchman may get the nod.
Kevin Kyle is unlikely to figure after being scalded in an accident at home.Uh-huh. What they don't tell you is:
From SI's 10-spot:Hat tip to Toby for the full story.
I hate when that happens: A soccer player in England had to miss time recently because he spilled boiling water on his privates. Kevin Kyle, who plays for Sunderland in the Premiership, was feeding his 8-month-old son, Max, with the infant perched on his knee. But Max kicked the jug of hot water Kyle was holding to warm up a milk bottle, spilling the scalding liquid in his lap. Here's our favorite line from the story: "It is understood to have burnt Kyle's testicles and his inner thigh." Great use of the passive voice. It almost sounds as if Kyle said to a reporter, "Hey, I can show you where the burn is," and the reporter responded, "No! I'll take your word for it!"
Portsmouth record signing Benjani Mwaruwari will delay a knee operation. Harry Redknapp starts a vital run of three home games in eight days with 'two or three players doubtful' after knocks in training but will not reveal details until late fitness tests are taken. Striker Svetoslav Todorov and fit-again defender Dejan Stefanovic are both in contention for places in the starting line-up, however.
Following Sunday's clash at Old Trafford, the Gunners must then play their re-arranged match away to Portsmouth on Wednesday, April 12. Three days later, they will host relegation-battlers West Brom.
The first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Villarreal will take place on Wednesday, April 19, meaning their clash against Manchester City which had been scheduled for Easter Monday will now be played on May 4 - just three days after they travel to Sunderland...
'We play Sunday, then Wednesday at Portsmouth. We need to win every game, so Sol will come into that because I will have to rotate the team.'
Wednesday, 12 April 2006
Portsmouth v Arsenal, 20:00
I'm surprised to be so excited by this game, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that it's a big one.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up
Gaizka Mendieta, Middlesbrough's Spanish midfielder, will miss the rest of the season after breaking a bone in his foot in training.I would certainly have been of interest to this blog. But after missing out on most of last year, and a sizeable chunk of this year, through injury; with Boro anonymous in the league as they chase UEFA and FA Cup dreams; and with Rochemback a similar player in all but hairstyle, it hardly seems to matter.
You could understand Roberto Carlos being furious at the decision, but his sending off was as stupid as his tackle. When the brains were being handed out, he was rolling out his sleeping bag and opening a flask of hot tea ready for a freezing all-night vigil outside the massive thighs sale. And, while you can't go sending players off for being thick - you would never complete a single game - he asked for trouble.
The sight of Thierry Henry being hauled off by Wenger with a full 25 minutes still to run could have been construed as a insult to Villa, but why bother humouring an opponent that isn't worthy of gracing your beautifully manicured pitch? Arsenal have much bigger fish to fry than O'Leary.As a fully-fledged fake (fantasy) member of the Football Managers Association, all I can say is, "Ouch, baby. Very ouch."