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Dirk Kuyt will miss Liverpool's next two games with an ankle injury sustained playing for Holland at the weekend.
Although a scan has revealed the injury is not as serious as first thought, strained ankle ligaments will keep him out of the home game with Blackburn on Saturday and next Wednesday's Champions League trip to Bordeaux.
Liverpool hope Kuyt may recover in time to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 22.
All the more reason to have Danny Murphy (WELCOME BACK, MAN!) in the squad. Maybe he'll play at the point of Spurs' midfield diamond rather than on the left, with Davids coming in there.
This latest "break" (pun intended but sorely regreted) will see a number of managers (fantasy and otherwise) counting the cost of national pride.
• Benitez fumes after Kuyt injury blow
• Middlesbrough confirm Woodgate injury blow
• Sorensen, Bendtner injured | Ljungberg sidelined
• Ferdinand Fitness Improves
Add these to AJ's injury and there may be challenges and opportunities for the fantasy manager this upcoming weekend.
Best of luck to all, and keep reading the blog as the week and the season develops.
McClaren, aware of the abundance of centre-halves at his disposal, is determined that England will experiment with different formations before Euro 2008.Huh? (and forgive me that this isn't strictly fantasy Premiership, but still) You read the first part and think, "abundance of centre-halves", ok... Terry, Ferdinand, King,
With Gary Neville deployed as the right-sided central defender...
Seems to me that this is over-thinking whatever problem he's trying to solve. Lampard and Gerrard in the same midfield perhaps?
Blackburn defender Andre Ooijer has claimed he was forced out of PSV Eindhoven after the club failed to keep their word over a new contract.The way he's played in the EPL, I can understand their reluctance to keep him. From the man himself,
Unlucky? Like I expected? At least Bramble has the good sense to keep his mouth shut and just let his football do the talking... even though what it says isn't pretty.
"I had a bit of an unlucky start but things are going well now," he said. "I scored an own goal and I conceded two penalties."But my overall game isn't bad. It is somewhat like I expected," added Ooijer
I wouldn't stick either into your lineup just yet, but again, it is something to note and look out for. When healthy, what is Arsene's first-choice back four? Eboue and Toure, sure. But does Senderos start at center back and if so, does Gallas play on the left?
Arsenal duo Gael Clichy and Philippe Senderos made comebacks from injury in the reserve-team victory over West Ham at Upton Park.Neither defender has played in the first team this season, and full-back Clichy came off at half-time as planned to protect his foot injury. Switzerland centre-back Senderos, who suffered a shoulder injury in the World Cup game with South Korea, played the entire match.
Everton boss David Moyes is optimistic of having striker Andrew Johnson in his line-up for the trip to Middlesbrough on October 14.The summer signing from Crystal Palace, who has scored six goals this season, pulled out of the England squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers with Macedonia and Croatia because of a hamstring injury.
But Moyes told the club's official website: "It should take about 10 days to heal. He couldn't play this weekend but he may be able to resume training before the trip to Middlesbrough.
Oy. Get ready for a host of "late fitness test", "given every opportunity to prove his fitnesss", "is expected to", and "hopes to be fit".
Chris Sutton has been reunited with former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa.I would assume that Sutton will just be cover for JPA, but it is something to note.
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But my sleeper, dark horse, Nigel Reo-Coker pick of the season is Ashley Young. You gotta like that he's being called a "Thierry Henry" type player. He's small, but quick and strong. A winger that will play striker (listed as a middie... hello, the rules, anyone?), takes kicks, and scores goals.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes Jermaine Pennant is close to receiving an England call-up.If only the lack of regular first-team football wasn't holding him back!
Aston Villa's Luke Moore could be out of action for the rest of the season after suffering a recurrence of a shoulder injury against Chelsea.Moore is set to undergo surgery on the problem which has dogged him to varying degrees for the past three years and Villa manager Martin O'Neill is resigned to being without the player for the foreseeable future.Shame for Moore as he's done really well so far this season. Looks like Villa will be forced to go with a 4-4-2 with Baros partnering JPA. Wonder how that impacts their midfield personnel. If Barry continues at left fullback, will we see Berger drafted to the left of midfield? And if so, does Davis drop to the bench assuming Petrov and McCann are first choice in the middle?
Or perhaps we see more of the 4-3-3 with Baros and Agbonlahor supporting Angel and McCann and Davis behind Petrov.
Don't know what I'm saying really other than too bad for Moore as he was really playing well.
"Bolton, for their part, remain fantasy poison."
You get this team sheet:
http//fantasyepl.blogspot.com - Week 7
So as a public service to fantasy managers everywhere, those with and those without an internet soapbox, we will repeat:
Never, ever bet for or against Bolton.
Probably replaces Rosicky on most of them too.
Arsenal are winning these games that they should and Henry is getting his points, if not truly shining in the process. And even RvP (repaying the Manager's faith in him. woo hoo!!!!) came good after a shaky start and another yellow card. His 3rd of the season already! But Arsenal's midfield continues to be where fantasy points go to die. Even Cesc, who started the season on a 8-9 pt per game clip has faded. And worse yet, it's become a real 2 from 3 shell game for the wide midfield positions among Hleb, Freddie and Rosicky. Good luck to any fantasy manager brave enough to wade through that mess, though many will be tempted with Watford and Reading next up for the Gunners after the international break.
It's been a full month since the transfer window closed. Have we learned anything about our new options yet? One thing we learned yesterday is that Spurs bought well when they invested 10mil in Berbatov. He really looks to be a great player and Spurs really benefit from everything he does on the pitch. Shame his injury came when it did as he's now probably priced out of most fantasy manager's plans. However, he still may be worth the $ say if AJ's hamstring doesn't heal in the next 2 weeks. Speaking of AJ, let's just say Everton spent well and his record (on the pitch and for fantasy managers) with Crystal Palace wasn't a fluke. He's the real deal. Get well soon.
No other new striker has really made an impact yet. Martins scoring a brace in a 2-game week for Newcastle helped a lot of fantasy managers. But his lack of production otherwise has been a disappointment. Anelka and Tevez haven't done anything for their new clubs (who are heading in opposite directions themselves, but that's another post). Kuyt, to be fair, has been great. But Rafa's rotation policy really dampens the enthusiasm for any Liverpool player.
And then there is Sheva. The most prominent transfer and perhaps the biggest disappointment (at striker. Ballack has been the biggest nightmare. but that too is another post.). He's been scoring just enough fantasy points to make it worth keeping him at $5. Enough to make you think "this is the week he comes good". But not enough points that he's really going to help your team do anything other than afford Henry or Lampard.
In the midfield, Niko Kranjcar FINALLY takes over from Taylor on the left of Pompey's midfield. And while it resulted in a loss for POR, Kranjcar did earn 8 fantasy points. Hopefully he can take over where D'Alessandro left off last season.
Anyone else catch your eye this weekend?
Until next time, which will sadly be a while due to the international break.
There was more good news for Ferguson, who confirmed the injury which forced Gabriel Heinze off in the first half was nothing more serious than a strained hamstring.Guess I shouldn't have sold him in a panic on Sunday. Oh well. I needed to free up the money to buy Danny Murphy anyway.
WOW! What that ever a bad end to the game for Everton. First they lose AJ, and then they lose the win on Richards stunning half-volley. (Not to mention the cost to fantasy managers as Howard went from +9 to 0 in the blink of an eye.)
This will definitely be something to watch. Hopefully Johnson will be recovered well before Everton's next match @Boro and we won't have the "will he won't he" of late fitness tests and "expected to play".