Injuries and Suspensions

One in, one out.

Not much new news this morning, the latest being the casualties from yesterday's Europa League matches.  Those claimed Andy Johnson and will force Jack Rodwell and Steven Pienaar into the dreaded "late fitness test".

Spurs have lost Gomes for a while and so Cudicini will sit behind their make-shift back line.  Presumably King will be back to partner Bassong with Corluka moving to right back and Hutton dropping to the bench.

Rio will be out for a month, but Manchester United have Vidic back.  That should solidify the back-line though presumably Brown and O'Shea will be the candidates for center and right back.

Ilunga is a doubt for West Ham meaning a likely start for Spector.  N'Zogbia is a doubt for Wigan.  Sunderland have questions over Lee Cattermole, Steed Malbranque and Martin Fulop.  The latter is interesting if it gives Gordon a chance to claim the number one jersey.  Doesn't sound likely, however.

Manchester City have some mixed fitness news after their 1-0 win over Barca midweek.  Adebayor, Robinho, and Bridge are slight doubts but Tevez looks good to start against Wolves.  Wolves themselves are missing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, but could have Berra and Doyle back if only from the bench.

Finally, Birmingham's Cameron Jerome turned his ankle.  This may give Christian Benitez his first start, but I'm not sold on that as his play has been so limited in games and warm-ups.  That being said, he's an interesting pick at home to Stoke for 6.04.

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  1. I know we don't do Friday trades (unless we do of course) but is there any word on Nani? Eurosport doesn't have him in their predicted lineup but SAF's friday press conference made it sound like he's okay. He has to be an automatic starter given United's lack of invention going forward right? The decision is between gambling on Nani or sticking with Modric...

    Also... Ayala (v Villa), McCartney (v BBurn) or Micah Richards (v Wolves)???

  2. McCartney has looked good, and if he didn't concede that penalty, he would have had even more points. Seems to get involved with attack points as well as defending. For his price, seems to be a great deal. Especially with the home matchup and schedule for next couple of weeks.

  3. Shayan, I wouldn't trust anything with the current lot over at Eurosport... they've got Vidic at right back FFS :|

    Also wondering about Nani though, I don't have the funds for Valencia unless I do some serious last minute rearranging and I REALLY don't wanna go that route.