Injuries and International Friendlies

The Injury Files: Monday November 16

You have to imagine that a lot of high profile managers in the Prem are F U R I O U S to say the least after a spate of injuries to important players that happened in matches that meant exactly nothing in the grander scheme of things.

The biggest of the injuries came to RvP and Drogba (granted Drogba's injury theoretically came during the ManYoo clash) who likely face 6 and 3 weeks on the shelf respectively. 

Elsewhere, Lamps and JT were both out of England's friendly with Brazil (at least they didn't pick up their injuries in a match that meant nothing but regardless, they seem likely to be crocked for Chelsea's next match if not more).  Just in case you thought things couldn't get more Arsenal-like at Chelsea, it looks like Ballack has some sort of knee infection concern that may or may not keep him out for a while.

At Eastlands, the news is no better with MPet picking up a fresh problem with his knee. 

What do I take from all this? 1) it's a good thing for them that CHE are playing Wolves next weekend; 2) Kalou, Deco, and Joe Cole just got a lot more interesting; and 3) ditto Eduardo.

Just some items to contemplate as you get ready to resume the fantasy season this coming weekend...

Cheers - Neal


  1. Anonymous6:08 PM

    The injury news on Drogba seems rather uncertain... reports say he is likely to play on Wednesday, and if not, you have to figure he will be fit to play for the weekend. It was only some cleats to the chest... quit trying to get all your competitors to dump Drogs Neal ;)

  2. I have Drogs at 11.99 so out 3 weeks and then off to Africa in January it may be time to drop him. I curently have 16.68 to spend would it be worth it to jump to Anelka or would Kalou be the better option and then spend the remaining upgrading another position.... decisions, decisions, decisions....

  3. Anonymous7:21 PM

    yea, dont make any rash descisions on Drogs quite yet...wait until Thurs or Friday ...I have him at 10+ and am not doing anything with him until I know for sure what is up...If it's a week, I'm keeping him, if it's 3 or more, I'm dumping him cause he has ACN coming up for 3 weeks in Jan.

  4. Anonymous11:39 PM

    currently my forwards are drogs/eds/bellamy(which i bought last week)

    but to play at anfield, im worried about bellamy..
    should i swap bellamy for some 2 gamers this week?
    maybe strikers from fulham@hull?
    please help me..

    ~Joe Labu™~

  5. Anonymous12:27 AM

    change 2 gamers striker... saha/zamora

  6. Fabregas is a good bet with RvP out... when he played with a lone striker (mostly when Ady was out), he went nuts. He's on my team for sure.

  7. Anonymous1:14 PM

    @Patrick, while I hope thats true as I have Fab at a discount I have to figure that its more likely that Arshavin will be pushed forward (especially with nasri/rosicky/nasri available on the wings). Could be either/both tho, easily - too difficult to tell how wenger will alter his system.

  8. Anonymous9:51 PM

    but remember..wenger love to play sillyDiaby...
    maybe Diaby will be pushed to play forward..huh