Because of the attacks on our site we put up a temporary web site for much of 25 October, and one of the articles published there was the Untold Injury Index. When we finally got the main site back and running, everything on the temp site vanished, so here it is again…
Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 9: Injuries rise again.
By Dale Higginbottom
Ok, Ok. Last week I said injuries were going down for Arsenal and after the mid-week game at Marseille I thought I’d just gone and jinxed it, with Jenkinson picking up a knee injury. My point last week though was not that injuries were certainly on the decline but that long-term injuries appear to be reducing and therefore numbers should fall in the short-term. Anyway, a very interesting weekend in the Premier League, but what happened with injuries? Let’s have a look.
|A = Ankle||K = Knee|
|B = Back||L = Achilles|
|C = Calf||M = Muscle|
|D = Dead Leg||N = Hip|
|E = Hamstring||R = Rib|
|F = Fatigue/Lack of Fitness||S = Shoulder|
|G = Groin||T = Thigh|
|H = Head Injury/Concussion||U = Unknown|
|I = Illness||Y = Hand|
|J = Foot||Z = Broken Leg|
Arsenal Vs Stoke (3-1)
|Injuries||Arsenal (6 + 0S)||Stoke (3 + 0S)|
|Defence||Vermaelen (A,6), Sagna (A,3), Jenkinson (K,1), Gibbs (M,3)||Higginbotham (K)|
|Midfield||Wilshere (A,9), Diaby (A,9)||Pennant (E)|
Blackburn Vs Tottenham (1-2)
|Injuries||Blackburn (5 + 0S)||Tottenham (7 + 0S)|
|Defence||Nelson (K), Salgado (E), Dann (C)||Gallas (C,8), Dawson (L,5), Corluka (U,2), King (M,3)|
|Midfield||Dunn (C), Grella (N)||Pienaar (G,8), Huddlestone (A,5), Kranjcar (A,4)|
QPR Vs Chelsea (1-0)
|Injuries||QPR (5 + 0S)||Chelsea (3 + 1S)|
|Defence||Connolly (U), Gabbidon (K)||N/A|
|Midfield||Dyer (J)||Essien (K,8), Ramires (K,1)|
|Attack||Campbell (J), Hulse (K)||N/A|
Liverpool Vs Norwich (1-1)
|Injuries||Liverpool (1 + 1S)||Norwich (4 + 0S)|
|Defence||Robinson (A,1)||Ayala (K), Ward (K), Whitbread (E)|
|Additional issues||Doni was a doubt for the game after picking up an injury mid-week but was an unused substitute. Johnson also returned to the squad and played 90 mins.||N/A|
Man Utd Vs Man City (1-6)
|Injuries||Man Utd (3 + 0S)||Man City (0 + 0S)|
|Midfield||Gibson (A,7), Cleverley (F,5)||N/A|
|Additional issues||N/A||Richards was a doubt with a head injury but returned to the squad and played the full 90 mins.|
Yes, injuries are back on the up but we’re still not top of the injury tree, that title still has it’s home at the other side of North London. Injuries in Manchester are practically non-existent and Chelsea and Liverpool should be more worried about suspensions than injuries.
It’s always good to get a result against Stoke, when considering our recent history against them. It was a slight relief to see Pennant unavailable, especially given our right-back situation and the performance he put in against us towards the back-end of last season. There are no reports of new injuries from this game (which is a surprise against Stoke) and the decision to rest van Persie seems to have paid off. Ahead of a Carling Cup tie it’s good to get a result in the league as it means there is no pressure at all for the youngsters so everyone can just go an enjoy the game on Tuesday.
Liverpool have continued their run of form this season, not looking all that convincing in the games they play. Yes, they did beat Arsenal but only after Frimpong’s red card and in every other game they have not really looked too dominant. I wonder how the friendly game away at Rangers in mid-week affected things. Surely league position is much more important than the small amount of revenue gained from a friendly game, it’s not worth the distraction.
Spurs edged out another win despite their injury woes. Riding their luck a bit it seems, I can’t see their patch-work defence being ultra-reliable every game and we’ll keep an eye on that.
I don’t think anyone saw the result at Old Trafford (I think that’s been said before this year) but City really showed a lot of the weaknesses that United have been lucky to paper-over so far this season. It was a match between two (pretty much) full-strength squads with United only missing one key player (Cleverley), and City again without no-one. When United’s strength (their wide forwards) are pegged back because they’re scared of the opposition (Silva, Balotelli and Aguero), the obvious frailties in central midfield are opened up, should’ve replaced Scholes years ago.
So, with City scoring six against United, does that now mean that we’ll concede 14 against City? Scary thought. Seriously though, I really cannot see our midfield getting bossed about by City, the way that United’s did on Sunday so we might actually have a chance of getting a result against them.
It was great to see Chelsea players falling over themselves to avoid facing Arsenal in the next league game. Unfortunately for Cole and Bosingwa, their bans will be played out over the Carling Cup game so they”ll be on the field next Saturday. It really just fell apart for Chelsea on Sunday and they’ve not got too many injuries so it really is nice of Drogba to balance the numbers a bit by being suspended.
Chelsea next Saturday and maybe now is a very good time to get that first win against one of the big-six and if Robin’s form continues the way it has been we’ll be a handful for a somewhat unconvincing Chelsea side.
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