Untold Injury Index – The Festive Round-up Part 1 – Gameweeks 17 & 18

Untold Injury Index – The Festive Round-up Part 1 – Gameweeks 17 & 18


By Dale Higginbottom

Happy New Year everyone, I wish you all the best for 2012. After a good Christmas break it’s time to catch up a bit on all the injury news over the festive period. We had four league games in and around the Christmas and New Year period so bear with me a little while we churn through all the data. I’ll split this round-up into two parts and then round-up the season to date now that we have hit the half-way point of the season.

The festive period is the time, more-so than any other, where all teams have to contend with the complexities of injuries, fatigue and squad rotation and it is evident by the results we have been seeing that it is not the easiest of tasks for managers. With that in mind, let’s look at the first two games of this period for each team.

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

Gameweek 17

Aston Villa Vs Arsenal (1-2)

Injuries Aston Villa (5 + 0S) Arsenal (10 + 1S)
Goalkeeper Given (E) Fabianski (K,3) Mannone (S,3)
Defence Lichaj (N), Herd (A) Sagna (A,11), Gibbs (M,11), Jenkinson (B,7), Santos (A,3), Djourou (G,4)
Midfield N/A Wilshere (A,17), Miyaichi (A.8), Diaby (M,15)
Attack Bent (T), Heskey (L) N/A
Additional issues Ireland returned to the squad from illness. He started and played the first half. Collins was a doubt but was in the squad and was an unused substitute. N/A
Suspended N/A Song

Tottenham Vs Chelsea (1-1)

Injuries Tottenham (4 + 0S) Chelsea (2 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Dawson (L,13) Luiz (K,5)
Midfield Huddlestone (A,13), Lennon (E,6) Essien (K,17)
Attack Defoe (E,2) N/A
Additional issues Bale returned to the squad after missing the last game, he played the whole game. Van der Vaart was replaced at half-time having picked up further hamstring problems. Terry was a doubt but started and played the whole game. Ivanovich picked up a hamstring injury and was replaced on 38 minutes. Mikel suffered the same fate, being replaced just on half-time.
Suspended N/A N/A

Wigan Vs Liverpool (0-0)


Injuries Wigan (2 + 0S) Liverpool (3 + 1S)
Goalkeeper Kirkland (B) N/A
Defence Boyce (B) Robinson (A,9)
Midfield N/A Gerrard (A,13), Lucas (K,4)
Attack N/A N/A
Additional issues Rodallega was a doubt but he was on the bench, coming on in 74 mins. N/A
Suspended N/A Spearing

Fulham Vs Man Utd (0-5)


Injuries Fulham (4 + 0S) Man Utd (8 + 0S)
Goalkeeper Schwarzer (B) N/A
Defence Grygera (K) Fabio (E,4), Vidic (K,10), Ferdinand (J,2)
Midfield Sidwell (M), Davies (B) Cleverley (A,11), Anderson (K,7), Fletcher (I,5), Gibson (U,12)
Attack N/A Owen (T,11)
Additional issues Zamora was a doubt but was on the bench and played the last five minutes. Rafael returned to the squad and was an unused sub. Jones picked up an injury to the face after 20 mins, he was replaced by Young who was also forced off (on 58 mins) with an ankle injury.
Suspended N/A N/A


Man City Vs Stoke (3-0)

Injuries Man City (2 + 0S) Stoke (4 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Kolarov (G,4) Wilkinson (B)
Midfield N/A Whelan (C)
Attack Dzeko (A,1) Sidibe (K), Crouch (H)
Additional issues Richards was replaced after 59 mins as a precautionary measure due to fears over his calf injury returning. N/A
Suspended N/A Shawcross


Gameweek 18

Arsenal Vs Wolves (1-1)

Injuries Arsenal (9 + 0S) Wolves (4 + 0S)
Goalkeeper Fabianski (K,4) Mannone (S,4) N/A
Defence Sagna (A,12), Gibbs (M,12), Jenkinson (B,8), Santos (A,4), Craddock (E), Foley (A)
Midfield Wilshere (A,18), Miyaichi (A.9), Diaby (M,16) Edwards (G), O’Hara (M)
Attack N/A N/A
Additional issues Djourou returned to the squad  and played 85 minutes. Zubar was replaced after 50 minutes after picking up a knee injury.
Suspended N/A N/A

Chelsea Vs Fulham (1-1)

Injuries Chelsea (3 + 1S) Fulham (6 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A Schwarzer (B)
Defence Ivanovich (E,1) Grygera (K)
Midfield Essien (K,18), Mikel (E,1) Duff (C), Davies (B)
Attack N/A Johnson (G), Zamora (L)
Additional issues N/A Sidwell returned to the squad but was not used.
Suspended Ramires N/A

Liverpool Vs Blackburn (1-1)

Injuries Liverpool (2 + 0S) Blackburn (6 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A Robinson (C)
Defence Robinson (A,10) Dann (G), Nelsen (K), Givet (U), Olsson (E)
Midfield Lucas (K,5) Grella (N)
Attack N/A N/A
Additional issues Gerrard was back in the squad and came on after 69 minutes. Dunn and Hoilett both picked up niggles and were replaced late in the second half.
Suspended N/A N/A

Fulham Vs Man Utd (0-5)

Injuries Man Utd (11 + 0S) Wigan (2 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A Kirkland (B)
Defence Fabio (E,5), Vidic (K,11), Ferdinand (J,3), Jones (H,1), Smalling (I,6) Boyce (B)
Midfield Cleverley (A,12), Anderson (K,8), Fletcher (I,6), Gibson (U,13), Young (A,3) N/A
Attack Owen (T,12) N/A
Additional issues Evans picked up a calf injury and was replaced at half-time. Rodallega and Gohouri both made the bench despite the former being short of fitness and the latter recovering from flu.
Suspended N/A N/A

West Brom Vs Man City (0-0)

Injuries West Brom (3 + 0S) Man City (2 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Reid (K) Kolarov (G,5), Richards (C,2)
Midfield Gera (K), Morrison (E) N/A
Attack N/A N/A
Additional issues Mulumbu was a doubt but started and played the first 80 mins. Dzeko was a doubt but was on the bench and came on after 82 mins.
Suspended N/A N/A

Norwich Vs Tottenham (0-2)

Injuries Norwich (3 + 0S) Tottenham (5 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Ward (K), Tierney (G) Dawson (L,14), King (E,5)
Midfield N/A Huddlestone (A,14), Lennon (E,7)
Attack Vaughan (K) Defoe (E,3)
Additional issues De Laet was a doubt but started and played 64 minutes. Van der Vaart was a doubt but started and played the whole game. Kaboul played the whole game despite being a doubt.
Suspended N/A N/A

So, as we have seen over the season so far, it’s a game of one-upmanship between Arsenal and Man United. Combined totals of 19 injuries for both teams surely means that there is the potential for bad performances or even results, especially with the games coming thick and fast. By contrast when we look at the combined injuries for the other teams during these two games we had Tottenham with 9, Chelsea and Liverpool with 5 and City had 4 players out. This is clearly a massive hurdle that we have to clear every game that the likes of City clearly do not need worry about.

So, despite the huge gap we actually did just as well as City, in what are arguably similarly difficult games. Many pundits have lauded City for their great squad for it’s depth and quality but actually, when you consider the performances and results that Arsenal have achieved in recent weeks, given our long list of crocked players, we’re actually not doing too bad in that department either.

United actually did very well from these two games, considering their injury levels. We’ll discover in part two that injuries of that level and intensity are sure to catch up on you at some point and have a serious impact on results.

It’s draws all round for Chelsea and Liverpool in what seems to be a game of copycat in injury levels, suspensions and results, which if fitting as it’s looking that they might be fighting each other for fifth place.

The Tiny Totts continue to do surprisingly well but with little else to play for they can focus completely on league performances, which must be nice for them. They are due a wobble and maybe it’ll co-inside with them conceding an Henry hat-trick at the Emirates in February (we can but dream).

So after these two games, performance is about par for Arsenal. Yes, the home draw against Wolves was a slight disappointment but given that there were 9 players unavailable, it’s not all that bad. Indeed, last season the threshold at which results dipped was 7 injuries so we’ve done pretty well. In part two we’ll see how the intensity of games and the knock-on impact of injuries begins to cause a wobble for some teams and maybe the start of a collapse for others.


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6 Replies to “Untold Injury Index – The Festive Round-up Part 1 – Gameweeks 17 & 18”

  1. And somehow we seem to take it for granted that we get that many injuries.
    I might be wrong on this but my gut feeling is telling me that in other season we had this situation more near the end of the season as this time we had it from an early stage in the season.

    Hope that in the next weeks we get a lot of them back as it would surely help us when the most important part of the season comes. Some extra and fresh legs would be helpful.

  2. @Walter have Titi finalized his clearance! Wilshere when will he back @ Leeds or! I have tried to look around how the Whore-lists comment on Fergus and I’m not seeing anything saying Fergus does not have plan B they way they say to us after losing a match.

  3. If we get many more injuries we really will be a one man team!!!
    By the way, given Demba Bas’ brilliant goal tally does that make Newcastle a one man team as well as us, only I haven’t heard the media say as much.

  4. Surely there must be something we can do about these injuries? A year on year problem, and so costly. Maybe a bit more protection from certain refs could help ie not allowing a player to try to push theo into row g when off the pitch and right in front of the ref. lucky he did not end up like sagna.

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