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July 2021

Untold injury index – Gameweek 23

Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 23


By Dale Higginbottom



In and around the frenzy (ok, sort of mild frenzy) of the transfer window and FA Cup action there appears to be some league fixtures that almost have crept up on everyone.

After the weekend’s fantastic comeback in the FA Cup the hope was that the result against Villa would be the springboard to a run of good results and certainly with Sagna, Arteta, Henry, Coquelin and Vermaelen back in the squad, that goal looks a lot more realistic. So have injuries picked up? 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


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Bolton Vs Arsenal (0-0)

Injuries Bolton (6 + 0S) Arsenal (5 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Alonso (F), Mears (Z) Gibbs (M,17), Jenkinson (B,13), Santos (A,9)
Midfield Davis (K), Gardner (K), Holden (K), Lee (Z) Wilshere (A,23), Diaby (M,21)
Attack N/A N/A
Additional issues Jääskeläinen returned to the squad  and was an unused sub. N/A
Suspended N/A N/A




Man Utd Vs Stoke (2-0)

Injuries Man Utd (12 + 0S) Stoke (1 + 0S)
Goalkeeper De Gea (I,1), Lindegaard (A,1) N/A
Defence Vidic (K,16), Jones (A,3), De Laet (C,1) N/A
Midfield Cleverley (A,17), Fletcher (I,11), Young (A,8), Anderson (U,11), Nani (A,1) N/A
Attack Owen (T,17), Rooney (A,2) Sidibe (K)
Additional issues Ferdinand returned to the squad and played the whole game. Etherington was a doubt but started the game on the bench and was an unused sub.
Suspended N/A N/A



Norwich Vs Chelsea (1-1)

Injuries Swansea (2 + 0S) Chelsea (4 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Tate (Z) Terry (K,1)
Midfield Bodde (K) Mikel (E,6), Lampard (C,1) Ramires (K,3)
Attack N/A N/A
Additional issues N/A N/A
Suspended N/A N/A


Wolves Vs Liverpool (0-3)

Injuries Wolves (3 + 1S) Liverpool (2 + 1S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Craddock (E),  Zubar (K) Robinson (A,15)
Midfield O’Hara (M) Lucas (K,10),
ttack N/A N/A
Additional issues N/A Spearing returned to the squad, started and played the whole game.
Suspended Henry Suarez

Tottenham Vs Wigan (3-1)

Injuries Tottenham (4 + 0S) Wigan (3 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A Kirkland (B)
Defence Gallas (C,12) Alcaraz (G)
Midfield Huddlestone (A,20), Lennon (E,10) Maloney (C)
Attack Defoe (E,4) N/A
Additional issues Bale was a doubt with a thigh strain but started and played the whole game. Sandro was back in the squad and came on as a 75th min substitute, replacing Walker who had a knock. Van der Vaart picked up a calf injury and was replaced after 31 minutes. Jones was a doubt but made the squad and was an unused sub.
Suspended N/A N/A


Everton Vs Man City (1-0)

Injuries Everton (5 + 0S) Man City (0 + 1S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Coleman (T), Jagielka (K), Distin (E) N/A
Midfield Rodwell (E), Osman (K) N/A
Attack N/A N/A
Additional issues Barkley was a doubt but was in the squad and was an unused substitute. N/A
Suspended N/A Balotelli

Right then, well things have certainly changed on the injury front. Arsenal are now competing at the level of Chelsea and Spurs at the 4/5 player injury level. Liverpool and Man City are still down at 2 and 0 injured players respectively but well out in front are Man Utd, with 12 players unavailable through injury. Ouch!


A point away to a rejuvenated Bolton side is not in itself an awful result, indeed it’s a point more than Liverpool got a couple of weeks ago. The manner of the result is what is the difficult bit to deal with and with fifteen games to the end of the season time is running out to make sure we take up one of those important four league places.  Sometimes I guess, it just doesn’t go your way and even with an improved injury list we don’t always get the result we need. We’re still well set for a good end to the season, at least on the injury-front and results will come.



Elsewhere, it was mixed fortunes for the Manchester clubs this week, in fact you couldn’t really have two more contrasting situations. First off, United recorded the worst injury week of any team this season and still managed a 2-0 victory, albeit from two penalties, at home against Stoke. Now, having not seen the penalties, I cannot say that United were given a helping hand in any way but it was very lucky for them to be helped at a very difficult time.


City on the other hand proved that, even with a full squad to choose from (excluding suspended and absent players) they don’t always get it their way. With no cup games to worry about (except Europa League) they really should be maximising their points with the squad they have. They really miss Yaya.


A win for the Totts sees them back in the hunt but with plenty of big games to come I doubt they will remain in that race and Liverpool’s victory over Wolves sees them sniffing around for Champions league football but given their form over the season, I wouldn’t be taking too much meaning from that.


Finally, Chelsea again stuttered along and picked up a point when they needed three. They are are having a pretty poor season for their standards and to again drop points against a promoted team, on the day they announce £70m annual loss, really shows how far they have fallen.


Our form really needs to pick up soon, we’re back down to the form that saw us at the foot of the table early in the season. With Blackburn up next, a result from early in the season we’d like to forget, what better way than with a comfortable three points and the start of a winning run. This weekend has two big games between four of the big six teams so maybe the media attention will be elsewhere and we can make up some points on the competition.

5 comments to Untold injury index – Gameweek 23

  • rusty

    While I know the AFCON is almost over already, your mention of Yaya Toure brought to mind — shouldn’t we consider players on international duty during a league fixture “unavailable” the same way suspended players are?

  • Wow – I almost missed this. I had no idea ManU had so many players out!

    Very interesting.

  • *Sigh* Who needs a fully fit squad when you have Howard Webb…

  • C4

    How the crap did Webb get yet another manure game??????????
    And Phil as the 4th Official????????
    As soon as chel$ki went 2-0 up, I told my manure supporting girl that Webb was about to step in. And sure enough, after 3-0, the 1st pen came. At which point I told her that he’s not done yet, there’s more to come. And sure enough…
    How does this continue unabated?
    And just to see what reactions are like around the blogs, I looked around, and couldn’t believe how manure fans think there was nothing wrong with Webb’s performance. My girl was actually happy and celebrating with each “penalty”. I guess that sums up what being a manure fan is now about. At least we can be proud of our achievements, knowing we actually earn our points. I could NEVER be celebrating while watching a known, biased ref predictably cheating my team forward.