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Marco van Ginkel's knee injury turned out to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament(ACL) and he will be out for the rest of the season and the World Cup.

The recovery time for a torn ACL is usually around nine months and likely won't give him enough time to recover for the World Cup. Van Ginkel seemed to be earning more and more trust in Jose Mourinho's system and the injury certainly sets him back. Look for Ramires and Lampard to play that position more often with John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien coming in to provide rest.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic was expected to start at the Emirates last weekend but was a late scratch with a knee issue that could see him out for as long as six weeks.

The Croatian forward has been in great form for Steve Bruce so far this season but Hull City will have to get by without him as he will be on the shelf for approximately six weeks with a knee complaint. Abel Hernandez will likely continue to start with Bruce likely to see which of Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez is better suited to play regularly in Jelavic's stead.
Oct 24 - 1:07 PM

Michael Dawson was heroic against Arsenal but won't be able to build on that effort as he has been ruled out with an ankle injury for six weeks.

Steve Bruce spent the summer looking for a strong third center back to join James Chester and Curtis Davies in a 3-5-2 alignment. In Michael Dawson he appeared to find that player but he will have to make alternative arrangements for the next six weeks as Dawson will be out. The likely options are the manager's son Alex Bruce may return to the starting line-up with the alignment remaining the same or Bruce reverting to a 4-4-2 with another midfielder coming into the starting line-up in place of Dawson.
Oct 24 - 1:10 PM

While he is certainly no sure bet to start or even enter as a substitute, Theo Walcott has taken a step forward with the news he will be with the team for the match with Sunderland.

Arsenal could certainly use an attacking boost with Mesut Ozil on the shelf for another eight weeks or so. Walcott is certainly not a like-for-like replacement for the German playmaker but there is no doubt that the England international makes Arsenal's attack more dangerous when he is fit. It's hard to imagine Walcott seeing more than 20 minutes if he makes it on to the pitch at all but the good news is that he should be starting again soon even if it isn't this week.
Oct 24 - 1:15 PM

According to Lee Ryder on Twitter, Papiss Cisse has emerged as a late doubt for Newcastle ahead of their Sunday trip to White Hart Lane.

Ryder is a trusted source on all things Magpie, but unfortunately he could offer no details as to why Cisse is a doubt, nor can any of the other sources at this point who are picking up the story. Cisse has been a monster since returning from a long term injury but also contracted an illness that hampered his form and now this mysterious late-week issue. This makes him a potential fantasy headache to own, especially in leagues with limited transfers. With Emmanuel Riviere a doubt as well, it could be a long day for the Magpies this coming Sunday. Upgrade Spurs defensive options in an already favorable matchup.
Oct 24 - 12:36 PM

Alan Pardew expects to have Ryan Taylor's name on Newcastle's team sheet this weekend when the Magpies travel to play Tottenham, completing the versatile fullback's recovery from severe knee damage.

Pardew was quoted as saying "It's an inspirational story." Hopefully, Taylor can survive the first couple of real tests without any issues and can put what has been a rehabilitation filled setbacks behind him. It would make sense for Pardew to use him as a bench option for a considerable stretch, so the set piece specialist cannot be recommended for fantasy purposes any time soon.
Oct 24 - 12:26 PM

There are no fresh injury concerns for Everton ahead of their trip to Burnley, though we have an updated timetable on the return of Kevin Mirallas.

Mirallas continues to heal his hammy but Roberto Martinez has come out recently to state he hopes the Belgian midfielder would be fit after the next international break, which falls in mid-November. How long he can sustain fitness once he does return is the million dollar question. John Stones, Arouna Kone, and Bryan Oviedo continue to be on the shelf with Kone and Oviedo getting closer to their expected return
Oct 24 - 12:14 PM

A hat-trick from Harry Kane and a brace from Erik Lamela helped Tottenham thrash Greek side Asteras Tripolis and saunter to a first win in the Europa League group-stage.

Let's start with Lamela's first goal, a 20 yard 'rabona', one of the most outrageous finishes ever seen in football. If you haven't seen it yourself, check the link below. Kane opened the scoring with a fine strikr of his own and went on to score a hattrick, with Lamela grabbing a second goal himself. It was a particularly eventful night for Kane, who ended the game in goal when keeper Hugo Lloris was sent off (with Spurs having used all three substitutes), and conceded from the first shot he faced in comical style. Still, it was a great performance and result for Mauricio Pochettino's men and they will take confidence in to the weekend clash with Newcastle.
Source: Vine
Oct 24 - 3:40 AM

Fraser Forster is top of the goalkeeper picks for Week 9.

Southampton are in great form and have the best defensive record in the league, so with a home game against Stoke it would appear that Forster is the best keeper choice for the second week running.
Oct 24 - 4:53 AM

Branislav Ivanovic is tipped to perform well for Chelsea against Manchester United.

Manchester United appear unable to defend at the moment, particularity at set-pieces, and Ivanovic is one of the most dangerous players in the opposition's box. The defender is pricey, but a goal is very possible and you know he'll give 100% for the Chelsea cause. An excellent pick for Week 9 if you can afford him.
Oct 24 - 4:55 AM

Everton's Seamus Coleman can continue his good form at Burnley in Week 9.

Vital to Everton and a genuine goal threat, Burnley will find it difficult to cope with Coleman's runs down the right flank and the full-back could have a huge fantasy week. We marginally prefer him to Leighton Baines, but both are expensive options so you'd need to feel confident in Coleman's returns in order to splash the cash.
Oct 24 - 4:56 AM

Eric Dier could prove great value for Tottenham's home clash with Newcastle.

Dier was the must-have defender in the Yahoo game back in August after two goals in the opening two games of the season, and he's back on the radar this weekend. Obviously the young defender hasn’t been able to keep up that stunning early form, but his price is back below £6million and he will start Tottenham's home game against Newcastle with the two Kyles (Naughton and Walker) still out with injury. Solid in defence and a threat in the opposition's box, Dier could prove great value.
Oct 24 - 4:58 AM




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