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Victor Anichebe | Forward | #28

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 176

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Sunderland will have a full team's worth of players out for the season finale against league-winning Chelsea.
The Black Cats will be without 11 players for their final game in the Premier League for at least the next year, according to manager David Moyes. Victor Anichebe, Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Didier Ndong were just the latest to join a growing injury list in the last week: "Kone, Denayer, Papi, Kirchhoff, Honeyman, Khazri, Ndong, Pienaar, McNair, Watmore and Anichebe [are out], so I think it’s about 11 that won’t feature due to injury. We’ll have to try and put a bit of a patched-up team out to make sure we get a positive performance, like it was against Arsenal for lots of reasons. We didn’t get the result but we were obviously playing a team who are at a higher level than us." Sat, May 20, 2017 07:18:00 PM

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After two-and-a-half months on the training table, Victor Anichebe has returned just in time for Sunderland.

The former West Brom forward was a staple of David Moyes' plans early in the season before suffering a knee injury towards the end of January. Since, the scoring responsibility has been placed solely on Jermain Defoe; and it comes as no coincidence that as Defoe hasn't scored in the last seven games, neither has the Black Cats. But Anichebe will surely take some of the pressure off Defoe after receiving his first start since January this weekend against Manchester United. But Moyes said he will look to ease in Anichebe after such a lengthy layoff: "The big thing is to get Victor up and running to a level of fitness where he can help us and make a difference. We’re now in a position where we’re having to take as many risks as we can – do I think he can play 90 minutes, no – but I think he can play part of the game."
Mon, Apr 10, 2017 04:19:00 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes said he hopes to have forward Victor Anichebe available for the final month of the season.

The former West Brom striker has missed the last two months after sustaining ligament damage to his knee at the end of January and is currently working with a specialist with the hope of returning next month. The Black Cats can desperately use Anichebe after going goalless in the last four Premier League matches. "We’ve sent Victor to work with a specialist in America and he should be back shortly," Moyes said. "...He’s running and he’s back on it so we felt that sending him to someone who can work one-on-one with him constantly [was the best option], and it looks like it’s working. My aim was to get him back for as much of April as I can, and I can’t guarantee that at the moment but we’re doing everything we can."
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 02:10:00 PM

If it wasn't for bad luck, then David Moyes would have none following the news that another player has been added to an ever-growing injury list and an overcrowded treatment room.

Victor Anichebe will not feature again until April after tests confirm the Black Cats attacker suffered significant damage to his medial knee ligament at West Brom. The 28-year-old was injured in a block tackle just minutes after his introduction on Saturday, although Anichebe was able to see out the remainder of the game. The big attacker has endured an injury plagued career, and this latest setback is his sixth since arriving on Wearside as a free agent in the summer. Sunderland could have up-to 13 players missing for their next Premier League match, against Tottenham, and with limited funds, and only seven days of the transfer window remaining, the top flights bottom side will struggle to escape the relegation dog fight.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017 03:35:00 PM

Sunderland looks to be in a constant state of recovery with manager David Moyes confirming another set of injuries.

The former Manchester United and Everton manager confirmed that midfielder Steven Pienaar, defender Javier Manquillo and forward Victor Anichebe each missed out on the club's 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday. With Anichebe being the major loss, Moyes turned to Fabio Borini, who received his first playing time in three months after a groin injury. Said Moyes: "Victor and Steven were not available. Javier Manquillo got injured in training on Sunday, he could have been involved. They were the three players missing out with injury ahead of the game. I will assess them all and see how they are."
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 06:26:00 PM

Sunderland ran out deserved winners against Hull City 3-0 at the stadium of light however the scoreline may be a bit harsh on Phelan's men.

Jermaine Defoe opened the scoring with a great finish after Watmore flicked on to open up the Hull defence in the first real relegation 6 pointer of the season and 1-0 it remained going into the interval. Irony struck first in the second half as darkness reigned supreme for a while as the match was delayed due to floodlights failing. However, when the lights came back on, the Black Cats struck again, this time through Anichebe, who scored for the second game in a row for the first time in his career. Snodgrass went especially close with a bicycle kick as the Tigers pushed to get back into the game but Pickford was equal to everything sent his way, earning his first ever PL clean sheet and Sunderland's first this season. Anichebe rounded off his brace late on with a powerful finish. The only blight on the game from Sunderland's point of view was Djilobodji's very late and needless red card.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 12:13:00 PM

Forward Victor Anichebe inspired Sunderland to their first win of the season, by scoring and earning a penalty, as David Moyes' side defeated Bournemouth 2-1.

It was a hard fought but deserved victory for Sunderland on Saturday. The Black Cats fell behind after just 11 minutes when Dan Gosling struck for Bournemouth. Then against the run of play Sunderland grabbed a lifeline through forward Victor Anichebe; who collected a pass from Jermaine Defoe in the box, turned and smashed a shot into the roof of the net to level the match at 1-1. The match took another turn when Sunderland's Steven Pienaar was sent of,f after receiving a second yellow card, in the 59th minute after a reckless challenge that caught Junior Stanislas and forced the call from referee Mike Dean. Despite being reduced to 10 men, Sunderland took the lead when Adam Smith tripped Anichebe in the 74th minute and Defoe converted the following spot kick. However, praise must also be given to Sunderland's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who produced a great late denial on Josh King.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 01:29:00 PM

Amid the club's current injury crisis, forward Victor Anichebe confirmed he is close to full fitness after struggling with multiple injuries.

The former West Bromwich Albion striker arrived on a free transfer last month, but has dealt with thigh and groin injuries. Anichebe came off the bench against Crystal Palace in Week 6, but admitted it wasn't the smartest decision given his ongoing recovery: "My thigh and my groin are fine. The first game I came back I wasn’t as ready as I should have been but I was happy to try and help the team if I could...It is just about getting games and power into me and hopefully with a combination of first team training games and reserve games, which I am happy to play to get back quicker, I will be fit and ready to help."
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 08:40:00 AM

Two full days after the deadline, Sunderland announced its ninth signing of the summer in free-agent Victor Anichebe.

The 28-year-old was released this summer by West Bromwich Albion after spending three seasons at the club, where he made 55 appearances in all competitions. Anichebe joins on a contract through the end of the season and will provided cover up top following a series of injuries for David Moyes' side. Said Anichebe: "I have a lot of good friends here and everyone knows that I know the manager really well. He brought me through as a young player and was a big factor in me coming here. I had a few options in England and Europe but the manager was a huge pull for me. He knows me inside out and I feel like he can get the best out of me."
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 05:47:00 AM

Victor Anichebe impressed on his first Premier League start of the campaign but the West Brom striker is a major doubt for opening game of 2016 due to a hamstring problem.

Anichebe replaced Rickie Lambert in one of two changes from the side beaten by Swansea on Boxing Day and the 27-year-old served a gentle reminder that he still has a lot to offer. Having fallen down the pecking order in recent times, Anichebe is back in the manager’s thoughts following the absence of Salomon Rondon (suspension) and Saido Berahino’s continued disciplinary issues. But after limping off during the win over Newcastle, the striker will be lucky to recover in time for the visit of Stoke this weekend. "I hope it’s OK," Anichebe said post-match. "I don’t know if it was cramp or if I pulled it I don’t really know. It didn’t feel as bad as before. We have a good medical team here and hopefully they can get me back as quick as possible."
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:23:00 AM

Victor Anichebe scored from a corner to put West Brom ahead 1-0 at St. James' Park but the Baggies couldn't make it hold up as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Victor Anichebe started the match as a lone attacker with West Brom content to play a conservative line-up featuring four center backs and two holding midfielders. The tactic paid off in the first half as they absorbed Newcastle's pressure and stole a goal from Victor Anichebe against the run of play. The second half wasn't as kind with Ayoze Perez scoring a pretty goal through traffic to even the affair. There were chances both way to win the match but none found their way through and the match ended 1-1.
Sat, May 9, 2015 12:53:00 PM

Victor Anichebe returned as a halftime substitute and scored in the 58th minute but it wasn't nearly enough as Tony Pulis' men dropped a 4-1 decision to QPR.

For the second straight match West Brom finished the contest down a man. In Week 30 it was Gareth McAuley/Craig Dawson to blame and the red card was critical to the outcome of the match as it let Manchester City batter the Baggies for the entire match. This time around, it was second half substitute Mulumbu who was sent off and it happened in the 84th minute. At that point it was already 3-1 to QPR and only a cosmetic Joey Barton goal followed. Pulis will be happy to have Anichebe back but there wasn't much else to like about this performance.
Source: espnfc
Sat, Apr 4, 2015 01:06:00 PM

Victor Anichebe, still struggling with a groin issue, might be fit enough for the bench but is highly unlikely to start for Tony Pulis against Southampton.

Anichebe continues to be one of the more fragile players in the Premier League despite a robust physical frame. Anichebe will, in all likelihood, miss out again in Week 27 and seems unlikely to be ready to make anything more than a cameo appearance in Week 28. Fantasy managers should avoid making anything approaching a long term investment in him and, at this point, even a week-long purchase seems risky given the frequency of his injuries.
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 12:25:00 PM

Victor Anichebe continues to be plagued by injuries as the West Brom front man will miss Week 26 with a groin injury.

Anichebe's health has consistently been inconsistent. Plagued for his entire career by significant but not catastrophic injuries, he has yet to string together enough healthy days to give anyone hope that he can be relied on. With Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino both in relatively good form, Anichebe might not have started if he were healthy but his absence could certainly cause Tony Pulis some headaches if one of his starters were to go down injured.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 03:40:00 PM

Victor Anichebe went off early against Burnley in Week 24 and it appears that Week 25 will come too quickly for him to recover.

Tony Pulis likes his battering ram forwards but he will have to do without his preferred option in that role against Swansea as Victor Anichebe will likely be out with a groin injury. Anichebe's absence likely means that one or both of Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye will start in the attack for the Baggies. Ideye, in particular, will be confident after scoring the equalizer to earn the Baggies a point against the Clarets on Saturday.
Source: BBC Sport
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 09:02:00 AM