Late Fitness Check Week 3

Late Fitness Check Week 3
Injury guru Ben Dinnery takes us through all the fixtures from Week 3 in the Premier League and gives you all the info you need to finalize your fanta...
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Stephen Ireland will be held out of the Stoke City squad for Week 3 as he nurses a rib injury back to health.

Ireland wasn't likely to see a great deal of playing time with the arrivals of Steve Sidwell, Bojan Krkic, and Victor Moses to the midfield ranks but a rib injury will ensure that he doesn't figure in Week 3. It seems likely he'll be ready to return after the international break.
Aug 29 - 5:19 PM

A groin injury is set to keep US international Geoff Cameron out of the Stoke City squad for the Week 3 trip to Manchester City.

With transfer rumors and rumors of his falling down Mark Hughes' pecking order for playing time all swirling around him, Geoff Cameron will miss out on Week 3 with a groin injury. The American defender has been linked with multiple moves away from Stoke City in recent days so this weekend could be an interesting one for him but apparently nothing interesting will be happening on the pitch.
Aug 29 - 5:16 PM

Major transfer acquisition Joleon Lescott is still not ready for action as West Brom travel to Swansea in Week 3.

Apparently sitting on the bench at the Etihad for a couple of seasons makes it hard for 32-year-old knees to re-acclimate to the rigors of Premier League football. Lescott's knee complaint has kept him out of the Baggies' line-up for the first three weeks of the season. Reports indicate that he should be in fine shape to play after the international break.
Aug 29 - 5:12 PM

Sebastien Pocognoli has had a strong start to his West Brom career but he won't get to continue it in Week 3 with the right back out with a thigh injury.

He certainly isn't setting the world on fire but Sebastien Pocognoli has been a solid addition to a West Brom back line that needed a big renovation over the summer. As more of the projected starting group (Gareth McAuley and Cristian Gamboa) return to the line-up, Pocognoli will exit for at least one week.
Aug 29 - 5:09 PM

Manchester United's defense continues to have injury issues as Chris Smalling will miss Week 3 against Burnley after limping off in Week 2 at Sunderland.

After losing Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra over the summer Manchester United were a bit thin at the back. With new recruits Luke Shaw (injury) and Marcos Rojo (work permit) not yet available, they are thinner still. Returning defenders Rafael and Jonny Evans have been absent so far this season as well which has left relative youngsters Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to anchor a defense made up of kids and midfielders. Just when the light at the end of the tunnel (Evans returning) looked like it was coming, Chris Smalling went out injured with a groin issue. Looks like it will be Valencia, Jones, Evans, Blackett, and Ashley Young at Burnley.
Aug 29 - 5:03 PM

Jonny Evans returned to active duty against MK Dons this week and will likely eye a return to league action this weekend against Burnley

He isn't likely to put it on his resume given the embarrassing result but Jonny Evans is fit again and featured for Louis Van Gaal in the Capital One Cup this past week. With a central defense that featured little experience after Chris Smalling went out last weekend and Marcos Rojo still awaiting a work permit, Evans is likely to be welcomed back to the starting eleven this weekend as United search for a much-needed victory.
Aug 29 - 4:57 PM

Martin Skrtel joins a growing list of injured Liverpool defenders as he will need to be assessed over the next 48 hours before Brendan Rodgers can decide on his availability against Tottenham.

With a plethora of defenders heading into the season, Rodgers is finding himself quickly going from having a selection headache to now needing to piece together a healthy back line for Spurs. Should Skrtel miss out, Mamadou Sakho would most likely make his first start of the season and partner Dejan Lovren in the center of defense.
Aug 29 - 10:38 AM

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Adam Lallana will be in the squad for Liverpool when they travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham this weekend.

Rodgers went on further to say that the midfielder was still short of match fitness so you can rule out any chances of him starting. In fact, it is likely Lallana will not feature at all unless in an emergency situation as he is making a quicker-than-expected recovery from his knee injury.
Aug 29 - 10:24 AM
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