Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov praised Ashley Westwood and the work he's been doing for Aston Villa this season.
Petrov mentioned that Westwood does the dirty work for Villa and that can sometimes go unnoticed. The words are true as Westwood has been an important part of Villa's squad despite his efforts not showing up on the stats sheet. Enjoy Westwood's contributions on the pitch but don't rely on him as a constant fantasy contributor.
Andre Schurrle was another Chelsea player to return from injury today as he came on to play about 25 minutes during Chelsea's Champions League match.
It appears his injury wasn't serious and the German has made a speedy recovery. He is not a recommended fantasy play at the moment as he doesn't have a regular spot in Jose Mourinho's rotation.
Oscar returned from injury today to play a little over an hour in Chelsea's win over Steaua Bucharest.
Oscar is obviously past the ankle injury and should start again on Saturday against Crystal Palace. Feel free to use him in a winnable game for Chelsea. He set up the only goal of the game today and will again be very involved in the attack on Saturday.
David Luiz played the entire match against Steaua Bucharest the Champions League today in place of Gary Cahill.
Luiz has recovered from his knee injury and the 90 minutes show he is fully fit. It's uncertain if he can earn regular playing time but I wouldn't doubt him get the start again on Saturday to give John Terry a rest. Rumors continue coming in about Luiz leaving Chelsea during January and the Blues could give him extra playing time in the coming weeks to increase his value. Ashley Cole also returned to the starting lineup in place of Cesar Azpilicueta.
Demba Ba's goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest that ensured the Blues finish top of the table in Champions League Group E.
Jose Mourinho started an odd lineup that featured some surprises, such as Demba Ba at striker and Mark Schwarzer at goalkeeper. Chelsea had already qualified and they only had the top spot to play for so that explains some of the decisions. Ba has played well as of recently and is now in the mix of Chelsea strikers fighting for playing time. Schwarzer, on the other hand, will almost certainly head back to the bench on Saturday.
Swansea City have been given a major fitness boost as Wifried Bony, Angel Rangel and Michel Vorm are all in the squad as they travel to Switzerland to take on St. Gallen tomorrow evening.
Only time will tell if the trio will even feature in the Europa match, let alone start. The Vorm inclusion is especially puzzling as the Dutch international was thought to be over a knee problem, but the injury cropped up again and he didn't start Monday night. Forty-eight hours later he is apparently fine...again. Even if Vorm starts tonight, there are too many question marks surrounding his injury to invest. Otherwise, the preferred XI is nearing full strength, making someone like Michu a nice prospect as the Swans travel to Norwich City.
In a recent interview for Everton's offcial website, Leighton Baines expressed his desire to return to action in time for the busy festive period but could not provide any more clarity on when that return should be expected.
There isn't much to glean from this report but as long as Baines is out, his lofty price tag need not interfere with a manager's budget. Bryan Oviedo has filled in well both in fantasy and reality and it should make for an interesting transfer window for Everton as Baines' potential for a move seems more conceivable with the emergence of Oviedo. Hopefully you bought the latter when he was priced extremely cheap.
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and defender Danny Rose are available for Thursday's Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala after overcoming their respective ankle and toe injuries.
This is welcome news for Andre Villas-Boas, but he still has problems in defence with Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen all unavailable. Youth team players Shaquile Coulthirst, Ryan Fredericks and Laste Dombaxe are in the squad and should feature as Spurs are already guaranteed top spot in their group, allowing some senior players a rest.