Christian Benteke is expected to miss Belgium’s Euro qualifier against Bosnia on Thursday after going for a scan following complaints of tenderness in his thigh.
Fortunately further tests revealed only minor damage and the injury should be short-term. Benteke is yet to train since joining the Red Devils – Belgium National Team – but could yet feature if the striker proves himself on Wednesday. The news will concern Liverpool who have only just welcomed Daniel Sturridge back to the club following an injury plagued year in which Rodgers called into question the handling of his striker while on international duty. Benteke is expected to be okay for GW5 but Danny Ings is available along with Divock Origi if the big Belgian fails to recover in time.
Bryan Oviedo has withdrawn from the Costa Rica squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Brazil and Uruguay.
Oviedo has just returned to the Everton starting line-up following injuries to Leighton Baines [ankle] and Brendon Galloway [knee]. The left-back made his first start since February at Oakwell [Barnsley] in the Capital One Cup last week but aggravated an existing knee problem as the game went into extra-time. However Oviedo was able to travel – and subsequently play the full 90 minutes – at White Hart Lane last Saturday but the 25 year-old irritated the niggle and will not be risked over the break. Everton remain hopeful that Oviedo will be available to face Chelsea in the early kick off in game week five otherwise the Toffees are struggling. Luke Garbutt is on loan at Fulham - but also injured - while first-choice U21 defender Antonee Robinson has a knee problem. Seventeen-year-old Callum Connolly - who played at left-back for the second string on Monday - is available or Tyias Browning could provide emergency cover.
Summer signing Max Gradel has been ruled out until 2016 after the AFC Bournemouth winger suffered a serious knee injury during Saturdays’ draw against Leicester City.
The Cherries’ endured a terrible afternoon at Dean Court losing three players to injury but the loss of Gradel for a least 6-months is the most significant by far. Although the precise nature of the injury is not yet known Gradel has damaged his cruciate ligament – believed to be anterior – and will undergo surgery to repair the tear. Gradel suffered a similar injury back in 2013 while training with the Ivory Coast and spent almost 7-months sidelined. Tyrone Mings [medial] knee ligaments is expected to miss around 10-12 weeks while Charlie Daniels who was also injured in the same game may is out for up-to a month with a hamstring strain.
Matt Jarvis will look to re-start a floundering career at Carrow Road where he will join a Norwich City attack that could use some help.
West Ham have been busy all summer adding players who are now presumably ahead of Jarvis in the queue for playing time. In Victor Moses, Dimitri Payet, Mickail Antonio, Alex Song, and Angelo Ogbonna the Hammers have an entire new midfield's worth of players to add to the ones remaining from last season. Jarvis hasn't been very good since his move to East London and maybe a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. He's probably not worth a waiver claim in draft leagues at this point but he's at least worth looking at to see if his new surroundings help get things moving once he returns from his thigh injury.
Nathan Dyer has seen the writing on the wall left by Andre Ayew and decided that his best course of action is a season-long loan to Leicester City.
Andre Ayew has been one of the signings of the summer already and the man he supplanted in the Swans starting line-up, Nathan Dyer, has taken the hint and left town in search of playing time. His move to Leicester City certainly doesn't guarantee playing time on the right side of the attack given the Foxes' strong attacking start to the season but there's at least a better chance of playing time with a man called The Tinkerman in charge.
Aaron Lennon has made his loan move to Everton from the second half of last season permanent as he moves to Goodison Park.
Lennon was fairly effective in both the real world and fantasy in his time at Everton last season. With the move now going permanent, Lennon will be a nice potential second tier waiver wire pick-up for fantasy managers who miss out on big signings like Kevin De Bruyne.
Saido Berahino has taken to Twitter to voice, err, type his displeasure at West Brom as they continue to refuse to sell the attacker to Spurs despite four bids being put forward.
It isn't quite the drama of Peter Odemwingie leaving training camp and driving to London on deadline day in hopes of inspiring his club to sell but it is certainly the digital equivalent. With the deadline approaching rapidly, Berahino had better hope that a fifth offer is accepted or that he can find a clever PR person to help him talk his way out of this because he is likely to be a very unpopular guy around the Hawthorns if he ends up staying at the club at least through January.
Sunderland is always a popular spot for unwanted Spurs players and DeAndre Yedlin has added his name to that list as he joins the Black Cats on a year-long loan from White Hart Lane.
The US international was already unlikely to get much playing time with England international Kyle Walker ahead of him at right back. When Kieran Trippier arrived earlier in the summer, it all-but sealed Yedlin's fate with even back-up duty likely to be very hard to come by. With this in mind, the young American has moved to the Stadium of Light to see if he can find playing time. With Billy Jones anything but a rock solid starter, Yedlin will at least get a chance to compete for the right back spot although he's hardly a shoe-in for the role given his inexperience outside of Major League Soccer.