Jon Flanagan is still waiting to make his first league appearance for Burnley after arriving on loan from Liverpool this summer.
Sean Dyche insists that Flanagan is "in contention" and "training with the group" but it is unclear as to why, after nearly eight weeks with the club, he has yet to make an appearance in league play. He did feature for the Clarets in their EFL Cup tie with Accrington Stanley a month ago, so one would assume he is up to fitness by now. The whole idea behind his loan move was that he would be assured more playing time than if we would have remained with Liverpool, but so far that has not been the case. Perhaps we will see a glimpse of him this evening when Burnley host Watford, but for now, he is off the fantasy radar.
Last weekend's huge win against Leicester got United back to winning ways but it also highlighted even more of Daley Blind's versatility and class.
Blind was dropped for the Watford game, but bounced back with a superb performance at left back in Luke Shaw's absence. His ability to read the game and skillfully attack make up for his lack of pace - his link up play with both Pogba and Rashford was clinical. Blind also nullified Mahrez in the first half before he was hooked off, building off his success in the game's early duels. Lets not forget his corner taking too, three of United's goals came as a result of Blind corners. This will probably strip Rooney of this duty too, and allow United properly utilise their big, physical squad.
Crystal Palace were forced into a slight switch of personnel for Saturdays’ trip to the Stadium of Light following injuries to key players.
Alan Pardew had made a raft of changes for the midweek EFL Cup match at Southampton [eight in total], but of the three first team regulars who played, two left St Marys’ injured ruling them out of the Sunderland game. Ever-present [and joint top scorer] Scott Dann limped off after just 19 minutes due to a muscular problem while Wilfried Zaha completed the match but minor hamstring discomfort meant the winger did not travel to Wearside. Fortunately, the Eagles were still able to secure three-points despite finding themselves 2-nil down after an hour. Christian Benteke grabbed a last-gasp winner deep into injury time leaving the Black Cats firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Francis Coquelin looks set to spend to a number of weeks on the sidelines after injuring his knee during a dominant Arsenal display against Chelsea at the Emirates.
The defensive midfielder failed to shake off the after-effects of a brave block at the edge of his area leaving him unable to continue. Coquelin has started all but one of Arsenal's Premier League games this season but this latest setback could mean an extended period out: "He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom," mused Arsène Wenger. "That's the negative of the day." The Arsenal boss was referencing a medial knee ligament injury suffered in November last year which keep Coquelin out for two-months. Fortunately, the Gunners have an adequate replacement in the form of Granit Xhaka, although with the news that Aaron Ramsey is likely to miss out again this weekend, they can’t afford too many more injuries.
Southampton comprehensively outplayed West Ham at the London stadium, heaping even more pressure on Slaven Bilic.
The 3-0 scoreline actually served to flatter West Ham, who were dreadful for long periods of the game, mustering a single shot on target in the whole 90 minutes. They sit in the relegation zone on 3 points. Charlie Austin opened the scoring with yet another goal, a left footer into the bottom corner after a Bertrand cut-back. Austin next put Tadic in one on one with a through ball, the Serb passed by Adrian without touching the ball. Ward-Prowse added a deserved third in injury time. If the Saints were as clinical as they should be, they could have had 7. Lanzini and Noble were particularly disappointing for the Irons, though Antonio and Payet also failed to influence the game too much.
Summer signing Moussa Sissoko seems certain to miss Tuesdays’ trip to Moscow in the Champions League after he was replaced at the Riverside because of a head injury.
"Moussa is a doubt," said Mauricio Pochettino post-match. "He has….. Yes, yes, a possible concussion." If confirmed, then Sissoko would miss at least one game due to the Football Associations concussion protocol which stipulates ‘the player should not be allowed to play for at least 6 days after the injury.’ Erik Lamela is expected to fill the void having found himself on the fringes of the starting XI in the league, no starts since August, after Heung-Min Son became Pochettino’s go to man following a string of sparkling performances.
Kevin de Bruyne is hoping the hamstring injury he suffered at Swansea on Saturday will only keep him out for a couple of weeks.
The City playmaker will have a scan today to help determine the extent of the damage but De Bruyne is almost certain to miss Wednesdays’ Champions League tie against Celtic and next weekends’ trip to White Hart Lane. Speaking post-match, Pep Guardiola had this to say: "From the way her reacted, I think it's a muscular injury but I am not a doctor. I don't know how serious it is so we will travel back and then see what the doctor says." With Nolito suspended until after the international break, the absence of De Bruyne could see Jesus Navas return to the side unless Guardiola fancies a slight change of formation with Kelechi Iheanacho partnering Sergio Aguero in a 4-4-2.
Thibout Courtois made two saves and conceded three goals in Chelsea's loss at Arsenal on Saturday.
Courtois was left helpless on all three goals he conceded in GW6. The first came after a mistake by Gary Cahill, which allowed Alexis Sanchez to race through unmarked, while the second and third were products of Arsenal's creativity. The poor defensive display can also be attributed to the absence of John Terry. How costly has his absence been? Without Terry they have conceded five goals in consecutive defeats. Courtois and Chelsea will look to get back on track when they travel to Hull City next Saturday.