International Break Roundup Part 1 – Who’s injured??

The seemingly long international break is over my fellow fantasy managers and coming out of this EPL break  a lot of attention will be focused on who is fit or not for Gameweek 12 action. Can we safely buy a new player? Do we stick or twist on transferring out an injured player in our squads? These are the questions being asked right now. To add some clarity to the situation we will now take a look at the key players and their status for the coming Gameweek. Let us also take into account that as we speak the last World cup qualifier is taking place between Uruguay and Jordan and one of our fantasy favourites, Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is in the starting lineup.


Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was rested from Wales friendly against Finland due to a tight hamstring but has been passed fit for the clash against Southampton. More good news for Arsenal has arrived as Theo Walcott is training once more and available for this weekend.Aston Villa are nervously awaiting the return of talismanic striker Christian Benteke from international duty. The Belgian striker missed training on Sunday and didn’t feature in Tuesday’s defeat to Japan because of a knee injury. Reports suggest it was only a  precautionary move and that he should be fit for Villa’s clash with West Brom on Monday.


Manchester United and Chelsea are both sweating on the fitness of defensive players going into the matches this weekend following injuries on England duty. Phil Jones limped out of England’s defeat to Chile on Friday evening with a groin problem and is a doubt for the trip to Cardiff on Sunday. Ashley Cole suffered a recurrence of his recent rib injury during the loss to Germany on Tuesday night, making him a serious doubt for the London derby with West Ham at the weekend.
Holding midfielder/defender Jones joins Michael Carrick and Maourane Fellaini on the sidelines for David Moyes’ men, meaning Ryan Giggs could be one to watch for fantasy managers this weekend. The Welshman has started just two games this season so far but could be in line for a third at the weekend due to the injury absentees. Promising youngster Ryan Bertrand could make a rare appearance for Jose Mourinho’s men should Cole fail to make the clash at Upton Park on Saturday evening.

Thankfully for us FPL managers the next international break is in March 2014, definitely far enough to allow us to focus solely on planning for the league action and relieving the anxious injury watch over the regular two week international schedule of games.

It would be wise to check until the very last minute for more injury news as the heavy Christmas schedule is soon upon us. Every extra transfer made or not made is even more important.

Enjoy the vibes!


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