With our player tips and Captain tips out of the way our coaches here in the “Managers Office” have been keeping a close eye on this morning’s managers press conferences and with most of them complete at this stage here are the main talking points to come out of them.
Liverpool remain hopeful that Daniel Sturrdige will be fit in time for Monday’s clash with West Brom, Sturridge told the clubs website:
“I got a knock on my quad and I’m going to get a scan on it,”
“Hopefully it’s not too serious and I’ll be okay for next week’s game.”
Brendan Rogers had very little to say about Sturridge’s injury during his press conference today, but did say that the England international will face a fitness test on Sunday ahead of their Monday night game with West Brom.
“Daniel we’re just monitoring over the next couple of days. It’s not overly serious but we just need to assess to see where he’s at. We’ll see by Sunday.”
Demba Ba has had a face guard fitted to protect his broken nose and after training yesterday he looks to be in contention to play this weekend against Wigan, while Petr Cech has been passed fit to face the Latics this weekend, but there was bad news for John Terry as he has been ruled out due to inflammation of his knee injury that seen him sidlined for a number of weeks not too long ago.
As we reported yesterday Jermain Defoe will be out of action for at least three weeks after he suffered ankle ligament damage last time out against West Brom, while Tottenham’s manager Andrea Villas’ Boas says that he will have to assess the fitness of Emmanuel Adebayor after the striker returned from international duty with Togo.
Fulham’s Brede Hangeland has returned to training and will be ok to Norwich this weekend, while Martin Jol says Dimitar Berbatov will be assessed today after training but is hopeful he will be ok to play this weekend. Norwich manager Chris Hughton has reported that Anthony Pilkington is touch and go for Saturday’s game with the Cottagers and will have to be assessed over the coming hours.
Arsene Wenger has announced that Vermaelen and Gibbs are ruled out for Gunners. While Laurent Koscielny will undergo a fitness test. Both Ramsey and Coquelin available to face Sunderland. Ashley Young is back in contention for the United squad to face Everton on Sunday according to Sir Alex, he went onto say that he has no new injury concerns however he does admit that he is awaiting news on Javier Hernandez who has yet to return from international duty.
Sir Alex is quoted as saying:
“On our own front, Ashley Young is fit again, Michael Carrick should be okay and Phil Jones will hopefully be okay.”
“The only one we’re waiting on is Chicharito. I’ve not had anything back that says he’s not fit so I expect everyone to be fit from their games.”
However the Manchester United manager also went on to hint at the possibility of changing the squad around for the visit of Everton.
“we’re playing well, I’m pleased with our form. I’m changing the team around and everyone who has played has done well, which creates competition.”
Maroune Fellaini remains a doubt for the Toffee’s heading into their clash with United on Sunday with David Moyes hopeful the big Belgian can shake off a hip injury that saw him play no part in Belgium’s midweek international.
Moyes told the assembled press at Finch Farm:
“Marouane Fellaini has got bad bruising but we are hopeful he will be okay.”
The most surprising news coming out of today’s press conferences came out of QPR’s training groung Harlington this afternoon with R’s boss Harry Redknapp announcing that he could have Loic Remy back for this weekend’s game with Swansea.
Remy injured his groin in training last weekend as it was reported that the former Marseille man could be out of action for three weeks, but Harry Redknapp is hopeful he could be fit this weekend after the extent of the injury appeared to be not as severe as initially reported.
“I am not sure about Loic Remy,” said Redknapp. “We’ll have a look at him and it is sort of touch and go.
“He did his groin as it was muddy out there. He went to play a ball, stretched, and felt his groin tweak. We weren’t sure how bad it was but it is not that bad.
“The doctor said all along he felt it was only a minor injury, so he has got a chance for tomorrow but, if he is not sure he is OK, I wouldn’t take a chance.
“With injuries like that, you can go and lose somebody for five or six weeks if they tear it so, unless he feels very confident about it, I wouldn’t risk him.
“I don’t think I can afford to do that because he could put himself out for quite a while.”
That seems to be the extent of the team news coming from the managers press conferences, as always we will keep you updated with any other team news as soon as we get it here in the Managers Office so be sure to follow our social media feed for all the latest news as it breaks.
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