A number of Premier League players have suffered injuries in the latest round of matches this weekend.
Newcastle United were particularly hard done by as three of their first-teamers were forced off during Saturday’s victory over Southampton at St James’ Park.
Arsenal and Manchester United also saw influential midfielders forced off with muscular problems as a gruelling campaign begins to take its toll up and down the division.
Here, i brings you the latest team news ahead of Gameweek 24.
Thomas Partey (Arsenal)
Thomas Partey‘s career at Arsenal continues to be frustratingly stop-start after he had to be taken off against Aston Villa due to a muscle injury. The Ghanaian has been plagued by thigh and hip problems since joining from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
“He had a muscular issue so we had to take him off,” Mikel Arteta confirmed. “He could not carry on playing. We will see the extent of the injury. He wasn’t feeling well enough to continue playing so we had to take him off.”
Paul Pogba (Man Utd)
Paul Pogba was an unused substitute during Manchester United’s record-equalling 9-0 win over Southampton last week but was restored to the starting line-up for the visit of Everton on Saturday.
The Frenchman lasted just 39 minutes on his return and was replaced by Fred. Pogba limped down the tunnel at Old Trafford holding the back of his hamstring.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t give much away, saying: “It seemed like a muscle injury. He’s fine, we’ll check him out tomorrow and we’ll see how serious it is. I hope it’s not too bad but he didn’t carry on so had to take him off.”
Callum Wilson (Newcastle)
Newcastle held on to beat Southampton 3-2 on Saturday despite finishing the game with only nine players after three players went off injured and another, Jeff Hendrick, was shown a red card.
Leading scorer Callum Wilson went off in the 36th minute after suffering a hamstring injury but delivered a positive update on his Twitter account.
“Great team performance today. [The] Lads had to dig deep. I will be working hard to get back on the pitch ASAP! Congrats, Joe Willock and Miggy.”
Fabian Schar (Newcastle)
Fabian Schar had to be taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury and the club has subsequently confirmed that he suffered a torn ligament.
“Newcastle United defender Fabian Schär is set to be out of action for several months after sustaining a knee injury during Saturday’s 3-2 win against Southampton,” a club statement read.
“The Switzerland international sustained a torn knee ligament in the 75th minute of the match and had to be stretchered from the pitch.
“He will undergo further assessment with a specialist consultant in the coming days before beginning his rehabilitation with the club’s medical team.”
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
Arteta issued a concerning update on left back Kieran Tierney‘s fitness before the 1-0 defeat at Villa Park, confirming that the Scotland international has a “different injury” to the one that saw him miss Arsenal’s previous four fixtures.
“No, it’s a different injury in this case,” Arteta said. “Kieran is a player that really pushes himself and he has to be able to perform physically at his best because he cannot hold himself. Even in training he can’t hold himself.
“We are trying to manage him in the best possible way and find every possibility to give him the best chance to be fit as soon as possible, and we are here to support him as much as we can.”
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Crystal Palace’s win against Newcastle in midweek came at a considerable cost as they lost their talisman Wilfried Zaha to a hamstring injury.
According to Roy Hodgson, it is likely to keep him out for weeks rather than days.
“I’m afraid it’s a hamstring injury. We don’t know how long it will keep him out, but certainly this weekend and possibly much longer,” Hodgson said. “It would be totally unrealistic to expect him to take part this weekend.”
Adam Webster (Brighton)
Prior to Saturday’s meeting with Burnley, Brighton had strung together four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League and Adam Webster has been integral to that record. Brighton fans would have been concerned to see him hobble off with an ankle injury at Turf Moor as a result.
Fortunately for the Seagulls, Graham Potter delivered a positive assessment post-match. “Adam Webster is not too bad, he just rolled his ankle. The initial signs are encouraging. We are hoping it’s just a sore one. But obviously, you need 24, 48 hours just to let things settle down.”
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Jordan Pickford was absent for the second match in a row during Everton’s helter-skelter comeback against Manchester United on Saturday and his replacement Robin Olsen hardly covered himself in glory during an entertaining 3-3 draw.
“Out for this game is Pickford, he has not recovered yet,” Ancelotti confirmed before the match. The England No 1 has been absent due to an abdominal strain but could be in contention to face Fulham next weekend.
Wesley Fofana (Leicester)
Wesley Fofana has been a revelation for Leicester since joining from Saint-Etienne in the summer, forming a superb partnership alongside the experienced Jonny Evans at the heart of their defence.
The Frenchman is set for a period on the sidelines, though, due to a thigh injury which could open the door for fit-again Caglar Soyuncu to reclaim his starting spot.
“[Fofana is] ongoing treatment,” Rodgers said on Friday. “We said the other night he’d be between four and five weeks, so he’s in the first week of that.”
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