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Latest Premier League Injury News

The most recent fantasy soccer injury updates from the Premier League.

Andy Carroll    F    West Ham United
Carroll tore ligaments in his left ankle while on West Ham's preseason tour in New Zealand, and he is expected to be sidelined for up to four months, the Daily Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The initial belief was that it was only a minor injury and that he could return with intensive treatment, but club doctors discovered the ligament issue, which will require surgery. Carroll has been the definition of an injury-plagued player, and he will provide very little, if any, fantasy value until possibly December.
Fabio Borini    M    Liverpool
The shoulder injury that Borini suffered during Liverpool's friendly against AS Roma in Boston on Wednesday is not considered serious, ESPN FC reports. "It's probably not bad as first thought; he's had problems in the past with his shoulder," manager Brendan Rodgers said. "He's only bruised it, so he'll miss a few days of training and he won't train for the remainder of the trip here, but it's only a matter of days until he's back training and playing again."

Fantasy Analysis

Liverpool have already agreed to send Borini to Sunderland for a 14 million transfer fee, although Borini has publicly stated that he wants to fight for his place at Anfield. With Loic Remy all but a Red, Borini may have to leave Liverpool to get consistent first team football.
Alvaro Negredo    F    Manchester City
Negredo is expected to be sidelined for up to three months after suffering a fractured metatarsal in Manchester City's friendly against Hearts on Friday, The Guardian reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Negredo had an excellent first half of last season before absolutely losing his form, and his starting spot to Edin Dzeko. The new injury greatly reduces his fantasy value, and he'll have to come back much stronger to warrant playing time over Dzeko and Sergio Aguero when he returns.
Theo Walcott    F    Arsenal
Walcott (knee) is progressing very well and is expected to join full training at the end of August, Arsenal's official website reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Walcott is recovering from tearing his ACL in January and is approaching the final stages of his rehabilitation. If he is indeed able to return to full training in late August, Walcott would probably only miss the first month or so of the upcoming Premier League season.
Emre Can    M    Liverpool
Can suffered a minor calf injury during Liverpool's preseason match against Preston North End on Saturday and he had to be withdrawn after just 20 minutes, the club's official web site reports. "He just had a little bit of tightness in his calf, so as a precaution we took him off early on," manager Brendan Rodgers said.

Fantasy Analysis

Can is part of the influx of players brought in following the 75 million sale of Luis Suarez to FC Barcelona, and he is expected to be a solid contributor this season.
Petr Cech    G    Chelsea
Cech returned to full training Monday, three weeks ahead of his 10-week schedule, the Telegraph reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cech's immediate future at Chelsea is a bit cloudy, as the club has decided to keep Thibaut Courtois this season instead of sending him back on loan. As good as Cech is, Courtois is already one of the best keepers in the world and manager Jose Mourinho won't keep him around to keep the bench warm.
Vlad Chiricheș    D    Tottenham Hotspur
Chiriches will not travel with the club to the United States and Canada for its preseason tour due to a back injury, The Guardian reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Chiriches dealt with a back injury in the latter part of last season, so it's a little troubling that the issue continues to bother him. He's obviously not a great fantasy option if he continues to have to sit out with the injury.
Sandro    M    Tottenham Hotspur
Sandro will not travel with Tottenham for its preseason tour in the United States and Canada because of virus, The Guardian reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sandro fell out of favor with former manager Tim Sherwood last season, but he could get a chance to earn his spot back in the starting XI under new manager Mauricio Pochettino. While more playing time would certainly boost his value, he's not a strong enough contributor on the attack to warrant significant fantasy value.
Michael Carrick    M    Manchester United
Carrick will be out for 10-to-12 weeks after undergoing ankle surgery Thursday, Manchester United's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Carrick reportedly suffered the ankle injury in training earlier in the week, which necessitated surgery. He dealt with an ankle injury last season, so there is a hope that surgery will fix the issue for good.
Ravel Morrison    M    West Ham United
Morrison underwent minor groin surgery Tuesday and he is expected to miss the Hammers' training trip to New Zealand, the club's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Morrison played in 17 games while on loan at QPR last season, scoring six goals while helping them earn promotion back to the Premier League. The 21-year-old is expected to be a more regular contributor this year, and his fantasy value falls squarely on how much first-team football he gets.
Emmanuel Adebayor    F    Tottenham Hotspur
Adebayor will not travel for Tottenham's preseason tour in the United States after picking up a mild case of malaria, the club's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Adebayor was admitted to the hospital Saturday for the illness, but will need to sit out at least a week before we can resume training.
Jozy Altidore    F    Sunderland
Altidore suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear in the United States' opening match of the World Cup, and despite being deemed "available to play" by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, he was unable to go in Tuesday's loss to Belgium in the Round of 16, ESPN FC reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Clearly Klinsmann's comments were a smokescreen, as the Americans could have desperately used Altidore's skills near the goal, but he was not close to being able to contribute. While he was unable to participate again in the World Cup, Altidore is expected to be fully healthy for the start of the upcoming Premier League season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain    M    Arsenal
Oxlade-Chamberlain has not recovered from his knee injury and he will not play in England's match against Costa Rica on Tuesday in the World Cup, the BBC reports. Coach Roy Hodgson said "Alex had a slight recurrence of the knee problem and will be out."

Fantasy Analysis

Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered the injury before the World Cup began, giving Hodgson the opportunity to replace him on the 23-man roster. He ultimately decide to keep the Arsenal midfielder on, although it's difficult to see if he would have made a major difference for the Three Lions. England have already been eliminated from the knockout round, but Costa Rica need at least a draw to win Group D.
Leighton Baines    D    Everton
Baines will not face Costa Rica on Tuesday in the World Cup due to a hamstring injury, the BBC reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Baines will be replaced in the starting XI by 18 year old Luke Shaw. England have already been eliminated from the knockout round, but Costa Rica can win Group D with at least a draw.
David de Gea    G    Manchester United
De Gea will be out for up to 10 days due to "muscular discomfort in [his] gluteal region," the Spanish FA announced.

Fantasy Analysis

De Gea underwent scans Sunday that revealed the muscle strain, which will make him unavailable for matches against Chile and Australia. There was some talk that de Gea could start after Iker Casillas' terrible performance against Netherlands, but if he were to be benched, Pepe Reina is now the only other option in net.
Yannick Sagbo    F    Hull City
Sagbo has been suspended for the first two matches of the 2014-15 Premier League season after sending a tweet supporting Nicolas Anelka's use of the quenelle gesture, the Daily Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sagbo had two goals and one assist in 28 appearances last season and he remains a weak fantasy option.
Charles N'Zogbia    M    Aston Villa
N'Zogbia (Achilles) is on track to make a return in August, Sky News reports.

Fantasy Analysis

N'Zogbia injured his Achilles way back in June 2013 and spent last season rehabbing instead of on the pitch. A return for the start of the 2014-15 campaign in mid-August now seems plausible, but his viability should be in question considering that he's been out of commission for quite some time.
Christian Benteke    F    Aston Villa
Benteke's (Achilles) timeline for a return is slated for sometime in October, Sky News reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Benteke suffered an Achilles injury in April which ended his season early. A World Cup appearance for Belgium is out of the question, and now it appears that his next EPL season will be shortened as well. Fellow Aston Villa teammates Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann now stand a good chance to see extended time on the field with Benteke and Libor Kozak (leg) not particularly close to returning.
Libor Kozak    F    Aston Villa
Kozak (leg) is progressing nicely through the rehab process but a return to the field before the season starts in mid-August seems doubtful, Sky News reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Kozak broke his leg in January, which of course ended his season early, and is threatening to delay his 2014-15 campaign. While manager Paul Lambert is pleased with Kozak's progress, he still thinks that it'd be a bit optimistic to hope for a return before the new EPL season starts. Fellow forward Christian Benteke (Achilles) will also be sidelined at the start of the season, so guys like Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann will have a chance for extended time on the pitch.
Kolo Toure    D    Liverpool
Toure was named to the Ivory Coast 23-man World Cup squad Monday despite being diagnosed with malaria last week, the Associated Press reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Toure is expected to be healthy enough to participate, but coming down with the illness so close to the World Cup certainly isn't going to help against Japan, Colombia and Greece in the group stage.
Jores Okore    D    Aston Villa
Okore (knee) was able to train with the team in the latter weeks of the season and now expects to be ready in August for the 2014-15 campaign, Sky Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Okore tore his ACL last September and consequentially missed the majority of his inaugural season with Aston Villa. His Danish team didn't qualify for the World Cup so he'll be able to put his sole focus on the final stages of his rehab process before the EPL starts anew.
Jay Rodriguez    F    Southampton
Rodriguez (knee) led Southampton with 15 goals despite suffering a season-ending torn ACL in April.

Fantasy Analysis

Rodriguez also contributed three assists and averaged a team-high 3.1 shot attempts across his 33 appearances. Further, his 15 goals ranked ninth in the Premiership this season. At 24 years old, Rodriguez embodies one of England's most promising young attackers, but his untimely injury tragically prevented him from World Cup consideration and will likely force him to miss the first month or so of the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Andros Townsend    M    Tottenham Hotspur
Both Everton and Newcastle are reportedly targeting transfer moves for Townsend (ankle) this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

Fantasy Analysis

Townsend produced on goal from 36 shots last season in the Premier League in 25 appearances. He is still working to recover from an ankle injury that he endured at the end of April.
Kyle Walker    D    Tottenham Hotspur
Walker will not play in the season-finale against Aston Villa due to his pelvis injury, the club's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Walker is believed to be okay for the World Cup, but he hasn't featured for Spurs since it's Europa League loss to Benfica back on March 13.
Mousa Dembele    F/M    Tottenham Hotspur
Dembele (ankle) will not play in Sunday's season finale against Aston Villa, the club's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dembele has not scored since December 29 against Stoke, which is his only goal this season.
Oussama Assaidi    F    Stoke City
Assaidi tallied his fourth goal of the season during Saturday's win over Fulham.

Fantasy Analysis

Assaidi led Stoke City with three shots on target, while his eight successful dribbles also put constant pressure on Fulham's defense. Before Saturday, the winger had not scored since New Year's Day.
Joseph Bennett    D    Aston Villa
Bennett was unable to pass a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's match against Hull City due to his ankle injury.

Fantasy Analysis

Bennett's next opportunity to play comes Wednesday against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Ryan Taylor    M/D    Newcastle United
Taylor has been sidelined since August 2012 with a cruciate knee problem and has finally started training again after a rough recovery process the Chronicle Live reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Taylor has been sidelined for 20 months recovering from a second cruicate knee injury, and although he likely won't make an appearance in the final two matches, it's good news for Newcastle to have there utility defender back for next season.
Angel Rangel    D    Swansea City
Rangel has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a groin strain he suffered in the Swans' 4-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Rangel was a mainstay in the Swansea back line, and will end the season having recorded one assist to go with six clean sheets.
Papiss Cisse    F    Newcastle United
Cisse suffered a potentially serious knee injury during Saturday's match against Swansea City, Goal.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cisse was taken off in the 21st minute immediately following the injury, and will have a scan in the coming days to determine the severity of the injury. With only three matches left, it's entirely possible that his season is over.
Jonny Evans    D    Manchester United
Evans (calf) has been ruled out of Sunday's match against Everton, the club's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Everton have been scoring goals lately, especially at Goodison Park, so Evans didn't make for a great play this weekend anyway. That changes over the next three fixtures, with United hosting Norwich City, Sunderland and Hull City, before finishing the Premier League season at Southampton.

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