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Latest Premier League Injury News

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

Jores Okore    D    Aston Villa
Okore hurt his knee during training and will miss Villa's final friendly against Chesterfield on Wednesday before the start of the EPL season, Express & Star reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Okore is no stranger to knee injuries as he tore his ACL last September. Fortunately for him, this injury is unrelated to that torn ACL and manager Paul Lambert expects the 21-year-old to be ready for Villa's opening game against Stoke City on Aug. 16.
Fabian Delph    M    Aston Villa
Delph suffered a foot injury during Saturday's friendly against the Houston Dynamo, but manager Paul Lambert doesn't believe the injury is too serious, Express & Star reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Delph's injury came midway through the friendly as he had already played 30 minutes into the game. While his status still hasn't been medically cleared, Lambert believes he'll be ready for Villa's first match against Stoke City on Aug. 16.
Rafael    D    Manchester United
Rafael was forced to leave Manchester United's preseason tour of the United States to return to Manchester for treatment on his groin injury, reports Sky Sports.

Fantasy Analysis

Manchester United won another match on the tour against Roma on Saturday, and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are both in contention to replace the young Brazilian.
Marvin Emnes    F    Swansea City
Emnes will at least miss the opening game of the EPL season with a meniscal problem in his knee, Swansea City's Official Site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Emnes is on the border of making the starting 11, but his knee injury certainly doesn't help that cause. He'll get it scanned in two weeks to determine if he'll need to be sidelined longer than just the opener against Manchester United on Aug. 16.
Leon Britton    M    Swansea City
Britton will at least miss the first game of the EPL season with a bruised bone in his knee, Swansea City's Official Site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Britton will get his knee scanned in two weeks to determine if he'll have to miss more than just the opening contest against Manchester United on Aug. 16. His absence will open up a spot in the starting lineup, but it's still a bit early to determine who'll get the opportunity to step up into that role.
Seamus Coleman    D    Everton
Coleman did not travel to Bangkok with the rest of the team in order to prevent re-aggravating a hamstring injury, the club's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

There doesn't appear to be anything here that would warrant Coleman not being ready for the Premier League opener, but it's certainly something worth monitoring once the team returns to England.
Luke Garbutt    D    Everton
Garbutt suffered a slight groin injury during Everton's preseason friendly against Leicester City on Sunday, the club's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The injury is not considered serious, and Garbutt is fully expected to be fit before next month's Premier League opener.
Lukas Podolski    F/M    Arsenal
Podolski will return to training with Arsenal on August 11, which means he could be held out of the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on August 16, the Daily Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After being with the Germany squad that won the World Cup, Podolski, along with teammates Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, will get a deserved break until the beginning of the Premier League season. There is no injury to report, so Podolski should be available by Gameweek 2.
Per Mertesacker    D    Arsenal
Mertesacker could be held out of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace after winning the World Cup with Germany, the Daily Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are expected to return to training August 11, which is only five days before the opener. There is no injury to report, so Mertesacker should be available for Gameweek 2.
Mesut Ozil    M    Arsenal
Ozil will likely be held out of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on August 16 while he recovers from the World Cup, the Daily Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ozil is not expected to return to training until August 11, which comes only five days before the Palace match. There isn't an injury to report, so Ozil could return for Gameweek 2.
Christian Benteke    F    Aston Villa
Benteke (Achilles) is currently able to do light training activities, but he's still expected to miss the beginning of the EPL season, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Benteke would normally be in the mix of goal scorers for Villa this upcoming season had he not injured his Achilles in April. While he's sidelined, fellow teammates Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and Darren Bent will serve as the team's major threats to score.
Libor Kozak    F    Aston Villa
Kozak (leg) is currently able to do light training activities, but he's still expected to miss the beginning of the EPL season, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The fact that Kozak is participating in practice means that he might not be sidelined for long. If healthy, Kozak would be at the forefront of Villa's offensive attack. Instead, fellow teammates Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and Darren Bent will serve as the team's major threats to score.
Adam Lallana    M    Liverpool
Lallana is expected to miss six weeks after suffering knee ligament damage during pre-season training Friday, espn.co.uk reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lallana's injury is not expected to require surgery, but the news is tough for both Liverpool and fantasy owners. Many picked the 26-year-old midfielder to build upon his breakout 2013-2014 with Southampton, but those expectations will now need to be tempered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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