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  • Kiwi Questionable

    Captain Ryan Nelsen is doubtful for the match against West Ham on Saturday at Ewood Park.

    The New Zealand central defender may be rested after suffering stiffness in his troubled hamstring.

    Nelsen came off at the start of the second half against City and was replaced by Zurab Khizanishvili.

    Hughes said: "Ryan's mobility was being affected but we are not too concerned.

    "As with all long-term injuries sometimes you get little niggles after an operation."

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    I'm sure this match is on everyone's radar for the weekend.  Neal is sure to pimp MGP and BFDB.  But before you go and put big money down

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  • Roque hopes for November return

    Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz hopes to be back in action in time for the Premier League games with Liverpool
    and Manchester United in November.An MRI scan has shown the Paraguay
    frontman has tendinitis, and as a result he has pulled out of his
    country's World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay.

    The 26-year-old has a history of knee problems but he believes
    proper rest and recuperation will enable him to return to the Rovers
    team next month.

    He is set to miss games against Reading and Tottenham in the league, and Portsmouth in the Carling Cup, before the end of October.

    But Santa Cruz

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  • Ferguson ready to rotate United stars

    "We are coming to the part of the season where we have to utilise the squad and I need to show some of the players who haven't been in the team regularly that I have confidence in them and that I trust them," he said.

    "I want them to feel they made a contribution. I also need them to have minutes on the clock in case we do pick up injuries and suspensions."

    That being said, it is important to note that: 

    That strength in depth will be tested again at the weekend as Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes will both be ruled out by suspension.

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  • Fill in your own joke here…

    In an article brilliantly titled "Ballack to end career at Bridge" Michael Ballack has been quoted as saying that "...Chelsea could be the last club I will play for."

    Some, fantasy managers included, would argue that Ballack may already have ended his career the second he arrived at the Bridge. His partnership with Lamps in the center of midfield looks to be as ill-conceived as the Gerrard/Lamps partnership for England. All three players are unquestionably talented when left alone in the hole behind the strikers but none has shown the flexibility to alter their game to fit the talents of the

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    The best laid plans. 

    Two weeks ago (it seems longer ago than that, doesn't it?) I put K2, Koumas, and Benjani on the barn door.  To afford that I've been living with a big red "In order to receive scoring for this week's matches, you must have selected a player for all 11 positions." hanging over my head.

    [aside:  Getting drunk on Friday night and passing out with less than your full complement of players is known as "pulling a Spealman".  Be sure to look for that in the upcoming blog dictionary.  Seriously.] 

    [one more aside:  All the thanks in the world to my sister for getting married

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  • Friday’s Team News Today

    "Steven Gerrard ruled out of Liverpool's Champions League game against Bordeaux in France on Wednesday night after suffering a hamstring injury during the Barclays Premiership clash with Blackburn on Saturday."

    The dreaded "late fitness test" before the ManU clash? 

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  • Warnock in Gunners admission

    Normally you think of squad rotation as only affecting the "big" clubs.  But now Sky Sports is reporting that:

    Neil Warnock admits he is considering fielding a much-weakened Sheffield United team when Arsenal visit Bramall Lane on 30th December.

    With the fixtures coming thick and fast over the festive period, the Blades boss is concerned that his squad could suffer from fatigue if asked to play against The Gunners and then Middlesbrough two days later.

    Less than 48 hours separates the two games, and Warnock clearly views the trip to Boro as a priority given just one point separates the two

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  • Injuries and Suspensions, part deux

    Don't worry.  K2 isn't an injury or suspension.  Just needed some artwork to accompany the post.  Happy Easter, and good luck tomorrow. 

    Pompey trio miss trip to Watford 12:30 PM (TeamTalk)

    Injury problems mount for Fulham 12:15 PM (TeamTalk)

    Fernandes in race to face Bolton 12:15 PM (TeamTalk)

    De Zeeuw worry for Villa clash 12:00 PM (TeamTalk)

    Duberry missing for Addicks date 12:00 PM (TeamTalk)

    Campo back for Everton clash 12:00 PM (TeamTalk)

    Parker worry for Gunners test 11:30 AM (TeamTalk)

    McCann misses Wigan clash 11:30 AM (TeamTalk)

    Gunners to turn to ace Denilson 11:30 AM

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  • The Week Ahead

    Well, the two-gamers - Cesc, Drogba, Sheva, and Ashley - made me nervous but in the end Drogba and Sheva combined for a late goal and Cesc came off the bench for an assist.  Not an overwhelming success but unless you got all the one-gamers right (mostly Berbatov and Matt Taylor), the two-gamers were the right choice.  Well, maybe not Kirkland, but the rest were good.

    Finally, normalcy has been returned.  ManYoo, Chelsea, and Arsenal are the Top 3 with Liverpool out of the Top 4 by one goal in the goal difference category.  In addition to the state of the table, normalcy has been returned in

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  • The Giles Barnes Door Watch

    Sorry once again for the late post. Things should be back to normal next week - whatever normal is...

    Teams to be excited about for next weekend?
    West Ham (visiting Derby); Liverpool (hosting Fulham); Villa (Birmingham Derby at St. Andrews); Spurs (hosting Wigan); and Arsenal (visiting Reading).

    Specific players to watch and potentially buy before price increases in the event of excellent performances...

    WHU - CCole, Noble, and Green

    Liverpool - Voronin, Gerrard, and Arbeloa

    Villa - Agbonlahor, Barry, Laursen, and Carson

    Spurs - Bale, Bent, Bervatov, and (dare I say it) Robbo (unless Cerny is

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