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  • He Pulled a Giggs

    Roque Santa Cruz may have to undergo surgery after suffering tendinitis during Blackburn Rovers' win against Birmingham.

    The striker was withdrawn from international duty with
    Paraguay, and will take no part in the forthcoming games against Peru
    and Uruguay.

    A statement from the Paraguayan FA said: "Santa
    Cruz was injured in the match he played for Blackburn last weekend and
    it is very possible he will have to go into surgery."

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    It's also very possible that he won't have to go into surgery and that just not travelling to South America for the games is all the cure he'll need.

    I would

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  • Monday Manager

    You'll forgive the manager for not having much to add this morning.  Seems you either got 50pts or 90, depending on whether or not you kept faith with Kuyt or picked up a certain young Irishman.

    Otherwise, I'll just re-iterate what I said on Saturday.

    Until next week.

    The Morose Manager 

  • 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 Barn Door Report

    The Barn Door Report is fast becoming a Saturday morning exercise instead of a Thursday or Friday exercise.  Not ideal, I know but my schedule in real life has been pretty busy for the last month or so. 

    Speaking of things that aren't ideal, I have been stunned at the venom associated with the "play one new fixture per season abroad" proposal.  First, the perception that this came out of the blue is remarkable given the prevalence of pre-season tours of various countries for what are essentially marketing purposes.  This proposal was inevitable in light of those tours.  Second, the reaction

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  • Essien out for “several months”

    Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is to undergo surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament that will rule him out for "several months".

    An examination by club medics revealed the extent of the damage, which can keep players out of action for up to a year.

    Essien suffered the injury while on international duty with Ghana last week, and is now scheduled for surgery.

    A statement on Chelsea's official website read: "Michael Essien suffered a knee injury playing for Ghana on Friday.

    "He
    has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo an
    operation as soon as the majority of the

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  • Keeper Choizczes

    Meanwhile, Ferguson is awaiting a full assessment on the broken nose Edwin van der Sar suffered at the weekend.

    A precise timescale on the giant Dutchman's likely absence had not been made public, although it would be a major surprise if Tomasz Kuszczak was not called on for the Charlton clash and the FA Cup tie against Reading the following week, when Wayne Rooney will be suspended.

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    Kuszczak is 10 even and is a good bet to keep a clean sheet at home to struggling Charlton.  Something to think about if you're not enamoured of a cheaper keeper like Carroll or Foster.

    Quick thought:  How

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  • Drogba: Out until February?

    Chelsea could be without Didier Drogba until mid-February after a knee scan showed he requires surgery.

    The Ivory Coast striker has damage to his left meniscus, and
    the Blues must now decide whether to operate immediately or try to
    nurse him through the busy Christmas schedule.

    Manager Avram
    Grant is expected to make a decision - in consultation with club
    doctors and Drogba - in the next few days over the procedure, which
    will sideline him for at least a month.

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    Nothing here says that he's out of the Sunderland match, so I would take a wait and see approach.  But I would certainly guess

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  • Drogba to make Chelsea return

    Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari hopes Didier Drogba can play 45 minutes against Manchester City on Saturday.

    Drogba has yet to make an appearance for Chelsea this season due to a knee injury, but returned for the reserves last week.

    He is determined not to rush his comeback from the injury, but has been pleasing Scolari with his progress.

    Scolari is now hoping that the striker, along with John Obi Mikel, could be involved in this weekend's trip to the City of Manchester Stadium.

    "These
    are the players that I received for training this week, Mikel is in
    very good condition and Didier grows up

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  • Red Shift

    I know this hasn't happened yet.  As often as I'm refreshing the page looking to see if there is news... I know there isn't any.  Yet. 

    But far be it from me to let all that nothing stand in the way of a good headline and an odd, if oddly appropriate, picture.  So consider this a place holder for the news.  I know my fantasy lineup is contingent on this deal happening or not.  Is yours?

     

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  • Everton have defensive concerns

    Everton boss David Moyes could be without both Joseph Yobo and Tony Hibbert when the new campaign kicks off.

    Hibbert has been struggling with a knee injury picked up at
    the back end of last season, with the full-back still not sure whether
    he will need surgery.

    And Yobo could be missing as well
    following confirmation the Toffees' influential central defender has
    been plagued by an ankle injury during Nigeria's recent World Cup
    qualifying programme.

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    Missing Yobo is a blow, but presuming Baines is healthy, Lescott can slide infield into his more natural central spot.  It also makes Baines,

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