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When you look at these fixtures,there are a hell of a lot of games against top teams and all games about 3 day intervals..Injuries now will effect our season.
Man U...away at OT and possibly FA final.
Chelsea...home and FA QF.
Beat Villarea and possibly any of these top three for the next round.
The players will need to be rotated at some time
so the squad needs to be injury free for 2 months which hasnt happened for eons!!
Alumina hasnt let us down and is playing well
Its good that Ade,Cse, Theo and Edwardo have all had long layoffs so are not too tired and should be fresh for these games.Van Persie is still playing..(first time for 2 years)
Arshavin,not being available for the Euro games can interchange with Nasri.
.Song,Dennilson,Diably with eachother.
Sagna has played a lot with France so we've got our favourite player Eboue to swop for him.
Gibbs seems a fair choice for Clicy ,,,,Doujouro can interchange with Toure and Gallas....Silvestre also. On paper then it does look favourable,,,,but injuries will occur and at the wrong time,of that we can be sure.
Interesting post,injuries will always happen in football. what is important is to concentrate on the next game with what we've got.
so our next game is villareal. They've injury problem with Cazorla (one of their best player this season !) with Senna 45% a doubt.
Eduardo,rosicky,RVP and arshavin will not play.
This means Adebayor might play as a lone striker with 5 in midfield ,possibly Nasri,Diaby,Fabregas,denilson and walcott or Eboue.
Plus almunia-sagna-clichy-toure-gallas to complete the team.
Vela-silvestre-bendtner-song-fabianski +walcott or eboue to make the bench.
My opinion is this is still a very strong squad capable of beating Villareal away on Tuesday.
Another point is We are now managing extremely well our injured players.
For example, Bendtner had only about 20 minutes against City.diaby had a complete rest period and Eduardo is not even allowed to play twice a week. He should be available for saturday. Arshavin will be involved in all the domestic matches until the end.
I remember a time when TH14 was injured and out for a while and this was the same period, as it turned out ,when he was going through his stressful marital problems. RVP was also injured and out when there was an allegation of rape against him.
Lehmann was injured when he clearly lost his form for the club even though he was still playing for the national team.
My point is , I always believe that sometimes these players are not really injured even though they are .
RVP is now injured and this coincide with the return of ADE. ADE lost his form and got 6 wks with hamstring !!!! This allowed Bendtner to be tested. Eduardo will have another knock after his next game which will keep out of the next game (in 3 days time)