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Injuries and Suspensions: International Break Edition

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Injuries pile up for Liverpool

Several Liverpool players have been injured on international duty.


Koscielny Injures Knee in Training

Or not...

RMC: Koscielny injury "more fear than harm" - The Short Fuse

According to RMC (via Google Translate), Laurent Koscielny's Wednesday injury scare was just that - a scare, rather than a serious injury - and he should remain available for both France games during this week's international break.

Via "a source close to the player," Koscielny suffered no serious knee damage and will not be re-examined on Thursday. He took a blow to the right knee from Franck Ribery, which led to him leaving training early, and there were fears that the injury was potentially serious - he was certainly visibly in pain - but it appears now that those totally rational fears can go by the wayside.


Fellaini Reportedly Injured

Marouane Fellaini may be out for weeks after the Beldian FA have reported that the midfielder has a knee injury.


Winston Reid Suffering Back Spasms

West Ham's Reid delays linking up with New Zealand

West Ham defender Winston Reid has delayed flying out to New Zealand for their World Cup qualifier as he awaits results on a back spasm he suffered during the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal last weekend.

Reid was due to fly out at the start of the week and join up with the New Zealand squad who were preparing for their game against Tahiti in Papeete on Saturday. But the 24-year-old is hoping to get the all-clear to travel out on Tuesday and wants to play some part in the double header against Tahiti - with the return game in Christchurch just three days later.

A bad back won't be helped by round-trip air travel to and from New Zealand, so I can understand why West Ham is trying to delay this. They host Southampton on the other side of the international break, and while they'll expect a win, they'll want Reid available against a potentially potent Saints attack. Even one missing Gaston Ramirez.


Ramirez out for six weeks

In a big blow to Southampton's Premier League season, Gaston Ramirez has been ruled out for up to six weeks.

Southampton have suffered an injury setback after record signing Gaston Ramirez was ruled out for up to six weeks.

The Uruguay international suffered a dead leg in training and the thigh muscle later swelled up, causing him to spend time in hospital.

It was a surprise for fantasy managers when Ramirez didn't play against Fulham at the weekend, but this is a shock. Here's hoping he recovers quickly and can come back in as good of form as he was showing.


Snodgrass doubtful with ankle injury

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is a doubt for Scotland’s upcoming World Cup qualifying double header with an ankle problem.

The 25-year-old was an unused substitute for the Canaries’ weekend Premier League defeat to Chelsea, but Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston yesterday revealed the midfielder reported for duty with the injury.

"Snoddy was on the bench on Saturday with Norwich and never got on with his ankle, and it is still giving him a bit of trouble," he said. "We are just going to monitor that."

Neal was just wondering why Snodgrass didn't play against Chelsea, when they were desperate for his creativity. Now, I guess we have an answer.


Sunderland Wingers under the Weather

Both Sunderland wingers, Adam Johnson and James McClean suffered at the weekend against Manchester City.

For Johnson, it appears to have been illness.

[Johnson] was taken ill at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Johnson, meanwhile, received medical treatment in the dressing room at the Etihad after being sick following his substitution.

The 25-year-old was subdued against his former employers on Saturday and was clearly out of sorts.

Manager Martin O’Neill said: "I hadn’t realised that he had a problem until my attention was drawn to the fact he was signalling to come off.

"Clearly he had a problem, though.

"He was feeling unwell and was vomiting in the dressing room afterwards and had to be attended to by the medical people."

McClean, who has had differences (to put it nicely) with the Ireland setup recently, seems to be the more serious issue.

McClean could miss out on the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands after suffering a tightening in his groin.

The former Derry City winger was due to undergo a scan on his groin today

Here's more from SBNation's Sunderland blog, The Roker Report.

McClean Out Of Ireland Games With Injury, Could Be Doubt For Derby - Roker Report

Looking into the injury further, it's slightly worrying news for us. On the positive side, a grade one strain is the lowest of all the possible grades given to such injuries. On the negative side, others who have suffered such injuries usually take anywhere between one and three weeks to recover from it.

With him withdrawing from the squad to play this Friday and the following Tuesday, it's clearly been deemed that he will take a solid ten days to recover already, and any more on top of that would certainly rule him out of the big derby game the following weekend.


Kieran Gibbs Thigh Injury

Kieran Gibbs has withdrawn from this week's England squad.

Arsenal defender Gibbs is out of the squad having suffered an injury in the Premier League match at West Ham United with Chelsea defender Bertrand added and Liverpool midfielder Shelvey promoted from the England Under-21 squad.

Left-back Gibbs was forced out of Arsenal's 3-1 win at West Ham United with a thigh strain.

Gibbs was taken off at West Ham ten minutes into the second half and was replaced by Andre Santos.

Gibbs has been having a great season for the Gunners, playing a very attacking role on the left. He's been in my fantasy team for the majority of the season so far, and I was hoping that he, along with Santi Cazorla, were going to be season keepers. Hopefully the international break provides enough time for him to get healthy, especially with Reading the next opponent. But I'm already dreading the "late fitness test".

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