LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea and Chris Baird of Fulham battle for the ball during the Carling Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge on September 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
There is some early team news coming out of London tonight, so in advance of the Injuries and Suspensions post...
Ben Pearce just tweeted that:
#thfc Kyle Naughton just walked past us on crutches and wearing a protective boot.— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) September 20, 2012
Naughton may have injured himself in Spurs' Europa League match tonight. Of course he's only substituting for the injured Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Could Spurs recall Danny Rose from his loan spell at Sunderland? Otherwise, might we see Gareth Bale played at left back? Perhaps with Clint Dempsey on the wing? This may have big knock-on affects for many a fantasy squad.
The good news here for Hammer fans is that Carroll is back doing some light running. #progress
Fulham midfielder Mahamadou Diarra could miss remainder of season with knee injury - Telegraph
Fulham fear Mahamadou Diarra could be ruled out for the majority of the season, manager Martin Jol admitted today.
The interesting news here, for fantasy managers, is that "Jol was forced to play defender Chris Baird alongside Steve Sidwell in midfield against West Brom and will do so again in Saturday's game at Wigan." We're always looking for players playing in front of their listed positions, and Baird has done well in that role in the past. In fact, last week he returned 8 points in the Yahoo! game, due mostly to Fulham's clean sheet. Short-term fixtures don't look so good for Fulham, but this could be something to watch.
Meanwhile, there is better news at Craven Cottage...
FULHAM are boosted by the return of Bryan Ruiz and Mladen Petric for Saturday's trip to Wigan. The pair both missed last weekend's win against West Brom through injury, but boss Martin Jol confirmed the duo were fit for the clash at the DW Stadium.
But over at Queens Park Rangers, players are going down in droves.
Andy Johnson Suffers Torn ACL, QPR Striker Out Long-Term - SBNation.com
Queens Park Rangers have lost centre forward Andy Johnson for most of the rest of the season after the 31-year-old suffered a torn ACL against Chelsea on Saturday.
This should open the door for Djibril Cisse to start for Rangers. A more remote possiblity would see Adel Taarabt, who excelled "in the hole" last season, getting a recall to the starting eleven.
QPR boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that full-back Fábio da Silva, on-loan from Manchester United will be sidelined for "a number of weeks" with a hamstring injury.
"Anton felt a little bit of tightness in his hamstring, but having made all three substitutes by that stage he just had to get through the final few minutes."
I'm not sure Ferdinand is out for the Spurs match, but this could open the door to Stephane Mbia getting his first taste of action for Rangers.