Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the USA! In the spirit of giving thanks, I wanted to convey my warm appreciation to the entire NMA community. Thank you for choosing to spend time with us week after week.
[Sudden change in tone, from warm and caring to harsh] We’re about to enter the manic festive period, so it will be extra important to check on injuries and recoveries as well as suspensions (i.e., who’s due to return and who’s on the tightrope).
It may not come as a big surprise to those of us who play FPL games, but Ben Dinnery does excellent work covering injuries and suspensions. If you haven’t heard of him or his work, please do yourself a huge favor and go find his work (hint: it’s an easy Google search away!).
Rather than duplicate Mr Dinnery’s great work and provide a laundry-list, I’m going to briefly cover the most interesting player(s) affected by suspensions or injuries (whether they’re out or returning).
Returning from Suspension
With his teammate John Stones out for the foreseeable future, the Argentina international centerback will waltz right in to a starting spot and partner Vincent Kompany in an easy match against Huddersfield. I’m in on “Ota” in both Official and Togga!
The budget Everton striker has been suspended two matches for diving, so he will miss at least GW13 & 14. That sound you hear is all of his Official owners transferring out Niasse and bringing in Callum Wilson.
Bournemouth defenders are very popular as they play through a very easy group of fixtures. This week versus Swansea is no exception. Just remember that Francis was red carded in GW12 and will not play this weekend.
Returning from Injury
With Manchester United getting healthier last week (Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo), we can now start to look toward Everton (Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman) and Tottenham (Erik Lamela, Toby Alderweireld) as sources of near-future fantasy assets.
No major long-term absentees are expected to return in time for GW13, but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Eric Bailly, Joel Matip, and Tammy Abraham.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the England international defender is out for the juicy matchup against Brighton. The main question is who will start in his place, particularly if Eric Bailly returns. The early money has to be on a Bailly-Smalling partnership.
ALERT: We have a Friday match, so some deadlines are early, and one format ignores all stats in the match!
Enjoy the Holiday Statesiders! To our friends in other parts of the world, have fun and enjoy the games.
Have I missed any important injury or suspension news? What do you think will happen with that strange Lukaku-Zlatan situation? Do you have any other thoughts ahead of GW13 or in the lead up to the festive period? Be sure to share your views in the comment section!