“Ben Arfa has a slight knee problem, which I think definitely keeps him out of the first week”.
Not the end of the world but as we have seen so often in the past, a good start to the season can swiftly become a great one, while a bad start to the season…..
The manager has then outlined where other players’ carrying injuries are at;
Papiss Cisse – “Papiss has got a slight hamstring”.
Demba Ba – “Demba has a shin injury, which he’s carried for a week or so”.
Yohan Cabaye – “Yohan Cabaye is not right in terms of work he’s done. We are hoping to get him up to speed and get him involved on Saturday”.
Fabricio Coloccini – “Colo looked like he was struggling after 20 minutes (against Cardiff), which worries me. Colo didn’t want to come off being captain. I wasn’t sure if he was injured or not, so he might have played too long”.
Cheick Tiote – “Cheik has got a calf problem. We’ll have to see. I don’t think he’ll travel (to Moscow for an Ivory Coast friendly this midweek), by the way”.
Fingers crossed that they all look like minor knocks, which at worst will mean a match or two out for one or two, but anybody out there who thinks it is ideal to approach a season with a good first eleven and a group of willing squad players, had better think again.
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