After the second round of matches in the Premier League, here are the details on any injuries which were picked up over the weekend and the state of play for players still out (see below text for graphic indicating injuries reported vs actual number of matches missed through injury as well as which injuries are causing the most problems so far this season):
Arsenal travelled to Stoke after learning that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny would not be fit to start after suffering a rib injury during the week and with Lukasz Fabianski not fully recovered from his injury giving Arsene Wenger a headache in that position. As they returned to the Emirates after drawing 0-0 in this Premier League match they reported no new injury concerns which will come as a relief to Wenger given the Arsenal injury record of recent years.
Current injuries: Laurent Koscielny (calf), Tomas Rosicky (calf), Bacary Sagna (broken leg), Emmanuel Frimpong (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle/foot), Wojciech Szczesny (rib)
Aston Villa’s first match at home in this Premier League season saw them lose 3-1 to Everton and do so without a number of first team regulars. No Aston Villa players returned from the previous week but the good news is that they did not suffer any further injuries during this match at Villa Park in what was also manager Paul Lambert’s first home game in charge of Villa.
Current injuries: Nathan Delfouneso (hip/thigh), Samir Carruthers (ankle/foot), Richard Dunne (Gilmores goin), Marc Albrighton (metatarsal fracture), Gabby Agbonlahor (MCL knee ligament), Stiliyan Petrov (leukaemia), Gary Gardner (knee).
Ramires recovered from his illness and started against Reading at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea came from behind to win 4-2 although he was substituted in the 56th minute and replaced by Emboaba Oscar. David Luiz suffered a knee injury prior to the match against Reading and played no part.
Chelsea’s second match of the week saw them take on Newcastle without their captain, John Terry, who was suffering a neck injury. David Luiz did, however, return to the starting line-up after his knee injury.
Current injuries: Marko Marin (hamstring), John Terry (neck)
Although he suffered a knock in Everton’s win against Manchester United on the first day of the season, Nikica Jelavic returned and found himself on the scoresheet as Everton strolled past Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park. Goals from Steven Pienaar and Marouanne Fellaini, scoring his second of the season, completed their day. Everton picked up no new injuries during this match.
Current injuries: Sylvain Distin (knock).
Fulham were perhaps unlucky to lose 3-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford after taking the lead with a Damien Duff goal early on. No players returned for Fulham for this match and the Cottagers managed to make it through the match unscathed with no-one being added to the Craven Cottage injury list.
Current injuries: Simon Davies (neck), Phil Senderos (ankle/foot), Kerim Frei (knock)
Liverpool played out an exciting 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield in what was new manager Brendan Rodger’s first home game. Lucas was forced off in the 5th minute with a thigh strain which was reported that he had felt during the warm up. Andy Carroll returned to take his place on the substitutes bench after missing out on their midweek Europa League match with a hamstring problem.
Current injuries: Jose Enrique (knee), Joe Cole (hamstring), Lucas (thigh).
Manchester City travelled to Anfield were they were perhaps lucky to escape with a draw. Micah Richards, Gareth Barry and Sergio Aguero all missed out with injuries they were struggling with before this game. Manchester City did not pick up any new injuries and returned to the City of Manchester Stadium with a point and no new concerns for Roberto Mancini to worry about.
Current injuries: Sergio Aguero (knee), Micah Richards (ankle/foot), Gareth Barry (inguinal hernia)
Wayne Rooney suffered a nasty injury after being caught accidentally by the blades of Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega’s boots. Stretchered off after coming on as a second half substitute for Manchester United, Rooney spent the night in hospital after having his leg stitched and stitches were also required for the muscle leading many to believe that the estimate given by Sir Alex Ferguson that Rooney would be absent for one month to be branded ‘optimistic.’ Jonny Evans, who was reported to have suffered a setback in training during the week leading up to this clash with Fulham, took a place on the bench.
Current injuries: Rio Ferdinand (hamstring), Phil Jones (back), Chris Smalling (metatarsal fracture), Jonny Evans (ankle/foot), Darren Fletcher (bowel).
Newcastle went in to their match missing both Shola and Sammy Ameobi with hamstring injuries however they did welcome back Fabricio Coloccini who had missed Newcastle’s opening match with a thigh muscle strain. Despite losing 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle did not lose any more players to injury during the match however Cheik Tiote was omitted from the squad after suffering a recurrence of his calf problem so he and the Ameobi’s brothers remain Alan Pardew’s only concern.
Current injuries: Shola Ameobi (hamstring), Sammy Ameobi (hamstring), Cheik Tiote (calf).
Norwich City hosted QPR at Carrow Road and were still without Elliott Ward (knock) and Steven Whittaker (ankle) who have not yet played any part in Norwich’s Premier League campaign this season. Added to that list they were also without Jacob Butterfield, Ryan Bennett and David Fox who all missed out for Paul Lambert’s first home match in charge of Norwich with knee injuries. They did not pick up any further injuries as they played out a 1-1 draw with QPR.
Current injuries: Elliott Ward (knock), Steven Whittaker (ankle/foot), Jacob Butterfield (knee), Ryan Bennett (knee), David Fox (knee).
QPR travelled to Carrow Road where they took part in a 1-1 draw with Norwich. Manager Mark Hughes welcomed back Armand Traore in to the squad after he had been a doubt with an ankle injury however they did lose Bobby Zamora to a nasty head wound however it is not known how long Zamora will be out for. Bobby Zamora received the wound after a second half clash with Norwich’s Leon Barnett which left the Fulham player needing stitches.
Current injuries: Bobby Zamora (head injury).
Reading suffered no new injuries as they lost a lead to lose 4-2 away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge during the week.
Their match against Sunderland was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Current injuries: Jimmy Kebe (hamstring).
Southampton are still without Jack Cork as they continue their first season back in the Barclay’s Premier League and although they lost this game at St Mary’s 2-0 to Wigan, Nigel Adkins did not lose any more players to injury.
Current injuries: Jack Cork (ankle/foot)
Stoke played out a 0-0 draw at the Britannia against Arsenal and welcomed back Jermaine Pennant from his thigh muscle strain. Pennant was fit enough to start and Tony Pulis’s side picked up no new injuries during this match.
Current injuries: Stoke City currently have no players reported as injured.
Sunderland’s match against Reading was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Current injuries: Wes Brown (knee), David Vaughan (inguinal hernia), Phil Bardsley (ankle).
Swansea continued their fantastic start to their Premier League season with a 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium over West Ham. Michael Laudrup’s side also continue their run of good fortune with injuries as for the second week of a Premier League season that is only two weeks old, Swansea City reported no new injuries.
Current injuries: Swansea City currently have no players reported as injured.
Tottenham were perhaps unlucky to concede an injury time equaliser to West Brom at White Hart Lane on Saturday. They started that game with one of their most influential players still missing as Scott Parker continues his recovery from Achilles tendinopathy. Younes Kaboul also missed out as he picked up a knee injury during the week however Spurs and new manager Andres Villas Boas did not pick up any new injuries during his first match in charge at White Hart Lane.
Current injuries: Heurelho Gomes (ankle/foot), Scott Parker (Achilles tendinopathy), Giovanni Dos Santos (muscle injury), Younes Kaboul (knee).
Peter Odemwingie was a late withdrawal as West Brom headed to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in a match in which they snatched a very late equaliser as they seemed destined to be headed for defeat. Steven Clarke’s side left North London with a point and no new injuries.
Current injuries: Peter Odemwingie (groin/pelvis).
West Ham lost heavily at the Liberty Stadium at the hands of Swansea but Sam Allardyce can be happy that he lost no new players the match. Jack Collison continues his recovery from a knee injury which has kept him out for both of West Ham’s games so far this season.
Current injuries: Jack Collison (knee).
Wigan managed to defeat Southampton at St Mary’s 2 nil and they also welcomed back James McArthur (back) and Shaun Maloney (hip/thigh) to the starting line up. Jean Beausejour also recovered from his hamstring injury and made an appearance from the bench in the 75th minute for Roberto Martinez’s side.
Current injuries: Wigan Athletic currently have no players reported as injured.