Arsenal still top the injury league, Southampton bottom

Arsenal continued their run at the top of the Premier League injury league, a position they have occupied for the whole season but it is not all bad news for Arsenal as Santi Cazorla, out since the last international break with ankle ligament problems, Theo Walcott, out after having surgery on his abdomen, and Lukas Podolski, out with a hamstring injury he picked up in the Champions League, are all nearing a return.

The injury which Mesut Ozil picked up last night on international duty seems to be no more than a bruised knee and he is not expected to miss any games for Arsenal while the international break was kind to Jack Wilshere who only made two late substitute appearances for England, allowing him valuable time to recover from the long series of injuries which have blighted him over recent years. Click for the last Barclays Premier League results 2013/14 ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

Fulham moved ahead of Manchester United, Sunderland and Liverpool while at the top of the table, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Newcastle all maintained second, third and fourth place respectively.

Everton climbed above Chelsea in the table however they are hopeful that Steven Pienaar [hamstring] and Antolin Alcaraz [groin] will be back soon and that will help their figures over the coming weeks.

The bottom of the table remains pretty much as it was last week with Southampton rooted to the bottom spot even with a three point increase over the past week. The bottom five of Norwich, Stoke, Hull, Cardiff and Southampton show only one change compared to last week with Hull and Stoke exchanging places.

As usual, all data is compiled from figures available on physioroom.com. One player out injured for one week equals one point and all points are collected at the same time every Wednesday. While this is far from a foolproof method, it does give us an idea of the impact injuries are having on Premier League squads throughout the year.

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Lee Hurley

Writer specialising in good football and bad relationships. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.