Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after his side’s 1-1 draw at the Hawthornes earlier today [Sunday] and Arsenal fans and fantasy football affectionados everywhere will be able to breathe a sigh of relief after he revealed that Aaron Ramsey was ‘ok’ despite being substituted with a knee injury in the second half.
Wenger revealed that he took the midfielder off after he struggled to recover after receiving a kick but should be fine.
Wenger gives Ramsey update:
Fulham manager Martin Jol confirmed that defender Brede Hangeland was substituted after suffering a stiff back and was unable to carry on. Jol was forced to bring Fernando Amorebieta in to the centreback position, using Kieran Richardson to fill in on the left side.
Speaking after the game, Jol said
“Hangeland had a stiff right side of his back and he couldn’t play on,” said Jol.
“But I have Fernando Amorebieta and he’s a terrific centre-back.
“Of course, these substitutions don’t make you stronger as Dimitar Berbatov had to come off also and then you have to come up with something different.
“I really wanted to get Darren Bent on alongside Berbatov in the latter stages of the game.
“But I had to take off Berbatov for Bent – if he’d stayed fit I probably would have left him on!”
Stoke/Republic of Ireland
Stoke’s Jon Walters has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad after the forward aggravated a groin injury during his side’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham. The Republic of Ireland are set to play Germany and Kazhakhstan and he has been replaced in the squad by Leed United’s Paul Green. Walters was withdrawn from yesterday’s game after 84 minutes after suffering a recurrence of the same groin problem which forced his withdrawal against Norwich last week.
Walters has not missed a game for Stoke since February 2011, a run of 96 consecutive games. It is not yet known how long he will take to recover from this setback.by