EPL Injury Report: Spurs Limping Into Final Weeks Of The Season

With just a few weeks left in the EPL season, the fight for a top four finish looks like it will come down to the final day of competition. Manchester United has long since wrapped up the title, but the next four teams in the table are neck and neck and still have a lot to play for. With just hours left to capture a spot in next season’s Champions League, injuries could be a key factor in determining the top four.

Yaya Toure of Manchester City (Wikimedia Commons)

Yaya Toure of Manchester City (Wikimedia Commons)

Second place Manchester City is in the best position with 72 points, four ahead of third place Chelsea, and the easiest remaining schedule. City has two home matches left, one against 8th place West Bromwich and one against 16th place Norwich City, and an away match against 19th place Reading, who will be relegated next season. The Sky Blues do have a huge FA Cup Final match against Wigan at Wembley on May 11th, which could be a distraction, but with the caliber and depth of players on their roster, it shouldn’t have any effect. On top of having a relatively soft remaining schedule, City’s only injuries are Scott Sinclair and Yaya Toure, both of whom are expected to return in time for the Cup Final. City needs just one win to guarantee a top four finish and it looks as though they should cruise into Champions League qualification with no problems.

Chelsea on the other hand is right in the thick of the chase. With 68 points, The Blues are one point ahead of fourth place Arsenal and three points ahead of fifth place Tottenham and have three remaining matches; one away at 13th place Aston Villa, one home against 6th place Everton, and one, you guessed it, home against fifth place Tottenham. Chelsea also has a May 15th Europa League Final match against Benfica in Amsterdam to think about, which could have an effect on their final EPL match against Everton on May 19th. The Blues have been relatively lucky with injuries this season, but currently list Eden Hazard and Jon Obi Mikel, both of whom have been crucial to the team’s success this season, on the injury report. This could play a role in Chelsea’s ultimate finish depending on how serious the injuries are.

With 67 points, Arsenal may be in the worst position to finish top four. While City, Chelsea, and Tottenham all have three matches remaining to earn points, Arsenal has just two. Arsenal must wait until May 14th to host Wigan, who will be coming off a big FA Cup Final match, and will then have to travel to St. James’ Park on the final day of the season to face a Newcastle team most likely needing a win to avoid relegation. The Gunners have left fullback Kieran Gibbs and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski listed on the injury report, but are fully healthy for the most part.

Tottenham is within striking distance from fifth place, but is in the most trouble with injuries. Spurs have key players including Aaron Lennon, Moussa Dembele, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore, William Gallas, and Sandro listed on the injury report, which could ultimately be devastating considering their remaining schedule. Tottenham must play away at Chelsea and Stoke City, who is a tough team at home, and then finish the season at home against a scrappy Sunderland team who has the ability to play very well away from home as they showed recently against Newcastle. Tottenham has the means to finish in the top four, but with so many injuries, it will be interesting to see what happens.

Let’s take a look at some of the other injuries around the league:

 

Courtesy of Physio Room

Player/Injury/Expected Return

Manchester United

Darren Fletcher/Chronic Bowel Syndrome/Unknown

Ashley Young/Ankle/Unknown

Danny Welbeck/Knee/Unknown

Arsenal

Fabianski/Rib/Unknown

V. Diaby/ACL/Unknown

Miyaichi/Ankle/May 14th

Kieran Gibbs/Hip/Unknown

Manchester City

Yaya Toure/Hamstring/May 11th

Scott Sinclair/Shoulder/Unknown

Tottenham

William Gallas/Calf/April 27th

S. Ranieri/ACL/October 13th

Moussa Dembele/Hamstring/Unknown

Aaron Lennon/Muscle/Unknown

Jake Livermore/Hamstring/Unknown

Moussa Dembele/Muscle/Unknown

Newcastle United

D. Santon/Hip/May 12th

H. Vuckic/ACL/May 16th

Ryan Taylor/ACL/Unknown

Sissoko/Knee/Unknown

S. Ameobi/Ankle/Unknown

Tim Krul/Dislocated Shoulder/Unknown

S. Marveaux/Groin/Unknown

Chelsea

Romeu/ACL/June 9th

Eden Hazard/Calf/May 8th

Jon Obi Mikel/Hip/May 8th

Everton

Phil Neville/Knee/Unknown

3 Comments on "EPL Injury Report: Spurs Limping Into Final Weeks Of The Season"

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  1. chavlosers says:

    The heading of this article is inaccurate and misleading.
    Spurs have in fact already achieved a higher win per game that last season when we finished fourth.
    Go do the math…

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