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EPL Injury Report: City Shines Without Star While Spurs Crash Without Bale

Gareth Bale of Tottenham (Google Creative Commons)

Gareth Bale of Tottenham (Google Creative Commons)

The biggest match of the week saw Chelsea travel north to face Manchester City in a FA Cup semifinal clash between two teams also in the middle of a fight for Champions League qualification in the Premiership standings.

Coming into Sunday’s match with home pitch advantage, Manchester City clearly had the upper hand. Coming off a magnificent 2-1 win over cross-town rival Manchester United at Old Trafford in league play, City were favored to continue their success in the FA Cup, having not allowed a single goal yet in the tournament. Despite the absence of star midfielder David Silva, a spectacular goal by Demba Ba, and Joe Hart getting the day off, City prevailed 2-1 and will progress to the finals to face Wigan Athletic for a chance at England’s oldest trophy.

Chelsea was missing star left fullback Ashley Cole for the match and his absence showed as Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez terrorized the Chelsea defense for the majority of the 90 minutes. Silva’s absence for City was clearly not ideal, but Gareth Barry did a fine job filling in and was instrumental in the winning goal as he provided the cross that Aguero headed home just after halftime. As we often see, injuries can often hurt teams, but they also give other players the chance to step up and Gareth Barry did just that.

On Thursday, the Europa League was in full swing as Tottenham visited FC Basel in the second leg of a quarterfinal matchup that had seen a 2-2 draw in the first leg. Missing key playmakers Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, and Jermaine Defoe, Spurs ultimately fell in penalties after another 2-2 draw in regulation and overtime. Clint Dempsey scored both goals doing his best Gareth Bale impression, but Tottenham couldn’t overcome the absence of such important players.

Currently sitting in 5th place in the EPL table, Spurs desperately need Bale and company to return from injury with just six matches left and such a close race for Champions League qualification. With Arsenal, Everton, and Chelsea all playing well as the season ends, Spurs are favored to fall out if injuries continue to plague them. Bale, Lennon, and Defoe are expected to return by April 21st in a match against Manchester City, but if any or all are unable to compete, Tottenham could be in serious trouble.

Let’s take a look at the full EPL Injury Report:

Courtesy of Physio Room

Player/Injury/Expected Return

Manchester United

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