Premier League Injury Report Ahead of Opening WeekendAugust 10, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments
It’s finally time for the Premier League season to kickoff! Ahead of Opening Weekend, Inside Injuries is here with some quick hits on injured players to keep you up to date. Some are months away from a return while others could be available this weekend.
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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)- knee surgery
Aguero underwent knee surgery last April to address an ongoing problem, and all reports so far have been very positive. While he is still working on his fitness, he says his knee feels great and he will be ready to go for Man City’s opening match. Aguero should be in for another strong season now that he has addressed the knee issue.
Joe Gomez (Liverpool)- dislocated shoulder
Liverpool was dealt a tough blow in Tuesday’s friendly when defender Joe Gomez suffered a shoulder injury. Fortunately it appears to be a minor one, and he is expected to be available for their season opener. Gomez does still remain at a concerning risk of injury due to this shoulder injury and his previous injury problems. He underwent surgery on his ankle in May due to a lingering problem that started with a March high ankle sprain.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)- knee injury
A knee injury has Nacho Monreal a doubt to face Man City in Arsenal’s season opener. The “minor” problem started while playing in the World Cup and has lingered over the last month, so it may not be as minor as manager Unai Emery indicated. Monreal returned to training Wednesday, so he should be getting close to a return but it may not be as soon as this weekend.
Alfie Mawson (Fulham)- knee injury
Mawson is in danger of missing Fulahm’s first four games as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Mawson was hopeful to make England’s World Cup squad but was forced to go under the knife ahead of the tournament. He remains at least 2-3 weeks away from training with the team and won’t be available until sometime in September if all goes well.
Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal)- knee injury
Kolasinac is in danger of missing nearly 3 months after suffering a left knee injury during a preseason match against Chelsea. Scans confirmed some damage to the knee (although it remains unclear if this was ligament or cartilage damage), and his recovery time is expected to take 8-10 weeks. The good news is that he didn’t tear his ACL during the awkward collision.
Nick Pope (Burnley)- shoulder dislocation
Nick Pope suffered a dislocated shoulder last week, and scans confirmed that he will need to undergo surgery to address the damage. While it isn’t a season-ending injury, it is still expected to sideline the goalkeeper for around three months. He made his England debut in June while in Russia for the World Cup and was expected to start for Burnley this season. Statistically he was one of the best at his position last season, so it’s a huge loss for Burnley.
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham)- knee injury
Lanzini is in danger of missing the entire Premier League season after already missing the World Cup to undergo surgery on a ruptured right ACL. Recovery time is typically around nine months but depends on other factors such as the player’s age, any additional ligament or cartilage damage, injury history, etc.
Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)- abdominal injury
Matic underwent surgery for an abdominal injury that he picked up during the World Cup and won’t be available for the start of the season. The 30-year old midfielder could be a valuable piece for ManU if he can get healthy, but it’s unclear at this point how much longer his recovery will take.
Tom Cleverley (Watford)- Achilles injury
Cleverly will be unavailable to start the Premier League season as he continues to recover from surgery on his Achilles. It was to address a long-standing issue, and it’s unclear exactly how much time he will miss, although he did say he is targeting an “Autumn return.” When asked about the injury, Cleverly said, “This is something I’ve put up with during my career, so it’s good to get it sorted.”
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)- calf strain
Ramsey is expected to be available for Arsenal’s opening match again Manchester City. Ramsey is working his way back from a calf stain but now appears to be fully recovered after returning to training. His Injury Risk remains High as this is a highly recurrent injury.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)- Achilles tendon tear
Koscielny went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon during a Europa League match last May and is looking at a lengthy recovery. The absolute quickest recovery time is six month, but it can often take up to a year to fully recover. When he is cleared to return, he will be at a higher risk of suffering a lower body muscular strain or aggravating his Achilles. It’s important to be very patient throughout this complicated recovery process.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)- torn ACL
Liverpool are expected to be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for most of the season. The midfielder suffered a torn ACL in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma. Recovery time is typically around nine months but depends on what other damage there was to the knee, such as other ligament or cartilage damage that needs to be addressed during surgery.