Claudio Bravo G, Manchester City: Achilles rupture
Scans confirmed last week that Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in his left foot. Bravo suffered the injury during training. It’s almost certain that Manchester City will be without their starting keeper for the rest of the season, leaving Ederson as the only back-up with any starting experience. Bravo is meeting with doctors in Spain to determine the best course of action, which will almost certainly include surgery. The Optimal Recovery Time for a torn Achilles ranges from 9-12 months.
James Tomkins D, Crystal Palace: calf strain
Defender James Tomkins missed Crystal Palaces’ loss to Watford on Sunday after he experienced tightness in his calf during warm-ups. Tomkins had reportedly experienced the sensation during training earlier in the week but thought he had worked through the problem.
“He felt his calf – he said he’d felt a slight tightness in training, but he didn’t think it was important,” Palace manager Roy Hodgson said. “He thought he could play, but when we went to warm-up today, he realised it was probably a bit more serious than he imagined. Now we have to have a scan and wait and see what the result of that is.”
A mild calf strain comes with a 2 week Optimal Recovery Time, while a moderate Grade 2 strain could require 4 weeks of rest and rehab. Tomkins’ exact recovery timetable will be clearer after the scans, but expect him to miss at least the next two weeks.
Michael Keane D, Everton: hairline skull fracture
Michael Keane collided with team-mate Idrissa Gueye during Everton’s match with Bournemouth on Saturday. It was a scary scene as Keane was stretchered from the field with his head secured with a neck brace. Everton manager Marco Silva announced after the match that tests revealed a hairline fracture in Keane’s skull. Keane announced the news himself on social media, adding that he “won’t be able to have any head contract for three to four weeks.” While the club confirmed that there was no further damage, it’s possible Keane suffered a minor concussion during the collision. If that is the case, he will be at an increased risk of suffering another head injury over the next few months.
Erik Lamela F, Tottenham: hamstring strain
The Spurs were handed an injury blow just before Sunday’s match against Manchester United. Forward Erik Lamela suffered a hamstring strain during warm-ups. Tottenham were forced to make a last second change to their subs bench, bringing in Luke Amos to replace Lamela. This is just the latest injury woe for Lamela, who has been riddled with injuries throughout his time at Tottenham. He has only seen 17 minutes of action so far this season and was sidelined for over a year with a hip injury before he returned last November. A mild hamstring strain requires 2-3 weeks of recovery time, but hamstring injuries can be tricky. Lamela is already a risk given his history, so the Spurs will need to be extra cautious with his return.
Tom Cairney M, Fulham: ankle injury
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic hopes to have midfielder Tom Cairney ready for the trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, but we don’t think it’s likely. Cairney limped off the pitch after taking a nasty challenge in the win over Burnley. He tried to play through the knock but was eventually pulled off in the 77th minute. Jokanovic confirmed after the win that it was an ankle injury. Cairney appeared in obvious pain after the challenge, suggesting it’s more than just a tweak. He could need anywhere from 2-4 weeks to get fit depending on the severity of the injury. The skipper had a lengthy absence last season as he struggled to recover from a knee injury he picked up during the preseason. Fulham struggled without him last year, so the team may not be as cautious with his return as they should be.