While this weekend’s English Premier League action wowed fans with big upsets and smashing matches, there were some unfortunate and big name injuries that could have an impact on the table for the near future.
One of, if not the best match of the weekend belonged to Newcastle and Chelsea as The Blues, who currently sit 3rd in the table, had a chance to gain pick up crucial points as they visited new look Newcastle at St. James’ Park. The Magpies came into Saturday’s match in 15th place in table, struggling to stay above the relegation zone, but with their five new French signings, the squad looked more like the 2011-2012 Newcastle team that finished 5th at the end of the season.
New signing Moussa Sissoko was the hero, scoring two goals in his debut at St James’ Park including the thrilling game winner in the 90th minute that sent the stadium into delirium. While the new signings for Newcastle headlined the match, recent transfer and former Magpie hero, Demba Ba, made his return to Newcastle Saturday for the first time since being signed by Chelsea in early January.
Ba, who left on good terms with the club, did not have the stellar return he was hoping for and had to leave the match with a bloody and broken nose after being kicked in the face by Newcastle defender Fabricio Colocinni in the first half. Ba tried to play through the injury, but had to leave after seemingly having trouble with his vision.
Over in Manchester, the other “match of the weekend” belonged to Manchester City and Liverpool. Coming into Sunday’s match, Manchester City sat 2nd in the table and needed a win to keep within striking distance of league leading Manchester United. On the other side, visiting 7th place Liverpool, who has made a huge push in recent weeks, were looking to continue their strong play and maybe pick up a rare win at Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool saw the return of goalkeeper Pepe Reina, and left back Jose Enrique, which gave them a boost from the back, but would also miss the presence and speed of Raheem Sterling, who couldn’t play due to illness.
While Manchester City scored the first goal of the match, Liverpool looked dangerous throughout and new signing Daniel Sturridge looked extremely motivated and active. Sturridge’s play paid off in the form of a stunning goal in the 29th minute, which tied the match at 1-1. After a few incredible and smashing goals later, the match ended 2-2, with Liverpool being the more disappointed to not come away with three points.
With Manchester City missing captain and central defender Vincent Kompany with a calf injury that could see him miss weeks, Liverpool was able to attack the heart of the defense, forcing Joe Hart into some amazing saves.
On the other side, Daniel Sturridge left the match late and is reported to have a hip injury that, depending on its severity, could have an impact on the Reds for the rest of the season.
Let’s take a look at some of the other injuries from around the league:
Courtesy of Physio Room: Player/Injury/Expected Return
Demba Ba/Broken Nose/Unknown
Oriol Romeu/ACL/June 13th
S. Ranieri/ACL/October 13th
Younes Kaboul/Knee/February 25th
Darren Fletcher/Chronic Bowel Syndrome/Unknown
Ashley Young/Knee/February 2nd
Martin Kelly/ACL/March 22nd
Thomas Vermaelen/Ankle/February 9th
K. Gibbs/Thigh Strain/Unknown
Danny Simpson/Broken Toe/Unknown
Ben Arfa/Hamstring/February 21st
Ryan Taylor/ACL/March 29th
Vincent Kompany/Calf and Shin/February 24th