The injury list across many European teams this week will be worrying for their fans as these players do not just make up the numbers in the squad but rather for many are where their hope lies.
In England, the top two teams Chelsea and Manchester United will be without their two star players Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney respectively. Rooney will not be part of Ferguson’s squad that travels to Valencia as he is said to have injured his ankle in Sunday’s 2 all draw with Bolton Wanderers.
All has not been well for the English striker ever since news broke out of his supposed affair with a prostitute. In 4 league games this season the striker has only scored once-a pale comparison to his form last season. This poor form coupled with his ankle injury gives more reason why sir Alex decided to leave him from the trip to the Mestalla.
The media have been on Rooney like a pack of dogs after revelations into his personal life brought his actions under scrutiny. With Antonio Valencia also out of the fixture, it remains to be seen how United will cope against the La Liga leaders.
In London, Chelsea are also set to miss the services of Frnk Lampard who aggravated his groin injury during training early last week. The extent of his injuries are unknown as he was expected to be fit for Saturday’s clash against Manchester City.
Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti also confirmed that Lampard is unlikely to make for their crunch tie against Arsenal and the upcoming international fixtures.
Tottenham will also have to make due without Ledley King and William Gallas.Gallas is out for 3 weeks after tearing a groin muscle while training with the squad on Friday while King is also out suffering from a similar injury suffered in the same practice session.
In Italy defending champions Inter Milan will have to do without the services of their speedy striker Diego Milito who is very doubtful for Wednesday’s match against Weder Bremen.
Milito sustained an injury in their 1-0 loss to Roma on Saturday and is in a race to get fit. A scan on his injury showed that he had strained his quadriceps.
Bayern Munich will also be without their flying Dutchman Arjen Robben who is still recovering from a World Cup injury. The Bavarians can however rely on the services of Thomas Muller who has been in inspirational form this year.
These injuries can prove to be decisive for these clubs and might be what turns the tide in favour of their opponents.
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