This weekend featured some big time matchups and some surprising results while a few stars watched from the sidelines.
Arsenal earned an impressive 1-0 victory over Tottenham, but Spurs had bigger concerns after watching new signing, Etienne Capoue, stretchered off the pitch in the 72nd minute. Capoue looked badly injured after Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla accidentally fell on the back of Capoue’s leg, and from a viewer’s perspective, it looked as if a fracture may have occurred. However, multiple media sources including BBC Sport have reported that x-rays have revealed no breaks and that Capoue will most likely miss up to four weeks with a badly sprained ankle. While such a loss is not devastating to the success of the season, Capoue had looked a very strong and influential factor for the club during his first few matches and will surely be missed.
Elsewhere, Liverpool looked fantastic, even without Luis Suarez, as The Reds took down Manchester United, 1-0, at Anfield. While Liverpool looked to be buzzing in all aspects, United looked a bit lost and frustrated, especially without Wayne Rooney. Rooney missed the match and is expected to miss the next three weeks with a head laceration he sustained in training on Saturday. According to the Daily Mail, the laceration occurred during a clash with defender Phil Jones and is too deep to risk further contact before the stitches come out. Rooney will miss England's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, which will be a big dissappointment for manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rooney himself. Such a loss is huge for a club looking to defend its Premier League title.
Another club looking to capture the title is cross-town rival of Manchester United, Manchester City. City was in action on Saturday against Hull, looking to rebound from a disappointing Week Two loss to Cardiff. Unfortunately for the Sky Blues, captain and center back, Vincent Kompany, was forced to watch from the stands once again as he continues to nurse a groin injury. Unlike last weekend however, City were able to escape with a 2-0 victory over a Hull side that looked keen to score multiple times in the first half due to backline breakdowns from the Manchester City defense. Fans are hopeful that Kompany can return ahead of schedule and firm up what seems a porous defense without him.
Now let’s take a look at some of the other injuries around the league:
Courtesy of Physio Room:
L. Podolski/Hamstring/Dec 13th
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain/Knee/Oct 6th
Mikel Arteta/Hip/Sep 28th
T. Vermaelen/Back/Sep 14th
A. Cissokho/Ankle/Oct 11th
J. Allen/Hamstring/Sep 16th
S. Coates/ACL/May 14th
Wayne Rooney/Head/Sep 22nd
Darren Fletcher/Chronic Bowel Syndrome/Unknown
T. Kalas/Broken Leg/Unknown
E. Capoue/Ankle/Sep 28th
Aaron Lennon/Ankle/Sep 14th
Vincent Kompany/Groin/Oct 4th
Micah Richards/Hamstring/Sep 14th