The most painful of the bunch (see what I did there?) is that of Robin van Persie, who has picked up a calf problem on international duty and could miss out this weekend against Southampton. He was substituted off at halftime in the Netherland’s 2-0 win over Turkey.
The 30-year-old Dutch striker has already missed a match earlier this season with an injury, the clash with rivals Manchester City in which United fell 4-1.
In addition, Tom Cleverley will definitely be unavailable for selection after injuring his groin on duty for England.
And finally, the most serious of the bunch is Marouane Fellaini’s wrist injury. He banged it up in United’s match with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League earlier in October.
According to Moyes, there is somewhat serious ligament and bone damage, but Fellaini can wait to have surgery for up to two years on the wrist and play through the pain. He’s been wearing a wrist protector since the injury.
“It is quite a bad wrist injury” said Moyes. “There is a bit of bone and ligament sticking out.” Great visual, that.
The biggest issue in the former Everton midfielder may be involved with his style of play. A strong and physical presence in the midfield, Fellaini may need his arm strength at 100% to be most effective.
“You do use your arms to hold people off” said Moyes, “and we have to make sure his wrist is not suffering any more damage than it is already.”
With Cleverley out and Fellaini not entirely healthy, it will be interesting to see who Moyes goes with in the Red Devils’ midfield this weekend.
VIDEO: 70-yard volley from Chile is nearly impossible to believe
Miguel Pinto is the opposing goalkeeper whose long-range clearance, which covered about 50 yards during the final seconds of Universidad de Concepcion’s clash with O’Higgins in the Chilean first division, was taken off the fly, first-time, by the Argentine midfielder to seal a 3-1 victory for the home side.
Three of Roma’s locally born standouts held a meeting with the “ultra” fans during the week. Captain Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi asked the supporters to return, and the club itself has also tried to resolve the matter.
But the appeals had no effect.
In contrast, Lazio fans filled the northern end of the stadium as usual.
The plexiglass barriers were put in place by city officials for security reasons.
In Episode 2 of Behind the Badge: Watford FC, watch the players’ recovery after a win against Leicester, a look at the club’s one-of-a-kind internship program and a flashback to a memorable moment in Watford’s history.
Following Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Southampton, in which Pardew’s side saved his job (for the time being), the 55-year-old Eagles boss and former player chose the first bright moment, Palace’s first Premier League win since Sept. 24, to hit out at the club’s new American owners with a scathing assessment of the footballing prowess, or perhaps lack thereof — quotes from the Guardian:
“The chairman got a bit edgy this week, as you’d expect. We have a lot of serious investors at the club who perhaps don’t know a lot about football so the chairman has been defending me.
“I always think as a manager at any level, particularly in the modern era, expect the sack. Just expect it; it’s coming at some stage, so just do your job as best you can. Every week, that’s what I try to do.
“Sometimes it’s hard to dress up six defeats when you’re the owner of the club and you have investors. Obviously there are things he’s got no control over but he’s tried to offer me all the assistance that he could. He’s been brilliant for me and I just want to say thank you to him really.”
With various reports linking Sam Allardyce and Roberto Mancini to a job which he still holds, it’s understandable that Pardew would be slightly on edge, quick to thump his chest and restake his claim as the right man for the job, but perhaps alienating and borderline embarrassing the new investors, who are now responsible for signing your paychecks, wouldn’t have been my go-to move.