Mirallas has 'outside chance' of facing Spurs


David Moyes said in his pre-match press conference this afternoon that injured duo Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman are 'doing much better' and have an outside chance of being involved against Tottenham on Sunday.

Mirallas has been recovering from a hamstring strain that looked initially as though would only sideline him for 10 days but he has now missed the last four games for the Blues.

Coleman has been out of action for about as long but the fact that the pair are close to a return will come as welcome news.

Moyes was also asked about the possibility of new signings in January and though he reiterated that, as things stand, there is little chance of him being able to buy any players, he suggested that he will again be looking at his options in the loan market.

He also quipped that rival managers are more than welcome to come and watch his players but they had better "bring a big chequebook" if they had any designs on buying any of them.  

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Dan McKie
864 Posted 07/12/2012 at 16:22:47
In other words 'no chance'. They said he had a good chance to be back for Norwich, now its an outside chance for a game over a week later! They first claimed Gibson had a chance to be back for the QPR game when he got injured, and it was only TEN games later that he played again!
Jay Harris
865 Posted 07/12/2012 at 16:21:25
Sounds like a soundbyte for putting them on the bench.

I get the impression the press report about Mirallas and Jelavic falling out may have had some truth in it.

These days you are not out for 4 weeks with a minor injury.

Coleman's situation may have been to protect him from the flak he was getting in some quarters.

Anyway Spurs are weak down their left flank without Bale and Ekoto so I would welcome a Coleman-Mirallas right flank.

James Martin
868 Posted 07/12/2012 at 16:30:23
Why can't the whole team be like Leighton Baines? He barely misses a game and if he pulls up with a hamstring injury he's back within 3 days playing again. Everyone else seems to take a month off every time they get a knock.
Brian Harrison
870 Posted 07/12/2012 at 16:33:39
Let's hope both are fit for Spurs game. I think we have missed the pace of Mirallas. I haven't seen any press reports of a rift between Mirallas and Jelavic but, even if there has been, Cole and Sheringham didn't speak to one another at Man Utd and it didn't stop them being successful.
Edward Simpson
872 Posted 07/12/2012 at 16:40:51
Jay, I disagree. I'm sure if there was a disagreement then they've probably got over it by now. I doubt it has to do anything with his injury, he damaged his hamstring, and we all know how fickle they are!
Shane Corcoran
873 Posted 07/12/2012 at 16:48:16
James, do you really expect an answer to your question?
Sam Hoare
884 Posted 07/12/2012 at 18:22:06
It does seem that a few players have been out longer than predicted for their type of injury. Bad luck or someone getting it wrong on the medical team.

I think mirallas could be the difference between a win and a draw tomorrow.

John Campbell
892 Posted 07/12/2012 at 19:07:02
Anyone know what Steve Round does?
Roberto Birquet
893 Posted 07/12/2012 at 19:37:34
In other words 'no chance'. They said he had a good chance to be back for Norwich, now its an outside chance for a game over a week later!
I did not hear Moyes say that Mirallas had a good chance of making the Norwich or City games, although reports indicated he had. From what I saw, he only answered a question from a journo whether Gibson and Mirallas were getting back to fitness, and replied: They're doing ok.

Some reports seem to inflate that to Mirallas a good chance to be back for Norwich game.

And Coleman if used should only be allowed up the pitch, ie instead of Mirallas, not near the back. What a liability!

Ian Bennett
895 Posted 07/12/2012 at 19:48:02

If we are losing to Spurs, I'd happily sub Hibbert for Coleman. If we are winning, he stays on the bench for me.
Trevor Lynes
897 Posted 07/12/2012 at 20:02:22
It is strange that all our injuries seem to linger... eg: Messi plays every game and gets kicked and fouled lots of times.

He went off injured recently with what looked like a hamstring but was back into the fray in a trice compared to our lot.

What is going on with Anichebe for instance?

We get very little news of injured players and mostly it's just an unknown when they will be back situation.

Our squad is too small for top eleven players to be out so long.

Our bench is inadequate in providing decent cover.
Patrick Murphy
898 Posted 07/12/2012 at 20:15:45
I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever see Mr Mirallas again, there is definitely something more than meets the eye here.... and what about Anichebe — seven weeks he's been missing and no update on him whatsoever.

The official website have a link to an interview carried out by Blue-Kipper with our wonderful CEO Mr Elstone, the accounts are complete and audited but they don't expect them back until mid-January. We don't have to sell in January, apparently.

Edward Simpson
924 Posted 08/12/2012 at 00:38:27
Patrick... What?

Mirallas has a hamstring injury. The sort of injury that is very unpredictable. He has been training since last Thursday so I think we could expect to see him this weekend.

Anichebe was stretchered off last month in a U-21s game. Moyes isn't one with disclosure at times, and we all know he can get as surly as SAF.

So I don't see why you're concerned.
Dan San
929 Posted 08/12/2012 at 03:44:40
If we're not careful our season could go tits up here... just realised that we've only kept 2 clean sheets all season: Man Utd & Swansea... Swansea was September 22nd.. WTF!?
Andy Meighan
948 Posted 08/12/2012 at 09:47:58
What's an 'outside chance'? You're either fit or you're not.
Steve Smith
965 Posted 08/12/2012 at 11:57:58
I don't know if it's just our perception as supporters, but some of our injuries seem to take an age to clear up, I've even heard it given as a reason for getting rid of Baz Rathbone. It would be great for us if Mirallas is fit, unfortunately Coleman was a liability at RB imo, so even if he is fit, I would expect him to be on the bench.

I heard a little whisper the other day that Anichebe has played his last game for us, and that the club are inviting offers for him.

Rory Slingo
974 Posted 08/12/2012 at 13:11:00
Steve, the Everton physio was Mick Rathbone. Barry Rathbone is a contributor on TW.

Jamie Barlow
978 Posted 08/12/2012 at 13:45:55
Patrick, you sure love a conspiracy don't you?

Rory, Mick Rathbone has 'Baz' as a nickname.

Steve Smith
985 Posted 08/12/2012 at 14:42:02
Rory 974.
Mick Rathbone was universally known as Baz at Everton and beyond.....if ya know ya history like !
Rory Slingo
987 Posted 08/12/2012 at 14:28:24
Has he, Jamie? How about that?
Chris James
045 Posted 08/12/2012 at 23:05:59
Mirallas back, even as a sub, would be a massive boost. Not only is he a direct player who runs with the ball, but by providing pacey runs and a constant out-ball on the right flank he creates extra space for Baines/Pienaar on the left and also Fellaini in the middle to work their magic. I think that's why we looked so terrifying going forward earlier on in the season – attacks coming from all areas.
Shaun Sparke
089 Posted 09/12/2012 at 09:58:38
I could be wrong, but I suggest that "Baz Rathbone" was so called in reference to the 1940's movie star Basil Rathbone who played such characters as Sir Guy of Gisbourne in Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes.

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