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Fellaini now out of the Derby?

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I just heard on Radio Merseyside that Fellaini may miss the derby match. Anyone have any news?

Mike Hughes,     Posted 15/10/2010 at

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Pat Finegan
1   Posted 15/10/2010 at 05:59:12

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I think I might have heard the same thing, Mike. Someone called in and say that they heard that Fellaini was injured. This was on Merseyside Sport at about 7:30? If I heard what you heard, it doesn't appear to be very reliable to me at all.

Don't panic, wait until you hear something from the OS or a reliable source. The call-in was all I've heard about it, can't find any information anywhere on the web. I'm not saying it's a false rumour but there is no verification of it at this point.
Brian Hill
2   Posted 15/10/2010 at 06:12:59

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He'll probably miss most of it anyway with Howard Webb as referee..............
Paul Olsen
3   Posted 15/10/2010 at 07:19:28

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Fuck me, that is BAD news....

Probably right as well, OS always come out with these stories a week later or not at all.

We really need the Fella on sunday. Until that ugly greek fella decided to play the Liverpool way in the last derby Fella bossed the game completely.
Charlie Percival
4   Posted 15/10/2010 at 08:30:22

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dont count on the OS giving you any information!
Duncan McDine
5   Posted 15/10/2010 at 09:15:25

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Hope its not the case... we don't want to give them any kind of morale boost going into this one.

Have to agree with Brian #2 though, he is the most obvious player on our books to get sent off.
Thomas Christensen
6   Posted 15/10/2010 at 11:53:36

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Not sure if that is good news or not, with Pienaar out it probably means that Osman will get the nod over Bily!!!
Tony J Williams
7   Posted 15/10/2010 at 12:21:05

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The only game we have won has been without Pienaar...........
Andrew Fair
8   Posted 15/10/2010 at 12:37:49

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I can't find any clarity on Fellaini. He did come off injured for Belgium midweek but I think he will probably have a fitness test on Sunday. Jags and Pienaar are definitely out. Funny piece by Paul Merson on Sky Sports claiming Pienaar will be key man. Erm... Paul, he has been injured for a couple of games now.

Jags is a loss but wantaway to wherever defender Johnny will be able to take his place. Fellaini in my opinion will be key on Sunday; if he bosses Gerrard, we will all be celebrating on Sunday evening. The start to our season has been awful but a win on Sunday will go some way to appeasing the majority of fans and will boost our chances for the rest of the season. A loss... well that's unthinkable. COYB ? EXCITEMENT IS HERE!

David Price
9   Posted 15/10/2010 at 12:50:18

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He went off 9 minutes from the end v Austria with hamstring strain.
No news either way if he's fit yet.
Aidy Dews
10   Posted 15/10/2010 at 13:15:37

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I read that he was out as he limped off for Belgium in midweek and that he could be out for a few weeks as well, not just the derby, gutting news!

In the same piece, I also read that Pienaar would be involved on Sunday too but how accurate these stories are I don't know but this kid who told all usually is good with his ITK knowledge.

Btw, the lad said it would also be Pienaar's last derby... so he's either fucking off in January or this kid is talking bollocks, watch this space?!
Ben Jones
11   Posted 15/10/2010 at 13:26:05

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If this is true, then put Neville in midfield and Hibbert right back. Would be a loss but not huge - quite like Neville in midfield in a derby
Lee Gorre
12   Posted 15/10/2010 at 13:36:27

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Tony, I think its fair to say the win without Pienaar was coincidence rather than because of the benefit that he wasn't playing. He has not been at his best this season, but still one of our better performers anyway.
Rob Noonan
13   Posted 15/10/2010 at 13:53:05

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He's out for 6 weeks.
Tom Bowers
14   Posted 15/10/2010 at 13:54:56

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Fellaini out would be have Redshite jumping for joy.They are going to have a ''fully fit'' Torres and we will really miss Jags in that respect.However Kuyt isn't playing and he is their workhorse.Having said all that we now have to rely even more on Timmies expertise in the air without Fellaini. Awkward as he is the man is a pain for opposition players. We need big games from Osman and Arteta if we are to control the game and great concentration from the back four as Torres can kill you.
Dan Moorhead
15   Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:01:30

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Its on OS, gutted.
Jamie Morgan
16   Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:08:56

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thats a real shit!

means we have 3 right backs playing.
hibbo rb, coleman right mid and neville at cm.

missing 3 of our best players just as torres declares himself fit!

Jamie Tulacz
17   Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:15:25

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Definitely a big blow, as FElla has hit some good form when put back in his right position.

Really don't think Torres is one to worry about too much at the moment- he's been shockingly bad even when fit this season.
Kunal Desai
18   Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:17:28

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Why does nothing ever go right for us?
Anthony Hughes
19   Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:18:10

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Hope your right about Torres Jaime, but we have the knack of obliging players and teams who are out of form.
Rob Noonan
20   Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:26:43

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Pendulum swings back in their favour. Good, I think we'll play tough and be better as underdogs.
Craig Taylor
21   Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:28:33

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He wouldn't have lasted anyway as he would have been looking for that dirty Greek twat for most of the match.

Nevillw (like him or not) always does a shift in centre mid. With the gobby dutch man going into centre def in place of jags.

I'd still go with coleman at right back, but Hibbert will play there.

Bily should start on right with gueye on left. But think Coleman will play right and ossie left.

I actually wouldnt mind Arteta being pushed out wide and playing two upfront. May be a bit risky for Moyes though !
Jamie Tulacz
22   Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:37:53

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Anthony- yeah I've probably gone and scuppered us now unfortunately!

Bit worried about our injury record over the last few years, as we do seem to be picking up more injuries than most. Think it's becoming too much to be coincidental nowadays.
David Price
23   Posted 15/10/2010 at 15:01:02

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Neville will play cm now with Arteta. Osman left, Coleman right, Cahill and the Yak upfront. Hibbert slots in at RB, Johnny needs to prove his worth at CB and Distin has to win a lot of fans over. Baines and Howard the other certs. Massive blow with Fella, can't believe this injury list building up again.
John Daley
24   Posted 15/10/2010 at 15:07:32

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For fuck's sake. Only said to my mate yesterday that I had this bad feeling Phil Neville would be patrolling the midfield on Sunday. Moyes's supposed 'strongest ever squad' is starting to look a bit stretched once again.
Chris Fisher
25   Posted 15/10/2010 at 15:52:51

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Fuck these pointless fucking internationals, I couldn't care less if England qualifiy or not ? one of the games I look forward to most all season is being fucking ruined by internationals. I hope we will be getting paid compensation by the twaty FAs of these countries that keep fucking our players up.

Two of our most important players out and also one of our brightest prospects will now miss 6 months to a year of his development because of a pointless under-19s game. I only care about Everton and I really wouldn't care less if they just did away with internationals altogether.

Rob Noonan
26   Posted 15/10/2010 at 15:56:29

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Alan Hansen as impartial as ever.
Al Reddish
27   Posted 15/10/2010 at 15:57:13

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Thats Hibbert Neville and Osman all in the team then..............Its gonna be a rocky ride on here for a bit!
Tony McNulty
28   Posted 15/10/2010 at 16:50:10

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Amateur hour again.

If this is true (and it is looking like it according to the Echo), why do we hand the opposition a morale boost which also enables them to better prepare for playing against the likely team we will put out? Unless, of course the cunning plan is that he is really OK, and we will shock them come half an hour before kick off with the news that the big fellah is playing. I know which one of the two alternatives is the most likely.

Tony McNulty
29   Posted 15/10/2010 at 16:54:27

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My God, I was so pissed off I actually split an infinitive in my post!
Paul Rimmer
30   Posted 15/10/2010 at 17:22:33

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Think we're struggling to fill the bench...Gueye, Bily, Mucha, Beckford...maybe Baxter. Could really do with Yobo and Vaughan back from loans.....can they be recalled??
Paul Rimmer
31   Posted 15/10/2010 at 17:29:18

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Nearly forgot..The mighty Joao Silva
Pat Finegan
32   Posted 15/10/2010 at 18:19:46

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I guess I was a little too hopeful. Maybe Osman or Bily will take a spot in the middle along with Cahill and Arteta.
Jon Cox
33   Posted 15/10/2010 at 19:15:14

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Gueye on the left is a must. This will keep Johnson quiet and have to think about defending and we all know how good a defender Johnson actually isn't.

Howard and the back four because of Jags speaks for itself. Along with Gueye it has to be Ateta, Nev and Coleman attack right mid.

Up front is a bit of conundrum, it's an either or.

Either we go 4-4-2 with the yak and Beckford as twin strikers,

or we go 4-4-1-1 with the yak and cahill or billy or sometime in the game swapping the two.

For me i'd start with Timmy. If it's not working then at precisely 61 minutes 23 seconds bring on Billy for the howitzer quotiant.

Having said that I do like the Yak and Becks up front. Only because i've wanted to see this partnership for some time. I pray we could see an Andy Cole Dwight Yorke thing happen (you never know).

However, this game will be won not so much on a tactical level but more on a psychological, indoctrinational level, by YOU DAVID ARE YOU LISTENING, before the game starts.

Tony (26) Imagine that. If it is true what you say then Moyes is the best Everton manager since Gordan Lee and Mick Walker.

David Price
34   Posted 15/10/2010 at 19:52:22

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Jon, that's too off the wall for Moyes, the selection is pretty obvious for Sunday.
Hard to see Yak and Beckford ever getting a chance together from the start.
Jon Cox
35   Posted 15/10/2010 at 19:45:14

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Oh forgot to say, if Pienaar is off then the best geezer to replace him would be the best left winger in the country by a mile.

I give you Matt Etherington. Would fit in our team like glove. You know it's like that first date with a girl and you or her says "It's like we've known each other for years" Etherington and Baines would be electric down that well trodden left hand side.

Only problem is Etherington is a bit of a major gambler and has had problems with this. But i'd put money on him being a great aquasition to our squad at this time.
Jon Cox
36   Posted 15/10/2010 at 20:02:31

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Sadly David I think you're right. But, even Moyes has to at some time think "off the wall".

I live in hope.

Mal Allison rest in peace, football is all the sadder with you gone.

Ivor Keyes
37   Posted 15/10/2010 at 21:10:13

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If you ask me we've got a bunch of quitters.
Rob Noonan
38   Posted 15/10/2010 at 21:34:15

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Fuck me, the game's over then?
I'm a hardy, negative fan but this is uncalled for, they are literally, shite.
Jimmy Hacking
39   Posted 15/10/2010 at 23:04:40

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I agree with Rob on this. they are a bag of shite.

There can be no excuses; if we do not win this it will be unacceptable.
Jimmy Hacking
40   Posted 15/10/2010 at 23:22:06

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This is starting to remind me of that Simpsons episode where Mr Burns' all-star baseball team fall one-by-one to separate misfortunes. can't wait to wake to wake up tomorrow and read about our next casualty.
David Hallwood
41   Posted 16/10/2010 at 00:27:30

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What is it about our injuries. whatever happened to missing for two games
Chad Schofield
42   Posted 16/10/2010 at 10:25:50

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Massive blow. I too would like to see Guaye given a chance, but perhaps he and Beckford on 60-70 to explode with pace... Though if we're still in it by then, as we have little in the way of possible conservative subs expect very late cameo from one.
Anthony Millington
43   Posted 16/10/2010 at 12:03:50

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I would like to see Guaye given a chance too Chris, but let's face it Moyes is more likely to stick Osman out on the left and we will have no width. And if Bilyaletidinov plays Moyes will play him down the right even though he is left footed so he won't beable to use his main weapon, crossing with his left foot.
James Martin
44   Posted 16/10/2010 at 13:49:31

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Moyes should partner Arteta with Osman in the middle and play Bilyaletdinov on the left with Coleman on the right. Not that he will, the temptation to go safety first and put hibbert in the team with Neville in midfield will be too much for him to resist, with the talents of osman sadly wasted on the left again. Why can't people see our best performances of recent years fiorentina, arsenal away, Man U at home have all come when osman plays in the centre. Say what you like about fellaini he's slow, has no positional sense, weak in the air for someone so tall and has a pathetic shot, he slows the game down so much and is either playing in the back five or on top of the striker. Osman and arteta are such a better partnership, with heitinga int he backline we could pass their midfield off the park instead of trying to match up to them physically, that plays right into their talentless hands letting them negate our superior skill and rely on a set piece contentious refereeing decision or gerrard thunderbolt. They'll do what they've done in the last few derbies, park the bus try and boot us off the park and get a spawny one. Osman arteta bilyaletdinov in midfield could open the door for us and at the very least dominate possession.
Tony Dove
45   Posted 16/10/2010 at 22:30:38

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If you're a Stephen Hawkins man, the script's already written... but, if not, Ossie Hibbo Pip and whoever can beat this load of of [red]shite

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