First team injury update

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Updated: September 17, 2014

Besiktas are once again having some serious injury issues. In the previous couple of seasons, the Black Eagles have had significantly more players suffering injuries in comparisson to their rivals. It looks like that “injury nightmare” is persisting this season. With three more players, Ersan Gulum, Atiba Hutchinson and Cenk Tosun, who picked up injuries in the last game against Caykur Rizespor, the total number of injuries has increased to eight already in this early stage of the new season.. Veli Kavlak was obliged to watch his teammates from the stands in the Champions League third qualifying round first leg game against Feyenoord Rotterdam whilst Atiba Hutchinson missed the first leg play-off game against Arsenal FC.

Oguzhan Özyakup’s abdamon injury relapsed during the international break and was forced to leave the camp earlier than expected missing Turkey’s first group match against Iceland.

New signing Demba Ba got injured during a training session and could not appear in the week one and week two of the Spor Toto Süper Lig. Demba Ba, whose injury problems are referred to as “chronic” by several media outlets, has since denied these claims from the media. José Sosa was Besiktas’ latest injury victim prior to the C. Rizespor game.

Ersan Gülüm, Cenk Tosun and Atiba Hutchinson picked up some minor injuries in that game. Who will and who won’t be on the pitch on thursday against Greek side Asteras Tripolis on matchday one of the UEFA Europa Leauge?

  • Demba Ba: the Senegalese striker joined up with the team again for full training on tuesday morning. He should be able to play on thursday, whether he will be part of the starting eleven or on the bench is reportedly up to Slaven Bilic.
  • José Sosa: He had a second degree tear of his upper left front muscle one week ago during training but he worked with the team in the last two training sessions as well.  Apparently, there is no reason for him not to play against Asteras.
  • Ersan Gulum: A first degree tear was identified on his left adductor muscle. His treatment process has started by the club’s physios. It’s very unlikely for him to play on thursday.
  • Cenk Tosun: His right shoulder joint got torn during the Rizespor game but this injury has been reported as not too serious and it is expectedly he will be able to play.
  • Atiba Hutchinson: the Canadian midfielder suffered a minor left hip injury during the game against Rizespor. He reportedly still has some minor pains but is expected to be fully recovered before the game on thursday.
  • Oguzhan Özyakup: the young midfielder has made a full recovery and should be available for coach Slaven Bilic on thursday to play against Asteras.
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