The Hitlist: Gameweek 2 Injury & Suspension Round Up

The Premier League is back up and running and after a lively first weekend, Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the definitive lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. Here we round up who’s on the Hitlist for Gameweek 2.

Arsenal

Next Up: Leicester City (A)

Arsene Wenger received a lot of criticism for giving key players Ozil, Giroud and most especially Laurent Koscielny the day off last Sunday against Liverpool. It would be surprising for the same players to miss this week’s trip to champions Leicester. Two of the better performers from last week, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi, are ruled out for up to 4 weeks with muscle injuries as Arsenal’s injury problems start earlier than usual.

Injured:  Welbeck, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Paulista, Ramsey, Iwobi, Gnabry

50/50:   Giroud, Ozil, Koscielny,

Bournemouth

Next Up:West Ham (A)

No new injury concerns for Eddie Howe as his side look to bounce back from their home defeat to Manchester United. Billy Cargill will face a late fitness test after recovering from a groin strain.

Injured: Mings, Stanislas, Hyndman

50/50: Cargill

Burnley

Next Up:Liverpool (H)

Ashley Barnes continues to battle a hamstring strain while Jon Flanagan will be itching to prove his match fitness and take a starting spot against his former club.

Injured: None

50/50: Flanagan, Barnes

Chelsea

Next Up:  Watford (A)

Only long term absentees Kurt Zouma and Marco Van Ginkel are missing from the Chelsea squad ahead of their trip to Vicarage Road.

Injured: Zouma, Van Ginkel

Crystal Palace

Next Up: Tottenham (A)

There are no major injury worries for Alan Pardew. Pape Souaré had to come off late last week with a muscle injury but he is expected to take his place amongst the starting XI at White Hart Lane. Yohan Cabaye, Joe Ledley, Wayne Hennessey and Jordan Mutch should be fit to play this weekend after suffering minor strains.

Injured: Tomkins, Sako, Campbell

50/50: McArthur, Fryers, Williams, Mandanda, Cabaye, Ledley, Hennessey, Mutch

Everton

Next Up: Tottenham (H)

Romelu Lukaku is back for the Toffees ahead of their trip to West Brom. The Belgian has recovered from the heel injury that kept him out of the opening game of the season. New signing Ashley Williams will be hoping to force his way into the starting team as he proves his match fitness after moving from Swansea last week.

Injured: Besic, Connolly, Browning, Pennington, Coleman

50/50: Williams

Hull City

Next Up: Swansea (A)

No change to the Hull City injury list from last week. Dawson, McGregor and Bruce are the most high profile of the long term absentees.

Injured:  Dawson, Odubajo, McGregor, Bruce, Maguire, Lenihan

Leicester City

Next Up:  Arsenal (H)

Leicester City welcome back Robert Huth from suspension and his return will boost the champions after their shock loss to Hull last week. Claudio Ranieri will be delighted to have a full squad to choose from as they are up against Arsenal this week – the only team to beat them twice last season.

Liverpool

Next Up: Burnley (A)

Liverpool continue away from home as Anfield gets redeveloped while their injury list continues to be a worry for Jurgen Klopp. Sadio Mane injured his shoulder in a training ground collision with Alberto Moreno and is expected to miss the trip to Burnley. Match winner Philippe Coutinho has declared himself fit after hobbling off against Arsenal. There is good news for Klopp though as James Milner and Daniel Sturridge are likely to be fit for the weekend.

Injured: Lucas, Karius, Sakho, Gomez, Ilori, Ejaria, Ojo, Mane

50/50: Coutinho, Sturridge, Milner

Manchester City

Next Up: Stoke (A)

Yaya Toure is rated as 50/50 for this weekend’s game at the Britannia as is new signing Leroy Sane (thigh) as they both try to prove their fitness. Samir Nasri definitely won’t feature at the weekend and joins Kompany and Gundogan on the sidelines.

Injured: Kompany, Gundogan, Nasri

50/50: Toure, Sane

Manchester United

Next Up: Southampton (H)

Chris Smalling comes back from suspension and may replace Daley Blind in the starting team after Eric Bailly shone on his Premier League debut. Jesse Lingard is the only doubt for United ahead of their Friday night showdown with Southampton.

50/50: Lingard

Middlesbrough

Next Up:  Sunderland (A)

Martin de Roon (hamstring) joins long term absentees Espinosa, Ayala, Husband and Leadbitter on the sidelines as Aitor Karanka prepares his side for the North-West derby at Sunderland.

Injured: Espinosa, Ayala, Husband, Leadbitter

Southampton

Next Up: Manchester United (A)

Ryan Bertrand continues to struggle with a Knee injury and is rated as 50/50. After being left on the bench last week, José Fonte may be given the start against United,who are reported to be interested in signing the Portuguese European champion.

50/50: Gardos, Bertrand

Stoke City

Next Up:  Manchester City (H)

Stoke started with Shay Given in goal last week as Jack Butland was considered not ready for first team action. The Englishman is training fully but it may be another week or two before he regains his starting spot. Glen Johnson (Quad), Xherdan Shaqiri (Calf) and Marko Arnautovic (Quad) will be assessed before the game.

Injured: Afellay, Ireland

50/50: Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Butland, Johnson

Sunderland

Next Up:  Middlesbrough (H)

As of Friday, Younes Kaboul is having a medical at Watford so David Moyes will be hoping that Billy Jones and Jan Kirchhoff will be able to shake off knocks. If not john O’Shea may drop back into his usual centre half position after playing midfield last week. Sebastian Larsson and Lee Cattermole are still sidelined.

50/50: Kirchhoff, Jones

Injured: Larsson, Cattermole

Swansea City

Next Up: Hull City (H)

Borka Baston will have to wait at least another week for his Swans debut as Francesco Guidolin has ruled him out of the Hull City game. Leon Britton is battling illness while Neil Taylor and Sung-Yeung Ki are still trying to prove their match fitness.

Injured: Baston

50/50: Ki,  Taylor, Britton

Tottenham Hotspur

Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)

Spurs suffered a huge blow during the week as Hugo Lloris was ruled out for at least 4 weeks due to a hamstring injury. Heung-Min Son has returned from representing South Korea at the Olympics and will liekly take a place on the bench for the visit of Crystal Palace.

Injured: Lloris

50/50: Wimmer, Son

Suspended: Dembele

Watford

Next Up: Chelsea (H)

New signing Brice Dja Djedje will have to wait until September to make his debut. Ben Watson will serve his suspension for picking up a red card at St. Marys.

Injured:Dja Djedge

50/50: Success

Suspended: Watson

West Bromwich Albion

Next Up: Everton (H)

The West Brom team came through last week’s win away to Palace unscathed so Chris Brunt (ACL) is still the only absentee to Tony Pulis’ squad.

Injured: Brunt

West Ham

Next Up: Bournemouth (H)

It wasn’t a good week for West Ham as they conceded a late winner at Chelsea as well as losing Andre Ayew for “a significant period of time”. There is no time frame for his return but it is expected to be months rather than weeks. Dimitri Payet also picked up a knock but he should be fit for West Ham’s first Premier League game at the Olympic stadium.

Injured:  Cresswell, Lanzini, Feghouli, Henry, Ayew

50/50: Payet, Sakho, Hordveit
There’s over £3000 worth of Guaranteed Pots to be won this weekend on PlayON. Enter your teams for Gameweek 2 now. 

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