Ahead of Gameweek 6, Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League.
Next Up: Chelsea (A)
Arsenal had a particularly bad day at the office on Wednesday night as they were shown up by minnows Dinamo Zagreb in the opening tie of the Champions League. Ahead of their crunch bout with Chelsea, the Gunners report much the same injury list, with Rosicky, Wilshere and Welbeck ruled out for some time.
Per Mertesacker carries a knock, but Gabriel is likely to take his starting position regardless of his fitness status.
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck
Next Up: West Brom (H)
Tim Sherwood will asses the fitness of Gil, Traore and Crespo going into a Gameweek 6 derby showdown with West Brom. Jores Okore should return to the fold by the end of the month following a knee injury.
Injured: Okore, Gardner
50/50: Crespo, Ilori, Gil, Gueye, Traore
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
The Cherries’ hitlist remains much the same. Charlie Daniels could be in line for a potential return from a hamstring injury but Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel are the long term absentees with a serious knee issue and ACL injury respectively.
Injured: Mings, Gradel, Arter
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
Radamel Falcao struggles with a minor knee complaint but could feature at some stage of the game. Courtois, Pedro and Willian all represent huge losses for the Blues as they host Arsenal in Gameweek 6. The former two in particular.
Injured: Courtois, Pedro, Willian
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Defensive stalwart Damien Delaney struggles with a groin injury and may not feature in the all-London affair with Spurs. There are similar question marks over key men Ledley and Puncheon who look to recover from a hamstring injury and a knock respectively.
Injured: Ward, Campbell, Chamakh
50/50: Delaney, Puncheon, Ledley, Wickham
Next Up: Swansea (A)
Everton are currently the most injury hit side in the league and with a testing trip to Swansea on the cards, they’ll hope the likes of Seamus Coleman and Muhamed Besic can prove their fitness following dual hamstring injuries in Gameweek 5. Their chances of availability look positive according to bossman Martinez.
Injured: Hibbert, Baines, Oviedo, Gibson, Cleverley, Pienaar
50/50: Coleman, Besic
Next Up: Stoke (A)
Leicester will hope to continue their stellar run of form at Stoke in Gameweek 6. With an almost fully fit squad to select from – Matty James the only absentee – they have every opportunity.
Next Up: Norwich (H)
Daniel Sturridge’s return to training will be a boost to all concerned at Liverpool, but the striker is unlikely to be risked at home to Norwich as he seeks full fitness following a longstanding hip problem. Phil Coutinho provides the major boost for the Reds however, available once more following his suspension.
Injured: Flanagan, Allen
50/50: Toure, Henderson, Sturridge
Next Up: West Ham (H)
City will seek to right the wrongs of their Champions League defeat to Juventus during the week with victory over an upwardly mobile West Ham. Captain and form man Vincent Kompany was carted off in that game through a calf injury, but should be fit to start this weekend.
Injured: Zabaleta, Clichy, Fernando, Delph
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Marcos Rojo could re-enter the fray at left-back or centre-half following Luke Shaw’s grisly injury midweek against PSV. The 20 year old looks set to miss six months at the very least with a broken leg. Wayne Rooney is touch and go for a return to the starting line-up but Anthony Martial is likely to continue up front.
Injured: Jones, Shaw
Next Up: Watford (H)
Aleksander Mitrovic continues his suspension following a dismissal against Arsenal in Gameweek 4, while Steve McClaren will hope Steven Taylor can come back to full fitness to plug a leaky defence.
Injured: Marveaux, Riviere
50/50: Taylor, Good
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
Kyle Lafferty is fit again and available for selection but unlikely to displace Cameron Jerome up top. Andre Wisdom will be unavailable to Alex Neil as the Canaries take on his parent club Liverpool in Gameweek 6.
Injured: Mulumbu, Hooper
Next Up: Manchester United (H)
Ronald Koeman’s battle of wills with Louis Van Gaal will continue this weekend as the Dutch duo clash at St. Mary’s. The Southampton boss will have to make do without the long-term absentees Forster, Gardos, Bertrand and Clasie – none of which have featured in the 2015/16 campaign so far.
Injured: Forster, Gardos, Bertrand, Clasie
Next Up: Leicester (H)
“Sparky” Hughes has some selection headaches to contend with as Charlie Adam and Ibrahim Afellay miss out on Gameweek 6 through suspension. Glen Johnson and Jonathon Walters meanwhile are both potential doubts with respective knocks and injuries.
Injured: Shawcross, Odemwingie
50/50: Johnson, Walters
Suspended: Adam, Afellay
Next Up: Bournemouth (A)
None of Sunderland’s first team players carry any fitness or injury complaints so the Black Cats should be relatively unimpeded by player selection at Bournemouth in Gameweek 6.
Injured: Matthews, Watmore
Next Up: Everton (H)
The Swans’ good run of fortune continues into Gameweek 6, with Garry Monk able to select from a fully fit squad at home to Everton.
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
Spurs’ linchpin, Christian Eriksen, continues his recovery from a knee injury so the Dane is unlikely to feature against Palace this Sunday. Ryan Mason, Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier meanwhile are all touch and go to prove their fitness.
Injured: Dier, Dembele, Mason, Eriksen
Next Up: Newcastle (A)
Miguel Britos – that lover of violence – is still serving suspension and won’t figure in Watford’s plans until late this month. Valon Behrami will likewise miss Gameweek 6 following his dismissal in last week’s victory over Swansea.
Suspended: Britos, Behrami
Next Up: Aston Villa (A)
New signing Johnny Evans will hope to prove his fitness, as West Brom make the short trip down the road to Villa Park for a Gameweek 6 derby clash.
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Adrian is available for selection once more following a lengthy suspension but whether he can will now displace the very able Darren Randolph remains to be seen. A further boost for Slaven Bilic will be the availability of Andy Carroll following a long spell on the sidelines. Angelo Ogbonna meanwhile, stands out as their biggest loss after sustaining a hamstring injury against Newcastle in their Gameweek 5 victory.
Injured: Ogbonna, O’Brien, Song, Valencia
50/50: Obiang, Zarate