Every week, Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the definitive lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. Here we round up the Hitlist for Gameweek 10.
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
Olivier Giroud may have just returned to full fitness at the right time. The Gunners’ goalless showing at Middlesbrough may prompt Wenger to turn to the Frenchman. On top of that, his positional rival Lucas Perez could be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.
Injured: Mertesacker, Ramsey, Welbeck, Perez
50/50: Cazorla, Ramsey
Next Up: Middlesbrough (A)
One of Bournemouth’s stand-out players this season, Junior Stanislas is potential absentee in Gameweek 10 as he carries a calf injury into an away trip to Middlesbrough.
Injured: Smith, Pugh, Cook
50/50: Stanislas, Surman
Next Up: Manchester United (A)
Burnley have claimed a couple of scalps already this season and they could do it again as they travel to Old Trafford this weekend. The feat is made all that more achievable by the return of Andre Gray from his four match ban.
50/50: Boyd, Defour
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Antonio Conte’s injury list remains much the same in Gameweek 10 – the likes of Ivanovic and Fabregas chief among them. That said, the Chelsea boss appeared to land upon his best line-up in the 4-0 demolition of Manchester United and that didn’t contain either of those two senior players. Meanwhile, Zouma and Mikel are the more long-term absentees.
Injured: Zouma, Mikel
50/50: Ivanovic, Fabregas
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
Scott Dann should return to the heart of the Palace defence, not only boosting their clean sheet potential but their goal threat too. The Eagles have been a bit of a bogey team for their opponents Liverpool of late but overcoming the Reds will be a bit more manageable if the Jason Puncheon can state his full-fitness, having sustained a calf injury.
Injured: Souare, Remy, Jonathan Benteke
Next Up: West Ham (H)
Leighton Baines remains the most high profile injury doubt for the Toffees, but has at least 50% chance in lining out at home to West Ham come Sunday. Enner Valencia meanwhile, is rendered ineligible to face his parent club.
Injured: Browning, Pennington, Baines, Besic
Next Up: Watford (A)
A bad situation has just gotten a hell of a lot worse for Hull City. Not only do the Tigers rival Sunderland as the most injury ravaged side in the league but they’ve just added to their misfortune. Their stand-out player this season, Robert Snodgrass, has succumbed to an ankle injury that could rule him out for up to four weeks.
Injured: McGregor, Robertson, Lenihan, Dawson, Odubajo, Bruce, Luer, Snodgrass, Mbokani
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
The Foxes are blessed with a fully fit Jamie Vardy ahead of Saturday’s clash with Spurs. But could the in-form Okazaki keep last year’s star man out of the line-up?
Injured: Chilwell, Mendy
Next Up: Crystal Palace (A)
Danny Ings gladdened some hearts on Merseyside as he took to the field for the first time this season in Liverpool’s League Cup victory over Spurs. When it comes to the league however, the fit again forward is currently at the back of the pecking order.
Injured: Gomez, Sakho, Ojo
Next Up: West Brom (A)
Pep Guardiola and the fantasy investors of Kevin De Bruyne are currently sweating on the Belgian’s fitness, after he picked up a knock in City’s 1-1 draw with Southampton last Sunday.
50/50: Zabaleta, Delph, De Bruyne
Next Up: Burnley (H)
Eric Bailly is out of action for up to two months with a bad knee injury and his absence may sow some seeds of doubt in those who back United for clean sheet potential. This was perfectly illustrated by the Blind-Smalling partnership’s culpability in the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea.
Injured: Jones, Bailly
50/50: Smalling, Rooney, Rashford
Next Up: Bournemouth (H)
Two key defensive players return for duty in Gameweek 10. One is full-back Fabio who has missed Boro’s first nine league games through injury and the second is Calum Chambers. The Englishman returns following his ineligibility against Arsenal last time out.
Next Up: Chelsea (H)
Ryan Bertrand is unlikely to be fit to face his former club in Gameweek 10, as the rampaging full-back continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Jay Rodriguez meanwhile, is a slight doubt after departing the Saints’ League Cup tie with Sunderland, having sustained a head injury.
Injured: Pied, Long
50/50: Bertrand, Cedric, Targett, Rodriguez, Hesketh
Next Up: Swansea (H)
Geoff Cameron ranks as the only new injury concern for Mark Hughes. The American is a 50/50 doubt to start the game against Swansea with a knee complaint.
Injured: Butland, Johnson, Ireland, Afellay
50/50: Haugaard, Bardsley, Cameron
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
Things are not getting any better for David Moyes and Sunderland. Still winless domestically this season, the Black Cats have the misfortune of having a key player injured in every area of the pitch. Mannone, Kirchoff and Borini’s long term absences ranking as the most crippling.
Injured: Mannone, Denayer, Januzaj, Kirchoff, Larsson, Cattermole, Borini
Next Up: Stoke City (A)
Two ankle injuries to flying wingers Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero, rule the duo out of contention until November at the earliest.
Injured: Dyer, Montero
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
Moussa Sissoko has been handed down disciplinary action from the FA following a violent elbow on Harry Arter in Gameweek 9. The Frenchman is ruled out for three matches, starting this week at home to Leicester City.
Injured: Kane, Alderweireld
Next Up: Hull City (H)
Daryl Janmaat is back to full-fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines and could start at right-back as the Hornets host Hull. Isaac Success meanwhile, was forced to miss Gameweek 9 and is scheduled out until late November with a foot injury.
Injured: Cathcart, Kenedy, Success, Okaka
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Next Up: Manchester City (H)
Jonny Evans returns from suspension to face Manchester City, but the consistently yellow carded Claudio Yacob takes up his place in the stands. The Saido Berahino saga meanwhile, rages on with the 23 year old reportedly a stone overweight. The club have ruled him out of first team duties until he regains his fitness.
Next Up: Everton (A)
Aaron Cresswell returns to the fray following suspension, while Andre Ayew could line-out against Everton in Gameweek 10. This would rank as just his second league game of the season, should he get the nod.
Injured: Masuaku, Byram, Tore, Sakho, Carroll