Our weekly roundup of the injured, sick and suspended. As we move toward Gameweek 17, here’s a reminder of who’s ruled in and out of the action.
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
The shine was somewhat taken off an emphatic home victory over Newcastle at the weekend by news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would join the ranks of walking wounded at the Emirates. The midfielder picked up a groin strain and could miss out on the trip to Anfield. On a more positive note, Calum Chambers will be available for selection as he returns from suspension.
Injured: Ozil, Diaby, Ospina, Gnabry, Arteta, Koscielny, Walcott, Wilshere, Monreal, Ramsey
50/50: Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Next Up: Man United (H)
The weekend’s action resulted in no new injury concerns for Aston Villa. However, three player’s will miss out on the visit to Old Trafford through suspension. Kieran Richardson will face a three-match ban, having received a straight red card for a dangerous lunge on Stéphane Sessegnon. Meanwhile, Alan Hutton and Tom Cleverley picked up a fifth yellow card each and will therefore miss out on one match. Interestingly, Tom Cleverley was already ineligible to play against his parent club – so the ban is of little consequence.
Injured: Delph, Kozák, Baker, Senderos, Westwood, Cole
Suspended: Hutton, Cleverley, Richardson
Next Up: Tottenham (A)
The left back position will be of particular concern to Sean Dyche as Ben Mee, himself a replacement for Stephen Ward, was forced off at the weekend. Mee is reportedly suffering from an illness, and while it looks likely that he will be available, there is a possibility that a more junior member of the squad will be called upon to plug the gap.
Injured: Taylor, Vokes, Ward
50/50: Duff, Mee
Next Up: Stoke (A)
Cesc Fabregas will no doubt return to the Chelsea lineup having served his one match ban. Thibaut Courtois could also return from injury to face Stoke at the Britannia. However, the Special One has arguably the best second choice goalkeeper in the world in Petr Cech – so it is unlikely that he will lose too much sleep over the exact date of the Belgian stopper’s return. Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma and Didier Drogba have picked up knocks but may still feature against Stoke.
50/50: Zouma, Drogba, Courtois
Next Up: Man City (A)
Wilfried Zaha and Maroune Chamakh picked up a knock and a hamstring strain respectively during Palace’s draw at home to Stoke at the weekend. Neither injury appears to be particularly serious in nature and Neil Warnock will be hopeful of having all of his options available for a tough away trip to the Etihad.
50/50: Zaha, Chamakh
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Everton’s selection woes appear to be abating. Last week saw the return of Naismith, Koné and Stones, while Gareth Barry will return from suspension this week. There is also a possibility that James McCarthy and Darron Gibson will be available for the trip to the south coast – although don’t be surprised if Roberto Martinez is less than eager to rush the two injury plagued players back too soon. Kevin Mirallas is, however, a fresh concern. The winger picked up an ankle injury against QPR – although again, there is still a chance that he will feature against the Saints.
50/50: McCarthy, Mirallas, Gibson, Atsu
Next Up: Swansea (H)
It looks as though Steve Bruce will have to make do without Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone over the busy festive period. Dawson pulled up with a hamstring injury early into the match with Chelsea, while Tom Huddlestone is facing a three-match ban, having received a straight red card in the same fixture. Mohamed Diamé and Robert Snodgrass remain long-term absentees.
Injured: Snodgrass, Diame, Dawson
Next Up: West Ham (A)
Leicester will welcome back Ritchie de Laet for the away trip to West Ham. The defender has recovered from the illness that saw him miss two matches. His return means that Kasper Schmeichel and Matthew Upson are the only two unavailable players in Nigel Pearson’s squad.
Injured: Upson, Schmeichel
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
The weekend’s grudge match with Manchester United precipitated a fresh injury concern for Liverpool in the form of Glen Johnson’s groin. The full back is reportedly facing a month on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that the recent return of Mamadou Sakho and Mario Balotelli will help to bolster Liverpool’s leaky defence and toothless attack respectively.
Injured: Sturridge, Suso, Flanagan, Johnson
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
City have been extremely unlucky in recent times with injuries. Their treatment room might not be the busiest in the premier league, but few teams can claim to have injuries to such talismanic players as Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany. To make matters worse, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko – Aguero’s immediate understudies – are themselves struggling with injury. While it is likely that one of them will be fit enough to play, there is also a possibility that Jose Pozo, the Spanish teenager, will be Man City’s only recognised striker when they line up against Crystal Palace.
Injured: Aguero, Nastasic
50/50: Jovetic, Kompany, Dzeko
Next Up: Aston Villa (A)
Louis Van Gaal will have been glad to welcome back Phil Jones into the fold last weekend after a lengthy absence. Unfortunately though, the curse of United’s new recruits seems set to continue. Marcos Rojo was withdrawn from the squad to face Liverpool, and joins the likes of Shaw, Blind and Di Maria on the injury list.
Injured: Shaw, Lingard, Blind, Smalling, Di Maria
50/50: Rafael, Rojo
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
The result aside, Alan Pardew will be happy to have seen out the game with Arsenal with no new injuries. The Newcastle manager will also have Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor available to him for the upcoming derby against Sunderland – both players will be returning from suspension.
Injured: Krul, de Jong, Santon, Gutiérrez, Obertan, R.Taylor, Aarons, Elliot
Next Up: West Brom (H)
Harry Redknapp will be glad to have Charlie Austin back from suspension in time for the visit of West Brom. However, he will be far less happy if Steven Caulker is ruled out with a head injury that was allegedly suffered as the result of misbehaviour at the players’ Christmas party.
Injured: Faurlin, Sandro, Taarabt
Next Up: Everton (H)
Ronald Koeman’s selection issues persist despite the return from injury of James Ward-Prowse and Morgan Schneiderlin. Victor Wanyama, Schneiderlin, and Florin Gardos are all suspended for the visit of Everton after picking up cards in the League Cup quarter-final defeat to Sheffield United. Steven Davis and James Hesketh are both nursing knocks and are further doubts that will likely contribute to Koeman’s headache.
Injured: Rodriguez, Gallagher, Cork
50/50: Hesketh, Davis
Suspended: Schneiderlin, Gardos, Wanyama
Next Up: Chelsea (H)
Bojan Krkic is the only new injury concern for Mark Hughes as he prepares to host Jose Mourinho and co. at the Britannia. The Spaniard was substituted early in the second half against Crystal Palace with a hip injury. However, the reports are that this was merely a precaution – so Stoke fans can be reasonably optimistic about the player’s chances of making an appearance this weekend.
Injured: Odemwingie, Moses, Sidwell, Teixeira
50/50: Ireland, Muniesa, Bojan
Next Up: Newcastle (A)
There were no new injury concerns for Gus Poyet following his sides’ draw with West Ham at home. Patrick Van Aanholt, Billy Jones and Emanuele Giaccherini remain Sunderland’s only absentees going into this weekend’s North-East derby.
Injured: Van Aanholt, Jones, Giaccherini
Next Up: Hull (A)
Gary Monk will be delighted to be in a position to report a clean bill of health as the busiest period of premier league fixtures approaches.
Next Up: Burnley (H)
Spurs are another team who are somewhat fortunate to have almost a full squad to choose from this Christmas. Emmanuel Adebayor is available for selection having returned from compassionate leave. Kyle Naughton and Etienne Capoue are therefore the only doubts for the visit of Burnley to White Hart Lane.
50/50: Naughton, Capoue
Next Up: QPR (A)
Victor Anichebe, Chris Brunt, and Giorgios Samaras are all doubtful for the trip to Loftus Road. It looks as though all three could take part at some stage over festive period though should Alan Irvine require their services.
50/50: Anichebe, Samaras, Brunt
Next Up: Leicester (H)
Like Gary Monk at Swansea, Sam Allardyce could be in the enviable position of having his full squad to choose from this weekend. Only Mark Noble is a doubt as he struggles to overcome a calf injury.