Our weekly roundup of the injured, sick and suspended. Going into a new year and Gameweek, here’s a reminder of who’s ruled in and out of the action.
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Following back to back 2-1 victories over London opposition, Arsenal are left without frontman Olivier Giroud until the 11th of January. The Frenchman received his marching orders after a headbutt on QPR’s Nedum Onuoha.
Injured: Ozil, Diaby, Gnabry, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Bellerin
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
Some important players are on the cusp of a return for Villa, Nathan Baker chief among them. However, Villa sweat on the fitness of both Cleverly and Ciaran Clark ahead of a New Year’s Day clash with Palace, while Fabian Delph’s three game suspension is currently being appealed by the club.
Injured: Kozák, Senderos, Westwood
50/50: Clark, Baker, Cleverly, Cole
Next Up: Newcastle (A)
No new injuries or suspensions for Sean Dyche’s men following a gutsy draw with Manchester City.
Injured: Taylor, Duff, Ward
Next Up: Tottenham (A)
Chelsea roll onto a Gameweek 20 fixture with Tottenham in relatively rude health following – in their eyes at least – a blip draw with Southampton. Oscar, who missed the previous game through illness, is due to return to the fold.
Next Up: Aston Villa (A)
The participation of Palace and Australia captain Mile Jedinak in the Asian Cup could leave a vacuum at a now managerless Palace. A further loss could be Yannick Bolasie,who is currently in doubt, for the coming Gameweek at least, due to personal reasons.
Next Up: Hull (A)
The Toffees are stuck firmly in a rut and with injuries to key figures Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka it could prove difficult to emerge from it. On the plus side, James McCarthy could be in line to return to the starting line-up at Hull.
Injured: Howard, Jagielka, Hibbert, Osman
50/50: McCarthy, Gibson, Atsu, Stones
Next Up: Everton (H)
Hull’s brief respite at Sunderland was tragically undone just two days later in defeat at home to Leicester. Stephen Quinn and Huddlestone are suspended for the Everton fixture while a resurgent Ramirez is touch and go.
Injured: Snodgrass, Diame, Dawson
50/50: Robertson, Ramirez
Suspended: Huddlestone, Quinn
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
Leicester should be on the upswing after clocking some much needed points on the board, but travelling to Anfield without the suspended Konchesky, injured Schmeichel and 50/50 Ulloa could prove a tough prospect.
Injured: Upson, Schmeichel, King
Next Up: Leicester (H)
The fitness of Dejan Lovren and Brad Jones remains unclear but neither would be likely to reclaim starting positions after strong showings from Brendan Rodgers’ first teamers against Swansea.
Injured: Sturridge, Suso, Flanagan, Johnson, Allen
50/50: Lovren, Jones
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
Yaya Toure and Vicent Kompany are Manuel Pellegrini’s primary concerns in Gameweek 20. The former missed the draw with Burnley following a groin strain while the latter has been an anticipated returnee since Gameweek 14.
Injured: Aguero, Nastasic, Dzeko, Fernando
50/50: Pozo, Kompany, Toure
Next Up: Stoke (A)
Antonio Valencia bowed out with a groin strain during the goalless draw at Spurs in Gameweek 19. Looking towards the Stoke game on Thursday, Van Gaal is likely to play cautious with his return, likewise with the expected comebacks of Di Maria and Herrera.
Injured: Rojo, Fellaini, Lingard, Blind, Januzaj
50/50: Valencia, Herrera, Di Maria
Next Up: Burnley (H)
Newcastle may have lost Alan Pardew, but they face no further additions to his own personal hit-list, though several key
faces remain out of action going into Thursday’s evening with Burnley.
Injured: Krul, de Jong, Santon, Gutiérrez, Obertan, R.Taylor, Aarons, Elliot, Abeid
Next Up: Swansea (H)
Harry Redknapp may have a lot on his plate but with no additions to the treatment table, QPR can focus on the task at hand as Swansea arrive at Loftus Road.
Injured: Faurlin, Sandro, Taarabt, Yun
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
Morgan Schneiderlin finds himself suspended yet again as Southampton take on his potential suitors Arsenal at St.Mary’s on New Year’s Day.
Injured: Rodriguez, Gallagher, Cork, Hesketh
Next Up: Manchester United (H)
Mark Hughes is hopeful that playmaker Bojan will regain full fitness ahead of the Manchester United game, following the Spaniard’s withdrawal with a hamstring complaint.
Injured: Odemwingie, Moses, Sidwell, Teixeira
50/50: Ireland, Bardsley, Bojan
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Both Larsson and Bridcutt are doubtful following forced substitutions in the Villa draw. Neither is thought to be serious, but if missing either player in the midfield could prove damaging to Sunderland’s already limited chances in Manchester.
Injured: Van Aanholt, Reveillere
50/50: Bridcutt, Larsson
Next Up: QPR (A)
Jefferson Montero is set for a lengthy layoff after sustaining a hamstring injury in Gameweek 18.
50/50: Britton, Barrow
Next Up: Chelsea (H)
Mauricio Pochettino will be counting his blessings with an almost perfectly healthy squad as Chelsea swing into White Hart Lane in Gameweek 20; Nabil Bentaleb remains the only doubt.
Next Up: West Ham (A)
Alan Irvine was the latest manager to face an ingloriously sacking on Monday night, following West Brom’s weekend defeat to Stoke. His successor or temporary replacement will be sweating on the fitness of several key men, not least Stephan Sessegnon who was subbed with a calf complaint in Irvine’s final fixture.
50/50: Anichebe, Samaras, Myhill, Pocognoli, Sessegnon
Next Up: West Brom (H)
West Ham host their managerless namesakes, West Brom on Thursday and will likely fancy their chances. The recovered Mark Noble may even get a full run out too.