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 7.
Next Up: Burnley (A)
In some ways, Arsenal’s injury troubles are enabling replacement players to come to the fore in Arsene Wenger’s side.
Mertesacker, Coquelin and Giroud’s continued absences have seen Mustafi, Xhaka and Sanchez – in a centre forward role – all come in to galvanise the Gunners. Aaron Ramsey remains the most eagerly anticipated player to come back to fitness however, with the Welshman scheduled to recover from a hamstring issue by mid-October.
Injured: Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Coquelin,Welbeck
50/50: Olivier Giroud
Next Up: Watford (A)
The 50/50 status of Josh King is the most troubling element of Eddie Howe’s build-up to Gameweek 7, as the Norwegian struggles to shake off a knock.
50/50: Smith, King, Fraser
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
The same day that Burnley clocked an impressive victory over Watford, Andre Gray was handed a four game suspension for social media hate-speech dating back to 2012.
Without their main striker and the injured Ashley Barnes, Sean Dyche will thrust goalscoring responsibilities on remaining pair Sam Vokes and Patrick Bamford.
Next Up: Hull (A)
Chelsea could be boosted by the return of John Terry for a trip up to Hull and the captain’s involvement could not have come sooner for Antonio Conte. Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were abject in both of the Blues’ back to back defeats and one is almost certain to lose out should Terry prove his fitness.
Next Up: Everton (A)
The totemic Scott Dann is out of action for the next couple of weeks with a hamstring injury and it looks like a Tomkins-Delaney centre-half pairing could be most viable option in the Scouser’s absence.
Injured: Dann, Souare, Remy, Jonathan Benteke
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
“It’s too risky. After tomorrow we have the international break and we don’t like to take that risk to start with him tomorrow.”
These were the words of Ronald Koeman when asked about Leighton Baines’s chances of featuring at home to Crystal Palace this weekend. On the plus side, the Toffees boss was confident of Romelu Lukaku’s ability to start the game having shook of a niggling toe complaint.
Injured: Baines, Browning, Pennington, Gibson, McCarthy, Besic
Next Up: Chelsea (H)
Mike Phelan’s injury hitlist features the same familiar faces coming into Gameweek 7, but now he’ll also have to make do without the services of right-back Elmohamady following his straight red dismissal against Liverpool.
Injured: McGregor, Lenihan, Odubajo, Dawson, Bruce, Luer
Next Up: Southampton (H)
Both Kasper Schmeichel and Marcin Wasilewski are available to reenter the starting line-up following injury and suspension respectively. Realistically however, it’s only going to be the Dane that recoup’s his position, having played a blinder in the Champions’ League midweek.
Next Up: Swansea (A)
Mamadou Sakho’s attempts to play himself back into consideration through a snapchat rant is unlikely to budge or impress manager Jurgen Klopp. As such the Frenchman is unlikely to participate in the first team squad, while Divock Origi tries to recover from a foot injury on time to travel to Swansea.
Injured: Gomez, Ojo, Origi
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Pep Guardiola is looking toward Raheem Sterling to fill the De Bruyne shaped hole in his City side, after the Belgian bowed out of City’s win over Swansea with a hamstring injury. Vincent Kompany meanwhile is a likely doubt with a groin injury.
Injured: Kompany, De Bruyne
Next Up: Stoke City (H)
Anthony Martial remains out of action until Gameweek 8 most likely, as he struggles with a persistant ankle problem, but Manchester United’s preferred set-up is starting to take shape this season and the Frenchman may find it difficult to break back into Jose’s plans.
Injured: Jones, Martial
50/50: Shaw, Mkhitaryan
Next Up: West Ham United (A)
Cristhian Stuani made a much needed return to the Boro XI but was unable to steer Aitor Karanka’s side towards a result, as they ran out as 2-1 losers to Spurs. Full-back Fabio and midfield enforcer Grant Leadbitter remain their chief absentee players ahead of a trip to the Olympic Stadium.
Injured: Fabio, Leadbitter
Next Up: Leicester City (A)
No new faces on the hitlist for Southampton, but Jay Rodriguez’s persistent fitness troubles will be a cause for concern among both Claude Puel and the Saints’ faithful.
Injured: Pied, Boufal, Rodriguez
50/50: Gardos, Rodriguez
Next Up: Manchester United (A)
Xherdan Shaqiri made a return to the Stoke starting XI after a four game absence and Mark Hughes’ side were a markedly better side as a result. Having played four different goalkeepers already this season, what Stoke now need is the return of key man, Jack Butland – who could be out for another month with an ankle injury.
Injured: Butland, Ireland, Afellay
Next Up: West Bromwich Albion (H)
The Black Cats are certainly playing up to their nickname, failing to win a Premier League game this season and succumbing to an unfortunate last minute defeat to Palace in Gameweek 6. Their injury situation isn’t much better as Adnan Januzaj and Steven Pienaar join their growing physio list.
Injured: Mannone, Januzaj, Larsson, Borini
Next Up: Liverpool (H)
Swansea were greatly improved against Manchester City but still finished the fixture 3-1 down to the Premier League leaders. The Swans, with no injury concerns outside of Nathan Dyer, will hope for a better outcome against Liverpool. An equally tough proposition.
Next Up: Manchester City (H)
Harry Kane may be a talismanic presence in this Spurs team, but his injury absence hasn’t affected their form of late. This has been Tottenham’s best league start in over fifty years and Pochettino’s side could receive a major boost ahead of a fixture with league leaders, Manchester City. Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele are in line for a return to the starting line-up, while Moussa Sissoko is a slight doubt, having sustained a concussion in Gameweek 6.
50/50: Rose, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko
Next Up: Bournemouth (H)
Daryl Janmaat’s shoulder injury in the lead up to Monday’s defeat to Burnley has been a blow to the Hornets, whose tactics depend on the Dutchman and his opposite wingback, Holebas, to provide a creative outlet for the likes of Deeney and Ighalo. The ex-Newcastle man is due to miss out until early November.
Injured: Janmaat, Sinclair, Okaka
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Sunderland (A)
Nacer Chadli was a slight injury worry going into Gameweek 6 but managed to declare himself fit, playing a full ninety minutes in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City. Chris Brunt stands up as the only injury concern, as he works his way back to full fitness following an ACL tear.
Next Up: Middlesbrough (H)
It’s fast becoming crisis time for West Ham as their torrid form – particularly at home – stretches into Gameweek 7. At the very least, the beleagured Slaven Bilic has no further injury worries to deal with.
Injured: Cresswell, Masuaku, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll