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 8.
Francis Coquelin returns to action as the Gunners make the trip out to South Wales. Olivier Giroud’s recovery appears to have taken a set back however, with the Frenchman not scheduled back for another week at least. That said, with Alexis Sanchez tearing it up in his position, did Giroud ever stand a chance?
Next Up: Swansea (H)
Injured: Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Coquelin,Welbeck
Next Up: Hull (H)
Harry Arter has been coming in for plaudits lately based on his club form, but the Republic of Ireland international was unable to replicate that for his country as a result of his hamstring strain. That is unless you believe the salacious defection rumours. The midfielder is 50/50 shot to start the game at home to Hull.
50/50: Fraser, Arter
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Sean Dyche is no doubt sweating on the fitness of chief shot stopper Tom Heaton. The England international is currently carrying a knock but in all likelihood should start away to Southampton. Meanwhile Andre Gray is suspended until Gameweek 10.
50/50: Tom Heaton
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
Willian is the biggest loss as Chelsea prepare to host the Foxes this weekend. The Brazilian has been called away to South America after the death of his mother and will not feature for the Blues for this Gameweek at least. The winger aside, John Terry stands as the highest profile absentee as he struggles with an ankle injury.
Injured: Zouma, Terry, Mikel
50/50: Willian, Moses
Next Up: West Ham United (H)
The injury list remains much the same for Alan Pardew. On the plus side however, is the potential return of defensive stalwart Scott Dann, who could recover from a hamstring injury on time to face London rivals, West Ham.
Injured: Souare, Remy, Jonathan Benteke
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Everton have received a late fitness boost in the form of Leighton Baines. The left-back talisman should line out against Man City, but the same can’t be said for James McCarthy who – against his manager’s wishes – joined up with his international side, without a Premier League game under his belt since August.
Injured: Browning, Pennington, McCarthy, Besic
Next Up: Bournemouth (A)
Although many of the same faces remain in the infirmary, there are some positives on the horizon for Mike Phelan and Hull City. The potential return of centre-half Michael Dawson ranks chief among them, with the ex-Spurs man close to a full recovery – match fitness will be the only thing barring him from a first Premier League game this season. Likewise the Tigers are handed back the services of right-back Elmohamady, who has finished his suspension.
Injured: McGregor, Lenihan, Odubajo, Bruce, Luer
Next Up: Chelsea (A)
Leicester City are now in the enviable position of possessing a clean bill of health – where first team players are concerned – going into Gameweek 8. Making the tough trip away to Chelsea, they’ll likely need all hands on deck.
Next Up: Manchester United (H)
Building up to an always heated clash with Manchester United, Jurgen Klopp has been boosted with an all-clear for previous injury doubts Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren. The potential absences of dynamic duo, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum – whose respective games they rely on – could hit hard come Monday.
Injured: Gomez, Ojo
50/50: Sakho, Lallana, Wijnaldum
Next Up: Everton (H)
Bacary Sagna has been ruled out potentially a month, having sustained a hamstring injury on his international travails. On the plus side, Manchester City can welcome back key performer, Nolito, to the fray following his three game suspension. Better still, Kevin De Bruyne could play some part in Gameweek 8 as he regains fitness from his own hamstring complaint.
Injured: Kompany, Sagna
50/50: Delph, De Bruyne, Sterling
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
Anthony Martial returns ready for duty just on time for the always tense encounter with Liverpool at Anfield this coming Monday. Luke Shaw and Mkhitarayan look likely to remain benched as they struggle recoup full fitness on time.
50/50: Shaw, Mkhitaryan
Next Up: Watford (H)
As ‘Boro seek to end a five game winless streak at home to Watford, they’ll do so without the services of full-back Fabio and midfield breaker, Grant Leadbitter who currently suffer from lack of fitness and a hernia respectively.
Injured: Fabio, Leadbitter
Next Up: Burnley (A)
Striker Shane Long limped out of his country’s 3-1 victory over Moldova on Sunday night and is touch and go to feature away at Turf Moor this weekend. Other key men, notably full-back duo Cedric and Bertrand are working back from ankle and hamstring issues but should in all likelihood feature in Gameweek 8.
50/50: Bertrand, Cedric, Boufal, Rodriguez, Long
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
Is Butland back yet? The short answer is no. The long answer is that the young England international isn’t scheduled to return until early November. More pressing for Mark Hughes, is the fitness of one of his few goalscorers this season – Joe Allen. The Welshman pulled a hamstring while on international duty and is a 50/50 chance to play on Saturday,
Injured: Butland, Ireland, Afellay
50/50: Haugaard, Johnson, Allen
Next Up: Stoke City (A)
The Black Cats have been absolutely decimated of late, with major injuries striking down key men in every area of the pitch. Without any wins this season, it looks like something of an uphill battle awaits them in Gameweek 8.
Injured: Mannone, Denayer, Januzaj, Kirchoff, Larsson, Pienaar, Cattermole, Borini, Anichebe
Next Up: Arsenal (A)
Bob Bradley takes over his first game as Swansea manager and he couldn’t have been charged with a harder task. To make matters worse there are injury doubts hanging over the Jefferson Montero and Fernando Llorente. The latter looks likely to start however, despite struggling with an injured rib.
50/50: Montero, Llorente
Next Up: West Brom (H)
With many of the high flying Spurs contingent called upon for international duty, it’s somewhat surprising to that they’ve come away from the break almost completely unscathed. Going into their weekend tie with West Brom only Moussa Dembele ranks as a doubt while Harry Kane’s ankle problem stretches back to Gameweek 5, with no clear date for return in sight.
Next Up: Middlesbrough (A)
Craig Cathcart is the latest to join the injury ranks at Watford and although it’s far from a crisis, the spate of injuries to important defenders such as Janmaat and Britos make for some tricky decisions. Both for Walter Mazzarri and fantasy managers.
Injured: Janmaat, Cathcart, Sinclair, Okaka
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Chris Brunt remains the most high profile absent party for the Baggies but Darren Fletcher could join him if he struggles to regain fitness on time for a visit to White Hart Lane.
Next Up: Crystal Palace (A)
There were signs of life last time out, but the Hammers need to do one better away to Palace. It won’t be an easy task now with Nordveit joining the ranks of Ayew, Sakho and Carroll as key absentees.
Injured: Masuaku, Nordveit, Tore, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll
50/50 : Cresswell, Byram