Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. It’s time for the Hitlist.
Next Up: West Bromwich Albion (A)
The Gunners come back from the international break potentially without the services of one of their leading lights this season. Arsene Wenger has reported on the mental and emotional well-being of Laurent Koscielny, who is said to be “deeply affected” following the tragic events in Paris last weekend. For the same reasons, Olivier Giroud is likewise something of a doubt for a trip to West Brom, but the striker is more likely to feature than his defensive compatriot.
Those two aside, many of the usual suspects remain out of contention while Hector Bellerin is likely feature having recovered from a groin issue.
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Ramsey, Chamberlain, Welbeck, Walcott
50/50: Koscielny, Bellerin, Giroud
Next Up: Everton (A)
Joe Cole has left the Villains for Coventry on a short-term loan deal, not that the ex-England starlet has been overly utilised this season. A major blow in reality is a season ending injury to exciting French fullback Jordan Amavi – the youngster sustained a serious knee injury while away with France u-21s and is unlikely to feature again in this campaign.
Doubt hangs over the heads forward pair Gabby Agbonlahor – who carries a a calf strain – and less so over Rudy Gestede who is struggling with a knee problem.
Injured: Amavi, Okore
50/50: Westwood, Agbonlahor, Gestede
Next Up: Swansea City (A)
The song remains very much the same on the south coast with Eddie Howe’s side due to struggle through Gameweek 13 without several key faces. On the plus – or negative depending on your opinion – side, Artur Boruc is back to give the Cherries a boost as they travel up to an out of sorts Swansea City.
Injured: Mings, Elphick, Gradel, Wilson
50/50: Pugh, Atsu
Next Up: Norwich City (H)
Chelsea need to turn it around this week, with the Canaries rolling into Stamford Bridge on Saturday. It should be the perfect opportunity for Mourinho to set his team straight and he has no major injury issues to manage.
Injured: Courtois, Falcao
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
Palace have worked through a injury plagued couple of weeks to reach a point where Dwight Gayle is the only major absentee.
Next Up: Aston Villa (H)
Phile Jagielka is possibly the biggest lost in a sizeable injury pile-up for the Toffees. The blue half of Merseyside host Aston Villa in Gameweek 13 and with several players fluctuating between fitness and injury – Baines and Galloway among them – the defensive line-up is anyone’s guess.
Injured: Jagielka, Hibbert, Oviedo
50/50: Baines, Galloway, Browning, Pienaar
Next Up: Newcastle United (A)
Leicester continue to confound critics and go from strength to strength. That could all come to a head should Jamie Vardy be deemed unfit to start the Foxes’ trip north to Newcastle. With the England international on the cusp of breaking Rudd Van Nistelrooy’s consecutive goals record, Ranieri will be giving his striker every opportunity to get fit.
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Everything has conspired against Liverpool to rank them at the top of the Premier League injury charts. Mamadou Sakho’s medial ligament injury was just the latest in a serious of unlucky injuries for the Reds over the past number of weeks – though it’s not as bad as first feared.
Toure, Milner and Sturridge are all training again but whether they feature against their former club is anyone’s guess. My guess is that Milner will play, Sturridge won’t be risked.
Injured: Gomez, Sakho, Enrique, Flanagan, Henderson, Rossiter, Ibe, Ings
50/50: Toure, Milner, Sturridge
Next Up: Liverpool (H)
City carry a litany of injuries into Gameweek 13 but when you’re one of the wealthiest clubs in the world, your cover options are more than capable of filling in.
Still, the absences of Kompany and Silva in particular will hit hard. The biggest bonus coming City’s way is almost certainly the likely return of Sergio Aguero following weeks on the sideline – particularly with his deputy, Wilfried Bony out with a hamstring injury.
Injured: Kompany, Zabaleta, Silva, Nasri, Bony
50/50: Delph, Aguero
Next Up: Watford (A)
LvG will have to contend with some major losses away to Watford. Missing both Rooney and Martial to injuries sustained over the international break, the Dutchman could field young James Wilson as his forward, but in all reality will probably go against conventional wisdom and play a full-back up top. Carrick and Fellaini will also miss out until the end of the month with an ankle problem and knock respectively.
Injured: Shaw, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Martial
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
Newcastle have had an upturn in results lately but their injury pile remains sky high as they head into a Gameweek 13 clash with dynamic Leicester.
Injured: Krul, Darlow, Taylor, Good, Obertan, Colback, Aarons, Riviere
Next Up: Chelsea (A)
The talismanic Russell Martin is back from suspension just in time for what in normal circumstances would be Norwich’s toughest game of the season – Chelsea away. These however aren’t normal circumstances and with Matt Jarvis the only absentee with a knee injury, the Canaries have every chance of getting a result.
Nathan Redmond should be deemed fit to play.
Next Up: Stoke (H)
Victor Wanyama is back in the fray once again following his dismissal again Bournemouth back in Gameweek 11. Ronald Koeman likewise regains the services of Shane Long although he was somewhat surprised that the Ireland striker got a run out for his national side – “he is now fit because he played 40 minutes. But in my opinion a player needs more training before playing 40 minutes.”
Virgil van Dijk, one of Southampton’s players of the campaign so far has also been given the go ahead to face Stoke following a knock on national team duty.
Injured: Forster, Gardos, Rodriguez
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Mark Hughes side is not majorly hampered by injury travelling down to Southampton this weekend. Marc Muniesa is the only first-team player out contention, with the Spaniard still struggling with a thigh injury, and a return date slated for the end of this month at the very earliest.
Injured: Given, Muniesa
Next Up: Crystal Palace (A)
Lee Cattermole is fit and available to start once again as the Black Cats face off with the upwardly mobile Crystal Palace on Monday. With practically no injury complaints hindering his selection, big things will be expected of Big Sam in south London.
Next Up: Bournemouth (H)
The lack of injury and fitness issues in south Wales hasn’t exactly helped to put points on the board. Swansea are now seriously struggling and need to make it count at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Next Up: West Ham United (H)
Two of the early front-runners in the Premier League face off at White Hart Lane on Sunday and Spurs will be looking to maintain their excellent home record against fellow Londoners West Ham.
Spurs will be without the services of the significantly improved, but currently suspended, Erik Lamela. Dembele and N’Jie are firmly on the maybe list.
Injured: Bentaleb, Pritchard, Chadli
50/50: Dembele, N’Jie
Next Up: Manchester United (H)
Quique Sanchez Flores’ men could be considerably weakened versus Manchester United this Saturday with defensive marshal, Sebastian Prodl injured for the foreseeable future and Allan Nyom’s availability uncertain, with his home FA potentially suspending him for failing to appear for Cameroon during the international break.
The Hornets’ player of the season so far, Odio Ighalo, also faces a late test to determine his fitness.
Injured: Ekstrand, Prodl, Hoban
50/50: Nyom, Jurado, Ighalo.
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
West Brom’s already tough task of keeping Arsenal at bay has been that much more difficult with possibly their best defender, Gareth McAuley, suspended until Gameweek 14. Serge Gnabry is unavailable to face his parent club.
West Ham United
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Out goes Dimitri Payet. In comes Diafra Sako and Alex Song.
It’s not exactly a like for like given that Payet was one of the best performers in the Premier League up until this point – certainly in fantasy circles – but the return of these two players may offset the loss somewhat.
Payet is ruled out contention for a few weeks at least, with the extent of his injury not as serious as the initial prognosis of a three month layoff.
Injured: Payet, Valencia
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