Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. It’s time for the Hitlist.
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
Theo Walcott and Koscielny are in line for a possible return after the former’s lengthy layoff and the latter’s hip injury sustained back in Gameweek 14. The list of casualties at Arsenal have become stacked high – Santi Cazorla is due out for three months while Alexis Sanchez is ruled out of Gameweek 15 with a hamstring injury. Facing a resurgent Sunderland, this is far from a clear cut tie.
Injured: Coquelin, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck
50/50: Koscielny, Walcott
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Gabby Agbonlahor is in line for a return as Villa travel to St. Mary’s following Southampton’s crushing League Cup defeat to Liverpool. Captain Micah Richards is the primary new injury doubt, with the ex-City man touch and go with a knee compaint. The backline is without doubt Remi Garde’s problem area, now with Ciaran Clark suspended and the likes of Jordan Amavi, Ilori and Crespo all out of action.
Injured: Amavi, Richards, Clark, Ilori, Crespo, Gardener
Next Up: Chelsea (A)
No matter how bad Chelsea’s start to the season, a fixture against an injury decimated Bournemouth looks as sure a bet as any. Eddie Howe is missing his first and second choice goalkeepers with Boruc and Federici both ruled out through injury while pretty much every key player bar Matt Ritchie is carrying some sort of knock or bruise. Trying times for the Cherries.
Injured: Boruc, Federici, Mings, Elphick, Gradel, Pugh, Atsu, Wilson
50/50: Arter, Tomlin, Rantie
Next Up: Bournemouth (H)
Thibaut Courtois returns to the fray for the first time since August, but whether he regains his starting position is anyone’s guess. John Terry is the biggest loss for the home team as league strugglers Bournmouth come to the Bridge – the Chelsea stalwart is ruled out with an ankle injury.
Injured: Terry, Ramires, Falcao
Next Up: Everton (A)
Palace have come back from an injury hit early season period to achieve a largely fit and healthy squad. Bakary Sako is expected to miss Monday’s game against Everton as he manages a hamstring injury, while wingman Wilfried Zaha is suspended.
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
Carrying a groin complaint, midfield warrior James McCarthy is touch and go to feature against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 15 while long term key absentees – Jagielka chief among them – remain out of contention for the forseeable future.
Injured: Jagielka, Hibbert, Browning, Oviedo, Pienaar,
Next Up: Swansea City (A)
When your luck is in, it’s really in. The league leaders will not be short on confidence as they travel to South Wales with a near-clean bill of health. Ritchie De Laet and Matty James are the only two absentees – both of whom are expected to make a return in early January.
Injured: de Laet, James
Next Up: Newcastle United (A)
Jordan Henderson is fit and available for selection in Gameweek 15 and could be in line to start with Emre Can suspended. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for an all clear on Phillipe Coutinho however, who is still recovering from a hamstring problem.Injured: Gomez, Sakho, Flanagan, Ings
50/50: Rossiter, Coutinho
Next Up: Stoke City (A)
David Silva is back in the fold but it’s a double whammy for Manuel Pellegrini as Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero are ruled out of contention in Gameweek 15. Likewise, City’s backline endures its fair share of losses with Kompany, Mangala and Zabaleta all effectively unavailable for selection.Injured: Kompany, Mangala, Zabaleta, Toure, Nasri, Roberts, Aguero
Next Up: West Ham (H)
Wayne Rooney’s ankle injury is both a blessing and a curse for Manchester United in Gameweek 15. Anthony Martial is likely to step in, but even his form of late does not guarantee goals. Marcos Rojo meanwhile, has dislocated his shoulder and looks set for another extended spell in the treatment room.
Injured: Shaw, Rojo, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, Rooney
Next Up: Liverpool (H)
The return of Jack Colback was a faint glimmer of hope for Newcaste United – until they got thrashed 5-1 by Crystal Palace. It’s a grim time in the north-east and given the Magpies oncoming opponents – Liverpool – it doesn’t look as if it can get any better. The injury pile-up is too extensive to even pass comment.
Injured: Krul, Taylor, Lascelles, Haidara, Good, Williamson, Obertan, Tiote, Aarons, Riviere
Next Up: Watford (A)
Norwich have a tough clash with the Hornets this Saturday, and will line-out again with out the services of Matt Jarvis. The summer arrival at Carrow Road has been out with a knee injury for some time and his return date is still unclear. Still, Norwich shouldn’t struggle too much without the services of the Englishman, with Robbie Brady turning in a stellar performance against Arsenal last time out.
Next Up: Aston Villa (H)
The usual long-term absentees remain sidelined for Koeman – Forster, Gardos and Rodriguez – but the Southampton boss will almost certainly rejig things at St. Mary’s following their 6-1 drubbing to the hands of Liverpool midweek.
Injured: Forster, Gardos, Rodriguez
Next Up: Manchester City (H)
Mark Hughes hosts his old club at the Britannia and has essentially all of his first teamers to choose from with elder statesman, Shay Given and Peter Crouch incapacitated, and Glen Johnson and Peter Odemwingie touch and go for fitness.
Injured: Given, Crouch
50/50: Johnson, Odemwingie
Next Up: Arsenal (A)
Big Sam’s rejuvenated boys take on the Gunners this Saturday but do so without the help of the evergreen Londoner, Jermaine Defoe. The ex-Spurs man struggles with a hamstring problem and won’t be available again until Gameweek 16 at the earliest.
Injured: Larsson, Rodwell, Defoe
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
Pressure continues to mount on Garry Monk and there are any number of teams he’d rather face than this Leicester City side. Luckily for the Swans’ boss, only squad second stringer Franck Tabanou is unavailable for selection in Gameweek 15. Whether this is of any use to Swansea remains to be seen.
Next Up: West Bromwich Albion (A)
As has been the case over the past number of weeks, Maurcio Pochettino’s primary injury concerns stem from his midfield players. Bentaleb, Pritchard, Chadli and Ryan Mason have all struggled of late and are almost certainly ruled out of their clash with West Brom this Saturday.
Injured: Bentaleb, Pritchard, Chadli, Mason
Next Up: Norwich City (H)
The possible absence of Heurelho Gomes in Gameweek 15 is potentially more damaging than any other current injury at Watford. Who would have thought that back in his Spurs days? Taking on fellow promoted club, Norwich, the Brazilian is touch and go to feature following a head collision with teammate Craig Cathcart last weekend that saw the keeper administered oxygen for seven minutes..
Injured: Ekstrand, Prodl, Hoban, Behrami.
50/50: Gomes, Guedioura.
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (H)
The Baggies’ midfield general, Claudio Yacob, finds himself in the familiar surroundings of the Hawthorns stands owing to his suspension in Gameweek 15. West Brom host Spurs in the hope of turning the north Londoners over as they did Arsenal two weeks ago. To do this, they may be forced to take to the field without Jonny Evans who struggles with a foot issue.
West Ham United
Next Up: Manchester United (A)
United’s early season surge up the table is fast fading into memory and you don’t suspect they’ll buck their recent slump against Manchester United. The absences of key men Payet and Sakho, both expected to be out until February and March respectively, suggest it could be a long winter for the Hammers.
Injured: Payet, Valencia, Sakho