Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. It’s time for the Hitlist from Gameweek 16.
Next Up: Aston Villa (A)
Arsenal’s casualty list is largely unchanged from last week with all of their long term absentees still spending the majority of their time in the treatment room. The absentees are strongest felt in midfield, where Arteta, Coquelin and Cazorla are all out until the new year.
Injured: Coquelin, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
Villa should get plenty of injured players back in contention for the visit of second placed Arsenal, this weekend. Striker Rudy Gestede is available after a knee injury and Leandro Bacuna should be fit despite suffering an injury in the last game against Southampton. Micah Richards will likely miss out for at least another week.
Injured: Amavi, Richards, Gardener
Next Up: Man Utd (H)
Bournemouth survived an injury scare to yet another of their strikers, with Josh King ready and available for the visit of Manchester United. King has a goal and an assist in his three games up front, but went off with a knock against Chelsea. Eddie Howe’s squad is still suffering from plenty of injuries, but should have Sylvan Distin available after the defender suffered an illness. Marc Pugh is a 50/50 shout to feature.
Injured: Federici, Mings, Elphick, Gradel, Atsu, Wilson
50/50: Pugh, Tomlin
Next Up: Leicester City (A)
Radamel Falcao is the only injury worry for Chelsea as Terry and Ramires return to the squad. Chelsea will be at full strength but will it matter against rampant Leicester?
Injured: Terry, Ramires, Falcao
Next Up: Southampton (H)
Wilfried Zaha returns from suspension, but Mile Jedinak suffered an ankle sprain during a rare start against Everton and will miss at least a week. Bakary Sako is likely also a week away from a return to the squad.
Injured: Sako, Jedinak, Gayle
Next Up: Norwich (A)
James McCarthy remains uncertain for the early kick off against Norwich this week. Brian Oviedo is a long shot to return this weekend, but will likely remain out and isn’t fantasy relevant anyway. Phil Jagielka remains around a month away from a return.
Injured: Jagielka, Hibbert, Browning, Oviedo, Pienaar,
Next Up: Chelsea (H)
Leicester City continued two remarkable runs last week. First, their on pitch form, and secondly, their superb luck with health. Ritchie De Laet and Matty James are the only two absentees – both of whom are expected to make a return in early January. One wonders how long this squad can survive the injury bug.
Injured: de Laet, James
Next Up: Newcastle United (A)
Last weekend’s defeat at Newcastle was hugely disappointing, as was the news that Daniel Sturridge is suffering through more injury woes. On a bright note, Philippe Coutinho is expected to return from the hamstring injury that has sidelined him from the last two games. Emre Can returns from his suspension.
Injured: Gomez, Ings, Flanagan, Sakho, Sturridge
Next Up: Swansea (H)
The big guns – Kompany and Aguero remain out – and City have already revealed they are a shadow of themselves without those two. Mangala is also injured, meaning we will likely see the Argentinian duo of Otamendi and Demichelis at the back against Swansea.
Injured: Kompany, Mangala, Zabaleta, Toure, Nasri, Roberts, Aguero
Next Up: Bournemouth (A)
United have been ravaged by injuries and their squad currently has a threadbare look to it that will have Eddie Howe relishing the prospect of catching them at this moment. Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling both suffered injuries in mid-week that leave them major doubts for the weekend, while Bastian Schweinsteiger has received a three game suspension for violent conduct.
Injured: Shaw, Rojo, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, Rooney
50/50: Smalling, Darmian
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Steve McClaren’s injury pile-up remains extensive but Newcastle will do doubt be buoyed by an impressive victory over Liverpool in Gameweek 15. Newcastle will have much the same side available when the face Spurs on Sunday.
Injured: Krul, Taylor, Lascelles, Haidara, Good, Williamson, Obertan, Tiote, Aarons, Riviere
Next Up: Everton (H)
The in-form Toffees roll into town this Saturday but the Canaries will be at near enough to full strength on the day. The only first-team injury on their books is that of summer signing Matt Jarvis – still some way off recovery from a long-standing knee issue.
Next Up: Crystal Palace (A)
Ronald Koeman has no new injuries to contend with, but having undergone a slump in the previous week or two, it will be a tough ask to buck the trend away to a dangerous Palace side.
Injured: Forster, Gardos, Rodriguez
Next Up: West Ham United (A)
If Stoke were planning on jinking anything around for Gameweek 16, they really shouldn’t given their performance against Man City. The only injured parties at among the Britannia playing staff are the elder statesmen trio of Given, Odemwingie and Crouch – struggling with a knee, hamstring and hamstring issue respectively.
Injured: Given, Odemwingie, Crouch
Next Up: Watford (H)
Jermaine Defoe is fit again and ready to get the nod as Big Sam’s strarting centre-forward. With the potential absence of knock-carrying Steven Fletcher, he may get the nod. Midfield pair Larsson and Cattermole remain sidelined for this game at least.
Injured: Larsson, Cattermole
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Garry Monk is gone but will anything change? Alan Curtis will manage the team but can he spark the best out of fully fit selection of first teamers? Backup striker Eder may or may not feature having suffered an ankle injury.
Next Up: Newcastle United (H)
Moussa Dembele was upturned by a rash challenge from James McClean last weekend but it’s illness that could prevent him for the visit of Newcastle. Also touch and go is defender/midfielder Eric Dier who carries a foot injury into this game. Pritchard and Mason remain out of action for the time being.
Injured: Pritchard, Mason
50/50: Dier, Dembele
Next Up: Sunderland (A)
The Hornets count no new injuries among their squad ahead of a trip to Sunderland, but Quique Sanchez Flores is sweating on the fitness of key defender Sebastian Prodl. The Austrian has returned to training following a knee problem but it unlikely to feature this weekend.
Injured: Gilmartin, Ekstrand, Prodl, Hoban, Behrami.
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
Claudio Yacob back in line for a start following suspension in Gameweek 15. Stephane Sessegnon however, joins Ben Foster in the treatment room as the Benin international has sustained a hamstring injury.
Injured: Foster, Sessegnon
West Ham United
Next Up: Stoke City (H)
Following his stellar performances against Manchester United last weekend, Winston Reid was dealt a cruel injury in training midweek and now out until January with a hamstring problem. Bilic’s men already have a stack of key player absences to contend with, with Payet, Lanzini and Sakho all unavailable for a tricky clash with Stoke.
Injured: Reid, Payet, Lanzini, Moses, Sakho
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