Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. It’s time for the Hitlist for Gameweek 21.
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
The Gunners didn’t sustain any damage in a routine FA victory over Sunderland at the weekend. The absentees remain Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla. The former will not participate in the midweek clash with Liverpool but could be fit for the weekend’s game at home to Stoke. The likes of Coquelin and Cazorla aren’t expected to return until late February or early March.
Injured: Coquelin, Cazorla, Wilshere, Rosicky, Sanchez, Welbeck
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
Captain Micah Richards is a slight doubt for a clash against Crystal Palace, having sustained an ankle injury. Jack Grealish is touch and go through illness, while Gabby Agbonlahor is still recovering from a back injury.
Injured: Amavi, Hutton, Sanchez, Traore
50/50: Richards, Grealish, Agbonlahor
Next Up: West Ham (H)
Fitness permitting, Juan Iturbe could be in line for a Premier League start at home to an in-form West Ham on Tuesday night. Joshua King meanwhile, is probably the main concern ahead of Gameweek 21 with the midfielder touch and go to get the all clear on time.
Injured: Mings, Elphick, Gradel, Wilson
50/50: King, Iturbe, Rantie, Afobe
Next Up: West Brom (H)
Like many teams in the league, Chelsea are carrying some extra knocks and bruises due a hectic cup and league schedule. Diego Costa is a main worry, the Spain international is carrying a knock into Gameweek 21 and could be replaced by Loic Remy in the starting line-up. Eden Hazard and the recently recalled Christian Atsu are deemed out of contention.
Injured: Hazard, Atsu
50/50: Matic, Oscar, Costa, Remy, Falcao
Next Up: Aston Villa (A)
Key man Yannick Bolasie remains sidelined with a hip injury but Yohan Cabaye should be able to shake off a knock to start on Tuesday night away to Aston Villa. Connor Wickham is back in training but unlikely to start the match.
Injured: Bolasie, Gayle
50/50: Cabaye, Wickham
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Roberto Martinez has a sizeable injury hitlist on his hands – at the worst possible time. Everton face a City side growing in strength and without the likes of Coleman and potentially Funes Mori in his backline, it could be a difficult match up. Jagielka, Oviedo and Pienaar are all back to cover and Romelu Lukaku should be fit to feature, but that may not make the task all that much easier.
Injured: Coleman, Browning, Hibbert
50/50: Funes Mori, Cleverley, Naismith, Lukaku
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Just three days after facing them in the FA Cup third round, Leicester take on Spurs again in Gameweek 21. Claudio Ranieri’s men nearly won the game without the services of Jamie Vardy, but their lives will be made that much easier with the addition of their fit again striker. The Foxes are confident that their leading goalscorer has shaken off a groin injury that’s troubled him for some time and he should start at White Hart Lane.
Injured: Schlupp, James
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
Jurgen Klopp has bemoaned the December/January schedule but must power through his worst injury crisis yet. See below for the full breakdown ahead of a tough prospect with Arsenal in Gameweek 21.
Injured: Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Flanagan, Coutinho, Sturridge, Ings, Origi
50/50: Sakho, Toure, Henderson, Ibe, Sturridge
Next Up: Everton (H)
Manchester City are certainly in better health, considerably more than they were just a few short weeks ago. Aguero, Toure and Silva are all back and coming into form at the right time. Kompany and Nasri remain the long term doubts, while Mangala and Bony are recovering from hamstring and calf injuries respectively.
Injured: Kompany, Nasri
50/50: Mangala, Bony
Next Up: Newcastle United (A)
Bastian Schweinsteiger is ruled out of action for the short term future with a knee injury, while the returning Adnan Januzaj is unavailable due to lack of match fitness.
Injured: Shaw, Rojo, Valencia, Powell, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj
50/50: Jones, Young
Next Up: Manchester United (H)
At present, Newcastle’s injury list contains more names than the Yellow Pages and the number of casualties continues to grow each week. A total of 14 squad members are carrying some degree of injury ahead of the visit of Manchester United. Key players Jack Colback and Fabricio Coloccini will have their fitness assessed before deciding whether they can line out on Tuesday night.
Injured: Krul, Anita, Taylor, Cisse, Haidara, Good, Williamson, Obertan, Aarons, Riviere
50/50: Colback, Coloccini, Mbabu, Thauvin
Next Up: Stoke City (A)
In contrast to Newcastle, Norwich’s physio room has seen less foot traffic than an Icelandic water park during the Christmas period, and their physio may well consider taking annual leave now that Matthew Jarvis has returned to training following a lengthy knee injury. Jarvis could well return to the squad for Wednesday’s trip to Stoke having narrowly missed out on selection for the weekend’s FA Cup tie.
Next Up: Watford (H)
Fraser Forster has returned to action, coming through 90 minutes of an under 21’s game unscathed but it’s still thought to be too soon for a return to first team action. Victor Wanayama is suspended for his daft sending off against Norwich. Graziano Pelle is fit again and should return to the squad following his knee injury.
Injured: Forster, Gardos, Rodriguez,
Suspended: Victor Wanayama
Next Up: Norwich City (H)
Despite winning his appeal against the ridiculous red card awarded against him by Lee Mason last week, Geoff Cameron could still miss out on this week’s game due to the ankle injury that kept him out of their FA Cup game. Marc Muniesa’s injury plagued season continues, as he seems likely to miss out with a hamstring strain.
Injured: Given, Muniesa
50/50: Ireland, Cameron
Next Up: Swansea City (A)
Sunderland are missing quite a few big names, as many of their more grizzled veterans avoid the trip to Wales with injuries. John O’Shea was thought the most likely of the injured to feature but has now been ruled out with a calf problem.
Injured: Larsson, Kaboul, O’Shea, Matthews, Rodwell
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
Mauricio Pochettino has almost a full squad to pick from ahead of the visit of Leicester City. Midfielders Ryan Mason and Moussa Dembele are both set to return from ankle injuries, but may have a tough time getting back into the starting line up straight away.
Injured: N’Jie, Pritchard
50/50: Dembele, Mason
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Nathan Ake is suspended following a red card in Gameweek 20, an absence which will leave the side without a player who has been a constant in their defence for much of the season. Tommie Hoban and Joel Ekstrand are edging closer to a return – with early February being mooted as the likeliest return date. Rene Gilmartin’s dislocated knee will likely rule him out for a prolonged period.
Injured: Gilmartin, Ekstrand, Hoban
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Chelsea (A)
West Brom’s formerly formidable defence is ailing but the return of goalkeeper Ben Foster from a long-term injury could be just the tonic they need to re-establish the form that made them so tough to break down.
Injured: Anichebe, Olsson
West Ham United
Next Up: Bournemouth (A)
The big news for West Ham is that Dimitri Payet has returned and should start this weekend after an absence of around three months. Payet’s return should soften the loss of Manuel Lanzini, who had come on strong in recent games with the Frenchman out. Victor Moses and Enner Valencia both have niggles but are still in contention to play this week.
Injured: Lanzini, Sakho
50/50: Moses, Valencia