Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the definitive lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. It’s the Gameweek 22 Hitlist.
Next Up: Stoke City (A)
Arsene Wenger has much the same crop of players at his disposal as the ones that drew with Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night. The recovery of Alexis Sanchez is a potential trump card with Wenger giving him every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of time. “He will have a definite test on Saturday, and Friday and Saturday will be two important days for him. It is not impossible that he will be involved.”
Francis Coquelin, Welbeck and Wilshere meanwhile have all reportedly returned to training but are still some way off a return to first-team football.
Injured: Coquelin, Cazorla, Wilshere, Rosicky, Welbeck
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
Captain Micah Richards sat out Villa’s first victory in the Premier League since August, where his regular defensive partner, Joeleon Lescott got the decisive goal.
Richards should be in line for a return and with league sensations, Leicester City, on the horizon they’re going to need him. The previously ill Grealish and injured Carlos Sanchez have recovered, but their participation at the weekend is touch and go.
Injured: Amavi, Hutton, Sanchez, Traore
50/50: Grealish, Sanchez, Agbonlahor
Next Up: Norwich City (H)
Josh King could come back into the fold in what could prove a significant match-up with Norwich City this weekend.
The ex-United trainee has impressed in his performances this season, but joins Matt Ritchie among the first team players to be assessed prior to kick-off this Saturday.
Injured: Mings, Elphick, Gradel, Wilson
50/50: King, Rantie, Ritchie
Next Up: Everton (H)
Gus Hiddink was without the services of Eden Hazard as Chelsea amounted to a disappointing draw with West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian winger is said to be carrying a minor groin injury and is slated to restart training next week. Radamel Falcao is the only other confirmed unavailable party for Gus Hiddink as Everton roll into town on Saturday.
Injured: Hazard, Falcao
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham bucked their injury doubts to feature in Palace’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday night and should continue this weekend.
The talismanic Yannick Bolasie however, hasn’t played since before Christmas and it looks as if he won’t return until Gameweek 23 at the earliest – without a goal in four games, they are seriously missing him.
Injured: Bolasie, Gayle
Next Up: Chelsea (A)
After a spell in the starting XI, Tom Cleverley looks set to spend his second game in a row looking on from the sidelines. The ex-United man picked up a calf injury and could lose out to Muhamed Besic in Gameweek 22. Key Irish duo, Coleman and McCarthy will also sit out until the end of the month with hamstring and groin issues respectively.
Injured: Coleman, Browning, Hibbert, McCarthy
50/50: Cleverley, Naismith
Next Up: Aston Villa (A)
After a cup game on the sidelines, Jamie Vardy bounced back into the starting XI in victory over Spurs. The injury hitlist for Claudio Ranieri is currently minimal, with Jeffrey Schlupp out until the end of the month and Matty James slowly regaining match fitness.
Injured: Schlupp, James
Next Up: Manchester United (H)
Steven Caulker has been loaned in by Jurgen Klopp to aid the defensive injury crisis currently ravaging his team. Skrtel, Lovren and Gomez are all out of action to varying degrees of seriousness, which left Toure and Sakho as the only centre-halves available. Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge and his return date, look some way off yet.
Injured: Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Flanagan, Rossiter, Coutinho, Sturridge, Ings, Origi
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of action for longer than expected, but that won’t affect the City first XI too badly, with Sergio Aguero safeguarding the centre-forward position for himself.
More-so than the Ivorian, it’s the midfield shield of Fernandinho that’s become a concern for City. The Brazilian could return for Gameweek 22, but is currently recovering from a knock.
Injured: Kompany, Mangala, Fernandinho, Nasri, Bony
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
United may have turned a corner in terms of style in a 3-3 draw with Newcastle, but the result was nothing to write home about. Another positive for Louis van Gaal will be that no more of his playing staff were added to a meaty enough injury list at Old Trafford.
Injured: Shaw, Rojo, Valencia, Powell, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj
Next Up: West Ham (H)
Hosting an in-form West Ham United this weekend, Steve McClaren will need as many hands on deck as possible. The likes of Anita, Aarons and Thavin are all touch and go, but should be available for selection by the Saturday kick-off.
Injured: Krul, Taylor, Haidara, Good, Williamson, Obertan, Cisse
50/50: Mbabu, Anita, Thauvin, Aarons
Next Up: Bournemouth (A)
Gary O’Neil received his marching orders in Norwich’s 3-1 defeat to Stoke and will be ruled out until they face Villa on the 6th of February. The midfielder underwent a moment of stupidity and took down Ibrahim Afellay on the touchline with a nasty tackle from behind.
Next Up: West Brom (H)
Fraser Forster made his return to first team action following some nine months on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury, sealing a clean sheet in the process. A hamstring complaint from Maarten Stekelenburg prior to kick off paved the way from the first choice keeper’s return and could ensure that Forster now hangs on to the position.
The Saints also welcome back Victor Wanyama from his suspension, but whether he gets the nod to start at home to West Brom isn’t yet clear.
Injured: Forster, Gardos, Rodriguez
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
In what could prove a big blow to Stoke’s chances this weekend, Xherdan Shaqiri has been effectively ruled out of contention for Gameweek 22 with a hamstring problem. Mark Hughes lent his word on the current status: “Xherdan may miss out on Sunday’s game, the likelihood is he will probably need at least ten days and possibly more and that’s a real shame.” Shaqiri aside, no starting players are ruled out of the Arsenal game with the exception of Geoff Cameron.
Injured: Given, Muniesa, Cameron, Ireland
50/50: Bardsley, Shaqiri
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Sam Allardyce will have the option to maintain his side that triumphed over Swansea 4-2 midweek, with no new injuries to manage. Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Larsson aren’t slated to return from their hamstring and knee issues until next week at the earliest.
Injured: Kaboul, Matthews, Larsson,
Next Up: Watford (H)
Full-back Kyle Naughton was probably unfairly dismissed with a straight red, for showing his studs to Yann M’Vila in what seemed to be a badly times, but not malicious challenge. The ex-Spurs man will serve a three game suspension provided that the Swans don’t successfully appeal the ruling. With tricky games against Watford and Everton on the horizon, they’ll certainly need him.
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
Ryan Mason could be in line for a return at White Hart Lane as Spurs host a Sunderland side that’s potentially on an upward trajectory. The England international has been out for several weeks with a ankle injury and despite Spurs’ recent defeat to Leicester, Mason could struggle to dislodge the likes of Carroll and Eric Dier from the central midfield berth.
Injured: Pritchard, N’Jie
Next Up: Swansea (A)
Nathan Ake returns from his one game suspension and is available to feature in Watford’s Monday night clash away to Swansea. Otherwise, the available players remain the same for Quique Sanchez Flores.
Injured: Gilmartin, Ekstrand, Hoban
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Southampton (A)
While West Brom’s players appear to pick up bookings at will, none are as of yet suspended, but many are fast approaching. James Morrison and Victor Anichebe are the only potential doubts ahead of Gameweek 22.
50/50: Morrison, Anichebe
West Ham United
Next Up: Newcastle United (A)
The goalscoring onus will again be on Enner Valencia in Gameweek 22, with Sakho out until March and Carroll unavailable for a week at least with thigh and hamstring injuries respectively. Fortunately for the Hammers, the immediate of impact of the returning Dmitri Payet appears to have offset the loss of Manuel Lanzini, who’s nursing a groin injury until the start of February.
Injured: Lanzini, Sakho, Carroll.
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