Going into the next round of action in Gameweek 31, The Analyst gives you the lowdown on all the suspensions, knocks and injuries in the Premier League.
Next Up: Liverpool (H)
A huge home clash with Liverpool beckons in Gameweek 31, but Arsenal will likely fare without the services of the injured Danny Welbeck, who was forced off on international duty last week.
Injured: Debuchy, Diaby, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain
50/50: Wilshere, Welbeck
Next Up: Manchester United (A)
Villa travel to Old Trafford to take on their long-term betters, Manchester United, but do so with a depleted squad. The backline is particularly hard hit with Vlaar, Senderos and Okore all uncertainties for fitness. Tom Cleverly meanwhile, must sit out the tie with his parent club, as per their loan agreement.
Injured: Baker, Cissokho, Herd, Richardson, Kozák
50/50: Senderos, Vlaar, Okore, Lowton, Cole
Next Up: Spurs (H)
Left-back Stephen Ward remains touch and go for availability ahead of a tough battle with Spurs at Turf Moor. Long, Marney and Matty Taylor are the current long-term absences.
Injured: Long, Marney, Taylor
Next Up: Stoke (H)
Chelsea emerge from the international break completely unscathed, with only John Obi Mikel sidelined for the visit of Stoke City in Gameweek 31.
Next Up: Manchester City (H)
Palace’s prospects at home to Manchester City are given a timely boost through the full fitness of star duo Zaha and Puncheon. Captain Mile Jedinak however, remains suspended for another game at least, while forward pair Campbell and Chamakh are sidelined through injury for the time being.
Injured: Inniss, Williams, Thomas, Lee Chung-Yong, Chamakh, Campbell
Next Up: Southampton (H)
Gareth Barry’s return to the fold following suspension has been made that bit more straightforward with injury doubts now hanging over Darron Gibson. The likes of Baines, Lukaku and Mirallas are likewise touch and go for a return to action at home to Southampton.
Injured: Oviedo, Hibbert
50/50: Baines, Mirallas, Pienaar, Gibson, Lukaku
Next Up: Swansea (H)
Tom Huddlestone is ruled out of contention through suspension when the Tigers travel to Wales to duke it out with Swansea this weekend. Nikica Jelavic’s knee injury – ruling him out til the end of the month – should see Abel Hernandez get the nod alongside N’Doye.
Injured: Snodgrass, Jelavic
Next Up: West Ham (H)
Nigel Pearson’s quest to end a lengthy winless streak faces a stern test at home to West Ham this Saturday. The Foxes must contend the match without the services of an Achilles injured Matthew Upson. Jeffrey Schlupp and his marauding left flank talents meanwhile, could be forced out of action through continued fatigue.
Injured: Upson, Hammond
Next Up: Arsenal (A)
Other than the ongoing Raheem Sterling contract sideshow, Liverpool have their fair share of pressing concerns, with a crucial clash with Arsenal awaiting in Gameweek 31. Key figures of seniority, Gerrard and Skrtel are suspended, while doubts hang over the fitness of Sturridge and Lallana in particular. Potentially murky waters ahead.
Injured: Jones, Rossiter, Ibe
50/50: Lovren, Flanagan, Lallana, Sturridge
Suspended: Skrtel, Gerrard
Next Up: Crystal Palace (A)
Taking on a punchy Crystal Palace side away in Gameweek 31, City will need their top men on song. Luckily, the Sky Blues are currently free of any major fitness or injury concerns.
Next Up: Aston Villa (H)
Chris Smalling is suffering from an illness that forced his departure from England’s 1-1 international friendly draw with Italy. Robin van Persie’s ankle issue renders him sidelined, while Jonny Evans’ suspension is in place until the end of the month.
Injured: van Persie
50/50: Smalling, Wilson
Next Up: Sunderland (A)
A Tyne-Wear derby awaits for two sides currently navigating a downturn in fortunes. No side has been as injury plagued as Newcastle this season and with six players ruled out and key figures Coloccini and Cisse still suspended, their chances don’t look all that rosy in Gameweek 31.
Injured: Haidara, Dummett, S.Taylor, Tiote, de Jong, Aarons
Suspended: Coloccini, Cisse
Next Up: West Brom (A)
Rangers head into a crucial fixture with West Brom this Saturday with a number of key absences. Richard Dunne’s knee injury looks set to sideline him until the summer while midfield dynamo Leroy Fer’s own knee complaint renders him unavailable, at least until the end of the month. Testing times.
Injured: Dunne, Faurlin, Fer, Zarate
Next Up: Everton (A)
A huge blow to the Saints’ end of season prospects is without doubt, the loss of Fraser Forster. The meanest first team keeper in the league was subbed off in Gameweek 30 with knee ligament issues after just 13 minutes of play. Now ruled out for the season along with Rodriguez and Mayuka, Pochettino must look toward his bench.
Injured: Forster, Rodriguez, Mayuka
Next Up: Chelsea(A)
Victor Moses is unable to feature in Gameweek 31, as Stoke travel to London to take on his parent club Chelsea. Marc Muniesa meanwhile, is fit and available for action following a lengthy layoff.
Injured: Odemwingie, Bojan
Next Up: Newcastle (H)
Dick Advocaat’s task ahead of the hotly anticipated Tyne-Wear derby has become that bit more complex, with starting centre-half Wes Brown ruled out through a knee complaint. On a positive note, midfield enforcer Lee Cattermole returns having served his suspension.
Injured: Brown, Giaccherini
50/50: Alvarez, Buckley
Next Up: Hull (H)
Jefferson Montero is expected to regain full fitness from a hamstring problem ahead of a home clash with Hull in Gameweek 31.
Injured: Carroll, Barrow
Next Up: Burnley (A)
Michel Vorm takes up the custodial duties with Hugo Lloris ruled out through a knee injury. Roberto Soldado’s fitness remains questionable ahead of their clash with Burnley at Turf Moor.
Next Up: QPR (H)
Claudio Yacob and Chris Brunt are available once more following their respective suspensions and should feature at home to QPR. Craig Dawson meanwhile, is suspended.
Injured: Foster, McManaman
Next Up: Leicester (A)
Winston Reid and James Collins are fit and available once more to provide a timely boost to the Hammers’ backline. Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia face another weekend on the sidelines in Gameweek 31 however.
Injured: Tomkins, Henry, Carroll, Valencia