Ahead of Gameweek 32, the Analyst gives you the lowdown on all the suspensions, injuries and illnesses in the Premier League.
Next Up: Burnley (A)
Arsenal can extend a tentative welcome to a surge of fit-again first-team players. Debuchy, Arteta, Diaby, Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are all ready for contention ahead of a trip to Burnley in Gameweek 32. Koscielny and Szczesny meanwhile are doubts, with the former subbed off in victory over Liverpool in Gameweek 31.
50/50: Szczesny, Koscielny
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Villa continue to battle fitness and injury issues ahead of a visit to Tim Sherwood’s old stomping ground, White Hart Lane. Hutton, Cissokho, Sinclair and Gil are among the first choice players racing to recuperate ahead of kick-off on Saturday afternoon.
Injured: Herd, Kozák
50/50: Senderos, Hutton, Cissokho, Sinclair, Westwood, Gil
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
Veteran midfielder Matthew Taylor returns for selection following an extended spell on the sidelines; whether or not he’ll feature against Arsenal remains to be seen.
Injured: Long, Marney
50/50: Reid, Wallace
Next Up: QPR (A)
Cesc Fabregas has gone under the knife prior to Chelsea’s London derby with QPR after the Spanish midfielder suffered a broken nose at the hands of Charlie Adam last weekend. As a result, the Spaniard is touch and go to feature come Sunday. Meanwhile, Diego Costa’s hamstrings only lasted twelve minutes in Gameweek 31 and the Spain international is likely be replaced by Loic Remy up top.
Injured: Mikel, Costa
Next Up: Sunderland (A)
Club captain Mile Jedinak finally returns from an extended suspension and should go straight back into the starting line-up in Gameweek 32. Otherwise Alan Pardew is equipped with more or less the same band of players he’s had at his disposal in recent weeks, as they aim to take three points from Sunderland.
Injured: Inniss, Thomas, Lee Chung-Yong, Chamakh, Campbell
50/50: Mutch, Ledley
Next Up: Swansea (A)
Oviedo, Hibbert and Darron Gibson are the familiar sidelined faces in Gameweek 32, while Kevin Mirallas returns to the fray ahead of a clash with Swansea City. Aiden McGeady is unlikely to feature, with the Irishman struggling with a back injury.
Injured: Oviedo, Hibbert, Gibson
50/50: McGeady, Lukaku
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Hull have lost David Meyler to suspension but gained the returning and influential Tom Huddlestone following a three game absence. Travelling to Southampton on Saturday, the Tigers will be without the services of the on-loan Gaston Ramirez who is ineligible to face his parent club.
Injured: Snodgrass, Jelavic
50/50: Davies, Robertson
Next Up: West Brom (A)
Leicester’s hopes of survival have been given a boost in the form of a clean bill of health going into Gameweek 32. With West Brom coming off the back of a heavy defeat to QPR, the Foxes will certainly fancy their chances for victory.
Next Up: Newcastle (H)
Liverpool persevere without the services of the suspended Skrtel and Gerrard, but can now add Mamadou Sakho to their list of losses ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to Anfield on Monday night. Balotelli and Lallana are doubtful through sickness and injury respectively.
Injured: Jones, Sakho, Rossiter, Ibe
50/50: Flanagan, Lallana, Balotelli
Suspended: Skrtel, Gerrard
Next Up: Manchester United (A)
Wilfried Bony is likely to return to fitness ahead of the Manchester derby, though the Ivorian did sit out City’s defeat to Crystal Palace with an ankle injury. Otherwise, it’s a fully fit squad to choose from for the beleaguered Manuel Pellegrini.
Next Up: Manchester City (H)
Chris Smalling is still doubtful through illness, having already missed out in Gameweek 31, while Robin van Persie – despite returning to training midweek – is unlikely to feature. Jonny Evans remains suspended until the end of the month.
50/50: Smalling, van Persie
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
Aside from the regulars of Newcastle’s on-going injury pile-up, Daryl Janmaat is a slight doubt ahead of Monday’s fixture with Liverpool, having played through a calf knock in the Tyne-Weir derby. Experienced heads Cisse and Coloccini are suspended for the immediate future.
Injured: Alnwick, Haidara, Dummett, S.Taylor, Tiote, de Jong, Aarons
Suspended: Coloccini, Cisse
Next Up: Chelsea (H)
QPR aren’t going down without a fight if recent evidence suggests, but their chances against Chelsea this weekend have been somewhat harmed with the injury Eduardo Vargas; who was forced off after scoring against WBA. The Chilean is now ruled out for the season.
Injured: Furlong, Faurlin, Fer, Vargas, Zarate
50/50: Dunne, Yun, Taarabt
Next Up: Hull (H)
Filip Djuricic is suffering from an ankle injury and will miss the Hull fixture in Gameweek 32. Aside from him, the usual heads – Forster, Rodriguez and Mayuka – remain absent.
Injured: Forster, Djuricic Rodriguez, Mayuka
Next Up: West Ham (A)
Victor Moses is available for selection having sat out last weekend’s defeat to parent club, Chelsea. Otherwise there are no unexpected injury concerns for Mark Hughes’ men.
Injured: Odemwingie, Bojan
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
Sebastian Larsson is ruled out of a home fixture with Crystal Palace and Sunderland’s next game following his tenth booking of the season in Gameweek 31.
Injured: Brown, Giaccherini, Alvarez
Next Up: Everton (H)
Kyle Naughton was dealt a cruel blow against Hull last time out, with David Meyler’s dangerous challenge potentially ruling him out for the season. Jefferson Montero meanwhile, is touch and go to feature at home to Everton this weekend.
Injured: Naughton, Carroll, Barrow
Next Up: Aston Villa (H)
Spurs remain without the services of Hugo Lloris but Spurs are blessed with an able deputy – proven in Gameweek 31 – in Michel Vorm. Kyle Walker was forced out of action last time out with a foot injury and, like Jan Vertonghen, is a potential return for Villa fixture.
50/50: Walker, Vertonghen, Soldado
Next Up: Leicester (H)
Youssuf Mulumbu’s introduction to the field against QPR proved extremely short lived as the Congo international was sent off after twelve short minutes, following a dangerous elbow on Joey Barton.
Injured: Foster, McManaman
Next Up: Stoke (H)
No new injury woes for West Ham in Gameweek 32, but the visit of Stoke could prove a challenging one for an now under-pressure Sam Allardyce
Injured: Tomkins, Henry, Carroll, Valencia