Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. It’s the Gameweek 8 Hitlist.
Next Up: Manchester United (H)
Francis Coquelin should return to the fold in Gameweek 8 for the clash with Manchester United following the Frenchman’s absence against Leicester. Per Mertesaker and Gabriel will also partner up in the centre of defence with Laurent Koscielny ruled out with a hamstring strain.
Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini also miss out.
Injured: Koscielny, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck
Next Up: Stoke (H)
Adama Traore is again a fitness concern. The ex-Barcelona man made a cameo appearance against Liverpool in Gameweek 7 but is thought to be struggling again with an ankle issue. Aside from that, Tim Sherwood’s fitness concerns remain much the same.
Injured: Okore, Gardner
50/50: Crespo, Ilori, Traore, Agbonlahor
Next Up: Watford (H)
Callum Wilson succumbed to a dreaded ACL knee injury against Stoke last weekend and in all likelihood aggravated it further by trying to play on. A key fantasy performer for many, Wilson’s absence will hit hard. Expect Glenn Murray to take up the reins.
Injured: Mings, Elphick, Gradel, Arter, Wilson
Next Up: Southampton (H)
The overall form and performances appear to have deteriorated further at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea succumbing to Porto midweek.
Jose will aim to set it right against Southampton in Gameweek 8 but will do so without the services of Courtois and Diego Costa.
Next Up: West Brom (H)
Stand out defender Damien Delaney is unavailable in Gameweek 8 through a groin injury. Marouane Chamakh meanwhile, is back training but lacks match fitness and is unlikely to feature at home to West Brom.
Ward, Jedinak and Wickham are also among the Eagles’ injured party.
Injured: Ward, Delaney, Jedinak, Wickham, Chamakh
Next Up: Liverpool (H)
Both John Stones and Seamus Coleman – struggling with a thigh injury and knock respectively – are subject to late fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby, while Kevin Mirallas continues his suspension until later this month.
Injured: Hibbert, Baines, Cleverley, Pienaar
50/50: Stones, Coleman, Besic
Next Up: Norwich City (A)
Nathan Dyer is unlikely to return from a knee injury ahead of the Foxes trip to Norwich this Saturday. Aside from the aforementioned Dyer and Matt James, Ranieri has a full squad to choose from.
Injured: James, Dyer
Next Up: Everton (A)
The Reds’ injury situation remains much the same as Rodgers’ men prepare to travel across the city to Goodison Park for Sunday’s derby.
Henderson, Firmino and Benteke are the most integral first teamers to miss out in Gameweek 8.
Injured: Lovren, Flanagan, Henderson, Firmino, Benteke
Next Up: Newcastle United (H)
City host a Newcastle United who very nearly pipped an out of sorts Chelsea to a win in Gameweek 8 and do so without key figures Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure who both miss out through a calf and hamstring injury respectively.
Injured: Kompany, Clichy, Toure, Delph
Next Up: Arsenal (A)
Ander Herrera is a possible doubt for the trip to north London but stands alone as Louis Van Gaal’s only recent selection worry. McNair, Rojo and Luke Shaw all continue on United’s long term injury list.
Injured: McNair, Rojo, Shaw
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Injuries seem an all too familiar fact of life in the North-East as Newcastle contend with the most depleted squad in the league. Steve McClaren will hope that key midfield man Jack Colback can regain fitness ahead of their trip to the Etihad in Gameweek 8 while the availability of Cheick Tiote should prove a boost to the struggling Toon.
Injured: Darlow, Haidara, Taylor, Dummet, Good, Aarons, Obertan, Cisse, Riviere
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
New man Matt Jarvis returns to the Canaries squad following his unavailability against parent club West Ham in Gameweek 7. Otherwise the Canaries have much the same players available to them for the visit of Leicester come Saturday.
Injured: Mulumbu, Andreu, Hooper
Next Up: Chelsea (A)
Jordy Clasie could make his first Premier League appearance for the Saints against Chelsea in Gameweek 8, following a long term spell on the sidelines. Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos meanwhile, remain unavailable for the foreseeable future.
Injured: Forster, Gardos
Next Up: Aston Villa (A)
Mark Hughes sweats on the fitness of Xherdan Shaqiri and to a lesser extent Marc Wilson as Stoke travel up to Villa Park this weekend.
50/50: Wilson, Shaqiri
Next Up: West Ham United (H)
The return of Jermaine Defoe provides a much needed boost to Sunderland’s abysmal league start as his former club West Ham roll into town on Saturday afternoon.
Younes Kaboul is expected to miss out – possibly the best for all concerned – as he struggles with a knock.
Injured: Matthews, Kaboul
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Swansea are again blessed with a completely clean bill of health in Gameweek 8.
Next Up: Swansea City (A)
Rising star Son Heung-Min is ruled out of a trip to south Wales and for some weeks to come after sustaining a foot injury against Manchester City in Gameweek 7.
Bar the Korean international, the injury list stays the same with Bentaleb, Dembele and Mason among the highest profile absentees.
Injured: Bentaleb, Dembele, Mason, Pritchard, Son
Next Up: Bournemouth (A)
There are no new losses for Quique Sanchez Flores going into Gameweek 8 where they take on fellow ex-Championship contemporaries, Bournemouth.
Behrami is suspended until Gameweek 9 while Ekstrand is unavailable for the foreseeable with a long standing knee problem.
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Crystal Palace (A)
West Brom have seen the injuries pile up to for a number of key performers, with defensive stalwart Gareth McAuley among those hit.
The Northern Irishman is due out for two weeks at least with a calf injury while Salomon Rondon joins him for the same timeframe with the Venzuelan carrying a knock.
Injured: Foster, McAuley, Olsson, Rondon
West Ham United
Next Up: Sunderland (A)
Question marks hang over the heads of Winston Reid and Andy Carroll as the Hammers travel to the Stadium of Light in Gameweek 8.
Reid is struggling for fitness with a hip injury, while Carroll is touch and go to shake of a persistent and troublesome knee injury.
Injured: Ogbonna, O’Brien, Song, Valencia
50/50: Reid, Carroll