Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. It’s the Hitlist.
Next Up: Watford (H)
Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and crucially Laurent Koscielny all face fitness tests ahead of the visit of Watford in Gameweek 9.
Gameweek 8 hero Alexis Sanchez is a slight concern for the Gunners with a hip complaint, but will more than likely feature start the game.
50/50: Koscielny, Arteta, Flamini, Sanchez
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck
Next Up: Chelsea (A)
Adama Traore looks set for a return to action, but whether he’ll get a starting spot for the Chelsea clash is anyone’s guess.
Ciaran Clark and Gabby Agbonlahor sit out this fixture through knee and calf injuries respectively while Jores Okore continues rehabilitation following surgery.
Injured: Clark, Okore, Gardner, Agbonlahor
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
The attacking onus seems to be increasingly upon Matt Ritchie as Bournemouth’s options are whittled down the nub through injury.
Facing Manchester City in Gameweek 9, the loss of Callum Wilson in particular will be keenly felt.
Injured: Mings, Elphick, Gradel, Arter, Wilson
Next Up: Aston Villa (H)
Despite middling form on field, the return of Diego Costa following a three game suspension should be a boost to Mourinho’s ailing side.
Conversely, the hamstring injury forced three-week absence of struggling Branislav Ivanovic could prove a blessing in disguise.
Injured: Courtois, Ivanovic
Next Up: West Brom (H)
Team totems Mile Jedinak and Damien Delaney are welcomed back into the fold ahead of a tough all-London clash with West Ham this Saturday.
Otherwise the same familiar faces remain in the sickbay.
Injured: Ward, Wickham, Chamakh
Next Up: Manchester United (H)
Kevin Mirallas returns to the fray following a lengthy suspension and may regain his place given the current absences in the Toffees’ midfield.
Seamus Coleman should return to the right-back slot given that he played and lasted a full 90 minutes against Poland on Ireland duty. A question mark hangs over the fitness of John Stones however.
Injured: Hibbert, Baines, Besic, Cleverley, Pienaar
Next Up: Southampton (A)
Nathan Dyer is deemed fit for the journey down to the south coast following an injury hit couple of weeks. Matty James in that case, stands as Leicester’s only injury of note.
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
It looks as if the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool could face a few difficult first steps away to Tottenham on Saturday.
A number of crippling injuries have cropped up in the run-up to Gameweek 9, including potentially season ending cruciate blows to Joe Gomez and Danny Ings.
One positive to take from this however, is the likely return of key man Phillipe Coutinho.
Injured: Gomez, Flanagan, Henderson, Rossiter, Firmino, Benteke, Ings
50/50: Lovren, Coutinho
Next Up: Bournemouth (H)
City were dealt a double punch to the gut over the international break with Sergio Aguero and David Silva suffering a hamstring and knee injury respectively. Aguero is likely to stay out of action until late November while Silva could return before the end of October.
The boost for fantasy managers out there banking on a City victory however will be the return of Sky Blue pillars in Kompany and Toure following sideline spells.
Injured: Kolarov, Clichy, Delph, Silva, Aguero
Next Up: Everton (A)
Louis Van Gaal favourite, Ashley Young is set to miss out on United’s trip to Goodison Park following a calf injury sustained in a Gameweek 8 collision with Aaron Ramsey.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to feature however, despite a niggling thigh complaint.
Injured: McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Young
Next Up: Norwich City (H)
As if things couldn’t get any worse for the Toon, Tim Krul had to go off an get injured for the remainder of the season.
The Dutch stopper sustained a cruciate ligament injury while away with his national team and now Rob Elliot is set to deputise.
Newcastle are at least buoyed by the returns of Haidara and Cisse. Whether that’s enough to overcome Norwich is another matter entirely.
Injured: Krul, Darlow, Taylor, Good, Aarons, Obertan, Riviere
Next Up: Newcastle United (A)
Youssuf Mulumbu remains injured, much as he has done for most of the season. Second and third choice strikers Gary Hooper and Lewis Grabban meanwhile are touch and go for fitness but are unlikely to affect Alex Neil’s plans away to the very out of sorts Newcastle.
50/50: Hooper, Grabban
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
Shane Long is the only new worry for Ronald Koeman. The Irishman sustained an ankle injury on Sunday against Poland and could now be ruled out for up to a month.
Injured: Forster, Gardos, Long
Next Up: Swansea City (A)
The loss of Shay Given won’t prove too damning with Jack Butland undertaking primary goalkeeping duties this season, but the absence of Mame Biram Diouf will hit Stoke hard.
The Senegalese is currently mourning the death of his mother and will not feature in Stoke’s Monday night fixture with Swansea. Ryan Shawcross remains some way of a return yet, as the skipper regains his match fitness.
Injured: Given, Shawcross
Next Up: West Bromwich Albion (A)
As if big Sam Allardyce didn’t have his work cut out for him at Sunderland, he’s about to enter his first game in charge with several key individuals out of contention.
Coates and vital performer Lens both face suspension while a host of first teamers in Ola Toivonen, Yann M’Vila and Younes Kaboul are doubtful inclusions for Saturday’s fixture. A tough road lies ahead.
Suspended: Coates, Lens
50/50: Kaboul, M’Vila, Toivonen
Next Up: Stoke City (H)
Andre Ayew gave his boss, Garry Monk, a brief scare during the week as he sat out the international break with Ghana due to a knee injury.
It appears the ex-Marseille man is back to full fitness however and should feature against a Stoke side who haven’t won in south Wales for over 22 years. Promising.
Next Up: Liverpool (H)
Son Heung Min is likely to sit out the rest of the month with a foot injury while the likes of Bentaleb and Ryan Mason likewise miss out on a Gameweek 9 power battle at Anfield.
Moussa Dembele however returns to boost a side missing the impressive but suspended Eric Dier.
Injured: Bentaleb, Mason, Pritchard, Son
Next Up: Arsenal (H)
Anya, Nyom and Behrami are all expected to feature at home to Arsenal this Saturday despite missing out on international duty for each of their respective sides. Behrami in fact returns from suspension for this North London-ish showdown.
Joel Ekstrand, Tommie Hoban and tricky creator Juan Manuel Jurado however, sit this one out through respective knocks and injuries.
Injured: Ekstrand, Hoban, Jurado
50/50: Nyom, Paredes, Anya, Behrami
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Sunderland (H)
Saloman Rondon should be fit and available for selection once more following fitness issues in recent weeks.
Saido Berahino meanwhile is doubtful having sustained a knock in training with boss Tony Pulis deeming him “50/50” for a meeting with Sunderland in Gameweek 9.
The status of Morrison and Evans is likewise up in the air with both returning from international duty midweek.
Injured: Foster, Olsson
50/50: Evans, Morrison, Berahino
West Ham United
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
Morgan Amalfitano’s contract at West Ham has been terminated, a culmination of a frosty relationship between the Frenchman and Slaven Bilic which stems from a disciplinary breach during the summer.
Andy Carroll is deemed fully fit to feature against against Crystal Palace this weekend, having recovered fully from a persistent knee injury. The Englishman has completed just 83 minutes of football this season and may face stern competition from a recovering Enner Valencia to oust Diafra Sakho from the first team line-up.
50/50: Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell, Valencia