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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
19 hours ago

Injuries and suspensions: All the Premier League team news

Huge game this weekend in the Barclays Premier League, as the past greats of English football, Manchester United, take on the champions-elect, Chelsea. Ian Fiveankles explains EXACTLY what happens in this match, so you don't even have to watch it.

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Saturday's Premier League matches

West Ham UnitedWest Ham United
Manchester CityManchester City
11:45 AM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 2-1 win for Manchester City
FANTASY PICK: Sergio Aguero
KEY STAT: Sergio Aguero's record of nine goals in his team's opening eight games has never been bettered in Premier League history.

- WEST HAM (FORM: L-D-W-L-W-W)

West Ham will be boosted by the returns of James Tomkins and Cheikhou Kouyate for their Premier League match at home to Manchester City. Defender Tomkins and midfielder Kouyate have recovered from thigh and groin problems respectively while striker Andy Carroll is back in training but not considered ready for the clash at Upton Park. Guy Demel (thigh), Joey O'Brien (knee) and James Collins (groin) are also out injured.

Provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Cresswell, Reid, Burke, Tomkins, Potts, Jenkinson, Noble, Kouyate, Song, Poyet, Nolan, Amalfitano, Downing, Vaz Te, Cole, Zarate, Sakho, Valencia.

- MANCHESTER CITY (FORM: L-D-D-W-W-W)

Former England midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out of champions City's trip to East London. Lampard suffered a thigh injury in last Saturday's 4-1 win over Tottenham and will not be back in training until next week. Playmaker Samir Nasri, who had groin surgery last month, has now rejoined the squad and could be back in contention to play next week.

Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Navas, Silva, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic.

LiverpoolLiverpool
Hull CityHull City
2:00 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 3-1 win for Liverpool
FANTASY PICK: Jordan Henderson
KEY STAT: Mario Balotelli has put more clear-cut chances off target than any other Premier League player this season (3).

- LIVERPOOL (FORM: W-L-L-D-W-W)

Misfiring striker Mario Balotelli is likely to keep his place for the visit of Hull as manager Brendan Rodgers has limited options up front. The 24-year-old has scored just once in 10 appearances but with Daniel Sturridge still sidelined by a calf problem the Italy international will probably start ahead of Rickie Lambert. Midfielder Adam Lallana is pushing for a starting place after impressing as a substitute in the midweek defeat to Real Madrid.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Allen, Lallana, Balotelli, Sterling, Jones, Manquillo, Toure, Enrique, Can, Markovic, Lucas, Coutinho, Lambert.

Expert's view: Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool -- calf strain
Daniel Sturridge suffered a further setback last week when the England striker strained his calf as he stepped up his recovery from a hamstring injury. Although Brendan Rodgers advised Sturridge could be out for around a month the early signs are good as a scan revealed only minor (grade one) fibre damage -- an indication that we should see a return to football within three weeks. With Markovic and Balotelli failing to live up to their preseason hype Rickie Lambert or Fabio Borini could lead the line for Liverpool during this difficult period. BD

- HULL (FORM: L-D-D-L-W-D)

Injuries have hit Hull hard in the past week, meaning big changes for the trip to Liverpool on Saturday. Third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is in line for only his second Premier League start with Allan McGregor (shoulder) and Steve Harper (bicep) both out, while striker Nikica Jelavic (knee) and centre-back Michael Dawson (ankle) are both missing for at least a month. Left-back Andy Robertson has a knock that is set to keep him out too, but Tom Huddlestone should be fine to play through discomfort for the third game in a row.

Team (provisional): Jakupovic, Watson, Davies, Rosenior, Chester, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Diame, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Ramirez, Aluko, Quinn, Hernandez, Ben Arfa, Aluko, Ince

SouthamptonSouthampton
Stoke CityStoke City
2:00 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 2-1 win for Southampton
FANTASY PICK: Dusan Tadic
KEY STAT: Southampton have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League home games.

- SOUTHAMPTON (FORM: D-W-W-W-W-L)

Ronald Koeman can select the same squad that thumped Sunderland 8-0 for Saturday's Premier League clash with Stoke at St Mary's. Southampton have no new injury concerns ahead of three games in eight days. Koeman will make precious few changes for Wednesday's immediate Capital One Cup rematch with Stoke, ahead of next weekend's away league trip to Hull.

Provisional squad: Forster, Davis, Cropper, Clyne, Fonte, Gardos, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Targett, Schneiderlin, Davis, Wanyama, Reed, Cork, Tadic, Yoshida, Mane, Long, Mayuka, Pelle, Gallagher.

- STOKE (FORM: D-W-L-D-W-L)

Midfielder Glenn Whelan is out and full-back Phil Bardsley doubtful for Stoke's trip to the South Coast. Whelan fractured a leg during the Republic of Ireland's recent Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany and is sidelined for up to six weeks, whilst Bardsley will undergo a late fitness test for a back problem. Centre-back Rob Huth and midfielder Marco Arnautovic, who both missed last weekend's 2-1 home win over Swansea through injury, come back into contention.

Provisional Squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Cameron, Bardsley, Muniesa, Nzonzi, Adam, Sidwell, Ireland, Walters, Arnautovic, Bojan, Assaidi, Moses, Crouch, Diouf.

Expert's view: Glenn Whelan, Stoke -- fractured leg
Glenn Whelan has been ruled out for around six weeks after a further assessment revealed the Republic of Ireland international had fractured his leg during the recent draw in Germany although the experienced midfielder will not be placed in a cast. The initial prognosis is good however -- a very minor fibula fracture (non-displaced) can be treated conservatively without surgery. Geoff Cameron is pushing for start in midfield after impressing against Swansea but with doubts regarding the fitness of Phil Bardsley (back) and Andy Wilkinson joining Millwall on loan this week the U.S. international maybe required to fill his more familiar full-back role. Ben Dinnery

SunderlandSunderland
ArsenalArsenal
2:00 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Alexis Sanchez
KEY STAT: If Arsenal fail to win it will be their worst performance after nine games in the Arsene Wenger era (previously 13 in 2011-12).

- SUNDERLAND (FORM: L-D-D-D-W-L)

Full-back Anthony Reveillere will be included in the Sunderland squad for the visit of Arsenal provided the club receives his international clearance. The 34-year-old, a free agent after leaving Napoli in the summer, signed a short-term contract until the end of the season on Thursday after training with the Black Cats for the previous two weeks. His arrival could be timely for head coach Gus Poyet with fellow defenders Sebastian Coates (thigh) and Billy Jones (hamstring) likely to be sidelined for several more weeks, while midfielders Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Ricky Alvarez (knee) are also still out.

Provisional squad: Mannone, Pantilimon, Reveillere, Van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Roberge, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Mavrias, Wickham, Altidore, Fletcher, Graham.

- ARSENAL (FORM: D-D-W-D-L-D)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be suspended for Saturday's Premier League trip to Sunderland after collecting five cautions. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny returns having served a one-match European ban for the midweek Champions League win at Anderlecht. England forward Theo Walcott has played for the under-21s following nine months out with a knee injury, but is not expected to return to the first-team squad until next weekend. Defender Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), midfielder Mesut Ozil (knee), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh), striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), midfielder Abou Diaby (calf), France forward Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) are all still out, along with long-term absentee Mathieu Debuchy (ankle).

Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Monreal, Chambers, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Welbeck, Martinez, Podolski, Arteta, Rosicky, Coquelin, Campbell, Bellerin.

Expert's view: David Ospina, Arsenal -- thigh Strain
Arsenal confirmed this week that David Ospina suffered a recurrence of the thigh injury which delayed the start to his Emirates career and restricted the Colombian to just one domestic start (League Cup against Southampton) this season. The goalkeeper is expected to remain out until early 2015 with extensive muscle fibre damage [grade 2/3] which may require surgery -- rehabilitation typically taking up to three months. His absence along with the suspended Wojciech Szczesny on Wednesday meant Damian Martinez made his UEFA Champions League debut in Belgium with the Argentine likely to retain a place within the matchday squad throughout the duration of his Ospina's recovery. BD

West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion
Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace
2:00 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 2-2 draw
FANTASY PICK: Saido Berahino
KEY STAT: Saido Berahino has scored seven goals in 10 competitive appearances for WBA this season, with six of these coming at the Hawthorns.

- WEST BROM (FORM: L-L-W-W-L-D)

England goalkeeper Ben Foster is set to return to West Brom's starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace. Foster missed Monday's 2-2 draw with Manchester United due to a calf injury but head coach Alan Irvine revealed he is back in training and "fine" ahead of the Eagles' visit. Winger Silvestre Varela is still out after groin surgery while midfielder Claudio Yacob is in his native Argentina due to family illness. Defender Jonas Olsson is struggling with a niggling Achilles injury.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Blanco, Sessegnon, Samaras, Ideye, Berahino.

- CRYSTAL PALACE (FORM: D-D-W-W-L-L)

James McArthur and Scott Dann are both expected to miss Crystal Palace's trip to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday. McArthur and Dann are struggling with hip and knee injuries respectively while Damien Delaney is serving a one-match suspension after being sent off against Chelsea last weekend. Delaney's absence could see Martin Kelly or Adrian Mariappa play in central defence as Palace look to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

Provisional squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Mariappa, Kelly, Fryers, Ward, Hangeland, Jedinak, Bannan, Ledley, Williams, Bolasie, Thomas, Puncheon, Gayle, Campbell, Johnson, Doyle, Chamakh, Zaha.

Expert's view: James McArthur, Crystal Palace -- hip flexor Injury
The Crystal Palace midfielder is rated as "very doubtful" by manager Neil Warnock having failed to recover from a minor hip flexor strain which forced his withdrawal during the defeat to Chelsea last weekend. Although the tear causes minimal pain and minimal loss of function The Eagles may decide not to risk their summer acquisition with a 10-day rest period following Saturdays' game. The injury is a common within football as a tear will often occur through excessive or repetitive sprinting or kicking motions. Adlene Guedioura could fill the void if the Scottish international were to miss out. BD

Swansea CitySwansea City
Leicester CityLeicester City
4:30 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 2-0 win for Swansea
FANTASY PICK: Gylfi Sigurdsson
KEY STAT: Swansea have scored 10 of the 11 penalties they've been awarded in the Premier League.

- SWANSEA (FORM: W-L-L-D-D-L)

Jonjo Shelvey is set to return for Swansea's Premier League home game with Leicester on Saturday evening. Shelvey served a one-match ban last weekend for picking up five bookings and England Under-21 international Tom Carroll deputised for him in the controversial 2-1 defeat at Stoke. Leon Britton (knee), Jordi Amat (knee), Dwight Tiendalli (groin) and Jazz Richards (knee) are still missing as Swansea seek to end a run of five league games without a win.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Dyer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Bony, Tremmel, Bartley, Carroll, Montero, Emnes, Gomis, Shephard, Fulton.

- LEICESTER (FORM: L-D-W-W-L-D)

Riyad Mahrez could return for Leicester at Swansea after he was left out of the Foxes' 1-0 defeat at Newcastle. Boss Nigel Pearson did not want to risk the winger after he only returned from international duty with Algeria 24 hours before the clash with the Magpies. Pearson has virtually a full strength side to pick from with only Matt Upson (ankle) and cruciate knee ligament injury victim Zoumana Bakayogo -- who was not named in the Foxes' Premier League squad -- out.

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, Morgan, Moore, De Laet, Konchesky, Wasilewski, Drinkwater, Hammond, James, King, Cambiasso, Albrighton, Mahrez, Knockaert, Vardy, Ulloa, Nugent, Schlupp, Wood.


Sunday's matches

BurnleyBurnley
EvertonEverton
1:30 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 2-0 win for Everton
FANTASY PICK: Ross Barkley
KEY STAT: Everton have made more errors leading directly to a goal than any other Premier League side this season (5).

- BURNLEY (FORM: D-D-D-L-D-L)

Burnley midfielder Dean Marney remains a doubt for his side's Premier League clash with Everton at Turf Moor on Sunday. Marney has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury and will be given a late test by the club's medical staff. Steven Reid and Michael Keane are pushing for recalls after groin and hamstring problems respectively, but Matthew Taylor remains absent as he awaits an Achilles operation.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Ward, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Kightly, Cisak, Sordell, Marney, Jutkiewicz, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Long, Barnes, Arfield, Ings, Chalobah, Jones.

- EVERTON (FORM: L-W-L-D-L-W)

James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Steven Naismith and Leon Osman could all return to the Everton side for their Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday. Naismith and Osman were left out of the travelling party for Thursday's Europa League trip to face Lille while Coleman was an unused substitute and McCarthy played only the last few minutes. The Toffees have no new injury worries but Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and John Stones (ankle) remain sidelined while Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kona are still not match-fit.

Provisional squad: Howard, Robles, Coleman, Baines, Hibbert, Browning, Jagielka, Distin, Alcaraz, Gibson, McCarthy, Barry, Besic, Barkley, Osman, Pienaar, Atsu, McGeady, Lukaku, Eto'o, Naismith.

Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United
1:30 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 1-0 win for Spurs
FANTASY PICK: Christian Eriksen
KEY STAT: Roberto Soldado has assisted as many Premier League goals as he has scored (6).

- TOTTENHAM (FORM: L-D-L-D-W-L)

Federico Fazio will miss Tottenham's return to Premier League action against Newcastle this weekend through suspension. The 27-year-old summer signing was sent off on his top-flight debut against Manchester City, ruling him out of Sunday's match at White Hart Lane. Nabil Bentaleb and Kyle Naughton will have ankle complaints assessed before the Magpies' visit, while Kyle Walker remains absent after abdominal surgery.

Tottenham provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Naughton, Rose, Davies, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dier, Kaboul, Capoue, Stambouli, Paulinho, Dembele, Mason, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Lennon, Townsend, Chadli, Lamela, Soldado, Adebayor, Kane.

- NEWCASTLE (FORM: D-L-D-L-D-W)

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keeping his fingers crossed over a series of injury doubts as he prepares to name his team to face Tottenham on Sunday. In-form striker Papiss Cisse is a doubt with a knee problem, while fellow forward Emmanuel Riviere, who missed last weekend's 1-0 Premier League win over Leicester with an unspecified knock, is in a similar situation. So too are defenders Mike Williamson (muscle problem), Paul Dummett (hamstring) and midfielders Cheick Tiote (calf) and Sammy Ameobi (knock). Utility man Ryan Taylor returns to the squad for the first time in 26 months after two cruciate ligament injuries and Rolando Aarons (hamstring) is also on the mend, but fellow midfielder Siem de Jong is unlikely to return until January as he continues to battle his way back from a torn thigh muscle.

Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Janmaat, Dummett, Haidara, R Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson, S Taylor, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Colback, Cabella, Gouffran, Obertan, Ameobi, Riviere, Cisse, Perez, Armstrong.

Manchester UnitedManchester United
ChelseaChelsea
4:00 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 3-1 win for Chelsea
FANTASY PICK: Cesc Fabregas
KEY STAT: Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United.

- MANCHESTER UNITED (FORM: D-W-L-W-W-D)

Captain Wayne Rooney will miss out as he serves the final game of a three-match suspension. Angel Di Maria has overcome the slight thigh injury he suffered in the 2-2 draw against West Brom, but it looks unlikely that midfielder Michael Carrick will feature this weekend as he has been released to the under-21 squad for their game at West Ham on Friday night. Defenders Jonny Evans (foot) and Paddy McNair (hamstring), as well as midfielders Jesse Lingard (knee) and Antonio Valencia (hamstring), are out.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Johnstone, Rafael, Shaw, Rojo, Blackett, Thorpe, Smalling, Jones, Pereira, Blind, Fletcher, Fellaini, Anderson, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Mata, Januzaj, Di Maria, Falcao, Van Persie, W Keane.

Expert's view: Angel Di Maria, Manchester United -- dead leg
Record summer signing Angel Di Maria has responded well to treatment this week after limping out of Monday nights' draw at the Hawthorns -- the Argentine winger was pictured icing his thigh following a number of robust challenges throughout the game. A fairly common occurrence within football, a dead leg is generally caused by opponent's knee connecting with the thigh muscle crushing it against the underlying thigh bone (this compression of the muscle can be extremely painful) occasionally causing a tear. It is important to follow RICE protocol (Rest/Ice/Compression/Elevation) during the early phase of trauma to help minimise any further complications. BD

- CHELSEA (FORM: W-W-D-W-W-W)

Striker Diego Costa could return from a hamstring injury and illness for Chelsea's Premier League clash at Manchester United on Sunday. Fellow forward Loic Remy (groin) is out, while midfielders John Obi Mikel (foot) and Ramires (groin) could return alongside Andre Schurrle, who has recovered from illness. Full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is banned for the first of three games following his dismissal at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Mikel, Salah, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Christensen, Boga, Baker, Schwarzer, Solanke.


Monday's match

Queens Park RangersQueens Park Rangers
Aston VillaAston Villa
8:00 PM GMT
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PREDICTION: A 2-2 draw
FANTASY PICK: Christian Benteke
KEY STAT: Andreas Weimann has scored two goals from two shots on target this season and they have both been winners.

- QPR (FORM: W-L-D-L-L-L)

Adel Taarabt could be offered the opportunity to prove himself to manager Harry Redknapp when QPR host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday. Taarabt and Redknapp had a public disagreement this week when the QPR boss accused the Morocco playmaker of being overweight. Defender Nedum Onuoha hopes to shake off a hamstring problem sustained against Liverpool while midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch could be fit again after recent hamstring trouble, but Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is a long-term injury absentee.

Provisional squad: Green, McCarthy, Onuoha, Traore, Dunne, Caulker, Ferdinand, Yun, Hill, Isla, Henry, Sandro, Fer, Zamora, Vargas, Austin, Phillips, Kranjcar, Murphy, Hoilett, Vargas, Barton, Mutch, Taarabt.

- ASTON VILLA (FORM: W-W-L-L-L-L)

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful Philippe Senderos will be fit for their trip to QPR after the defender missed the 3-0 defeat at Everton with a thigh injury. England midfielder Fabian Delph is definitely out after he dislocated his shoulder last week having fallen awkwardly during training. Libor Kozak (broken leg) remains a long-term absentee but Christian Benteke is set to start again now he has fully recovered from a ruptured Achilles.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Hutton, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Senderos, Okore, Vlaar, Cissokho, Richardson, Cole, Sanchez, Westwood, Grealish, Bacuna, Cleverley, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bent.


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