We’re officially halfway through what already seems like the longest season yet, although only slightly more than half of PL teams have played 19 games. Now that we’re past that monster gameweek, it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming for a bit. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 20.
Crystal Palace v. West Ham
Crystal Palace will be thrilled to have their star, Wilfried Zaha, back in the team after missing out last week due to a knock to his knee. However, Roy Hodgson won’t get to try out his new signing quite yet at forward Jean-Philippe Mateta is still waiting on a visa clearance. Other than that, only James Tomkins is added to the injury list.
Out: Ferguson, Hennessey, Wickham, Kelly, Sakho, Tomkins, Schlupp, Mateta
West Ham don’t have any new injury complaints. Only Arthur Masuaku remains out as he rehabs from knee surgery.
Newcastle v. Leeds
Newcastle’s defense looks to be in shambles with Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark out with illness, Paul Dummett continuing to struggle with a knock, and DeAndre Yedlin missing out as he clears up an issue with his visa. Meanwhile, Jamaal Lascelles is expected to be available despite struggling with fitness issues while Allan Saint-Maximin is expected to be involved after returning as a substitute over the last week.
Out: Fernandez, Dummett, Yedlin, Clark
Doubtful: Lascelles, Manquillo,
Out: Forshaw, Koch, Berardi, Grot
Southampton v. Arsenal
Southampton will be happy to have Nathan Redmond back from a groin injury that kept him out of the last four games, although manager Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed Redmond will come off the bench. The boss also said that Oriol Romeu could return this weekend while he will have to do without both starting fullbacks in Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Bertrand.
Out: Vestergaard, Djenepo, Romeu, Smallbone, Ward-Prowse, Bertrand
Doubtful: Tella, Salisu
Arsenal won’t have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available to face Saints after the winger left the club’s run-up to the FA Cup this weekend to attend to a personal matter. Manager Mikel Arteta said it is not related to his fitness and the club will give Aubameyang as much time as he needs. Dani Ceballos is expected to overcome a calf injury while the club is pushing to have Kieran Tierney available as well.
Doubtful: Tierney, Martinelli, Ceballos, Mari,
West Brom v. Manchester City
Karlan Grant will return following his foot injury while Kalvin Phillips will also be available after returning from his COVID-19 quarantine. Robert Snodgrass is also expected to be involved after sitting out the West Ham game due to a verbal agreement between the two sides following his transfer from the Hammers.
Manchester City won’t have their two stars available for the West Brom match with Sergio Agüero recovering from COVID-19 while Kevin De Bruyne has recently been ruled out for at least a month with a hamstring injury. Kyle Walker is expected to be involved after returning to training this week.
Out: Aguero, De Bruyne, Ake
Burnley v. Aston Villa
Following their stunning 1-0 win over Liverpool last week, Burnley have a quartet of minor doubts. Charlie Taylor has the worst chance of being available after playing sparingly in the last month due to a hamstring problem. Josh Brownhill, Robbie Brady, and GW19 hero Ashley Barnes are expected to overcome minor knocks.
Doubtful: Taylor, Brownhill, Barnes, Brady
No major news coming out of Villa Park although manager Dean Smith did admit that Jack Grealish has struggled lately with fatigue, which could explain his drop in form of late.
Out: Hause, Wesley
Chelsea v. Wolves
Following the sacking of Frank Lampard yesterday, there is no injury news from Chelsea at the time of publishing. The only thing we know is that N’Golo Kante is hoping to return from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the last two weeks.
Nuno Espirito Santo said he was happy with the progress that Jonny Otto has made in light training as he recovers from a long-term knee injury, saying that the defender could be back in the next few weeks.
Out: Jonny, Jimenez, Marcal, Podence
Brighton v. Fulham
Brighton manager Graham Potter confirmed that Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Danny Welbeck, and Tariq Lamptey will all miss out, but Aaron Connelly and Adam Lallana are in contention after returning to training this week.
Out: Izquierdo, Lamptey, Welbeck, Jahanbakhsh
Doubtful: Connolly, Lallana
Out: Cairney, Kongolo, Robinson (suspension)
Doubtful: Mitrovic, Lemina
Everton v. Leicester
Everton fans were happy to see Dominic Calvert-Lewin return from injury and score in the FA Cup over the weekend. Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that he will also have Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi back for the midweek match with Leicester. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Doucouré will sit out a one-match ban due to card accumulation.
Out: Gbamin, Delph, Allan, Nkounkou, Doucoure
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Dennis Praet and Wes Morgan will continue to miss out, but the big news is that Jamie Vardy will miss the next few games due to a hernia operation. Said Rodgers: "There’s a timeline on it. He’s a little sore as you’d expect. He’s in really good form and hopefully he’s a quick healer and he’ll be back available fairly soon.”
Out: Praet, Vardy, Morgan, Praet
Man Utd v. Sheffield United
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer alleviated fears that Marcus Rashford would miss out with an injury after scans revealed no damage to his knee and confirmed that Rashford would be available in GW20. Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof also are expected to return.
Out: Jones, Williams
Sheffield United will be without defender John Egan as he serves a one-game ban for yellow-card accumulation. The club will also be holding out for the return of Oli McBurnie and Lys Mousset to face Manchester United.
Out: Egan (suspension)
Doubtful: McBurnie, Mousset, Robinson
Spurs v. Liverpool
There’s no official injury news from Spurs after Monday’s FA Cup win, but we do know that Ben Davies needs to be looked at after coming away with a knock. Fellow full-back Matt Doherty missed out with injury as did Dele Alli.
Out: Lo Celso,
Doubtful: Alli, Doherty, Davies
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will have his pre-match injury update tomorrow but we know that Joel Matip has returned to fitness. Meanwhile, the club will wait on Jordan Henderson’s status after not featuring in the FA Cup loss to Manchester United.
Out: van Dijk, Gomez, Jota, Tsimikas, Keita