After five gameweeks in a two-and-a-half week span that was more hectic than the festive period, we’re finally back to a week between games before the double gameweeks hit. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 23.
Aston Villa v. Arsenal
There’s no new injury news for Aston Villa with Wesley and Kourtney Hause still out.
Out: Hause, Wesley
The good news for Arsenal is that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to come off the bench in midweek after missing the previous two games for family reasons. Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney likely remains out while the club will be without David Luiz and Bernd Leno after their red cards in midweek. It will be interesting to see if Mat Ryan makes his Arsenal debut or if a hip injury keeps him out of goal.
Out: Tierney, Luiz (suspension), Leno (suspension)
Doubtful: Mari, Ryan, Ceballos
Burnley v. Brighton
Burnley will have a dilemma to solve up front with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes expected to miss out again. Jay Rodríguez and Matej Vydra got the start in midweek against Manchester City. Robbie Brady, Charlie Taylor, and Josh Brownhill are also not expected to be risked for the Brighton visit.
Out: Taylor, Brownhill, Barnes, Wood, Brady
Brighton manager Graham Potter confirmed that midfielder Solly March will join the injured list after suffering a knee injury in that impressive midweek win against Liverpool. The Seagulls will be waiting on the status of Alexis Mac Allister and Joel Veltman after missing out this week.
Out: Lamptey, Welbeck, Jahanbakhsh, March, Andone
Doubtful: Mac Allister, Veltman
Newcastle v. Southampton
Newcastle will really be up against it defensively with three starters missing at the weekend with Federico Fernandez, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis all ruled out along with Paul Dummett and DeAndre Yedlin, who made the move to Turkey this week. Ciaran Clark could also miss out due to the birth of his child, but manager Steve Bruce was more optimistic regarding his chances.
Out: Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Dummett, Yedlin (transfer)
This is the first time this season that a team’s “Out” list reached the second line, but that mostly has to do with the departures that Southampton endured in the last week. However, we could see the debut of Liverpool loan arrival Takumi Minamino this weekend. Saints could also have Jannik Vestergaard and Oriol Romeu back after returning to training this week while Jan Bednarek will also be available after seeing his red card overturned.
Out: Smallbone, Salisu, Armstrong, Walcott, Diallo, Tella, Jankewitz (suspension), Long (loan) Valery (loan)
Doubtful: Vestergaard, Walker-Peters, Romeu
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Fulham v. West Ham
There are no new injury concerns for Fulham once again as the Cottagers will be hoping to see the debut of Josh Maja after his arrival on loan from Bordeaux.
Out: Cairney, Kongolo,
Once again, West Ham don’t have any new injury complaints. Arthur Masuaku is hoping to be back in about a month after resuming running activities this week.
Manchester United v. Everton
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he expected Edinson Cavani to be available to face Everton this weekend after he was taken off in midweek with ankle problem. We will have to wait to see the debut of new signing Amad Diallo, who is expected to feature for the U23s tomorrow. Eric Bailly is a major doubt to return from a knock after missing the last three games.
Out: Williams, Jones, Diallo
Doubtful: Bailly, Cavani
The good news for Everton is that Allan was expected back in training today, although a return at the weekend is extremely unlikely. The Toffees will also be without goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for the second straight game due to a rib injury, meaning Robin Olsen will likely get another start.
Out: Gbamin, Allan, Pickford,
Spurs v. West Brom
Tottenham are just dying to have Harry Kane back after scoring just once in the midst of their current three-game losing streak. There’s a slight chance that Kane could be back this weekend after returning to training well ahead of schedule, but for the moment it seems more likely he’ll be back in the coming week with the Manchester City match looming next weekend. Said manager José Mourinho: “I think it's not a very optimistic thing to say next week [Kane] should be playing, it will be just a consequence of his good evolution. So we're happy. We were scared when it happened but next week we play Everton and City at the weekend. I believe for one of these matches he should be back.”
Out: Lo Celso, Reguilon,, Alli
Midfielder Grady Diangana is the only injury doubt for West Brom, although he looks likely to be in the team. Okay Yokuslu and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also be involved after signing on loan this week.
Wolves v. Leicester
Per usual, Nuno Espirito Santo refused to name the newest additions to his injured list with Romain Saiss joining a handful of defenders who missed out in midweek due to injury. That means that there will be several shakeups in the Wolves team, so be warned.
Out: Jonny, Jimenez, Marcal, Ait-Nouri, Saiss
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Jamie Vardy is back after missing the last three games due to a hernia operation. However, he said that he wouldn’t risk Vardy, who is most likely set for a role off the bench. Wesley Fofana will miss the next month due to a thigh injury while Timothy Castagne also looks like a major doubt.
Out: Morgan, Praet, Ndidi, Fofana, Castagne
Liverpool v. Man City
In what will be Liverpool’s biggest game of the season, manager Jurgen Klopp said he hopes to have stars Alisson, Sadio Mané, and Fabinho back in the team to face first-place Manchester City. However, Joel Matip has officially been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury, making him the third center-half to see their season upended.
Out: van Dijk, Gomez, Jota, Matip, Keita
No new injury news for Manchester City as Sergio Agüero has yet to build up his fitness. Nathan Ake still recovering from a muscle injury while Kevin De Bruyne will need a few more weeks to recover from a hamstring injury.
Out: Aguero, De Bruyne, Ake
Sheffield United v. Chelsea
George Baldock and Enda Stevens remain major injury doubts as the former was subbed off in midweek due to a knock. Ethan Ampadu won’t be available to face his parent team; however, it looks as though Ben Osborn is going to be fit after missing the last month.
Out: Ampadu (loan restriction), O’Connell
Doubtful: Stevens, Robinson, Osborn, Baldock
Kai Havertz and Kurt Zouma were absent for the club’s win over Spurs on Thursday due to knocks, but their return for the weekend looks promising. But Thiago Silva looks set to miss out after lasting only 35 minutes against Spurs before sustaining an injury.
Out: Thiago Silva
Doubtful: Zouma, Havertz
Leeds v. Crystal Palace
Leeds won’t have any additions to their team this weekend as their injury situation has worsened with Rodrigo and Ian Poveda expected to miss the next few weeks due to injury.
Out: Forshaw, Koch, Berardi, Grot, Llorente, Rodrigo, Poveda
Despite the win over Newcastle in midweek to make it two straight for Palace, the Eagles are in bad shape injury-wise. Wilfried Zaha was taken off before the hour mark and will now miss the weekend due to a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, James McArthur has joined a growing injury list while Joel Ward also needs assessing after sustaining a knock this week.