With two more weeks of a packed European schedule and the usual Premier League slate, it’s more important than ever to have a deep bench to work through any rest or injury situations. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 9.
Crystal Palace v. Newcastle
Crystal Palace seemed to finally have most of their first team back until COVID-19 took a bite out of the squad during the international break. Luka Milivojevic has received his clearance to return to the training pitch following a negative test, but will need some time to regain fitness. Meanwhile, Wilfried Zaha was a late scratch from the matchday squad last weekend after his test came back positive.
Out: Ferguson, Hennessey, Milivojevic, Zaha
The big news for Newcastle is that they will have leading scorer and penalty taker Callum Wilson back for Friday night’s match. The former Bournemouth star was expected to overcome an injury to be ready for last weekend’s loss to Chelsea, but failed his fitness test in the end. However, Wilson is available while Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie could make the bench after recovering from month-long injuries. Manager Steve Bruce refused to name the players out due to quarantine.
Out: Dubravka, Gayle, Dummett, Fraser
Brighton v. Liverpool
Outside of Tariq Lamptey, there isn’t much team news coming out of Brighton, which is a good thing for the club. The Seagulls will check on Adam Lallana before he faces his old team along with Alexis Mac Allister as he recovers from illness. Davy Propper has returned from illness and looks set to feature as does Leandro Trossard.
Out: Andone, Lamptey (suspension)
Doubtful: Walton, March, Lallana, Mac Allister, Izquierdo
The good news for Liverpool is that captain Jordan Henderson returned to training on Thursday and looks like he should be in contention for Saturday. However, Jurgen Klopp will still have to do without at least five regular starters, but the return of Fabinho and Mohamed Salah will surely lift spirits.
Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, ThIago, Keita
Man City v. Burnley
For the first time in a long time, Manchester City have a completely fit squad. Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy returned in Champions League this week, where City advanced to the knockout stages, and Nathan Ake has been deemed fit after training this week. The only minor doubt is Sergio Agüero. The Argentine star was part of the midweek squad but Pep Guardiola said he would watch Aguero’s minutes.
Burnley could be without their most important player in goalkeeper Nick Pope for the trip to Manchester City. Pope was man of the match in the club’s first win of the season against Crystal Palace on Monday with a clean sheet and five saves, but needed stitches for a head injury suffered at the end of the game, making him a doubt with Bailey Peacock-Farrell waiting in the wings.
Doubtful: Brady, Stephens, Pope
Everton v. Leeds
Everton will be without both of their talented fullbacks this weekend with Seamus Coleman on a week-to-week basis following his injury. But the biggest injury news in the Premier League this week came with a training ground injury to Lucas Digne, who was Everton’s biggest playmaker with five assists. The Frenchman suffered ligament damage and will now require ankle surgery that will keep him out for two to three months. Ben Godfrey started for Coleman last week and Carlo Ancelotti mentioned Jonjoe Kenney and Niels Nkonkou as potential replacements.
Out: Gbamin, Coleman, Digne
As usual, Marcelo Bielsa gave no insight into his injury news besides confirming that James Shackleton, Pablo Hernandez, and Diego Llorente will continue to miss out due to injury.
Out: Forshaw, Llorente, Shackleton, Hernandez
West Brom v. Sheffield United
Out: Robson-Kanu, Field
Doubtful: Livermore, Gibbs
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder confirmed that Enda Stevens will be a last-minute decision. Meanwhile Ethan Ampadu continues to try to shake off a knock. Said Wilder: “There’s an issue with Enda. We’ll give him as much of an opportunity as we can. We’ve got one other injury that I won’t publicize that’s touch and go.”
“There’s an issue with Enda. We’ll give him as much of an opportunity as we can. We’ve got one other injury that I won’t publicize that’s touch and go.”
Doubtful: Mousset, Stevens, Ampadu
Southampton v. Man Utd
Southampton will continue to have to do without two of their top players, but the good news is that both Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond could be back in the next week. Danny Ings has missed the last two matches after undergoing a minor knee operation, but the club confirmed that their top scorer should be available for Gameweek 11. Meanwhile, Redmond should be back from a hamstring injury in seven or eight days.
Out: Ings, Redmond
The injury problems never seem to cease for Manchester United. The usual cadre of defenders will continue to miss out with Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also doubtful. It looks increasingly unlikely that Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay will not be available, but Marcus Rashford looks likely to be available after being taken off on Tuesday night.
Out: Shaw, Jones, Bailly, Rojo
Doubtful: Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Rashford, McTominay, Pogba, Lingard
Chelsea v. Spurs
Chelsea are in a great position in terms of injury news ahead of their London derby on Sunday against Tottenham. There are no known injuries in the squad after Christian Pulisic overcame his hamstring injury and with Kai Havertz featuring in the club’s Champions League match this week.
Matt Doherty returned for Tottenham in the Europa League this week but Hugo Lloris, Giovani Lo Celso, and Steven Bergwijn all missed out. However, José Mourinho said that the trio will be available for the weekend derby. But Toby Alderweireld won’t be available after suffering a groin injury that will keep him out for the next month.
Out: Lamela, Alderweireld
Doubtful: Lloris, Lo Celso, Bergwijn
Arsenal v. Wolves
Arsenal have not released too much of their injury news after playing in Europa League yesterday. Mikel Arteta did say that he will have to check on the status of David Luiz and Reiss Nelson who are considered doubts at the moment.
Out: Martinelli, Kolasinac, Elneny, Partey
Out: Jonny, Saiss
Leicester City v. Fulham
Leicester City will hope to have Timothy Castagne back after he was supposed to return last week from a hamstring injury that has now caused him to miss the last three games. Ricardo Pereira is also on the mend and could be back in the next few weeks after missing the last seven months due to a knee injury.
Out: Soyuncu, Amartey, Ndidi, Pereira
Aboubakar Kamara is back from a three-game red-card suspension and could feature for Scott Parker’s side. Parker said that Kenny Tete is not far off either from a return after suffering a calf injury in Gameweek 3. In other important news, Parker said he is also not certain on a penalty taker and will use the next few games to determine that.
Out: Tete, Kongolo,
West Ham v. Aston Villa
Michail Antonio has missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury and was hoping to come back last weekend, but now it looks likely that the forward will be involved against Aston Villa on Monday. Said David Moyes: “Michail has joined in training for a couple of days and we're trying to see how his hamstring is. It's just great to get him back out on the training pitch with us at the moment.”
Doubtful: Antonio, Yarmolenko
Out: Wesley, Engels
Doubtful: Heaton, Barkley, Davis