Now that Champions League is over, we’re going to get right into the festive period with three gameweeks in the next 10 days. That means be prepared for lots of squad rotation, substitutions, and injuries. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 12.
Leeds v. West Ham
After coming off just nine minutes into the Chelsea match, news broke this week that Robert Koch would likely be out for three months after undergoing knee surgery to fix a problem that has been present since the beginning of the season. Meanwhile, Diego Llorente made his club debut in that same match only to suffer a recurrence of his muscle injury.
Out: Forshaw, Llorente, Hernandez, Koch
Ryan Fredericks is pushing to make a return from a groin injury that has kept him out for the past few weeks, but manager David Moyes said that Michail Antonio remains a major doubt after missing four of the last five matches due to a hamstring injury. Said Moyes: “It’s probably doubtful on Michail. He’s still recovering so at this moment in time he’s more than likely doubtful for the game.”
Doubtful: Fredericks, Masuaku, Antonio
Wolves v. Aston Villa
There’s no timetable on the return of Raúl Jiménez yet following his scary head injury against Arsenal that resulted in a fractured skull, but the team was boosted by his appearance at the club headquarters on Friday. Meanwhile, Jonny close to a return but still needs some time to regain his fitness.
Out: Jonny, Jimenez
Aston Villa will have to do without FPL budget forward Keinan Davis (taken in seven percent of FPL.com leagues despite playing only 28 minutes) and midfielder Ross Barkley, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury over the last two weeks. However, Bjorn Engels looks to be fit from a thigh injury.
Out: Wesley, Barkley, Davis
Newcastle v. West Brom
Newcastle’s situation is a fantasy manager’s worst nightmare. After not playing last week due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the team, manager Steve Bruce said he will be without multiple key players against West Brom due to quarantine, but declined to say which players. It’s anyone’s guess as to who plays; however, we do know that Jamaal Lascelles, Andy Carroll, and Ryan Fraser are injury doubts.
Out: Dubravka, Gayle, Dummett,
Doubtful: Saint-Maximin, Fraser, Lascelles, Carroll
Slaven Bilic will have to do some more shuffling in midfield with playmaker Matheus Pereira set to begin serving his three-game suspension after his red card in a blowout loss to Crystal Palace last week. However, Jake Livermore is in contention to return after his quarantine while Sam Field seems to be making his way back as he builds fitness.
Out: Robson-Kanu, Field, Townsend, Pereira (suspension)
Manchester United v. Manchester City
Edinson Cavani remains a major doubt for Manchester United in the derby this weekend although the Uruguayan did return to working on grass today. Anthony Martial looks set to return to the lineup after missing the loss to RB Leipzig in Champions League this week, while David De Gea is also set to return after missing last weekend’s match with a minor injury.
Out: Shaw, Jones, Bailly,
Doubtful: Rojo, Cavani
Eric Garcia looks set to miss out on the next few weeks after sustaining a leg injury in Champions League this week while Ilkay Gundogan is close as he continues to work back from an ankle problem. Sergio Agüero was finally able to return and score in midweek but Pep Guardiola said the forward would not be ready to start in the Manchester derby.
Everton v. Chelsea
Everton continue to lose their left-backs to injury. After Lucas Digne’s ankle injury, his replacement in Fabian Delph left last week’s draw with Burnley with a hamstring injury that will rule him out of the weekend. James Rodriguez will also miss out due to a minor calf injury while Seamus Coleman is set to return in midweek for the Leicester match.
Out: Gbamin, Coleman, Digne, Delph, Rodriguez
Chelsea will be without wingers Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi for the next few weeks due to a hamstring injury. Christian Pulisic has also been dealing with a hamstring issue but was cleared for the weekend by manager Frank Lampard.
Out: Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi
Southampton v. Sheffield United
Sheffield United will still be without long-term injury Jack O’Connell, but could have everyone else back to fitness with Ethan Ampadu, Lys Mousset, and Enda Stevens all back in training and hoping to be involved.
Doubtful: Stevens, Ampadu, Mousset
Crystal Palace v. Spurs
Crystal Palace have no new additions to their injury list, according to manager Roy Hodgson. Defender Tyrick Mitchell, selected in 17 percent of FPL.com teams, left training today with a cold but is set to be fit. However, the left-back hasn’t played in the last five weeks due to injury and losing his starting spot to Patrick Van Aanholt.
Out: Ferguson, Hennessey, Wickham, Kelly
José Mourinho refused to reveal much injury news at all following Spurs Europa League win on Thursday. Spurs will wait on the fitness of Serge Aurier, who didn’t play on Thursday, while the good news for Harry Kane fans is that the forward didn’t play a full match Thursday and came off the bench.
Fulham v. Liverpool
It shouldn’t be long before Fulham will have Kenny Tete back in the team after the defender played for the U23s on Friday. Tete featured in two games this season for the Cottagers before a calf injury ruled him out for the last three months.
Out: Tete, Kongolo,
Liverpool should have Allison back for the weekend after he missed the last week due to a hamstring injury after returning to training. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be set for his season debut this weekend as he regains match fitness. Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota are injury doubts and may be late decisions for Klopp.
Out: Shaqiri, van Dijk, Gomez, ThIago, Milner
Arsenal v. Burnley
Nicolas Pepe still has one more match to sit out before he can return from his three-game red-card suspension. Midfielder Thomas Partey is set to miss the next few matches after sustaining a thigh injury last week.
Out: Martinelli, Pepe (suspension), Partey
Doubtful: David Luiz, Kolasinac, Nelson
Midfielders Dale Stephens, John Berg Gudmundsson, and Jack Cork all look set to miss out although Sean Dyche said that they are due back soon. Phil Bardsley has a chance of being involved after missing time due to a rib injury but the fullback hasn’t featured since Gameweek 4.
Doubtful: Stephens, Bardsley, Gudmundsson
Leicester City v. Brighton
Leicester City will be without Timothy Castagne and Daniel Amartey once again but a return seems imminent. Meanwhile, defenders Ricardo Pereira and Çaglar Soyuncu seem to have returned too soon after their starts in Europa League a week ago and will miss out on the weekend. James Maddison missed Thursday’s Europa League match with a knee issue but looks set to return this weekend.
Out: Amartey, Castagne, Soyuncu, Pereira
Adam Lallana will miss out once again due a groin injury that has hampered him over the last two weeks. It remains to be seen whether leading scorer Neal Maupay will start after coming off the bench in the last two matches, although he may have lost his penalty-taking responsibilities to Pascal Gross.
Out: Andone, Lallana,
Doubtful: Mac Allister, Izquierdo, Propper