Weekend Premier League team news

The latest injury and suspension news ahead of Saturday, Sunday and Monday’s action

Daniel Sturridge misses out again for Liverpool this weekend, as his team play Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Daniel Sturridge misses out again for Liverpool this weekend, as his team play Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

 

SATURDAY (3.00 KO unless otherwise stated)

Manchester United (6th) v Bournemouth (14th) - 12.30 KO

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a doubt for United. The attacking midfielder missed the EFL Cup final with a hamstring injury sustained in the Europa League clash at St Etienne. Phil Jones is pushing for a return after a foot injury, while Jose Mourinho confirmed Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney will be in the squad on Saturday.

Bournemouth must again do without captain Simon Francis because of a hamstring injury. Winger Jordon Ibe is set to be back in contention following his knee problem. Cherries goalkeeper Adam Federici and striker Callum Wilson continue their rehabilitation from knee injuries.
Last season: Man Utd 3 Bournemouth 1, Bournemouth 2 Man Utd 1
Last five league matches: Man Utd D D D W W; Bournemouth D L L L L
Top scorers (all competitions): Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) 26; Joshua King (Bournemouth) 7
Referee: Kevin Friend

Leicester (15th) v Hull (19th)

Leicester caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare has a full squad to choose from. Strikers Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa are fit again after being included in the side against Liverpool on Monday night for what was Shakespeare’s first game in charge following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking. Ahmed Musa was left out against the Reds for tactical reasons and the Nigerian will hope to be back in Shakespeare’s plans for Saturday as the defending champions look to record back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Hull defender Harry Maguire is expected to shake off a knee injury in time to feature. Maguire needed treatment during last week’s home draw against Burnley but played on for the full 90 minutes, while midfielder Sam Clucas is available after serving a one-game ban. Lazar Markovic is also back in contention after an unspecified problem but Dieumerci Mbokani will be sidelined for up to six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury against Burnley. Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson, Evandro, Ryan Mason and Markus Henriksen are still out.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Leicester L L L L W; Hull L D W L D
Top scorers (all competitions): Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 9; Michael Dawson, Adama Diomande and Abel Hernandez (Hull) 4
Referee: Mike Dean

Stoke (10th) v Middlesbrough (17th)

Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to miss out again. The Potters winger has been absent for the last four games due to a calf problem and although he was due to train on Friday, it appears unlikely he will be involved against Boro. Manager Mark Hughes is considering changes from Sunday’s 4-0 loss at Tottenham so Saido Berahino could get his first start and Jonathan Walters is now fit to return to the matchday squad, as is Glen Johnson. It remains to be seen whether Wilfried Bony is involved after he failed to make the 18 at Spurs despite being available.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka hopes to be able to call upon defenders Antonio Barragan and George Friend. Barragan has missed the last four games with a hamstring problem, while Friend has sat out the last five because of calf and knee injuries but both have returned to training and could come into contention. However, Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers, who missed last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace with a foot problem, is likely to remain on the sidelines as Boro look for a first league win since December 17th.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Stoke D D L W L; Middlesbrough L D L D L
Top scorers (all competitions): Peter Crouch (Stoke) 7; Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) 7
Referee: Craig Pawson

Swansea (16th) v Burnley (11th)

Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew are in contention to make their first Swansea starts. Holland winger Narsingh and Ghana forward Ayew have impressed from the bench since joining in January, and Swansea head coach Paul Clement says the pair have also been pushing hard in training. Jefferson Montero (hamstring), Ki Sung-yueng (knee) and long-term casualty Nathan Dyer (Achilles) remain out.

Burnley have Jeff Hendrick back but will be without Ashley Barnes for the trip to south Wales. Hendrick has completed a three-game ban following his red card against Watford but striker Barnes was sent off at Hull last weekend and is suspended. Steven Defour (hamstring) is back in training but not ready for action, while Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (both knee) remain out.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Swansea W W L W L; Burnley L W L D D
Top scorers (all competitions): Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) 9; Andre Gray and Sam Vokes (Burnley) 7
Referee: Anthony Taylor

Watford (12th) v Southampton (13th)

Watford will be without Mauro Zarate but could have Daryl Janmaat and Costel Pantilimon available. Winger Zarate has been ruled out for the rest of the season by the knee injury that forced him off in the 1-1 draw with his former club West Ham at Vicarage Road last Saturday. Defender Janmaat (groin), another to come off injured last weekend, is having his fitness checked ahead of potential involvement against the Saints, as is goalkeeper Pantilimon (ankle), who has been sidelined since the end of January.

Fraser Forster will be fit to start Southampton’s trip to Vicarage Road. The England goalkeeper appeared to battle a minor thigh issue in Saints’ 3-2 EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United, but boss Claude Puel has insisted he has not suffered any injury. Charlie Austin remains sidelined with a shoulder problem, while Virgil van Dijk continues to battle his ankle injury.
Last season: Southampton 2 Watford 0, Watford 0 Southampton 0
Last five league matches: Watford D W W L D; Southampton L W L L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Troy Deeney (Watford) 8; Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) 9
Referee: Jonathan Moss

West Brom (8th) v Crystal Palace (18th)

West Brom will check on the fitness of Matt Phillips after the winger missed last weekend’s home win over Bournemouth with a hamstring injury. He has had a scan on the problem and a decision will be made over his inclusion on Friday. Defender Craig Dawson has been checked over and is fine to play after a bang to the head saw him withdrawn early in the second half against the Cherries.

Palace again have captain Scott Dann available but he may not start. Manager Sam Allardyce was impressed with the Eagles’ performance when they defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 last week in his absence and said their XI made “a big statement”. Bakary Sako has also recovered his fitness, meaning only Mathieu Flamini and Loic Remy — both owing to knocks — and long-term absentees Connor Wickham and Pape Souare have been ruled out.
Last season: West Brom 3 Crystal Palace 2, Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0
Last five league matches: West Brom W D W D W; Crystal Palace L W L L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Gareth McAuley and Salomon Rondon (West Brom) 7; Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) 11
Referee: Mike Jones

Liverpool (5th) v Arsenal (4th) - 5.30 KO

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is set to return after almost five weeks out with a knee injury. The Croatian has returned to full training but striker Daniel Sturridge, having recovered from a virus, is out for at least another week with a hip muscle strain.

Arsenal welcome back Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny for their trip to Anfield. Ramsey has been missing for the last four games with a calf problem but is now in contention to feature. So too is Koscielny, who missed the FA Cup win over Sutton with a thigh injury suffered in the 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich. Santi Cazorla (Achilles) is a long-term absentee while fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny (ankle) is expected to be out for three weeks.
Last season: Liverpool 3 Arsenal 3, Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0
Last five league matches: Liverpool L D L W L; Arsenal W W L L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 11; Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 20
Referee: Robert Madley

SUNDAY

Tottenham (2nd) v Everton (7th) - 1.30 KO

Tottenham are optimistic Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen will both be available. Kane sustained a knock to his knee against Stoke last weekend while Vertonghen came off as a precaution but the pair are expected to be passed fit. Toby Alderweireld will be given a late fitness test on a groin strain but Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are still out with knee and hip injuries respectively.

Everton have no fresh injury worries. Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be in contention for a return to the squad after two months out with an ankle injury. Muhamed Besic (knee) has also returned to training after missing the whole season but needs more time to get match-fit while winger Yannick Bolasie is a long-term absentee.
Last season: Everton 1 Tottenham 1, Tottenham 0 Everton 0
Last five league matches: Tottenham D D W L W; Everton W D W D W
Top scorers (all competitons): Harry Kane (Tottenham) 22; Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 18
Referee: Michael Oliver

Sunderland (20th) v Manchester City (3rd) - 4.00 KO

Sunderland utility man Jason Denayer will sit out against parent club City. Denayer is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement although central defender Papy Djilobodji returns to contention after serving a four-match ban. Keeper Vito Mannone has recovered from illness and Billy Jones is available after having stitches in a head wound. Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is being assessed and the game will come too soon for midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (knee) and Steven Pienaar (calf). Paddy McNair, Duncan Watmore, Victor Anichebe (all knee) and Lee Cattermole (hip) are still out.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is back in contention for the trip to Wearside after three games out with a leg injury. Defender Aleksandar Kolarov is also fit again after a hamstring injury while Willy Caballero could return in goal after Claudio Bravo featured in the FA Cup in midweek. Striker Gabriel Jesus (foot) and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (knee) are both long-term casualties.
Last season: Sunderland 0 Man City 1, Man City 4 Sunderland 1
Last five league matches: Sunderland L D W L L; Man City L D W W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) 14; Sergio Aguero (Man City) 22
Referee: Martin Atkinson

MONDAY West Ham (9th) v Chelsea (1st) - 8.00 KO

Andy Carroll is set to replace Michail Antonio in the Hammers squad for the visit of Chelsea. Striker Carroll is fit after missing the last two games with a groin injury but winger Antonio is suspended following his red card at Watford last weekend. Diafra Sakho (back) and Angelo Ogbonna (knee) are the only injury absentees.

Eden Hazard is expected to be fit for Chelsea despite suffering a knock. Hazard was on the receiving end of a kick in training, but head coach Antonio Conte expects the Belgian playmaker to be available at the London Stadium. Chelsea, Premier League leaders by 10 points entering into this weekend’s fixtures, have no other injury concerns.
Last season: Chelsea 2 West Ham 2 West Ham 2 Chelsea 1
Last five league matches: West Ham W L W D D; Chelsea W D W D W
Top scorers (all competitions): Robert Snodgrass (West Ham) 9; Diego Costa (Chelsea) 17
Referee: Andre Marriner

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