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The most recent fantasy soccer injury updates from the Premier League.

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Xherdan Shaqiri    M    Stoke City
Shaqiri is not in the 18-man squad on Sunday against Tottenham after aggravating his calf injury in training, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Shaqiri was deemed fit for the match on Friday, so the niggle apparently happened later that day or Saturday. Given Shaqiri's injury history, Stoke will have to hope the recovery is fast.
Jonathan Walters    F    Stoke City
Walters (knee) is not in the 18-man squad to face Spurs on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Walters was apparently unable to pass a late fitness test, which means his next opportunity to play will come 4 March against Middlesbrough.
Billy Jones    D    Sunderland
Jones left Saturday’s match against Everton with a head injury.

Fantasy Analysis

Jones picked up the head injury late in the match and was replaced by Javier Manquillo. Manquillo will likely replace Jones in the starting XI if Jones is not fit for the Black Cats’ match against Manchester City on Sunday.
Vito Mannone    G    Sunderland
Mannone missed Saturday's match with Everton due to an illness, James Hunter of the Chronicle Live reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Mannone's absence from the match day squad was somewhat surprising. His fantasy value is low now that Jordan Pickford has claimed Sunderland's starting goalkeeper role.
Mauro Zarate    F    Watford
Zarate was stretchered off with a knee injury during Saturday's match with West Ham.

Fantasy Analysis

Zarate went down during stoppage time of the first half after his right knee gave out. The injury appears to be serious, evidenced by the long stoppage and the use of the stretcher. He will need to be evaluated by the medical staff before an outlook can be given.
Allan Nyom    D    West Bromwich Albion
Nyom picked up a yellow card and gave up a penalty in the fifth minute of Saturday's 2-1 win against Bournemouth. He will be suspended for the match against Crystal Palace as this was his fifth of the season.

Fantasy Analysis

Nyom has turned into a regular on the back line for West Brom this season, but they'll have to turn to someone else with Craig Dawson leaving injured in this match. Chris Brunt will probably return to left or right back.
Craig Dawson    D    West Bromwich Albion
Dawson's shot from outside the 18-yard box was deflected and went into the back of the net in Saturday's 2-1 win against Bournemouth. He finished with two shots before getting subbed off because of injury in the 54th minute.

Fantasy Analysis

This was Dawson's first goal of the season and his injury will be something to monitor with 25 starts this season. Chris Brunt will likely return to right back if Dawson misses any time.
Andy Carroll    F    West Ham United
Carroll (groin) is not in the 18-man squad for Saturday's match with Watford.

Fantasy Analysis

Carroll was unlikely to feature in this match after returning to training Friday. Michail Antonio will lead the attacking line against Watford.
Calum Chambers    D    Middlesbrough
Chambers (ankle) is not in the 18-man squad to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Chambers was doubtful for the match due to the injury, and his absence will allow Dani Ayala to start at centre-back, with Bernardo and Fabio out wide.
George Friend    D    Middlesbrough
Friend (calf) is not in the 18-man squad to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Friend apparently passed a late fitness test, which will allow Bernardo Espinosa to start out wide opposite Fabio, with Dani Ayala and Ben Gibson on the inside.
Bakary Sako    M    Crystal Palace
Sako (hamstring) is not in the 18-man squad to face Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Sako was unlikely to start even if he was fully fit, so his continued absence shouldn't affect many fantasy decisions.
Mathieu Flamini    M    Crystal Palace
Flamini (knock) is not in the 18-man squad to face Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Flamini was unlikely to start even if fully fit, so his absence shouldn't affect many fantasy decisions.
Loic Remy    F    Crystal Palace
Remy (knock) is not in the 18-man squad to face Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Remy's knock was likely to keep him out, so his absence isn't overly surprising. Christian Benteke will continue to lead the line.
Matthew Phillips    M    West Bromwich Albion
Phillips will not play on Saturday against Bournemouth because of a hamstring strain, according to Matt Wilson of the Express & Star.

Fantasy Analysis

Phillips' absence will allow Chris Brunt to move up into the midfield, where he will likely get more freedom on set pieces.
Steven Pienaar    M    Sunderland
Pienaar (calf) is not in the 18-man squad to face Everton on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Pienaar was far from guaranteed a starting spot even if he was fully fit, so his absence isn't likely to make waves in fantasy circles.
Jason Denayer    M/D    Sunderland
Denayer will not play on Saturday against Everton because of an illness.

Fantasy Analysis

Denayer travelled for the match, but he is apparently not well enough to play. Darron Gibson will get a start in his place.
Sofiane Boufal    M    Southampton
Boufal (ankle) will need to pass a late fitness test ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final.

Fantasy Analysis

Boufal suffered an ankle injury during the 3-1 loss to West Ham in early February. Luckily, Boufal has made a quick recovery and has a good chance to feature in the match. Manolo Gabbiadini's recent move to the club, along with his goal-scoring form, has crowded the attacking midfield for Southampton.
Jan Kirchhoff    M/D    Sunderland
Kirchhoff (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's match against Everton despite returning to full training this week.

Fantasy Analysis

Given that Kirchhoff has been out since December due to the injury, it's unsurprising that he'll need a bit more time to get his match fitness back up before he's considered for the 18-man squad. His next opportunity to play will come 5 March against Manchester City.
Evandro    M    Hull City
Evandro is struggling with a calf injury and will miss Saturday's match with Burnley.

Fantasy Analysis

Evandro picked up the injury during the 2-0 loss to Arsenal 11 February. Lazar Markovic is expected to start and fill the void that Evandro's absence will leave.
Ki Sung-yueng    M    Swansea City
Sung-yeung (knee) is unavailable for Saturday's match with Swansea.

Fantasy Analysis

Sung-yeung is still dealing with a knee injury that he suffered in early February. He is expected to return in early March.
Georginio Wijnaldum    M    Liverpool
Wijnaldum is dealing with a calf injury according to Jurgen Klopp, "He has had some little problems in training this week, he got a real knock on his calf but it should be no problem," said the boss. "Yesterday he could run and today he could train, so that's important."

Fantasy Analysis

Wijnaldum is expected to feature in Monday's match with Leicester City. Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, and Wijnaldum are expected to form the midfield trio against Leicester with Emre Can having an outside chance.
Daniel Sturridge    F    Liverpool
Sturridge (illness) returned to training and could feature in Monday's match with Leicester City.

Fantasy Analysis

Sturridge was unable to participate in Liverpool's warm weather training in Spain after becoming ill. Friday was his first day back in training, which should make him available for Monday's match. He has struggled to see playing time lately with Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, and Roberto Firmino preferred in attack.
Dejan Lovren    D    Liverpool
Lovren (knee) is set to return to training Saturday and could feature in Monday's match with Leicester City, according to manager Jurgen Klopp, "He will be very, very close - tight - for the Leicester game, but having him back in training is of course good for us."

Fantasy Analysis

Lovren last featured in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea 31 January. He missed Liverpool's warm weather training in Spain and ended up visiting a specialist in Germany to find out the extent of the injury. Time off has helped him recover enough to return to training, though he will be a late fitness test for Monday's match. Lucas Leiva or Ragnar Klavan could replace Lovren at centre-back if he is unable to play.
Simon Francis    D    AFC Bournemouth
Francis (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's match at West Brom.

Fantasy Analysis

Francis was forced off from the Cherries' last match, which was 13 Feb. against Manchester City, and he's been unable to train enough to make a quick return. Tyrone Mings replaced him against the Citizens and could get a start this weekend.
Sebastian Prodl    D    Watford
Prodl will need to pass a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's match with West Ham.

Fantasy Analysis

Prodl picked up an injury during training this week that will need to be checked before the match on Saturday. He is expected to pair with Younes Kaboul at centre-back.
Costel Pantilimon    G    Watford
Pantilimon (leg) returned to training but will miss Saturday's match with West Ham.

Fantasy Analysis

Pantilimon is a fortnight away from returning to match action, which puts him in line to be ready for the Chelsea match 13 March. Even if he is ready to return from action, he is unlikely to see much playing time with Heurelho Gomes the starting goalkeeper.
Christian Kabasele    D    Watford
Kabasele (thigh) will miss Saturday's match with West Ham.

Fantasy Analysis

Kabasele has been out since the end of January. His absence will likely give Darryl Janmaat a spot in the starting XI.
Nordin Amrabat    F/M    Watford
Amrabat (ankle) will miss Saturday's match with West Ham.

Fantasy Analysis

Amrabat has began running and is roughly two to three weeks away from returning to action. As long as there are no setbacks, a return by the end of March is a safe bet.
Steven Defour    M    Burnley
Defour (hamstring) is unavailable for Saturday's match with Hull City.

Fantasy Analysis

Defour received treatment in Belgium for the injury and has returned to training this week. He is still not quite ready after missing the past three matches. Defour is building up strength and fitness after spending a few weeks out injured.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson    M    Burnley
Gudmundsson picked up a knee injury and has been ruled out of Saturday's match with Hull City.

Fantasy Analysis

Gudmundsson suffered the injury during last Saturday's 1-0 loss to Lincoln City in the FA Cup. The injury doesn't sound serious enough to keep him out for a long period of time. George Boyd and Robbie Brady could see playing time on the wings with Gudmundsson unavailable.
Antonio Barragan    D    Middlesbrough
Barragan (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's match with Crystal Palace.

Fantasy Analysis

Barragan's will allow either George Friend or Calum Chambers the opportunity to start at outside-back, opposite of Fabio.

Injured Players Likely To Return Today

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