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Latest Premier League Injury News

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

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Enner Valencia    F    West Ham United
Valencia announced Monday that he will not require surgery on his injured knee.

Fantasy Analysis

Valencia suffered the injury last Thursday against Astra Giurgiu in a Europa League match, and there were legitimate fears that he had ligament damage that could sideline him until December. While it's certainly encouraging that he will not need surgery, he remains out indefinitely.
Marc Wilson    D    Stoke City
Wilson turned his ankle during Sunday's friendly with Cologne, the same ankle he injured a few weeks ago, but he is still expected to be available for Sunday's Premier League opener against Liverpool, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Wilson made 25 starts for Stoke last season and is a solid defender, though his fantasy upside is fairly clean sheet dependent.
Marko Arnautovic    F/M    Stoke City
Arnautovic suffered a thigh injury during Sunday's friendly against FC Porto, but he is expected to be fit to play in Stoke's Premier League opener Sunday against Liverpool, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Arnautovic has been dealing with a thigh injury for a number of weeks, and manager Mark Hughes noted that Arnautovic felt something during the first half Sunday and they decided to pull him before exasperating the issue. While he may be fit enough for Sunday's match, it wouldn't be surprising if he was limited in playing time given his inability to train fully for a while.
Ryan Shawcross    D    Stoke City
Shawcross will visit a specialist Tuesday to help determine if he needs surgery on his injured back, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Shawcross has been a minimal participant in preseason training due to the ailment, including sitting out their latest friendly against Porto in Cologne on Sunday. Shawcross will be a significant long shot to play in the Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday, and it's possible surgery could sideline him for much longer.
Joe Allen    M    Liverpool
Allen will undergo a scan on his hamstring after suffering an injury during Sunday's friendly with Swindon Town, ESPN FC reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Manager Brendan Rodgers noted that the clubs fears the injury could be serious, though Allen wasn't likely headed for significant playing time, so his fantasy value isn't overly affected.
Yohan Cabaye    M    Crystal Palace
Cabaye is suffering from a dead leg and may miss Saturday's game at Norwich City, according to the Croydon Advertiser.

Fantasy Analysis

Cabaye (leg) is still very likely to make his Crystal Palace debut this Saturday against Norwich City after arriving for a club record fee thought to be around £10 million. Cabaye's playing time was limited last season at Paris Saint-Germain, however, in his final six months at Newcastle he had seven goals and four assists under new boss Alan Pardew.
Julian Speroni    G    Crystal Palace
Speroni will be out for three to four weeks due to a finger injury, manager Alan Pardew told the Croydon Advertiser. "Speroni has hurt his finger quite badly and we don't think he's going to be available for three or four weeks," confirmed Pardew.

Fantasy Analysis

Speroni will miss this weekend's season opener at Norwich City, home games against Arsenal and Aston Villa, and is questionable to return against Chelsea on Aug. 29. He kept five clean sheets in 36 games last season and signed a one-year contract extension in May. Wayne Hennessey is next up on the depth chart.
Jack Wilshere    M    Arsenal
Arsenal will hold Wilshere out of the opening Premier League match after the midfielder injured his ankle in training on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail.

Fantasy Analysis

Wilshere missed the Community Shield match win against Chelsea. While he is expected to be fit in time for the match against West Ham, manager Arsene Wenger is not planning on risking the player.
Diego Costa    F    Chelsea
Costa could miss Chelsea's Premier League opener against Swansea City because of a hamstring injury, Goal.com reports. "I don't know if Diego Costa will be available for the start of the season," manager Jose Mourinho said before the Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday. "He had a little problem after the Barcelona game. After that he was training normally and we thought he would be ready, but this morning he was feeling uncomfortable."

Fantasy Analysis

Costa struggled with injuries last season, though he still managed to score 20 goals in Premier League play. If he's unable to start the opener, Loic Remy and Falcao are the top options to fill in.
Tony Hibbert    D    Everton
Hibbert will be sidelined for a few weeks because of a knee injury picked up against Arsenal in the Asia Trophy, manager Roberto Martinez said Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Even when he's fully fit, Hibbert doesn't get nearly enough playing time to make an impact in most fantasy formats.
Darron Gibson    M    Everton
Gibson (foot) has been progressing in his recovery and could return by the end of August.

Fantasy Analysis

Gibson suffered a broken metatarsal back in April and has been unable to participate in any preseason tours. Even when he's fully fit, Gibson doesn't figure to get enough playing time to make a significant fantasy impact in most formats.
Aiden McGeady    M    Everton
McGeady (hamstring) is expected to return to training in the next two or three weeks.

Fantasy Analysis

McGeady hasn't played at all during Everton's international tour because of the injury, and given the timeline to return to training, he isn't likely to be match fit until September.
Muhamed Besic    M    Everton
Besic will not play in Everton's Premier League opener Aug. 8 against Watford because of a hamstring injury, manager Roberto Martinez said Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Besic plays a more defensive midfield role, which limits his upside in most fantasy formats.
Christian Atsu    M    AFC Bournemouth
Atsu came off after 30 minutes in Bournemouth's friendly with Yeovil Town on Tuesday because of a back injury, manager Eddie Howe confirmed.

Fantasy Analysis

Atsu will reportedly undergo scans to determine the severity of the ailment, but he appeared to be in quite a bit of pain. With less than two weeks before Bournemouth plays their first Premier League match, Atsu is in danger of missing their opener Aug. 8 against Aston Villa.
Gabriel Agbonlahor    F/M    Aston Villa
Agbonlahor suffered a leg injury during Tuesday's friendly against Molineux, and he could miss the Premier League season opener Aug. 8 against Bournemouth, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Agbonlahor was a solid second fiddle to Christian Benteke last season, as Villa staved off relegation, but with the Belgian striker sold to Liverpool this summer, Agbonlahor will surely have to take on a bigger part of the scoring load. While he is likely to take more shots, a vast increase in fantasy production is unlikely.
Romelu Lukaku    F    Everton
Lukaku felt tightness in his hamstring during Tuesday's friendly with Dundee, but manager Roberto Martinez said his removal after 32 minutes was precautionary. "Rom has obviously been playing a lot of minutes and it was important for him to get some sort of action," Martinez said. "After the first 25 minutes, he was feeling his legs were a little bit too heavy and we didn't want to take any risks. It's not a problem at all. I think he got a lot of good work between the two games we we've had up here, plus the games we had in Singapore. Now we have got a little period before the weekend to make sure he is ready and refreshed."

Fantasy Analysis

Lukaku is by far Everton's top offensive option this season, and his presence at the top of their attack keeps him as a very attractive fantasy option. With the issue not believed to be serious, Lukaku is expected to start the Premier League opener Aug. 8 against Watford at Goodison Park.
Bryan Oviedo    D    Everton
Oviedo said he is nearly fully recovered from his foot injury, though he could miss the start of the season because of a lack of match fitness, The Guardian reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Even when he's fully fit, Oviedo is firmly behind Leighton Baines on the depth chart, which means his playing time will be minimal if the latter is healthy.
Steven Pienaar    M    Everton
Pienaar will miss the start of the season after picking up a hamstring injury during last week's friendly against Hearts, The Guardian reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Pienaar played only 11 times last season because of numerous issues, though even when he's fully fit, he's not a regular starter, which makes him a very unreliable fantasy option.
Carles Gil    M    Aston Villa
Gil picked up a knock during last week's friendly against Swindon, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The severity of the knock hasn't been publicized, though with less than two weeks left before the start of the Premier League season, Gil could have his season debut delayed.
Gary Gardner    M    Aston Villa
Gardner is currently dealing with an ankle injury, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The severity of the injury has not been determined, but less than two weeks before the Premier League opener, Gardner's season debut could be delayed.
Jack Grealish    M    Aston Villa
Grealish could return to light training with the ball next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Grealish picked up the injury during the team's preseason tour of Portugal, and it appears likely that he will miss Villa's Premier League opener Aug. 8 at Bournemouth.
Danny Welbeck    F    Arsenal
Welbeck has been ruled out for the Community Shield on Sunday because of his knee injury.

Fantasy Analysis

The news isn't surprising, as manager Arsene Wenger had already stated that Welbeck was unlikely to be fit for the start of the Premier League season. Arsenal have plenty of cover, as Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are both fit, and both are likely to keep Welbeck's playing time limited this season in league matches.
Bastian Schweinsteiger    M    Manchester United
Schweinsteiger returned to training after being held out of action due to a minor knock, reports Sky Sports.

Fantasy Analysis

Manager Lous van Gaal called the midfielder's injury very minor, but did not want to risk the fitness of the player. The German could be back in action against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
Bojan    F    Stoke City
Bojan (knee) played 45 minutes in Saturday's friendly against Brentford.

Fantasy Analysis

Bojan had not played a first-team match of any kind after tearing his ACL back in January, but he's progressing very quickly in his recovery and it appears he has a shot of being available for Stoke's Premier League opener Aug. 9 against Liverpool.
Craig Dawson    D    West Bromwich Albion
Dawson is sidelined by a calf strain, but he is expected to be fit for West Brom's Premier League opener Aug. 10 against Manchester City, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dawson's recovery became even more important to the Baggies after Gareth McAuley suffered a calf injury during Saturday's friendly with Swindon. West Brom are expected to be strong defensively this season under Tony Pulis, which could give Dawson considerably more fantasy value than he's had in seasons past.
Gareth McAuley    D    West Bromwich Albion
McAuley suffered a calf injury during Saturday's friendly against Swindon Town, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The Baggies are already dealing with an injury to Craig Dawson (thigh), while Jonas Olsson is already being rested. The severity of McAuley's injury has yet to be determined, though Dawson is expected to be fit for the Premier League opener.
Leighton Baines    D    Everton
Baines (ankle) started and played 64 minutes during a friendly with Hearts on Sunday, the club's official website reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Baines did not travel with the team on its preseason tour to Singapore in order to stay back and continue rehabbing his ankle injury, but his appearance Sunday certainly bodes well for his chances of starting Everton's Premier League opener, which comes Aug. 8 against Watford at Goodison Park.
Fernandinho    M    Manchester City
Fernandinho will not play in the season opener Aug. 10 against West Brom after participating in Copa America, according to Stu Brennan of the Manchester Evening News.

Fantasy Analysis

Fernandinho doesn't hold a lot of fantasy value in many formats because he plays so defensively, but he's a regular starter when he's fit. Fernando will likely take his spot in the starting XI for the opener, and if Fernandinho only misses the first game, he could debut Aug. 16 against Chelsea.
Martin Demichelis    D    Manchester City
Demichelis will not play in the Premier League opener against West Brom on Aug. 10, as he was given a late holiday after participating in the Copa America, according to Stu Brennan of the Manchester Evening News.

Fantasy Analysis

Eliaquim Mangala will likely get the start alongside Vincent Kompany in the opener, something that is likely to happen quite often this season if he plays well. If Demichelis only misses the first game, he could be available Aug. 16 against Chelsea.
Pablo Zabaleta    D    Manchester City
Zabaleta will not play in the Premier League season opener against West Brom on Aug. 10 after participating in the Copa America with Argentina, according to Stu Brennan of the Manchester Evening News.

Fantasy Analysis

The news isn't overly surprising, as Zabaleta was given a holiday while the rest of the club went to Australia for the International Champions Cup. If he only misses the opener, Zabaleta could be back in the lineup Aug. 16 against Chelsea.
Wilfried Bony    F    Manchester City
Bony did not travel with the squad for its preseason friendlies in Australia because of an illness, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The club doctors apparently were worried that Bony could pass the illness along to other players while on the airplane, which is why he was kept back. Bony's fitness will be of utmost importance to start the season, as Sergio Aguero will miss the opener Aug. 10 against West Brom because of a lack of match fitness following the Copa America.

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