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Latest Premier League Injury News

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

Theo Walcott    M    Arsenal
Walcott (groin) has been ruled out for Saturday's match against West Brom and Wednesday's match against Southampton, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Walcott picked up the injury while on international duty, shortly after returning from a torn ACL. While he presumably has a shot to play Dec. 6 against Stoke City, he's likely still a few weeks away from starting.
Leighton Baines    D    Everton
Baines (hamstring) faces a late fitness test ahead of Sunday's match against Tottenham, manager Roberto Martinez said Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Baines has been sidelined since picking up the hamstring injury while on international duty, and while he is lightly training, there is no guarantee that he'll be good to go by Sunday. If he doesn't play, Tony Hibbert could get a start in his place.
Mario Balotelli    F    Liverpool
Balotelli has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Stoke City, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Fantasy Analysis

Balotelli has yet to return to full training due to the groin ailment, which has allowed Rickie Lambert to start in his place.
Wojciech Szczesny    G    Arsenal
Manager Arsene Wenger said Friday that Szczesny (hip) has yet to resume training, which makes him a serious doubt to face West Brom on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

With Szczesny unlikely to face the Baggies, Damian Martinez will likely get the start, as he did Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Danny Welbeck    F    Arsenal
Welbeck will have a late fitness test to determine whether his knee is healthy enough to allow him to play Saturday against West Brom, manager Arsene Wenger said Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Welbeck was held out of Wednesday's Champions League match against Dortmund because of the injury, and given that he is a bit banged up, it wouldn't be a surprise if Olivier Giroud got the start against West Brom, even with his recent return from a serious leg injury.
Aleksander Kolarov    D    Manchester City
Kolarov (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's match against Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

Kolarov suffered the injury Nov. 2 in warmups before the Manchester derby and was expected to miss at least one month, a time frame that has already passed. His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday against Sunderland.
Edin Dzeko    F    Manchester City
Dzeko (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's match against Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

There was some speculation that Dzeko would be able to return to face the Saints, but he will now sit out until at least Wednesday against Sunderland. Sergio Aguero will continue to lead the attack, with Stevan Jovetic a possibility to start alongside him.
David Silva    M    Manchester City
Silva has been ruled out for Manchester City's Premier League match against Southampton on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

There was a hope that Silva would be fit for the match, but after being ruled out two days ahead of kickoff, he is also looking very iffy for Wednesday's match at Sunderland.
Abel Hernandez    F    Hull City
Hernandez will not play Saturday against Manchester United or Tuesday against Everton, as he has traveled back to Uruguay for the birth of his child, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The condensed schedule does no favors for Hernandez's fantasy owners, though he is fully expected to return in time to face West Brom on Dec. 6. Nikica Jelavic will likely continue to start up front.
Marcos Rojo    D    Manchester United
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Friday that Rojo (shoulder) could feature Saturday against Hull City.

Fantasy Analysis

Rojo has been sidelined since suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Manchester derby Nov. 2, but he has returned to full training and could actually play as a right-back in place of the injured Luke Shaw, who will be sidelined for up to six weeks because of an ankle injury.
Falcao    F    Manchester United
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Friday that Falcao (calf) has a shot to play Saturday against Hull City.

Fantasy Analysis

Falcao has not played since his substitute appearance back on Oct. 20 against West Brom due to the calf injury, which was preceded by a foot ailment. With his return hardly guaranteed, it wouldn't be surprising if he was used off the bench once again.
Luke Shaw    D    Manchester United
Shaw is expected to miss at least six weeks after picking up an ankle injury last Saturday against Arsenal, the Telegraph reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Given the timing, Shaw could miss up to nine Premier League matches due to the condensed holiday schedule. The injury marks just another in a long list of ailments for Manchester United, who are still without Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Phil Jones (leg) and Rafael (groin).
Enner Valencia    F    West Ham United
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce gave his weekly injury update Thursday and did not list Valencia (knock) as being close to playing Saturday against Newcastle. Big Sam specifically noted that Stewart Downing (knee) and Cheik Kouyate (knee) trained Thursday, but that the rest of the injured players, including Valencia, "have got a chance but it's a slimmer chance than we expected," to face Newcastle.

Fantasy Analysis

The specifics of Valencia's injury is still cloudy, but what we do know is that he's been unable to play sine coming off in the 74th minute of West Ham's Premier League match against Aston Villa on Nov. 8. If he is unable to play against Newcastle, Andy Carroll will start up front again, with Diafra Sakho also a big injury doubt. Valencia is in danger of missing a number of matches, as West Ham will play in three times by next Sunday.
Diafra Sakho    F    West Ham United
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce gave his weekly injury update Thursday and did not list Sakho (back) as being close to playing Saturday against Newcastle. Big Sam specifically noted that Stewart Downing (knee) and Cheik Kouyate (knee) trained Thursday, but that the rest of the injured players, including Sakho, "have got a chance but it's a slimmer chance than we expected," to face Newcastle.

Fantasy Analysis

Sakho has been in excellent form this season, but missed last weekend's match against Everton due to the injury. With Enner Valencia (knock) also possibly missing out, Andy Carroll will likely start up front again and potentially play all 90. If Sakho is unable to be fit, his next opportunity to play will come Tuesday against West Brom.
Stewart Downing    M    West Ham United
Downing (knee) participated in first-team training Thursday and is expected to face Newcastle on Saturday, the club's official website reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Downing picked up the knee injury over the international break with England and was held out of last weekend's match against Everton. However, he looks poised to return and should be in the starting XI against a Newcastle side that has been fairly good defensively of late, but could be missing starting goalkeeper Tim Krul (knock).
Asmir Begovic    G    Stoke City
Begovic was unable to train Thursday due to an illness and he could miss Saturday's match at Anfield, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

If Begovic is unable to play, Thomas Sorensen would get the start. It's not an ideal situation, as defenders Phil Bardsley and Geoff Cameron also didn't train Thursday with illnesses.
Geoff Cameron    D    Stoke City
Cameron was sent home from training Thursday because of an illness, putting his availability for Saturday's match against Liverpool in doubt, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cameron, who dealt with a groin injury earlier this season, has been in and out of the starting XI, but he appears close to gaining a regular spot again, if he can get healthy enough in time for Saturday's tie.
Phil Bardsley    D    Stoke City
Bardsley was sent home from training Thursday due to an illness, putting his availability for Saturday's trip to Anfield in doubt, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Bardsley has been a consistent starter for the Potters this season, though Saturday will mark two months since his last clean sheet.
Yaya Sanogo    F    Arsenal
Sanogo suffered a hamstring injury during Arsenal's 2-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, the Mirror reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sanogo finally scored his first Arsenal goal, then picked up another injury to add to his long list of ailments during his time with the Gunners. With Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck ahead of him on the depth chart, he didn't figure to see much playing time during Premier League play, even with the condensed holiday schedule coming up.
Mikel Arteta    M    Arsenal
Arteta could be sidelined for at least six weeks after suffering a calf injury during Wednesday's Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund, the Mirror reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Arteta isn't a terribly productive fantasy producer, but he plays an important role for Arsenal as one of its defensive midfielders. Mathieu Flamini is likely to see the biggest increase in playing time, with Aaron Ramsey possibly playing a more defensive role as well.
Jack Wilshere    M    Arsenal
Wilshere had surgery Thursday on his injured ankle and he will be out for at least three months, the club's official website reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Wilshere was looking at an 8-to-12 week recovery if he avoided surgery, but a specialist confirmed the need for the procedure. Santi Cazorla figures to see a big increase in playing time with Wilshere sidelined.
Tim Krul    G    Newcastle United
Krul picked up a knock in training this week and could miss Saturday's match against West Ham, Chronicle Live reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Krul has kept three consecutive clean sheets, though the matchup against West Ham this weekend figures to be a tough one. If he is unable to play, Robert Elliott figures to get the start.
Raheem Sterling    M    Liverpool
Sterling grabbed an assist in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League.

Fantasy Analysis

Sterling mesmerised the home defence before playing a ball in behind that was met by Jordan Henderson in the 37th minute to make it 2-1. Liverpool couldn’t hold on to the lead and need a win in the final group game against Basel.
Jonas Olsson    D    West Bromwich Albion
Olsson will be sidelined until 2015 after undergoing a minor Achilles operation Friday, according to the club's official website.

Fantasy Analysis

Olsson has been bothered by the issue all season, making just four appearances in the campaign.
Mohamed Diame    M    Hull City
Diame, who missed last Sunday's loss to Tottenham because of a knee injury, is expected to play this Saturday against Manchester United, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Diame has been an excellent source of fantasy production this season and will get to face a Manchester United defense that has struggled this season, though they have played better of late.
Winston Reid    D    West Ham United
Reid is suspended for this Saturday's match against Newcastle due to yellow-card accumulation.

Fantasy Analysis

James Collins or James Tomkins are the top choices to replace Reid, who will be eligible to play Dec. 2 at West Brom.
Victor Moses    M    Stoke City
Moses will be sidelined for at least six to eight weeks because of a thigh injury suffered last Saturday against Burnley, the BBC reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Moses, on loan from Chelsea, has been Stoke's best offensive weapon this season and his absence will be a bit hit for not just fantasy owners, but Stoke's other attackers.
Sandro    M    Queens Park Rangers
Sandro will be sidelined for the rest of 2014 after suffering a knee injury Saturday against Newcastle, the BBC reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The club confirmed it is not an ACL injury, but is related to his medial ligaments. Sandro is primarily a defensive midfielder on a team that isn't great defensively, so there likely a large number of season-long fantasy teams affected by the news.
Gaston Ramirez    F/M    Hull City
Ramirez was given a red card for violent conduct against Jan Vertonghen in the 50th minute of Sunday's 1-2 loss to Tottenham.

Fantasy Analysis

The red card will earn Ramirez a three match suspension. He will be eligible to return for the December 13 trip to face Chelsea.
Damien Delaney    D    Crystal Palace
Delaney (leg) left Sunday's 3-1 win over Liverpool after picking up an injury.

Fantasy Analysis

Delaney (leg) limped off in the 36th minute after picking up an injury. It looked like just a knock and the centre back can be expected to start next Saturday at Swansea.
Claudio Yacob    M    West Bromwich Albion
Yacob received a red card just 28 minutes into Saturday's 2-0 loss to Chelsea.

Fantasy Analysis

Yacob made a reckless two-footed lunge on Chelsea striker Diego Costa and picked up a straight red card as a result. Yacob's dismissal had little effect on the result as West Brom were already two goals behind following strikes from Costa and Eden Hazard. The Argentinean midfielder was making his first start of the season and will now be unavailable for at least one game.

Injured Players Likely To Return Today

Players Who May Be Returning Soon

Out

Game-Time Decision

Suspended