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Latest Premier League Injury News

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

David Ospina    G    Arsenal
Ospina was not available for Arsenal's match against Liverpool on Sunday, as Emiliano Martinez was on the bench yet again as Wojciech Szczesny's backup.

Fantasy Analysis

Ospina has reportedly returned to full training, but manager Arsene Wenger was still not comfortable putting him in uniform. His next opportunity will come on Boxing Day against QPR, though Szczesny is still expected to start.
Dejan Lovren    D    Liverpool
Lovren was unable to return from his groin injury to play Sunday against Arsenal.

Fantasy Analysis

Lovren was considered a game-time decision, and he'll now have to wait for Boxing Day at Burnley for his next shot to play.
Daniel Sturridge    F    Liverpool
Manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed after Sunday's match against Arsenal that Sturridge (groin) is expected to return sometime in January. "That will probably be just after the Christmas period. The first phase of his rehab was out in LA where we did some specific work with him there," Rodgers said. "He's gone to Boston to pick up the next stage, then he'll move on again to a specialist facility out there and hopefully in the early part of the New Year he'll be back and be somewhere close to being fit and playing. At some stage in January, we'll look to get Dan back. That will be really exciting for this team."

Fantasy Analysis

Sturridge has not played since Aug. 31, as he dealt with a calf injury and then picked up a thigh issue during his rehab. His return will obviously be a huge boost to a Liverpool side currently sitting 11th in the table, though it's unclear how quickly he'll be inserted back into the starting XI.
Ander Herrera    M    Manchester United
Herrera was unable to play Saturday against Aston Villa due to "a little injury," as he described on his Instagram account.

Fantasy Analysis

The club has yet to even acknowledge an issue, so Herrera should be considered questionable for Boxing Day against Newcastle.
Gabriel Agbonlahor    F/M    Aston Villa
Agbonlahor was assessed a straight red card for a questionable challenge on Manchester United's Ashley Young during Saturday's 1-1 draw.

Fantasy Analysis

Agbonlahor will now miss the next three matches and will be eligible to return Jan. 10 against Leicester City.
Gylfi Sigurdsson    M    Swansea City
Sigurdsson was sidelined with a foot injury for Saturday's match against Hull City, the South Wales Evening Post reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sigurdsson has been a stellar player for Swansea this season but the squad was able to pull out a 1-0 victory despite his absence. He will likely be evaluated through the week ahead of Friday's upcoming match to determine his availability against Aston Villa.
Marcos Rojo    D    Manchester United
Rojo (quad) will not play Saturday against Aston Villa, according to the Mirror.

Fantasy Analysis

Rojo was headed for a late fitness test, so while he is close to a return, he may have to wait until Boxing Day against Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse    F    Newcastle United
Cisse returned to training Friday and he is expected to play Sunday against Sunderland despite dealing with a heavy cold, the Chronicle reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cisse is currently tied for sixth in the Premier League with seven goals this season, though it's worth noting that they've come in just four matches.
James McCarthy    M    Everton
Everton manager Roberto Martinez said Friday that the club's medical staff is still trying to figure out a training program to help McCarthy return from his hamstring injury.

Fantasy Analysis

McCarthy has returned to training recently, but Martinez said he was 50-50 to play Saturday against Southampton.
Kevin Mirallas    M    Everton
Mirallas is unlikely to play Saturday against Southampton due to an ankle injury picked up Monday against QPR, the club's official website reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Mirallas scored on a heavily-deflected free kick against QPR and has been playing very well of late, but he seems headed to miss out against a Southampton side that is in free-fall right now.
Jak Alnwick    G    Newcastle United
Alnwich suffered a shoulder injury during Newcastle's midweek Capital One Cup loss to Tottenham, but he has been passed fit for Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland, the Chronicle reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Alnwick continues to start in place of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, both of whom will be sidelined until at 2015.
Theo Walcott    M    Arsenal
Manager Arsene Wenger said Thursday that Walcott (groin) is back in full training and could be available Sunday against Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

Given the long layoff following a torn ACL, and then a groin issue, it's highly unlikely Walcott starts any match until 2015.
Didier Drogba    F    Chelsea
Drogba picked up an ankle injury during Chelsea's midweek Capital One Cup match against Derby County, but manager Jose Mourinho said Friday that he expects Drogba to be fit for Monday's Premier League match against Stoke City.

Fantasy Analysis

Diego Costa is fully expected to get the start, leaving Drogba for a potential appearance on the bench, if he's called upon ahead of Loic Remy.
Kurt Zouma    D    Chelsea
Manager Jose Mourinho said Friday that Zouma (head) is expected to be fit for Monday's match against Stoke City.

Fantasy Analysis

Zouma suffered the head injury during a Capital One Cup against Derby County this week, but he avoided a concussion and could be fit to be available Monday, though he is highly unlikely to start.
Thibaut Courtois    G    Chelsea
Manager Jose Mourinho said Friday that Courtois (groin) may be able to return Monday to face Stoke City. "I think so, I can't confirmed 100 percent but I think so."

Fantasy Analysis

If Courtois is unable to go, Petr Cech will start again in his place.
Marouane Fellaini    M    Manchester United
Fellaini has been ruled out for Manchester United's match against Aston Villa on Saturday because of an illness.

Fantasy Analysis

The illness is not considered serious and Fellaini could return Boxing Day against Newcastle.
Hatem Ben Arfa    M    Hull City
Ben Arfa has been informed he has played his last match for Hull City, reports BBC Sport.

Fantasy Analysis

Ben Arfa has also been informed he will not be welcomed back to his parent club, Newcastle. His future status in the Premier League is up in the air after what looked to be a promising move to Hull City to get some more playing time.
Michael Dawson    D    Hull City
Dawson is expected to miss up to a month because of a hamstring tear, reports Sky Sports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dawson regularly contributes to the blocked shots and clearances statistics. However, if your format does not include these scoring stats he will have very low fantasy value when he returns due to Hull City's lack of clean sheet potential.
Luke Shaw    D    Manchester United
Shaw could return to action on Boxing Day after injuring his ankle in late November, according to the Daily Mail.

Fantasy Analysis

Shaw is nearing a return to full training, and may be available for selection next week if the next few days of training continue to show solid progress for the defender.
Jay Rodriguez    F    Southampton
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman expects Rodriguez to be out of action for another six weeks as he continues to recover from a long-term knee injury, reports the Daily Mail.

Fantasy Analysis

Rodriguez has been out for more than eight months after rupturing a cruciate ligament in April. Southampton was originally hoping the striker would return by the end of the 2014, but he is likely to be out of action until February.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain    M    Arsenal
Manager Arsene Wenger said Thursday that Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) faces a late fitness test before Saturday's Premier League match against Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

Oxlade-Chamberlain had an injection in his groin earlier this week in order to aid in his recovery. If he's cleared to play, he could be inserted into the starting XI, as the Gunners are missing a number of attacking midfield options.
Mario Balotelli    F    Liverpool
Balotelli has been suspended for Sunday's Premier League match against Arsenal for posting a racist message on his Instagram account, the Independent reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Balotelli is currently recovering from a groin injury and had a chance to return this weekend, but with Liverpool unlikely to appeal the charge, he will sit out and try to be available to face Burnley on Boxing Day.
Jake Hesketh    M    Southampton
Hesketh is unavailable for Southampton because of injury, the club have revealed.

Fantasy Analysis

The 18-year-old midfielder was injured on debut in Saints' 1-0 loss to Burnley last weekend. With Southampton's squad decimated by injuries and suspensions, Hesketh could have been set to pick up more Premier League minutes had he not also suffered an injury.
Victor Wanyama    M    Southampton
Wanyama will miss Southampton's game with Everton on Saturday after picking up a suspension for a fifth yellow card of the season.

Fantasy Analysis

Wanyama was booked against Sheffield United on Tuesday evening. The Kenyan midfielder will be sorely missed in the Saints' midfield, especially as many others are missing through injury. He has scored three Premier League goals this season and is key to preventing other teams from playing.
Dusan Tadic    M    Southampton
Tadic will miss Southampton's game on Saturday with Everton because of a muscular injury, according to the club's official website.

Fantasy Analysis

Tadic has featured in every Premier League game this season for the Saints and will be a big miss. The Serbian midfielder has contributed eight assists but has looked jaded recently and fatigue has clearly caught up with him.
Graziano Pelle    F    Southampton
Pelle is an injury doubt for Southampton's game with Everton on Saturday manager Ronald Koeman has admitted.

Fantasy Analysis

Pelle is Southampton's main attacking threat and leads the goalscoring chart with seven Premier League goals so far this season. The Italian striker missed Saints' 1-0 loss to Sheffield United in the League Cup on Tuesday and will be assessed before prior to the game.
Steven Davis    M    Southampton
Davis is an injury doubt for Southampton's game with Everton on Saturday manager Ronald Koeman has revealed.

Fantasy Analysis

Davis missed Southampton's midweek League Cup defeat to Sheffield United and will face a fitness test to judge availability. The Saints' squad is stretched and Koeman admitted that this injury was a result of fatigue caused by the fixture list.
Adrian Mariappa    D    Crystal Palace
Mariappa (knee) has returned to full training, according to the club.

Fantasy Analysis

Mariappa (knee) could be in line for the place on the substitute's bench for this Saturday's trip to Manchester City.
Chris Brunt    M    West Bromwich Albion
Brunt (hamstring) will return for Saturday's trip to QPR, manager Alan Irvine told the Express & Star.

Fantasy Analysis

Brunt (hamstring) is expected to be among the substitutes for the trip to the capital. “Brunty trained yesterday...I would expect him back for the weekend," Albion manager Alan Irvine said. The club captain has been hampered by injuries this season yet has still managed to tally four assists.
Rolando Aarons    M    Newcastle United
Aarons has been ruled out for the rest of 2014 after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, the Shields Gazette reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Aarons impressed in the preseason and garnered some added playing time early in the season, scoring two goals in five appearances, but he has been sidelined since Nov. 1 and it remains unclear when he will fully be back.
Glen Johnson    D    Liverpool
Johnson is expected to be sidelined for at least a month after suffering a groin injury during last weekend's match against Manchester United, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Javier Manquillo will likely move into the starting XI in place of Johnson, who had posted two clean sheets in his last four Premier League matches.

Injured Players Likely To Return Today

Players Who May Be Returning Soon

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Game-Time Decision

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