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Marouane Chamakh    F    Crystal Palace
Chamakh’s hamstring injury is not as bad as first thought and he will only miss a maximum of three weeks, writes Croydon Advertiser reported Mark Ritson on Twitter.

Fantasy Analysis

Chamakh (hamstring) went off injured during Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Newcastle and it was originally feared that the number 10 wouldn’t be back until early October. It means the forward could return as early as the trip to Everton on Sept. 22 and almost definitely for the visit of Leicester City on Sept. 27. Chamakh already has one goal and one assist in three games and when not injured offers a solid chance of fantasy points.
Patrick McCarthy    D    Crystal Palace
McCarthy could be sent out on loan by manager Neil Warnock, reports Croydon Advertiser journalist Mark Ritson on Twitter.

Fantasy Analysis

McCarthy, the club captain, is “desperate” to get some games under his belt according to manager Neil Warnock and could be sent out on loan even though the boss doesn’t want him to leave. The Irishman has been plagued by injury problems for most of the last two seasons and won’t trouble the fantasy scoring columns due to his place far down the central defensive pecking order.
Joleon Lescott    D    West Bromwich Albion
Lescott (knee) has been sent to the USA by manager Alan Irvine to regain his fitness over the international break, reports the official club website.

Fantasy Analysis

Lescott has yet to play a minute for West Bromwich Albion since moving on a free transfer in the summer and manager Irvine admitted “the plan is that he will come back from that absolutely ready to go and we can have him for the following week ready to train with the lads”. Once Lescott reaches full fitness he will slot straight into a defence that has already leaked five goals in its opening three games. Fantasy managers, meanwhile, should be very wary of his injury problems before considering him.
Danny Welbeck    F    Arsenal
Welbeck suffered an ankle injury while training with the England squad Tuesday, and he may miss Wednesday's friendly against Norway, ESPN FC reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Welbeck is just one day removed from joining Arsenal after an up-and-down time at Manchester United. With Olivier Giroud sidelined with a leg injury, Welbeck should have ample opportunities at playing time.
Ron Vlaar    D    Aston Villa
Vlaar (knee) managed to play the full 90 minutes during Aston Villa's 2-1 victory over Hull City on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Vlaar was a late-fitness test before Sunday's match with a minor knee injury but was able to suit up and lead his team to victory for the second time in the past three weeks. When the season picks back up after the international break the Villans will be tested with consecutive matches against Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. Vlaar has already recorded two clean sheets this EPL season, although it's hard to imagine him earning his third in the near future when considering Villa's upcoming opponents.
Sami Khedira    M    Real Madrid
Khedira suffered a thigh injury while training with the German national team Tuesday and he could miss up to six weeks.

Fantasy Analysis

Khedira was heavily linked with a number of Premier League clubs this summer, but ultimately decided to stick it out with Real Madrid. He isn't a great fantasy option in most leagues given his defensive preferences, but sitting out certainly hurts whatever value he had.
Kyle Walker    D    Tottenham Hotspur
Walker underwent abdominal surgery Tuesday to correct an issue that has been bothering him since the preseason.

Fantasy Analysis

Walker has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season due to the ailment, and he will assuredly miss a few more matches after having surgery.
César Azpilicueta    D    Chelsea
Azpilicueta signed a five-year contract extension with Chelsea on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Azpilicueta has started all three of Chelsea's Premier League matches this season, although he'll continue to have to look over his shoulder for the upcoming Filipe Luis, who was brought in from Atletico Madrid this summer.
Tom Cleverley    M    Aston Villa
Cleverley has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal after agreeing a move from Manchester United.

Fantasy Analysis

Cleverley hasn't been able to stamp out a regular place at Old Trafford, and was deemed expendable following some new arrivals before the deadline. Cleverley should receive much more first-team action with the Villains.
Niko Kranjcar    M    Queens Park Rangers
Kranjcar has signed a season-long loan deal with QPR.

Fantasy Analysis

Parent club Dynamo Kyiv allowed Kranjcar to leave for the season, which is no surprise given the attacking midfielder has made only 13 league appearances (scoring four goals) for the club since 2012. Kranjcar has worked with manager Harry Redknapp before, so it's reasonable to believe he'll have a part to play for QPR this term.