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Fit or Miss: Premier League Injury Tracker - Week 2

Andrew Laird

Andrew Laird

Andrew Laird is the Senior Soccer Editor for RotoWire. He is also the Head of New Writer Training and a fantasy football and college basketball contributor.

I'm switching up the format this week to give a better indication on players who are out, those who not expected to play and those expected to play. Just like last week, I will update it throughout the week when news becomes available.

As always, if you have any suggestions on how to make this better, please drop them in the comments section below.

OUT:

Arsenal vs. Fulham
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (knee) will be out for three months after tearing his PCL in last Saturday's match against Aston Villa.

Mikel Arteta is expected to be out for at least another five weeks after tearing his quadriceps.

Laurent Koscielny picked up two yellow cards last week against Aston Villa. He was also kicked in the face and immediately removed during Wednesday's Champions League playoff against Fenerbahce, so he may have to play with a mask when he does return.
Friday update: Thomas Vermaelen (back) has begun running but has returned to full training yet.
Friday update: Maarten Stekelenburg is out after being forced from last week's match with a shoulder injury.

Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
Luis Suarez (suspension) has five games left on his 10-match ban.

Newcastle vs. West Ham
Loic Remy remains sidelined with a calf injury and should be back in mid-September.

Andy Carroll remains sidelined with the heel injury he first picked up last May.

Sunderland vs. Southampton
Phillip Bardsley has been suspended indefinitely after mocking the club following last week's loss to Fulham.

Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace
Wilson Palacios will be out for a few weeks after undergoing a minor surgery Saturday.

Tottenham vs. Swansea City
Gareth Bale ("foot") remains out for Tottenham, as the club continues to hold out on selling him to Real Madrid.

Manchester City vs. Cardiff City
Vincent Kompany left last Monday's match against Newcastle and could not get a scheduled MRI completed Monday due to swelling. He's expected to return September 22 against Manchester United.

Micah Richards is still weeks away from returning from a hamstring injury.

Matija Nastasic (ankle) is close to a return to training but he will not play this week against Cardiff City. Friday update: Nastasic has returned to light training and could be active if he passes a prematch fitness test.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Rafael (hamstring) is expected to return in mid-September.

NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY:

Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
Martin Skrtel (knee) did not feature in last Saturday's Premier League opener against Stoke City.

Sunderland vs. Southampton
Steven Fletcher (knee) continues to work his way back to full fitness but isn't expected to be ready for this weekend. Thursday update: Fletcher is expected back in training Friday and could be available for Tuesday's Capital One Cup match against MK Dons.

Norwich City vs. Hull City
Anthony Pilkington (knee) is still not at full training but has not been ruled out yet.

Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace
Nathan Dyer injured his hamstring during last weekend's match against Manchester United and was ruled out of Thursday's Europa League playoff against Petrolui Ploiesti.

Jonathan de Guzman (concussion) did not play in last week's match against Manchester United, nor in Thursday's Europa League playoff Thursday against Petrolul Ploiesti.

Jerome Thomas (ankle) injured his ankle last week and was expected to be out for two weeks, which would include this weekend's match. Friday update: Thomas has been ruled out.

Hull City vs. Norwich City
Stephen Quinn (hamstring) is expected to be out until at least mid-September after injuring himself over a week ago.

Tottenham vs. Swansea City
Lewis Holtby (knee) did not play in last Sunday's match against Crystal Palace and he has not returned to full training yet.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Ashley Young (ankle) did not play in last weekend's match against Swansea, after pulling out of an England friendly earlier in the week.

Chicharito reportedly turned down a move to Valencia while he battles his way back from a hamstring injury that kept him out last week against Swansea.

Nani (nose) did not feature in last weekend's match against Swansea and it's unclear if he'll break into the lineup anytime soon after missing most of the summer training sessions.

David Luiz (hamstring) did not feature in Chelsea's opener against Hull City last Sunday nor in Wednesday's tilt against Aston Villa. Friday update: Luiz has not returned to full training but manager Jose Mourinho has also not specifically ruled him out for Monday's match.

EXPECTED TO PLAY:

Arsenal vs. Fulham
Darren Bent was an unused substitute last week but could be active this week thanks to another week of training with his new club.

Nacho Monreal (back) featured in Wednesday's Champions League playoff against Fenerbahce.

Bacary Sagna (ankle) started Wednesday's Champions League playoff match against Fenerbahce.

Everton vs. West Brom
Friday update: Darren Gibson has been described as 50-50 to play.

Norwich City vs. Hull City
Gary Hooper (leg) was hopeful to play last week against Norwich City but failed a prematch fitness test. He is now expected to play after a full week of training.

Sebastien Bassong (knee) played a full 90 minutes in a U-21 match Tuesday.

Tottenham vs. Swansea City
Jan Vertonghen (ankle) played all 90 minutes in last Sunday's 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace.

Manchester City vs. Cardiff City
Stevan Jovetic picked up a slight knock in training last week and did not play in Monday's Premier League opener against Newcastle. However, the injury is not considered serious at all, which is why he's expected to be featured this weekend.

Andreas Cornelius (ankle) has returned to training and is expected to start this weekend.