Can you feel the excitement of the Capital One Cup?
Well, that's all I have to say about that. Onto this week's injuries:
Newcastle vs. Chelsea
Out: Ryan Taylor (knee) remains out for the long-term. Marco van Ginkel will miss most, if not all, of the season after tearing his ACL in September.
Not Expected to Play: Massadio Haidara (hamstring) left Wednesday’s Capital One Cup match against Manchester City with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Paul Dummett, who then left with a hamstring injury of his own. Fabricio Coloccini (thigh) was injured during the last international break and was expected to miss at least six weeks, although it appears he’s much closer to returning than that.
Expected to Play: Steven Taylor (hamstring) was supposed to be ready for last week’s match against Sunderland but he sat out again.
Manchester City vs. Norwich City
Out: Alexander Tettey has been ruled out for several weeks due to an ankle injury. Elliott Bennett (knee) remains out for the long-term.
Not Expected to Play: Nathan Redmond was forced off from Tuesday’s Capital One Cup match against Manchester United with a hip injury. Robert Snodgrass was briefly knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion during Tuesday’s match against United. Stevan Jovetic picked up a calf injury in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup match against Newcastle. Vincent Kompany was expected to return for this weekend’s match but suffered a setback in his recovery from a groin injury and could miss an additional three games.
Expected to Play: Ricky van Wolfswinkel failed a late fitness test for last week’s game against Arsenal but could be ready for City.
Hull City vs. Sunderland
Out: James Chester continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury that was initially supposed to keep him out for six weeks.
Expected to Play: Sone Aluko (leg) and Robert Brady (hernia) were both described as "50-50" by Hull manager Steve Bruce on Thursday. Wes Brown could make his return after a 21-month layoff.
Stoke City vs. Southampton
Expected to Play: Pablo Osvaldo picked up a knock but hasn’t officially been ruled out. Steven Davis (knock) did not pass a late fitness test last week and will be given another ahead of Saturday’s match. Robert Huth picked up an ankle injury last week but started Tuesday’s Capital One Cup match against Birmingham.
West Brom vs. Crystal Palace
Out: Ben Foster (ankle) remains sidelined but could return to training next month. Jack Hunt (ankle) is hoping to return to training soon. Glenn Murray remains out long-term after suffering a torn ACL.
Not Expected to Play: Zoltan Gera (knee) and George Thorne (knee) continue to get close to making their returns but they're not fully there yet.
Not Expected to Play: Jonny Williams (ankle), who was initially feared to be lost for the year, has surprisingly returned to training, although a return by Saturday is very unlikely. Patrick McCarthy (groin) could return to training in the next week or two.
Expected to Play: Scott Sinclair (hamstring) missed last week’s match against Liverpool but will be given a late fitness test prior to Saturday’s match. Morgan Amalfitano will also be given a late fitness test as he tries to recover from a knee injury.
Fulham vs. Manchester United
Out: Matthew Briggs remains sidelined due to a hernia issue.
Not Expected to Play: Hugo Rodallega picked up a groin strain in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup match against Leicester. Brede Handeland could miss out while dealing with a sciatic nerve issue in his leg. Danny Welbeck had fluid drained from his knee last week. Darren Fletcher (illness) played in an U-21 match Monday and continues to work his way back to match fitness.
West Ham vs. Aston Villa
Out: Ricardo Vaz Te suffered a dislocated shoulder in last weekend’s match against Swansea and could require surgery. George McCartney is also out for awhile but with a knee injury. Andy Carroll remains out with his foot injury. Alou Diarra (knee) could miss the entire season. Jores Okore (knee) could miss the entire season as well. Charles N’Zogbia remains sidelined with a calf injury.
Not Expected to Play: James Collins has a hamstring issue and could be out for a few weeks.
Expected to Play: Gary Gardner (back) could make his season debut.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Out: Abou Diaby (knee) is out until at least March. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) should be back sometime in December. Lukas Podolski (hamstring) is expected to return in mid-to-late November. Yaya Sanogo remains out due to a back injury. Mathieu Flamini picked up a groin injury in last Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace and will likely miss at least two weeks. Iago Aspas (thigh) likely won’t return until December. Sebastian Coates is a long-term injury with a torn ACL suffered in August.
Not Expected to Play: Theo Walcott (abdomen) continues to work his way back but likely won’t be ready by this weekend. Jose Enrique remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Expected to Play: Serge Gnabry missed Tuesday’s Capital One Cup match against Chelsea with an ankle injury but should be ready by this weekend. Philippe Coutinho is expected to return from his shoulder injury.
Everton vs. Tottenham
Out: Darron Gibson remains out for the long-term with a knee injury.
Not Expected to Play: Arouna Kone has been battling a knee injury and may need another week before he’s fit enough to play. John Heitinga has started training individually with the hope of training with the team by the end of the week, although it’s unlikely he’ll be ready for Sunday’s match. Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) has returned to training but still isn’t considered match fit. Kyle Naughton picked up a knock in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup match against Hull City. Nacer Chadli also picked up an injury in Wednesday’s match, although his was to his hamstring.
Expected to Play: Etienne Capoue (ankle), who hasn’t played since early September, was available off the bench for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup match against Hull City and should be good for Saturday. Andros Townsend, who was briefly unconscious after falling into the photographer’s area last weekend, is expected to be fit, although his he also injured his wrist. Danny Rose sat out Wednesday’s match but should be fit for Sunday.
Cardiff City vs. Swansea City
Out: Ben Davies (ankle) is still at least two weeks away from a return.
Expected to Play: Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) has returned to training. Andreas Cornelius (ankle) could be available after being out since the end of August.