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Latest Premier League Injury News

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

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Phil Jones    D    Manchester United
Jones (calf) has been ruled out of Saturday's match with Brighton.

Fantasy Analysis

Both Jones and Eric Bailly have been ruled out for this match, which could allow Marcos Rojo to make his second straight start after returning from a long-term injury, while Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof are two alternative options.
Eric Bailly    D    Manchester United
Bailly (undisclosed) will miss Saturday's match with Brighton.

Fantasy Analysis

Bailly will miss his third straight match, though the return of Marcos Rojo from injury will allow United another option at center-back along with Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling.
Adam Lallana    M    Liverpool
Lallana (thigh) is facing a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's match with Chelsea.

Fantasy Analysis

Liverpool have been very cautious with Lallana after a lengthy period sidelined. He's been a full participant in training over the past week but has yet to feature in a match day squad. Sadi Mane, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Philippe Coutinho will continue to make up Liverpool's attack until Lallana is healthy enough to play.
Joel Matip    D    Liverpool
Matip (thigh) was back in training Friday and could return for Saturday's match with Chelsea.

Fantasy Analysis

Matip has missed Liverpool's past two matches, but a return to training may allow him to make Saturday's match day squad. If he is unable to start, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren are expected to feature at center-back once again.
Emre Can    M/D    Liverpool
Can could miss Saturday's match with Chelsea due to a muscular problem suffered in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with Sevilla.

Fantasy Analysis

Can replaced Philippe Coutinho in the 63rd minute and suffered the injury sometime after the substitution. He hasn't started the past two matches, and could miss Saturday's match day squad all together if his injury doesn't improve. Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum have a good chance to start against Chelsea, especially with Can questionable.
Jon Stankovic    D    Huddersfield Town
Stankovic is a couple weeks away from returning to training.

Fantasy Analysis

Stankovic will help bolster Huddersfield's depth, but may struggle to see extended minutes in the starting XI.
Kasey Palmer    M    Huddersfield Town
Palmer (hamstring) is back in training and could feature in Sunday's match with Manchester City.

Fantasy Analysis

Palmer has been out since August, but is nearing full fitness which should allow him to get back into the match day squad. Prior to his current injury, he made three appearances (one start) for Huddersfield to start the season.
Mason Holgate    D    Everton
Holgate (groin) has been ruled out of Sunday's match with Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

Holgate is back in training, but with a busy fixture list, Everton will likely take a cautious approach with the return of the young defender. He could make his way back in next week's match with West Ham.
Morgan Schneiderlin    M    Everton
Schneiderlin (toe) is facing a late fitness test ahead of Sunday's match with Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

Schneiderlin received an injection in his toe last weekend and was able to take a rest from training in the beginning of the week. He'll need to pass a late fitness test ahead of the match, though he could be rested to make sure the injury completely heals.
Phil Jagielka    D    Everton
Jagielka (rest) should be available for Sunday's match with Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

Jagielka should make his way back into the starting XI if he is included in the match day squad.
Jonathan Walters    F    Burnley
Walters (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's match with Arsenal.

Fantasy Analysis

Walters continues to work his way back from injury, though he could have a problem getting playing time once healthy due to Burnley's depth at forward.
Chris Wood    F    Burnley
Wood (rest) will be available for Sunday's match with Arsenal.

Fantasy Analysis

Wood was unavailable for last Saturday's 2-0 win over Swansea after returning late from international duty with New Zealand. Wood has a good chance to make it back into the starting XI at striker.
Jermain Defoe    F    AFC Bournemouth
Defoe (calf) will miss Saturday's match with Swansea City.

Fantasy Analysis

Defoe has been hampered by injury since the Nov. 4th match against Newcastle. His absence allowed Callum Wilson to make the starting XI last weekend against Huddersfield, which Wilson was able to star in by scoring three goals in the 4-0 win.
Junior Stanislas    M    AFC Bournemouth
Stanislas (groin) has been ruled out of Saturday's match with Swansea,

Fantasy Analysis

Stanislas has just five appearances this season as he's dealt with injuries for much of the season. Jordan Ibe and Marc Pugh could be given another start following last weekend's 4-0 win over Huddersfield.
Victor Moses    M/D    Chelsea
Moses (hamstring) will be in the squad for Saturday's match with Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

Moses isn't expected to make the starting XI, with a role on the bench the most likely scenario due to the length of his absence. His versatility allows him to play in multiple positions and will be his best chance of making it back into the starting lineup.
Danny Welbeck    F    Arsenal
Welbeck (groin) will be available for Sunday's match with Burnley, according to manager Arsene Wenger. "The last time he came back from injury, we played him at Watford and after an hour he got a bad hamstring. This time I didn't want to take that gamble. I wanted to be a bit more progressive with him. Almost certainly, nothing would have happened but I felt it was more sensible to do it. He's fine. He's completely fine."

Fantasy Analysis

Welbeck was able to play the first half in Thursday's 1-0 Europa League loss to Cologne. It sounds like Wenger will allow Welbeck to return slowly after issues with his previous comeback from injury.
Theo Walcott    F/M    Arsenal
Walcott has been ruled out of Sunday's match with Burnley, according to manager Arsene Wenger. "For the weekend, no [he is not available]. He's back in training now, so he should be okay for next week. He has been ill."

Fantasy Analysis

Walcott missed Thursday's 1-0 Europa League loss to FC Cologne, but was able to train Friday and should be ready for next Wednesday's match with Huddersfield.
Steve Sidwell    M    Brighton & Hove Albion
Sidwell (back) has been ruled out of Saturday's match with Manchester United.

Fantasy Analysis

Sidwell is still working through a tricky back injury, and has yet to return to do any outside work. It doesn't look like he'll be able to feature anytime soon.
Robert Huth    D    Leicester City
Huth (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's match with West Ham.

Fantasy Analysis

Huth remains a consistent absence for the Foxes, which has allowed Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan to lock down places at center-back.
Matty James    M/D    Leicester City
James (Achilles) will miss Friday's match with West Ham.

Fantasy Analysis

James has been dealing with an injury since early September, forcing the midfielder to miss a significant amount of time. He's close to training and could return during the holiday season's busy fixture list.
James Collins    D    West Ham United
Collins (ankle) returned to training but will miss Friday's match with Leicester City, according to manager David Moyes. "James Collins has been back training. He came out of training for one day due to a little tweak. We are feeding him in and bringing him out, but we're trying to get him back because we've got so many games and a really busy schedule coming up."

Fantasy Analysis

Collins has been able to train, though he hasn't improved enough to make his way back into the match day squad. His return to health will be important for West Ham's depth as they enter into a busy fixture list.
Chicharito    F    West Ham United
Chicharito (hamstring) has been ruled out of Friday's match with Leicester City, according to manager David Moyes. "Javier Hernandez will hopefully start some running and join in from next week. We are hopeful for him from next week."

Fantasy Analysis

Chicharito will miss his second straight match, though it sounds like he could return for next Wednesday's match with Everton. His absence should allow Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll to lead the attack against Leicester.
Michail Antonio    M/D    West Ham United
Antonio (leg) will miss Friday's match with Leicester City, according to manager David Moyes. "Michail Antonio is back among the group but I think he looks short of fitness and match practice. He won't be included in the squad for the game but we need him back for the coming weeks."

Fantasy Analysis

Antonio has missed West Ham's past two matches against Liverpool and Watford, but returned to training this week and could return for the Everton match next week. His exclusion from Friday's match day squad is somewhat precautionary and will allow Antonio to get back to peak fitness ahead of a busy festive period.
Marko Arnautovic    F/M    West Ham United
Arnautovic (wrist) is available for Friday's match with Leicester City. "It [Marko Arnautovic's injury] looked really serious when he came off," manager David Moyes admitted to his press conference. "It was bad. The first stop was broken arm and then broken thumb. Thankfully there's no breaks. It was badly swollen - it was a bit like a boxer's hand when we saw it the next day. But he's fine. He has trained with a good plaster on it. He's okay."

Fantasy Analysis

Arnautovic was in a serious amount of pain when the injury happened against Watford, but scans revealed no structural damage and he should be a full go for Friday's match. He may play with some sort of wrist support, though that shouldn't have much affect on his ability with the ball. With Chicharito and Michail Antonio out, Arnautovic will likely be relied upon to lead the attack.
Connor Wickham    F    Crystal Palace
Wickham (knee) remains out through injury and will miss Saturday's match with Stoke City.

Fantasy Analysis

Wickham is on the long road back from a major knee injury, though he could see light at the end of the tunnel with the forward nearing a year sidelined. Once fit, he'll likely deputize for Christian Benteke at forward.
Lee Chung-Yong    M    Crystal Palace
Chung-Yong (undisclosed) continues to recover from injury and will miss Saturday's match with Stoke City.

Fantasy Analysis

Chung-Yong has just two appearances this season (one start) and won't play a role in many fantasy lineups, at least for the time being.
Victor Wanyama    M    Tottenham Hotspur
Wanyama (knee) continues to work through rehab and will likely miss Saturday's match with West Bromwich Albion.

Fantasy Analysis

Wanyama is close to returning, which would be a nice boost for the Tottenham midfield. Expect to see him back in the coming weeks if not Saturday.
Toby Alderweireld    D    Tottenham Hotspur
Alderweireld (hamstring) will miss Saturday's match with West Bromwich Albion.

Fantasy Analysis

Alderweireld is a long-term absence, making his unavailability unsurprising. He is expected back around the new year.
Ross Barkley    M    Everton
Barkley could return to first-team action in a couple weeks, according to manager David Unsworth.

Fantasy Analysis

Barkley would be a nice boost for the Everton attack, though he'll face more competition for the attacking midfield spot with the addition of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney over the summer. He still isn't quite ready for a return, but is a player to keep in mind once fully fit.
James McCarthy    M    Everton
McCarthy is expected to return in a couple weeks. "James McCarthy is a couple of weeks away, Ross [Barkley] maybe a couple of weeks away, as well. Those players, they're starting to filter back in or in and around the first-team training." Manager David Unsworth noted, "There's still a bit of conditioning work to be done with all of them but it's nice to see them back out on the grass or nearly out on the grass."

Fantasy Analysis

With the busy festive period coming up, Everton will hope to have all hands on deck, which includes McCarthy's abilities in the midfield. He's not a consistent starter, but should see playing time once he returns to full health.
Yannick Bolasie    M    Everton
Bolasie (knee) returned to first-team training Wednesday. "Yannick trained with us this morning for the first time," said manager David Unsworth. "He's had a couple of sessions with the Under-23s but we had a light session this morning and it was great to see him out there.

Fantasy Analysis

Bolasie continues to tick every box in his lengthy return, and is inching closer to match minutes. He'll likely train over the next couple weeks and play for the U23 team before featuring for the first-team in a match.

Injured Players Likely To Return Today

Players Who May Be Returning Soon

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Game-Time Decision

Suspended