The new gameweek is upon us with another Friday night matchup. With that rushed timeframe in mind, here’s all of the injury news for Gameweek 7.
Wolves v. Crystal Palace
Nuno Espirito Santo has not been privy to revealing his team news this season, only saying for two weeks straight now that there are a couple of players that need to be checked on. Other than that, that’s all we’ve got, besides the long-term injury to Jonny Castro.
For the most part, Crystal Palace’s defensive injuries have seemed to clear up with Patrick Van Aanholt already back in the team and now James Tomkins and Gary Cahill deemed fully fit. However, £4.0 star Tyrick Mitchell will be a last-minute check before Friday’s match after picking up a knock in training. In other news, Jack Butland and Jordan Ayew look set for a place in the 18 after recovering from COVID-19.
Out: Ferguson, Wickham, Hennessey
Doubtful: Mitchell, Ward, McCarthy
Sheffield United v. Man City
Sheffield United seemed to have cleared up all of their minor injury problems with Max Lowe back in the squad after suffering a concussion. Lys Mousset and John Fleck will remain out for about a month, but the big story seems to be the drama surrounding John Lundstram. Manager Chris Wilder expressed his frustration yesterday over Lundstram’s decision to not sign a new contract, meaning his playing time could dwindle in the future as he looks to run out his deal.
Out: O’Connell, Mousset, Fleck
The good news for Manchester City is that Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, and Oleksandr Zinchenko all returned from injury to start in Champions League against Marseille this week. However, Sergio Agüero will likely miss the next month while Gabriel Jesus remains an injury doubt along with Nathan Ake.
Out: Fernandinho, Mendy, Aguero
Doubtful: Ake, Jesus
Burnley v. Chelsea
Burnley continue to be without starting defenders Ben Mee and Erik Pieters while Phil Bardsley is on the final leg of his recovery from COVID-19. Johann Berg Gudmundsson seems to have suffered another injury that could keep him out of the weekend after picking up a calf problem in the loss to Spurs this week.
Out: Mee, Cork, Bardsley, Pieters
Frank Lampard said that there weren’t any injuries following the club’s Champions League win over Krasnodar, but it would be wise to expect plenty of changes and short leashes as the club deals with fatigue. Thiago Silva has recovered from a minor problem while Kepa may be able to make the team as he recovers from a shoulder problem.
Liverpool v. West Ham
Liverpool are in dire straits on the injury front to start the season. Last week it was Virgil Van Dijk who appears to be lost for most if not all of the season and this week it’s Fabinho who has dealt the club an injury blow. The Brazilian could miss the next month with a hamstring injury suffered midweek, where 19-year-old Rhys Williams came on to replace him with Joel Matip also struggling with injury. In midfielder, Jordan Henderson seems to be back while the club wait on ThIago and Naby Keita.
Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, van Dijk, Fabinho
Doubtful: Matip, Keita, ThIago
David Moyes praised his medical team this week for keeping the players fit amid the short preseason. However, the injury bug struck top-scorer Michail Antonio last week when he limped off with a hamstring injury after scoring against Manchester City. Reports say the forward will miss up to a month but Moyes is confident it won’t be that long.
Aston Villa v. Southampton
Villa manager Dean Smith kept things short by saying that he will have the same squad as he did against Leeds, meaning that Tom Heaton probably still needs some time to recover before making the squad.
Out: Hause, Heaton, Wesley
Theo Walcott will return to the Saints squad after missing the Everton match due to loan restrictions against facing his parent club. However, Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that Mohammed Salisu, Moussa Djenepo, and Will Smallbone will all miss out, although the trio is back in full training this week.
Out: Salisu, Djenepo, Smallbone
Newcastle v. Everton
The Magpies will have to do without midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for the next month after he had surgery to fix a hernia problem. Meanwhile, manager Steve Bruce will be waiting on the status of Jamaal Lascelles after the captain left the club’s draw with Wolves last week with a foot injury that will likely make him a gameday decision.
Out: Dubravka, Gayle, Ritchie, Shelvey
Doubtful: Dummett, Clark, Lascelles
This time, manager Carlo Ancelotti appears to be serious about the status of James Rodriguez after his uncertainty from last week. Rodriguez has been ruled out for the weekend due to the persistent hamstring problem but is expected back for next weekend’s match. Meanwhile, defenders Jonjoe Kenney and Jarrad Branthwaite have recovered while Seamus Coleman remains out. Richarlison will serve the second game in his three-match suspension while Lucas Digne will miss only this match following his red card.
Out: Holgate, Gbamin, Tosun, Coleman, Richarlison (suspension), Rodriguez, Digne
Manchester United v. Arsenal
The big news from Manchester United was that new signing Alex Telles tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out of the weekend and likely making room for Luke Shaw in the starting XI once again. Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard will miss the next few weeks and Anthony Martial will serve the final game in his three-match ban this weekend.
Out: Telles, Lingard, Martial (suspension), Bailly
David Luiz looks set to miss out after sustaining a thigh injury while fellow Brazilian Willian seems to have recovered from a hamstring injury. Manager Mikel Arteta hinted that he could move Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back into a center-forward’s role, which may affect the status of Alexandre Lacazette in the team.
Out: Holding, Mari, Martinelli, David Luiz
Spurs v. Brighton
There are no more excuses for José Mourinho and co. now that everyone but Japhet Tanganga have returned from injury. Mourinho was livid after the club’s Europa League loss to Royal Antwerp on Thursday, where he played a second team that didn’t include Eric Dier or Tanguy Ndombele, who are fit for the weekend.
Not much has changed in injury news for Graham Potter’s Brighton side, although the club could finally have Davy Propper back for the weekend. The Dutch midfielder has not played this season due to an Achilles problem but returned to full training this week. Potter has given him an “outside chance” of featuring against Spurs. Lewis Dunk will serve the second game in his suspension—Joel Veltman replaced him last week.
Out: Jahanbakhsh, Andone, Izquierdo, Dunk (suspension)
Doubtful: Walton, Propper
Fulham v. West Brom
While Fulham still have a host of injuries, Joachim Andersen gave the club a pleasant surprise by returning to training this week. The summer signing from Lyon was expected to miss a good chunk of time after suffering an ankle injury immediately after his arrival in west London, but now the Dane has an outside chance of being available for Monday’s match.
Out: Tete, Kongolo, Kebano
In a bit of surprising news, West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi, who was expected to be a starting defender this season, left the club on loan to join Saudi side Al-Ittihad. However, Kamil Grosicki has returned to the club after his loan ended up falling through last week. In injury news, Dara O’Shea seems to be back after missing the Brighton draw with an ankle injury.
Out: Robson-Kanu, Field, Hegazi (loaned out)
Leeds v. Leicester
Diego Llorente has yet to make his debut for Leeds after arriving from Real Sociedad this summer and then subsequently suffering a groin injury that has kept him out for three weeks. He won’t be available this weekend but Marcelo Bielsa will be thrilled to have captain Liam Cooper back in the team after missing the last two games with a groin injury.
Out: Forshaw, Llorente, Phillips,
The good news for Leicester City is that Jamie Vardy appears to be back mostly fit. However, the club’s defense is in tatters. It was announced this week that Çaglar Soyuncu will be out until the New Year after suffering a tear to his thigh. Meanwhile, Timothy Castagne, one of the biggest surprises to start the season, will miss the next few weeks with a hamstring injury. And lastly, Jonny Evans looks like a major doubt after aggravating a back injury.
Out: Soyuncu, Pereira, Amartey, Benkovic, Ndidi, Castagne