It’s another short week, so I’ll make things fast ahead of the final stretch in this festive fixture list. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 17.
Everton v. West Ham
Everton will have Richarlison back from a concussion that caused him to miss the 1-0 win over Sheffield United earlier this week. More good news comes in the fact that Lucas Digne should be back in training in the next seven to 10 days following a serious ankle injury. However, James Rodriguez will miss his fifth straight game with a calf injury.
Out: Gbamin, Digne, Delph, Rodriguez, Allan
West Ham finally got to see Michail Antonio back in action as a substitute in the club’s scoreless draw with Saints, but manager David Moyes said he would be extremely cautious with the forward in the next week to avoid a setback. Fabián Balbuena is a doubt after missing the Saints draw due to injury.
Manchester United v. Aston Villa
Manchester United won’t have forward Edinson Cavani available for the next three matches after the forward was handed a racism charge by the FA for an incident on Instagram in December. As United look to overtake Liverpool atop the table in the next two weeks, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to wait on the fitness of Victor Lindelof after he missed out in midweek due to a back problem.
Out: Jones, Cavani (suspension)
Aston Villa have Tom Heaton back on the bench from a long-term injury but he looks to be injury insurance to Emiliano Martinez given the Argentine’s impressive season thus far. Villa will be waiting on the status of Ross Barkley as the midfielder appears ready to return from a hamstring injury while Tyrone Mings is back from suspension.
Out: Wesley, Trezeguet,
Spurs v. Leeds
José Mourinho said that he should have Brazilian duo Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius back from injuries that kept them out of the Wolves match last weekend. However, Gareth Bale and Giovani Lo Celso remain out without a fixed return date.
Out: Bale, Lo Celso
Out: Forshaw, Llorente, Koch, Cooper
Crystal Palace v. Sheffield United
Palace were able to right the ship after two bad losses with a draw against Leicester, but their injury situation remains in bad shape. Gary Cahill will miss the next few games with a hamstring injury, adding to a long list of injuries in defense.
Out: Ferguson, Hennessey, Wickham, Kelly, Cahill
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said he doesn’t expect to have any new additions to the team from midweek, where Oli McBurnie, Billy Sharp, and Phil Jagielka missed out along with John Lundstram due to suspension.
Out: O’Connell, Berge, Lundstram (suspension), Jagielka, Sharp, McBurnie
Brighton v. Wolves
Brighton manager Graham Potter expressed concern over the status of Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck, and Aaron Connolly, listing them as touch-and-go and potentially last-minute decisions. Tariq Lamptey will miss the next two weeks with a hamstring injury.
Out: Izquierdo, Lamptey
Doubtful: Lallana, Welbeck, Connolly
The latest update on the Wolves team website suggests that Willy Boly, Leander Dendoncker, and Marcal could all be available against Brighton after missing out on the week, but Nuno has not made any comments as of yet.
Out: Jonny, Jimenez
Doubtful: Dendoncker, Boly, Marcal
West Brom v. Arsenal
After an up-and-down week, Sam Allardyce will still have a defense to sort out with injuries across his backline. Kyle Bartley and Conor Townsend are still doubts while Kieran Gibbs is a doubt to face his old team after pulling up with a quad injury in the warmup to Gameweek 17.
Out: Robson-Kanu, Field, Livermore (suspension),
Doubtful: Townsend, Bartley, Gibbs
Thomas Partey will be out once again for Mikel Arteta’s side while defender Gabriel will not be available after his positive COVID test. Willian and David Luiz may be able to return from illness while Arteta said he is confident that Bukayo Saka will be available after taking a knock in midweek.
Out: Gabriel, Partey, Nelson
Burnley v. Fulham
Charlie Taylor looks set to miss out for Burnley after sustaining a hamstring injury earlier this week. Burnley are also without Jay Rodríguez and Dwight McNeil as the duo have missed the last two matches due to injury.
Out: Cork, Gudmundsson, Rodriguez, Vydra, McNeil, Taylor
Kenny Tete and Mario Lemina are available for Fulham, that is, if there’s a game. Manager Scott Parker expressed doubt that the game would even be played after some unnamed members of the squad tested positive for COVID-19.
Newcastle v. Leicester
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said that it could still be some time before we see Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin (the latter is farther off from a return) although the club captain returned to training after a lengthy coronavirus battle. Martin Dubravka returned to the bench this week but Bruce says the keeper shirt is Karl Darlow’s to lose.
Out: Lascelles, Saint-Maximin, Fraser
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping to have Wesley Fofana and James Maddison back from minor knee problems after missing the draw at Crystal Palace on Monday where Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans were rested.
Out: Pereira, Under
Doubtful: Fofana, Maddison
Chelsea v. Manchester City
Chelsea could have Hakim Ziyech back from an injury layoff after the winger took part in training this week, although Frank Lampard said he will wait and see. Lampard confirmed that fullback Reece James won’t be available due to a hamstring injury that has been afflicting him.
Manchester City saw their match cancelled due to COVID-19 last week, and Pep Guardiola confirmed that another three players have been added to the isolation list, giving them five out for the weekend. Ederson confirmed that he is one of the five, along with Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker from last weekend. Ilkay Gundogan is set to come back from injury to face Chelsea on Sunday.
Out: Ederson, Walker, Jesus
Doubtful: Garcia, Gundogan
Southampton v. Liverpool
Southampton were dealt a blow with the news that Jannik Vestergaard will miss the next few weeks with a knee injury. Other than that, there has been no update from Southampton.
Doubtful: Redmond, Armstrong
Out: van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Jota, Tsimikas