Well then, that was quite the international break. It just about exposed the sheer carelessness of UEFA trying to squeeze everything out of these players until they return to their clubs in shambles, making this the longest injury report yet. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 9.
Newcastle v. Chelsea
Ryan Fraser won’t be available for Steve Bruce’s side but the manager said that Callum Wilson looks to be a go as he returns from a hamstring injury sustained in the loss to Southampton. Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie are also back in training while Paul Dummett suffered a setback. Said the manager: “Ryan won't make it, but Callum has a chance. If there is any risk whatsoever we won't. He has trained in the last two days so we will see. The boy wants to play.”
Out: Dubravka, Gayle, Dummett, Fraser
Doubtful: Ritchie, Shelvey, Wilson
Ben Chilwell had some minor issues during the international break but was cleared by England this week and looks to be fit for the early kickoff. Christian Pulisic remains out and Thiago Silva looks highly unlikely to be involved following his return from international duty with Brazil. But Kai Havertz looks set to return after recovering from COVID-19.
Doubtful: Havertz, Thiago Silva
Aston Villa v. Brighton
Kortney Hause could be available for the first time this season after recovering from a groin injury. Tom Heaton is nearing a return after playing in a friendly this week but looks unlikely to be used this weekend. However, everyone else seems to have returned fit.
Out: Heaton, Wesley
Brighton have a couple of problems to sort out, like whether Solly March and Aaron Connolly are fit enough to start. Meanwhile, Alexis Mac Allister tested positive for COVID-19 and Davy Propper looks likely to miss out due to illness. And while Leandro Trossard looks like he will miss the weekend trip, Brighton will be glad to have captain Lewis Dunk back from suspension.
Out: Andone, Izquierdo, Mac Allister
Doubtful: Walton, Trossard, Propper, Connolly
Tottenham v. Man City
Matt Doherty tested positive for the coronavirus during the international break and will not be available. Erik Lamela is closing in on a return while Steven Bergwijn looks like he should be fit for Saturday’s showdown. José Mourinho still has to check on Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele.
Out: Lamela, Doherty
Doubtful: Tanganga, Ndombele, Winks
Manchester City will be hoping to have their two strongest forwards available for the weekend and will give Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero until the last minute to be available after the duo returned to training. Otherwise, Fernandinho will miss out with a stomach issue while Nathan Ake has also been ruled out.
Out: Fernandinho, Ake
Doubtful: Mendy, Sterling, Aguero
Manchester United v. West Brom
Just to be straightforward: Manchester United have a lot of issues. Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones have been ruled out for sure, Mason Greenwood and Victor Lindelof are serious doubts, and Marcus Rashford is hoping to overcome a shoulder problem after missing international duty. But Alex Telles looks set to make his Premier League debut.
Out: Shaw, Lingard, Jones, Bailly, Rojo
Doubtful: Lindelof, Greenwood, Rashford
Out: Robson-Kanu, Field
Fulham v. Everton
Aboubakar Kamara remains out due to suspension and Kenny Tete and Terence Kongolo remain out with injury. The club will have to check on the status of midfielder Mario Lemina as the former Juventus man has struggled with a hamstring problem of late.
Out: Tete, Kongolo, Kamara (suspension)
Everton fans will be thrilled to have most of their team back to fitness with the exception of Seamus Coleman, who suffered another injury while with Ireland. But Cenk Tosun, Fabian Delph, and Allan are back from injury while Richarlison has returned following his suspension.
Out: Gbamin, Coleman
Sheffield United v. West Ham
Sheffield United have a couple of doubts with Rhian Brewster suffering a minor injury during the break along with John Egan. Lys Mousset is closing in on a return while Sander Berge is not a guarantee after an odd coronavirus situation with Norway that no one has yet to understand fully.
Doubtful: Mousset, Brewster, Berge, Stevens, Egan
Andriy Yarmolenko looks like he will miss out after testing positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Angelo Ogbonna has been passed fit following a groin problem. David Moyes said he will be waiting on the status of Michail Antonio, who has an outside chance of making the squad. Said Moyes: "Michail is back training and we’ve got a couple of days yet to see how he is. The truth is I can’t give you a complete answer [as to whether he’ll be available on Sunday], but he’s getting much closer that’s for sure.”
Doubtful: Antonio, Noble
Leeds v. Arsenal
Out: Forshaw, Llorente, Shackleton, Hernandez
Arsenal returned a couple of positive tests as Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac will miss out as they quarantine. Star midfielder Thomas Partey also won’t be available after suffering a thigh injury in the club’s loss to Aston Villa before the break.
Out: Martinelli, Kolasinac, Elneny, Partey
Doubtful: Mari, Chambers, Nelson
Liverpool v. Leicester City
No one suffered more during the international break than the defending champions. On top of their previous injuries, Joe Gomez was lost (probably for the season) with a knee injury, Jordan Henderson suffered a muscle injury, Mohamed Salah tested positive for COVID-19, Trent Alexander-Arnold was ruled out for about a month with a calf problem. At least, ThIago and Fabinho have a small chance for the weekend.
Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Salah
Leicester City will have Timothy Castagne back he missed the last two league matches due to injury. The Belgian international lit up the league with a goal and three assists in his first three games. Other than that, nothing else changes for the Foxes.
Out: Soyuncu, Pereira, Amartey, Ndidi,
Burnley v. Crystal Palace
Burnley have a couple of doubts with Robbie Brady, Dale Stephens, and Charlie Taylor. But Phil Bardsley has returned following his COVID-19 isolation while Erik Pieters appears to have recovered from a calf problem.
Doubtful: Gudmundsson, Brady, Taylor, Stephens,
Crystal Palace will be happy to have defenders Joel Ward, James Tomkins, and Tyrick Mitchell back from injury—it will be interesting to see if Mitchell can regain his starting spot from Patrick Van Aanholt or if they push PVA up higher and start both. Eberechi Eze is a doubt after suffering a knock during the international break.
Out: Ferguson, Wickham, Hennessey, Milivojevic (suspension)
Wolves v. Southampton
It’s unclear if Conor Coady will be available for Wolves due to a quarantine issue, although Nuno Espirito Santo seems confident. Rayan Ait-Nouri is also a minor doubt after withdrawing from international duty due to a knock.
Doubtful: Coady, Ait-Nouri
James Ward-Prowse has been in excellent form of late and the good news is that it appears as though he has recovered from a hamstring issue that kept him out of England. Danny Ings is still out for the remainder of the month after minor knee surgery, but Ryan Bertrand appears to be back from injury.
Out: Ings, Salisu,