Premier League injuries and team news ahead of the top flight's return

Premier League injuries and team news ahead of the top flight's return
Simon Winter
Simon Winter
June 15, 2020
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Born in the south east of Ireland, Simon put his life-long love of football to good use when he started a successful independent blog in 2010. That opened up an alternative route to a career in journalism, and having had work published across a number of sites and publications, Simon joined the staff at Spotlight Sports Group in 2018.

The Premier League is back in business and with so many points and places still up for grabs, the climax to the 2019/20 campaign promises to be a captivating watch.

A whole host of the Premier League’s key players have used the season’s three-month postponement as a timely recuperation period to recover from injury, while coaches everywhere will be fine tuning their squad’s fitness levels in anticipation of English top tie football’s return.

Ahead of the action, we’ve compiled a run down of all the latest Premier League team news and injury information to help to give you a clearer picture of the personnel likely to be involved. We will be continually updating this page with fresh updates, so make sure to bookmark and check back!

Remember – we’ll be covering all the top-level English football fixtures in detail on our Premier League predictions page.

Premier League injuries and team news

Wednesday, June 17

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

18:00 – Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Aston Villa injuries and team news

Aston Villa will be handed a major boost when marauding midfielder Johnn McGinn returns after a six-month layoff, and the Scottish international is in line to feature from the start alongside Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz in the middle of the park.

Further forward, January recruit Aly Samatta should reprise his role as the most central attacker in Wesley’s absence, and the Tanzanian will likely be flanked by talismanic Villa cult hero Jack Grealish and tricky winger Anwar El Ghazi.

At centre-half, Bjorn Engels should be partnered with Tyrone Mings, while Pepe Reina, who made a couple of errors before the postponement, could be replaced between the sticks by Orjan Nyland.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United injuries and team news

Blades boss Chris Wilder reported no fresh injury concerns in his press conference on Monday, which means the Sheffield United manager has a full squad to choose from ahead of the clubs first game back.

With Dean Henderson’s short-term future sorted, the impressive young keeper should start in goal at Villa Park, with tried and tested trio Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell deployed ahead of him.

In midfield, the team picks itself with John Lundstrum, Oliver Norwood and John Fleck likely to start, though Chris Wilder faces a selection dilemma up front, with David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset, Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp all competing for two spots.


Manchester City vs Arsenal

20:15 – Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Manchester City injuries and team news

Pep Guardiola will have a full complement of players to choose from when Man City resume their 2019/20 campaign against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Long-term absentee Leroy Sane is available for selection again, though the German international is expected to start from the bench against the Gunners.

Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan are all vying for the two central attacking midfielder positions in the team, while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus will go head-to-head for the central striker role.

Veteran Brazilian Fernandinho could still be picked to play at centre-back with Guardiola’s lingering reluctant to trust some other of his alternatives there, including England’s John Stones. Aymeric Laporte’s availability in the same area is hugely encouraging however.

Mikel Arteta Arsenal manager

Arsenal injuries and team news

Injured duo Callum Chambers and Lucas Torreira are back in training to offer Mikel Arteta more options ahead of his reunion with his old employers.

On-loan right back Cedric Soares could finally make his Gunners debut six months after his temporary switch from Southampton.

Arteta also has decisions to make further up the pitch in terms of personnel and structure, with Mesut Ozil, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette all competing for a probable three spots.


Friday, June 19

Norwich City vs Southampton

18:00 – Sky One / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD / Pick

Norwich City injuries and team news

Long-term injury casualty Sam Bryam has yet to return, however, Onel Hernandez and key defender Timm Klose were both pictured in training for the Canaries last week.

A so far un-named City player tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend however, and will be self-isolating and unable to feature against the Saints.

On-loan Slovakian midfielder Ondrej Duda could be fielded again along with creative pair Todd Cantwell and Emiliano Buendia behind lone front man Teemu Puuki.

Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton injuries and team news

Everything looks good on the injury front for Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who signed a new contract with the Saints earlier this month, though the Austrian will be without Moussa Djenepo, who is suspended following his sending off against Newcastle in March.

Jan Bednarek, Pierre-Emile Hojberg and Danny Ings form Southampton’s spine through the middle of the pitch from back to front, and those key performers will be flanked by a talented supporting cast, including Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse, Ryan Bertrand and Soufiane Boufal.

Leading marksman Ings, who scored for Southampton in their 2-1 win over Norwich in last year’s reverse fixture is the Saints main danger man again.


Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

20:15 – Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Tottenham Hotspur injuries and team news

Harry Kane’s return from a lengthy lay off has spun the most headlines for Tottenham this month, though South Korean star Son Heung-Min’s comeback feels equally significant.

Jose Mourinho’s choices in the final third are boosted further by the return to fitness of new Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn, though Dele Alli’s suspension means he will sit this one out.

The make-up of the Spurs team will depend heavily on Mourinho’s frame of mind ahead of the clash with his old club Man Utd. A more defensive outlook could see the Portuguese boss deploy a back three, while the physically imposing manager’s favourite Eric Dier could add presence to midfield if required.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United injuries and team news

There has been plenty of discussion about the creative potential of a Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba partnership, though there is every chance the returning French World Cup winner could start from the bench in London.

A fully recovered Marcus Rashford looks certain to start however, providing spark from his left-sided berth alongside a more central Anthony Martial

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could choose to field a back three in the capital – a move that would see both Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams start.

Fred’s improvement this season should see him hold on to his place in midfield, which means one of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic will miss out.

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