Chelsea vs Liverpool – Sat 31st Oct – 12:45
Chelsea are hoping that they can welcome Pedro and Branislav Ivanovic back into their starting lineup when they host Liverpool on Saturday. However, Diego Costa ia a major doubt for the game after suffering a rib injury, whilst Thibaut Courtois is facing another six weeks on the sidelines.
Liverpool have it worse though. Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are both going to miss the rest of the season, and Daniel Sturridge is out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury. Kolo Toure, Jordan Henderson, and Jon Flanagan are all hoping to be back before Christmas.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Sat 31st Oct – 15:00
Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon, and Yohann Cabaye are expected to return on Saturday after recovering from knocks and illness. But Pape Souare, Connor Wickham, and Marouane Chamakh won’t be back for another week or two. Kwesi Appiah is the only long term injury, with his ACL tear keeping him out for the majority of the season.
Luke Shaw will also miss the majority of the season due to his broken leg. But James Wilson, Antonio Valencia, and Paddy McNair could all make an appearance on Saturday as they shake off knocks.
Manchester City vs Norwich – Sat 31st Oct – 15:00
Manchester City have started to pick up more injuries to key players. Raheem Sterling is now a doubt for Norwich’s visit, whilst David Silva could make a reappearance alongside Gale Clihy. Fabian Delph’s hamstring injury is expected to keep him out for another week, with Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri’s own hamstring problems ruling them out until the middle of November. Pablo Zabaleta has picked up a Medial Collateral Ligament injury too, it’s extent is unknown but he could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Dieumerci Mbokani is hoping his illness will have subdued by Saturday, whilst Andre Wisdom’s knee injury will see him sit this one out to hopefully return to full fitness next week.
Swansea vs Arsenal – Sat 31st Oct – 15:00
The excellent backroom staff at Swansea continue to keep the vast majority of their squad in tact, with only Wayne Routledge a doubt after suffering a minor knock.
The same can’t be said of Arsenal. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were both taken off in midweek and will miss the next three or four weeks. They join an already long queue outside the physio’s office, with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, and David Ospina all out for between three weeks and three months.
Newcastle vs Stoke – Sat 31st Oct – 15:00
The perenially injured Craig Good is the only Newcastle player who could make a comeback this weekend. Emmanuel Riviere, Karl Darlow, and Gabriel Obertan are all going to take around three weeks to recover, with Steven Taylor and Jack Colback following on shortly after them. Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season though.
Midweek goalscorer Jon Walters is a slight doubt for Saturday’s game along with Stoke defender Glen Johnson. Marc Muniesa’s hamstring injury is going to keep him out until the end of November though.
West Brom vs Leicester – Sat 31st Oct – 15:00
Ben Foster is the only confirmed absentee for West Brom, with his ACL tear ruling him out until the new year after his recent setback. James Morrison is a doubt as well, but he could make an appearance.
Leicester aren’t facing much of an injury crisis either, with Leonardo Ulloa expected to recover in time to take to the pitch. Matthew James is still out with his ACL injury, he might be off crutches but he won’t be back on the pitch until February.
Watford vs West Ham – Sat 31st Oct – 15:00
Jose Jurado Marin’s hamstring strain should be under control in time for the weekend, with Joel Ekstrand the only confirmed absentee. The young defender has missed the whole season so far with an ACL injury, and he won’t be back until January.
Alex Song is still a week or so off for West Ham, but Winston Reid should be back in action for the short trip across the capital.
Everton vs Sunderland – Sun 1st Nov – 13:30
Leighton Baines could make a long awaited return on Sunday afternoon, with Seamus Coleman also hoping to recover from illness to play. Muhamed Besic is a doubt, whilst Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are still a week off thanks to their knee and hamstring injuries. Phil Jagielka won’t be back until just before Christmas thanks to his MCL knee injury.
Sunderland have no confirmed absentees, but they do have six players who are looking touch and go. Ola Toivonen, John O’Shea, Younes Kaboul, Fabio Borini, Jack Rodwell, and Adam Matthews are all struggling to get back to fitness in time for Sunday.
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Sun 1st Nov – 16:00
Jay Rodriguez and Shane Long are both hoping that their ankle injuries don’t turn into something more severe as they look to recover in time for Southampton’s home match. Florin Gardos and Fraser Forster are the regulars on this list, with both expected to miss the rest of the season.
Bournemouth might not have the most extensive injury list, but they certainly have a case for having the most influential one. The in form Callum Wilson and big money summer signings Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel are all going to miss the majority of the season due to cruciate ligament tears. On the bright side, Tommy Elphick is only six weeks off a recovery.
Tottenham vs Aston Villa – Mon 2nd Nov – 20:00
The extend of Federico Fazio and Tom Carroll’s injuries are unknown, but we do know that Heung Min-Son and Nassim Bentaleb are both a week away from a return for Tottenham. Nacer Chadli is still a month or so off, whilst Alex Pritchard won’t play until the new year.
Aston Villa are hoping that their defensive duo of Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards have recovered from knocks in time for a Monday night game. Gary Garnder could make a return as well after missing the whole season thanks to a shockingly bad pre-season tackle.