Bournemouth vs Newcastle – Sat 7th Nov – 12:45
Bournemouth’s three key injured players will be a mainstay on this list, with Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings, and Callum Wilson all out for the majority of the season with knee injuries. Tommy Elphick won’t be back for another month or so, but Artur Boruc and Steve Cook could recover in time for Saturday’s early kickoff.
Newcastle have a huge 12 players doubtful or worse for this clash. Kevin Mbabu, Darryl Janmaat, and Rob Elliot could all be back in time for this game. The same can’t be said of Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Emmanuele Riviere, and Craig Good won’t be so lucky though, with those players out for between three weeks and the remainder of the season.
Leicester vs Watford – Sat 7th Nov – 15:00
From the most injury hit fixture of the weekend to one of the least affected games. Leicester will only be without Matthew James, with Christian Fuchs expected to have shaken off his knock.
Watford’s major attacking threat Odion Ighalo is also expected to make a recover after picking up a knock, whilst Jose Jurado Marin is doubtful and Joel Ekstrand won’t be back until the start of 2016.
Sunderland vs Southampton – Sat 7th Nov – 15:00
Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole is the only definite absentee for them, with his groin injury keeping him out for a few weeks. But they do have a number of players who are doubtful for Saturday, with John O’Shea, Younes Kaboul, Fabio Borini, and Adam Matthews all expected to miss the game. Ola Toivonen is touch and go to make a recovery.
Florin Gardos and Fraser Forster are Southampton’s two long term injury concerns, with both expected to miss the majority of the season with serious knee injuries. Shane Long won’t be back until the start of December and Jay Rodriguez is back on the sidelines for a few weeks after his long injury layoff last season. Jose Fonte should be fit in time for Saturday afternoon.
West Ham vs Everton – Sat 7th Nov – 15:00
Winston Reid should be back on the West Ham teamsheet after picking up a hip injury, but Diafra Sakho and Alex Song won’t be back in action for another few weeks at least.
Leighton Baines could finally be back in action this weekend, but it’s more likely that we’ll see him rested until he’s fully recovered. Muhamed Besic is also doubtful, whilst Tony Hibbert, Bryan Oviedo, and Steven Pienaar will miss the next few weeks. Phil Jagielka’s MCL knee injury is going to keep him out until just before Christmas.
Norwich vs Swansea – Sat 7th Nov – 15:00
Diemerci Mbokani is hoping to have fully recovered from his bout of illness and return to action for Norwich on Saturday. Andre Wisdom will miss another couple of games though, whilst the extent of Matt Jarvis’ knee injury is unknown at present.
Constantly at the bottom of the injured table, Swansea have no injury problems or doubts for this game. Kudos to their backroom staff!
Manchester United vs West Brom – Sat 7th Nov – 15:00
James Wilson, Antonio Valencia, and Paddy McNair should all have recovered in time to give Louis van Gaal a selection headache. Luke Shaw definitely won’t be in the running for a starting spot though, with his broken leg keeping him out until April.
Chris Brunt should have shaken off his knock in time to make the trip to Old Trafford, whilst Ben Foster’s recovery from his ACL knee injury will keep him out from between the West Brom sticks for another week at least.
Stoke vs Chelsea – Sat 7th Nov – 17:30
Geoff Cameron and Joselu should return to action for Stoke, but Marc Muniesa and Shay Given are both still suffering from a hamstring injury and knee injury respectively.
First choice Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is still a month away from a return after his knee injury, whilst Radamel Falcao will spend another two or three weeks on the sidelines. Branislav Ivanovic could return for the struggling champions though.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City – Sun 8th Nov – 13:30
Gary Gardner has suffered another recovery setback and will now be out for another few weeks after his pre season injury. Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood are suffering from injuries, but it’s unknown how long they will be out for for Aston Villa.
David Silva should return in time to visit the struggling Aston Villa, but a trio of key Manchester City players are still travelling down the road to recovery. Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri, and Sergio Aguero are going to miss the next few games.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – 16:00
Kolo Toure, Daniel Sturridge, and Jordan Henderson are all a few weeks away from a return for Liverpool, whilst Jon Flanagan will have to wait until just before Christmas after an injury hit couple of years. Danny Ings and Joe Gomez have it worse though, with two quickfire ACL injuries ruling them both out until June.
Conor Wickham should be back up front for Crystal Palace after a longer than expected injury layoff. Pape Souare is close to recovery, but will probably be rested for this one. Marouane Chamakh and Lee Chung-Yong aren’t expected to make an appearance, and Kwesi Appiah is going to miss most of the season.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspurs – 16:00
Arsenal’s annual injury crisis shows no sign of letting up yet. Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny could both miss a crucial North London derby. They join Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, and Aaron Ramsey, who should all be back towards the end of the month. Jack Wilshere will have to wait until the middle of December, with Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck won’t be back in action until January at the earliest.
Clinton N’Jie, Heung Min-Son, and Nassim Bentaleb are all hoping to play a part in the derby for Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose and Tom Carroll are both injured, but the extent of their injuries is unknown. Nacer Chadli is on the sidelines for another month, whilst Alex Pritchard won’t be back until January.