Premier League Injury Update – Gameweek 23

Norwich vs Liverpool – Sat 23rd Jan – 12:45

Norwich actually have a clean bill of health coming into this match against Liverpool, although they still have a couple of players unavailable to them. Gary O’Neil is still serving a three match suspension for violent conduct and Andre Wisdom cannot play against his parent club due to conditions in his loan deal.

Phillipe Coutinho won’t be back for another week or so for Liverpool, with him sitting on the sidelines along with Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Divock Origi, Martin Skrtel, and Daniel Sturridge. Dejan Lovren and Jordan Rossiter could be in line for a return to action though, although both players are doubtful.

Leicester vs Stoke – Sat 23rd Jan – 15:00

Leicester are close to having a fully fit squad available to them. James Matthew and Jordan Schlupp are the only confirmed absentees for this clash with Stoke. Ritchie de Laet is a slight doubt to make the grade, but he’s expected to be fit enough to play should he be called upon.

Marco Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri are both minor doubts for the visiting Stoke side. Shay Given and Geoff Cameron have been ruled out of action by Mark Hughes though.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur – Sat 23rd Jan – 15:00

There are no new injury concerns for Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie, Kwesi Appiah, and Dwight Gayle are all still missing for the hosts, but it’s hoped that Bakary Sako can make a full recovery in time to face Tottenham Hotspur.

Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard are both close to full fitness for Tottenham Hotspur, but they are unlikely to be risked on Saturday. Clinton N’Jie is still suffering from a knee injury he picked up back in December.

West Brom vs Aston Villa – Sat 23rd Jan – 15:00

Chris Brunt, Darren Fletcher, and Jonas Olsson should all recover from minor niggles in time to line up for West Brom on Saturday. Saido Berahino’s illness has apparently recovered, although it’s doubtful that the wantaway striker will play for West Brom again. James Morrison’s hamstring injury is set to keep him out until March.

Gabby Agbonlahor and Leandro Bacuna are both hoping they can be back to full fitness in time to take to the pitch for Aston Villa. Jordan Amavi is still struggling with his long term knee injury though.

Manchester United vs Southampton – Sat 23rd Jan – 15:00

Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all close to returning from injury but are classed as major doubts for Manchester United’s hosting of Southampton. Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, and Antonio Valencia are all still some way off a recovery. But on the plus side, Ashley Young is hoping to have shaken off his minor knee injury.

Graziano Pelle is a minor doubt for Southampton coming into this game, but he is likely to make the grade. The same can’t be said of Maarten Stekelenburg, Florin Gardos, or Jay Rodriguez though, with all but Stekelenburg certain to miss out on a trip to Old Trafford.

Watford vs Newcastle – Sat 23rd Jan – 15:00

Watford’s fitness problems remain limited to just a couple of players. Joel Ekstrand is trying to regain some match fitness after his long injury layoff, whilst Tommy Hoban is still sidelined with a groin injury.

Newcastle’s injury problems remain much more extensive. Tim Krul, Papiss Cisse, Siem de Jong, Craig Good, Massadio Haidara, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Cheikh Tiote, and Mike Williamson are all expected to miss out for the visitors. On the plus side, Paul Dummett and Vurnon Anita could be in line for a return to the pitch.

Sunderland vs Bournemouth – Sat 23rd Jan – 15:00

Sunderland are looking pretty good in the fitness department, with only two players missing from the squad ahead of a crucial relegation clash with Bournemouth. Younes Kaboul and Seb Larsson are those players, although they’re both fairly close to a return to action.

New Bournemouth signing Benik Afobe is hoping to shake off a minor knock in time for Saturday’s clash, with Lewis Grabban, Tokelo Rantie, Matt Ritchie, and Josh King joining him on the doubtful list. Callum Wilson, Max Gradel, and Tyrone Mings remain ruled out with serious knee injuries, which along with Tommy Elphick’s absence makes for quite a substantial casualty list.

West Ham vs Manchester City – Sat 23rd Jan – 17:30

Andy Carroll is out for another month, with Diafra Sakho joining his injury prone striking partner on the sidelines for West Ham. Manuel Lanzini will also sit this one out, and James Tomkins is a doubt after picking up a minor knock.

Fernandinho and Aleksandar Kolarov should both be back to full fitness in time for Manchester City’s clash with West Ham. Wilfried Bony, Vincent Kompany, Elaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, and Patrick Roberts are still ruled out though.

Everton vs Swansea – Sun 24th Jan – 13:30

Everton’s extensive injury list is gradually improving, although Tyias Browning, Seamus Coleman, and James McCarthy are still all ruled out with knee, calf, and groin injuries respectively. Bryan Oviedo could be in line for a return to action on Sunday though.

Despite their lack of form, you can’t fault Swansea’s fitness team. They have a clean bill of health for this match and remain one of the best sides in the Premier League when it comes to injuries.

Arsenal vs Chelsea – Sun 24th Jan – 16:00

Arsenal’s long term visitors to the physio’s office remain ruled out, with Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, and Jack Wilshere all still injured. A major plus is the likely return of Alexis Sanchez though, who’s presence will be a massive boost to the title challengers.

Diego Costa should recover from a minor shin injury in time to lead the line for Chelsea. Eden Hazard is also edging closer to a comeback and could make an appearance on Sunday. Radamel Falcao remains injured.

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