Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City – Sat 26th Sep – 12:45
Spurs manager Mauricio Pocchettino is hopeful that Moussa Dembele and Ryan Mason will return from ankle and knee injuries respectively, but Nabil Bentaleb will be out for a couple of weeks following ligament damage.
There are a number of key players fighting for fitness ahead of the trip to Spurs, with Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Eliaquim Mangala, and Wilfried Bony all hoping to recover from minor niggles. But Pablo Zabaleta will probably have to wait until midweek to make a return, whilst Fabian Delph, Gael Clichy, and Kelechi Iheanacho won’t be back until well into October.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Sat 26th Sep – 15:00
Dejan Lovren was stretchered off in midweek and will be out until the middle of October it is thought. Kolo Toure could make the bench after sustaining a thigh injury. Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino will have to wait until October to make a return though, whilst Jon Flanagan is sidelined until December at the earliest.
Idrissa Gueye, Adama Traore, and Jose Crespo are all back in training for Aston Villa but are unlikely to feature at Anfield. Gary Gardner and Jores Okore won’t be back in action until the middle of next month, and Gabby Agbonlahor has picked up a lower leg injury, of which it’s severity is unknown.
Southampton vs Swansea – Sat 26th Sep – 15:00
Graziano Pelle is hoping to be in action against Swansea after his brace last weekend, and Steven Caulker is also hoping to recover from illness in time for Saturday’s fixture. Jordy Clasie’s return has been pushed back again, with him hoping to make his debut next weekend. Injury list regulars Florin Gardos and Fraser Forster will be out for most, if not all, of the season.
Swansea are the only team in the Premier League with a clean bill of health. Praise to their physios.
Manchester United vs Sunderland – Sat 26th Sep – 15:00
Marcos Rojo has apparently been hiding a hamstring injury from his boss, and that will rule him out for around three weeks. Paddy McNair has also picked up a knock to add to the injury list after Luke Shaw’s leg break.
Adam Matthews is the only casualty for Sunderland, and even he is expected to be back to full fitness before they travel to Old Trafford.
Leicester vs Arsenal – Sat 26th Sep – 15:00
Nathan Dyer picked up a knee injury while scoring the winner at Aston Villa, and that will keep the new boy out for another week or so. Long term injury Matthew James is the only other player ruled out for Leicester, he will be out until February with an ACL injury.
Francis Coquelin is a new injury concern for the Gunners, with his unspecified knee injury keeping him out for an unknown length of time. Meanwhile Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, and Jack Wilshere are all still on the sidelines, with the former two being out until the new year at least.
West Ham vs Norwich – Sat 26th Sep – 15:00
Enner Valencia’s recovery has been pushed back a week, and he now won’t be available until the start of November. Alex Song will recover from his ankle injury at about the same time. Angelo Ogbonna is still trying to shake off a hamstring injury, and won’t be back until next weekend.
The same old appearances in the Norwich physio’s office. Youssouff Mulumbu’s metatarsal fracture is still healing, and he should be fully recovered in around four weeks time. But Gay Hooper could feature for the visitors on Saturday.
Stoke vs Bournemouth – Sat 26th Sep – 15:00
Mame Biram Diouf is trying to shake off a minor hamstring injury ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to the Britannia. Ryan Shawcross is the only other casualty for Stoke as he waits for his back to recover after surgery, it could be a long while yet though.
Two long term injuries mar Bournemouth’s season, with Max Gradel until April with his ACL injury and club record signing Tyrone Mings out for a full year after being taken off in his debut for Bournemouth. Harry Arter is still struggling to regain fitness following his longer than expected injury, it will be the middle of October before he features again.
Newcastle vs Chelsea – Sat 26th Sep – 17:30
Newcastle, unsurprisingly, are the most injury hit side in the Premier League. Darryl Janmaat is trying to recover from illness in time for Chelsea’s visit. Also hoping to be back in the fray are Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Cheikh Tiote, and Sylvain Marveaux. Meanwhile Papiss Cisse, Massadio Haidara, Emmanuel Riviere, and Craig Good will have to wait a good few weeks to return, and Paul Dummett and Karl Darlow will also be out for another couple of weeks. Steven Taylor won’t be back until December though with a hamstring tear.
Willian is still struggling with a niggle on his hamstring, so he will join long term absentee Thibaut Courtois on the sidelines for this one. Diego Costa will also miss out after being retrospectively banned after his dispute with the Arsenal back line last weekend.
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Sun 27th Sep – 16:00
The usual for Watford. Lloyd Doyley and Joel Ekstrand remain the only injured players for the home side.
Marouane Chamakh, Connor Wickham, and Joel Ward are expected to miss another gameweek for Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak’s hamstring injury’s severity is unknown, whilst Kwesi Appiah is set to be out for a large proportion of the season with his cruciate ligament tear. On the plus side, Scott Dann and Damien Delaney are set to be fit in time for the trip to Watford.
West Brom vs Everton – Mon 28th Sep – 20:00
Ben Foster won’t be back until the Christmas period now following a setback in his cruciate ligament recovery. That is the only injury for West Brom though, so there is some silver lining.
John Stones and Brian Oviedo should be back in action in time for Monday evening. Muhamed Besic and Seamus Coleman are doubtful for the clash though. Tom Cleverley, Leighton Baines, and Stephen Pienaar are expected to be missing until at least November though.