PL team news: Martial misses out, Arsenal sweat on striker

Date published: Friday 23rd September 2016 2:25

Team news ahead of all the weekend’s Premier League matches, with Anthony Martial ruled out for Manchester United and an Arsenal striker requiring a fitness test.

Manchester United v Leicester

Saturday, 12:30pm, Old Trafford

Anthony Martial will miss Manchester United’s Premier League clash with champions Leicester.

The forward was forced off in last weekend’s defeat at Watford and, despite returning to training on Friday, will be absent with an ankle/calf problem.

Luke Shaw (groin) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (thigh) are back in contention for the squad, but Phil Jones (knee) remains absent.

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Marcin Wasilewski is suspended for Leicester after his red card in their EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea.

The defender was dismissed in the 89th minute and will sit out at Old Trafford, with Claudio Ranieri expected to hand several first-team regulars a recall.

He made seven changes in the 4-2 extra time defeat, with Jamie Vardy, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs, Daniel Amartey and Riyad Mahrez all set to return. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has recovered from concussion, but has suffered a minor muscle strain in training so is a doubt, while Matty James and Nampalys Mendy (both ankle) are still unavailable.


Bournemouth v Everton

Saturday, 3pm, Vitality Stadium

Manager Eddie Howe said there are a “couple of injury issues” for Bournemouth.

Midfielder Dan Gosling will be hoping to be in the team after scoring in the Cherries’ 3-2 defeat to Preston in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, as he is yet to start in the league this season.

The Bournemouth boss is expected to field a different side to the one which faced the Sky Bet Championship outfit after making a number of changes for the cup game.

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Romelu Lukaku is set to return for Everton.

The striker, who has scored four goals in his last two games, missed Tuesday night’s EFL Cup defeat by Norwich with a toe injury.

James McCarthy and Darron Gibson (both groin) are making good progress and should be back within two to three weeks but Muhamed Besic (knee) is a long-term absentee.


Liverpool v Hull

Saturday, 3pm, Anfield

Liverpool midfielders Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum are set to return.

The pair were rested for the midweek EFL Cup win over Derby, with striker Daniel Sturridge also sitting that out after missing training with a niggle which could put his place against the Tigers in doubt.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is expected to return, despite summer signing Loris Karius making his competitive debut and keeping a clean sheet against the Rams.

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Hull midfielder Jake Livermore returns to contention following suspension.

Livermore, a makeshift centre-half in the Tigers’ first five league games, missed the midweek EFL Cup win at Stoke due to a one-game ban and caretaker boss Mike Phelan must decide whether to recall him or retain Harry Maguire alongside skipper Curtis Davies.

New signings Ryan Mason, Markus Henriksen, David Marshall, Will Keane, James Weir and Dieumerci Mbokani all started on Wednesday night and will be hoping to make their first league starts.


Middlesbrough v Tottenham

Saturday, 3pm, Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka will welcome back and Jordan Rhodes.

Uruguay international Stuani missed the 3-1 defeat at Everton with a groin problem, while Scotland counterpart Rhodes sat out with a knee injury, but both have returned to training and are available once again.

That means Karanka has only full-back Fabio da Silva (knee) and midfielder Grant Leadbitter (hernia surgery) missing from his squad as he looks to end a run of two successive league defeats.

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Mauricio Pochettino will make a late decision on Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier.

Dembele and Dier are both struggling with hamstring strains and may not be risked while Danny Rose will also be assessed as he nears recovery, also from a hamstring injury.

Harry Kane remains sidelined with an ankle problem meaning Vincent Janssen will be handed his second Premier League start up front.


Stoke v West Brom

Saturday, 3pm, Bet365 Stadium

Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri will undergo a late fitness test.

Shaqiri has not featured since the first game of the season due to a calf injury but has been training this week as he closes in on a return to action.

Forward Jonathan Walters is a doubt after missing the EFL Cup loss to Hull on Wednesday because of an ankle problem.

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Tony Pulis will have an unchanged West Brom squad in what will be the Welshman’s 1,000th game as a manager on Saturday.

James Morrison’s return from injury against West Ham and Hal Robson-Kanu’s inclusion for the first time last weekend means that the only player unavailable to Pulis is Chris Brunt, who is continuing to make his way back from a knee injury.

Pulis has hinted that he might make one or two changes to his starting line-up despite the impressive 4-2 victory over the Hammers with Allan Nyom and Saido Berahino pushing strongly for places, while Craig Gardner and Morrison may also be options.


Sunderland v Crystal Palace

Saturday, 3pm, Stadium of Light

Adnan Januzaj returns to the Sunderland squad after suspension.

The Manchester United loanee is available after sitting out the 2-1 EFL Cup third round victory at QPR in midweek following his red card at Tottenham, and he will be joined by fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell and striker Jermain Defoe following their respective recoveries from groin and calf injuries.

Midfielder Wahbi Khazri has recovered from illness and frontman Victor Anichebe is close to being available as he works his way towards match fitness, but keeper Vito Mannone (elbow), midfielder Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) are still out.

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Crystal Palace are without captain Scott Dann after he suffered a minor hamstring injury in the EFL Cup defeat at Southampton.

He also remains a doubt for next Friday’s match with Everton, but James Tomkins has been passed fit and will replace him alongside Damien Delaney in central defence. Pardew will also name Delaney as captain.

Beyond that, the manager is expected to revert to much of the team that last week defeated Stoke 4-1, instead of retaining those who lost at Southampton.


Swansea v Manchester City

Saturday, 3pm, Liberty Stadium

Record signing Borja Baston could make his first Premier League start for Swansea.

Borja impressed during Wednesday’s 2-1 EFL Cup defeat against City, while Swans boss Franceso Guidolin must also decide whether to involve club captain Leon Britton after the 34-year-old shone in midweek.

Winger Nathan Dyer, meanwhile, has undergone surgery to remove extra bone that had grown on his ankle. He is likely to be sidelined until mid-November.

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Top scorer Sergio Aguero returns for Manchester City after completing his domestic suspension.

Uncertainty remains over the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany with no updates on his condition since leaving the field late in City’s EFL Cup win at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday – the Belgian’s first appearance of the season after a thigh injury.

Playmaker David Silva might return after a muscle injury but midfielder Fabian Delph could still be doubtful.


Arsenal v Chelsea

Saturday, 3pm, 5:30pm

Arsene Wenger will recall a host of first-team regulars.

The Gunners boss made 11 changes for Tuesday night’s EFL Cup win at Nottingham Forest but the likes of Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will return at the Emirates Stadium.

Olivier Giroud (toe) faces a late fitness test while Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson (all knee) are out.

John Terry: Defender injured late on at Swansea

Chelsea will remain without the injured John Terry when they visit rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

The captain and central defender suffered an ankle injury in the recent 2-2 draw with Swansea but, despite optimism that he would, he has not recovered on time.

It is hoped he and fellow central defender Kurt Zouma, who injured his anterior cruciate ligaments, will soon return to training.

Beyond them manager Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad from which to choose, and must decide whether or not to retain Cesc Fabregas against his former team after his two goals at Leicester.


West Ham v Southampton

Sunday, 4pm, London Stadium

West Ham will be without a recognised left-back after Arthur Masuaku joined Aaron Cresswell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Boss Slaven Bilic can welcome back centre-half Winston Reid, however, after he shook off the knock which has kept him out him for a fortnight.

Andy Carroll is progressing well after a knee injury and will be back after the international break. Fellow forwards Andre Ayew (thigh) and Diafra Sakho (back) are still out.

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Southampton will again be without forward Jay Rodriguez because of a groin problem.

Saints manager Claude Puel is expected to recall his first-team regulars after changing the side for the midweek EFL Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Club-record signing Sofiane Boufal continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury, and the Morocco midfielder could make a belated debut after the international break, while right-back Jeremy Pied (knee) is a long-term absentee.



Burnley v Watford

Monday, 8pm, Turf Moor

Burnley will be without striker Andre Gray for the Premier League match at home to Watford on Monday night after he was banned for four matches for comments he made on social media.

The suspension may bring Sam Vokes into contention for a start, with the likes of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Patrick Bamford and Jon Flanagan also angling for promotion from the bench.

Hamstring victim Ashley Barnes is the only notable absentee.

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Watford will be without defender Daryl Janmaat.

The Holland international suffered a shoulder injury in Watford’s impressive 3-1 victory against Manchester United and could be sidelined for six weeks.

Defender Jose Holebas is also an injury doubt, while a number of other players will be evaluated over the coming days to determine their fitness for the trip to Turf Moor.

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