PL Team News: Arsenal triple worry; key West Ham return?

Date published: Friday 28th October 2016 12:15 - Rob Conlon

Check out all the team news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, as Arsenal have three worries, while West Ham’s record signing could make his full comeback.



Sunderland v Arsenal
Stadium of Light, 12:30pm

Sunderland boss David Moyes will make late decisions on Adnan Januzaj and Jason Denayer ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Winger Januzaj (ankle ligaments) and defender Denayer (adductor) are both back in training, but the game might come too soon with the Manchester United loanee the more likely to make it.

Midfielder Lee Cattermole is back running as he attempts to shake off a back problem, but he remains a doubt, while keeper Vito Mannone (fractured elbow), midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) are still out.

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Arsenal are set to be without Lucas Perez for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Sunderland after he was ruled out for up to two months with an ankle injury.

The Spaniard was forced off in the EFL Cup win over Reading and faces a spell on the sidelines along with long-term absentees Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee).

Granit Xhaka is still banned and Theo Walcott (hamstring), Nacho Monreal (muscular) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) all face late fitness tests to be in contention at the Stadium of Light, although Aaron Ramsey could be back after recovering from a hamstring injury.


Manchester United v Burnley
Old Trafford, 3pm

Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley.

The duo missed Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie against Manchester City, as did forward Anthony Martial, and could return at Old Trafford.

United defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones miss out through knee issues, but Jose Mourinho confirmed Henrikh Mkhitaryan is fit and available for selection.

Andre Gray

Burnley welcome striker Andre Gray back into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.

Gray served a four-game ban after historic offensive social media posts came to light, but he is now vying for a recall.

There will be a late decision on Steven Defour (hamstring) but George Boyd and Stephen Ward are expected to be fit.


Middlesbrough v Bournemouth
Riverside Stadium, 3pm

Defender Calum Chambers will return to the Middlesbrough squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth at the Riverside Stadium.

Chambers was ineligible for last weekend’s 0-0 draw at parent club Arsenal under the terms of his loan agreement, but is in contention once again as head coach Aitor Karanka reaches 150 games in charge on Teesside.

Only midfielder Grant Leadbitter remains on the casualty list as he works his way back from hernia surgery, but he has been pencilled in for a return to action with the club’s under-23s after making good progress.

Calum Chambers

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will check on the fitness of Junior Stanislas before his squad travel to Middlesbrough.

Stanislas, so impressive against Hull earlier this month, missed last weekend’s goalless home draw with Tottenham due to a calf injury but Howe hopes the forward will be back in contention and available at the Riverside.

Midfielder Andrew Surman was another absentee against Spurs but he has recovered from a bout of illness and rejoins the group.


Tottenham v Leicester
White Hart Lane, 3pm

Tottenham will once again be without Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes striker Kane and defender Alderweireld could both make returns from knee problems for the north London derby at Arsenal on November 6.

Pochettino looks set to make several changes for the White Hart Lane visit of champions Leicester, following Tuesday’s EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool, though Moussa Sissoko remains suspended.

Nampalys Mendy Leicester

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri should have an unchanged group of players to choose from for the trip to Tottenham.

The champions head to White Hart Lane on Saturday without both Nampalys Mendy and Ben Chilwell. Midfielder Mendy has not featured since injuring his ankle on his Premier League debut against Arsenal in August, while Chilwell picked up a muscle strain on international duty with the England Under-21 side earlier this month.

Fellow defender Yohan Benalouane is nearing full fitness after getting some valuable minutes under his belt for the development squad in recent weeks.


Watford v Hull City
Vicarage Road, 3pm

Daryl Janmaat is likely to return to the Watford side when they host Hull in the Premier League on Saturday.

The defender has been missing with a shoulder problem but manager Walter Mazzarri expects the Holland international to at least make the bench for the clash with the struggling Tigers.

Record signing Isaac Success is absent once again as he struggles for match fitness and Craig Cathcart (groin) also misses out.

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Hull will be without suspended striker Adama Diomande for their Premier League game at Watford after opting not to appeal against his charge of violent conduct.

Diomande allegedly struck Bristol City midfielder Marlon Pack in the closing stages of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup win at Bristol City and will start a three-game ban.

The Tigers are already without Robert Snodgrass (ankle), Dieumerci Mbokani (hamstring) and Andrew Robertson (calf), while Moses Odubajo (fractured patella) and Alex Bruce (Achilles), plus goalkeeper Allan McGregor (back) remain sidelined.


West Brom v Manchester City
The Hawthorns, 3pm

Jonny Evans will return from suspension for West Brom against Manchester City.

The defender missed last week’s 2-1 defeat at Liverpool but Claudio Yacob is banned after collecting five yellow cards this season.

Boss Tony Pulis agreed a one-year contract extension at the club on Friday and still will not select Saido Berahino as the striker continues to regain fitness after being ruled overweight by the club.

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Manchester City will give fitness tests to Kevin De Bruyne and Pablo Zabaleta ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Brom.

Playmaker De Bruyne suffered a calf injury in last weekend’s draw against Southampton while defender Zabaleta has missed the last two games after needing stitches to repair a foot injury.

Captain Vincent Kompany is in contention despite being withdrawn at half-time at Manchester United in midweek due to tiredness but right-back Bacary Sagna (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (muscle) remain on the sidelines.


Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Selhurst Park, 5:30pm

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has a doubt over Jason Puncheon ahead of the Premier League game against Liverpool on Saturday.

The 30-year-old midfielder missed the Eagles’ 3-1 defeat to Leicester last weekend due to a calf strain but trained with the squad on Friday.

Captain Scott Dann is expected to regain his place in the starting XI after overcoming a hamstring injury, but Loic Remy (thigh strain), Pape Souare (broken leg) and Jonathan Benteke (knee) remain long-term injury absentees.

Sadio Mane Christian Benteke

James Milner is a doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The left-back missed Tuesday’s EFL Cup game through illness and manager Jurgen Klopp is waiting to see whether he will have recovered in time.

Captain Jordan Henderson returns from suspension while Klopp is hoping to arrange a match for defender Joe Gomez after the international break as he steps up his return from a long-term knee injury.


Everton v West Ham
Goodison Park, 1:30pm

Leighton Baines and James McCarthy will both miss Everton’s Premier League home clash with West Ham on Sunday.

Full-back Baines has not been involved for five games due to a hamstring problem, while midfielder McCarthy, who sat out last Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Burnley, has recently developed a similar issue.

Forward Enner Valencia, who is on loan at Everton from West Ham, is ineligible against his parent club.

Andre Ayew

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic must decide whether Andre Ayew is fit enough to start against Everton on Sunday.

The £20.5million summer signing from Swansea made his comeback as a substitute against Chelsea in midweek after recovering from the thigh injury he sustained on the opening day of the season.

Arthur Masuaku, Sam Byram, Gokhan Tore, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are still out through injury.


Southampton v Chelsea
St Mary’s, 4pm

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand could return from a hamstring injury for the visit of his former club Chelsea.

But Jay Rodriguez is a doubt after going off following a clash of heads during Wednesday’s EFL Cup win over Sunderland and fellow striker Shane Long is still out with a hamstring problem.

Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Steven Davis and Charlie Austin will be among the players who return after being rested against the Black Cats.

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Captain John Terry could return to the substitutes’ bench when Chelsea play in the Premier League at Southampton on Sunday.

Terry made his first start in more than six weeks following an ankle injury as the Blues made seven changes for Wednesday’s EFL Cup loss at West Ham, but Antonio Conte is likely to recall many of the players involved in last Sunday’s comprehensive win over Manchester United.

Defender Branislav is available, but Kurt Zouma is nearing a return from his long-term knee injury, while playmaker Cesc Fabregas (thigh) remains out.


Stoke City v Swansea City, 8pm

Stoke are waiting on the fitness of Geoff Cameron ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with Swansea.

The American hyperextended his knee during the victory over Hull, while full-back Phil Bardsley is also a doubt following the death of his grandfather on Tuesday.

Glen Johnson (thigh) and Jack Butland (ankle) remain sidelined but there was some good news for the Potters this week with Ibrahim Afellay (knee) back at the club and on course to return before Christmas.


Jefferson Montero has an outside chance of making Swansea’s Premier League trip to Stoke on Monday.

The Ecuador winger is back in training after six weeks out with a calf problem and could be included among the Swansea substitutes in the Potteries.

Fernando Llorente is fit to start after making his return from rib and knee injuries from the bench in last weekend’s goalless home draw with Watford.

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