PL team news: Arsenal wait on five; Pogba a big doubt

Date published: Friday 4th November 2016 1:52

PL team news: Nervy wait for Arsenal and Man United

Check out all the team news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, as Arsenal have five worries, while Man Utd’s record signing could miss out.



Bournemouth v Sunderland
Vitality Stadium 3pm

Bournemouth will be without midfielder Andrew Surman because of a hamstring injury for Saturday’s Premier League match against bottom club Sunderland.

Dan Gosling could come in to take Surman’s place, while winger Junior Stanislas has been struggling with a calf problem, so continues to be assessed.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe has confirmed full-back Rhoys Wiggins is set for an operation on his knee following an injury sustained during his first start on loan at Birmingham against Aston Villa.

Sunderland will be without captain John O’Shea for their Premier League game at Bournemouth due to a hamstring injury.

Centre-half O’Shea was forced out of last week’s home defeat to Arsenal shortly before half-time so Papy Djilobodji, who replaced the Irishman, could return to the starting line-up.

Midfielders Sebastian Larsson (knee), Lee Cattermole (back) and Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring), Manchester City loanee Jason Denayer (adductor), goalkeeper Vito Mannone (elbow) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) are all still out.


Burnley v Crystal Palace
Turf Moor, 3pm

Jon Flanagan is poised to make his first Premier League start for Burnley at home to Crystal Palace.

The on-loan Liverpool full-back has made just two substitute appearances to date but Stephen Ward is due to give up his place due to hamstring trouble.

Steven Defour is also ready to step back into midfield after missing the goalless draw at Manchester United and George Boyd is fit to start.

Bakary Sako is an injury doubt for Crystal Palace ahead of the trip to Burnley.

The forward suffered a minor groin strain in training on Thursday and will be assessed.

Loic Remy (thigh), Pape Souare (broken leg) and Jonathan Benteke (knee) remain long-term injury absentees.


Manchester City v Middlesbrough
Riverside Stadium, 3pm

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is a fitness doubt after being substituted with a knock against Barcelona in midweek.

Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany, who were on the bench at West Brom last week, could be recalled.

Middlesbrough will be without in-form Gaston Ramirez for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Manchester City.

Ramirez, who scored a stunning goal in last week’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Riverside Stadium, is suspended.

Boro will be boosted by the return of top scorer Cristhian Stuani and midfielder Marten de Roon, both of whom missed the win over the Cherries, but Dani Ayala remains a major doubt following a recurrence of his ankle injury.


West Ham v Stoke
London Stadium, 3pm

West Ham will be without Winston Reid when they host Stoke at the London Stadium.

The New Zealand defender is suspended after collecting five yellow cards this season, although a hamstring injury would have kept him out anyway.

Strike duo Diafra Sakho (back) and Andy Carroll (knee) should be fit after the international break.

Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Ham at the London Stadium.

Shaqiri came off in the first half of the 3-1 win over Swansea on Monday due to a hamstring problem and his chances of featuring against the Hammers have been rated as “touch and go” by Potters boss Mark Hughes. Fellow winger Marko Arnautovic is suspended having picked up his fifth booking of the season in the Swansea game.

Geoff Cameron (knee) looks set to miss out for a second successive match and Glen Johnson (thigh) definitely remains unavailable.


Chelsea v Everton
Stamford Bridge, 3pm

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hopes to have Cesc Fabregas and Kurt Zouma available for selection after the international break.

Fabregas, who failed to make Spain’s squad for thier game against England, has been suffering with a muscular injury while Zouma (knee) has not featured this season, but both returned to training this week.

Captain John Terry is pushing for his first league start in nearly two months in the late kick-off against Everton on Saturday following an ankle injury.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has recovered from a foot injury ahead of Everton’s Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday, but defender Leighton Baines and midfielder James McCarthy remain unavailable due to hamstring problems.

Striker Arouna Kone (knee) is also not yet ready for action, and midfielder Idrissa Gueye will miss out as he serves a suspension, but forward Enner Valencia can return to the match-day squad after being ineligible last time out against his parent club West Ham.

It remains to be seen whether Toffees boss Ronald Koeman restores captain Phil Jagielka to the team after dropping him to the bench and replacing him in central defence with Ramiro Funes Mori for the 2-0 victory over the Hammers.



Arsenal v Tottenham
Emirates Stadium, 12pm

Five Arsenal players face fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s Premier League north London derby at home to rivals Tottenham.

Theo Walcott (hamstring) is likely to be in contention but doubts remain over Santi Cazorla (Achilles), Nacho Monreal (muscular), Hector Bellerin (unspecified) and Kieran Gibbs, who suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League win over Ludogorets on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Granit Xhaka is available having served a three-game domestic ban after being sent off against Swansea, while Lucas Perez (ankle), Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) are definite absentees.

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be in the squad to face Arsenal in the north London derby on Sunday.

Kane is one of a handful of fitness worries for Spurs, who could also be without Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela this weekend. Moussa Sissoko remains suspended.

Alderweireld and Lamela are both sidelined with leg and hip injuries respectively while a late decision will be made on Dembele, who came off during the defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in midweek with a foot problem.


Hull v Southampton
KCOM Stadium, 2.15pm

Hull could have winger Robert Snodgrass available for their Premier League match with Southampton after he recovered from an ankle injury earlier than expected.

The Scotland international was initially ruled out for up to a month after suffering the injury in late October but returned to training on Friday and could be in contention, with Dieumerci Mbokani available after he recovered from a hamstring injury.

Allan McGregor (back) and Brian Lenihan (knee) have returned to training but this match will come too soon for the pair to return, while Andrew Robertson (calf), Moses Odubajo (fractured kneecap) and Alex Bruce (Achilles) remain sidelined. Adama Diomande misses out through suspension.

Southampton have no fresh injury worries following the Europa League win over Inter Milan as the squad prepare for Sunday’s trip to Hull.

Striker Charlie Austin, defender Ryan Bertrand, midfielders Sofiane Boufal and Steven Davis were all on the bench on Thursday night, so could come back into contention.

Defender Cedric Soares is stepping up his rehabilitation from a foot problem, while striker Shane Long, defender Matt Targett and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy all have hamstring injuries and defender Jeremy Pied remains out following knee surgery.


Liverpool v Watford
Anfield, 2.15pm

Danny Ings will not be part of Liverpool’s squad to face Watford after this week undergoing surgery on a knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

The 24-year-old had only just returned after sustaining cruciate ligament damage in his other knee and was yet to make a Premier League appearance this term.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp otherwise has no other injury issues and he expects James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can to be available despite suffering from bouts of illness this week.

Watford defender Sebastian Prodl is a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League game against in-form Liverpool.

Prodl went off against Hull last weekend with a muscle injury and is unlikely to recover in time, while Craig Cathcart (groin) and Isaac Success (foot) are both out.

A late decision will be made on striker Stefano Okaka, who trained this week after overcoming a hamstring strain.


Swansea v Manchester United
Liberty Stadium, 3pm

Swansea winger Jefferson Montero is in contention for his first Premier League start of the season at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

Montero has not featured since picking up a calf problem in September but has returned to full training this week.

Kyle Naughton has recovered from the illness which forced him off in Monday night’s 3-1 defeat at Stoke, and Stephen Kingsley and Leon Britton are pushing for recalls with new Swansea boss Bob Bradley admitting he is yet to discover his best side.

Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United’s Premier League clash at Swansea, where manager Jose Mourinho will serve a one-match touchline ban.

World-record signing Pogba was forced off 30 minutes into Thursday’s Europa League defeat at Fenerbahce with an apparent thigh injury, with the midfielder to be assessed ahead of a match that Ander Herrera will miss through suspension.

Antonio Valencia (arm) and Eric Bailly (knee) are out, while fellow defender Chris Smalling (foot) is a doubt. Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to be involved, having only just returned to training, but Michael Carrick and Memphis Depay are back in contention after being left out of the squad that travelled to Turkey.


Leicester v West Brom
King Power Stadium, 4.30pm

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will miss Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to West Brom after fracturing a bone in his hand against FC Copenhagen in midweek.

Summer signing Ron-Robert Zieler will get a run in the team as Schmeichel looks likely to be sidelined for between four and six weeks, having undergone surgery.

Striker Islam Slimani is expected to return to the squad after a thigh injury while boss Claudio Ranieri hinted at changes to his starting line-up, with the likes of Andy King, Marc Albrighton, Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki vying for recalls along with Slimani.

West Brom will be without club record signing Nacer Chadli against Premier League champions Leicester on Sunday.

The midfielder has undergone a minor knee operation to remove some cartilage and it is hoped he will be fit again after the two-week international break which follows this weekend’s fixtures.

Striker Saido Berahino will also be absent as he has been sent on a four-day training camp in France to work on his fitness, while defender Jonas Olsson has a slight hamstring strain and is a doubt.

James McClean is suspended after incurring a fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester City last weekend.


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