PL team news: Concerns over key City and Liverpool men, Ibra back

Date published: Friday 25th November 2016 3:42

Check out all the team news ahead of the Premier League weekend, with concerns over the fitness of key Man City and Liverpool men…

Burnley v Manchester City

Saturday 26 November 2016 (12:30)
Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes is pushing for a first league start since April.

Barnes has battled back to fitness after a lengthy lay-off and has impressed in three substitute appearances, putting Sam Vokes at risk up front.

George Boyd’s tireless running could also put him in contention for a recall against City but there are no injuries to contend with.

Sergio Aguero Manchester City

Manchester City will assess striker Sergio Aguero.

Manager Pep Guardiola says the Argentina forward ended the midweek Champions League clash at Borussia Monchengladbach “not injured, but with a little problem in his foot”.

Defender Pablo Zabaleta will also be checked after missing the game in Germany with a knock but captain Vincent Kompany (knee) could be out for up to six weeks. Midfielder Fabian Delph is nearing a return after a groin operation.


Hull City v West Bromwich Albion

Saturday 26 November 2016 (15:00)
KCOM Stadium, Hull

Hull pair Adama Diomande and Andrew Robertson will both return to contention.

Striker Diomande has served a three-game ban, while Scotland international defender Robertson has been sidelined for six weeks due to a calf injury.

Boss Mike Phelan, who has no other new injury or suspension concerns, must decide whether to stick with teenage defender Josh Tymon, who could make his home league debut after starting in last week’s defeat at Sunderland.

Nacer Chadli

Club-record recruit Nacer Chadli could be back in the West Brom squad.

The £13million summer signing from Tottenham has missed the two matches either side of the international break after undergoing minor knee surgery. He has resumed training and Baggies boss Tony Pulis will make a late decision about whether he travels.

Pulis has a couple of unnamed players nursing knocks following Monday’s win over Burnley while goalkeeper Boaz Myhill (ankle) and striker Saido Berahino, who is still considered short of match fitness by Pulis, remain out.


Leicester City v Middlesbrough

Saturday 26 November 2016 (15:00)
King Power Stadium, Leicester

Danny Drinkwater starts his three-game ban for Leicester after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

The England midfielder was punished by the FA after elbowing Valon Behrami, something which was missed by referee Neil Swarbrick at the time, during the Foxes’ 2-1 defeat at Watford last week.

Kasper Schmeichel is also out with a fractured hand and while Nampalys Mendy and Ben Chilwell (both ankle) have returned to training they are not yet fit for the champions. Record £30million signing Islam Slimani is expected to return after a groin injury and Leonardo Ulloa has shrugged off a back problem.

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Middlesbrough will once again be without defender George Friend.

Friend picked up a knee injury in training prior to Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea and is expected to be ruled out for around four weeks.

Brazilian full-back Fabio is expected to keep his place in Friend’s absence while Dani Ayala is still absent with an ankle injury.


Liverpool v Sunderland

Saturday 26 November 2016 (15:00)
Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana remains a doubt.

The England star injured a groin on international duty on November 15 and missed last week’s goalless draw at former club Southampton.

Defender Joe Gomez made his return to competitive action for the Under-23s in midweek after 13 months out with a knee injury but it is too early for him to be considered for first-team selection.

Adam Lallana

Sunderland boss David Moyes will be forced to make changes.

Paddy McNair has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament in last week’s win over Hull, while Papy Djilobodji is suspended after being sent off in the same game.

John O’Shea and Steven Pienaar are in line to return to the starting line-up but Lee Cattermole (hip), Fabio Borini (groin), Sebastian Larsson (knee) and Jan Kirchhoff and Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) are still out.


Swansea City v Crystal Palace

Saturday 26 November 2016 (15:00)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea are without midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.

Ki came off the bench in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Everton, but it is understood that the South Korean international actually broke his toe against Manchester United three weeks ago and now faces a fortnight on the sidelines.

Wingers Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero are both fit after recent injuries, but Bob Bradley is set to name an unchanged side as he attempts to claim his first win in charge of bottom-placed Swansea.

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Crystal Palace have no fresh injury or suspension concerns.

Striker Loic Remy, who has been out with a thigh injury, has suffered a setback after picking up a calf problem during his recovery and will be out for at least two weeks more than originally thought.

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (knee) and defender Pape Souare (broken leg) remain sidelined.


Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday 26 November 2016 (17:30)
Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea captain John Terry is out with a buttock injury.

Terry, 36 next month, has made one start in seven games following an ankle injury and is expected to be out for two to three weeks.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel is to return to training next week following an undisclosed muscular injury.

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be without both his first-choice left backs.

Danny Rose is suspended for the game at Stamford Bridge and Ben Davies is out with an ankle injury, meaning Jan Vertonghen is likely to fill in, with Kevin Wimmer continuing at centre-half.

Erik Lamela remains out with a hip problem while Toby Alderweireld is back in training following his knee injury but will not be ready to play this weekend.


Watford v Stoke City

Sunday 27 November 2016 (12:00)
Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford could be without defender Younes Kaboul.

Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri revealed Kaboul suffered a knock in training and may miss out against the Potters.

Craig Cathcart (groin) and Isaac Success (foot) are longer-term absentees, while Odion Ighalo is likely to be on the bench again having been dropped for last weekend’s win over champions Leicester.

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Stoke will be without influential midfielder Joe Allen.

The Welshman, the Potters’ top scorer this term, is suspended, leaving boss Mark Hughes light in the midfield department given Glenn Whelan (calf) is a doubt and Geoff Cameron (knee) remains out.

Full-back Phil Bardsley (knee) will miss a number of weeks, along with Ibrahim Afellay (knee), though England international goalkeeper Jack Butland (ankle) is close to a comeback.


Arsenal v Bournemouth

Sunday 27 November 2016 (14:15)
Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns.

Manager Arsene Wenger will pick from the same squad that drew 2-2 against Paris St Germain on Wednesday night, although the likes of Theo Walcott, Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be pushing to start.

None of the Gunners’ injured players are fit enough to return with Santi Cazorla (Achilles), Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee), Hector Bellerin and Lucas Perez (both ankle) are all out.

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Bournemouth will be without on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is not eligible to face his parent club.

Goalkeeper Artur Boruc faces a late fitness test on his back problem, so Adam Federici could come in again, while midfielder Andrew Surman has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

Defender Adam Smith returns from a one-match suspension and midfielder Jordon Ibe is expected to be available following illness. Australia defender Brad Smith (foot) and midfielder Lewis Cook (ankle) both continue their rehabilitation.


Manchester United v West Ham United

Sunday 27 November 2016 (16:30)
Old Trafford, Manchester

Man Utd striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return from his domestic ban.

The 35-year-old missed the 1-1 draw with Arsenal having been booked five times but played in the Europa League against Feyenoord on Thursday, when the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Wayne Rooney may have impressed Jose Mourinho sufficiently to keep their spots in the Premier League.

Mourinho, who is expected to recall goalkeeper David de Gea but remains without Eric Bailly (knee) and Chris Smalling (toe), must determine whether Michael Carrick can make a third start in nine days.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

West Ham captain Mark Noble returns from suspension but defender Winston Reid serves a one-match ban.

Midfielder Pedro Obiang is expected to be available despite missing training earlier this week due to an ankle injury.

Long-term absentee Andy Carroll has resumed training after his ankle injury but Reece Oxford, Sam Byram, Gokhan Tore and Arthur Masuaku are still sidelined.


Southampton v Everton

Sunday 27 November 2016 (16:30)
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Dusan Tadic is not expected to be available as the Serbian midfielder continues his recovery from a broken nose.

Defender Jose Fonte will be assessed on a foot problem, with manager Claude Puel hopeful the captain will be fit having not travelled for Thursday’s Europa League defeat at Sparta Prague.

Forward Charlie Austin, full-back Ryan Bertrand, midfielders Oriol Romeu and Steve Davis should all be recalled, but Matt Targett continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury.

Dusan Tadic Southampton

Everton have no new injury problems.

Manager Ronald Koeman also has midfielder Gareth Barry back from suspension and could face a few selection dilemmas.

Only long-term absentees Muhamed Besic (knee) and Matthew Pennington (hamstring) are on the sidelines.

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