Premier League team news: Man Utd pair banned, Stones’ City debut

Date published: Friday 12th August 2016 3:48 - Ian Watson

All the latest Premier League team news and injury concerns ahead of the opening weekend, with two Man Utd stars suspended but John Stones will make his Man City debut.


Hull v Leicester

KC Stadium, 12:45pm

Caretaker manager Mike Phelan has just 13 fit senior players to chose from ahead of the Tigers’ season-opener against Leicester at the KCOM Stadium.

Allan McGregor (back), Alex Bruce (Achilles), Moses Odubajo (knee) and Michael Dawson (knee) are all on the long-term injury list while Harry Maguire is a couple of weeks away from full fitness.

Jake Livermore is set to be asked to step in alongside Curtis Davies in central defence while winger Shaun Maloney has been passed fit.

Robert Huth Leicester

Champions Leicester start the defence of their Premier League title without the suspended Robert Huth.

The defender is banned after his three-match sanction for tangling with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini at the end of last season.

Matty James is available after missing the whole of last season’s title-winning campaign with a knee injury while record signing Ahmed Musa could make his debut after joining from CSKA Moscow for £16million. New boys Luis Hernandez, Bartosz Kapustka, Ron-Robert Zieler and Papy Mendy are also in the squad but Ritchie de Laet and Gokhan Inler will not be included having been told they can find new clubs.


Burnley v Swansea

Turf Moor, 3pm

Jon Flanagan will not be able to make his Burnley debut when last season’s Sky Bet Championship winners kick off their Premier League campaign.

The Liverpool loanee barely featured in pre-season for his parent club prior to his switch and Clarets boss Sean Dyche wants to see his conditioning improve before he thrusts him into action.

One full-back who may feature is Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward (hamstring) though striker Ashley Barnes, who is suffering from a similar problem, is unlikely to play in a game which could see Icelander Johann Berg Gudmundsson make his senior bow.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Set to sign new Swans deal

Record signing Borja Baston must wait for his Swansea debut.

Borja completed a club record £15.5million move from Atletico Madrid on Thursday, but Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin will not integrate the 23-year-old Spaniard into his squad until next week.

Gylfi Sigurdsson will be among the substitutes even though he has only just returned to training following Iceland’s summer exploits, while Wales defender Neil Taylor is not included as he builds up fitness after his post-Euro 2016 break.


Crystal Palace v West Brom

Selhurst Park, 3pm

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has insisted Yannick Bolasie will be included in the squad to face West Brom, saying the forward is in condition to play despite reports linking him with a transfer to Everton.

Of the south London club’s new signings, only Andros Townsend is expected to start in Saturday’s Premier League opener.

James Tomkins has a hamstring problem, while Saturday may prove too soon for Steve Mandanda – the goalkeeper made a late start to pre-season because of his involvement in France’s run to the final of Euro 2016.

Saido Berahino West Brom

West Brom boss Tony Pulis still has Saido Berahino available despite bids from Palace and Stoke being on the table.

James Morrison is still troubled by the hamstring injury he suffered in January which ruled him out for the end of last season while Chris Brunt is closing in on a recover from a serious knee injury, having missed Euro 2016, but is not yet fit.

Matty Phillips could make his West Brom debut after signing from QPR for £5.5million this summer but he remains the Baggies’ only summer signing so far.


Everton v Tottenham

Goodison Park, 3pm

New signing Ashley Williams is set to sit out Ronald Koeman’s first competitive game as Everton boss.

Koeman has said ahead of the Premier League campaign-opener that centre-back Williams, brought in from Swansea on Wednesday, will not be ready to make his debut for at least another week due to a late start to pre-season, and claims the Toffees in general are only on “70 per cent” of the fitness he wants.

Full-back Seamus Coleman (ankle) and striker Romelu Lukaku (heel) are doubts, but skipper Phil Jagielka is available to start in central defence after overcoming a hamstring problem, and two summer recruits are poised to make their bows in goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

Victor Wanyama Tottenham

Victor Wanyama is set to make his Tottenham debut.

Wanyama, who joined Spurs from Southampton this summer, is likely to start at Goodison Park as fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele remains suspended.

Jan Vertonghen is also in contention. The central defender has recovered from an ankle injury sustained at Euro 2016.


Middlesbrough v Stoke

The Riverside Stadium, 3pm

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has no fresh injury problems as he prepares to send out his team for the first time in the Premier League.

Defenders Dani Ayala, who has recovered from a troublesome ankle injury, and Bernardo Espinosa have returned to training after minor knocks and are available.

That leaves only midfielder Grant Leadbitter (hernia surgery) and full-back James Husband (dislocated shoulder) missing for promoted Boro.

Glen Johnson Stoke

Glen Johnson is doubtful for Stoke with a quadriceps injury.

Wales midfielder Joe Allen, the £13million summer signing from Liverpool, is in contention to make his debut while striker Marko Arnautovic (hamstring) and midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (leg) have been passed fit.

Forward Jon Walters is available after being eased through pre-season but midfielders Stephen Ireland (broken leg) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee) are long-term absentees.


Southampton v Watford

St Mary’s, 3pm

Southampton boss Claude Puel will be without Ryan Bertrand for his first Premier League game as his side face Watford at St Mary’s.

The 27-year-old left-back picked up a knee injury in training following his return from Euro 2016 with England.

Jose Fonte and Cedric Soares are doubts despite rejoining training but Virgil van Dijk has recovered from a knock.

Jose Fonte Southampton

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri will be without new signings Isaac Success and Brice Dja Djedje.

Djedje, a defender from Marseille, and striker Success, a record signing from Grenada, are struggling with foot and leg injuries respectively.

Valon Behrami and Adlene Guedioura are also doubts as they recover from recent injuries, but Craig Cathcart is expected to play despite a back issue.


Manchester City v Sunderland

The Etihad Stadium, 5:30pm

New signing John Stones is likely to go straight into the Manchester City side.

Fellow centre-back Nicolas Otamendi requires a fitness test after a tendon problem while captain Vincent Kompany (thigh) is sidelined and Eliaquim Mangala has lacked match fitness after his late return to training following Euro 2016.

Two other summer signings in Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and Leroy Sane (hamstring) are injured but striker Nolito and midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko could make debuts.

during the 2016 International Champions Cup match between Manchester City and Manchester United at National Stadium on July 24, 2016 in Beijing, China.

New signings Adnan Januzaj, Paddy McNair and Donald Love will go straight into the Sunderland squad.

Midfielder Januzaj, who completed a season-long loan move on Friday, will be joined in the travelling party by permanent signings McNair and Love, who are both defenders, although manager David Moyes has a decision to make over wantaway centre-half Lamine Kone.

However, the Scot will definitely be without Seb Larsson, who is facing up to six months on the sidelines following knee ligament surgery, while fellow midfielders Lee Cattermole (groin) and Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring) and full-back Billy Jones (hip) are also out.



Bournemouth v Manchester United

Dean Court, 1:30pm

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will be without winger Junior Stanislas due to a hernia.

Tyrone Mings, who was ruled out of last season in his debut due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, is back in training and Howe is hopeful he could make an appearance in September.

The Cherries boss hinted that there are a “couple of niggles” in the squad but he believes they will not be a worry on Sunday.

Jesse Lingard Manchester United

Manchester United will be without suspended duo Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling for their trip to Bournemouth.

The Red Devils only found out on Wednesday that their £89million world record signing Pogba would be carrying a one-game ban over from the Coppa Italia final with Juventus.

Smalling is also banned following his sending off in the FA Cup final, but debuts are expected for Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Jesse Lingard is expected to recover from a knock he sustained in the Community Shield.


Arsenal v Liverpool

The Emirates, 4pm

Arsene Wenger faces a defensive shortage when Arsenal start their Premier League season.

Per Mertesacker (knee) and Gabriel (ankle) are missing while Laurent Koscielny has not played in pre-season after reaching the final of Euro 2016 with France.

Fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud is also likely to be missing while Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson (both knee) are also sidelined.

Olivier Giroud Arsenal

Liverpool may be without Daniel Sturridge and James Milner because of respective hip and heel injuries.

There could be debuts for Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip.



Chelsea v West Ham

Stamford Bridge, 8pm

Chelsea‘s Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante are standing by for their Premier League debuts in Monday’s season-opener against West Ham.

Marseille recruit Batshuayi and Leicester signing Kante are expected to be among the stars on show as new boss Antonio Conte leads the Blues into the new campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Kurt Zouma continues to be sidelined with long-term knee trouble, but Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns elsewhere.

Slaven Bilic: Close to bringing in two new signings

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has a number of decisions to make in regards to his team for Monday night’s Premier League opener at Chelsea.

He has already confirmed Dimitri Payet will not be fit to play the whole game after returning back to pre-season following his Euro 2016 exploits with France, while new signings Andre Ayew and Arthur Masuaku also need to prove their fitness if they are to make their debuts.

Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini (both knee) are definitely out but former Chelsea youngster Gokhan Tore (knee) is back in training.


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