(£6.7m) is expected back in training next week, while Mesut Ozil (£8.0m) could be available for the Gunners this weekend. Unai Emery said, “I’ve spoken to him because I want consistency. He’s had some injuries and these injuries mean that sometimes he is okay and sometimes he isn’t okay. I want every player to give the same work every day, to be okay for every match. With Mesut it’s the same. He didn’t play the last matches but to me he’s just like any other player. This Saturday he can be with us if he’s okay. He’s training consistently with his work over the past two weeks and I think he can be [ready for GW23].”
On facing London rivals Chelsea, Emery added: “[Chelsea are] a very organised team with very important players. It will be difficult but I believe in our spirit, our quality, our organisation when we are playing at home with our supporters. It will be a tough match but if we play with a big performance, with organisation, I think we can win. It’s difficult and it’s also a test because we can be who we are. Between the beginning of the season when we played them and now, the 23rd game of the season, we are going to play them again. It’s a good moment and a very good test.”
With Aaron Ramsey
(£7.2m) being used sparingly, Alex Iwobi
(£5.4m) may start in attacking midfield again. Lucas Torreira (£4.9m) might expect to make Emery’s XI ahead of Matteo Guendouzi (£4.4m), though both midfielders could begin the game alongside Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) if the Spanish boss wants more protection in midfield. That 3-5-2 system could see Iwobi or Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) - who has only made one start against a top-six side this season - drop out. Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) could be ready to begin the match against the Blues after making his comeback from injury in the 1-0 loss to West Ham last weekend.
A late decision is set to be made on the availability of Callum Wilson (£6.5m) with Eddie Howe saying that the striker's hamstring injury was a "little bit more serious than the club initially thought” before going on to add that the player “is a quick healer and has been working hard, so we’ll wait and see.” If the English international doesn’t make the squad, expect Howe to play the same front combination as last week, where David Brooks (£5.1m) played in behind Joshua King (£6.1m).
Other than the news about Wilson, Howe has no new injury concerns with both Simon Francis (£4.3m) and Lewis Cook (£4.7m) still the only major long-term casualties. New signing Dominic Solanke (£4.7m) is not expected to feature until next month: "Dominic will miss most of January. He's got a bit of a hamstring issue so it will be more February before we're likely to see him in action."
At his press conference on Thursday, Chris Hughton said, “Bernardo (£4.2m) and Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) will miss the weekend. If Yves Bissouma (£4.6m) trains tomorrow then he'll be available for the game, but we'll know more then.”
(£6.7m), who gave away the penalty that saw Brighton lose 1-0 to Liverpool in GW22, could be under threat for a start if Bissouma is passed fit. Beram Kayal (£4.4m) is a further midfield option. Florin Andone (£5.0m) will continue to challenge Glenn Murray (£6.3m) for the striker’s role in Hughton’s XI. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.7m) and Mat Ryan (£4.4m) remain on international duty.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.6m) is doubtful
for GW23, while Nick Pope (£4.8m) is not yet match-fit. Jeff Hendrick
(£5.2m) looks set to continue in wide midfield after being the orchestrator of Fulham’s two own goals in Burnley's 2-1 win last Saturday. Robbie Brady (£5.4m) serves the final game of a three-match ban.
The club have today (Friday 18th Jan) confirmed the loan signing of Senegal international Oumar Niasse (£5.0m) from Everton until the end of the season. The forward is unlikely to be available for the match this weekend against Newcastle but will no doubt start pushing for minutes in the near future, a situation that may jeopardise the fantasy appeal of current ‘out of position forward’ Callum Paterson (£5.1m). Another striker that could further muddy the Cardiff striking waters is Emiliano Sala (not in FPL) who is due to have a medical.
On the injury front Warnock has concerns over three of his players: “I would like to tell you but I’m not 100 per cent sure about anything at the minute. There’s three lads having fitness tests, I know that.” Following the game against Huddersfield Victor Camarasa (£4.6m) and Paterson were struggling with muscle injuries after Huddersfield. The pair may not be risked depending on who else is available. Joe Ralls (£4.6m) will be looking for a recall to the starting XI if Camarasa is out. Bobby Reid
(£5.2m) could replace Paterson up top.
Sean Morrison (£4.7m) is a major doubt for the weekend with Warnock stating, “I don’t think (Morrison will play tomorrow), but if there’s any doubt I won’t play him anyway. We can’t gamble on anyone.” With Morrison likely to miss out Bruno Ecuele-Manga (£4.4m) could move across to centre-half, then, with Lee Peltier (£3.9m) brought in at right-back.
Chelsea have a nearly fully fit squad to choose from for the upcoming London derby against Arsenal. Only midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) is out with a back injury.
On the availability of Alvaro Morata (£8.4m), who has been linked with a move away form Chelsea during the January transfer window, Sarri has said, “I don’t know if he will play, he is training with us of course. It is normal. It is a difficult moment; it is normal for a player in January to be involved in a market. He is available.”
Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) is another option but Sarri wasn’t exactly glowing in his assessment of the French forwards chance to start: “I don’t know, we have to decide. I think Giroud in the first six months played often, we need our team to be balanced on the pitch.” Given the news on Giroud and Morata, Eden Hazard (£11.1m) is a good bet to start in the false nine position again.
Third choice goalkeeper Julian Speroni
(£3.9m) is set to don the gloves this weekend with both Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) and Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) still recovering from knocks picked up last time out. On the matter Hodgson stated,: "Both goalkeepers are out. There aren't any other injuries to report. We haven't got a timescale but they are working hard. We are fortunate that we have a goalkeeper of Speroni's quality and experience."
Other than the keeper crisis and Pape Souaré
(£4.2m), who is out for a number of weeks following a dislocated shoulder, Hodgson has a fully fit squad to choose from. Expect Christian Benteke (£6.3m) to get some minutes from the bench as he continues his return to full fitness.
Asked about the positioning of Richarlison (£6.9m), Marco Silva said, “Like you know, Richarlison can play out wide or as a striker. I know every three or four matches if he doesn't score, the same conversation will come again. He feels as comfortable in that position [striker] as he feels out wide.” If the Brazilian is moved to the wing, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m) could earn a start, while Ademola Lookman (£5.1m) may continue in Silva’s XI if Richarlison remains up front.
(£4.3m), who has managed 53 minutes all season, is Everton’s only unavailable player.
Ranieri has confirmed that Fulham have “no new injuries” ahead of the weekend clash against Tottenham. Alfie Mawson
(£4.8m) is set to miss out once again with a knee injury, while Zambo Anguissa (£4.4m) remains a doubt.
New signing Ryan Babel (£5.5m) has a chance to make his debut at the weekend: “I hope he can bring his experience and strength, some goals because we need goals and of course I hope he can adapt to our football as soon as possible. He’s not 100% and I have to choose on Sunday.”
Mark Hudson will take charge of Huddersfield for the first time this weekend following the shock departure of David Wagner on Monday evening. Hudson will be given a baptism of fire as the Terriers host Manchester City in the early Sunday kick-off.
The interim boss has reported no new injury concerns for the Terriers so Danny Williams (£4.5m), Abdelhamid Sabiri (£4.3m) and Aaron Mooy (£5.1m) remain the trio in the treatment room.
The visit of the Champions may see Huddersfield take a more defensive approach. Terence Kongolo (£4.3m) will be looking for a recall at left-back, while Chris Lowe (£4.4m) may be positioned ahead of him in to give Town some added protection down the left hand side. On the right side expect to see Florent Hadergjonaj (£4.3m) at right back with Jason Puncheon (£4.2m) stationed ahead of him.
(£4.8m) could return to the Foxes’ matchday 18 this weekend. Claude Puel said, “Jonny Evans can come back in the squad. It was not a serious injury and I think he will be in the squad on Saturday.” The French manager has no other injury concerns, with Daniel Amartey
(£4.3m) a long-term absentee.
Having been beaten 2-1 by a ten-man Southampton in GW22, Puel could be tempted to alter his starting line-up. Ricardo Pereira (£5.3m) has been a potent attacking weapon for the Foxes in recent gameweeks and could move further up the pitch, while Demarai Gray (£5.4m) is one of several Leicester attackers that will be pushing for inclusion.
Jürgen Klopp has given an injury update on his squad. Despite reports that had ruled Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) out for a number of weeks, Klopp has stated that both he, and Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m), have a chance of playing this weekend: “For both, it will be really, really close for tomorrow. I don’t want to close any doors before anybody tells me I have to.” Should Alexander-Arnold be unavailable, James Milner (£5.6m) could come in at right back, while club captain Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) will be hoping to keep his place in the middle of the park.
Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) has definitely been ruled out of the match against Palace but Klopp is “pretty sure he can be involved again against Leicester (GW24).” Joe Gomez
(£4.9m) is even further away with Klopp stating he hopes his return “will be quick from now on but don’t know exactly.”
Both Adam Lallana (£6.9m) and Joel Matip (£4.9m) have returned to full training. Of the two Matip is the most likely to step straight into the starting XI at the heart of the back four.
The City boss has given an update on Benjamin Mendy’s
(£6.2m) recovery saying, “Mendy is not ready for this weekend, but he is closer. He has had a third or fourth training session with the team and it’s going well, but now it’s time to get him back in the best condition."
With Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) hitting form and Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) fit again following injury, Pep has been asked on a potential selection headache when it comes to picking between the two. His response to this: “No problem. We’re going to play one of them or both of them - no problem at all. Everybody is going to play. We have a lot of games.” Sadly there was no indication on who might play this weekend.
Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) is another that will be pushing for a start as he continues his path to full fitness following injury. If Pep does decide to start the Belgian midfielder any one of David Silva (£8.5m), Bernardo Silva (£7.6m), Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) or Leroy Sane (£9.6m) could be at risk of being rotated out.
With no new injury news, Solskjaer is expected to name the same starting XI that brought him victory last time out, as the Norwegian looks to make it seven on the spin against Brighton. The United boss isn’t getting carried away though and challenged Paul Pogba’s (£8.6m) concern of overconfidence stating, “Overconfident? No you cannot be too confident, it’s complacency, it’s the other side of it, I want players to be confident but not complacent and take their foot off the pedal because that’s a big difference for me. Take people on, running passing forward getting the crowd with them because that’s what it’s about.”
On the injury front Solskjaer is hopeful to have Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) available for the clash against Brighton with the Chilean having trained all week. The United boss did however confirm that Marouane Fellaini (£4.8m) is out injured: “He’ll probably be at least three or four weeks, he’s got a calf problem and that’s sad.”
At the back, United’s defence are starting to return to a full complement with the return of Eric Bailly (£5.0m) from suspension. Marcos Rojo (£4.9m) and Chris Smalling (£5.6m) remain sidelined but both have resumed light training this week.
Rafa Benitez has confirmed that both Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m) and Paul Dummett (£4.4m) have fallen short in their bid to play in the clash against Cardiff City this weekend. The Newcastle manager was clear when asked about the duos availability: “Shelvey and Dummett are still unavailable.”
There was better news for the likes of Jamaal Lascelles (£4.7m), Ciaran Clark
(£4.5m), Fabian Schär (£4.6m), Mohamed Diamé (£4.8m) and Isaac Hayden (£4.3m): “We have to assess some players because we have a lot of knocks. I am optimistic. We have the same problems we had, but I am quite optimistic with Clark, Hayden, Lascelles, Diame & Schar that they will be available.”
Sean Longstaff (£4.5m) has impressed lately with Newcastle and Benitez blocking a loan move for him as they continue to evaluate whether he’ll be of use to them for the remainder of the season: “We had a lot of teams asking to take Longstaff on loan this month. I told them to wait. He has had opportunities because of injuries. He is working so hard and is learning. He is doing well.”
Danny Ings (£5.5m) is back in contention for the Saints. Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “We have to find out who are the players who can be physically so strong that they can play again from the beginning, and we have the chance to bring a few new fresh players in, because we have a few suspended players coming back and Danny Ings's injury is gone, so he can train twice this week. He showed that he's a guy who can score important goals for us. He is back after a small hamstring problem and it doesn't seem that he cannot play 90 minutes on Saturday, so we have to think about it. We have a few options and we have to look in what direction it goes.”
(£5.5m) and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
(£4.4m) return from suspension, while Yan Valery (£4.0m) served his one-game ban in Southampton’s FA Cup third round defeat to Derby on Wednesday. The Saints lost that tie on penalties following extra-time, with Hasenhuttl set to bring in some fresher players for Everton’s visit. The Austrian added: “Michael Obafemi (£5.0m) is still not in training so he is out. A few guys are in training but are still having pain so we have to be careful not to push them too much to their limits. For example, Mario Lemina (£4.8m) still has problems with his stomach and I wanted Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) to play yesterday but it was too early for him because he still has pain. The good thing is we have players like Sam Gallagher (£4.5m forward) who has come back from his injury and I think he had a good game last night [against Derby]. He showed he can be an option for us in front. All the suspended players are coming back like Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Chaz Austin and Yan Valery, who can all play on Saturday which is a good thing. I think we really need fresh players on Saturday because we played 120 minutes, which is tough to go for a lot of them. I can’t make a change or rotate in every position because it is not possible due to the injuries we have, but we will have a look. It depends how physically strong every player is and I have a few very strong players and a few who are not so far in their development. That’s why I have to have a good eye on the guys today and tomorrow to see how they feel and how fresh they are.”
Harry Kane’s (£12.5m) injury has been well documented with the striker expected to miss the next six weeks with ankle ligament damage. The timing of the injury couldn’t be worse given Heung-Min Son (£8.7m) has just left for the Asian Cup. Spurs will be hoping Fernando Llorente (£5.6m) can step up in the pair’s absence. On Llorente starting Pochetinno has said, “I think it’s normal that we are thinking to give him the possibility to start on Sunday. Of course it’s in my mind. I’ve still not decided the starting XI, but it’s one of the possibilities that we have in mind.”
Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) is set to join Kane in the treatment room with the midfielder being ruled out for the next two weeks following a groin strain. In better newsEric Dier (£4.7m) is available again with the midfielder having returned to full training following his bout of appendicitis. Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) has also begun his reintegration into first team training.
With Kane, Son and Lucas Moura (£6.8m) missing, Erik Lamela (£6.1m) is in line to get his first start in six.
Will Hughes (£4.9m) is set to miss the Hornets’ home clash with Burnley after suffering concussion last weekend. Javi Gracia said on Thursday: “We'll see what happens with Will because after the last game, he is not training. We need to wait and see his evolution, but it's difficult in this moment. He is not training in this moment, but maybe we will see with a good evolution in the next days. But playing in two days’ time, I am not optimistic.” Ken Sema (£4.6m) replaced the Englishman at Selhurst Park and could make an immediate return to the Watford starting XI.
On availability, Gracia added: “[Christian Kabasele (£4.4m) and Andre Gray (£5.9m)] have both trained very well all this week and they are ready.”
(£6.1m) is back in training for the Hammers. Manuel Pellegrini said, “Javier Hernandez has been working with the squad from Wednesday. Unfortunately for him, he has had two long injuries this season, of about five weeks each time, but he will continue to be an important player for us. The other injured players are continuing with their injuries, and all the others are continuing to be fit.”
(£6.9m) is also in first-team training amid rumours of an exit from the club. On the striker, the West Ham boss added: “Marko is working with the team without any problem.” UPDATE: It has been widely reported that Arnautovic has been dropped for the match against Bournemouth.
On Samir Nasri
(£5.5m), who notched an assist on his West Ham league debut in GW22, Pellegrini stated: “What I said when I gave him the chance to work with us, at the beginning of December, I told him he is a player with a lot of quality. In a way, he wants to return to being the decisive player he was with me at Manchester City. I don’t think his quality has ever been in doubt.”
Wolves will be without Willy Boly (£4.6m) for the visit of Leicester following his red card last time out against Manchester City. The defender will be sorely missed having played every minute of every EPL match up to his red card. Romain Saïss (£4.2m) is most likely to step in for Boly.