Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) missed the trip to Wolves midweek after undergoing a small procedure on a sinus. The club report that the forward is being assessed ahead of Sunday’s clash at Leicester. Aaron Ramsey (£7.1m) and Denis Suarez (£5.7m) are ruled out of GW36. On Aubameyang, Unai Emery said: “He trained today [Friday]. If he can train tomorrow, we can think he is ready for Sunday. If tomorrow he can train normally, it is a possibility [for him to start].”
Sead Kolasinac (£5.0m) could return to Emery’s XI after dropping out on Wednesday, either in a back four or at left wing-back. The latter system may be preferred after the Gunners, using a 4-2-3-1 formation, shipped three first-half goals to Wolves. Matteo Guendouzi (£4.4m) will be pushing for a place in midfield, while Eddie Nketiah (£5.0m) impressed off the bench at Molineux.
Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) is set for a long spell on the sidelines, while Adam Smith (£4.3m) has been ruled out of GW36. Eddie Howe said: “The long-term injuries are the same as before but we can now add to that list Junior Stanislas, who went under the knife yesterday and will be out for around three to four months. That’s a big blow for him and a big blow for us, but he’ll come back stronger. Adam will definitely be missing tomorrow, we’ll have to see if he’s back before the end of the season, but we’re hopeful he’s not someone with a long-term injury.” Jack Simpson (£3.9m) could earn a start at right-back if Nathaniel Clyne (£4.4m) is ruled out with a hamstring issue.
Anthony Knockaert(£5.2m) returns from suspension for the Seagulls. Both the Frenchman and Solly March (£4.7m) will be pushing for starts on the wing, along with Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m). Bruno (£4.4m) and Gaetan Bong (£4.4m) are the alternatives at full-back, though the former was not part of Brighton's matchday squad on Tuesday. Chris Hughton
confirmed that Davy Propper
(£4.8m) will miss out in GW36 with a hamstring injury.
Phil Bardsley (£4.2m) comes back into contention for the Clarets, while Peter Crouch (£4.4m) and Aaron Lennon
(£4.9m) remain out.
On injury news, Neil Warnock said: “Joe Ralls (£4.6m) is out for the season. Tear in his hamstring. Harry Arter
(£4.9m), we’re still unsure, injury wise. And Scott Parker is his brother-in-law, so we’ve not allowed Harry to watch training all week!” If Arter is not passed fit, Victor Camarasa (£4.4m) could slot into central midfield with perhaps Bobby Reid
(£5.2m) or Josh Murphy (£4.8m) taking up the role behind Oumar Niasse
(£5.0m). Leandro Bacuna (£4.3m) is another option in the centre of the park.
Antonio Rudiger (£5.9m) could return for Chelsea this weekend, while N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) is a doubt. Maurizio Sarri said: “Rudiger is okay for the moment, Kante we are trying to recover but I am not sure. The operation of Callum Hudson-Odoi went well. For sure three months [out], then we have to see the condition. You can be able to play, but we need a player at the top. So it depends, but the technical period is three months – no less.”
On the Blues’ GW36 clash at Old Trafford and the race for Champions League spots, Sarri stated: “The match is clear, at this moment it is very important – maybe more than that – for our target. So we will try to win of course, but we need not to lose. We have to try [for] two very important targets, top four and to get into the final of the Europa League. The first target is very important.”
Roy Hodgson did not report any fresh injury issues at his press conference. Andros Townsend (£5.7m) could struggle to earn his place in the manager’s XI back after the Eagles’ impressive 3-2 win at Arsenal in DGW35. Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m) might be a likelier candidate to return after Joel Ward (£4.3m) began at left-back against the Gunners.
Richarlison (£6.9m) is unlikely to feature GW36. Marco Silva said on Thursday: “Lucas Digne (£5.3m) is okay but Richarlison is a major doubt for us. He tried yesterday to work with us and again today. We will see how he reacts tomorrow [Friday]. Theo Walcott (£5.9m) was sick this morning, so we will also see how he reacts. Yerry Mina (£5.4m) started training with the team at the beginning of the week and is doing well.”
On team news, Scott Parker said: “Tom Cairney (£4.6m) will come back now that his girlfriend has given birth. There’s a slight doubt over Andre Schurrle (£5.5m) due to his wife having a baby as well, but Alfie Mawson
(£4.7m) is back in contention. He’s been out for some time so it’s pleasing to have him back. He came in over the summer as a big addition to the squad and has struggled a little bit with injuries, but he’s been back now for the last few weeks, played a couple of Under-23 games, so we’re looking forward to getting him involved, hopefully at the weekend.”
On the state of his squad, Jan Siewert said: “Ben Hamer (£3.9m) still has a problem with his knock, so it’s still a problem. He won’t be involved. Danny Williams (£4.5m) is training with the team, but his contract is running out. Aaron Mooy (£5.0m) is a doubt after picking up a knock in training. Adama Diakhaby (£4.5m) has been back in training now for two full weeks. There might be a possibility that he’s back in the squad this weekend. Karlan Grant
(£5.0m) had a good week I would say. After a week of illness, it’s not easy but it’s good to have him back in the team.” Laurent Depoitre (£5.1m) is also ruled out.
Asked if he had any new injuries to report, Brendan Rodgers replied: “None at all. Everyone is training and working well, so there’s nothing new. Marc Albrighton (£5.1m) is obviously not fully fit now because he’s played 64 minutes in the past three months, but he’s working in training.” Albrighton replaced Harvey Barnes (£5.5m) in Rodgers’ XI last time out. The latter scored after his introduction in DGW35, with that line-up switch likely to be reversed for Arsenal’s visit on Sunday considering the former's lack of match fitness.
Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) was in New York on Tuesday night for the Time 100 Gala, a scenario which slightly concerned owners. However, Jurgen Klopp allayed rotation fears at his press conference on Thursday. On Salah, The Reds chief said: “He's back. Travelling these days is no problem. Yes he missed a session but today he will be back.”
On his line-up to face the Terriers, Klopp added: “This will be the last game I overthink anything. The things people think about, the game, is already enough. I will not push that preparation with a fresh line-up. We have enough time to recover for the next game. Barcelona has nothing to do with Friday night.”
Fabinho (£5.5m) and Adam Lallana
(£6.9m) are both doubts for Huddersfield’s visit, while Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) could come into contention. Klopp explained: “All a bit questionable, we don’t know exactly in the moment. We will have to see today. We gave them all a proper rest. Dejan trained yesterday so that’s OK probably and the other two we will see. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.4m) trained, all good.”
Pep Guardiola has not ruled out Fernandinho (£5.3m) for Sunday’s clash at Burnley, though Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) will not be ready. The Man City boss said: We will see tomorrow [for Fernandinho]. He had a problem in the knee, but we will see tomorrow. [De Bruyne] is not fit. He’s getting better, but is not fit.”
If Vincent Kompany’s (£5.2m) minutes continue to be managed, Nicolas Otamendi (£6.0m) appears the favourite to partner Aymeric Laporte (£6.2m) at centre-half. John Stones (£5.2m) was not part of City’s squad for the Manchester derby midweek, with Guardiola explaining: “It was a decision based on what I saw. Nico was incredible in the last few months. I try to involve everybody but we need [specific skills] for specific games in defence. I thought between Vinny and Nico, [they have] the personality to play in Old Trafford. With long balls, I prefer Nico and Vinny. But [when we have to defend] more of a gap, for example against Chelsea, John Stones is an incredible player to read that.”
Ander Herrera (£5.0m) could return to the Man Utd XI for Chelsea’s visit on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Ander’s been training, enthusiastic and [he’ll] probably be involved on Sunday. I can’t guarantee it but he’s trained the last two days.”
With the Red Devils on a poor run of form, Solskjaer could shake up his line-up for GW36. David de Gea (£5.7m) is one player who will start, however. Asked if the keeper might be dropped after recent errors, OGS replied: “No. Not at all. Because I trust David and he’s for me been the best player United have had last six or seven years, absolutely outstanding. Going through tough patches is part of a footballer’s career. David will be fine. No worries.”
Scott McTominay (£4.2m) faces a fitness test today, having failed one before the Manchester derby. Solskjaer explained: “Scott failed a fitness test on Wednesday morning, so he’s going to have another one today [Friday] probably to see if he’s available.”
Miguel Almiron (£6.0m) will play no further part this season after suffering a hamstring injury in DGW35. Jamaal Lascelles (£4.7m) is ruled out of GW36 through illness. Rafa Benitez explained: “We have lost Florian Lejeune and Almiron (to long-term injuries). We have also lost Lascelles, who has had a stomach illness all week. I thinkFabian Schar (£4.6m) and Isaac Hayden (£4.3m) will be available.”
Jannik Vestergaard (£4.6m) remains out for the Saints, while Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) and Stuart Armstrong (£5.1m) are doubts. Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Jannik not [ready], that's for sure. We have a few problems; Ryan Bertrand has something in the ankle area so there’s a question over him. Matt Targett (£4.2m) is back in team training, that is good for us because he can be a direct replacement. A few other small injuries; Stuart Armstrong has a problem with his hamstring, but Shane Long (£4.6m) is fit - he trained today. It looks like he’ll be able to play at the weekend.”
With Armstrong struggling, Yan Valery (£4.1m) could return at right-wing back to allow James Ward-Prowse (£5.1m) to move further forward. Josh Sims (£4.4m) is another option in attack.
Spurs will be withoutSerge Aurier (£5.7m), Erik Lamela (£5.9m), Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) and Harry Winks (£5.5m) in GW36, while Harry Kane (£12.6m) remains out while ‘undergoing rehabilitation’. On his injured contingent, Mauricio Pochettino said: “For Lamela, for Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Moussa, it’s so difficult. [But] I think if we have some luck and perform in the way that we want, maybe all these players that we’re talking about today have the possibility to play before the end of the season.”
On the visit of Ajax next week for the first leg of a Champions League semi-final and juggling priorities, Pochettino declared: “The priority is tomorrow. I promise you. I promise that my focus and interest is in tomorrow. I don’t think about Tuesday. Of course we can talk about Tuesday but my focus is on tomorrow. We need to get the three points. To be focused on the three points and not thinking of anything else is going to be tough. We know very well and how important it is to get in the top four, it’s going to be a massive achievement. We need to take the best decision, we need to put fresh legs, fresh minds and those who are not in their best mind tomorrow are going to be on the bench or outside the squad. We’re going to take the best decision to be sure that we compete [at] our best tomorrow.”
Heung-min Son (£8.9m) is suspended for that first-leg UCL clash, so looks a guaranteed starter against West Ham. Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.2m) could earn a start if Kieran Trippier (£6.0m) is rotated, while Ben Davies (£5.6m) will be seeking to oust Danny Rose (£5.8m) on the other side of defence. Davinson Sanchez
(£5.8m) and Juan Foyth (£5.0m) offer further options at the back, while Pochettino’s options further forward are limited. Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) was last benched in the Premier League back in GW17. One of the Dane or Dele Alli (£8.8m) could be rotated tomorrow depending on Pochettino’s choice of formation and plans for Ajax. Fernando Llorente (£5.1m) will be seeking another start up front, though the speed and counter-attacking ability of Son and Lucas Moura (£6.8m) may be preferred.
Jose Holebas (£4.8m) is back in training for Watford, along with Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) and Adalberto Penaranda (£5.0m). Javi Gracia said: “All these players are in different situations because they have some injuries. We’ll see what we decide for the next game. What is important is that all of them are training with the team now. It’s good to have more options for the most important moment of the season as we are going to play three games in the league and a final as well. To have the chance to choose all the squad is good for the team.”
Craig Cathcart (£4.5m) was hooked at half-time in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton as Gracia switched from a back four to a 3-5-2 formation, with Kiko Femenia (£4.2m) introduced. The manager’s selection across the backline is unclear at present. On Cathcart’s substitution, Gracia explained: “Craig was not injured, it was a tactical decision. I tried to change the game by taking some risks. We were only going to leave one at the back with many one-v-one situations and I wanted that to be Christian Kabasele
(£4.4m). If we were going to play that way, I wanted a player less tired than Craig. I think it was a good decision as Kaba defended really well, we were able to play high and we got a point starting from good defensive actions. It was the right decision as I know Craig has played more minutes for me than anyone.”
On team news, Manuel Pellegrini said: “For this week, Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) has continued without problem. Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) has returned to training with our squad. So has Javier Hernandez (£6.1m). Samir Nasri (£4.9m), could be next week.”
this afternoon that he has a full squad to choose from for the away clash at Watford.