Premier League Injury Update Gameweek 17: Cancelo And Jimenez Both Suspended

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10:10, 14 Dec 2021

Once again Coronavirus looks to be rife amongst Premier League squads which makes things difficult for managers, in real-life and fantasy football alike, and already we've seen the postponement of tonight's clash between Brentford and Manchester United. Whether you fancy a punt on one of your favourite teams this weekend or are planning big changes in your Fantasy Premier League squad make sure you take into account the injuries and suspensions which could alter your plans.

Here, The Sportsman runs through all the confirmed and likely absences undermining each Premier League side ahead of the midweek round of fixtures. 

Arsenal

Next match: West Ham (H), Wednesday 15th December, 8pm

Confirmed absentees: Sead Kolasinac, Bernd Leno, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 

Possible absentees: Folarin Balogun,

Mikel Arteta is still having to deal with a disciplinary issue with former captain Aubameyang which saw him miss the win over Southampton, and he will be absent for this clash as well. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 

Aston Villa

Next match: Norwich (A), Tuesday 14th December, 7.45pm

Confirmed absentees: Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey, Marvellous Nakamba

Possible absentees: Trezeguet

Emi Buendia returns to Carrow Road for the first time since his summer move and while Steven Gerrard still has a couple of injuries to contend with, Danny Ings returned to action at Anfield and is in contention to start this one.

Brentford

Next match: Southampton (A), Saturday 18th December, 3pm

Confirmed absentees: David Raya, Kristoffer Ajer, Josh Dasilva, Tariqe Fosu-Henry

Possible absentees: Mathias Jorgensen, Ethan Pinnock 

There's no midweek game for Brentford after Manchester United's Covid outbreak forced the postponement of their clash, but Ivan Toney's return from the virus means he'll be available for the weekend trip to Southampton.

Brighton

Next match: Wolverhampton Wanderers (H), Wednesday 15th December, 7:30pm 

Confirmed absentees: Jeremy Sarmiento, Steven Alzate, Danny Welbeck, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Adam Lallana, Shane Duffy

Possible absentees: None.

Brighton’s game against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend was postponed, which has allowed some extra time for recovery, but Graham Potter’s side are plagued with long-term injuries, while Shane Duffy is suspended.

Burnley

Next match: Watford (H), Wednesday 15th December, 7.30pm

Confirmed absentees: Ashley Barnes, Conor Roberts

Possible absentees: Maxwel Cornet, Dale Stephens

Star man Maxwel Cornet missed the weekend stalemate against West Ham but could return here, while Conor Roberts and Dale Stephens have been suffering with illness, with the right-back now out of hospital. 

Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Burnley boss Sean Dyche

Chelsea

Next match: Everton (H), Thursday 16th December, 7.45pm

Confirmed absentees: Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Trevoh Chalobah

Possible absentees: Mateo Kovacic

Jorginho hit two penalties to keep Thomas Tuchel’s men in title contention against Leeds, while this week he will be hoping that Kovacic can return from his illness. 

Crystal Palace

Next match: Southampton (H), Wednesday 15th December 7.30pm

Confirmed absentees: Joachim Andersen, Nathan Ferguson

Possible absentees: James McArthur

James McArthur is in contention for a return but Ferguson and Andersen both remain absent. 

Everton

Next match: Chelsea (A), Thursday 16th December, 7.45pm

Confirmed absentees: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Yerry Mina, Richarlison, Andros Townsend

Possible absentees: None.

Richarlison may have thrown a strop when he was subbed against Crystal Palace on Sunday but it turns out he has suffered a calf injury, while Rafa Benitez hinted that Lucas Digne could return after his disciplinary issue. Meanwhile Andros Townsend may have broken a bone in his foot in the defeat.

Leeds United

Next match: Manchester City (A), Tuesday 14th December, 8pm

Confirmed absentees: Rodrigo, Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford

Possible absentees: Pascal Struijk

Marcelo Bielsa will be devastated to lose Bamford again after just coming back from injury, while  key midfielder Phillips has been ruled out for the next few months.

Leicester City

Next match: Tottenham (H), Thursday 16th December, 7.30pm

Confirmed absentees: Wesley Fofana, James Justin,  Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans

Possible absentees: Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Ademola Lookman, Jannik Vestergaard, Daniel Amartey

Youri Tielemans and James Maddison were on top form in a 4-0 win over Newcastle but Jonny Evans joined a long-list of injuries as he was forced off early on with a hamstring problem. Leicester fans will be hoping that the illness that decimated their squad at the weekend will have cleared up. 

Liverpool

Next match: Newcastle (H), Thursday 16th December, 8pm

Confirmed absentees: Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Harvey Elliott, Adrian

Possible absentees: Curtis Jones, Divock Origi

Jurgen Klopp has several issues ahead of the busy festive period, and will also be well aware that the AFCON in January is looming, which will see both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah depart.

Manchester City

Next match: Leeds (H), Tuesday 14th December, 8pm

Confirmed absentees: Ferran Torres, Liam Delap, Joao Cancelo

Possible absentees: Aymeric Laporte 

Joao Cancelo picked up his 5th yellow card of the season at the weekend so is serving a one-match suspension, Ferran Torres remains out but Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Ilkay Gundogan will be in contention against Leeds after suffering from a back injury.

Joao Cancelo
Joao Cancelo

Manchester United

Next match: Brighton (H), Saturday 18th December, 12:30pm

Confirmed absentees: Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial

Possible absentees: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic

Manchester United's away trip to Brentford tonight has been postponed due to a Covid outbreak in their squad following Saturday's win over Norwich. They next play on Saturday when they host Brighton at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United

Next match: Liverpool (A), Sunday 12th December, 2pm

Confirmed absentees: Paul Dummett

Possible absentees: N/A.

No particular injury issues for Eddie Howe to worry about.

Norwich City

Next match: Aston Villa (H), Tuesday 14th December, 7:45pm

Confirmed absentees: Grant Hanley, Sam Byram, Christoph Zimmermann, Milot Rashica, Mattias Normann, Andrew Omobamidele.

Captain Grant Hanley only added to Dean Smith’s injury woes as he was taken off with ligament damage to his shoulder against United and will now miss a large portion of matches. Ben Gibson could return to fill his spot after training on Monday but Rashica and Normann remain out. 

Southampton

Next match: Arsenal (A), Saturday 11th December, 3pm

Confirmed absentees: Stuart Armstrong, Jan Bednarek, Alex McCarthy, Fraser Forster, Che Adams,

Possible absentees: Adam Armstrong, Armando Broja 

Oriol Romeu and Mohammed Salisu return from suspension but Adam Armstrong is likely to  miss this one having been forced off with an injury at Arsenal, while Armando Broja’s injury could leave Ralph Hassenhuttl short up front. 

Ralph Hasenhuttl
Ralph Hasenhuttl

Tottenham Hotspur

Next match: Leicester City (A), Thursday 16th December, 7:30pm

Confirmed absentees: Cristian Romero

Possible absentees: Bryan Gil, Heung-min Son, Sergio Reguillon, Oliver Skipp, Dane Scarlett, Lucas Moura 

Spurs have suffered a covid outbreak and their game against Brighton this weekend was postponed, and although training has resumed ahead of their midweek clash there are still question marks over who will be available. 

Watford

Next match: Burnley (A), Wednesday 15th December, 7.30pm

Confirmed absentees: Peter Etebo, Christian Kabasele, Kwadwo Baah, Ismaila Sarr, Adam Masina

Possible absentees: Ken Sema

Claudio Ranieri will be worried about the growing number of injuries in his squad and it does not look as if any absentees will return this midweek.

West Ham United

Next match: Arsenal (A), Wednesday 15th December, 8pm

Confirmed absentees: Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma, Ben Johnson, Ryan Fredericks

Possible absentees: Aaron Cresswell 

David Moyes is hopeful that Aaron Cresswell will be fit as he is short in defence for the trip to Arsenal, with Ben Johnson and Kurt Zouma both suffering with hamstring injuries.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Next match: Brighton (A), Wednesday 15th December, 7.30pm 

Confirmed absentees: Raul Jimenez, Jonny Otto, Pedro Neto

Possible absentees: None. 

Raul Jimenez’s strange red card against Manchester City means he is suspended for this one, while Pedro Neto and Jonny Otto have long-term issues.

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