This is a brand new members article from injury expert Ben Dinnery. He'll be running through all the latest team news and injury updates, giving his opinion on who's likely to make it onto the pitch - specifically tailored for fantasy football.
The Cherries squad is beginning to look a little stretched, particularly in defence with Steve Cook the latest addition to the Bournemouth treatment room. The defender has been managing a long-standing groin issue which was aggravated in training last week. His absence handed January signing Chris Mepham his full debut and the 21-year-old was lucky to escape giving a penalty away after his misjudged clearance bounced off his arm. Eddie Howe confirmed Cook would be assessed in the build-up to the game on Wednesday. Junior Stanislas (hip flexor) failed a late fitness test and will be pushing hard to put himself back into contention. Bournemouth will be forced into at least one change after Jefferson Lerma collected his tenth caution of the campaign, a milestone which merits an automatic two-match ban before the 32-game cut-off point. Andrew Surman is poised to return to the side after making way for Dominic Solanke as Howe tweaked his set-up. Callum Wilson and David Brooks are still some way off as neither player has returned to the training pitches.
Unai Emery opted for a fully refreshed Alexandre Lacazette to lead the attack on Sunday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, frustratingly, named on the bench. The Gabon international will be looking to finish the month on a high having failed to score in February and the arrival of Bournemouth – with their porous defensive backline (away from the Vitality) - could provide the perfect tonic. Arsenal will check on Stefan Lichtsteiner (back) and Alex Iwobi (knock) while Ainsley Maitland-Niles has missed the last two with illness. All three have a strong chance of making the squad although Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis are fully fit having recovered from ankle and calf injuries respectively. Other than those out long term – Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin – the Gunners should be good to go. Mesut Ozil only seems to appear from the start against the so-called lesser teams which means the German may be preferred to the Juventus bound Aaron Ramsey.
Brighton and Hove Albion
This last week has seen a clearing of the decks after Chris Hughton’s injury-ravaged squad edged past Derby County in the FA Cup. The Seagulls reported nine absentees ten days ago, but only Leon Balogun (shoulder) remains sidelined through injury, although Florin Andone is not available as he serves the final game of his ban. Glenn Murray, Lewis Dunk, Jose Izquierdo and Davy Propper all return and Hughton admits he has “some decisions to make" having seen his side slide down to 16th just three points above Southampton in the drop zone. Winger Solly March has also trained while Jurgen Locadia (ankle) only re-joined the group on Sunday and he may not be risked. Hughton hinted that Anthony Knockaert is pushing for his inclusion after impressing in the cup.
Sean Dyche reports that Burnley have no fresh injury concerns following the 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady were back in the matchday squad...
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