Predicted lineups and team news from all Premier League clubs from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of the upcoming Gameweek. This post will be updated following the press conferences on Friday. 

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Arsenal

Willian (calf) and Dani Ceballos (ankle) are out of the Europa tie in Vienna, but neither is serious, and they should recover in time for Sunday. Rob Holding will not be back until after the break, but his absence coincides with the return of Shkodran Mustafi who can be called upon once again. The game against Rapid will give some indication of whether Mikel Arteta is likely to utilise Alexandre Lacazette from the start having seen the Frenchman frozen out of the XI in recent games.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Arsenal scraped a win in Vienna, but it wasn't until Mikel Arteta introduced his big guns that the tide began to turn after making six changes from the loss in Manchester. Notably, the XI included starts for Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, and with neither player able to make an impact, it could be a front three of Willian, Pepe and Aubameyang again although the skipper must be played centrally. Willian (calf) will also need to pass a late test, but the winger, along with Dani Ceballos (ankle), are only managing minor issues and they should be fine. Thomas Partey is giving Arteta something to think about after his performance in the Europa win. "He looked really solid, really comfortable. He held midfield by himself when we were a little bit more open and starting to take more chances. He was fantastic tonight and there's much more to come from him." Shkodran Mustafi is back in contention, but you suspect the German will not be ready for back-to-back starts after his recent spell out.

Pending Evaluation 

  • Willian (calf) - Slight issue. Late fitness test.
  • Dani Ceballos (ankle) - Bruising. Should be okay for Sunday.

Ruled Out

  • Rob Holding (hamstring) - Up to four weeks. Return after the break.
  • Pablo Mari (ankle) – Aiming to rejoin the group in around 10 days.
  • Gabriel Martinelli (knee surgery) – RTP in early 2021.
  • Calum Chambers (ACL rupture) – Back on the training pitches and building fitness.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) - Returned in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

 

Aston Villa

Villa are the only team across Europe’s five major leagues to have a 100 per cent record, but it nearly wasn’t so, as Dean Smith’s men had to wait until time added on at Leicester to secure all three points. Ross Barkley duly obliged after passing a late fitness test. And with no fresh injury concerns, expect the same XI to take on Leeds this Friday.

Predicted lineup

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Press Conference Update

Dean Smith isn't getting too carried away following Villa's excellent start to the season: "They were really tough games and to come through those with maximum points certainly exceeds expectations. Our feet are firmly on the ground because if you’re off it at any stage in the league, you can get a bloody nose very quickly." Ross Barkley hasn't ruled out the possibility of going to Euro 2021: "He’s not played the amount of minutes he’s wanted to [at Cheslea], and we’ve managed to get him. His job now is to produce performances for Aston Villa that take the eye of Gareth Southgate and get him back into the England squad." John McGinn is making a strong case for his inclusion in your fantasy lineup; at only £5.5m (TSB: 2.0%) and returns in his last three, the Scotland midfielder has been flying under the radar during these early weeks. "I spent the summer trying to become pain-free because for a long, long time I was in pain. It’s great to be running around without pain, and I’m loving the fact that I’m back to 100%.”

Pending Evaluation

  • Keinan Davis (calf) - Expected to train ahead of Friday nights' game.

Ruled Out 

  • Tom Heaton (ACL knee) - The goalkeeper is eyeing a return after the international break.
  • Wesley (ACL knee) - Taking part in aspects of training, but it could be the end of the year before the striker is ready for action.
  • Kortney Hause (groin) - Potential return in GW7 but it depends on his response to treatment.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Brighton and Hove Albion

Results are not necessarily reflective of performances so far this term, but Graham Potter will fancy three-points against a struggling Baggies side. Lewis Dunk begins a three-match ban after a red card at Selhurst Park, and his suspension could see Ben White drop into the backline with Dan Burn and Adam Webster. Aaron Connolly was only fit enough for the bench but comes back into contention after shaking off a knock, and Alexis Mac Allister is pushing to be included having scored his first Premier League goal for the club.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Lewis Dunk will begin a three-match ban, but his absence does not overly concern manager Graham Potter. "He's a miss but that's what you have a squad for. We have good players who want to play. We have good flexibility and I'm happy with how the team has done recently, it is up to us to find a solution." Alireza Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) is the only doubt for Monday while Jose Izquierdo continues to build fitness with the Under-23s. "Apart from that we're fully fit." That should mean a possible return for Davy Propper, although Florin Andone must be an oversight as the forward is not due back until 2021. Christian Walton (ankle) is also working on the training pitches. Danny Welbeck could be added to the squad after impressing since his arrival. "He's only had a couple of days with us, but he is looking good. He's made a really good impression."

Pending Evaluation

  • Davy Propper (Achilles) - Managing an ongoing Achilles issue although the Dutchman has trained all week.
  • Christian Walton (ankle) -  Training as normal.
  • Danny Welbeck (conditioning) - Recently joined the club as a free agent and needs to improve his fitness.

Ruled Out 

  • Jose Izquierdo (Knee surgery) – Continues to build fitness with the Under-23s.
  • Florin Andone (Knee) - Ruled out for the remainder of the year.
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Hamstring) - The winger has not returned to the training pitches. No definitive timeframe.

Banned

  • Lewis Dunk - Begins a three-match for a straight red at Selhurst Park.

Return to Competition

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Burnley

This weekend is likely to come too soon for the likes of Ben Mee and Matt Lowton, but Sean Dyche said Phil Bardsley will be re-tested following his positive COVID-19 swab, and if it comes back negative, then he could make the squad. Eric Pieters deputised at The Hawthorns, and after a hard-fought draw, Dyche admitted his side are “looking more like” themselves having registered their first point of 2020/21.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Ben Mee trained with the squad on Thursday, but this weekend will come too soon and the defender still needs an extended period of work. However, Matt Lowton has rejoined the group and he will come into contention for the visit of Tottenham on Monday. Jack Cork is progressing but he is still some way off and will not return until after the break. Phil Bardsley tested positive for COVID-19 and the full-back is going through the necessary government and Football Association protocols before being cleared to return. "He is okay in himself, he hasn't had a big hit." Sean Dyche confirms Erik Pieters is a doubt while back-up goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has not recovered from the hip injury he picked up on international duty.

Pending Evaluation

  • Erik Pieters (calf) - 50/50 at the time of Thursdays' press conference. Facing a late fitness test.
  • Matt Lowton (Knee and ankle) - Rejoined the group and comes back into contention.

Ruled Out 

  • Jack Cork (Ankle) - Making "good progress" but will not be available until after the next international break.
  • Ben Mee (Thigh) - Trained for the squad for the first time this week but needs an extended period to get back to full fitness.
  • Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Hip) - Has not recovered from the injury he picked up playing for Northern Ireland.
  • Phil Bardsley (COVID-19) - Positive swab test. Currently self-isolating in accordance with government protocol.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Chelsea

Edouard Mendy (thigh) recovered quicker than anticipated returning in the Champions League to help earn the Blues a point against a strong Sevilla side. Thiago Silva was singled out for praise, but Frank Lampard will be managing the veteran defenders’ workload “to have him at his optimum,” and with Krasnodar following quickly on the heels, Zouma and Christensen could be paired at Old Trafford. Christian Pulisic believes he is “getting back to where he was” following back-to-back starts, and Hakim Ziyech is nearing his first competitive start after more minutes from the bench. Mateo Kovacic was omitted from the matchday squad (GW4), and with no explanation given for his absence, we must assume it was tactical given that the Croatian was back amongst the substitutes on Tuesday night.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Frank Lampard has more/less a full squad for the trip to Old Trafford on Saturday. Willy Caballero will back-up Edouard Mendy from the bench after Kepa suffered a shoulder injury in training. Christian Pulisic has started the last two games and came through both encounters without any issues. Thiago Silva's game-time will be managed, and after playing 90-minutes on Tuesday (vs Sevilla), Lampard 'may' consider pairing Andreas Christensen with Kurt Zouma. And on the potential return of Billy Gilmour, the Blues boss added. "We are probably looking at the other side of the next international break." It might be too soon to see Ziyech from the start. "His fitness is coming individually, he still needs a bit of time to get his match fitness now his injury is cleared up."

Pending Evaluation

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Ruled Out

  • Billy Gilmour (Knee Surgery) – Lampard expects the young midfielder to return after the break.
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga (shoulder) - Will not travel to Old Trafford.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Crystal Palace

Gary Cahill was lucky to escape serious injury last weekend, and the 34-year-old, who was making his first appearance since July, should be okay to face Fulham. Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho are options alongside him if Roy Hodgson fancies moving Cheikhou Kouyate back into midfield. Patrick van Aanholt also returned to the squad as an unused substitute, and I would expect Tyrick Mitchell to continue at left-back while the Dutchman builds fitness. Jairo Riedewald impressed in his first start at Selhurst Park since January, and the holding midfielder could keep his place even if James McCarthy recovers from a hamstring problem. Michy Batshuayi – a late replacement for Jordan Ayew due to his positive coronavirus test - was unlucky not to open his account for the season. Still, he did win the penalty for Wilfried Zaha to slot home on ten minutes.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Roy Hodgson describes Gary Cahill's shin injury as a "nasty one" which will keep him out this weekend. "He won't be able to play unless something miraculous happens overnight. [Hopefully] it won't keep him out for weeks on end, but it's too soon." Jordan Ayew continues to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. "We've spoken a couple of times on the phone. He's feeling very good, felt he had no symptoms but he's disappointed that he now misses two games." Wayne Hennessey won't be back until 2021 after suffering a setback with Wales. "It’s very unfortunate, [he] picked up a serious injury in the last international break. We were forced to act [by buying Jack Butland] because we know he’s going to be out until at least January; then we don’t know what the future will hold for him even then." However, the goalkeeper who arrived from Stoke is yet to meet his new teammates: "No sooner did Jack sign he tested positive for coronavirus. He’s self-isolating to take another test. He’s feeling good, good but disappointed and frustrated that he’s seeing four walls and nothing else."

Pending Evaluation

  • James Tomkins (thigh) – Back on the training pitches. Assessed week-to-week.
  • James McCarthy (hamstring) - Status unknown. Missed the draw against Brighton with a hamstring issue.

Ruled Out

  • Nathan Ferguson (Knee) – Individualised programme. No timescale at the moment.
  • Connor Wickham (Muscle) - Suffered a significant setback. Out long-term.
  • Wayne Hennessey (Undisclosed) - Injured playing for Wales. Out until January 2021 at the earliest.
  • Gary Cahill (shin) - Heavy knock. Still being assessed with no timeframe on his return.
  • Jordan Ayew (COVID-19) - Positive test. Continues to self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines.
  • Jack Butland (COVID-19 - Positive test. Continues to self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Everton

The Toffees travel to St Mary’s without the suspended Richarlison, and his absence could hand Alex Iwobi his first league start of the campaign. Carlo Ancelotti may also be forced into a second change from the Merseyside derby after Seamus Coleman was withdrawn for the second game running due to a hamstring issue. Although Ben Godfrey was handed his debut, as a first-half substitute, Ancelotti hinted that Jonjoe Kenny would “probably” return to the side after recovering from injury.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Following a U-Turn from Thursdays' evertonTV interview, Carlo Ancelotti refuses to rule James Rodriguez out of Sundays' game. "James is not definitely out," he said. "He had a big hematoma and was not able to train until today [Friday]. He is much better now and we have confidence that maybe he can play. I hope he is going to train tomorrow and we will see if he is in condition to play on Sunday." Jonjoe Kenny was expected to replace the injured Seamus Coleman, but it now looks like the defender will not recover from an ankle ligament injury meaning Ben Godfrey is set to make his first Premier League start for the club. "We tried him as a right-back this week in some exercises. He has all the qualities to play at right-back. I have no doubts about this and he will play there on Sunday."

Pending Evaluation 

  • James Rodriguez (knock) - Took part in Fridays' session, and if he can train on Saturday, then the Colombian will be included.

Ruled Out

  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) – Could make a return to First-Team action in late November.
  • Cenk Tosun (ACL rupture) – Training individually. Not expected to play again this year.
  • Mason Holgate (Toe) – Could spend up to three months on the sidelines.
  • Jarrad Branthwaite (Ankle) - Likely to be early November.
  • Seamus Coleman (hamstring) - Substituted for the second consecutive game due to a muscular issue.
  • Jonjoe Kenny (ankle) - Out of the side since early October and Ancelotti confirms the full-back needs more training.

Banned

  • Richarlison - Begins a three-match suspension following his dismissal for serious foul play.

Return to Competition

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Fulham

 

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