Predicted lineups and team news from all Premier League clubs from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of the upcoming Gameweek. 

 

Arsenal

The Gunners face Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday, and Mikel Arteta can afford to rest players with a trip to Old Trafford coming up. Selection problems mainly come in defence with David Luiz added to the injury list and flagged as a significant doubt. Rob Holding is a confirmed absentee, along with long-term casualties Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers – Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi are the expected starters. Willian will be available, and with goals scarcer than Mesut Ozil appearances, the decision could be whether to start the Brazilian centrally again or shift Aubameyang from the left to kick start Arsenals’ season.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Granit Xhaka was the only survivor from the loss to Leicester when Dundalk arrived at The Emirates on Thursday evening, and Mikel Arteta took the opportunity to try the Swiss international at centre-back with Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and David Luiz all carrying injuries. Sokratis was omitted from the Premier League squad. “We need one or two players who are able to drop into that position. We need to try them, and the best way to try them is obviously in training, but sometimes you have to do it in games, so they have a taste, the feeling and the confidence to do it as well.” Despite wholesale changes, Arteta was “really pleased” with the way his players went about their business. “It’s always a danger that you feel it could be a comfortable game, and then you make it really complicated. That wasn’t the case. I think our attitude from the beginning was spot on.” Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson caught the eye on the night. “They looked like they could do something different in the game to change it. They were good around the box; they were creative; they had the courage to make the right decision in the right areas. I’m pleased with both of them.” But neither player has minutes in the Premier League this term, and I don’t expect there to be any change at Old Trafford. Only David Luiz of those currently sidelined has a chance of returning, but he is still considered a “big doubt”.

Pending Evaluation 

  • David Luiz (thigh) – Major doubt. Expected to miss the game but not ruled out yet.

Ruled Out

  • Rob Holding (hamstring) – Slightly ahead of schedule. Could train ahead of GW8.
  • Pablo Mari (ankle) – Aiming to rejoin the group during the international break.
  • Gabriel Martinelli (knee surgery) – Targeting a RTP in early 2021.
  • Calum Chambers (ACL rupture) – Back on the training pitches and building fitness.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Aston Villa

Dean Smith’s side tasted defeat for the first time this season in week six, a humbling 0-3 defeat to Leeds, and the Villa boss must decide if this was a mere blip following an excellent start or whether the performance was reflective of more underlying issues. With nearly a full squad at his disposal, Smith could keep faith or reward those who have been waiting patiently in the wings. If Villa have aspirations of a Top Half finish, then they must demonstrate one key attribute: bouncebackability.

Predicted lineup

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Press Conference Update

Dean Smith will be looking for a reaction following last Fridays’ home defeat to Leeds. “They were disappointed. We’d spoken about how we didn’t want to turn it into a game that favoured Leeds: end-to-end. They’re renowned for their intensity and their fitness levels. As soon as they scored, we got drawn into the trap of going toe-to-toe. I’ve got a good idea of how these players will react because I’ve been with them for a long time. I know their character.” There are no fresh injury concerns for Villa who had a behind-closed-doors game this week involving those players on the fringes of the XI who needed minutes. Tom Heaton (ACL knee) was not ready to feature after ten months out, but the goalkeeper is expected to play some part for the under-23s in the near future.

Pending Evaluation

  • Kortney Hause (groin) – Potential return in GW7 but it depends on his response to treatment.

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.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Brighton and Hove Albion

For all their good play against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, the Seagulls picked up nothing and Graham Potter would have been looking to secure three-points versus West Brom. However, a late equaliser left Brighton still looking for their first win at the Amex Stadium. With a tough trip to Tottenham up next, they will find it difficult to add to their five-point haul so far this term. Joël Veltman could deputise for the suspended Lewis Dunk while Adam Lallana’s minutes continue to be managed as he builds fitness.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Pending Evaluation

  • Davy Propper (Achilles) – Managing an ongoing Achilles issue. Training but will be assessed GW-to-GW.
  • Christian Walton (ankle) –  Back in full training. Building fitness.
  • Danny Welbeck (conditioning) – Recently joined the club as a free agent and needs to improve his fitness. GW-to-GW.

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 – Serves the second game of his three-match ban.

Return to Competition

 

Burnley

The Clarets have been much improved of late and were unlucky not to take anything from Monday nights’ game. Sean Dyche said his side were finally showing signs of “true sharp fitness” and that recent performances would stand his side in good stead over the season. The return of Matt Lowton against Spurs was a bonus as the Burnley treatment room begins to empty.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Phil Bardsley (COVID-19) needs to clear testing before he can be considered for a return, but health-wise, the defender is fine. A “niggly” calf problem continues to hamper Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Sean Dyche rates the winger as “touch and go” for the visit of Chelsea. Saturday will come too soon for Erik Pieters, and while Ben Mee successfully completed 70 minutes in a training-ground game earlier this week, he isn’t ready to make the step up. “We are trying to get him another game as soon as possible. He is training with us all the time now so that is good news.” Jack Cork is a “bit behind” them but making steady progress.

Pending Evaluation

  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf) – Rated as ‘touch and go’ due to a niggly calf problem.

Ruled Out 

  • Jack Cork (Ankle) – Making “good progress” but will not be available until after the next international break.
  • Ben Mee (Thigh) – Played 70-minutes in a behind-closed-doors game and Sean Dyche will be looking to arrange another ASAP.
  • Erik Pieters (calf) – Saturday will come too soon for the defender who also missed the defeat to Tottenham.
  • Phil Bardsley (COVID-19) – Health-wise the full-back is fine but he needs to pass a second test before being considered for a return.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Chelsea

Frank Lampard made a raft of changes in the Champions League which included a rare start for Antonio Rudiger and a full debut for Hakim Ziyech. Owners will have been pleased to see fantasy assets Christian Pulisic, and Reece James benched while Ben Chilwell and Jorginho were replaced with 20 minutes remaining as the Blues swept their Russian counterparts – FC Krasnodar – comfortably aside 4-0.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Those players who were involved in the Champions League had not been assessed by the time Frank Lampard faced the press on Thursday. However, there doesn’t appear to be any “clear injuries” which includes Callum Hudson-Odoi who appeared to suffer a knock. “It hasn’t been flagged to me that there is a problem, so I assume, and I hope there is nothing wrong.” Thiago Silva did not travel midweek, but he is available for selection at Turf Moor. “Taking him out of the trip to Russia was more of a maintenance issue for him, and I spoke to him about it.” Kepa is showing “some progression” in his recovery from a shoulder injury. “We are hopeful, but we’ll see with that one.” Lampard indicated that there would be changes. “We do have a bit of a tired group,” and Hakim Ziyech is unlikely to make the XI after starting against FC Krasnodar.

Pending Evaluation

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga (shoulder) – Returned to the training pitches on Thursday.

Ruled Out

  • Billy Gilmour (Knee Surgery) – Lampard expects the young midfielder to return after the break.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Crystal Palace

Palace kick-off GW7 and the Eagles arrive at Molineux full of confidence following their victory over London-rivals Fulham. Roy Hodgson made three changes last time out, and while we know Gary Cahill (shin) was injured, there was no explanation either pre or post-match regarding the absence of Joel Ward or James McArthur.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

James McCarthy is back in training following the hamstring injury he suffered while on international duty. Roy Hodgson has been further boosted by the return of James Tomkins (thigh) and Gary Cahill (shin) who rejoined the group this week. Furthermore, Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland (both COVID-19) are available making a grand total of five returners this weekend. On the flipside: “We’ve got an injury to Joel Ward and [we] need to assess Tyrick Mitchell [who] took a knock in training.” In Patrick van Aanholt, the Eagles have a readymade replacement at left-back, although his match fitness is a slight worry having played only 20 minutes this season, and on the right, Nathaniel Clyne could continue to deputise.

Pending Evaluation

  • James Tomkins (thigh) – Back on the training pitches and now injury-free. Fitness.
  • James McCarthy (hamstring) – Missed the previous two matches after picking up an injury with Ireland. Cleared for a return.
  • Joel Ward (groin) – Confirmed as a muscle injury which may keep him out for another week.
  • James McArthur (calf) – Hodgson confirmed the midfielder was “touch and go” before failing a late test ahead of GW6. However, he has returned to training.
  • Jairo Rielewald (knock) – Forced off at Fulham due to an unspecified injury. Seems to be minor, no mention during Thursdays’ press conference.

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.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Jordan Ayew (COVID-19) – Cleared to resume normal activities.
  • Jack Butland (COVID-19 – Cleared to resume normal activities.
  • Gary Cahill (shin) – Returned to full training earlier this week.

 

Everton

The Football Association upheld referee Kevin Friend’s decision to dismiss Lucas Digne for dangerous play but admitted the three-game suspension was a little harsh resulting in a reduced one-match ban. Fabian Delph has played at full-back before, and he is an option for Carlo Ancelotti; otherwise, Niels Nkounkou, who started in all three Carabao Cup fixtures is the pick. On the opposite flank, Jonjoe Kenny is better placed in terms of his fitness following another week on the training pitches, and he will deputise for the hamstrung Seamus Coleman. No wins in two for the Toffees who travel to Tyneside without the suspended Richarlison.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Carlo Ancelotti revealed on Friday that James Rodriguez would miss the match at Newcastle. “He had a little problem so he needs to rest for this game.” The Colombian should be okay for GW8. Jonjoe Kenny is vying with Ben Godfrey for the right-back spot while Jarrad Branthwaite returns to bolster numbers in defence. Seamus Coleman (hamstring) is also out along with long-term absentees Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Mason Holgate and Cenk Tosun. Richarlison serves the second game of his ban, and Lucas Digne will be available from next week after his red card was downgraded, meaning he will only miss the trip to Tyneside.

Pending Evaluation 

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) – Individualised rehabilitation programme on the training pitches.
  • Seamus Coleman (hamstring) – Not likely to feature before the break.
  • James Rodriguez (muscle) – Ancelotti confirmed the player will need to rest with an expected return in GW8.

Banned

  • Richarlison – Serves the second-game of his suspension following the sending off against Liverpool.
  • Lucas Digne – Red card upheld following the Toffees’ appeal, but the full-back will only serve a one-game ban.

Return to Competition

  • Jonjoe Kenny (ankle) – The full-back has been training for over 10 days and will be in contention to start.
  • Jarrad Branthwaite (ankle) – After more than six weeks out, the young defender will provide backup from the bench.

 

Fulham

The pressure is beginning to mount on Scott Parker after another defeat at Craven Cottage left the Lilywhites bottom of the table due to their inferior goal difference. Palace were the perfect opponents after an excellent display at Bramall Lane, but having made just a single change, Fulham failed to deliver. Ivan Cavaleiro was the player to miss out – omitted from the 18 altogether – with no update offered on the players status.

Predicted lineup

 

Press Conference Update

Neeskens Kebano is ruled out of the game but Scott Parker remains “hopeful” of a return to training before Monday. Joachim Andersen is working again. “Albeit in a modified session,” and the new signing will be monitored over the coming days. “We’ll see how he goes. He’s progressed very well and that’s a credit to the medical team.” Terence Kongolo (foot) is still getting up to speed and Aboubakar Kamara begins a three-match ban following his dismissal against Palace. Regarding everyone else. “We are where we are….” which means Kenny Tete is still struggling.

Pending Evaluation

  • Ivan Cavaleiro (unknown) – Omitted from the matchday squad (GW6). Status is unclear.
  • Joachim Andersen (ankle) – Took part in a modified session for the first time on Thursday.

Ruled Out

  • Kenny Tate (calf) – Scott Parker reveals it will be a “few weeks” before the Dutchman is back in contention.
  • Terence Kongolo (foot) – Hasn’t played since breaking a bone in his foot in February.
  • Neeskens Kebano (knock) – Missed out in GW6 due to an unspecified injury but should train ahead of GW8.

Banned

  • Aboubakar Kamara – Not eligible to play again until late-November following his dismissal against Crystal Palace.

Return to Competition

 

Leeds United

Pascal Struijk was sacrificed early on at Villa Park having picked up a yellow card, and following the introduction of Jamie Shackleton, making his second top-flight appearance, Leeds ended the leagues only 100 per cent record. Marcelo Bielsa has been fully transparent regarding team news thus far, so expect more of the same in this weeks’ press conference. United do not play again until Monday, which gives skipper Liam Cooper every chance to prove his fitness.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Marcelo Bielsa confirms Liam Cooper is back in contention after recovering from a groin injury. “He is fine. He’s at a very good level, but I haven’t picked the team yet. [But] being able to rely on him as an option is good.” Diego Llorente remains sidelined. Jamie Shackleton comes into the managers’ thinking after impressing at Villa Park having replaced Pascal Struijk with barely 20 minutes on the clock. Adam Forshaw (hip) will build confidence and fitness with the under-23s before rejoining the first-team squad. Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) remains out. Still nothing definitive in terms of a timeframe after Bielsa dismissed suggests of a six-week absence.

Pending Evaluation

Ruled Out

  • Adam Forshaw (Hip) – Marcelo Bielsa reveals the midfielder will look to build fitness and confidence with the U23s before rejoining the first team.
  • Gaetano Berardi (ACL knee) – Long-term. Hopeful of a return in early 2021.
  • Diego Llorente (Groin) – Injured on international duty and could be missing for around three weeks.
  • Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) – The clubs’ website suggested he could be out for around six weeks although Bielsa has dismissed these as inaccurate.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Liam Cooper (Groin) – Passed fit and will come into the managers’ thinking.

 

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers took a strong squad to Athens on Wednesday which included Jamie Vardy, and the Leicester boss insists the in-form striker is in contention despite his ongoing calf problems which have been hampering him recently. Cengiz Under provided his first assist at Arsenal but the Turkish winger “needs to get fitter” before being considered for a starting berth. Ayoze Perez was a surprise omission from the squad last time out, and the reason behind his absence remains unclear.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Ricardo Pereira travelled with the group to Athens midweek, but Brendan Rodgers explained that the full-back was continuing with his rehab. “We’re hopeful that after the break he’ll be available. It’s great news for us; he’s progressed really well.” Timothy Castagne will not play again until GW9, at the earliest, after imaging confirmed the full-back has “tweaked” his hamstring which is likely to result in a slight formational change. Jonny Evans was due to play in the Europa League before he aggravated a back problem in training, thankfully the Foxes do not play again until Monday and the additional time will aid his recovery.

Pending Evaluation

  • Jonny Evans (back) – Was due to play in Athens before a setback in training. Rodgers will give the centre-back every chance to prove his fitness.

Ruled Out

  • Ricardo Pereira (ACL rupture) – Rodgers is “hopeful” of a return after the international break.
  • Wilfried Ndidi (Groin) – Successful surgery which will keep him out for around three months.
  • Daniel Amartey (Hamstring) – No definitive timeframe currently, but it will be a “number of weeks”.
  • Caglar Soyuncu (Hamstring) – The Turkey international is not expected to play again this year.
  • Timothy Castagne (hamstring) – Rodgers reveals the full-back will not play again before the break after “tweaking” his hamstring.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Liverpool

Having lost Virgil van Dijk for the season, the last thing Jurgen Klopp would have wanted was another injury in defence… but against FC Midtjylland, Fabinho pulled up with a suspected hamstring strain which is sure to keep him out of this one. It was hoped that Joel Matip and/or Konstantinos Tsimikas could make this weekend, but with the fixtures coming thick and fast, Klopp suggested that he wouldn’t be prepared to risk either, even if they are injury-free due to a lack of training during the build-up. England under-21 defender Rhys Williams looks poised for his Premier League bow. Jordan Henderson was taken off at half-time as a precaution as Klopp wanted to protect his captain ahead of this one.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Jurgen Klopp describes Virgil van Dijk as a “quick healer” and a “pain coper” which will serve him well during this recovery period. The Dutchman had surgery this week to repair knee ligament damage. “He will now focus on the beginning of his rehab with the support of the Reds’ medical department. No timeframe has been placed on his return to action.” The status of Joel Matip remains unclear, but earlier in the week Klopp hinted that the defender would not be risked on Saturday. “If it was the last game of the season, I think, probably, but we play three days later again. The players who are now injured, we cannot use them on the first day of being fit. They need a proper build-up.” So, with Fabinho out due a “little [hamstring] injury” then Liverpool could be forced to turn to youth. Rhys Williams’ recent progress has been ‘exceptional’ and the centre-back could make his Premier League bow. Thiago Alcantara (knee) injury needs a little time to settle.”Nobody can say exactly how long because nothing is ruptured and nothing is broken or stuff like this. He’s desperate to make the next steps. If he will be ready for tomorrow, we will see.” Naby Keita is in a similar position, “just a different kind of injury.” Once again, Klopp insists Jordan Henderson has no fitness issues after he was withdrawn midweek – the Liverpool boss wanted to manage his skippers load during this busy fixture period. No issues with Mo Salah either who was seen limping post-match on Tuesday.

Pending Evaluation

  • Joel Matip (muscle) – Missed the Champions League tie vs FC Midtjylland on Tuesday, but pre-match Jürgen Klopp revealed he would need a “few more days” of training.
  • Thiago Silva (knee) – “Desperate” to play according to Klopp but the Spaniard may not be ready.
  • Naby Keita (COVID-19) – Similar to Thiago, and this weekend could come too soon.
  • Konstantinos Tsimikas (Thigh) – Hoping to rejoin the group this week which gives him an outside chance of making the squad.

Ruled Out

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Knee) – Progressing with no definitive timeline. Long-term.
  • Virgil van Dijk (ACL knee) – Season over for the Dutchman who will undergo surgery to repair ligament damage.
  • Fabinho (knee) – Ruled out of GW7 and ‘probably’ a little longer. Already withdrawn from the Brazil squad for their upcoming matches.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Manchester City

Pep was forced into playing a False 9 in Marseille following the news that Sergio Aguero will not be back before the break. Ferran Torres was given the nod, but the Spaniard has only started once in the league, and with Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo playing less than 15 minutes apiece midweek, both will be pushing for a recall. Kevin De Bruyne came through the encounter unscathed, as did Aymeric Laporte who was taken off before the end. Nathan Ake should be back to bolster numbers, but Gabriel Jesus will not return before GW8 according to Guardiola while the player himself insists he could be training with the group by Friday.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Guardiola suggested that Nathan Ake (groin) and Gabriel Jesus (thigh) are nearing a return and they may make the matchday squad. “[Our injured players] are getting better,” he said during Fridays’ press conference. “Now we have a training session, so we will have an update after. Gabriel is getting better, Nathan is getting better.” Benjamin Mendy hasn’t started training with the squad, and Sergio Aguero is ruled out following a setback at West Ham. “Still not available to train with us but progressing.” Fernandinho is longer term.

Pending Evaluation

  • Nathan Ake (groin) – Training with the group and Pep will make a late call after the final session.
  • Gabriel Jesus (thigh) – Only just rejoined the squad, and while the Brazilian is not ruled out, Saturday may come too soon.

Ruled Out

  • Benjamin Mendy (undisclosed) – Longer term, potentially late-November.
  • Fernandinho (muscle) – Better than the initial prognosis suggested. Could be back within a month.
  • Sergio Aguero (hamstring) – Minimum of two weeks, while it could be up to a month. Assessment ongoing.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Manchester United

Ole made five changes against RB Leipzig with one eye on Sundays’ game and heading into the final twenty with a slender one-goal advantage, Solskjaer introduced man-of-the-moment Marcus Rashford who promptly delivered a 15- minute hat-trick. No Alex Telles on the night meaning he has missed the last two, but there was a first start for Donny van de Beek while Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood were named in the XI.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Ole confirmed after the win over RB Leipzig that Alex Telles (COVID-19) is currently self-isolating. “He’s been out now for a little while. He’s tested positive for the coronavirus. But he has no symptoms; he’s fine, and we can’t wait to get him back.” Phil Jones has been ruled out until the end of the year following knee surgery. “[He’s] working really hard to be back, hopefully, he’ll get fit in December. When you’re injured, you can’t get into the squad – he’s working really diligently, and he’ll be coming back soon.” Anthony Martial serves the final game of his ban, and Eric Bailly is out until after the break… And on United’s recent improvement. “The truth is that we were not in shape before the international break. Now we are fit, and we are sharp, and it has only gotten better and better. We’ve lost one of the last eight, which I think is pretty consistent,” the United boss told Norwegian outlet TV2.

Pending Evaluation

Ruled Out

  • Phil Jones (knee surgery) – Ruled out until December after Ole confirmed the defender went under the knife.
  • Eric Bailly (undisclosed) – Ole confirms the centre-back will be unavailable for three to four weeks.
  • Jesse Lingard (undisclosed) – Out for a “few weeks” initially with nothing definitive in terms of a timeline.
  • Alex Telles (COVID-19) – Failed to make the matchday squad against Chelsea or in the Champions League. Ole confirmed a positive test on Wednesday evening.

Banned

  • Anthony Martial – Final game of his three-match ban.

Return to Competition

 

Newcastle United

The point at Wolves will buoy Steve Bruce after the heavy defeat to Manchester United. That loss prompted four changes – one enforced – which saw the Magpies unleash a four-prong attack for the first time this season. Miguel Almiron, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin started together, although, understandably, it will take a little time for them to gel. Jacob Murphy was rewarded for his efforts at the training ground, and he duly repaid the managers’ faith with a well-struck 89th-minute free-kick to share the spoils.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Jamaal Lascelles was forced off at Molineux due to a foot injury and the United skipper is a doubt for Sunday. Isaac Hayden (hamstring) has fully recovered. “He’s fine. He’s trained all week; I didn’t think I could gamble with him (GW6).” Sean Longstaff (tonsillitis) and Matty Longstaff (thigh) are both in contention. “They bring an energy to the team and they’re both very decent passers of the ball too. They’ve had a few problems but we hope they can stay fit because they’ve both got something to offer.” Jonjo Shelvey’s surgery was a success: “Thankfully, it was all pretty routine. He’s on the mend. These days with the way hernia injuries are we are thinking it could be three or four weeks – certainly, after the international break we hope he’s there or thereabouts.” Matt Ritchie, Martin Dubravka and Dwight Gayle remain out long-term.

Pending Evaluation

  • Paul Dummett (hamstring) – Building fitness with the U23s following long-term injury. Assessed GW-to-GW.
  • Ciaran Clark (thigh) – Building fitness with the U23s following injury. Assessed GW-to-GW.
  • Jamaal Lascelles (foot) – Bruce reveals the skipper is a “major concern” after he was forced off at Molineux.

Ruled Out

  • Martin Dúbravka (Knee) – Setback. It could be late-November before the goalkeeper is back in contention.
  • Dwight Gayle (Knee) – Surgery will keep him out for 3-4 months.
  • Matt Ritchie (Shoulder) – Set for surgery. The initial timeline indicates around 2-3 months.
  • Jonjo Shelvy (groin) – Surgery which will rule the midfielder out until late-November.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Sheffield United

The Blades couldn’t hold out after taking the lead at Anfield, but there were plenty of positives for Chris Wilder who admitted the result was “difficult to take” after doing “more than enough” to get something from the game. Max Lowe is the only expected addition to the squad after recovering from a concussion. Rhian Brewster will be hoping to build on the 53 minutes he was afforded against his former employers.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Max Lowe will return to the matchday squad after missing out against Liverpool. “He was training full-tilt at the back end of the week but because of the protocols, there were no chances taken. And rightly so,” Chris Wilder said on Thursday morning. Jack O’Connell (knee) is out for the season while John Fleck (back) is around four weeks away from a return. Lys Mousset is hoping to be ready by game week eleven. “For that type of injury, it really isn’t an exact science. He might be earlier than expected but we’re possibly looking in and around the start of December.” John Lundstram will not be signing a new deal at Bramall Lane. “It’s been very frustrating. We’ve offered him a very attractive contract. He doesn’t want to sign it,” mused Wilder. “I’ve got to respect John’s decision. He’s still a Sheff United player and he’s still available for selection.”

Pending Evaluation

  • John Lundstram (contract) – Refused a new deal. One to watch as Chris Wilder may look to plan for life without the midfielder.

Ruled Out

  • Lys Mousset (Toe) – Minor operation after suffering a “rare” ligament injury under his toe. Will not return until early-December.
  • Jack O’Connell (Knee) – Successfully undergone surgery and will not play again this season.
  • John Fleck (back) – Chris Wilder reveals the midfielder is still around four weeks away.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Max Lowe (concussion) – Returned to full training ahead of Liverpool but protocol meant he was unable to play.

 

Southampton

Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl felt the win over Everton was fully deserved after executing their game plan flawlessly after the first 28 minutes. “It’s definitely not a coincidence we won this game,” he said. “We showed some good quality. With possession and also against the ball, we were very organised and had good game management.” Theo Walcott comes back into contention, but the Saints are likely to remain unchanged with Stuart Armstrong retaining his place in the side.

Predicted lineup

predicted lineups gameweek 6

Press Conference Update

Will Smallbone (thigh) and Moussa Djenepo (hamstring) are not back yet. “But [they] are making good progress,” manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has confirmed. Mohamed Salisu continues to build fitness while Theo Walcott returns to the matchday squad after missing the win over Everton. “I’m happy he is available again for the weekend. It’s important that he steps into the team, learns very quick and is open-minded for this new stuff we try to implement. Let’s have a look at how much he helps us. I’m very positive that he will.”

Pending Evaluation

Ruled Out

  • Moussa Djenepo (hamstring) – Back in team sessions, but not back fit to play. GW7 comes too early but he is in a “good way.”
  • Will Smallbone (thigh) – Back in team sessions, but not back fit to play. GW7 comes too early but he is in a “good way.”
  • Mohamed Salisu (fitness) – Back in team sessions, but not back fit to play. GW7 comes too early but he is in a “good way.”

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Theo Walcott – Ineligible against his parent club in Round Six.

 

Tottenham Hotspur

Only Japhet Tanganga is unavailable through injury, although Spurs do have a game in the Europa League on Thursday night before facing Brighton. Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier are expected to return after Jose Mourinho decided against risking either player at Turf Moor. Gareth Bale will start in Antwerp, but this weekend will probably come too soon in the Premier League as he builds fitness. Davinson Sanchez, Harry Winks and Dele Alli were all missing from the matchday squad last time out, and Jose explained that the decision was tactical. “This is the life of a big club, the life I know from my times in Madrid, Inter and Chelsea.” Ben Davies was preferred to Sergio Reguilon (GW6), and midweek may give some indication of how Tottenham could line-up on Sunday.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Jose Mourinho was clearly unhappy with the performance of his side in the Europa League. “I would [have] liked to make 11 [changes],” he replied when asked why Lo Celso, Alli, Bergwijn and Vinícius were replaced at half-time. “I didn’t make five because I was afraid of a long 45 minutes without any changes to make.” The second half was slightly better, but after the one-nil defeat, Spurs are likely to set-up similar to Turf Moor after nine changes. “Before matches, you always ask me. ‘Why this player is not playing?’ ‘Why this player is not playing?’ ‘Why this player is not selected?’ Maybe now for a few weeks, you don’t ask me that because you have the answer.” Japhet Tanganga is the only confirmed injury absentee, but with a strong squad to choose from, Jose can afford to rest any players who are not 100 per cent.

Pending Evaluation

Ruled Out

  • Japhet Tanganga (Muscle) – Assistant Head Coach João Sacramento confirms the defender is the only injury absentee ahead of Antwerp.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

West Bromwich Albion

Slaven Bilic expressed his anger and disappointment following the departure of Ahmed Hegazi on the eve of the Brighton game, and this could have repercussions further down the line. “I wanted him to stay, and he wanted to stay, and then something happened, and then he is off although I had assurances. When we practised the shape, and everything Hegazi was in the team on Saturday. Of course, I am not pleased.” The Baggies boss played down a training ground injury suffered by Dara O’Shea, but his return is unlikely to affect the line-up as I would expect West Brom to be unchanged.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Kamil Grosicki returned to Albion this week after his move to Nottingham Forest was blocked by the EFL; however, the Polish winger will find it difficult to displace the likes of Mateus Pereira, Grady Diangana or Callum Robinson. On the injury front, Slaven Bilic believes Sam Field (knee) and Hal Robson-Kanu (broken arm) will be back in contention after the November international break. Dara O’Shea is “good” after an ankle injury kept him out of GW6. “As I said in the beginning, it looked more like an injury that was going to take him longer, and he’d be on the sidelines. Thankfully it isn’t. He’s back and is training at 100 per cent so he should be okay.”

Pending Evaluation

  • Dara O’Shea (ankle) – Back in training ‘100 per cent’ and should be available.

Ruled Out

  • Hal Robson-Kanu (arm) – Bilic believes the attacker will be in contention after the international break.
  • Sam Field (knee) – Won’t be too far away after the November international break.

Banned

Return to Competition

 

West Ham United

The biggest concern for David Moyes heading into GW7 is the fitness of leading goal scorer Michail Antonio who was replaced for the second consecutive game due to a problematic hamstring. Initially, imaging cleared the striker to play at City, but there may be something underlying which threatens his involvement. If Antonio fails to recover, then Sebastian Haller is available after recovering from injury.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

David Moyes confirms Michail Antonio will miss the game at Anfield: “He has been great for us and has played really well. He came off against Spurs, and he felt it against Man City too. We don’t think it’s too bad, but it’s enough to keep him out of tomorrow’s game.” Initial reports suggest he could be sidelined for around a month, although the injury is not as bad as first feared. “It’s near enough the first injury we’ve had. We’ve kept the boys in really good condition, the medical team and the recovery has been great. Maybe we’ve been lucky, but we hope it stays that way because we need the players to be fit.” Ryan Fredericks, also hamstring, is the only other real injury of note this term.

Pending Evaluation

  • Mohamed Said Benrahma – Building fitness since arriving from Brentford. Assessed GW-to-GW.

Ruled Out

  • Michail Antonio (hamstring) – Not as bad as initially feared, but media reports suggest the striker will be sidelined for between 4-6 weeks.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Max Kilman’s ownership (9.7%) is slowly creeping up along with his price (£4.2m), and it’s easy to see the appeal. However, there are concerns whether the 23-year-old can nail down his place with Marcal vying for a spot on the left. There are also question marks over Adama Traore who has only started three Premier League games, and none in the last month… This could be partly due to a slight change in style which is more conservative, possession-based, during this early part, and without Matt Doherty, Wolves look a different beast to the side which has graced the Premier League since coming up…. However, with Tyrick Mitchell struggling, and the possibility of Patrick van Aanholt starting for the first time since mid-July, Nuno may look to target the Palace left-back, and Friday could be Traore’s night!

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Nuno reports that there are no major worries heading into Friday nights’ game. One or two players need to be assessed from the draw with Newcastle, but everyone, except for long-term absentee Jonny (ACL knee), is expected to be available. “Unfortunately, we always have issues. Issues from the previous games, even from the international break, players that are still recovering from some knocks and problem. We are doing a good job. I expect everybody to have the answers tomorrow.”

Pending Evaluation

Ruled Out

  • Jonny (ACL rupture) – Expected to miss the remainder of 2020.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

* RTT – Return to Train      ** RTP – Return to Play     *** GW – Game Week

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