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Week 12 - Injuries, Suspensions & Team News

All the breaking team and injury news and how it could impact your fantasy selections ahead of the Week 12 deadline.

Giroud is a major doubt for the Gunners.
Giroud is a major doubt for the Gunners.
Christof Koepsel

Manchester United - Robin van Persie is fit so there's a very decent chance he'll be partnered by Javier Hernandez in attack as Wayne Rooney remains a doubt with the injury that forced him out of the England squad. Jonny Evans is also struggling so Chris Smalling could come in to the center of defence alongside Rio Ferdinand.

Norwich - No new injury news coming out of Carrow Road so Chris Hughton should have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Manchester City - James Milner and Joleon Lescott are back in contention while Gael Clichy could be fit after missing France's midweek international against Italy and Samir Nasri has recovered from illness. Sergio Aguero will be tired after his midweek travels with Argentina but should still lineup alongside the well rested Carlos Tevez, with Mario Balotelli unlikely to start having failed to impress Roberto Mancini in training recently. There's no news on Maicon so he's probably best avoiding this week.

Aston Villa
- Paul Lambert will be boosted by the return of full-backs Eric Lichaj and Nathan Baker after suspension and injury respectively but Darren Bent, Chris Herd, Richard Dunne, Charles N'Zogbia and Joe Bennett are still out.

Arsenal - It looks like Wojciech Szczesny will return after two months out with an ankle injury to replace Vito Mannone in goal but Arsene Wenger has a number of new injury worries with Bacary Sagna, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta all doubtful. A few journalists have stated on Twitter that Giroud is the biggest doubt of all with hamstring and calf complaints which is a worry for fantasy managers across the land, but the North London Derby is the early kick off tomorrow so we should get line-ups before the Yahoo deadline.

Tottenham - AVB has concerns of his own and it's a huge blow for Spurs that Moussa Dembele remains out with his long standing hip injury. Jermain Defoe, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon all suffered hamstring problems last weekend but should just about make it, although Emmanuel Adebayor may once again be asked to play the lone role upfront. Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker remain out.

Newcastle - Alan Pardew is another manager who has an injury list longer than my wife's Christmas list and he's also waiting to hear if Papiss Cisse is able to feature after a dispute with the Senegalese FA. Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez are both out so Yahoo-bargain Shane Ferguson will almost certainly start but James Perch is out injured and Fabricio Coloccini is suspended. One piece of good news for the Magpies is the return of Cheick Tiote who returns from his three match ban.

Swansea - Danny Graham, Pablo Hernandez and Leon Britton are injury doubts and Ki Sung-Yueng is definitely out with a hamstring injury so Nathan Dyer should get a rare start following his goal off the bench at Southampton. Chico is ready to return but he must oust club captain Gary Monk who has performed well in his absence.

Reading - Winger Jimmy Kebe is a major doubt for the Reading after picking up a groin injury. Alex McCarthy remains out so Adam Federici will continue to cover in goal.

Everton - Kevin Mirallas will be out for at least another week with the hamstring problem that forced him off in the first half of the Sunderland game.

Liverpool - Pepe Reina is set to replace Brad Jones in goal after five weeks out while Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel are expected to return after recovering from injury and illness respectively.

Wigan - James McArthur's injury is the only real concern for Roberto Martinez, who has a near fully fit squad to choose from.

Fulham - Kieran Richardson is out so Alex Kacaniklic should start, while Mahamadou Diarra is a big doubt. Chris Baird is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend.

Sunderland - Steven Fletcher faces a race against time to be fit so his place could go to Louis Saha, who will relish the chance to start against his old club. Phil Bardsley is a doubt and Lee Cattermole is extremely unlikely to be fit according to Martin O'Neil, while Craig Gardner is suspended.

QPR - Remember early season bargain Fabio? Well he could return against Southampton after a two-month absence with a hamstring problem. Ryan Nelsen is a slight doubt but expect him to play through the pain for such a huge game, although Mark Hughes will be missing captain Ji-Sung Park due to a hamstring injury.

Southampton - No new injury worries reported for Nigel Adkins' men.

Chelsea - John Terry will be sidelined for a month with his knee injury while Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard remain doubts. David Luiz and Oscar will be assessed having played for Brazil but both are expected to start.

West Brom - Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to face his parent club and keeper Ben Foster is out with a groin injury. Gareth McAuley and Youssouf Mulumbu are both major doubts.

West Ham - There are slight doubts over Yossi Benayoun, George McCartney and Matt Jarvis but all three men should recover by Monday night. Former fantasy favourite Matt Taylor is close to recovery but is expected to make the bench at best.

Stoke - Charlie Adam and Jonathan Walters should be available after pulling out of midweek international duty but Dean Whitehead is suspended. Marc Wilson remains out so Andy Wilkinson will continue at fullback.


There's everything useful I could find across the interweb but if you find something I've missed then please let your fellow fantasy managers know via the comments section below.

I'll be back in the morning for our weekly live chat ahead of the deadline. How's your team looking? Has the news above left you with any new decisions to make?