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Injuries and Suspensions - Week 28

Will he be "the man" over two matches or will going with one-gamers be the right path? (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Will he be "the man" over two matches or will going with one-gamers be the right path? (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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You can click this way to see consolidated team reports for the week but we like to give you the summary as it applies to your fantasy team so without the usual wordy introduction, here's all the news you need to know for tomorrow:

Chelsea v Stoke - John Terry and Ashley Cole are back from their injuries and it looks like Chelsea are about as healthy as a club can be at this time of year. Now the big question will be how the new manager will decide to send out the troops to get better results than the last guy. Hard to imagine you're considering Stoke players so we'll not spend a great deal of time there.

Wolves v Blackburn - Wolves look fairly healthy as well and on top of that SeaBass and Roger Johnson are back in contention after injury and being in the doghouse respectively. On the Rovers side, David Dunn seems likely to start which is always a useful piece of information to know.

Bolton v QPR - Djibril Cisse is back and Adel Taarabt is an injury doubt. As we mentioned yesterday, Cisse is a great potential enabler. Hard to know what to do about Taarabt - you'd LOVE to have his recent production against poor opposition but you also risk taking as zero as he sits. Use your best judgment.

Sunderland v Liverpool - Gerrard and Glen Johnson are back and could be reasonable value over two matches. On the Sunderland side, Sessegnon is starting a three match suspension and Keiron Richardson is also a major doubt. The upside for managers is that Wayne Bridge could be a solid enabler if he gets the start over K-Rich. The absence of Sessegnon, generally Sunderland's best attacking player this season, will improve the value of Liverpool's defenders and Pepe Reina.

Aston Villa v Fulham - The word on the street is that McLeish will start the same line-up as he did last week which means no DBent, Richard Dunne, etc. Not a happy thing for Villa fans. The same is likely true for Fulham (they are likely to be unchanged) but the implication of that is much better for the Fulham faithful as they are in great form.

Everton v Tottenham - The important information for Everton is that a) they are fully healthy; b) there are a few players short of match fitness including Osman and Jagielka; c) Gibson won't play; and d) Pienaar can't play against the club that owns his rights. Basically, take Everton on face value. On the Spurs side, Lennon and Dawson are out but there are no mentions of lingering injuries to Gareth Bale or Rafael van der Vaart.

Man Utd v West Brom - Tom Cleverley is back and could play a part but I'm not sure I'm ready to buy in yet since there is nothing that leads me to believe he's a definite starter. For West Brom, the disappointing Chris Brunt is back to health and ready to take over from Jerome Thomas who is likely out with a hamstring. Nothing to see here for my part.

Swansea v Man City - Wayne Routledge will get a start for the suspended Nathen Dyer but given the opposition you probably don't want to go there. For City, no news on the forwards but Kompany is definitely out after hurting himself in Europa League action last night. It sounds like Lescott and Richards will return and be options but beware that City's defense is significantly less effective without Kompany. Throw in Swansea's effectiveness at home and I'd be worried about over-spending on any City defenders or Joe Hart.

Norwich v Wigan - No significant news other than that one-time enabler-of-choice Daniel Ayala is still out and won't be available at home against Wigan for enabling duties that might come with a cheap clean sheet.

Arsenal v Newcastle - Not much news of note here other than the fact that we should start the Andre Santos watch as he should return to contention soon if not this week. That also makes Keiron Gibbs a question mark which could eliminate a possible inexpensive starter. Arsenal with two actual left backs contending for one spot? Who'd have thunk it?

We'll be back with a full Live Chat tomorrow starting with the early match - who's up for Bolton vs. QPR? I'm sure there will be at least 15 or 20 people here in the States watching early on ESPN2 - most likely all will be employed by some form of sports media and will be tweeting about it or hosting a live chat. Hopefully, we'll have some company.