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Premier League Injuries & Suspensions Week 17

A gander at who may be missing from your potential fantasy line-ups due to suspension, injury or rotation and returning players who will look to make an impact.

Will Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez be fit enough to battle it out for Monday's big game?
Will Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez be fit enough to battle it out for Monday's big game?
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Out: Fantasy-relevant players who have been confirmed out for the week, either through injury or suspension

Doubt: Players facing the dreaded fitness test, rotation concerns and those who are out of form/favor

In: The likeliest replacements for the Outs & Doubts or those returning from injury

Win: Fantasy player to watch / my hunch pick of the week



Out: Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshire

Doubt: Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez

In: N/A

Win: Mesut Ozil

The injury situation is improved, with the possibility of Mikel Arteta and Alexis Sanchez being available to play but both are more likely to feature in cameos from the bench. Of course, the game being on Monday helps with extra recovery time, so Sanchez could end up displacing Joel Campbell in the starting line-up. I don't expect too many fireworks from what should be a tight, combative game with Manchester City, but it would be difficult to bet on a clean sheet, so let's go with Mesut Ozil to keep up his fine form.


Aston Villa

Out: Jordan Amavi, Micah Richards

Doubt: Gary Gardner

In: N/A

Win: Alan Hutton

With Aston Villa looking utterly helpless, will Remi Garde continue with a stable line-up or look to shake things up by inserting veterans Gabby Agbonlahor and Carlos N'Zogbia? It probably won't matter at a resurgent Newcastle, but the best bet probably comes from the defensive end so let's go with wing back Alan Hutton.


AFC Bournemouth

Out: Christian Atsu, Tommy Elphick, Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson

Doubt: Lee Tomlin

In: Mark Pugh or Glenn Murray

Win: Junior Stanislas

Bournemouth looks to continue its recent turnaround at West Brom with Joshua King shaking off last week's injury. The pick has to be young starlet Junior Stanislas.



Out: Radamel Falcao

Doubt: Eden Hazard

In: N/A

Win: Thibaut Courtois

Miserable Mou is finally gone, but with the next manager not yet officially in place, everything looks more uncertain than usual. Will Gary Cahill and/or Baba Rahman start in place of John Terry and/or Branislav Ivanovic in back?  Who among Oscar, Pedro, Ramires, Cesc Fabregas and injury doubt Hazard will line up in midfield? What about Diego Costa and Loic Remy up front? A home game against struggling Sunderland would usually be an easy win for the Blues, and while Chelsea should still grab the victory, it will likely come as more of the grinding variety. As such, I'd point to the defense more than the offense for fantasy spoils and keeper Courtois seems a safer bet to start than any of the defenders.


Crystal Palace

Out: Dwight Gayle, Bakary Sako

Doubt: Mile Jedinak

In: N/A

Win: Joel Ward

Crystal Palace will look to continue its solid run of form and there should be no need for Alan Pardew to rotate the line-up. With goal shy, defensively stout Stoke City visiting, this game is probably the most likely to finish nil-nil, so I'll back Joel Ward who always offers a half-decent chance at bagging a goal even if he misses out on the clean sheet.



Out: Tyias Browning, Tony Hibbert, Brian Oviedo

Doubt: Phil Jagielka, James McCarthy

In: N/A

Win: Romelu Lukaku

With Jamie Vardy's goal scoring streak starting up again at a mere one game, Lukaku is the current streaking star and you've got to back that continuing against visiting Leicester City in what hopes to be an exciting, 2-2 or 3-2 type affair.


Leicester City

Out: Ritchie De Laet, Daniel Drinkwater, Robert Huth (suspension), Matty James, Jeffrey Schlupp

Doubt: N/A

In: Andy King; Marcin Wasilewski or Yohan Benalouane

Win: Riyad Mahrez

Everybody has been waiting for the pumpkin to meet the Cinderella of Leicester City, and this week's absences of Daniel Drinkwater and Robert Huth could  provide that impetus along with a tricky fixture at Goodison Park. King will be expected to fill in for Drinkwater as he did during the Chelsea game, while Ranieri is considering Wasilewski and Benalouane for Huth's spot. The vital trio of Marc Albrighton/Riyad Mahrez/Jamie Vardy remains intact, so the Foxes will be up for the fight against a suspect Toffees defense.



Out: John Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge

Doubt: Mamadou Sakho

In: Lucas Leiva, Kolo Toure

Win: Christian Benteke

Injuries to Lovren and Milner will give Jurgen Klopp more avenues to tinker with the starting line-up. Reading the tea leaves may be difficult, especially on the offensive end where only Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson seem secure choices. Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney are a handful, but games at Watford tend to be low scoring, so I'll go with wing back Alberto Moreno who always offers a chance at offensive returns in addition to a clean sheet possibility.


Manchester City

Out: Fernando, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri, Pablo Zabaleta

Doubt: Sergio Aguero

In: Kevin De Bruyne, Alexsandar Kolarov

Win: Yaya Toure

Aguero is more likely to start than fellow recently injured Arsenal counterpart Sanchez, but Pellegrini could continue with Wilfried Bony if Monday's game does not offer enough recovery time for Kun; whomever starts will likely make way for the other after about 60-65 minutes. After getting some rest last weekend, De Bruyne and Kolarov should return as City will look to field a strong squad given the importance of this fixture.  However, a shaky backline continues as Vincent Kompany remains out, so let's go for glory on the offensive side with Yaya Toure who proved the impetus for last week's late game winner.


Manchester United

Out: Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger (suspension), Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia

Doubt: Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young

In: Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling

Win: David De Gea

After a recent rash of injuries, the woes ease for United. With Jones, Smalling and/or Young hopeful to feature, the Red Devils should be able to cobble together enough on the defensive end to support the brilliant De Gea.



Out: Rolando Aarons, Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Steven Taylor, Michael Williamson

Doubt: Cheik Tiote

In: N/A

Win: Georginio Wijnaldum

Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic were the heroes last week, but let's go with Wijnaldum to take the spoils against Villa.


Norwich City

Out: Matt Jarvis, Andre Wisdom

Doubt: John Ruddy (off-field issues)

In: Ryan Bennett

Win: Declan Rudd

Norwich City will probably have difficulty scoring at Old Trafford, so you may want to look at keeper Declan Rudd (with John Ruddy likely to be on the bench again) or one of the defenders for fantasy returns as Manchester United's offense has remained mediocre at best. Ryan Bennett should start after replacing an injured Andre Wisdom last week.



Out: Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos, Jay Rodriguez, Maarten Stekelenburg

Doubt: Shane Long (rotation)

In: Graziano Pelle

Win: Sadio Mane

Paulo Gazzaniga should continue in place for Stekelenburg, leaving the Saints with their third choice keeper against a dangerous Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and company angry after last week's letdown against Newcastle. So, how about we look toward the offensive end, then? Graziano Pelle offers a possibility on his return from injury, perhaps displacing Shane Long, but I could see Sadio Mane punishing a bad defensive error from Spurs.


Stoke City

Out: Phil Bardsley, Geoff Cameron, Peter Crouch,

Doubt: Stephen Ireland, Xherdan Shaqiri

In: N/A

Win: Jack Butland

If recovered from injury, Shaqiri looks to take back his place in the starting line-up from Marco Van Ginkel, but Stoke is struggling to score with or without the Swiss maven. With Crystal Palace boasting a strong defense as well, I would look to both sides' keepers and defenders for fantasy returns. Butland is simply on another planet and gets the nod.



Out: Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson

Doubt: Sebastian Coates, DeAndre Yedlin (form)

In: Younes Kaboul

Win: John O'Shea

With Sebastian Coates an injury worry and DeAndre Yedlin getting yanked early last week, Younes Kaboul looks to start. Teams are not afraid of Chelsea even at Stamford Bridge this season, but with Cattermole and Larsson still out the Black Cats will not exactly feel overconfident. You're not looking at anyone on Sunderland for fantasy returns, so I'm not recommending O'Shea by any means. You could do worse, but not by much.


Swansea City

Out: N/A

Doubt: Eder

In: Bafetimbi Gomis, Jonjo Shelvey

Win: Ashley Williams

Swansea's offensive line-up remains a weekly mystery amidst continued struggles. Gomis scored as a sub last week and Eder may not be able to return from injury just yet, so it would not be a surprise to see Ayew return to the wing with Gomis starting up front. Shelvey should start after missing out last week, leaving us to wonder who in the carousel of Jack Cork, Jefferson Montero, Gylffi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-Yeung will join him. The home fixture against West Ham could go either way, but given the Swans' poor offensive form and West Ham's recent defensive stoutness, I'd point to the back end for hope.


Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Tom Carroll (rotation), Nacer Chadli, Clinton N'Jie, Ryan Mason

Doubt: Moussa Dembele

In: N/A

Win: Dele Alli

Losing at home at Newcastle? Really?!  Maybe the wake-up call will bring a renewed focus against Southampton and Spurs can get back to the business of not losing, even if they're not winning as much as they should. Kane and Eriksen are far from consistent, so it may be prudent to go with a cheaper option such as Alli or Lamela.


Watford FC

Out: Joel Ekstrand

Doubt: Valon Behrami, Sebastian Prodl

In: N/A

Win: Heurelho Gomes

Behrami and Prodl could feature here after recovering from injury, but why change it if it isn't broken, right? The Watford defense is usually a better pick than its offense at home so apologies to the always dangerous Ighalo and Deeney, but I'm going with keeper Gomes here.


West Bromwich Albion

Out: Ben Foster, Claudio Yacob (personal reasons)

Doubt: Stephane Sessegnon

In: N/A

Win: Jonny Evans

With Yacob out again, Jonas Olsson should continue in back but you're probably not expecting another goal from him. Evans is a stronger pick for fantasy spoils in a home fixture that looked more attractive recently than it does now, what with Bournemouth's recent turnaround, as Albion will try to get back to notching clean sheets after a less than stellar defensive run.


West Ham United

Out: Manuael Lanzini, Victor Moses, Dimitri Payet, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho,

Doubt: Andy Carroll

In: Enner Valencia

Win: Adrian

Carroll will probably miss out, giving Enner Valencia an opportunity. Even so, with the combination of multiple absences on the offensive end, the away locale at Swansea and two straight nil-nil results, you should probably look to the other end, fantasy-wise.


My fantasy teams (named Stallone Wall) at the moment:

Butland / Alderweireld, Cathcart, Ward / Ayew, Barkley, Delofeu, Mahrez (V) / Aguero, Lukaku (C), Vardy [Official BPL]

Hennessey / Baines, Dummett, Monreal / Ayew, Cabaye, Coutinho, De Bruyne, Mahrez / Lukaku, Vardy [Fantrax]

Butland / Ake, Dann, Johnson, Smalling / Barkley, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Ozil / Lukaku, Vardy [Togga Perfect XI]

How are your squads coming together?