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Week 18 Premier League Injuries & Suspensions

Merry Christmas! We've got the gift of team news for you ahead of the Boxing Day schedule.

It's possible that nobody in this picture will be in action on Boxing Day.
It's possible that nobody in this picture will be in action on Boxing Day.
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As is the case every year, this week is a little tricky for injury news as Premier League managers give their pre-match press conferences a few days ahead of time to spend Christmas with their families. Rather than going through all the outs, doubts, ins and wins this week, let's take a look at the players you'd be looking at who may not make it to the pitch this weekend:

Two players who have been popular fantasy players during AFC Bournemouth's strong run recently, Joshua King and Junior Stanislas, are both doubtful this weekend. Glenn Murray and Marc Pugh are their likely replacements if you feel like taking a risk.

Bournemouth's opponents tomorrow, Crystal Palace, have their own injury worries, as Yannick Bolasie, Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham are all rated doubtful. Mile Jedinak and Lee Chung-Yong could earn starts, though the uncertainty makes any of these players a risk.

Eden Hazard remains a concern with a hip issue ahead of Guus Hiddink's first match in charge of Chelsea, though the interim manager should have an otherwise fit squad to choose from. The only real concern here is trying to guess which players the Dutchman will hand starts to.

Jamie Vardy is expected to shake off a hamstring injury to start for Leicester City, while Robert Huth will also return to the squad after serving a one-match ban last time out. Danny Drinkwater will miss out yet again, and will be joined on the sidelines by Jeffrey Schlupp, who has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury.

There's bad news for Liverpool as Martin Skrtel tore his hamstring in the 3-0 loss to Watford last weekend. Dejan Lovren is set to return from his own injury, but James Milner and Daniel Sturridge will remain sidelined until the new year. Christian Benteke may be in line for a recall to the starting lineup.

There are no new injury concerns for Manchester City, but returns to fitness for Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy could see a shake up in the back four. Aleksandar Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala are most at risk of losing their spots. Sergio Aguero isn't likely to be fit enough to play the full 90, but will get the start ahead of Wilfried Bony.

Papiss Cisse is likely to miss out after sustaining a groin injury in Week 17, with Aleksandar Mitrovic ready to step in should the striker fail to recover in time.

Maarten Stekelenburg has been passed fit for the visit of the Gunners, but you probably weren't looking here anyway.

Sunderland continues to be plagued by injuries and suspensions ahead of their match with Man City. Jack Rodwell is suspended, while Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Larsson continue to struggle with injury. Jordi Gomez may be fielded in central midfield from the start.

Danny Rose has overcome the illness that kept him out of the Tottenham Hotspur squad in Week 17. His return will see Ben Davies back on the bench.

Nathan Ake is ineligible against parent club Chelsea, so Quique Sanchez Flores will likely turn to Ikechi Anya to fill in for Watford FC this weekend.

Salomon Rondon and James McClean are both suspended following their red cards last match, with Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino in line for recalls to the starting lineup. Rickie Lambert also provides an option up top should Tony Pulis continue to exile Berahino.

West Ham United's long injury list remains, with Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Victor Moses, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet missing. Andy Carroll is also a doubt to be fit for the match, so Slaven Bilic may continue with Nikica Jelavic in the lone striker role.

Has any of this injury news affected your thinking for your Week 18 team? Share your thoughts in the comments!