As team news filters in for the third round of league play in the span of a week, I’ve summarized everything you need to know for your fantasy lineups right here.
Michy Batshuayi (foot) and David Luiz (knee) will miss out, as will Christain Atsu (thigh) and Jamaal Lascelles (ankle). Paul Dummett has returned to training but is short of match fitness.
Steve Sidwell remains sidelined. Gaetan Bong has been passed fit after sitting out Tuesday’s game with a knock. Ragnar Klavan missed out on Wednesday through illness and remains questionable for Saturday. Joel Matip has been ruled out, and Nathaniel Clyne is a long-term absentee.
Big Sam Allardyce has cleared Michael Keane, but Leighton Baines has been ruled out. Huddersfield have no fresh injury concerns, but Rajiv van La Parra remains suspended.
Robert Huth and Matthew James remain out. Christian Fuchs is available for selection after returning from leave after the birth of his daughter. Matthew Lowton is “touch-and-go” with a knock and Steven Defour (knee) is a minor doubt. Tom Heaton remains unavailable; Jonathan Walters and Dean Marney have returned to training but continue to build match fitness.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is a very slight doubt with an ankle knock, but Mark Hughes expects him to be available. Swansea enter the weekend with no new injury concerns to sweat over. Tammy Abraham was ineligible to face his parent squad on Wednesday but will now return to consideration.
Miguel Britos is a minor doubt for Watford, while Will Hughes is unlikely to feature due to a hamstring problem. Spurs have no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday’s match: Harry Winks has recovered from illness, but Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama both remain out.
Chris Brunt, Kieran Gibbs, and Matthew Phillips are all uncertain for Alan Pardew as he faces his former club in his first game in charge of WBA. On the other end of the pitch, Yohan Cabaye, Scott Dann, Luka Milivojevic, and Jeffrey Schlupp all failed to train on Thursday and will have to be assessed.
Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out with a groin injury. Alexis Sanchez is carrying a minor hamstring problem but is expected to be in contention. For United, Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will miss out, and Nemanja Matic is a doubt.
Bournemouth have no fresh injury concerns heading into the weekend, and Mark Hughes rates Junior Stanislas as 50-50 to return from his groin injury. Shane Long and Matt Targett are doubts for Soton, and Cedric will miss out with a hamstring injury.
Sane missed the midweek fixture through illness but has returned to training. Benjamin Menday and John Stones are still sidelined. Antonio Conte has hinted that Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany are in need of rest. The gaffer also expressed concern about risk of yellow-card accumulation suspensions for Leroy Sane, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho that would result in their ineligibility for the big showdown next weekend with Man U. As always, make your Man City selections with caution.
For the Hammers, David Moyes has ruled out attackers Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez. Even worse, Moyes may have to field a depleted defense against the league’s best team, as Winston Reid was withdrawn from Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury and faces a late fitness test, and Sam Byram, James Collins, and Wayne Fonte all remain out. On the plus side, Moyes will be without his starting goalkeeper, as (aarggh) Joe Hart (aarggh) is ineligible to face his parent club.
So at the time of publication, that’s everything I know about the ins, outs, and doubts for this weekend’s EPL action. Know something I don’t? Hearing some breaking pre-deadline news? Come on in and share it with us in the discussion below.