The final international hiatus of 2023 has concluded, ushering in a continuous stretch of Premier League fixtures for the next four months.
Across the league, the injury count has soared, reaching a new high this season. Ben Dinnery, founder of Premier Injuries, notes that there have been 196 injuries in just over three months at the start of this season. This marks a 15% increase compared to the past four campaigns.
Injuries both preceding and during the domestic break have raised concerns at several clubs ahead of GW-13. Newcastle faces a tough time, being the worst-hit team in the Premier League with 11 injured players.
Kicking off this weekend’s action is an enticing encounter at the Etihad Stadium, Man City taking on Liverpool in Saturday’s early fixture. Subsequently, Arsenal journeys to Brentford, Newcastle welcomes Chelsea and Sunday’s standout fixture features Man United visiting Everton who faced a massive deduction of 10 points last week.
Saturday, November 25
Man City vs Liverpool
Manchester City faced a series of injury concerns during the international break, notably Erling Haaland’s early exit from the match against the Faroe Islands. Even so, Haaland could be passed fit for the blockbuster fixture. Unfortunately, Mateo Kovacic and John Stones remain unavailable. Nathan Ake, Matheus Nunes, and Ederson will undergo assessments to determine their availability. Kevin De Bruyne remains sidelined due to a prolonged injury.
For Liverpool, Thiago, Andy Robertson, and Stefan Bajcetic are sidelined. Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate missed the previous win against Brentford due to injuries, but Konate, along with Ryan Gravenberch and Curtis Jones, returned to training ahead of the game. Alexis Mac Allister is set to return following his suspension.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea
Newcastle’s squad has multiple absences as the likes of Callum Wilson, Dan Burn, Javier Manquillo, Sven Botman, Elliot Anderson, Harvey Barnes, Matt Targett, and Jacob Murphy are all unavailable. Alexander Isak and Fabian Schar are uncertain, while Miguel Almiron’s hamstring injury status awaits confirmation from Eddie Howe. Lewis Hall is ineligible against his parent club, and Sandro Tonali remains suspended for 10 months. Bruno Guimaraes is set to return after serving his suspension before the break.
At Chelsea, Wesley Fofana, Carney Chukwuemeka, Trevoh Chalobah, and Ben Chilwell continue to grapple with long-term injuries. Malo Gusto and Levi Colwill, who withdrew from England and France Under-21 squads due to injuries, are doubtful despite returning to training. On the mend, Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku are progressing in their rehabilitation and nearing potential returns.
Burnley vs West Ham
For Burnley, Lyle Foster is absent due to mental health reasons. Arijanet Muric and Jack Cork remain unavailable. Hjalmar Ekdal and Manuel Benson are possibly returning to contention.
West Ham’s Michail Antonio faces a two to three-week absence due to an injury sustained while on international duty with Jamaica. Jarrod Bowen exited early from the England squad. However, Mohammed Kudus seems to have recovered from a minor issue, featuring as a substitute in Ghana’s recent match against Comoros.
Luton Town vs Crystal Palace
Luton continues without Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mads Andersen, Reece Burke, and Dan Potts. Alfie Doughty, Amari’i Bell, Chiedozie Ogbene, and Cauley Woodrow are uncertain due to injuries.
Crystal Palace faces injury concerns with Dean Henderson, James Tomkins, and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi ahead of their upcoming game under Roy Hodgson.
Nott’m Forest vs Brighton
Callum Hudson-Odoi might be sidelined for Nottingham Forest due to a hamstring issue, while Murillo and Felipe are uncertain.
Brighton might miss Solly March, Danny Welbeck, and Julio Enciso. Kaoru Mitoma and Lewis Dunk withdrew from national team duties early. Pervis Estupinan, Tariq Lamptey, James Milner, and Mahmoud Dahoud’s availability is also uncertain for their City Ground visit.
Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
Chris Basham, Rhys Norrington-Davies, John Egan, Tom Davies, Daniel Jebbison, and Rhian Brewster are sidelined for Sheffield United. Jayden Bogle has a minor injury, but Anel Ahmedhodzic and Oli McBurnie are available again.
Bournemouth’s Max Aarons is out with a hamstring issue, and Tyler Adams, Ryan Fredericks, Alex Scott, and Emiliano Marcondes remain unavailable.
Brentford vs Arsenal
Aaron Hickey, Rico Henry, and Kevin Schade remain long-term absentees for Brentford. Ivan Toney is suspended until January due to betting violations, and the fitness of Keane Lewis-Potter and Mikkel Damsgaard is uncertain.
For Arsenal FC, David Raya is ineligible to face his parent club, so Aaron Ramsey will most likely feature. Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, and Jurrien Timber are long-term absentees, while Fabio Vieira is suspended. Ben White and Cedric Soares are doubts due to injury, although Gabriel Jesus returned to action with Brazil during the international break.
Sunday, 26 November
Tottenham will miss James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Ivan Perisic, Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon, and Richarlison due to injury. Cristian Romero and Yves Bissouma are suspended, while Destiny Udogie remains doubtful after missing out on the Italy squad due to injury.
Villa is without Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia due to anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Diego Carlos and Jacob Ramsey are doubtful for the upcoming match.
Everton vs Man United
Everton could be without Dele Alli, and they’ll assess Andre Gomes, Seamus Coleman, and Amadou Onana.
Luke Shaw returned to Man United’s training this week. Lisandro Martinez was also seen training, but Casemiro, Tyrell Malacia, and Amad Diallo remain long-term absentees. Christian Eriksen is out, while Jadon Sancho hasn’t featured since a falling out in September. Rasmus Hojlund is being evaluated. Jonny Evans and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are doubtful. Andre Onana missed Cameroon’s match against Libya and is also being assessed for fitness.
Monday, 27 November
Fulham vs Wolves
Fulham expects Tosin Adarabioyo to be ready to return to the starting line up in time for Monday’s kickoff. Palinha is suspended for his 5th yellow, while Steven Benda (knee), Issa Diop (match fitness), T. Francois (?), R. Muniz Carvalho (knee), & Adama Traore (hamstring) are all out.
Wolves are without the suspended Craig Dawson, long-term injured Pedro Neto (hamstring) and almost-fit again Joseph Hodge (shoulder).
Stats and info for this article were sourced from premierleague.com
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