Check out all the team news and latest injury updates ahead of the Premier League weekend, with Chelsea boosted by the return of their ...
Check out all the team news and latest injury updates ahead of the Premier League weekend, with Chelsea boosted by the return of their skipper.
Chelsea v Leicester - 12:30pm
John Terry has recovered from an ankle injury and is in contention to return to Chelsea’s starting XI in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester.
The Blues captain could form part of a defensive back three, with Branislav Ivanovic likely to miss out again after being dropped for the win at Hull prior to the international break.
Willian is absent, on compassionate leave following the death of his mother, while defender Kurt Zouma continues his rehabilitation from his long-term knee injury.
Drinkwater was not available for selection for England’s recent World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia due to a groin injury but he has since resumed training and will be assessed on Friday.
Nampalys Mendy has been absent since limping off during the goalless home draw with Arsenal on August 20 but it seems his ankle injury is likely to keep him on the sidelines for another week.
Arsenal v Swansea - 3pm
Arsenal will still be without Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.
The pair were expected to be available after the international break but manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Giroud (toe) and Ramsey (hamstring) are still short of match fitness.
Francis Coquelin is fit, as is Mesut Ozil, but the game comes too early for Carl Jenkinson (knee) to be involved, with Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) further away from a return.
Swansea are set to start the Bob Bradley era without Fernando Llorente and Jefferson Montero.
Spain striker Llorente missed Francesco Guidolin’s final game against Liverpool two weeks ago with rib and knee injuries, while Ecuador winger Montero has been troubled by a calf problem.
Neither player has taken a full part in training this week, but new boss Bradley has Federico Fernandez available for his Premier League bow with the Argentina central defender fit again after a groin injury.
Man City v Everton - 3pm
Man City forwards Raheem Sterling (calf) and Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring) could come into contention after both trained this week, while captain Vincent Kompany (groin) could also feature in the near future.
Midfielder Fabian Delph could also be back in consideration after a knock but right-back Bacary Sagna is out until next month with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty.
Everton have striker Romelu Lukaku and defenders Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines fit for the short trip to Man City.
Lukaku reported an issue with his thigh after Belgium’s World Cup qualifier last week but has now recovered while Jagielka, who pulled out of England’s squad with a similar problem, and Baines, who missed the last two matches with a hamstring strain, are also ready for action.
Midfielder Darron Gibson (groin) is fit again but winger Aaron Lennon is a doubt with a minor knock, while a late decision will be taken on James McCarthy after he played almost two full matches for the Republic of Ireland having not featured since late August because of groin surgery.
Stoke v Sunderland - 3pm
Stoke midfielder Joe Allen will be assessed ahead of kick-off.
Allen is a doubt for the contest having missed Wales’ 1-1 draw with Georgia last weekend due to a hamstring problem.
Full-back Glen Johnson will definitely not feature having been ruled out for at least three to four weeks because of a thigh injury.
Defenders Lamine Kone and Jason Denayer are doubts for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke.
Kone has a hamstring problem and Denayer damaged an adductor muscle on international duty with Belgium’s Under-23s, while midfielder Lee Cattermole is out having had an epidural and an injection in his hip to address pain in his legs.
Cattermole will join a lengthy casualty list which currently includes keeper Vito Mannone (fractured elbow), midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring), Adnan Januzaj (ankle ligaments), Steven Pienaar (hamstring) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin).
West Brom v Tottenham - 3pm
West Brom will check on Salomon Rondon and Darren Fletcher ahead of Tottenham’s visit.
The Venezuela striker only returned from international duty in South America on Thursday and Baggies boss Tony Pulis will assess him for fatigue, while midfielder Fletcher suffered a dead leg when he was away with Scotland and he too will be monitored.
If Rondon is not fit, Pulis must decide whether to give Hal Robson-Kanu his first start or play Saido Berahino against the club who made several attempts to buy him in successive transfer windows.
Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele is struggling with a foot injury.
Dembele had just recovered from a hamstring strain when his left foot was stamped on in training and the Belgian is now a doubt for this weekend’s trip to the Hawthorns.
Harry Kane remains sidelined with an ankle ligament injury while the likes of Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela will be assessed following long excursions on international duty.
Liverpool v Man Utd - Anfield, 8pm
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana remains a doubt for Monday’s visit of Manchester United.
The England international sustained a groin strain in the win at Swansea just before the international break and his availability is still to be determined.
Fellow midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum returned from Holland duty with a hip problem although neither he nor Lallana have yet been ruled out, while defenders Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren, who both withdrew from their respective international squads with injuries, are fit.
Jose Mourinho will have both Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan available at Anfield.
Left-back Shaw has missed United’s previous four fixtures with a groin strain while a thigh problem has kept Mkhitaryan sidelined since the Manchester derby on September 10.
Defender Phil Jones (knee) is the only definite absentee while England captain Wayne Rooney, dropped from the Three Lions’ starting line-up in midweek, may have to make do with a fourth successive game among United’s replacements.