Premier League Injury News – Gameweek 1
Hull vs Leicester – Sat 13th Aug – 12:30
Hull are likely to start their return to the Premier League without right back Moses Odubajo and winger Robert Snodgrass due to knee injuries. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor could also be out with a back problem and centre back Alex Bruce is recovering from achilles surgery.
Centre back Yohan Benalouane remains a doubt after missing the last seven months of training, whilst the cruciate ligament injury midfielder Matty James picked up in May 2015 is still giving him problems. Centre back Robert Huth is suspended following an incident in the Manchester United game between him and Marouane Fellaini.
Burnley vs Swansea – Sat 13th Aug – 15:00
Burnley are looking good as far as injuries are concerned, with the only problem being striker Ashley Barnes’ cruciate ligament injury.
Swansea were one of the most injury free teams in the Premier League last season, and they’re starting this season in the same vein. The only potential injury problem is centre back Federico Fernandez.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke – Sat 13th Aug – 15:00
Centre back Bernardo Espinosa is still a couple of weeks away from returning from a knee injury he suffered in January, but apart from that Middlesbrough are looking good.
Midfielders Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay will miss the first half of the season at least, the former with a broken leg and Afellay with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Defenders Marc Wilson and Glen Johnson are potential injury doubts for the Potters as well.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom – Sat 13th Aug – 15:00
Striking duo Fraizer Campbell and Bakary Sako are both struggling to overcome knocks ahead of the start of the new season, and Crystal Palace new boy James Tomkins could miss out with a hamstring injury as well. Defender Zeky Fryers is a doubt too, although both him and Tomkins could recover in time.
West Brom will be without the influential Chris Brunt until October after his cruciate ligament rupture last season. Right back Christian Gamboa is also a doubt with bruised ribs.
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur – Sat 13th Aug – 15:00
Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic has recently been ruled out for six months with a knee injury, whilst Tyias Browning is still struggling for fitness after his own knee injury last season. Defensive mainstay Phil Jagielka is hoping to be fit in time to take to the field though.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen isn’t expected back until next weekend thanks to an ankle injury he incurred in Euro 2016, whilst forward Clinton N’Jie is reported to be struggling as well. Moussa Dembele is suspended as well.
Southampton vs Watford – Sat 13th Aug – 15:00
Long term injury problem Florin Gardos remains after suffering a setback on his recovery from an injury incurred a year ago. Fellow defenders Ryan Bertrand and Virgil van Dijk are fighting for fitness though.
New signing Isaac Success could miss the start of the campaign for Watford due to a facial injury, but both Jerome Sinclair and Brice Dja Djedje are expected to recover from knocks in time to make their debuts.
Manchester City vs Sunderland – Sat 13th Aug – 17:30
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany remains a regular in the physio’s office with a thigh muscle strain, whilst new signing and perennial injury problem Ikay Gundogan will also miss the beginning of the season. Kevin De Bruyne could be given extended rest after his torturous last year in football.
Defender Jan Kirchhoff could miss this one for Sunderland with a hamstring injury, but lethal frontman Jermain Defoe and Billy Jones are both expected to make a recovery in time to play Sunderland’s curtain raiser.
Bournemouth vs Manchester United – Sun 14th Aug – 13:30
Bournemouth are expecting Emerson Hyndman and Junior Stanislas to be in contention to be fit for Sunday’s match, but Tyrone Mings won’t be back until September from the knee injury he suffered almost a year ago. Harry Arter, Tokelo Rantie, Adam Smith, and Baily Cargill are all doubtful as well.
Out of favour striker Will Keane is still in recovery from a groin injury for Manchester United, and defenders Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Bothwick-Jackson are doubts as well. Jose Mourinho is expecting Chris Smalling to make a recovery from a seemingly minor hamstring injury in time though.
Arsenal vs Liverpool – Sun 14th Aug – 16:00
Defensive quadruplet Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista, Mathieu Debuchy, and Carl Jenkinson are all expected to be sidelined on Sunday, whilst fellow defender Laurent Koscielny is being rested after his Euro 2016 campaign. Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are also expected to be rested, and with Danny Welbeck also injured it gives Arsene Wenger an injury crisis both in defence and up front.
Liverpool have a defensive injury crisis of their own, with Joe Gomez, Mamadhou Sakho, and Ragnar Klavan all expected to miss the first match of the season. New goalkeeper Loris Karius is also out with a broken hand, and Lucas Leiva, Joel Matip, and Marko Grujic are struggling to recover in time as well. Daniel Sturridge was suffering from a hip injury but could be back in time.
Chelsea vs West Ham – Mon 15th Aug – 20:00
Youngsters Todd Kane and Mario Pasalic could miss out on Monday, whilst Kurt Zouma will be sidelined until October after his cruciate ligament injury last season. Branislav Ivanovic is also struggling with a shoulder injury, but the good news is that Diego Costa is expected to recover from a back injury in time to play.
Aaron Cresswell’s pre-season injury to his knee has ruled him out until November, and attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini won’t be back until mid September either. Diafra Sakho is also a doubt with a back injury, and new signing Gokhan Tore is struggling to recover from a knee injury. Cheikh Kouyate and Pedro Obiang should be fully fit in time to play though.
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Source: Football News