Premier League Boxing Day team news: Injuries and suspensions

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes have a go predicting the upcoming Boxing Day fixtures.



Crystal Palace

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Watford duo Sebastian Prodl and Stefano Okaka could be fit to take their places on the bench. Defender Prodl and striker Okaka, who are suffering from a dead leg and a hamstring injury respectively, have returned to light training and face fitness tests. Defender Craig Cathcart returned to the bench for the defeat against Sunderland having recovered from a groin problem, but is unlikely to start.

Provisional squad: Gomes, Zuniga, Cathcart, Britos, Prodl, Holebas, Capoue, Behrami, Kaboul, Guedioura, Deeney, Amrabat, Okaka, Pantilimon, Watson, Janmaat, Kabasele, Ighalo, Sinclair, Success.


Crystal Palace hope to have Mathieu Flamini available. The France midfielder has trained this week after missing the 1-0 loss to Chelsea with a groin injury. A number of players have nursed knocks, while long-term injured players James Tomkins, Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako, Loic Remy, Pape Souare and Steve Mandanda remain out.

Provisional squad: Hennessey, Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Fryers, Lee, Ledley, Phillips, Winter, Husin, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Cabaye, Mutch, Puncheon, Benteke, Campbell, Flamini.


West Bromwich Albion

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Aaron Ramsey faces a late fitness test. The Wales midfielder has only made 10 Gunners appearances in an injury-hit campaign, and is bidding to shake off his latest hamstring problem. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has failed to beat his own hamstring issue in time to face West Brom, while Danny Welbeck is back in training after knee trouble but still some way off a return.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Martinez, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Holding, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Sanchez, Akpom, Giroud.


James Morrison is a doubt having suffered from flu this week. The midfielder did not train until Friday, when he remained separate from the main group, and the Baggies will assess him before their game at the Emirates Stadium. Jonny Evans could return after missing the last two games with a calf injury while Saido Berahino is still unlikely to be in the squad as he tries to regain fitness having not played since September.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Palmer, Dawson, Evans, Nyom, Olsson, McAuley, Galloway, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner, Morrison, McClean, Chadli, Phillips, Field, Rondon, Leko, Robson-Kanu,



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Burnley welcome Johann Berg Gudmundsson back but will be without Matthew Lowton. Iceland international winger Gudmundsson has been out since November with a hamstring injury he sustained against Manchester City but featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Preston in midweek. Lowton will serve a one-match suspension for picking up five cautions since the start of the season.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Arfield, Boyd, Marney, Hendrick, Vokes, Gray, Robinson, Barnes, Bamford, Flanagan, Kightly, Defour, Tarkowski, Gudmundsson.


Middlesbrough winger Viktor Fischer will miss out after being ruled out for up to three weeks with a knee injury. The former Ajax midfielder hobbled off the pitch during the first half of Boro’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Swansea last Saturday and will miss the entire festive programme as he recovers. Head coach Aitor Karanka hopes to have midfielder Cristhian Stuani (foot) fit, while full-back George Friend will push for a return to the starting line-up after appearing as a substitute against the Swans following a knee problem.

Provisional squad: Valdes, Guzan, Chambers, Friend, Fabio, Barragan, Nsue,Gibson, Ayala, Espinosa, De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Leadbitter, Downing, Ramirez, Stuani, De Sart,Traore, Negredo, Nugent, Rhodes.


AFC Bournemouth

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Striker Diego Costa and midfielder N’Golo Kante serve one-match suspensions. The Premier League leaders could turn to Michy Batshuayi to replace 13-goal Costa or switch from the 3-4-3 formation which has seen them win 11 straight league games. Club captain John Terry remains out with a gluteal strain.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Begovic, Ivanovic, Alonso, Fabregas, Zouma, Hazard, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Luiz, Eduardo, Aina, Solanke.


Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman could be in contention. Manager Eddie Howe is planning to make a late decision on the fitness levels of Stanislas, who has not featured since the beginning of the month because of ankle trouble, and Surman – who has been unavailable since October due to a hamstring problem. Lewis Cook remains sidelined for the Premier League match due to an ankle injury.

Provisional squad: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Ake, King, Wilshere, Pugh, Afobe, Smith, Arter, Federici, Gradel, Smith, Ibe, Wilson, Mings, Gosling, Faser, Surman, Stanislas.

Leicester City


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Jamie Vardy starts his three-match ban after Leicester failed to get his red card overturned. The England striker was sent off in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stoke and the Foxes did appeal against it but their claim was rejected by the Football Association. Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs are also suspended as they collected their fifth bookings of the season against Stoke and will sit out. Danny Drinkwater could make his comeback after returning to training following a knee injury which has kept him out since he completed a three-game ban.

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Zieler, Hamer, Simpson, Morgan, Hernandez, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Schlupp, Mendy, Drinkwater, Amartey, James, King, Albrighton, Mahrez, Gray, Ulloa, Okazaki, Musa, Slimani.


Everton midfielder James McCarthy will miss out with a hamstring problem which is likely to sideline him for at least a couple of weeks. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has a dead leg which forced him off in the Merseyside derby earlier this week and will not be considered unless he can train on Sunday. Captain Phil Jagielka is available again after suspension.

Provisional squad: Stekelenburg, Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Barry, Gueye, Valencia, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku, Holgate, Funes Mori, Kenny, Mirallas, Cleverley, Calvert-Lewin, Deulofeu.

Manchester United


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Manchester United should have Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly back. Armenian playmaker Mkhitaryan has missed the past two games with an ankle injury picked up in the win over Tottenham while centre-back Bailly (knee) was injured in the next game against Crystal Palace. Boss Jose Mourinho confirmed full-back Luke Shaw is his only absentee at the moment due to a groin strain.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Valencia, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Bailly, Darmian, Blind, Young, Fellaini, Carrick, Herrera, Schweinsteiger, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford, Rooney, Ibrahimovic


Adnan Januzaj will sit out the Premier League clash with his parent club Manchester United. Winger Januzaj is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement, and will be joined on the sidelines by Jan Kirchhoff, who has undergone surgery for a knee cartilage injury which will keep him out for 12 weeks. Defenders Billy Jones (hip) and Javier Manquillo (hamstring) and midfielder Steven Pienaar (calf) have returned to training, but the game could come too soon for them, and Lee Cattermole (hip), Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Lynden Gooch (ankle), Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore (both knee) are still out.

Provisional squad: Pickford, Mannone, Jones, Manquillo, Van Aanholt, Love, Kone, O’Shea, Djilobodji, Denayer, Ndong, Pienaar, Larsson, Borini, Khazri, Honeyman, E Robson, Defoe, Anichebe, Asoro.

Swansea City

West Ham United

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Swansea have broken-toe victims Federico Fernandez and Ki Sung-yueng available. Fernandez is a real contender to return in central defence on the back of Swansea conceding six goals in defeats at West Brom and Middlesbrough. Ki might have to settle for a place on the bench, but Kyle Naughton and Jack Cork are possible options with under-pressure manager Bob Bradley considering changes.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Mawson, Fernandez, Taylor, Britton, Cork, Barrow, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Llorente, Nordfeldt, Rangel, Van der Hoorn, Amat, Fulton, Fer, Kingsley, Dyer, Montero, Borja, McBurnie.


West Ham will be without Diafra Sakho after boss Slaven Bilic confirmed that the striker could be out for six to eight weeks due to a back injury. The Senegal international has only made two appearances during his injury-plagued season but was substituted during the draw against Manchester United last month. Midfielder Gokhan Tore is still out with a knee problem, Pedro Obiang is suspended and Reece Oxford (ankle) and Simone Zaza (knee) remain sidelined, while defender James Collins is a doubt as he continues his recovery from a muscular injury.

Provisional squad: Randolph, Adrian, Collins, Ogbonna, Reid, Kouyate, Masuaku, Antonio, Cresswell, Noble, Fernandes, Nordtveit, Payet, Lanzini, Feghouli, Ayew, Carroll, Fletcher.

Hull City

Manchester City

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Hull midfielder Ryan Mason is expected to shake off a knock. Mason will be back in contention after missing last week’s defeat at West Ham, but striker Abel Hernandez is still another fortnight away from a return to action after being sidelined since early November due to a groin injury. Tigers boss Mike Phelan has no new injury or suspension concerns, while Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Moses Odubajo, Will Keane and Greg Luer all remain sidelined.

Provisional squad: Marshall, Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Maguire, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Henriksen, Mason, Clucas, Snodgrass, Mbokani, Diomande, Meyler, Maloney, Weir, Bowen.


Right-back Pablo Zabaleta is doubtful with a knee problem. Midfielder Fernandinho returns from a three-match suspension but striker Sergio Aguero still has one match of his ban remaining. Captain Vincent Kompany (knee) and midfielder Fabian Delph (groin) continue to work towards a comeback but Ilkay Gundogan (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Provisional squad: Bravo, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Adarabioyo, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Navas, Sterling, Sane, Silva, Garcia, Nolito, Iheanacho.



Stoke City

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