Premier League New Year team news: Injuries and suspensions

Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner predict some Premier League fixtures, including the crucial clash of Man City vs. Liverpool.


Hull City


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Hull boss Mike Phelan is expected to choose from the same squad. Phelan, who has no new injury or suspension worries, named an unchanged starting line-up for the Boxing Day defeat to Manchester City and must decide whether to freshen things up. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor has returned to training following summer back surgery, but Abel Hernandez (groin) is still out and fellow striker Will Keane and defender Moses Odubajo (both knee) remain long-term absentees.

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


Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will be missing once again. Stekelenburg was ruled out of the 2-0 win at Leicester on Boxing day by a dead leg and remains sidelined, with Joel Robles set to continue in his place. Midfielder James McCarthy (hamstring) is also still unavailable, as is full-back Bryan Oviedo (unspecified), while Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic are both out of action due to long-term knee injuries.

Provisional squad: Robles, Hewelt, Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Holgate, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, Gueye, Davies, Barkley, Cleverley, Lennon, Mirallas, Valencia, Deulofeu, Lukaku.




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Burnley are without record signing Jeff Hendrick through suspension. Fellow midfielder Dean Marney will also take a fitness test after limping out of the Boxing Day win over Middlesbrough with a knock. Defender Matt Lowton is available again after serving a one-match ban.

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


Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will miss out as he begins up to eight weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury. The 22-year-old strained his anterior cruciate ligament in a collision with team-mate Papy Djilobodji at Manchester United on Boxing Day, although scans have confirmed there is no rupture. Midfielder Adnan Januzaj is available after being ineligible against his parent club, while full-back Javier Manquillo and Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) and fellow midfielder Steven Pienaar (calf) have returned to training, but Lee Cattermole (hip), Lynden Gooch (ankle), Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore (both knee) are still out.

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


Stoke City

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Pedro is suspended but Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante are available again. Striker Costa and midfielder Kante are expected to make immediate returns after serving one-match bans in the Blues’ 12th straight win, against Bournemouth on Boxing Day. Club captain John Terry has returned to training following a gluteal strain, but is likely to have to be patient before making his competitive return.

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


Defender Phil Bardsley could make his return to Stoke’s matchday squad. Bardsley, sidelined by a knee injury since November 19, has been training this week. Marko Arnautovic is still suspended, while Marc Muniesa, Geoff Cameron (both knee) and Jack Butland (ankle) also remain unavailable.

Provisional squad: Grant, Given, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Johnson, Pieters, Bardsley, Whelan, Imbula, Adam, Allen, Bojan, Afellay, Shaqiri, Sobhi, Diouf, Walters, Crouch, Bony.

Leicester City

West Ham United

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Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs are available after serving their one-match bans. Jamie Vardy is still suspended after receiving a red card against Stoke and he will sit out both the visit of the Hammers and Monday’s trip to Middlesbrough. Riyad Mahrez is set to return after being benched by Claudio Ranieri for the 2-0 Boxing Day defeat to Everton while Andy King could make his 350th appearance for the Foxes.

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


West Ham will welcome back midfielder Pedro Obiang. The 24-year-old Spaniard missed the Hammers’ Boxing Day win at Swansea due to suspension but should start for their New Year’s Eve clash. Midfielder Manuel Lanzini is back in training as he recovers from an abdominal strain sustained against Hull but remains sidelined. Manager Slaven Bilic also confirmed that defender Sam Byram trained with the squad on Wednesday after a spell out with an ankle problem. Gokhan Tore (knee), Reece Oxford (ankle) and Simone Zaza (knee) are unavailable while defender James Collins could return to the squad after missing the last few games with a muscular injury.

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

Manchester United


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Wayne Rooney will again be missing. A thigh injury ruled Rooney out against Sunderland on Boxing Day and while there is no definitive timescale on his return, Mourinho confirmed he will be missing against Boro. Fellow England international Luke Shaw (groin) is back in training, though Mourinho does not yet consider him fit enough to start games again.

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, Ibrahimovic.


Middlesbrough defender Antonio Barragan will sit out through suspension. Barragan collected his fifth booking of the season at Burnley on Boxing Day and must serve a one-match ban, and midfielders Marten de Roon and Adam Clayton will suffer the same fate if they receive yellow cards at Old Trafford in the final game before the disciplinary deadline. Head coach Aitor Karanka otherwise has no fresh selection problems with only winger Viktor Fischer (knee) missing through injury.

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


West Bromwich Albion

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Southampton will be without Nathan Redmond. The 22-year-old midfielder was sent off in their 4-1 defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday and manager Claude Puel has confirmed the club will not be appealing the decision. Jordy Clasie (groin), Matt Targett (hamstring) and Charlie Austin (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Provisional squad: Forster, Fonte, Bertrand, Soares, van Dijk, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Taylor, Yoshida, Davis, McQueen, Reed, Long, Sims, Rodriguez, Boufal, Tadic.


West Brom boss Tony Pulis could make changes. Jonny Evans is nursing a minor thigh injury and will be assessed with Pulis unwilling to risk his players ahead of Monday’s visit of Hull. Despite two games in 48 hours, Saido Berahino will not be included as he continues to regain fitness following three months out having been deemed overweight by the club.

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

Swansea City

AFC Bournemouth

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Jefferson Montero is ruled out and faces a month on the sidelines with a hamstring strain. The Ecuador winger was carried off in the 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham which marked the end of Bob Bradley’s short-lived reign. Apart from Montero, caretaker boss Alan Curtis has a full squad to choose from with Wales defender Neil Taylor having recovered from the groin injury which forced him to sit out the Hammers game.

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


Bournemouth will welcome defender Nathan Ake back. Ake was ineligible to face parent club Chelsea on Boxing Day but should return to the side following the 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Lewis Cook is still recovering from an ankle problem and Marc Pugh misses out with a hamstring problem.

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


Manchester City

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho will not be fit enough to feature. The Brazil international has been out for over a month with ankle ligament damage and will not be rushed back. A bigger blow ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side is the continued absence of centre-back Joel Matip, who is set to sit out his fourth successive match because of an ankle injury.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Origi, Firmino, Karius, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Can, Ejaria, Sturridge, Woodburn.


Manchester City’s top scorer Sergio Aguero returns from a four-match suspension. Defender John Stones could also be fit to feature after limping off during the first half of the Boxing Day win at Hull. Midfielder Leroy Sane is still out with the knock that forced him to miss the Hull game while Vincent Kompany (knee) also remains on the sidelines.

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



Tottenham Hotspur

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Watford could be without as many as nine players. Walter Mazzarri read out a list of those currently expected to be missing for the visit of Spurs when speaking to the media on Thursday. Ben Watson misses out due to family problems, while Adrian Mariappa and Roberto Pereyra (both knee), Daryl Janmaat, Valon Behrami and Isaac Success (all muscular) are all absent with Stefano Okaka (hamstring) and Craig Cathcart (fitness) also doubts and Miguel Britos is suspended.

Provisional squad: Gomes, Zuniga, Cathcart, Prodl, Holebas, Capoue, Kaboul, Guedioura, Deeney, Amrabat, Okaka, Pantilimon, Mason, Kabasele, Ighalo, Sinclair.


Toby Alderweireld will return after a virus to boost Tottenham’s defensive resources. Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker are both suspended for the Premier League encounter after collecting five bookings for one-match bans. Erik Lamela remains sidelined with a hip problem.

Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Rose, Davies, Alderweireld, Dier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Trippier, Wanyama, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son, Kane, Janssen.


Crystal Palace

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Arsenal are likely to be without Theo Walcott. The forward missed the Boxing Day win over West Brom with a minor calf problem and is not expected to recover in time to face the Eagles. Reported Palace target Kieran Gibbs (knee) is definitely out, while Shkodran Mustafi is fit and available following a hamstring injury and Danny Welbeck’s return from a long-term knee problem is progressing well.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Holding, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Reine-Adelaide, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez, Giroud, Welbeck.


Damien Delaney is suspended. But fellow defender James Tomkins could return after a thigh injury while midfielders James McArthur and Joe Ledley are also back in contention. Striker Loic Remy has resumed training but needs a couple of reserve matches before he is considered, while Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako, Pape Souare and Steve Mandanda remain long-term absentees.

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

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