Premier League weekend team news: Injuries and suspensions update

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Manchester UnitedManchester United AFC BournemouthAFC Bournemouth 12:30 PM UTC Game Details Home: 1/4 Draw: 11/2 Away: 14/1 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a doubt. The attacking midfielder missed the EFL Cup final with a hamstring injury which he suffered in the Europa League clash at St Etienne. Phil Jones is pushing for a return after a foot injury, while Jose Mourinho confirmed Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney will be in the squad on Saturday.

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


Bournemouth must again do without captain Simon Francis because of a hamstring injury while winger Jordon Ibe is set to be back in contention following his knee problem. Cherries goalkeeper Adam Federici and striker Callum Wilson continue their rehabilitation from knee injuries.

Provisional squad: Boruc, A Smith, S Cook, Daniels, Mings, Wilshere, Arter, Fraser, Pugh, Surman, King, Allsop, Stanislas, Gradel, B Smith, Mousset, Afobe, Gosling, Ibe.

Leicester CityLeicester City Hull CityHull City 3:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 17/20 Draw: 13/5 Away: 15/4 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare has a full squad to choose from. Strikers Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa are fit again after being included in the side against Liverpool on Monday night for what was Shakespeare's first game in charge following Claudio Ranieri's sacking. Ahmed Musa was left out against the Reds for tactical reasons and the striker will hope to be back in Shakespeare's plans for Saturday as the defending champions look to record back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Zieler, Simpson, Morgan, Wague, Huth, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Chilwell, Mendy, King, Kapustka, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Mahrez, Gray, Okazaki, Musa, Ulloa, Vardy, Slimani.


Hull defender Harry Maguire is expected to shake off a knee injury. Maguire needed treatment during last week's home draw against Burnley but played on for the full 90 minutes, while midfielder Sam Clucas is available after serving a one-game ban. Lazar Markovic is also back in contention after an unspecified problem, but Dieumerci Mbokani will be sidelined for up to six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury against Burnley. Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson, Evandro, Ryan Mason and Markus Henriksen are still out.

Provisional squad: Jakupovic, Marshall, Robertson, Maguire, Huddlestone, N'Diaye, Clucas, Markovic, Ranocchia, Elabdellaoui, Maloney, Meyler, Grosicki, Hernandez, Niasse, Elmohamady, Diomande, Tymon.

Stoke CityStoke City MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough 3:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 19/20 Draw: 12/5 Away: 7/2 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to be out again after missing the last four games due to a calf problem, even though he was due to train on Friday. Saido Berahino could get his first start and Jonathan Walters is now fit to return to the matchday squad, as is Glen Johnson. It remains to be seen whether Wilfried Bony is involved after he failed to make the 18 at Spurs despite being available.

Provisional squad: Grant, Given, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Johnson, Pieters, Bardsley, Muniesa, Cameron, Whelan, Adam, Imbula, Allen, Afellay, Arnautovic, Sobhi, Walters, Crouch, Berahino, Bony, Diouf.


Antonio Barragan has missed the last four games with a hamstring problem, while George Friend has sat out the last five because of calf and knee injuries, but both have returned to training and could come into contention. However, Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers, who missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace with a foot problem, is likely to remain on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Valdes, Guzan, Barragan, Fabio, Friend, Gibson, Espinosa, Ayala, Husband, Fry, De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Leadbitter, Downing, Stuani, Traore, Fischer, Negredo, Gestede, Bamford.

Swansea CitySwansea City BurnleyBurnley 3:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 1/1 Draw: 5/2 Away: 16/5 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew are in contention to make their first Swansea starts having impressed from the bench since joining in January. Jefferson Montero (hamstring), Ki Sung-yueng (knee) and long-term casualty Nathan Dyer (Achilles) remain out.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Cork, Carroll, Fer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Llorente, Narsingh, Ayew, Nordfeldt, Rangel, Kingsley, Amat, Van der Hoorn, Britton, Fulton, Borja, McBurnie.


Burnley have Jeff Hendrick back but will be without Ashley Barnes for the trip to Swansea. Hendrick has completed a three-game ban following his red card against Watford but striker Barnes collected two bookings at Hull last weekend and is suspended. Steven Defour (hamstring) is back in training but not ready for action, while Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (both knee) remain out.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Robinson, Pope, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Long, Ward, Flanagan, Darikwa, Tarkowski, Brady, Barton, Boyd, Hendrick, Westwood, Arfield, Vokes, Gray, Agyei.

WatfordWatford SouthamptonSouthampton 3:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 13/5 Draw: 12/5 Away: 6/5 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Watford will be without Mauro Zarate but could have Daryl Janmaat and Costel Pantilimon available for Saturday's Premier League home clash with Southampton. Zarate has been ruled out for the rest of the season by the knee injury that forced him off in the 1-1 draw against Watford. Defender Janmaat (groin), another to come off injured last weekend, is having his fitness checked ahead of potential involvement against the Saints, as is goalkeeper Pantilimon (ankle), who has been sidelined since the end of January.

Provisional squad: Gomes, Pantilimon, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Cathcart, Zuniga, Janmaat, Holebas, Cleverley, Behrami, Doucoure, Capoue, Deeney, Success, Niang, Okaka.


Fraser Forster will be fit after appearing to struggle with a minor thigh issue in Southampton's EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United, with boss Claude Puel insisting he has not suffered any injury. Charlie Austin remains sidelined with a shoulder problem, while Virgil Van Dijk continues to battle his ankle injury.

Provisional squad: Forster, Taylor, Bertrand, Yoshida, Caceres, Gardos, Cedric, Hesketh, Romeu, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Isgrove, Tadic, Redmond, Boufal, Lewis, Stephens, Hojbjerg, McQueen, Sims, Rodriguez, Gabbiadini, Long.

West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace 3:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 6/5 Draw: 23/10 Away: 14/5 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


West Brom will check on the fitness of Matt Phillips after he missed the home win over Bournemouth with a hamstring injury. He has had a scan on the problem and a decision will be made over his inclusion on Friday. Defender Craig Dawson has been checked over and is fine to play after a bang to the head saw him withdrawn early in the second half against the Cherries.

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


Crystal Palace again have captain Scott Dann available but he may not start. Manager Sam Allardyce was impressed with their performance when they defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 last week in his absence and said their XI made "a big statement''. Bakary Sako has also recovered his fitness, meaning only Mathieu Flamini and Loic Remy — both owing to knocks — and long-term absentees Connor Wickham and Pape Souare have been ruled out.

Provisional squad: Hennessey, Mandanda, Speroni, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Delaney, Sakho, Dann, Van Aanholt, Fryers, McArthur, Milivojevic, Ledley, Townsend, Kaikai, Cabaye, Zaha, Sako, Campbell, Schlupp, Lee, C Benteke.

LiverpoolLiverpool ArsenalArsenal 5:30 PM UTC Game Details Home: 23/20 Draw: 13/5 Away: 13/5 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is set to return. The centre-back has been sidelined for almost five weeks with a knee injury but has returned to full training. Striker Daniel Sturridge, having recovered from a virus, is out for at least another week with a hip muscle strain.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho, Karius, Trent-Alexander, Klavan, Moreno, Lucas, Stewart, Origi, Woodburn.


Aaron Ramsey has been missing for the last four games with a calf problem but is now in contention to line up for the Gunners at Anfield, as is Laurent Koscielny, who missed the FA Cup win over Sutton with a thigh injury suffered in the 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich. Santi Cazorla (Achilles) is a long-term absentee while fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny (ankle) is expected to be out for three weeks.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Martinez, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Perez, Sanchez, Giroud.


Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur EvertonEverton 1:30 PM UTC Game Details Home: 4/6 Draw: 16/5 Away: 17/4 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Tottenham are optimistic Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen will both be available. Kane sustained a knock to his knee against Stoke last weekend while Vertonghen came off as a precaution but the pair are expected to be passed fit for the clash at White Hart Lane. Toby Alderweireld will be given a late fitness test on a groin strain but Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are still out with knee and hip injuries respectively.

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


Everton have no fresh injury worries. Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be in contention for a return to the squad after two months out with an ankle injury. Muhamed Besic (knee) has also returned to training after missing the whole season but needs more time to get match fit while winger Yannick Bolasie is a long-term absentee.

Provisional squad: Robles, Williams, Funes Mori, Holgate, Coleman, Baines, Calvert-Lewin, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Lookman, Lukaku, Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Gueye, Davies, Mirallas, Lennon, Valencia.

SunderlandSunderland Manchester CityManchester City 4:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 10/1 Draw: 11/2 Away: 2/7 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Sunderland utility man Jason Denayer will sit out against parent club Manchester City. Denayer is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement, although central defender Papy Djilobodji returns to contention after serving a four-match ban. Keeper Vito Mannone has recovered from illness and Billy Jones is available after having stitches in a head wound, but Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is being assessed and the game will come too soon for midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (knee) and Steven Pienaar (calf). Paddy McNair, Duncan Watmore, Victor Anichebe (all knee) and Lee Cattermole (hip) are still out.

Provisional squad: Pickford, Mannone, Jones, Manquillo, Oviedo, Love, O'Shea, Kone, Djilobodji, Lescott, Ndong, Gibson, Larsson, Borini, Januzaj, Khazri, Gooch, Honeyman, Defoe, Maja.


Team news to follow…


West Ham UnitedWest Ham United ChelseaChelsea 8:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 5/1 Draw: 31/10 Away: 8/13 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter


Andy Carroll is set to replace Michail Antonio after missing the last two games with a groin injury, with winger Antonio suspended following his red card at Watford last weekend. Diafra Sakho (back) and Angelo Ogbonna (knee) are the only injury absentees.

Provisional squad: Randolph, Adrian, Fonte, Reid, Collins, Byram, Cresswell, Masuaku, Kouyate, Noble, Nordtveit, Obiang, Quina, Fernandes, Snodgrass, Feghouli, Lanzini, Carroll, Calleri, Ayew, Fletcher.


Eden Hazard is expected to be fit after being on the receiving end of a kick in training. The leaders have no other injury concerns.

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

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