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Latest Premier League Injury News

The most recent fantasy soccer injury updates from the Premier League.

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Tom Heaton    G    Burnley
Heaton (shoulder) returned to training Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Heaton hadn't trained since undergoing surgery on a dislocated shoulder back in September, but was back on the training ground with his teammates. Nick Pope has been an excellent replacement for Heaton and should continue to start until Heaton is back to full health.
Jese    F    Stoke City
Jese (Personal) remains sidelined as he works through a family issue.

Fantasy Analysis

Jese hasn't played since late November, with no timetable on his return available currently. He was a viable fantasy option to begin the season, but with no playing time expected in the near future, his value has plummeted.
Gary Cahill    D    Chelsea
Cahill (hamstring) is doubtful for Wednesday's FA Cup match against Norwich City, according to manager Antonio Conte.

Fantasy Analysis

Cahill was forced off after 33 minutes during Saturday's match against Leicester City because of the injury, and given the quick turnaround it would be really surprising to see him back in the starting XI. Antonio Rudiger seems likely to take his place, with David Luiz also a possibility.
Ross Barkley    M    Chelsea
Barkley (hamstring) will not make his Chelsea debut during Wednesday's FA Cup match against Norwich City because he was not registered in time after his transfer from Everton.

Fantasy Analysis

The club is apparently setting up some kind of friendly this week to help Barkley finish up his recovery and work on his match fitness, so it remains unclear if he'll be available for Saturday's Premier League match at Brighton.
Cesc Fabregas    M    Chelsea
Fabregas will not play in Wednesday's FA Cup match against Norwich City because of a minor hamstring injury, according to manager Antonio Conte.

Fantasy Analysis

Fabregas played 58 minutes in last weekend's match against Leicester City, with his removal apparently connected to the muscular injury. While he won't play Wednesday, it's unclear if he'll be able to return for Saturday's match at Brighton.
Wes Morgan    D    Leicester City
Morgan is progressing in his recovery from a hamstring injury but does not have a definite timetable for return. "He is working hard in the gym. We don't know for the moment [when he will return] but it is progress for Wes. Time will tell," manager Claude Puel said Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

Morgan's absence has been a big hit to the Foxes' back line, especially with Robert Huth still out with injury. Aleksandar Dragovic could continue to start in their absences.
Danny Simpson    D    Leicester City
Simpson (hamstring) will not play in Tuesday's FA Cup match against Fleetwood Town, but he could return to full training Wednesday or Thursday ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Watford, manager Claude Puel said Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

Simpson has been out since suffering the injury Dec. 23 against Manchester United, and while his return to training would be a huge development in his recovery, this weekend's match could be too soon to get back in the starting XI.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan    M    Manchester United
Mkhitaryan is not in the 18-man squad for Monday's match against Stoke City.

Fantasy Analysis

Manager Jose Mourinho said before the match that Mkitaryan's absence was not totally a tactical decision, which certainly will make some think a transfer is near given Manchester United's desire to rid themselves of the former Borussia Dortmund attacker. Arsenal have been the heaviest link, though no deal has been announced.
Ryan Shawcross    D    Stoke City
Shawcross (calf) is not in the 18-man squad Monday against Manchester United.

Fantasy Analysis

Shawcross was doubtful for the match because of the injury, so it's not overly surprising that he fails to even make the match-day squad. Kurtz Zouma and Bruno Martins Indi will get the starts in central defense.
Erik Pieters    D    Stoke City
Pieters (thigh) is not in the 18-man squad for face Manchester United on Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

Pieters was declared fit for the match after being held out of last weekend's FA Cup match against Coventry, so it's unclear if he suffered some kind of setback or a new issue has come about.
Fabian Delph    M/D    Manchester City
Delph was subbed off with an apparent knee injury in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

Delph was replaced by Danilo in the 31st minute after leaving the match with an apparent knee injury. Danilo could replace Delph in the starting XI Saturday against Newcastle if the knee injury is determined to be serious.
Virgil van Dijk    D    Liverpool
Van Dijk is not in the 18-man squad for Sunday's match against Man City because of a hamstring injury. "[He is] a little bit injured - not really serious but too much," manager Jurgen Klopp said. "It was immediately after the game [against Everton] he felt a little bit. We made an assessment. If it's the last game of the season maybe you take the risk but it's not the last game of the season obviously. That's why we can't take the risk."

Fantasy Analysis

Klopp indicated Friday that van Dijk may be held out after recently joining the club, and that has come to fruition Sunday as he doesn't even get a spot on the bench. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are the two starting centerbacks against City, with Ragnar Klavan on the bench.
Jordan Henderson    M    Liverpool
Henderson (hamstring) is not in the 18-man squad for Sunday's match against Manchester City.

Fantasy Analysis

Henderson was doubtful to play because he hasn't even returned to full training yet, and his continued absence will allow Georginio Wijnaldum to get a start Sunday.
Alberto Moreno    D    Liverpool
Moreno (ankle) is not in the 18-man squad for Sunday's match against Manchester City.

Fantasy Analysis

Moreno was back in training this week but apparently still hasn't done quite enough to even warrant a spot on the bench. Andrew Robertson will continue to start at left-back in Moreno's absence.
Daniel Sturridge    F    Liverpool
Sturridge (hamstring) is not in the 18-man squad to face Man City on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Sturridge returned to training this week, so it's a bit surprising that he's not even fit enough to make the bench. His next opportunity in the league will come next Monday at Swansea City.
Junior Stanislas    M    AFC Bournemouth
Stanislas (hamstring) is not in the 18-man squad for Sunday's match against Arsenal.

Fantasy Analysis

Stanislas was unable to pass a late fitness test ahead of the match, which occurred with Joshua King (thigh) as well. As a result, Jordon Ibe and Ryan Fraser will join Callum Wilson in the attack.
Joshua King    F/M    AFC Bournemouth
King (thigh) is not in the 18-man squad to face Arsenal on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

King was questionable for the match after making decent progress in his recovery, but it's still apparently too soon, as he couldn't even grab a spot on the bench. Ryan Fraser and Jordon Ibe will join Callum Wilson in the attack Sunday.
Mesut Ozil    M    Arsenal
Ozil (knee) is not in the 18-man squad for Sunday's match against Bournemouth.

Fantasy Analysis

Ozil was unable to pass a late fitness test -- not even for a spot on the bench -- and his absence will allow Alex Iwobi to get another start.
Alexis Sanchez    F/M    Arsenal
Alexis is not in the 18-man squad for Sunday's match against Arsenal.

Fantasy Analysis

With his potential transfer to one of the Manchester clubs apparently close, Alexis' absence Sunday will allow Danny Welbeck to make his way into the starting XI.
Nathan Redmond    M    Southampton
Redmond wasn't in the 18-man squad for Saturday's 2-2 draw with Watford.

Fantasy Analysis

Redmond wasn't listed in the injury report ahead of the match, but his absence was surprising as he's been a consistent figure in the lineup throughout the season. At this point, he's questionable for next Sunday's match with Southampton, though we should get an update on his absence in the mean time.
Tom Cleverley    M    Watford
Cleverley is nursing a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

Cleverley was taken off in the 35th minute with Watford trailing 2-0. The Hornets were able to overcome the two-goal deficit in the second half, while it isn't clear how serious Cleverley's injury is. He may be forced to miss next Saturday's match with Leicester City.
Winston Reid    D    West Ham United
Reid (undisclosed) is not in the 18-man squad for Saturday's match with Huddersfield.

Fantasy Analysis

Reid's absence will allow James Collins to get the nod in a back three that will also include Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell.
Leon Britton    M    Swansea City
Britton (calf) is not in the 18-man squad for Saturday's match against Newcastle.

Fantasy Analysis

Britton returned to training this week but apparently hasn't done enough to even warrant a spot on the bench. That being said, his fantasy value in most formats is pretty limited even when he's fully fit.
Michail Antonio    M    West Ham United
Antonio (groin) is not in the 18-man squad for Saturday's match with Huddersfield.

Fantasy Analysis

Antonio has now been out for over three weeks as he attempts to work through injury. Cheikhou Kouyate has seen improved playing time with Antonio sidelined.
Renato Sanches    M    Swansea City
Sanches (hamstring) is not in the 18-man squad for Saturday's match against Newcastle.

Fantasy Analysis

Sanches was unable to pass a late fitness test to even get a spot on the bench. On the plus side for the Swans, Ki Sung-yueng is back from injury and will start in the holding midfield.
Tammy Abraham    F    Swansea City

Fantasy Analysis

Abraham was apparently unable to do enough in his late fitness test to warrant even a spot on the bench, and his absence will allow Oliver McBurnie to get a start, with Wilfried Bony available as well.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek    M    Crystal Palace
Loftus-Cheek (undisclosed) is not in the match day squad for Saturday's match with Burnley.

Fantasy Analysis

Loftus-Cheek was doubtful heading into the match, which adds to a long injury list for Palace. Bakary Sako gets a rare start in attack Saturday, and could be a sneaky fantasy play if Palace can get things going offensively against one of the Premier League's better defensive teams.
Scott Arfield    M    Burnley
Arfield (hamstring) is not in the match day squad for Saturday's match with Crystal Palace.

Fantasy Analysis

Arfield will miss his second straight match after missing last weekend's 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup. Ashley Barnes will get the start on the left wing in place of Arfield.
Jose Fonte    D    West Ham United
Fonte (ankle) is closing in on a return, according to manager David Moyes.

Fantasy Analysis

Fonte hasn't featured since undergoing ankle surgery in early November, but would be a welcome boost for the West Ham defense. Winston Reid, Declan Rice, and Angelo Ogbonna are expected to form a back three in Saturday's match with Huddersfield.
Craig Cathcart    D    Watford
Cathcart (knee) will miss Saturday's match with Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

Cathcart was able to feature in a development match but isn't quite ready for first-team minutes.
Kiko    M/D    Watford
Kiko (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's match with Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

Kiko has now missed a month of action, though Watford have had defensive cover in the form of Marvin Zeegelaar and Daryl Janmaat, while Jose Holebas has backed up both players.

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