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Late Fitness Check GW7

Friday, September 28, 2018


All eyes will be firmly fixed on the early kick-off following the latest Mourinho/Pogba sideshow which saw the United midfielder stripped of his vice captaincy. The Carabao Cup exit on Tuesday evening was followed by an Instagram post which showed Pogba laughing and drew a frosty reception from Mourinho at training the next day.  

 

Liverpool need to up their game if they hope to maintain their perfect Premier League start against a Chelsea side who will be buoyed by their midweek win at Anfield. Despite starting the game on the bench, Eden Hazard stole the headlines with a superb individual effort to ensure a come-from-behind victory.

 

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West Ham United – vs – Manchester United


"Marko [Arnautovic] has worked [with the squad] since Wednesday, so I think he is 100 per cent fit for tomorrow," said Pellegrini who is considering Grady Diangana for Saturday after his midweek two-goal haul. "I don't think Grady's age is a problem. Players must take their chances. I try to analyse the performances, so I will see if he will be included." There was no update on Carlos Sanchez who limped off with a suspected knee injury after 9 minutes on Wednesday. Javier Hernandez is working his way back to full fitness following glandular fever. Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid remain side-lined.

 

Marcus Rashford is available after completing a three-match domestic ban. Mourinho is expected to recall several players following the penalty loss to Derby in the Carabao Cup, although his team selection will be made with one eye on the Champions League next week. "Only Marcos Rojo is still out. And obviously Romero now with a one-match suspension. Apart from that, in a 26-player squad, everybody is available." Paul Pogba will play on Saturday but.... "no player is bigger than the club. Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that.” The United boss has been pleased with the midfielder’s contribution this week. "I am really happy with his work, he trained really well. The team needs good players. He is a good player. The team needs the personality to play. He has. He plays tomorrow."

 

 

Arsenal – vs – Watford


Sokratis has recovered from a dead leg, but the rest of the Arsenal treatment room remains the same. Mavropanos and Laurent Koscielny are targeting a return to full training within the next 4-6 weeks while Maitland-Niles could be back by early October. Aaron Ramsey should be included despite a breakdown in contract talks.

 

The Hornets will be forced into at least one change on Saturday. "I am always sad when I have injured players. In this case we have lost Daryl Janmaat and he is an important player for us." The full-back has had surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee and will miss up-to six weeks. Javi Gracia also allayed fears that captain Troy Deeney might miss the short trip to the Emirates due to a slight ankle injury and two broken toes. “He is available, and he has trained very, very well this week. He is fit." Deulofeu is out of this one, although he may return before the break. "Gerard needs time but we will see his evolution in the next days. Okaka and Prödl are training with the team, and Britos is out, but maybe in the next week he will come back. We will see how long they need."

 

 

Everton – vs – Fulham


Summer signing Yerry Mina suffers a minor setback: "Two days ago he [had] a stamp on his foot in a moment with Bernard. It was painful [on Thursday] and today, but we hope next week he will be training. It's nothing serious." Seamus Coleman [foot] is ruled out. Marco Silva said he could be back with the group, along with Andre Gomes [hamstring], ahead the international break. Phil Jagielka comes back into contention following a return to full training on Monday.

 

Neeskens Kebano [ankle] remains out while a back problem is hampering Alfie Mawson. "The rest are ready," confirms Jokanovic although a decision on Tom Cairney is yet to be made. “He started working with us which was positive, but we must still assess him and make a decision as to when is the right moment to give him the opportunity to play." Tim Ream "is in a good way" after playing for 62 minutes at Millwall on Tuesday. But after seven weeks out, the centre-back "probably" needs more time.

 

 

Huddersfield Town – vs – Tottenham Hotspur


“Apart from Danny Williams and Ramadan Sobhi, we have everyone in full contention for tomorrow’s game,” revealed David Wagner. Williams has had some swelling around the knee - tests proved inconclusive – which means he “should” be back with the group during the international break. Ramadan Sobhi looks better but he won’t return until mid-October. Alex Pritchard is pushing for a recall after starting last weekend on the bench [following his ban]. "We will see [if he starts]."

 

Christian Eriksen will miss the trip to Huddersfield due to a small abdominal injury – Pochettino said he could return on Wednesday to face Barcelona. Serge Aurier [quad] is also out after picking up a thigh problem in the Carabao Cup. The full-back is being assessed to determine the extent of the problem. Paulo Gazzaniga will continue in goal if Hugo Lloris fails a late fitness test. Michel Vorm is continuing his rehab and won’t recover in time for the game at the John Smith's Stadium.

 

 

 

Manchester City – vs – Brighton and Hove Albion


Kevin de Bruyne is making the last steps [to recovery]. "He could start training in the next few days. Everything is going well." Benjamin Mendy is also on the mend [bruised metatarsal] and Pep says the defender is on a similar process. "He is going well." Guardiola played down the full-backs latest disciplinary slip after he arrived three hours late for treatment having been to watch the boxing on Saturday night. Pep says the rest of his squad are in good shape.

 

Florin Andone is available, but a decision on whether he plays will be made due to a lack of match fitness. Jose Izquierdo managed 45 minutes for the under-23s this week following his recovery from a knee injury. However, after missing the last two months, the winger is considered a major doubt. Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross are close, but Saturday is too soon. "Dale felt his hamstring and came off fairly early in the Tottenham game. The good news is it’s very minor but not quite enough to be fit for this one. We’re hopeful for the next game. The same goes for Pascal."

 

 

Newcastle United – vs – Leicester City


Salomon Rondón [thigh] could be ruled out until after the break. "We have to assess him and see how he is going. He might be out for a couple of weeks then we will decide after that. He felt something in the warm-up [at Selhurst Park]. He wanted to impress, but he couldn’t. Now, he is injured, and we have to manage with the rest of the players." Benitez said the striker has not been not been "fully fit" since joining the club. Paul Dummett and Frederico Fernandez [both hamstring] look likely to miss out as well but DeAndre Yedlin [ankle] is expected to pass a late fitness test.

 

Demarai Gray will be out of the squad for up-to six weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage. "We shall see if he can recover quick. It's not a serious injury, he needs rest and rehabilitation. He is not available for us for three weeks, minimum." No other fresh concerns. Matty James [Achilles] remains a long-term absentee while Wes Morgan is back in contention following his ban. Claude Puel explained why £19m defender Caglar Soyuncu is yet to make his Leicester debut. “For the moment, he has some problems communicating with his team-mates because he does not speak a lot with all the good words and sentences,” said the Foxes manager. “[But] he’s improving his English, he’s a young player and he’s close.”

 

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers – vs – Southampton


No fresh injury concerns for Wolves ahead of their game with Southampton. Ivan Cavaleiro [back] and Leander Dendoncker [match fitness] both featured in the Carabao Cup, but they are yet to play in the league. Nuno Espírito Santo could make it seven unchanged which means £18million record buy Adama Traore will have to settle for a place on the bench.

 

A problematic toe is likely to see Shane Long miss out at Molineux. "He hasn’t trained at all with the group this week. It’s not settling down as we would like so it needs a bit of further investigation. As it stands now he unfortunately will miss out." There was better news for Manolo Gabbiadini and Mohamed Elyounoussi who re-joined the group on Thursday after the pair were ruled out at Anfield with minor issues. "As long as they don’t get a reaction overnight, they should be an option for us." Danny Ings comes back into contention after sitting out the game against his parent club due to the terms of his loan agreement. “It was a loss last week without Danny, he has brought an edge to what we can offer at the top end of the pitch. He’s had two weeks of solid work."

 

 

Chelsea – vs – Liverpool


Maurizio Sarri was "very happy" with the performances of Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill in the cup but doesn't believe the pair are ready to play 90 minutes twice within a matter of days. The Blues boss said that Eden Hazard is "one of the best" players in the world right now - calls him "unique" and a "genius" - although he needs to train better to become the 'best'. Antonio Rudiger stands a good chance for Saturday. The defender trained with the squad for the second part of Thursday's session and there is a "possibility" that he will be able to recover from the groin injury he picked up at West Ham. Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were also part of the group. "They are almost ready," and are likely to be a late decision. Andreas Christensen had a stomach ache at Anfield - no injury.

 

Virgil van Dijk [rib] has not trained this week and Jurgen Klopp will make a late call on the Dutch centre-back. "If [he] is fit, and can play, he will play." But, if he fails a late test then.... "Lovren played his first game in 10 weeks. He played an outstanding game [vs Chelsea]. Matip, two games in a row, fantastic." Alexander-Arnold is over his recent bout of illness and took part in Thursdays session. Gini Wijnaldum is fit to face Chelsea. "Adam [Lallana] has trained with the team, not the full session but will now come back step-b- step. He is in a good way."

 

 

Cardiff City – vs – Burnley


Neil Warnock confirms Lee Peltier will not have surgery after dislocating his shoulder. "But it’s still going to be between two and three months. Obviously, it came out of the joint and they managed to put it back in. The surgeon thinks he doesn’t need a plate and he’s got more of a chance of healing naturally." Aron Gunnarsson [knee] "has trained and looked well" but the Bluebirds boss doesn't think the midfielder will be anywhere near fit for Sunday. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing [posterior cruciate ligament] has had his knee brace taken off, although it could still be around 6-8 weeks before the winger is ready to return. "There are one or two little niggles but that’s all."

 

Robbie Brady played for the development side on Monday, but Sean Dyche admits the clash at Cardiff will come too soon. The winger will get one more game before being considered for the first team. "I spoke to him again today and we’d consider that’s the end of his pre-season, if you like, games-wise particularly." Steven Defour will be in the squad after his successful return in the Carabao Cup. Defender Ben Gibson requires more time to complete his return to full fitness following hernia surgery.

 

 

AFC Bournemouth – vs – Crystal Palace


Charlie Daniels [knee] is close after completing a couple of days in training. Meanwhile, Eddie Howe will make a late call on Diego Rico [hamstring] and Dan Gosling [calf] who missed the midweek Carabao Cup win over Blackburn Rovers. Kyle Taylor [calf] is still not training with the first team. The Cherries boss confirms there’s nothing major ahead of Monday's game with Crystal Palace. “We have a few injury concerns, but they’re injuries that have been lingering the last couple of weeks."

 

"Luckily" Jairo Riedewald's injury doesn't look as bad as was initially feared. "He has had a scan and we are hoping he will be in training next week." Christian Benteke is being monitored day-to-day, but he is out of this one.  Wilfried Zaha has trained with no problems.



Ben Dinnery is a leading expert on Premier League injuries and the Founder of Premier Injuries. He is the man behind the PL Injury Table at PhysioRoom.com as well as a contributor of injury commentary to The Huffington Post UK, ESPNFC.com, @MetroUK, @EurosportCom_EN, Fantasy Football Pundits, talkSPORT and @bbc5live. He can be found on Twitter @BenDinnery.
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