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Mesut Ozil is a worry for Arsenal

The Premier League returns following the international break, and there are one or two managers up and down the country, both real and fantasy alike, counting their walking wounded.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saw £42.5 million summer signing Mesut Ozil limp off during Germany's win over Sweden in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday, but he is confident a fitness test on the midfielder on Friday will ensure his participation against Norwich City.

The following are the latest injury reports for each Premier League fixture on the schedule from October 19 to 21.

Newcastle vs. Liverpool
Newcastle Questionable S Taylor Hamstring
Haidara Knee
Out R Taylor Knee
Coloccini Groin
Liverpool Questionable Johnson Ankle
Cissokho Ankle
Allen Hamstring
Out Coutinho Shoulder
Coates Knee

Ozil is the major worry for Arsenal and will be given a fitness test before Saturday's game with Norwich. Per, manager Wenger has said the player is "not a major" doubt.

Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain on the sidelines for Arsenal, but Theo Walcott could feature.

Arsenal vs. Norwich City
Arsenal Fit Ozil Knee
Sagna Hamstring
Cazorla Foot
Questionable Rosicky Calf
Walcott Stomach
Out Oxlade-Chamberlain Knee
Podolski Hamstring
Diaby Knee
Norwich City Questionable
Out Pilkington Knock
Bennett Knee

Chelsea entertain Cardiff, and Fernando Torres, who is now free from suspension, will hope to feature but will have to prove his fitness on account of a knee problem.

Ashley Cole is another doubt for Chelsea on account of the rib problem that forced him out of England's final two World Cup qualifiers.

Chelsea vs. Cardiff
Chelsea Questionable A Cole Rib
Torres Knee
Out Van Ginkel Knee
Cardiff Questionable Cornelius Ankle

Everton face Hull City, and the Toffees will definitely be without Darron Gibson who has been ruled out with a serious knee injury.

Everton vs. Hull City
Everton Questionable Pienaar Knee
Out Gibson Knee
Alcaraz Groin
Hull City Questionable Brady Groin
Out Chester Hamstring

Manchester United play host to Southampton, and Robin van Persie is expected to shrug off a toe injury to feature.

Rio Ferdinand will have to pass a late fitness test on his groin issue.

Manchester Utd. vs. Southampton
Man Utd Questionable Cleverley Shin
Rafael Knock
Ferdinand Groin
Out Fletcher Bowel condition
Southampton Questionable Boruc Hamstring
Osvaldo Ankle
Shaw Illness

West Brom travel to Stoke and will definitely be without keeper Ben Foster, who has a foot problem.

Mark Hughes' Stoke are likely to be at full strength.

Stoke City vs. West Brom
Stoke City Questionable Walters Groin
West Brom Questionable Anichebe Groin
Sinclair Hamstring
Gera Hamstring
Vydra Hamstring
Thorne Knee
Out Foster Ankle

Sunderland fans will get their first glimpse of life under Guy Poyet when the Wearsiders head to Wales to face Swansea.

Steven Fletcher and Phil Bardsley took part in training this week and could be in contention.

Swansea vs. Sunderland
Swansea Questionable Britton Calf
Vorm Wrist
Davies Hamstring
De Guzman Groin
Monk Knee
Hernandez Hip
Out Williams Ankle
Sunderland Questionable Westwood Shoulder
Fletcher Shoulder
Bardsley Ankle
Out Brown Calf

West Ham entertain Manchester City in Saturday's evening game, and they are still without Andy Carroll.

Martin Demichelis is in the frame to make his City debut after shaking off a knee injury, but there is no Vincent Kompany—confirmed by Manuel Pellegrini on Friday. 

West Ham vs. Man City
West Ham Questionable
Out Carroll Ankle
Diarra Knee
Man City Thigh Rodwell Hamstring
Demichelis Knee
Out Kompany Thigh

Sunday's solitary game is a potential cracker, as Tottenham travel to Aston Villa, who are set to be buoyed by the return of Christian Benteke.

England international Aaron Lennon is pushing for a return for Spurs.

Aston Villa vs. Tottenham
Aston Villa Questionable Benteke Hip
N'Zogbia Calf
Out Gardner Back
Okore Knee
Tottenham Questionable Rose Ankle
Lennon Ankle
Out Kaboul Muscle
Capoue Ankle

There's a London derby on Monday evening as Crystal Palace play host to Fulham.

Both sides have doubts over a handful of players but have the weekend to get them in shape.

Crystal Palace vs. Fulham
Crystal Palace Questionable Dikgacoi Hamstring
Gabbidon Hamstring
Williams Ankle
Hunt Ankle
Out McCarthy Groin
Murray Knee
Fulham Questionable Hangeland Back
Berbatov Knock
Parker Calf
Dejagah Calf
Briggs Groin
Hughes Groin
Stekelenburg Shoulder

Stay tuned for all the updates as we get aim to keep you up to speed ahead of the deadline for finalising your fantasy squads.

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