Premier League Injury News, Fantasy Impact: Michu Sidelined

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 21, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 24:  Swansea player Michu scores the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Swansea City and FC Kuban Krasnodar at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The Premier League resumes normal service after a titillating international break, and Week 12 has some promising games in store.

With the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool setting the tone for a fast-paced three days of football, let's take a look at how the injury report is shaping up for each and every side this weekend.

Liverpool make the short trip to Goodison Park to take on their old rivals the Toffees on Saturday and will hope Steven Gerrard recovers in time to start.

The skipper picked up an injury on England duty but should be fine to feature, but Jose Enrique will miss out as he prepares for an operation on his knee. Everton have no new injury concerns to worry about.

Everton vs. Liverpool
EvertonQuestionableAntolin AlcarazGroin
OutArouna KoneKnee
Apostolos VelliosUnspecified
Darron GibsonACL
LiverpoolQuestionableSteven GerrardThigh
OutKolo ToureMuscle
Jose EnriqueKnee
Iago AspasThigh
Sebastian CoatesACL

Pablo Hernandez appears to be regaining fitness, but his status remains questionable at this point. Michael Laudrup is trying everything he can to get Michu back fit, but this weekend will come too soon for him.

Fulham will be without Brede Hangeland, who has a nerve problem, while Damien Duff also misses out with an abductor muscle injury.

Fulham vs. Swansea
FulhamOutBrede HangelandNerve
Hugo RodallegaGroin
Matthew BriggsGroin
QuestionablePablo HernandezThigh
SwanseaOutGarry MonkKnee

Steve Bruce could be welcoming back star man Robbie Brady after a short spell on the sidelines, but Sone Aluko will definitely miss out. Crystal Palace may be tempted to try Jon Williams out on his return.

Hull vs. Crystal Palace
HullQuestionableRobbie BradyGroin
Allan McGregorThigh
OutJames ChesterHamstring
Stephen QuinnHamstring
Sone AlukaCalf/Shin
Crystal PalaceQuestionableJerome ThomasGroin
Jon WilliamsAnkle/Foot
OutGlen MurrayACL
Paddy McCarthyGroin
Adlene GuediouraRibs
Jack HuntAnkle/Foot

Southampton have just one long-term injury concern to deal with in Guly do Prado, while the injury news on Arsenal's front is much improved too. Aaron Ramsey is expected to be fine, and Theo Walcott is fit and ready to feature for the first time in two months, per

Arsenal vs. Southampton
ArsenalQuestionableAaron RamseyHamstring
OutYaya SanogoBack
Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainACL
Lukas PodolskiHamstring
Abou DiabyACL
SouthamptonOutGuly do PradoKnee

Norwich will be without striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel due to a toe muscle problem, but he is the only absentee for Chris Hughton this weekend. Jonas Guttierez, Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini all return for Newcastle, who are at full strength, bar Ryan Taylor's long-term absence.

Newcastle United vs. Norwich City
NewcastleQuestionablePaul DummettHamstring
Steven TaylorHamstring
OutRyan TaylorACL
NorwichQuestionableRicky van WolfswinkelAnkle/Foot
Anthony PilkingtonThigh/Hip
OutElliott BennettKnee
Alex TetteyHigh Ankle Sprain

Sunderland have absolutely zero injury concerns, and Gus Poyet has a full squad to choose from. Stoke may have to soldier on without Stephen Ireland this week.

Stoke City vs. Sunderland
StokeQuestionableAndy WilkinsonKnee
OutStephen IrelandAnkle/Foot

West Ham have an issue at left-back following injuries to both Joey O'Brien and Razvan Rat, while defensive stalwart Winston Reid is also a concern. Chelsea expect to have Fernando Torres ready to play, with Marco van Ginkel the only long-term absentee.

West Ham United vs. Chelsea
West HamQuestionableRazvan RatUnspecified
Joey O'BrienHamstring
Winston ReidAnkle/Foot
Matty TaylorCalf/Shin
Richardo Vaz TeShoulder
OutAndy CarrollAnkle
Alou DiarraACL
ChelseaQuestionableAshley ColeRibs
OutFernando TorresHip/Thigh
Marco van GinkelACL

Manchester City will hope Fernandinho recovers in time to start but must make do without David Silva and Vincent Kompany until December. Spurs could see Danny Rose make a welcome recovery, but Christian Eriksen will be sidelined.

Manchester City vs. Tottenham
Man CityQuestionableFernandinhoUnspecified
Stevan JoveticCalf/Shin
OutDavid SilvaCalf
Vincent KompanyThigh strain
SpursQuestionableDanny RoseAnkle/Foot
Nacer ChadliHamstring
OutEmmanuel AdebayorAnkle/Foot
Christian EriksenAnkle/Foot

Cardiff have a fully fit selection to choose from and could even see the long-awaited return of £7 million man Andreas Cornelius from a troublesome ankle injury. Manchester United have a whole host of issues to contend, with Phil Jones a particular worry in midfield, but David Moyes is hopeful that Nemanja Vidic will be fit after suffering a head injury against Arsenal.

Cardiff City vs. Manchester United
CardiffQuestionableAndreas CorneliusAnkle
Man UtdQuestionablePhil JonesGroin
Robin van PersieGroin
Nemanja VidicConcussion
Danny WelbeckKnee
OutMichel CarrickCalf
Darren FletcherBowel Condition

Monday Night Football's West Midlands derby between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa might as well be billed as the night of the walking dead.

With 19 injuries between the two sides, we could see some rather alternative XIs, although most of Villa's key players are expected to recover in time.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa
West BromQuestionableNicolas AnelkaGroin
Scott SinclairHamstring
Chris BruntGroin
Billy JonesHamstring
Ben FosterAnkle/Foot
OutZoltan GeraHamstring
Boaz MyhillCalf/Shin
George ThorneACL
Aston VillaQuestionableChristian BentekeKnee
Brad GuzanUnspecified
Fabian DelphKnee/Illness
Andi WeimannHamstring
Antonio LunaHamstring
Ciaran ClarkAnkle/Foot
Gabby AgbonlahorAnkle/Foot
OutGary GardnerBack
Joe BennettBack
Jores OkoreCL
Charles N'ZogbiaAchilles


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