Premier League Injury News, Fantasy Impact: Michu Sidelined

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Premier League Injury News, Fantasy Impact: Michu Sidelined
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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
Everton Questionable Antolin Alcaraz Groin
Out Arouna Kone Knee
Apostolos Vellios Unspecified
Darron Gibson ACL
Liverpool Questionable Steven Gerrard Thigh
Out Kolo Toure Muscle
Jose Enrique Knee
Iago Aspas Thigh
Sebastian Coates ACL

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
Fulham Out Brede Hangeland Nerve
Hugo Rodallega Groin
Matthew Briggs Groin
Questionable Pablo Hernandez Thigh
Swansea Out Garry Monk Knee
Michu Ankle/Knee

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
Hull Questionable Robbie Brady Groin
Allan McGregor Thigh
Out James Chester Hamstring
Stephen Quinn Hamstring
Sone Aluka Calf/Shin
Crystal Palace Questionable Jerome Thomas Groin
Jon Williams Ankle/Foot
Out Glen Murray ACL
Paddy McCarthy Groin
Adlene Guedioura Ribs
Jack Hunt Ankle/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
Arsenal Questionable Aaron Ramsey Hamstring
Out Yaya Sanogo Back
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ACL
Lukas Podolski Hamstring
Abou Diaby ACL
Southampton Out Guly do Prado Knee

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
Newcastle Questionable Paul Dummett Hamstring
Steven Taylor Hamstring
Out Ryan Taylor ACL
Norwich Questionable Ricky van Wolfswinkel Ankle/Foot
Anthony Pilkington Thigh/Hip
Out Elliott Bennett Knee
Alex Tettey High 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
Stoke Questionable Andy Wilkinson Knee
Out Stephen Ireland Ankle/Foot
Sunderland None

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 Ham Questionable Razvan Rat Unspecified
Joey O'Brien Hamstring
Winston Reid Ankle/Foot
Matty Taylor Calf/Shin
Richardo Vaz Te Shoulder
Out Andy Carroll Ankle
Alou Diarra ACL
Chelsea Questionable Ashley Cole Ribs
Out Fernando Torres Hip/Thigh
Marco van Ginkel ACL

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 City Questionable Fernandinho Unspecified
Stevan Jovetic Calf/Shin
Out David Silva Calf
Vincent Kompany Thigh strain
Spurs Questionable Danny Rose Ankle/Foot
Nacer Chadli Hamstring
Out Emmanuel Adebayor Ankle/Foot
Christian Eriksen Ankle/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
Cardiff Questionable Andreas Cornelius Ankle
Man Utd Questionable Phil Jones Groin
Robin van Persie Groin
Nemanja Vidic Concussion
Rafael Ankle/Foot
Danny Welbeck Knee
Out Michel Carrick Calf
Darren Fletcher Bowel 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 Brom Questionable Nicolas Anelka Groin
Scott Sinclair Hamstring
Chris Brunt Groin
Billy Jones Hamstring
Ben Foster Ankle/Foot
Out Zoltan Gera Hamstring
Boaz Myhill Calf/Shin
George Thorne ACL
Aston Villa Questionable Christian Benteke Knee
Brad Guzan Unspecified
Fabian Delph Knee/Illness
Andi Weimann Hamstring
Antonio Luna Hamstring
Ciaran Clark Ankle/Foot
Gabby Agbonlahor Ankle/Foot
Out Gary Gardner Back
Joe Bennett Back
Jores Okore CL
Charles N'Zogbia Achilles

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