Premier League Injury News, Fantasy Impact: City Without Aguero and Zabaleta

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The Premier League is back in focus this weekend following Capital One Cup action, and there will be managers casting nervous eyes to the treatment room.

Manchester City were victorious in midweek, but they have lost star striker Sergio Aguero to injury.

The following are the latest injury reports for each Premier League fixture on the schedule for Dec. 21-23.

Liverpool entertain Cardiff, with the Reds once again minus captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique.

Cardiff are waiting on news of Craig Bellamy, who faces a late fitness test.

Liverpool vs. Cardiff
LiverpoolQuestionable
OutGerrardHamstring
SturridgeAnkle
EnriqueKnee
CoatesKnee
CardiffQuestionableBellamyKnee
Out
Physioroom

Crystal Palace welcome back Dean Moxey after his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye returns from a one-match ban and have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United
Crystal PalaceOutThomasAnkle
GuediouraRibs
HuntAnkle
McCarthyGroin
MurrayKnee
NewcastleQuestionable
OutTaylorKnee
Physioroom

Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta is rated doubtful with a hamstring problem, while Brede Hangeland and Hugo Rodallega remain sidelined.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is likely to miss out with a hamstring problem, while Edin Dzeko will continue to deputise for Sergio Aguero.

Fulham vs. Manchester City
FulhamQuestionableAmorebietaHamstring
OutRodallegaGroin
HangelandBack
Man CityQuestionableNastasicCalf
JoveticCalf
OutZabaletaHamstring
AgueroCalf
RichardsHamstring
Physioroom

Manchester United are waiting on news of Wayne Rooney after he missed the midweek win at Stoke with a groin problem. Nemanja Vidic is a doubt, while Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick remain sidelined.

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan serves the last match of a three-game ban, but James Tomkins returns after a groin injury.

Manchester United vs. West Ham United
Man UtdQuestionableRooneyGroin
VidicKnock
FellainiBack
OutVan PersieThigh
CarrickCalf
West HamQuestionablePetriaeCalf
OutDowningAnkle
Vaz TeShoulder
CarrollAnkle
ReidAnkle
Physioroom

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross is doubtful with a groin problem, and on-loan midfielder Stephen Ireland cannot play due to the terms of his deal.

Fabian Delph returns from a one-game ban, but Gabriel Agbonlahor is suspended for one match.

Stoke City vs. Aston Villa
Stoke CityQuestionableShawcrossGroin
EtheringtonBack
OutHuthKnee
Aston VillaQuestionableHerdKnock
VlaarCalf
BennettBack
N'ZogbiaCalf
OutOkoreKnee
Physioroom

Sunderland welcome back striker Steven Fletcher and midfielder Jack Colback after illness.

Norwich City could be boosted by the return of Robert Snodgrass and Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

Sunderland vs. Norwich City
SunderlandQuestionableWestwoodShoulder
OutCuellarHip
NorwichQuestionableBunnAnkle
OutBennettKnee
TetteyAnkle
PilkingtonHamstring
Physioroom

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster could make his first appearance since August after recovering from a foot injury.

Hull City forward Robbie Brady is sidelined with a groin problem, and Sone Aluko and Stephen Quinn are both still out.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Hull City
West BromQuestionableAnichebeIllness
AnelkaGroin
OutThorneKnee
Hull CityOutBradyGroin
DudgeonKnee
QuinnHamstring
AlukoCalf
Physioroom

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has returned to training after a groin injury, and Adam Lallana could also return.

Tottenham will be without Andros Townsend due to a hamstring injury, while midfielder Paulinho is still suspended. Michael Dawson is available after being suspended for the midweek cup defeat to West Ham.

Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur
SouthamptonQuestionableDavisBack
OutFoxHamstring
WanyamaCalf
BorucHand
Do PradoKnee
TottenhamQuestionableKaboulHip
KaneBack
OutTownsendHamstring
VertonghenAnkle
Physioroom

Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm and midfielder Nathan Dyer are both out. Angel Rangel is banned but Leon Britton and Chico Flores could return.

Everton midfielder James McCarthy returns after a one-match ban, but Gerard Deulofeu remains sidelined. Leighton Baines is approaching full fitness but will not feature at Swansea.

Swansea vs. Everton
SwanseaQuestionableFloresKnee
VazquezGroin
BrittonAnkle
OutVormKnee
MonkKnee
DyerAnkle
EvertonQuestionableHibbertKnee
OutDeulofeuHamstring
BainesFoot
KoneKnee
GibsonKnee
Physioroom

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny misses out, but striker Lukas Podolski could make his first appearance for the Gunners since August.

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic returns from suspension, which means Ashley Cole is likely to return to the bench as Cesar Azpilicueta reverts to left-back.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea
ArsenalQuestionablePodolskiHamstring
OutKoscielnyKnee
MiyaichiHamstring
Oxlade-ChamberlainKnee
SanogoBack
DiabyKnee
ChelseaQuestionableBertrandKnock
OutVan GinkelKnee
Physioroom