Premier League Injury News, Fantasy Impact: Mesut Ozil Returns, Sturridge Doubt

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 17, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Daniel Sturridge (C) of Liverpool holds off Mesut Ozil (L), Laurent Koscielny (R) of Arsenal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The Premier League title race continues its enthralling finale this weekend.

Leaders Liverpool make the trip to Norwich City on Sunday less than 24 hours after second-placed Chelsea host Sunderland in the late kick-off on Saturday.

Manchester City will bid to claw themselves back into the title race after the midweek draw with the Black Cats when they entertain West Brom on Monday.

Arsenal have the edge over Everton in the chase for Champions League qualification, and the Gunners travel to Hull on Sunday in a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final.

Everton welcome former manager David Moyes back to Goodison Park with Manchester United on Sunday.

Here's the latest team news for the weekend fixtures.


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham

Mousa Dembele returns to the Tottenham squad, but Erik Lamela, Michael Dawson, Roberto Soldado and Jan Vertonghen are all still missing.

Kostas Mitroglou is the only absentee from the Fulham squad.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham


Aston Villa vs. Southampton

Christian Benteke leads the list of long-term Aston Villa casualties, which also includes Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak.

Jay Rodriguez is out for Southampton, but goalkeeper Artur Boruc could return to the squad.

Aston Villa vs. Southampton


Cardiff City vs. Stoke City

Craig Noone and Mark Hudson remain sidelined for Cardiff City.

Oussama Assaidi faces a late fitness test for Stoke, but Robert Huth is still out.

Cardiff City vs. Stoke City


Newcastle United vs. Swansea City

Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy face late fitness tests after returning to training this week, but Davide Santon is still out.

Michu is set to miss out for Swansea City, along with Kyle Bartley.

Newcastle United vs. Swansea City
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West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace

Kevin Nolan and James Collins return for West Ham, while Joey O'Brien is also back in the squad after a dislocated shoulder.

Kagisho Dikgacoi is the only absentee for Crystal Palace.

West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace


Chelsea vs. Sunderland

Eden Hazard misses out for Jose Mourinho's title-chasing Chelsea.

Ki Sung-Yueng has joined Carlos Cuellar and Steven Fletcher on the sidelines for Sunderland.

Chelsea vs. Sunderland


Norwich City vs. Liverpool

Norwich City will be without only Elliott Bennett as they attempt to steer clear of the drop zone.

Daniel Sturridge is rated doubtful for Liverpool and may be rested for the game. Jose Enrique remains sidelined.

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Hull City vs. Arsenal

Allan McGregor, Robbie Brady and Paul McShane are all long-term casualties for Hull City.

Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are set to return for Arsenal, but Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere are still out.

Hull City vs. Arsenal


Everton vs. Manchester United

Phil Jagielka misses out for Everton, while Steven Pienaar, Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone remain sidelined.

Wayne Rooney returns for Manchester United, but Robin van Persie is expected to miss out. Marouane Fellaini is also back in the squad, but Rafael is out.

Everton vs. Manchester United
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Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion

Yaya Toure, David Silva and Jesus Navas are all still out for Manchester City.

Jonas Olsson is ruled out for West Bromwich Albion.

Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion