EPL Week 2: Latest Updates on Inactives and Injuries for This Week's Fixtures

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2013

The second week of English Premier League action will conclude on Monday with a marquee battle between Manchester United and Chelsea. Before that, nine other matches will take place with clubs looking to build some early momentum.

As always, injuries play an important role throughout any given week. Any top players forced to miss games represent an extra hurdle their clubs must jump in order to secure three points. On the flip side, it gives other players a chance to step up and fill the void.

Knowing that, let's take a look at some players who are injury concerns or doubts for the upcoming week of action. It's followed by a complete look at the lineup information for each match, which will be updated until Week 2 concludes.

Injury Issues to Watch (via PhysioRoom.com)

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City)

One of Manchester City's key offseason additions missed the club's opening week victory over Newcastle due to a knock. Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero picked up the slack. They would likely do so again if Jovetic suffers a setback and can't play.

Status: Out

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney has been dealing with a lingering leg injury. He was able to come off the bench just after the hour mark in the club's triumph over Swansea last week. The star's status and potential role for the Chelsea clash remains unclear.

Status: Starting

David Luiz (Chelsea)

United aren't the only club dealing with injury concerns heading into the big match. Chelsea may be without Luiz, who faces a late fitness test to see how his hamstring responds. The Blues could certainly use him against the defending champions.

Status: Out

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)

Lennon featured in the club's opener against Crystal Palace, but missed the midweek Europa league matchup with Dinamo Tbilisi and is on the injury list for the weekend with an ankle/foot problem. The veteran is a key piece of the Spurs' attack.

Status: Out

Sylvain Distin (Everton)

A stalwart member of the Everton back line for the past four seasons, Distin suffered a knock and will have to pass a late fitness test in order to face West Brom. If he's unable to go, new manager Roberto Martinez will have to shuffle his back line.

Status: Active

Game-by-Game Lineup Information

Updates will be made as news becomes available.

Fulham vs. Arsenal

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7:45 a.m. ET (12:45 p.m. BST)

Fulham lineup:

Maarten Stekelenburg remains sidelined with a shoulder injury. Midfielder Kieran Richardson is still dealing with a hamstring problem. Fernando Amorebieta is getting closer to being available for selection, but is out after suffering a knock.

Arsenal lineup:

Thomas Vermaelen is unavailable, forcing Bacary Sagna into the center of defense and earning a start for Carl Jenkinson on the outside. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta remain out with long-term injury issues.

Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. BST)

Everton lineup:

Distin, one of the spotlighted players above, is active and in the starting lineup for Everton alongside Phil Jagielka. Darron Gibson wasn't able to recover from a knee injury in time to play. Antolín Alcaraz isn't expected back until next month.

West Brom lineup:

The only potential question mark for West Brom was defender Steven Reid, who wasn't able to make an early return after a knock. George Thorne and Zoltan Gera likely won't be available for selection for another month.

Hull City vs. Norwich City

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. BST)

Hull lineup:

Abdoulaye Faye and Stephen Quinn are both likely to miss a couple more weeks with various leg injuries and weren't available, as expected. Otherwise, the Tigers had a pretty full squad to choose form.

Norwich lineup:

Gary Hooper and Anthony Pilkington are both nearing their returns, which will bolster the Norwich attack, but neither are available for the clash with Hull. There's still no timetable for Elliott Bennett to come back from a knee issue.

Newcastle United vs. West Ham United

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. BST)

Newcastle lineup:

Cheick Tiote was unable to overcome a groin/pelvis injury in time to make the Week 2 squad. Loic Remy also remains out with what should be a short-term leg issue. All of Newcastle's other injuries were expected absences.

West Ham lineup:

Andy Carroll continues to deal with a bothersome heel problem and isn't ready to help West Ham quite yet. The only other injury the Irons are dealing with is George McCartney, who is working his way back from an MCL issue.

Southampton vs. Sunderland

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. BST)

Southampton lineup:

Southampton wasn't dealing with any significant injury concerns heading into the match. Mauricio Pochettino had a full squad at his disposal.

Sunderland lineup:

Wes Brown and Steven Fletcher should both become available for Sunderland in the coming weeks, but aren't ready for action yet. Lee Cattermole also remains out.

Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. BST)

Stoke lineup:

While the midfield duo of Wilson Palacios and Brek Shea shouldn't be on the injured list for much longer, they aren't in the lineup against the Eagles. Jamie Ness also remains sidelined with a knock.

Crystal Palace lineup:

Jerome Thomas' ankle injury will keep him out of the Palace lineup for at least another week. All of the club's other injury concerns, including Jonathan Parr and Paddy McCarthy, have no return dates set.

Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 12:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. BST)

Villa lineup:

Nathan Baker was able to recover from an ankle injury in time to feature against the Reds. Chris Herd shook off a calf problem and will be available off the bench. Charles N'Zogbia remains out with an Achilles injury.

Liverpool lineup:

Liverpool are without a pair of defenders. Martin Skrtel continues to battle a balky knee while Sebastian Coates faces a long road recovery after suffering an ACL injury on international duty. So the Reds move forward with the same starting 11.

Cardiff City vs. Manchester City

Sunday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. BST)

Cardiff City Lineup:

Andreas Cornelius returns from injury and could make his Cardiff City debut off the bench. Beyond that, the underdogs are healthy heading into this contest. 

Manchester City Lineup:

Not much different here from City, including Jovetic again being left off the team. Defenders Vincent Kompany (groin) and Micah Richards (hamstring) are also unavailable, so Javi Garcia slides into a centre-back role. Matija Nastasic is available off the bench.

Tottenham vs. Swansea City

Sunday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. BST)

Tottenaham Lineup:

Lennon is indeed out as he recovers from a knock. Oh, and so is that Gareth Bale fella, though we all know by now why that's the case. Andres Villas-Boas has made a slight tactical adjustment in this game, starting Etienne Capoue next to Paulinho in central midfield, while Andros Townsend gets the start on the right wing. 

Swansea City Lineup:

The Swansea twitter account pretty succinctly summed up the changes in Sunday's lineup:

Manchester United vs. Chelsea

Monday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. BST)

Manchester United Lineup:

Well, this is fun. Wayne Rooney will be starting for Manchester United against Chelsea, a club that has been linked to him for much of the summer. His addition into the lineup for Ryan Giggs is the only change for United from last weekend. Javier Hernandez (hamstring), Nani (groin) and Rafael (hamstring) aren't available for United.

Chelsea Lineup:

With a slew of available midfielders, Jose Mourinho decided to simply skip over his options at striker in this match, keeping Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku on the bench while skipping over Demba Ba entirely. David Luiz (hamstring) remains out of the lineup, while Juan Mata once again starts from the bench.  


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