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Injuries & suspensions update ahead of Gameweek 28 – latest on Ollie Watkins, Kevin De Bruyne and others

DREAM TEAM brings you all the latest injury, suspension and availability news ahead of Gameweek 28 in one easily digestible dose.

A groin injury rules Kevin De Bruyne out of Manchester City’s FA Cup quarter-final against Newcastle this weekend.

The popular playmaker has also withdrawn from the Belgium squad ahead of the upcoming international friendlies.

Ederson remains sidelined for Pep Guardiola’s side but Jack Grealish has a good chance of making the squad after positive progression this week.

As for the Magpies, Anthony Gordon is seemingly only a minor doubt having avoided serious injury.

“He [Gordon] partly trained yesterday,” Eddie Howe told reporters. “He joined in and seemed okay. We’ll train again today and we’ll make a decision after that.”

Harvey Barnes won’t travel to the Etihad with a view to a return after the international break.


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De Bruyne won't feature against Newcastle this weekend

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De Bruyne won’t feature against Newcastle this weekendCredit: Rex

Micky van de Ven won’t be among Tottenham’s squad to face Fulham on Saturday following his premature substitution against Aston Villa last time out.

The Dutch defender may return immediately after the internationals but it’s too early to say for sure.

In more positive news for Spurs fans, Richarlison is expected to be available so long as he comes through the week’s final training session without a setback.

David Moyes will once again make a late call on Emerson who has a “little bit of a groin strain” ahead of West Ham v Aston Villa on Sunday.

As for the Villains, it remains to be seen whether Ollie Watkins will recover in time having suffered a bad cut against Ajax in the Europa Conference League.

The 37.2%-owned striker played on through the pain for a while, during which time he scored, but was replaced in the 33rd minute.

After the game, Unai Emery told Villa TV: “Of course he [Watkins] was asking us to change him but it was because he has a cut. Hopefully for Sunday, he is going to be available.”

John McGinn starts his three-game domestic ban following his straight red card against Spurs.

Watkins is a doubt but Emery remains hopeful

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Watkins is a doubt but Emery remains hopefulCredit: Dream Team

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Ben Chilwell is fit again after the left-back was included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Benoit Badiashile has also returned to training and is likely to feature in some capacity against Leicester.

Sergio Reguilon should be “fit and available” according to Thomas Frank with Bryan Mbeumo also in with a chance of making Brentford’s squad after a lengthy absence.

Manchester United may be boosted by several returns ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool.

Harry Maguire, Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all returned to training this week and are therefore in contention to feature on Sunday.

Erik ten Hag said of the group: “We have, tomorrow, one session. We have to see how they recover from this tomorrow. But it looks good.”

Jonny Evans will not play, however, having been dogged by a niggle this week.

Van de Ven will spend the international break recovering

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Van de Ven will spend the international break recoveringCredit: Alamy

As for Jurgen Kloop’s troops, Ibrahima Konate hasn’t trained and so isn’t expected back until after the break, as is the case with Curtis Jones.

Mohamed Salah wasn’t supposed to play 90 minutes against Sparta Prague on Thursday night but other issues meant he finished the game without complaint.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota may need another three or four weeks before they’re considered for selection but Ryan Gravenberch is set to return this weekend.


ARSENAL

Injuries: Jurrien Timber (doubt)

Suspensions: None

ASTON VILLA

Injuries: Tyrone Mings, Emi Buendia, Boubacar Kamara, Jacob Ramsey, Ollie Watkins (doubt), Diego Carlos

Suspensions: John McGinn

BOURNEMOUTH

Injuries: Ryan Fredericks, James Hill, Max Aarons, Lloyd Kelly, Marcos Senesi

Suspensions: None

BRENTFORD

Injuries: Aaron Hickey, Rico Henry, Kevin Schade, Bryan Mbeumo (doubt), Josh Dasilva, Ethan Pinnock, Ben Mee, Christian Norgaard

Suspensions: None

BRIGHTON

Injuries: Solly March, Joao Pedro, James Milner, Jack Hinshelwood, Kaoru Mitoma

Suspensions: Billy Gilmour

BURNLEY

Injuries: Luka Koleosho, Nathan Redmond, Lyle Foster, Aaron Ramsey, Jordan Beyer (doubt), Ameen Al-Dakhil

Suspensions: None

CHELSEA

Injuries: Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwo, Reece James, Christopher Nkunku, Levi Colwill

Suspensions: None

CRYSTAL PALACE

Injuries: Cheick Doucoure, Rob Holding, Michael Olise, Marc Guehi, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Matheus Franca, Jeffrey Schlupp

Suspensions: None

EVERTON

Injuries: Dele Alli, Arnaut Danjuma, Idrissa Gueye (doubt)

Suspensions: None

FULHAM

Injuries: None

Suspensions: None

LIVERPOOL

Injuries: Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konate, Bobby Clark (doubt)

Suspensions: None

LUTON

Injuries: Tom Lockyer, Marvelous Nakamba, Mads Andersen, Elijah Adebayo (doubt), Jacob Brown, Gabriel Osho, Amari’i Bell, Dan Potts, Joseph Johnson, Albert-Mboyo Sambi Lokonga, Tahith Chong

Suspensions: None

MANCHESTER CITY

Injuries: Jack Grealish (doubt), Alisson, Kevin De Bruyne

Suspensions: None

MANCHESTER UNITED

Injuries: Tyrell Malacia, Mason Mount (doubt), Anthony Martial, , Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Rasmus Hojlund (doubt), Jonny Evans

Suspensions: None

NEWCASTLE

Injuries: Matt Targett, Nick Pope, Joelinton, Callum Wilson, Kieran Trippier, Harvey Barnes, Anthony Gordon (doubt), Dan Burn (doubt)

Suspensions: Sandro Tonali

NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Injuries: Ola Aina (doubt), Nuno Tavares, Gio Reyna (doubt), Gonzalo Montiel

Suspensions: None

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Injuries: Daniel Jebbison, John Egan, Chris Basham, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Max Lowe, Cameron Archer, Anis Ben Slimane, Rhian Brewster

Suspensions: Mason Holgate

TOTTENHAM

Injuries: Ryan Sessegnon, Manor Solomon, Fraser Forster, Micky Van de Ven

Suspensions: None

WEST HAM

Injuries: Maxwel Cornet, Emerson (doubt)

Suspensions: None

WOLVES

Injuries: Matheus Cunha, Hwang Hee-chan, Craig Dawson (doubt), Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, Pedro Neto

Suspensions: None


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