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Bans and injuries for the week’s Premier League encounters

Interesting games ahead in the Premier League with all teams desperate for points before the season’s end. Of course, the focal point will be the derby between Manchester United and leaders Chelsea. 

Jose Mourinho takes on his former club Chelsea. There are more important things at stake than just pride, as United try to salvage this season with a top four finish. Chelsea are leaders, as they have been for the majority of the season, and will look to keep second place Tottenham at a comfortable distance.

Man. United have a number of injuries or players that are dealing with fatigue. Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling could be looking at longer term injuries. Wayne Rooney sustained an ankle injury which saw him miss training. He may still get some playing time. Ashley Young is also doubtful to start.  Rivals Chelsea can count themselves lucky, with all players fit for the game.

Liverpool travel to West Bromwich Albion without Sadio Mane and Danny Ings. Roberto Firmino has been involved in most of the team’s games and there is a chance he could be rested. Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson should be back in training , but it’s doubtful at this stage whether they can playThere are no injuries reported for West Brom at this stage.

Manchester City travel to Southampton, a side that sits in a comfortable ninth place in the Premier League. Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Fernando de Jesus and Bacary Sagna could be out for the remainder of the season. Southampton will unlikely be able to use Matt Targett, Virgil van Dijk and Charlie Austin who are have sustained injuries. Oriol Romeu is suspended having reached the 10 yellow cards limit.

Arsenal will try to end their recent result crisis with the away game against Middlesbrough. Arsene Wenger will not be able to use: Santi Cazorla, David Ospina and Lucas Perez. However, Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny are recovering from injuries and there is a chance they will be able to play. Middlesbrough will be without George Friend still recovering from a long-term heel injury. Also, Calum Chambers cannot play through a clause prohibiting him from playing in an encounter with his parent club.

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