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Mesut Ozil is a worry for Arsenal
Mesut Ozil is a worry for ArsenalJamie McDonald/Getty Images
Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

The Premier League returns following the international break, and there are one or two managers up and down the country, both real and fantasy alike, counting their walking wounded.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saw £42.5 million summer signing Mesut Ozil limp off during Germany's win over Sweden in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday, but he is confident a fitness test on the midfielder on Friday will ensure his participation against Norwich City.

The following are the latest injury reports for each Premier League fixture on the schedule from October 19 to 21.

Newcastle vs. Liverpool
NewcastleQuestionableS TaylorHamstring
HaidaraKnee
OutR TaylorKnee
ColocciniGroin
LiverpoolQuestionableJohnsonAnkle
CissokhoAnkle
AllenHamstring
OutCoutinhoShoulder
CoatesKnee
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Ozil is the major worry for Arsenal and will be given a fitness test before Saturday's game with Norwich. Per Arsenal.com, manager Wenger has said the player is "not a major" doubt.

Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain on the sidelines for Arsenal, but Theo Walcott could feature.

Arsenal vs. Norwich City
ArsenalFitOzilKnee
SagnaHamstring
CazorlaFoot
QuestionableRosickyCalf
WalcottStomach
OutOxlade-ChamberlainKnee
PodolskiHamstring
DiabyKnee
Norwich CityQuestionable
OutPilkingtonKnock
BennettKnee
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Chelsea entertain Cardiff, and Fernando Torres, who is now free from suspension, will hope to feature but will have to prove his fitness on account of a knee problem.

Ashley Cole is another doubt for Chelsea on account of the rib problem that forced him out of England's final two World Cup qualifiers.

Chelsea vs. Cardiff
ChelseaQuestionableA ColeRib
TorresKnee
OutVan GinkelKnee
CardiffQuestionableCorneliusAnkle
Out
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Everton face Hull City, and the Toffees will definitely be without Darron Gibson who has been ruled out with a serious knee injury.

Everton vs. Hull City
EvertonQuestionablePienaarKnee
OutGibsonKnee
AlcarazGroin
Hull CityQuestionableBradyGroin
OutChesterHamstring
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Manchester United play host to Southampton, and Robin van Persie is expected to shrug off a toe injury to feature.

Rio Ferdinand will have to pass a late fitness test on his groin issue.

Manchester Utd. vs. Southampton
Man UtdQuestionableCleverleyShin
RafaelKnock
FerdinandGroin
OutFletcherBowel condition
SouthamptonQuestionableBorucHamstring
OsvaldoAnkle
ShawIllness
Out
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West Brom travel to Stoke and will definitely be without keeper Ben Foster, who has a foot problem.

Mark Hughes' Stoke are likely to be at full strength.

Stoke City vs. West Brom
Stoke CityQuestionableWaltersGroin
Out
West BromQuestionableAnichebeGroin
SinclairHamstring
GeraHamstring
VydraHamstring
ThorneKnee
OutFosterAnkle
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Sunderland fans will get their first glimpse of life under Guy Poyet when the Wearsiders head to Wales to face Swansea.

Steven Fletcher and Phil Bardsley took part in training this week and could be in contention.

Swansea vs. Sunderland
SwanseaQuestionableBrittonCalf
VormWrist
DaviesHamstring
De GuzmanGroin
MonkKnee
HernandezHip
OutWilliamsAnkle
SunderlandQuestionableWestwoodShoulder
FletcherShoulder
BardsleyAnkle
OutBrownCalf
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West Ham entertain Manchester City in Saturday's evening game, and they are still without Andy Carroll.

Martin Demichelis is in the frame to make his City debut after shaking off a knee injury, but there is no Vincent Kompany—confirmed by Manuel Pellegrini on Friday. 

West Ham vs. Man City
West HamQuestionable
OutCarrollAnkle
DiarraKnee
Man CityThighRodwellHamstring
DemichelisKnee
OutKompanyThigh
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Sunday's solitary game is a potential cracker, as Tottenham travel to Aston Villa, who are set to be buoyed by the return of Christian Benteke.

England international Aaron Lennon is pushing for a return for Spurs.

Aston Villa vs. Tottenham
Aston VillaQuestionableBentekeHip
N'ZogbiaCalf
OutGardnerBack
OkoreKnee
TottenhamQuestionableRoseAnkle
LennonAnkle
OutKaboulMuscle
CapoueAnkle
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There's a London derby on Monday evening as Crystal Palace play host to Fulham.

Both sides have doubts over a handful of players but have the weekend to get them in shape.

Crystal Palace vs. Fulham
Crystal PalaceQuestionableDikgacoiHamstring
GabbidonHamstring
WilliamsAnkle
HuntAnkle
OutMcCarthyGroin
MurrayKnee
FulhamQuestionableHangelandBack
BerbatovKnock
ParkerCalf
DejagahCalf
BriggsGroin
HughesGroin
StekelenburgShoulder
Out
Physioroom.com

Stay tuned for all the updates as we get aim to keep you up to speed ahead of the deadline for finalising your fantasy squads.

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