Fantasy football injury update: Premier League sides missing AFCON stars
Fantasy football bosses across the world wince when one of their star players hits the deck — and a spell in the treatment room is never good news.
Keep this page bookmarked to stay up to date with all the Premier League injuries and expected return dates throughout the season.
Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe (international duty): Duo are representing their respective countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Cedric Soares (hip): Lasted just 11 minutes at Anfield and is a doubt for the Tottenham clash.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf): Missed the Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool but could return in time for the North London derby.
Granit Xhaka (suspension): Was shown a red card for a wild challenge on Diogo Jota on Thursday.
Thomas Partey (suspension): Was sent off for two yellow cards shortly after coming on in the Carabao Cup against Liverpool.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (illness): Suffering with heart lesions after a bout of coronavirus at the AFCON.
Calum Chambers (neck): Defender is a doubt for the game against Burnley.
Bernd Leno (back): Second-choice keeper could miss out after suffering an injury before the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Leon Bailey (thigh): Stepping up his recovery but will miss out this weekend.
Marvelous Nakamba (knee): Midfielder will be out for 12-16 weeks after sustaining a knee injury in December.
Ashley Young (foot): Outside chance of featuring against his former club after recovering from foot injury.
Trezeguet, Bertrand Traore (international duty): Villa pair are currently at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Ezri Konsa (hip): Faces a late fitness test after being withdrawn at half-time against Manchester United.
Mathias Jorgensen (knee): Part-training with the Brentford squad but still some way off a return.
Josh Dasilva (hip): Midfielder was ruled out of the Championship play-offs in April with no date set for his return.
David Raya (knee): The Bees No1 will be out until March after injuring his knee ligaments.
Julian Jeanvier (knee): Has started training outdoors but needs "time to get up to speed" after long lay-off.
Charlie Goode (thigh): Suffered a hamstring strain and ruled out of the Wolves clash.
Frank Onyeka (international duty): Representing Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Tarique Fosu (hamstring): Ruled out for a lengthy period after suffering a hamstring injruy.
Jeremy Sarmiento (hamstring): Will be out until March with a hamstring injury sustained on debut.
Lewis Dunk (knee): Captain could return if he gets through Satiuday's training session.
Yves Bissouma (international duty): Currently playing for Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Enock Mwepu (thigh): Ruled out until next month.
Shane Duffy (ankle): Veteran defender likely to miss the game against Leicester.
Jason Steele (lower back): Substitute goalkeeper is currently being assessed and will miss the Foxes clash.
Ashley Barnes (thigh): Making good progress in his recovery but is still some way off returning.
Maxwel Cornet (international duty): Summer signing is away with the Ivory Coast.
Nathan Collins, Dwight McNeil, Charlie Taylor, Erik Pieters, Matej Vydra (all illness): All five have tested positive for coronavirus but could recover in time for the Arsenal clash.
Connor Roberts (fitness): Lacking match fitness and is touch and go for the trip to the Emirates.
Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring): Has not featured since the draw with Liverpool at the start of January with no updates on an expected return.
Ben Chilwell (knee): Left-back is expected to be out for the rest of the season after a knee op.
Reece James (hamstring): Set for a spell on the sidelines after limping off against Brighton.
Andreas Christensen (illness): Centre-back ruled out of Tottenham clash after contracting coronavirus.
Edouard Mendy (international duty): No1 stopper is with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, where Covid-19 ruled him out of his country's first game.
James McArthur (hamstring): Expected to miss a further two to three weeks.
James Tomkins (unknown): Currently being assessed but is expected to be out for weeks rather than months.
Jordan Ayew, Cheikhou Kouyate, Wilfried Zaha (international duty): Eagles trio are all in Cameroon for the AFCON.
Fabian Delph (illness): A doubt after suffering from illness.
Tom Davies (hamstring): Midfielder underwent successful surgery this week.
Jarrad Branthwaite (hamstring): Young defender is 50-50 for the Aston Villa clash.
Allan (illness): Absent with an unspecified illness.
Fabian Delph (unknown): Ruled out for the game against former club Villa and no return date is set.
Liam Cooper (hamstring): Likely set for a longer spell on the sidelines.
Jamie Shackleton (foot): Picked up an Achilles issue with no return date yet made public.
Patrick Bamford (hamstring): Suffered a hamstring injury celebrating goal against Brentford in December and is still unlikely to return.
Pascal Struijk (foot): Is unlikely to feature and return date is unknown.
Kalvin Phillips (thigh): England star is likely to be out until February.
Charlie Cresswell (shoulder): Suffered a shoulder injury in a training session and currently has no return date.
Joe Gelhardt (ankle): Youngster has been ruled out for a month.
Tyler Roberts (calf): Welsh international has been given a similar timeframe to return.
Sam Greenwood (knee): Underwent sugery following the FA Cup defeat to West Ham.
Wesley Fofana (shin): Centre-back looks set to be out for a while longer after requiring surgery on a broken fibula suffered after a horrific challenge in pre-season.
Ricardo Pereira (calf/shin): Will continue to be sidelined over the coming weeks.
Patson Daka (hamstring): Unlikely to feature after suffering a strain.
Ryan Bertrand (knee): No return date set and currently being assessed.
Jamie Vardy (thigh): Ruled out for up to eight weeks.
Jonny Evans (thigh): Veteran defender is out until April.
Kelechi Iheanacho, Nampalys Mendy, Daniel Amartey, Wilfred Ndidi (international duty): Quartet are currently with their countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Timothy Castagne (thigh): Belgian has picked up a thigh injury.
Harvey Elliott (ankle): Suffered a broken ankle and is a long-term absentee.
Nathanial Phillips (head): Centre-back is nearing his return.
Divock Origi (knee): Stepping up his return but Crystal Palace clash could come too soon.
Thiago Alcantara (hip): Spaniard will return to training next week.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita (international duty): Reds trio are currently at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Joel Matip (unknown): Defender was withdrawn in midweek and will be assessed ahead of Sunday.
Fabinho (knock): Was on the receiving end of Thomas Partey's second-yellow challenge and will be looked at ahead of the trip to South London.
Liam Delap (ankle): Suffered an ankle injury and is ruled out.
Riyad Mahrez (international duty): Hoping to help secure a successive Africa Cup of Nations crown with Algeria.
Nathan Ake (unknown): Will be assessed ahead of the Southampton clash.
Cole Palmer (unknown): Youngster is a doubt for Saturday's encounter.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (knock): Ukranian is currently being assessed after picking up a knock.
Paul Pogba (thigh): Targeting a return after the international break after resuming training.
Jadon Sancho (thigh): Suffering from a tight hamstring but could feature.
Eric Bailly (international duty): Away with the Ivory Coast for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Scott McTominay (lower back): Suffered a knock in the back but is expected to be available on Saturday.
Luke Shaw (hamstring): Will miss the West Ham clash on Saturday after suffering an injury in training.
Edinson Cavani (muscular): Uruguayan was another withdrawal from training and will miss out this weekend.
Victor Lindelof (personal reasons): Swede is not with the squad due to an inkown personal reason.
Paul Dummett (calf): Welsh defender suffered a setback in September and is set to miss more time.
Federico Fernadez (thigh): Ruled out for the majority of January by Eddie Howe after picking up an injury in training.
Callum Wilson (calf/shin/heel): Star striker could face a lengthy lay-off after going down against Manchester United.
Jeff Hendrick and Dwight Gayle (illness): Pair have tested positive for coronavirus but could recover in time for the game against Leeds.
Matt Ritchie (knee): Will face a late fitness test ahead of the weekend.
Tom Cantwell (illness): missed defeat at West Ham but back in training.
Billy Gilmour (ankle): has returned to parent club Chelsea to aid recovery.
Mathias Normann (pelvic): Still absent but rehab going well.
Andrew Omobamidele (back): Likely to miss this weekend, but close to a return.
Lukas Rupp (thigh): Midfielder is expected to miss out against Watford tonight.
Christoph Zimmermann (ankle): Defender is struggling with an ankle injury and had another surgery in mid-October.
Tim Krul (shoulder): Injured his ACL joint against Everton and is awaiting further information on the injury.
Alex McCarthy (thigh): An injury will ensure the the keeper is sidelined for a little while longer.
William Smallbone (calf/shin/heel): Return is unknown after getting injured in the Spurs draw.
Valentino Livramento (knee): Young right-back's injury is not thought to be serious but will still miss out this weekend.
Moussa Djenepo (international duty): Away with Mali for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Theo Walcott and Mohamed Elyounoussi (illness): Pair have contracted coronavirus but recover in time for City clash.
Cristian Romero (thigh): Centre-back has returned to training and is edging closer to a return.
Heung-Min Son (muscle): Ruled out until after the winter break.
Eric Dier (muscle): Unlikely to make the Chelsea clash.
Ismaila Sarr (knee): A knee problem will keep the speedy winger out of training until the end of January.
Christian Kabasele (other): Will be out for a few weeks after sustaining a knock in training.
Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring): Returned after surgery but is unlikely to return until March or April.
Peter Etebo (thigh): Back on the grass and will return to full training in two weeks.
Kwadwo Baah (foot): Fractured his ankle in training and will be out of action for a number of weeks.
Imran Louza, Adam Masina, William Troost-Ekong (international duty): Representing their respective nations at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Angelo Ogbonna (knee): Influential defender is set for a long spell on the sidelines after ACL injury.
Tomas Soucek (illness): Recovering from coronavirus but could be in contention for the game against Manchester United.
Mark Noble (knee): Club captain is ruled out of this weekend's action.
Said Benrahma (international duty): Representing Algeria at the AFCON.
Jonny (knee): Spaniard had surgery on an ACL injury in April but is close to returning to training.
Pedro Neto (knee): Winger had surgery on his knee in April and continues to undergo rehab.
Yerson Mosquera (muscular injury): Youngster will return to training in February.
Hee Chan Hwang (hamstring): South Korean striker is out until February.
Roman Saiss (international duty): Representing Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Fernando Marcal (knock): Ruled out of the Brentford clash.
Willy Boly (calf): Unable to travel to the AFCON with the Ivory Coast due to a calf injury.