Check on all the latest injury news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures before you place your bets.
Aston Villa v Arsenal
ASTON VILLA have further injury problems in the form of Marc Albrighton (appendicitis) and Jonathan Hogg (ankle) but John Carew is set to return while Habib Beye and John Collins are back in training. ARSENAL have been hit by the loss of Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Eboue (knee) but Manuel Almunia looks set to return between the sticks.
Bolton v Blackpool
No fresh injuries for BOLTON as both Sean Davis (knee) and Joey O’Brien (knee) edge closer to a return. Richard Kingson will continue in goals for BLACKPOOL now Matt Gilks (knee) faces 2 months out while Alex Baptiste has returned to training but only has an outside chance of making it in time and Bill Clarke (knee) is a long term concern.
Everton v West Brom
Marouane Fellaini faces one more game out through suspension for EVERTON but Victor Anichebe played 90 minutes in reserves last week and is in contention for a bench place. WEST BROM are set to be without James Morrison (back) and Steven Reid (Achilles) while Chris Brunt (groin) is described as having just a ‘fifty-fifty’ chance to be fit in time.
FULHAM are set to be without Moussa Dembele (ankle) and the long term absentee Bobby Zamora (leg) but Mark Hughes has no fresh worries. James McFadden (knee) is progressing well for BIRMINGHAM but has a long way to go while Craig Gardner (ankle) has a few more weeks out meaning Lee Bowyer will continue in the middle.
Man United v Blackburn
Chris Smalling is available for MAN UNITED should he be required but it is likely Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic will slot back into defence while Ryan Giggs is fit and Anderson has shaken a bug. Brett Emerton will go straight back into BLACKBURN’s line up while Steven Nzonzi and Martin Olsson have strong chances of being available.
Stoke v Man City
Jermaine Pennant (hamstring) remains a doubt for STOKE despite positive scan results but that is their only concern. MAN CITY will be without full back Pablo Zabaleta (suspension) so Jerome Boateng is likely to fill in and Mario Balotelli is available following a 3-game ban meaning Jo will probably drop back to the bench but City have no injuries of note.
West Ham v Wigan
WEST HAM’s season goes from bad to worse as last weekend’s only recognised midfielder, Mark Noble (leg), faces 5 weeks out injured but Scott Parker returns from illness and Kieron Dyer (hamstring) could feature. WIGAN are without suspended pair Antolin Alcaraz and Hugo Rodallega while Gary Caldwell (thigh) faces a few weeks on the sidelines.
Wolerhampton v Sunderland
WOLVES are set to be without captain Karl Henry (knee) for 2 months and Christophe Berra is suspended while Ronald Zubar and Jody Craddock are over injuries but unlikely to play. SUNDERLAND will be without Michael Turner (knee) and Titus Bramble (knee) until the New Year and with John Mensah (shoulder) still out, face centre back problems.
Newcastle v Chelsea – Sun
NEWCASTLE are without Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini (both suspended) meaning Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor are likely to step in while Steven Harper (shoulder) remains out. John Terry (calf), Alex (knee) and Frank Lampard (groin) are still out for CHELSEA, Michael Essien is suspended and Yuri Zhirkov (calf) is a doubt.
Tottenham v Liverpool – Sun
Niko Kranjcar is in contention for SPURS after a short midweek cameo and Rafael van der Vaart could return to the first XI following a slight problem, as could Jermain Defoe but Jermaine Jenas (calf) looks to be out. Steven Gerrard (hamstring) is LIVERPOOL’s biggest loss while Jay Spearing (ankle) is also out but Joe Cole is fit for selection.