Check on all the latest injury news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures before you place your bets.
Aston Villa v West Brom
Ciaran Clark is suspended for ASTON VILLA after collecting 5 yellow cards but in positive news, Emile Heskey is fit to play up front while Carlos Cuellar and Barry Bannan also have very good chances which will alleviate Villa’s long injury list. Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is Roberto Di Mateo and WEST BROM’s only injury concern heading into the weekend.
Everton v Wigan
Mikel Arteta is still suspended for EVERTON and Louis Saha (leg) is a worry after coming off against Chelsea but Tony Hibbert should be fit to go. WIGAN welcome back striker Hugo Rodallega from suspension while Franco di Santo (ankle) could carry on playing through the pain barrier but Gary Caldwell (thigh) has been described as only ‘fifty-fifty’.
Fulham v Sunderland
Matthew Briggs (foot) could be fit after injury last weekend but will be challenged for the left back position in FULHAM’s team by former regular Carlos Salcido who should return along with Moussa Dembele. Aside from the usual long-termers such as Titus Bramble and Michael Turner (both knee), SUNDERLAND have no new injuries to contend with this weekend.
Stoke v Blackpool
Jermaine Pennant (hamstring) should recover from his injury to line up for STOKE as should defender Andy Wilkinson (knee) while Mamady Sidibe’s recovery (Achilles) continues. BLACKPOOL should welcome back Ludovic Sylvestre, Alex Baptiste and Dekel Keinan after last week’s abandoned match gave them an extra week to recover from injuries.
West Ham v Man City
Valon Behrami is set to be recalled by WEST HAM after shaking a hip injury but the Hammers have no new injuries to add to their collection of long-termers. MAN CITY will be without the influential Carlos Tevez or Aleksandar Kolarov (both suspended), meaning Mario Balotelli will start while Kolo Toure (calf) faces last minute fitness tests ahead of Saturday.
Newcastle v Liverpool
Alan Pardew takes the reins at NEWCASTLE this weekend and will be without suspended pair Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson but Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton are all likely to return to action. LIVERPOOL will not rush Steven Gerrard’s (hamstring) recovery but he could make the bench while Dan Agger (calf) is out.
Bolton v Blackburn – Sun
BOLTON are set to recall Stuart Holden to midfield but it looks to be a week too soon for Joey O’Brien, Ricardo Gardner and Sean Davis (all knee). Steven Nzonzi (hamstring) is set to sit out until the New Year for BLACKBURN, along with Vince Grella (Achilles) and Keith Andrews (groin) but Martin Olsson has an outside chance of making Sunday’s squad.
Wolves v Birmingham – Sun
Michael Mancienne (knee) has joined the lengthy injury list at WOLVES along with the influential Karl Henry (knee) and Jody Craddock (hip) while Dave Edwards is back in training but will not be match fit. Alexander Hleb (hamstring) is still a fortnight away from recovery for BIRMINGHAM, who will also be without James McFadden (knee).
Tottenham v Chelsea – Sun
Rafael van der Vaart (hamstring) could make a surprise return this weekend for SPURS and Michael Dawson is set to relieve defensive worries but Jermaine Jenas (calf), Niko Kranjcar (hamstring) and Younes Kaboul (hip) are all very doubtful. Jose Bosingwa (hamstring) will sit out for CHELSEA but John Terry and Frank Lampard are very likely to feature.
Man United v Arsenal – Mon
Rio Ferdinand is set to shake off a hamstring injury for UNITED but Paul Scholes (groin) has suffered a setback and will miss out on Monday’s game. Kieran Gibbs (ankle) is out for ARSENAL and neither captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) nor Abou Diaby (ankle) are likely to be risked while Emmanuel Eboue will definitely be included in the squad in some capacity