Check on all the latest injury news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures before you place your bets.
Fulham v West Ham
FULHAM are optimistic Moussa Dembele will turn out on Boxing Day after an extended rest period but Matthew Briggs (calf) is not expected back until the New Year. WEST HAM are boosted by the very probable returns of Robert Green, Valon Behrami, Zavon Hines and Victor Obinna but Lars Jacobsen (heel) is doubtful and Luis Boa Morte is suspended.
Blackburn v Stoke
Phil Jones (knee) is set to be out for up to four months for BLACKBURN while Vince Grella (groin) must once again be given late tests and Christopher Samba should be fit to play. Tony Pulis yet again has no new injury worries at STOKE with only Mamady Sidibe (Achilles) out injured while Jon Walters has recovered from illness to take his place on the bench.
Blackpool v Liverpool
Charlie Adam is still suspended for BLACKPOOL and Marlon Harewood (hamstring) is still a week or so away from fitness. LIVERPOOL are buoyed by the return of captain Steven Gerrard after a four-match layoff and Dan Agger has also been declared fit while David N’gog should also push for a place but Jamie Carragher (shoulder) remains sidelined.
Bolton v West Brom
Joey O’Brien, Sean Davis and Ricardo Gardner (all knee) have an outside chance of making BOLTON’s squad, nearly clearing their entire injury list. Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is WEST BROM’s only absentee as they welcome back top-scorer Peter Odemwingie from a calf injury while Paul Scharner and Graham Dorrans also return to fitness from respective ailments.
Everton v Birmingham
Mikel Arteta returns from suspension for EVERTON but Victor Anichebe starts a one-match ban and Phil Jagielka (thigh) is out for a month meaning Johnny Heitinga (knee) may be risked but Steven Pienaar is fit again. BIRMINHAM have to assess the fitness of Alexander Hleb after he returned to training last week while James McFadden (knee) is progressing.
Man United v Sunderland
Paul Scholes (hamstring) will remain out of MAN UNITED’s line up until January but John O’Shea is likely to be involved after a slight calf injury. Lee Cattermole is suspended again for SUNDERLAND and Danny Welbeck is ineligible to play due while John Mensah (ankle) is another loss in defence alongside Titus Bramble and Michael Turner (both knee).
Newcastle v Man City
Shola Ameobi is likely to return for NEWCASTLE meaning Nile Ranger will miss out on a full debut and Sol Campbell has shaken a bout of sickness to line up in defence. MAN CITY are without Kolo Toure through suspension but Nigel de Jong returns from his ban while Emmanuel Adebayor and Wayne Bridge should be fit if they are required.
Wolverhampton v Wigan
Christophe Berra, Matt Jarvis and David Jones should all return for WOLVES but Kevin Doyle (thigh) and Michael Mancienne (knee) are very doubtful while captain Karl Henry (knee) will have to sit out. Wigan are without Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Suazo (both suspended) but should see the returns of both Tom Cleverly and Gary Caldwell.
Aston Villa v Tottenham
Stylian Petrov has returned to training with VILLA but will not make Sunday’s game but Ashley Young, Luke Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor return from slight knocks and Steve Sidwell has an outside chance following a long lay-off. SPURS are missing Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Jermaine Jenas (calf) is very doubtful but Rafael van der Vaart is fit again.
Arsenal v Chelsea – Mon
Abou Diaby, Lukasz Fabianski and Cesc Fabregas are all ready to step back in for ARSENAL but Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) faces another month on the sidelines and Kieran Gibbs (ankle) is eyeing an early January return. Frank Lampard makes a long-awaited comeback for CHELSEA but the Blues will be without Alex (knee), Jose Bosingwa (hamstring) and Yuri Zhirkov (calf).