Check on all the latest injury news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures before you place your bets.
Chelsea v Blackburn
Alex (knee) has returned for CHESLEA following surgery but faces another few weeks out of action while Jon Obi Mikel (knee) could be out until February but Ashley Cole returns after missing the Cup game. Gael Givet, Chris Samba and Martin Olsson should all be fit to return for BLACKBURN and Roque Santa Cruz could featrure but Steven Nzonzi (groin) is out.
Man City v Wolverhampton
MAN CITY have let a few players go, headed by Wayne Bridge to West Ham, and are rocked by a further injury to Mario Balotelli (knee) but Edin Dzeko should make at least the bench, if not the first XI. WOLVES could welcome back a host of players including Karl Henry, Jody Craddock, Kevin Foley and Ronald Zubar but George Elokobi is suspended.
Stoke v Bolton
Once again STOKE are injury free apart from long-term absentee Mamady Sidibe (Achilles) but will make a few changes to the team that played Cardiff last weekend. BOLTON will welcome back Gretar Steinsson and Stuart Holden while Jlloyd Samuel and Ricardo Gardner could make long awaited returns from injury but may only make the bench.
West Brom v Blackpool
Jonas Olsson is suspended for WEST BROM but Gabriel Tamas returns from his three-match ban while Peter Odemwingie (ankle) is very unlikely to play through the pain barrier and Pablo Ibanez (hamstring) is a doubt. Matt Gilks (knee) has had a setback with his recovery for BLACKPOOL but Marlon Harewood is looking likely to make the bench after full training.
Wigan v Fulham
Mauro Boselli looks set to leave WIGAN on a loan deal, Tom Cleverley (hamstring) is still out and it’s a week too early for James McCarthy (ankle) but Chris Kirkland has recovered from concussion and Charles N’Zogbia is back following suspension. Steve Sidwell could make his debut for FULHAM while Moussa Dembele and Andy Johnson will return.
West Ham v Arsenal
WEST HAM will hand loan-signing Wayne Bridge a start while Junior Stanislas and Lars Jacobsen will push for a place but Victor Obinna is suspended and Jack Collison (knee) is out. Abou Diaby (calf) remains sidelined for ASRENAL, Bacary Sagna is suspended and Sebastian Squillaci (hamstring) is out but Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri return.
Birmingham v Aston Villa – Sun
Scott Dann (hamstring) is a big loss for BIRMINGHAM so Liam Ridgewell is likely to move to centre-half while loan-signing David Bentley will feature in some way. ASTON VILLA will be without suspended duo Emile Heskey and Ashley Young while Luke Young (knee) will face an extended period out but Fabian Delph is in contention for a bench place.
Sunderland v Newcastle – Sun
SUNDERLAND are missing John Mensah (ankle) and Michael Turner (knee) but Lee Cattermole and Danny Welbeck are eyeing involvement and have been described as ’50-50’ by Steve Bruce. Cheik Tiote will sit out for NEWCASTLE through suspension and Andy Carroll (thigh) is still a big doubt but Shola Ameobi is fit to play, as is Jonas Gutierrez.
Liverpool v Everton – Sun
Steven Gerrard is a big loss for LIVERPOOL through suspension and Jamie Carragher (shoulder) is still far from a return but Jay Spearing could make the bench and Martin Kelly should continue at right-back. Yakubu Ayegbeni (loan) has left EVERTON and Steven Pienaar is very likely to figure after injury but Phil Jagielka may only make the bench.
Tottenham v Man United – Sun
Gareth Bale will return for SPURS after resting a back injury last weekend but Ledley King (groin) has suffered a setback, Jamie O’Hara (back) is a major doubt and David Bentley leaves on loan. Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic are back in for MAN UTD while Paul Scholes could make a return to action but Edwin van der Sar (virus) continues to struggle.