Check on all the latest injury news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures before you place your bets.Arsenal v Wolves
Abou Diaby begins a three-match suspension for ARSENAL and Samir Nasri (hamstring) will not be fit but Johan Djourou (knee) has an outside chance of recovering after positive scans and Cesc Fabregas should be fine following a virus. Stephen Hunt (calf) is injured for WOLVES and Michael Mancienne’s troublesome knee injury keeps him out once again.
Birmingham v Stoke
BIRMINGHAM ‘keeper Ben Foster should be fine following a slight thumb injury and Obafemi Martins has been granted a work permit so could make the bench, along with the returning Alexander Hleb. Abdoulaye Faye (hamstring) is the only injury doubt for STOKE but Mamady Sidibe will take to the bench after scoring in a midweek friendly.
Blackburn v Newcastle
Gael Givet (groin) remains a doubt for BLACKBURN after sitting out the last two games with a lasting injury but Roque Santa Cruz should be available after missing the last two weeks. Shefki Kuqi has joined NEWCASTLE on a free transfer to bolster striker options and Leon Best has shrugged off a minor injury but Stephen Ireland (knee) has suffered a setback.
Blackpool v Aston Villa
Craig Cathcart is back in contention for BLACKPOOL after ten days out but Stephen Crainey (ankle) and Matt Gilks (knee) will not be ready for a fortnight. Nathan Baker is suspended for ASTON VILLA and Luke Young (knee) has been referred to a specialist while Eric Lichaj has joined Leeds on loan and Fabian Delph should recover to make the bench
Liverpool v Wigan
LIVERPOOL’s Andy Carroll (thigh) is set to be out until mid-March, Joe Cole (knee) is injured and Jonjo Shelvey (knee) is facing a few weeks out but Steven Gerrard has a realistic chance of being fit and Martin Skrtel (thigh) will have to be assessed up to the day. WIGAN captain Gary Caldwell (cheek) could be set to wear a protective mask and take to the field.
Man United v Man City
Rio Ferdinand (calf) is a big loss in defence for UNITED and he could be joined on the sidelines by Jonny Evans (ankle), meaning Chris Smalling will step in. It is uncertain as to whether Mario Balotelli will make the bench for MAN CITY but he will not make the starting XI while Nigel de Jong is in line for a recall and Micah Richards should be available if called upon.
Sunderland v Tottenham
Jordan Henderson and Craig Gordon will recover from knocks for SUNDERLAND that kept them out midweek and Michael Turner has returned to training but faces a few more weeks out. Rafael van der Vaart (calf) and Gareth Bale (back) will sit out due to next week’s Champions League while Peter Crouch (back) and Luka Modric (surgery) are also struggling.
West Brom v West Ham
Chris Brunt and Boaz Myhill will shake off minor injuries to stay in the WEST BROM side but Marek Cech (groin) is still a doubt while Graham Dorrans is eyeing a place on the bench. Robbie Keane (calf) is a serious doubt for WEST HAM, Junior Stanislas is unfit and Matthew Upson (Achilles) is struggling but Scott Parker and Jonathan Spector should be fine to play.
Bolton v Everton – Sun
Gretar Steinsson is ready for selection for BOLTON and Daniel Sturridge should continue upfront but Ricardo Gardner and Jody O’Brien (both knee) are once again in doubt. Jack Rodwell (groin) can expect four weeks in the treatment room after injury on England duty while Victor Anichebe will be fit but David Moyes has no other injury worries.
Fulham v Chelsea – Mon
Dickson Etuhu (hamstring) has suffered a three-week setback in his recovery for FULHAM while Bobby Zamora managed a goal for the reserves on his comeback but is not near match fitness. CHELSEA are set to be without Yuri Zhirkov (calf) again but The Blues are largely injury free as Alex has returned to training but he is unlikely to make the team sheet.