Check on all the latest injury news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures before you place your bets.Bolton v Newcastle
BOLTON’s Marcos Alonso (foot) is facing another month out injured and will be replaced by Paul Robinson while David Wheater also steps back in after suspension while Ricardo Gardner has an outside chance. Yohan Cabaye returns after a ban for NEWCASTLE but Dan Gosling is still serving his while Davide Santon (knee) is very doubtful and Danny Guthrie (groin) is out.
Chelsea v Fulham
David Luiz should make a recovery for CHELSEA and will step straight in for Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) while Frank Lampard comes in for Ramires (suspended) and John Obi Mikel (knock) is a doubt. FULHAM have no new injury concerns and will be without Simon Davies (back), Zdenek Grygera (knee) and Mark Schwarzer (back) while Steve Sidwell is back in training.
Liverpool v Blackburn
Jay Spearing is available for LIVERPOOL again and will most likely find the bench while there is a outside chance Steven Gerrard could feature if fit but Lucas Leiva (knee) is out. BLACKBURN are expected to be without Scott Dann (groin) for up to six weeks and Ryan Nelsen (fitness) is not expected for Boxing Day but both Martin Olsson and Vince Grella will be assessed.
Man United v Wigan
MAN UNITED’s Phil Jones is fit to play on Monday after positives scans but Ashley Young (ankle) drops out, joining Rio Ferdinand (foot), Nemanja Vidic (knee), Darren Fletcher (illness) and Tom Cleverley (ankle) on the sidelines. WIGAN could recall Emmerson Boyce after he trained all last week and Roberto Martinez’s only injury is to reserve goalkeeper Chris Kirkland (back).
Stoke v Aston Villa
Peter Crouch is back in contention for STOKE and defender Ryan Shawcross is recalled following a ban but with Glenn Whelan (calf) a doubt, Matthew Etherington is on stand by after recovering from a strain. ASTON VILLA are expecting trio Emile Heskey, Darren Bent and James Collins all to be fit but Alan Hutton is suspended and Shay Given (hamstring) remains injured.
Sunderland v Everton
Michael Turner (knee) will definitely miss the festive period for SUNDERLAND but Connor Wickham is likely to be available while Simon Mignolet (head) and Craig Gordon (knee) are still recovering. Seamus Coleman (thigh) is set to miss EVERTON’s Christmas schedule and trio Jack Rodwell, Conor McAleny and Victor Anichebe will all be given late fitness tests on match day.
West Brom v Man City
WEST BROM are confident that James Morrison will shake his hamstring injury in time for Monday but Steven Reid and Jerome Thomas (both ankle) are both doubts and Zoltan Gera (knee) is out. MAN CITY’s only definite absence is full-back Aleksandar Kolarov (groin) but Edin Dzeko (ankle) and Micah Richards (calf) will be monitored and a decision will be made on Boxing Day.
Arsenal v Wolves – Tue
Johan Djourou (groin) misses out for ARSENAL and joins Kieran Gibbs (hernia), Santos (ankle) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) in the treatment room but Abou Diaby could benefit from the extra day’s rest and has an outside chance. WOLVES will be without Jamie O’Hara (groin) for a month and Jody Craddock (hamstring) is out but both Kevin Foley and David Edwards could feature.
Norwich v Tottenham – Tue
NORWICH are forced to rest Kyle Naughton (ineligible) against his parent club and James Vaughan (knee) remains a concern but pair Elliot Ward and Ritchie De Laet are pushing to be fit. Rafael van der Vaart (hamstring) is once again out for TOTTENHAM and joins Aaron Lennon (hamstring), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Michael Dawson (Achilles) out but Jermain Defoe is fit.
Swansea v QPR – Tue
Full-back Neil Taylor (knee) is a major doubt for SWANSEA but has escaped major injury and he sits out with Ferrie Bodde (knee), Nathan Dyer (knock) and Alan Tate (leg). QPR boss Neil Warnock is still without Kieron Dyer (foot) and defender Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) is very doubtful while Shaun Wright-Phillips (knee) has had a scan and will be assessed closer to kick-off.