Mustafi out for three weeks
Shkodran Mustafi will miss the Christmas fixtures after going off with a hamstring injury during Arsenal's 3-1 win over Stoke City this afternoon. The German international centre-back limped off in the first half and Wenger confirmed that it was a serious strain, one that would rule him out for an absolute minimum of three weeks.
The injury to Mustafi follows the absence of Aaron Ramsey from the squad. The Welshman was not involved in training yesterday and it is understood he is struggling with a slight hamstring knock.
Conte to check on Luiz fitness
David Luiz must pass a fitness check on his left knee following the horror tackle from Sergio Aguero that Antonio Conte has branded "very dangerous". "I have to check if David Luiz is able to play on Sunday because this tackle was very bad," said Conte. "And I have to check on his recovery from his injury. It will be very important for him and for me on Saturday to decide whether he can play on Sunday. That tackle was dangerous, for sure."
John Terry has not recovered from his gluteal strain so will miss the West Brom tussle, but Nemanja Matic has beaten a calf problem.
Man. Utd. 9.12.16
United without Shaw, Smalling
Manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed the absence of two key defenders in Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling for this weekend's game against Tottenham. Smalling has been ruled out since October as he recovers from a broken toe while Shaw has not featured since November 30. The defenders are the only senior players currently sidelined at Old Trafford and Mourinho had hoped to have at least one available for his crucial clash against Spurs, who sit six points ahead of United in fifth.
Spurs duo ruled out of United game
Tottenham Hotspur pair Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen have both been ruled out of this weekend's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Argentine winger Lamela, aged 24, is still sidelined with an ongoing hip problem, while Dutch striker Janssen has an ankle injury. Janssen last featured in the Champions League defeat at Monaco last month. Left-back Ben Davies and centre-back Toby Alderweireld are available for selection after their recent injury layoffs.
Bolasie may miss all of next year
Yannick Bolasie is facing a year on the sidelines after Ronald Koeman admitted the Everton winger's injury is worse than first feared. Scans confirmed that the DR Congo international suffered medial collateral ligament damage in a second-half collision with Anthony Martial during last Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United. And that has left Koeman admitting he will now be forced into the transfer market to find a direct replacement for the 27-year-old, who he made the club's record signing in August.
Charlie Austin ruled out
Charlie Austin will miss Southampton's Premier League clash against Middlesbrough after injuring his shoulder during Thursday's Europa League draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva. The striker had to be substituted during the first half as the Saints crashed out of Europe and manager Claude Puel admits Austin may have dislocated his shoulder: "Charlie has a shoulder injury and we will see about this. I don't know how long he will be out but he's important for us."
Cazorla underwent successful surgery
Santi Cazorla has shared a photo of himself lying in his hospital bed after undergoing surgery on an Achilles injury. The Arsenal midfielder has been sidelined since mid-October with inflammation and went under the knife in a bid to cure the problem. The injury was only initially expected to keep Cazorla out for a matter of days but inflammation around the ankle has proven extremely difficult to shift. The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season but Arsenal have an option for an extra year.
Hull City 7.12.16
Hernandez set for hernia operation
Hull have been rocked by the news Abel Hernandez needs a hernia operation and is facing another three weeks on the sidelines. Manager Mike Phelan revealed that the Uruguay international, who has not played since picking up a groin injury last month, is set to go under the knife this week. Hernandez was one of the club's key men during Hull's promotion campaign, scoring 22 goals last term, but has netted only once this season.
Matip set to be fit for Sunday
Defender Joel Matip is set to give Liverpool a boost by being fit for Sunday's Premier League clash with West Ham. The 25-year-old has been the stand-out performer in the Reds' shaky back-line since joining the club from Schalke this summer. Matip sat out Sunday's trip to Bournemouth with an ankle injury and was badly missed as Liverpool threw away a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3. But, having returned to training at the end of last week, he was with the squad again on Tuesday and should be available to Jurgen Klopp this weekend.
Hull City 6.12.16
Hernandez out for a further 3 weeks
Abel Hernandez has been ruled out of action for a further three weeks with the striker set to undergo a hernia operation. Hernandez has already been on the sidelines for a month after pulling up with a groin problem during the victory over Southampton but had been expected to return this week with the Tigers short of attacking options. However, following Monday night's defeat at Middlesbrough, coach Mike Phelan revealed that the Uruguayan forward's comeback has been delayed.
Watmore ruled out for rest of season
Sunderland's Duncan Watmore has been ruled out for the rest of the season after a scan revealed he has damaged his cruciate ligaments. The forward suffered the knee injury during Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League and was stretchered off. It's the third injury blow to hit Sunderland in the past fortnight; Paddy McNair suffered a similar injury and will also miss the rest of the season, while Lynden Gooch tore ankle ligaments last week.
Bolasie to undergo ACL surgery
Everton have confirmed that winger Yannick Bolasie will undergo surgery after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester United on Sunday. During the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, Bolasie fell awkwardly following a challenge from Anthony Martial in the second half. The club have not stated a timeline for the summer signing's recovery, but the Daily Mail report that the 27-year-old will miss the rest of the season. If that is the case, then it will be a huge blow to manager Ronald Koeman as the Dutchman has played Bolasie in all 15 games this season.