‘Tis the season for injuries!
We hit another round of December’s gruelling run of fixtures this weekend, which are followed by a host of tantalising FA Cup games.
So with all that football still to come, we’re taking a look at some of the most noteworthy injury concerns and doubts.
Tierney has really struggled for fitness since joining Arsenal from Celtic over the summer.
The Scottish full-back didn’t make his debut for the Gunners until mid-September after arriving from Glasgow with a hip problem, and now it looks as though he’ll face a lengthy three months out after dislocating his shoulder against West Ham on Monday.
The club have confirmed he now faces surgery and could be sidelined until March.
Bournemouth are in terrible form at the moment; slipping down the table after a run of five straight defeats in the Premier League.
And when it rains in pours, with young defender Ake — widely regarded as the Cherries’ most talented player — facing up to six weeks out with a hamstring injury which he picked up in the first-half against Liverpool last weekend.
Liverpool are facing a mini injury crisis which has left them with just two fit centre-backs.
Lovren is the latest to find himself on the treatment table after the muscular injury he picked up against Bournemouth was worse than first feared.
Jurgen Klopp hasn’t put a timescale on the defender’s recovery time but confirmed he will definitely miss the weekend’s clash with Watford.
The injuries continue to mount up for Eddie Howe’s side with Wilson the next who’s set for a spell on the sidelines.
The striker has been struggling with a thigh injury that means he’s certain to miss the visit to Chelsea tomorrow.
Fortunately for the Cherries, Wilson isn’t expected to be out for as long as his team-mate Ake.
Pepe scored his first goal for the Gunners in open play on Monday against West Ham but it might have come at a cost.
The Ivorian got his fair share of harsh treatment from Aaron Cresswell who was lucky not to be sent off after some forceful challenges.
Pepe picked up a knee injury that ruled him out of the Europa League draw with Standard Liege and will have a late fitness test before Sunday’s meeting with Man City.
It’s fair to say Man City haven’t had the best of luck with injuries this season.
It gets worse too after Pep Guardiola confirmed Silva has missed the last two training sessions and is a doubt for the trip to Arsenal.
According to Pep, the Spaniard is suffering with pain in his leg and any decision to include him will go right down to the wire.
Digne is in a race against time to be fit for Everton’s crunch clash with Man United on Sunday.
The Frenchman is a favourite of Dream Team gaffers but could miss the trip to Old Trafford after suffering a groin injury.
Digne trained as usual on Friday but it’s not clear whether Duncan Ferguson will risk him from the start at the weekend.