Right now, long-term injury victim Nathaniel Clyne is Liverpool’s only absentee from those in the running for a spot in the first team. He is also progressing from his significant back issue, now working on rebuilding his fitness base before he returns to action.
There are others - like young fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold and even goalscoring ace Mohamed Salah - who will want to bounce back from disappointing afternoons against Manchester United.
Sadly the news is far more bleak on the Hornets’ injury front, with a number of players including Gerard Deulofeu, Jerome Sinclair, Tom Cleverley, Younes Kaboul and Christian Kabasele among a host of players unavailable for action.
Arsenal vs Watford
Arsenal vs Watford | Emirates Stadium |
It can't get any worse for the Gunners … can it?
It would make Arsenal’s plight more understandable if they were struggling from a litany of injuries, but that is not the case.
Striker Alexandre Lacazette is recovering from a knee complaint and Nacho Monreal is nearing full fitness after a back issue. Apart from long-time injury victim Santi Cazorla, the rest of the Gunners are fit, if mis-firing.
Watford, meanwhile, have one of the league’s worst injury lists, with a host of players with no set return from various ailments. There is some good news, however, with defender Craig Cathcart nearing a return from a knee injury sustained in August last year.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Manchester United vs Liverpool | Old Trafford |
Old foes meet again with incredibly high stakes
Six United players are currently sidelined through injury, including Anders Herrera, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, while Marouane Fellaini is still on the long-term injury list with a knee injury. But with the rest of the squad given three days’ break this week, they should be fresh and firing to take on their old foe.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is enjoying a good period of health at the moment, with the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno recently returning to training after overcoming previous injury issues, and the manager has virtually a full squad to choose from.
Manchester City vs Chelsea
Manchester City vs Chelsea | Etihad Stadium |
The Citizens' chance to leave Chelsea singing the Blues
Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayako and David Luiz missed out on Chelsea’s last game with Manchester United, and it remains to be seen whether they will be fit in time for the clash with City.
Midfielder Fernandinho has been ever-present for Manchester City this season, but will be a doubt to face Chelsea - having picked up a hamstring strain in the EFL Cup final. Benjamin Mendy remains out with a long-term injury. Fabian Delph is also ruled out of this game due to a suspension after getting sent off in City’s FA Cup fifth round defeat to Wigan.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United
Liverpool vs Newcastle United | Anfield Stadium |
Another important step in the Reds' top-four pursuit
Georginio Wijnaldum should be available for selection for the hosts after missing the weekend’s West Ham game through illness, while Nathaniel Clyne won’t be rushed back into action after finally returning to training following the back complaint that has kept him out all season.
Newcastle have a terrible record at Anfield, with their last victory there coming back in 1994, but they do at least have a relatively clean bill of health for the south-west journey.
Arsenal vs Manchester City
Arsenal vs Manchester City | Emirates Stadium |
Can the Gunners arrest their alarming slide?
Frontman Alexandre Lacazette’s knee injury is a big blow for the Gunners as the Frenchman has been ruled out for at least a month. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an early chance in the League Cup final saved and is still finding his feet in Arsenal colours. Santi Cazorla remains out with a long-term injury.
City’s long term casualty is fullback Benjamin Mendy who ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in September and is still on the road to recovery. Gabriel Jesus made a welcome return to action from the bench in the Cup final, having recovered from medial collateral damage suffered against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve.