James McCarthy is facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury during training.
Ronald Koeman criticised Martin O’Neill earlier this month for his treatment of the Toffees midfielder during the recent international break and Everton’s worst fears have been realised. The Dutchman claimed McCarthy was "massively overloaded" after playing 171 World Cup Qualifying minutes across two games, just four days apart, having spent the previous six weeks recovering from groin surgery. The Everton boss accused the Republic of Ireland of "killing the player" and McCarthy was restricted to a role from the bench at Manchester City. However, the 25-year-old did not travel with the group to Turf Moor in game week nine, and Koeman later confirmed that his absence was caused by a hamstring tear sustained in training which could keep McCarthy out until the end of November.
Chuba Akpom could be side-lined until the new year if the latest report from the Independent newspaper proves to be accurate.
The 21-year-old revealed via Instagram earlier this month that he would be out for a "while" due to an unspecified back injury. There was no timeline or further details released but it now looks like Akpom may have suffered a stress fracture which will require a rest period of around two months. The news comes as a massive blow for the young striker who was hoping to build upon the experience he gained while on-loan at Hull last season to force his way into the Arsenal first-team. Akpom has 3 goals from his two starts for the Under-23s in 2016/17 and he also enjoyed a 83 minute run out in the 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup back in September.
Manchester United central defender Eric Bailly is targeting a return to action in December after tests revealed his knee injury is not as bad as originally thought.
United were fearing the worst when the 22-year-old limped off early in the second half at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Jose Mourinho claimed Bailly was "badly injured" but the player took to social media to provide his own update via Instagram: ‘I hope to be able to play again for United and The Elephants [Ivory Coast] before two months, God willing. Thanks for always being there!' Providing his recovery is smooth and without setbacks, Bailly should be back for the Festive fixtures, which include a North-East double against Sunderland and Middlesbrough, before he jets out to the African Cup of Nations in January. Daley Blind is expected to switch to centre-back while Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw will compete for the left-back berth. Phil Jones will come into contention once he recovers from a knee ligament injury.
With rotation rampant among both sides, it was Liverpool who showed more quality in their depth as a Daniel Sturridge brace saw the Reds knock Tottenham out of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 win.
Liverpool made a full eleven changes from the side that beat West Brom over the weekend and Danny Ings still was unable to crack the XI, being named as a substitute. Sturridge partnered Divock Origi up top and the former got the opener inside of ten minutes. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou was given his first start with Tottenham but he slipped while on the ball allowing the Marko Grujic to get a shot on target and Sturridge poked in the rebound. Sturridge's second came shortly after the hour mark, latching onto a nice through ball from Georginio Wijnaldum and nutmegging Michel Vorm. Spurs pulled one back after Vincent Janssen scored from the spot but Liverpool allowed their two-goal cushion to stand.
Chelsea is slowly seeing its defense return to full strength after veterans Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry were passed fit.
Said manager Antonio Conte: "[Terry's] fit to start. He's in a good shape. Tomorrow I'll decide the starting XI but John is fit. He trained very well this week, last week, and he's ready. For Ivanovic, he's better. He started to train with us yesterday, also today, but it's normal after an injury he needs a bit of time to find the right shape to come back with our squad." Ivanovic has missed the last two Premier League matches with a knock while Terry has been held out of the last five league matches despite making the bench for the last two. Expect to see the duo in action for Wednesday's League Cup match with West Ham.
Michael Dawson returned to the Hull City starting line up to help them to a close but crucial win in the EFL Cup.
This will be the second successive year in a row that the Tigers have progressed to the last eight of the competition after overcoming Bristol CIty 1-0. However, this result is more crucial in terms of confidence since it ends a run of four successive defeats since Hull beat Stoke in the last round of this competition. The first goal tonight came from the head of Harry Maguire who put away a Ryan Mason corner. Hull doubled their lead just after half time when the returning captain Dawson headed in another Mason cross. While the PL club did have two penalty appeals turned down in an improved second half performance which still had its anxious moments. Bristol got their goal in injury time and almost put the game to ET but for last-ditch defending.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal on either half of the interval as Arsenal beat Reading 2-0 at the Emirates.
Arsenal won comfortably over Championship side Reading and also managed to give their core players a much-needed rest. Arsene Wenger ensured that reserves like like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gabriel, and Jenkinson who haven't been playing much got a chance to hone their match fitness. Olivier Giroud also came on as a second half substitute which might prepare him to play a bigger role against Sunderland.
Arsenal returned Carl Jenkinson to the starting line-up against Reading in EFL Cup action on Tuesday but Olivier Giroud was only fit enough for the bench.
Arsenal's starting line-up featured a mix of first team reserves and high potential youth with Alex Iwobi the only regular starter to feature. Here is Arsene Wenger's starting eleven: Martinez, Gibbs, Gabriel, Holding, Jenkinson, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Lucas