The Stoke City attack will be even more depleted following the news that Jon Walters has undergone surgery on his knee.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes confirmed the attacker will miss weeks after requiring knee surgery to fix a minor problem that has affected the Irishman, who has two goals in 17 league matches, throughout the season. The club is already without forwards Wilfried Bony and Mame Diouf due to the African Cup of Nations and could look to the transfer window for help. Said Hughes: "We are missing Jonny Walters unfortunately, who is suffering a problem with his knee. As a consequence of that he is going to be missing for a little bit, so that leaves us short up front to be perfectly honest."
Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Spurs this weekend, West Brom will look to get Jonny Evans and Allan Nyom back as soon as possible.
Evans missed out on the weekend due to a calf injury as Jonas Olsson filled in for the former Manchester United man. Manager Tony Pulis said the club hopes to have him back in action for the upcoming weekend against Sunderland. "We were not expecting him to miss the Spurs game so we’re taking nothing for granted. It’s a different injury to his earlier problem but it is in the same area as his calf. We will have to wait and see." Meanwhile, Nyom continues to miss out as the club waits to receive international clearance from Cameroon, who is also holding up Joel Matip at Liverpool. But FIFA is set to intervene this week with the hope of clearing them for the weekend.
An ever-growing injury list combined with a threadbare squad didn’t stop Hull City from earning three valuable points at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Tigers were rocked during the build-up to game week 21 with the news that Markus Henriksen would be sidelined for up-to three months after he suffered an unspecified shoulder injury during the EFL Cup semi-final defeat at Old Trafford. The Norwegian had started in Marco Silva’s first two games but now the midfielder looks set to miss a large chunk of the relegation dogfight. However, in the face of adversity, cometh the hour, cometh the man as Abel Hernandez served a timely reminder of the what Hull supporters have been missing in recent weeks with a brace in the 3-1 victory. Hull went nine games without a win during his recent absence, a persistent groin problem which ultimately left the striker needing surgery, but his comeback, which coincided with the appointment of Silva has already shown signs that the pair can revive the fortunes of the club.
Chelsea have recalled forward Patrick Bamford from Burnley and are said to plan to sell him permanently to Middlesbrough for a fee up to £10m. .
There is news out of Stamford Bridge about a striker not named Diego Costa. When Chelsea recalled Bamford, one might speculate initially that he was brought back for depth if Costa was to be sold. The Costa situation is still murky but now we know Bamford's recall was to push through a permanent transfer. It has been a tough 18 months for Bamford, having half-season loan spells for Crystal Palace, Norwich City and the Clarets, scoring no goals in any competitions over a total of 22 appearances. Before his career stalled, he had a great 2014/2015 season for Middlesbrough, scoring 19 goals across all competitions. He is still young enough at 23 to get his career on track, but he will still need to earn the trust of Aitor Karanka to earn regular playing time and become a fantasy prospect.
Nathaniel Clyne should be back for Liverpool’s next Premier League game after missing the 1-1 draw against Man United because of injury.
The big news prior to kick off at Old Trafford was the surprise inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold who made his full Premier League debut at right-back in the absence of Clyne. Previously, the 18-year-old had managed only a brief injury time cameo at Middlesbrough [GW16] although Arnold has been involved in both domestic cup competitions this term. There was no mention of an injury doubt during Friday's media briefing, but Jürgen Klopp did offer an update ahead of the north-west derby: "We all have – a few of us probably have a few more – 14 muscles between the ribs and one of these hurts a lot. He got a knock at Southampton," before going onto to add. "Clyne can nearly cope with everything so we all thought it will work out, but in training [Saturday] he twisted it a little bit. We had to wait overnight and he said this morning ‘no chance’.
James Milner converted a penalty early but Liverpool struggled to create chances and will be happy with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
It is reasonable to think that Liverpool would be happy with the result. With Sadio Mane away at the African Cup of Nations, Philippe Coutinho just back from a long injury layoff and Nathaniel Clyne out the Reds were hardly at full strength. On the other side, Manchester United were both healthy and in great form. Jurgen Klopp's side didn't create a great deal but got a goal early but couldn't quite make it stand up.
Sunderland manager David Moyes could have goalkeeper Jordan Pickford back from injury earlier than initially thought.
The young goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in a Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United and he was expected to miss around two months. But Moyes confirmed Pickford is pushing for an early return in less than a month, two weeks earlier than the original timetable: "Jordan will hopefully be back sooner than we originally thought, but obviously we have to go by what the doctors and the surgeons say as well. He didn’t have surgery which is good and he’s been saying to me he feels good, so hopefully it’ll maybe be another three to four weeks."
Southampton manager Claude Puel confirmed captain Jose Fonte will not play this month while he sorts out his future.
Fonte submitted an official transfer request at the beginning of the month, leading to rumors of interest from Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Ham. But while the transfer window and speculation continues, Puel said he will not waver on his decision to bench the defender amid the rumors and talks over his future. Said the manager: "The situation for Jose is the same for the moment," said Puel. "I don’t comment on his possibilities with other clubs, but for the moment we stay with the same consideration about his situation. I prefer for Jose to stay out the team, to leave him to give him an opportunity and for us to stay focused on the players available in the team." In his absence, Maya Yoshida has filled in along the back-line and will likely continue to do so until the end of the month with little cover at center-back.