Swansea City have been given a major fitness boost as Wifried Bony, Angel Rangel and Michel Vorm are all in the squad as they travel to Switzerland to take on St. Gallen this evening.
Only time will tell if the trio will even feature in the Europa match, let alone start. The Vorm inclusion is especially puzzling as the Dutch international was thought to be over a knee problem, but the injury cropped up again and he didn't start Monday night. Forty-eight hours later he is apparently fine...again. Even if Vorm starts tonight, there are too many question marks surrounding his injury to invest. Otherwise, the preferred XI is nearing full strength, making someone like Michu a nice prospect as the Swans travel to Norwich City.
In a recent interview for Everton's offcial website, Leighton Baines expressed his desire to return to action in time for the busy festive period but could not provide any more clarity on when that return should be expected.
There isn't much to glean from this report but as long as Baines is out, his lofty price tag need not interfere with a manager's budget. Bryan Oviedo has filled in well both in fantasy and reality and it should make for an interesting transfer window for Everton as Baines' potential for a move seems more conceivable with the emergence of Oviedo. Hopefully you bought the latter when he was priced extremely cheap.
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and defender Danny Rose are available for Thursday's Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala after overcoming their respective ankle and toe injuries.
This is welcome news for Andre Villas-Boas, but he still has problems in defence with Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen all unavailable. Youth team players Shaquile Coulthirst, Ryan Fredericks and Laste Dombaxe are in the squad and should feature as Spurs are already guaranteed top spot in their group, allowing some senior players a rest.
James Milner inspired a superb Manchester City comeback to end Bayern Munich's record run of 10 consecutive Champions League wins.
Bayern were dominant early on as Thomas Muller struck before Mario Gotze scored to put the home side 2-0 up. The returning David Silva pulled a goal back from close range, Aleksandar Kolarov equalised with a penalty after James Milner was tripped before Milner's fine finish won the match for City. Manuel Pellegrini rested Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, making the result all the more impressive.
Michel Vorm missed yesterday's match against Hull City with the reappearance of a long-standing knee injury. Now the player and the club will have to decide if surgery is needed, and if so, when to schedule Vorm's absence.
Gerhard Tremmel was a solid back-up last season, but has not been up to those standards so far this season. The Swans' schedule is also very difficult all the way through to the end of January. With their attackers getting healthy, manager Michael Laudrup is now facing a defensive crisis.
Jordan Henderson is a doubt for the weekend's match against Spurs with an ankle knock. He was wearing a brace yesterday, and is waiting to learn the severity of the injury.
Jordan Henderson was injured in the tackle that earned Kevin Nolan a red card. With Steven Gerrard already ruled out for weeks with a hamstring injury, Liverpool can ill-afford to lose Henderson. Lucas and Joe Allen would be the remaining midfield options for the Reds.
David Silva is available for Manchester City's final Champions League group game against Bayern Munich.
Silva hasn't been missed too badly as Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas have stepped up in his absence, but it is still a big boost to have the Spanish midfielder back. Expect to see him get some minutes off the bench against Bayern which will give him a chance of featuring from the start against Arsenal in Week 16.
Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak has praised the impact of Tony Pulis since his appointment as manager last month.
The Eagles have won two of their three matches under former Stoke boss Pulis and has the players and fans believing that survival is a real possibility. Australia international Jedinak has also been key to the revival and has played every minute so far of Palace's Premier League campaign, producing surprisingly consistent fantasy points in the process.