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
Manchester City will be sweating over another injury to star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne after picking up a knock this weekend.
The Belgian international left the club's 1-1 draw with Southampton at halftime after taking a knock to his leg, and has since been ruled out of Wednesday's League Cup meeting with Manchester United while Pablo Zabaleta also looks set to miss out with Guardiola in favor of a squad rotation. "Kevin cannot play. No way," manager Pep Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference. "He had a big knock in the leg. Hopefully he can play against West Brom, but I don't know. Pablo, I think, cannot play either. Vincent, I think he can. He will train and after we will see if he is fit."
Rumours are circulating that Manchester United manager Joe Mourinho is readying to clear out a large contingent of players in the January transfer window.
There are a number of players in the United squad who have currently found themselves out of favour in the new regime and apparently Mourinho has now decided their fate. The most high profile duo the club are willing to leave go are captain Wayne Rooney whose form has been under intense scutiny recently as well as Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been ostricised by the new manager. Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay are other players who are expected to move on.
Manchester United winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan is available for selection after proving his fitness for the EFL Cup derby with Man City.
The Armenian, who had been sidelined with a thigh injury suffered in the last derby at Old Trafford in the league back in September. He had sustained his injury in the prior international break and failed to make an impact when played in an apparent unfit state before he was hauled off at half time by manager Jose Mourinho. The winger was also fit for GW9's Chelsea clash and last weeks Europa League but was overlooked by the manager. It is rumoured that the Portuguese manager believes that "Miki" has not adapted to the physicality of the English game yet and has since left him out.
Hull City have confirmed via their official Twitter account that their Scottish midfielder Robert Snodgrass will be out of action for up to four weeks.
The Tigers confirmed that Snodgrass had damaged the ligaments in his ankle during the 2-0 defeat to Stoke in GW9. This will come as a huge blow to the side whose form has dipped and now find themselves in the relegation zone. The 29 year old winger is currently the team's top scorer with four goals and they will now have to cope without him for up to five games.