Assuming the ‘Beast from the East’ doesn’t lay waste to the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, there are some pretty big games to behold.
There’s relegation six-pointers at St Marys, Vicarage Road and the Liberty Stadium, while Manchester City vs Chelsea should headline a vintage Super Sunday opened by Brighton vs Arsenal.
Here is the latest Premier League injury and suspension news:
Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 12:30pm)
James Tarkowski should have recovered from his groin injury and be able to return to the heart of Burnley’s defence here, although Scott Arfield will have to pass a fitness test on his calf strain. Jonathan Walters, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are definitely out.
Sam Allardyce will be hoping to welcome back Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines into his Everton backline, although it appears as though Seamus Coleman will miss out against the Clarets. Eliaquim Mangala’s knee is still being assessed, although he looks set to be another long-term absentee for the Toffees.
Leicester City vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
Now that captain Wes Morgan has returned and Robert Huth is working his way back to fitness, Leicester just have one notable injury absentee: forward Shinji Okazaki, who is struggling with a sore knee.
Jermain Defoe is back to full fitness for Bournemouth, as is Brad Smith, so the only squad member causing Eddie Howe a headache is Tyrone Mings, who may not return this season.
Southampton vs Stoke City (Saturday, 3pm)
Southampton should be able to welcome back Steven Davis and Shane Long for this relegation six-pointer, although Maya Yoshida ad Charlie Austin remain sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Stoke boss Paul Lambert has been handed a double boost ahead of the trip to the south coast: Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch should be fit enough to return to his squad.
Swansea City vs West Ham (Saturday, 3pm)
It’s a case of same old, same old for Swansea boss Carlos Carvahal, who is waiting on Renato Sanches and Angel Rangel to return to fitness. Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer are out for the season.
West Ham’s injury woes are easing, and David Moyes may be able to welcome Patrice Evra into the fold here. Arthur Masuaku is still suspended, while Andy Carroll is still sidelined by a broken foot.
Tottenham vs Huddersfield Town (Saturday, 3pm)
There’s a problem at centre half for Tottenham, with Toby Alderweireld something a minor recurrence of his hamstring injury. Jan Vertonghen missed the Crystal Palace game with a knock, and is said to be still struggling.
Aaron Mooy and Elias Kachunga will miss out for Huddersfield, although Philip Billing should have shaken off an illness in time to start. Chris Lowe is rated at 50/50 to feature.
Watford vs West Brom (Saturday, 3pm)
Gerard Deulofeu joins Watford’s lengthy injury list. The Spaniard will watch on from the sideline with Molla Wague, Younes Kaboul, Tom Cleverley, Christian Kabasele and Nathaniel Chalobah. Will Hughes could return, however.
Daniel Sturridge is, believe it or not, injured; a thigh injury will sideline him for the next fortnight. He joins James Morrison and Nacer Chadli on the West Brom absentee list.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 5:30pm)
Everything is coming up roses for Jurgen Klopp: only Nathaniel Clyne remains on the injury list. There has been illness in the camp this week, although the worst affected – Gigi Wijnaldum – is expected to be ready for Saturday if required.
Bad news for Newcastle fans: Jonjo Shelvey is rated as doubtful for this one after picking up a knee injury. Dwight Gayle is also struggling, while Islam Slimani’s setback will keep him out for a couple more weeks.
Brighton vs Arsenal (Sunday, 1:30pm)
There are no new injury concerns for Brighton boss Chris Hughton, so that leaves Jiri Skalak, Steve Sidwell and Isaiah Brown on the sidelines.
There are two big doubts for Arsene Wenger, assuming his squad gets through Thursday’s clash with Manchester City unscathed that is. Alexandre Lacazette will be out for a couple more weeks, yet, while Nacho Monreal picked up an injury in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
Manchester City vs Chelsea (Sunday, 4:00pm)
Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling could be big losses for Manchester City; both are struggling with injuries and are expected to miss Sunday’s big clash. Fabian Delph is suspended.
Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley could return to the fold for Chelsea, although David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United (Monday, 8pm)
There are, count them, 14 players now absent for Crystal Palace. Martin Kelly, James Tomkins and Jeff Schlupp could return, otherwise it’s a watching brief for Sako, Speroni, Wickham, Ward, Sakho, Zaha, Cabaye, Fosu-Mensah, Loftus-Cheek, Dann and Puncheon. We’ve picked up an injury just typing that lot.
Phil Jones and Ander Herrera can be added to Manchester United’s long term injury list, which features Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marouane Fellaini, Daley Blind and Marcus Rojo.