Premier League injury update: Who’s nearing a return and who’s stepped up their recovery? Find out here

first_img 4. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) – Schweinsteiger was injured towards the end of the Red Devils’ 1-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield United on 9th January. He hasn’t featured since, with Louis van Gaal remaining coy on his expected return. Reports from Germany, however, claim that the midfielder isn’t expected to return until the end of February – suggesting that it could be touch and go whether he is ready to face Arsenal on the 28th of this month. 5. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) – Wilshere hasn’t yet made an appearance for the Gunners this season after suffering a hairline fracture in his left fibula six months ago, in an accidental training clash with Gabriel Paulista. Other setbacks have extended his stay on the sidelines, but the midfielder himself revealed this week that “I’m back on the pitch and I’m just trying to build my fitness up… I’m working on it and I’m slowly getting there.” Wenger also said that “he is looking good” and informed England manager Roy Hodgson that he could be available in four weeks. 3. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) – Rosicky, who made his first appearance in seven months in Arsenal’s FA Cup victory over Burnley last weekend, was forced off with a thigh strain and it has confirmed that he’ll be out of action for the next three months. The 35-year-old’s contract expires in the summer, and given injuries continue to rule him out for lengthy periods, his career at the Emirates could be wavering. 11 11. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – After breaking his leg in a Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven in September, the former Southampton man was expected to be out of action for the remainder of the campaign. However, the Daily Mail report that he has stepped up his recovery and could feature before May. 11 6. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – Recent reports have claimed that Sturbridge is considering an Anfield exit in the summer having grown frustrated by criticism of his injury record since joining the club. Klopp has dismissed such speculation and insists that the striker is fully committed to Liverpool. He is back in full training, and while he isn’t expected to feature in their next game against Sunderland, he could be back for their FA Cup replay versus West Ham next week. 11 8. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Cazorla, who suffered an injury around the same time as Francis Coquelin at the end of last year, remains on the sidelines, with his return set to come in March. Providing an update on yet another injured player, Wenger revealed that the Spaniard is progressing well and is “at least a few weeks away”. 7. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) – The striker hasn’t played for Arsenal since last April, after sustaining a knee injury which later required surgery. The England international, however, is nearing a return after featuring for the club’s Under-21 side, playing an hour against Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday. Wenger recently stated that “he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team,” adding “I think in the next three weeks he should be available”. 11 11 11 There are some major players nearing a return to fitness.Arsene Wenger has provided updates on Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla, while other casulaties from Liverpool and Manchester United have made progress, too.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at the latest reports on the above, and more.Find out how the likes of Wilshere and Welbeck, and others, are getting on in their rehabilitation process by clicking the arrow above, right. 10. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The Belgium international was stretchered off during City’s League Cup victory over Everton at the end of January, and it was later confirmed that he had suffered tears in his knee and ankle ligaments – and will miss 10 weeks of action. He is set to make his return in April. 2. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) – Manuel Pellegrini’s side have missed their captain hugely, with his influence and ability to organise his troops on the field. Earlier this week, City revealed that the Belgian had returned to full training by posting images of the defender in action. He’s played just nine minutes over the past three months, but looks to be on course to make his return by the end of this month. 1. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – read the latest on the Brazilian below, then click the arrow above to catch up on the progress of 10 other injured Premier League players – The Brazilian has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury in the clash with Newcastle United on December 6, but is nearing his return. The 23-year-old has returned to full training and could be back for Liverpool’s FA Cup replay with West Ham. 11 11 11 11 9. Danny Ings (Liverpool) – The England international, signed by Liverpool in the summer, has been out of action since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last October, and the injury was thought to be season-ending. He has, however, stepped up his recovery progress, moving from the gym to light training earlier this week – thus suggesting that he could be seen in a Reds shirt before the end of the campaign. Klopp recently said, “He’s still a long way away from being available but he’s here.” 11last_img read more