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Injury report: Gameweek 18

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Phil Jones injured at Fulham

As the festive silly-season of Premier League matches continues, the injuries mount - particularly for Manchester United, whose 5-0 win at Fulham was tempered by the loss of both Phil Jones and Ashley Young.

Defender Jones came off with a facial injury while his replacement Young suffered an ankle problem less than 40 minutes later.

Both are expected to miss a couple of weeks at least, adding to a list that includes the best part of a title-challenging first XI.

Other new problems for Boxing Day saw Aston Villa robbed of Stephen Ireland, who came off with a hamstring injury at half-time in the 2-1 loss to Arsenal, and Alan Hutton, whose loss of cool saw him pick up two quick yellow cards late in that game.

Norwich's Kyle Naughton must serve a one-match ban after accumulating five bookings this season, while Manchester City duo Micah Richards and Edin Dzeko suffered knocks in the 3-0 win over Stoke.

And spare a thought for poor Steven Reid - the West Brom utility man has had an injury-plagued career and turned his ankle badly early in the 3-2 win at Newcastle. He awaits the results of a scan.

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