Wigan Athletic have brought Paul Scharner back to the club after a two-and-a-half years away, returning on loan from Hamburg until the end of the season.
New Hamburg defender Paul Scharner will spend around six weeks on the sidelines due to a knee injury, while team-mate Tolgay Arslan has been ruled out for two weeks with a hamstring problem.
Manchester City cruised to a 3-0 victory at home to Stoke City to ensure first place in the Premier League at Christmas, while chasers Manchester United and Arsenal both secured precious away victories.
Paul Scharner scored the decisive goal in a fiery clash between West Bromwich Albion and ten-man Aston Villa as the Baggies came out on top to seal a 2-1 win.
Germany could take a further step towards qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012 by beating Austria tomorrow, while the other games in Group A see Belgium host Turkey and Kazakhstan face Azerbaijan.
Birmingham City suffered a Carling Cup hangover as they were soundly beaten 3-1 at home by West Bromwich Albion to give Roy Hodgson his first win since taking charge of the club.