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Weekend Premier League team news
28 Nov 2014 22:10
SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER (All 3pm unless stated)
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West Brom v Arsenal (12.45pm)
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Saido Berahino is available for West Brom despite the revelations of his arrest for alleged drink-driving. James Morrison is a major doubt for the Baggies though as he is struggling to recover from a sickness bug.
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The midfielder was on the bench for the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last week after feeling ill. Sebastien Pocognoli (hamstring) is a minor doubt and Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is out. Claudio Yacob starts a three-game ban after he was sent off at Stamford Bridge.
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Arsenal have doubts over several players, including England forward Danny Welbeck who has a swollen knee and a hamstring problem. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) will be assessed, but forward Olivier Giroud could come back in having been ineligible for the midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, along with fit-again defender Laurent Koscielny.
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Captain Mikel Arteta (calf) is definitely out, as is Jack Wilshere, who is set for three months of recovery after ankle surgery. Theo Walcott (groin), Mesut Ozil (knee), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh) and Abou Diaby (calf) are all still unavailable.
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Burnley v Aston Villa
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Burnley welcome back Scott Arfield after the midfielder missed the win over Stoke with a knock. Nathaniel Chalobah also comes back into contention after a minor injury. Key defender Michael Duff is a doubt after limping off at Stoke with a calf problem. Striker Sam Vokes (knee) and midfielder Matt Taylor (Achilles) remain sidelined.
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Aston Villa will again rely on their defensive reserves. Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore filled in for Monday's 1-1 home draw with Southampton and will be in place again at Turf Moor, with Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos (calf) plus Nathan Baker (knee) out injured. Striker Christian Benteke serves the final game of a three-match ban while England midfielder Fabian Delph is making good progress after dislocating a shoulder.
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Liverpool v Stoke
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is expected to make changes again despite the players selected for the Champions League in midweek ending a four-match losing streak.
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Dejan Lovren is likely to return in central defence at the expense of Kolo Toure but a bigger decision is whether to keep Steven Gerrard in the number 10 position or drop him back into a defensive role at the expense of Lucas Leiva.
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Rodgers said striker Mario Balotelli is not quite fit so Rickie Lambert, who has scored in each of his last two matches, continues up front.
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Stoke trio Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron and Phil Bardsley reported for training on Friday after being laid low by a virus that has swept through the club this week. The three players are now back in contention, along with defenders Erik Pieters and Marc Wilson, who missed last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Burnley with calf and hamstring injuries respectively.
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Boss Mark Hughes is without on-loan Victor Moses for six to eight weeks with a thigh injury. Moses joins Robert Huth (calf), Peter Odemwingie (knee) and Dionatan Teixeira (broken foot) on the sidelines.
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Manchester United v Hull
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United manager Louis van Gaal revealed that Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, who had been out with calf and shoulder injuries respectively, could return pending progress in a final training session. Luke Shaw (ankle) is out for several weeks, as is Daley Blind (knee).
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Hull will be without striker Abel Hernandez, who has travelled to his native Uruguay where his partner is due to give birth. He is also expected to be ruled out of Wednesday night's trip to Everton.
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Tigers boss Steve Bruce is also without Gaston Ramirez, who is suspended after his sending-off against Tottenham, but has no fresh injury concerns as he looks to reverse a run of three consecutive defeats.
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QPR v Leicester
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Rio Ferdinand is available for QPR after suspension but manager Harry Redknapp is unsure of the defender's fitness owing to a groin problem.
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His return would be timely though with Richard Dunne now suspended for one game after accruing five yellow cards. Eduardo Vargas returns to the squad having missed the Newcastle match as his wife gave birth but Adel Taarabt (groin), Sandro and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) remain sidelined.
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Manager Nigel Pearson has virtually a fully-fit Leicester squad to pick from. He is without midfielder Dean Hammond (calf), who is expected to be sidelined for at least two more weeks, and former England defender Matt Upson, who is not match-fit having been out since the summer with a foot injury.
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Swansea v Crystal Palace
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Swansea are again without Argentina central defender Federico Fernandez (calf) but other than that manager Garry Monk has a fully-fit squad to select from. Wayne Routledge has returned to training following a groin injury.
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Monk has to decide whether to recall England international Jonjo Shelvey, who failed to reclaim his starting spot after suspension last week.
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On-loan Tottenham youngster Tom Carroll was preferred for the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.
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Defenders Damien Delaney (calf) and Adrian Mariappa (knee) are out for Palace. Delaney suffered a strain in last weekend's 3-1 win over Liverpool which lifted the Eagles out of the relegation zone. Mariappa missed the match with a knee injury which will keep him out for a couple of weeks.
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West Ham v Newcastle
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West Ham will be without defender Winston Reid through suspension. Midfielders Stewart Downing and Cheikhou Kouyate (both knee) have returned to training.
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Forward Diafra Sakho (back) remains doubtful so Andy Carroll could face his former club, while Alex Song, Mark Noble and Enner Valencia are also fitness concerns with minor knocks.
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Central defenders Fabricio Coloccini (calf) and Steven Taylor (knee), plus midfielders Cheick Tiote (calf) and Rolando Aarons (hamstring) have returned to training, but Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would not say whether which - if any - of them could be fit for Upton Park. Goalkeeper Tim Krul is understood to be a doubt with a knock suffered in training, while midfielder Mehdi Abeid (toe) is still out.
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Also missing are utility man Ryan Taylor, who faces up to four weeks out with the knee problem he sustained against QPR, full-back Davide Santon (also knee) and midfielders Siem de Jong and Gabriel Obertan (both thigh).
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Sunderland v Chelsea (5.30pm)
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Sunderland midfielder Ricky Alvarez could make his first appearance since September. The Argentina international has been ruled out for over six weeks with a damaged knee but came through training this week and has been named in Gus Poyet's matchday squad.
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Defender Sebastian Coates is also set to return to contention following a calf strain but Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle), Billy Jones (hamstring) and Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder) are all still out.
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Chelsea have no fresh injury problems. Defender or midfielder Nathan Ake (hamstring) is the only injury absentee. Manager Jose Mourinho may make some changes ahead of a busy period which sees the Blues take on Tottenham next Wednesday.
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SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER
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Southampton v Manchester City (1.30pm)
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Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has been struggling with a hamstring complaint in recent weeks and manager Ronald Koeman will make a decision on whether he plays when he trains with the group on Saturday.
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James Ward-Prowse (foot) and Sam Gallagher (knee) remain two or three weeks away, while Jay Rodriguez continues his rehabilitation from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury.
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Manchester City midfielders Yaya Toure and Fernandinho return to the squad after both were suspended for the dramatic victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. Playmaker David Silva (knee), striker Edin Dzeko and defender Aleksandar Kolarov (both calf) remain on the sidelines through injury.
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Tottenham v Everton (4pm)
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Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue missed Tottenham's win at Hull and Thursday's Europa League defeat of Partizan Belgrade, while Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose were also absent.
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Kyle Naughton is suspended following his red card against Stoke, while fellow full-back Kyle Walker is still a few weeks away despite having returned to first-team training after abdominal surgery.
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Steven Naismith, Leighton Baines (both hamstring), Gareth Barry (ankle) and Steven Pienaar (knee) will all be given a chance to prove their fitness for Everton.
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James McCarthy's latest hamstring injury has yet to be assessed while Darron Gibson (knee), John Stones (ankle), Antolin Alcaraz (shoulder) and Bryan Oviedo are all expected to miss the game.
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