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Weekend Premier League team news

Updated: Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 15:22 | Comments

Arsenal can go within a point of their London rivals if they win at The Emirates
Arsenal can go within a point of their London rivals if they win at The Emirates

SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

Arsenal v Chelsea, 12.45 
Arsenal expect to have captain Thomas Vermaelen back from a virus for this London derby

First-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) remains sidelined.

Emmanuel Frimpong returned to action from a long-term knee injury for the midweek Capital One Cup win over Coventry, but, along with fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle), will sharpen his fitness in the Under-21s game on Monday.

Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg) are expected to feature within the next fortnight.

John Terry has been declared fit and available for Chelsea.

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo said he would have no qualms picking Terry while the club captain decides whether to appeal a guilty verdict in his Football Association race case.

Frank Lampard has shaken off an ankle injury but the game comes too early for Daniel Sturridge (hamstring).

Arsenal squad: Mannone, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Cazorla, Diaby, Arteta, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud, Martinez, Walcott, Coquelin, Santos, Djourou, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Koscielny, Arshavin.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Turnbull.

Everton v Southampton, 3.00

Striker Nikica Jelavic is set to return to the starting line-up to face Southampton at Goodison Park as manager David Moyes restores his strongest team after their midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Leeds.

The Croatia international missed last weekend's win at Swansea but came off the bench at Elland Road.

Fellow forward Victor Anichebe has a chest infection while Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith are also doubts, with defender Tony Hibbert and midfielder Darron Gibson still out.

Southampton midfielder Jack Cork could be out for six weeks with a knee injury.

The 23-year-old injured his left knee in Tuesday's Capital One Cup third-round victory over Sheffield Wednesday, which was his first game back after sustaining an ankle complaint in pre-season.

Tadanari Lee will also miss out with a elbow injury, while Emmanuel Mayuka (ankle) and Luke Shaw (illness) are doubts. New signing Artur Boruc could be involved in the squad for the first time.

Everton squad: Howard, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Neville, Pienaar, Osman, Jelavic, Fellaini, Mucha, Gueye, Heitinga, Anichebe, Mirallas, Naismith, Oviedo, Coleman, Vellios.

Southampton squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Richardson, Butterfield, Stephens, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Seaborne, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Chaplow, De Ridder, Ramirez, Lallana, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, S Davis, Lambert, Rodriguez, Mayuka

Fulham v Manchester City, 3.00

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov will miss the clash with Manchester City after sustaining an injury in training.

The Bulgarian will miss the next two weeks after sustaining a problem with his hip/upper thigh yesterday in the final shot of practice.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee) remains out but his injury is not as bad as first feared and he could be back in a month. Kieran Richardson, Ashkan Dejagah and Philippe Senderos are all back in training but will not feature tomorrow according to manager Martin Jol.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has recovered from a hamstring injury and is available to play.

The Frenchman was substituted in the first half at Real Madrid on 18 September and missed last weekend's draw with Arsenal and the midweek League Cup defeat to Aston Villa.

Jack Rodwell is missing however after injuring his groin in the warm-up before the Villa match. Right-back Micah Richards (ankle) is back in training but is short of fitness.

Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Stockdale, Riether, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Smith, Riise, Briggs, Sidwell, Duff, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Karagounis, Ruiz, Petric, Rodallega, Trotta.

Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Maicon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, K Toure, Nastasic, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Sinclair, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez, Razak.

Norwich City v Liverpool, 3.00

Norwich's on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane could be out for six weeks with a foot injury. Centre-back Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) and midfielder Anthony Pilkington (back) have an outside chance of making the squad according to manager Chris Hughton but defender Simon Lappin (ankle) and full-back Stephen Whittaker (ankle), will not be involved.

Centre-back Daniel Agger has a good chance of being fit for Brendan Rodgers' side.

The Denmark international sustained bone bruising in the defeat to Manchester United but could retain his place in the starting line-up, although forward Fabio Borini (ankle) is rated at 50-50.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is suspended for the match while Martin Kelly's knee operation means Rodgers has a decision to make in defence with left-back Jose Enrique still injured.

Norwich City squad: Ruddy, R Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Jackson, Holt, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Tierney, Butterfield, E Bennett, Tettey, R Bennett, C Martin, Turner, Fox, Bunn

Liverpool squad: Reina, Johnson, Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Carragher, Robinson, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin, Borini, Sterling, Suarez, Jones, Coates, Assaidi, Henderson, Suso, Yesil.

Reading v Newcastle, 3.00

Reading striker Jason Roberts has a chance of playing against the Magpies. Her faces a fitness test after recovering from a calf injury.

Mali winger Jimmy Kebe played against QPR in midweek and his hamstring problem will be assessed before the game.

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini will miss the game after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

The Argentina international defender, who started the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday evening, is back on the treatment table and will not figure, and manager Alan Pardew may also have to do without midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who has a mouth infection.

Keeper Tim Krul (elbow) and full-back Danny Simpson (hamstring) are closing in on returns, but neither will make the game.

Reading squad: McCarthy, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Guthrie, Leigertwood, Tabb, McCleary, Kebe, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Hunt, Robson-Kanu, Church, Roberts.

Newcastle squad: Harper, Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, Perch, S. Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Anita, Bigirimana, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Vuckic, Abeid, Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Campbell.

Stoke v Swansea, 3.00

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has a fully-fit squad to select from for the clash with Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

Midfielder Charlie Adam came off during the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend due to illness, but has recovered in time for the visit of the Swans.

One Potters player who will not feature is defender Andy Wilkinson, who serves the second match of a three-game suspension.

Swansea are boosted by the return of Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer.

Defender Flores has missed three games since his red card against Sunderland, while winger Dyer sat out the Capital One Cup win over Crawley after his dismissal against Everton.

Manager Michael Laudrup expects Jonathan de Guzman and Ashley Williams (both ankle) and Pablo Hernandez (knee) to shake off injuries to feature.

Stoke City squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Upson, Shotton, Wilson, Whelan, Etherington, Pennant, Delap, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Kightly, Whitehead, Adam, Edu, Nzonzi, Owen, Ness.

Swansea city squad: Vorm, Flores, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Rangel, Tiendalli, Ki, Tremmel, Gower, Richards, Davies.

Sunderland v Wigan Athletic, 3.00

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will make a late decision on winger Adam Johnson ahead of the clash with Wigan.

The 25-year-old was used as a substitute in the 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at MK Dons on Tuesday evening after recovering from a thigh problem, but did not train Thursday and although fresh scans showed no further damage.

Defender Carlos Cuellar and midfielder Sebastian Larsson, who both missed the cup game with hamstring injuries, have returned to training and could figure, but skipper Lee Cattermole starts a three-match ban following the fifth red card of his Black Cats career and Phil Bardsley (ankle) and Wes Brown (knee) are still short of match-fitness.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will be without defender Antolin Alcaraz and striker Franco Di Santo for the game.

Alcaraz is still seven to 10 days away from a return to full fitness with a groin injury while the game is expected to be too soon for Di Santo, who has a calf problem.

Following Tuesday's 4-1 win over West Ham in the Capital One Cup, Martinez could be tempted to give a start to double goalscorer Mauro Boselli and other fringe players, after he announced the competition for places was open.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Westwood, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Cuellar, Rose, Egan, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Campbell, Sessegnon, Meyler, Saha, Fletcher, Wickham, Ji, Noble

Wigan Athletic squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney, Kone, Boselli, Gomez, Watson, Jones, Crusat, McManaman, Fyvie, Lopez, Miyaichi, Mustoe, Golobart, Stam.

Manchester United v Tottenham, 5.30

Antonio Valencia is Manchester United's major injury concern ahead of the visit of Tottenham to Old Trafford.

The Ecuador wide-man suffered a nasty knock on his ankle at Liverpool last week and Alex Ferguson rates Valencia as "doubtful".

Darren Fletcher and Scott Wootton are both in the United squad but are unlikely to play from the outset and Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney could start together for the first time.

Brad Friedel will return in goal for Tottenham. Hugo Lloris will be on the bench and defender Kyle Naughton could return after missing last week's win over QPR with a foot injury he sustained against Lazio.

Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring), Scott Parker (Achilles), Jake Livermore (groin), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out.

Manchester United squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Wootton, Evra, Buttner, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Anderson, Cleverley, Carrick, Kagawa, Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, Hernandez.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Cudicini, Smith, Gallas, Dawson, Walker, Vertonghen, Caulker, Naughton, Falque, Huddlestone, Mason, Bale, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Carroll, Townsend, Defoe, Obika.

SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

Aston Villa v West Brom, 4.00

Aston Villa winger Brett Holman has recovered from a knee injury in time for Sunday's derby with West Brom at Villa Park after missing the midweek Capital One Cup win at Manchester City.

Midfielder Stephen Ireland is again ruled out with the cracked bone in his wrist suffered at Southampton last weekend although he should be fit after the forthcoming international break.

Full-back Joe Bennett picked up a knock to his leg at the Etihad Stadium and will be assessed by the Villa medical staff before any decision is taken on his fitness.

West Brom's full-back injury crisis appears to be easing with summer signing Goran Popov and Liam Ridgewell making good progress.

Popov has been able to train for the past two days after a groin problem, while Ridgewell's thigh setback - suffered against Liverpool during the midweek Capital Cup tie - is not as serious as first feared.

Midfielder James Morrison (hamstring) is also likely to be available but number two goalkeeper Boaz Myhill is ruled out for two weeks after undergoing minor surgery on a thumb injury while striker Peter Odemwingie completes a three-match ban.

Aston Villa squad: Foster, Daniels, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Dawson, Jara, Reyes, Popov, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Thorne, Dorrans, Morrison, El Ghanassy, Brunt, Gera, Fortune, Lukaku, Long, Rosenberg. 

Aston Villa squad: Given, Guzan, Lowton, Bennett, Lichaj, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Herd, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Bannan, Delph, Holman, N'Zogbia, Bent, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams.

MONDAY 1 OCTOBER

QPR v West Ham United, 8.00

QPR are without four first-team defenders for Monday's London derby against West Ham.

Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa and Fabio are all out with hamstring injuries and Armand Traore (leg) is also unavailable.

Striker Andy Johnson is out with a long-term knee injury but midfielder Adel Taarabt could return after missing the last two games with a hamstring problem.

Gary O'Neil says has recovered from the knee injury he sustained during Tuesday's defeat to Wigan and will be fit for West Ham.

Sam Allardyce is likely to make wholesale changes from the XI that were beaten 4-1 by the Latics, although Modibo Maiga could keep his place after scoring on his second consecutive start.

On-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll (hamstring) is unlikely to play and Jack Collison (knee) is unavailable but Yossi Benayoun could make his first start since moving back to the Hammers on loan.

QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Mbia, Diakite, Derry, Park, Granero, Dyer, Taarabt, Hoilett, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Zamora, Cisse. 

West Ham United squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Noble, Diame, Taylor, Maiga, Nolan, Cole, Jarvis, Vaz Te, Benayoun, McCartney, Diarra, Tomkins, Henderson, O'Neil, Carroll.

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