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Updated: Friday, 19 Oct 2012 21:36 | Comments

Ireland international James McClean may feature for Sunderland against Newcastle on Sunday
Ireland international James McClean may feature for Sunderland against Newcastle on Sunday

*All games 3.00pm unless stated

Highlights: Premier Soccer Saturday, RTÉ Two, 8.00pm

Tottenham v Chelsea, 12.45pm

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is still without Achilles victim Scott Parker for his side's Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The 32-year-old midfielder has not played since he turned out for England in their Euro 2012 defeat to Italy and Villas-Boas is now not expecting him back until Christmas.

Defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are still absent, but Jake Livermore and Kyle Naughton are back in training after groin and ankle injuries respectively.

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

John Terry's four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand comes into force for this London derby.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo will have Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand available after both players missed England's World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino and Poland.

Lampard has overcome a calf injury while Bertrand has shaken the illness which forced him to leave the England camp, with both players taking part in two training sessions this week.

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

Fulham v Aston Villa

Dimitar Berbatov is amongst the players Fulham can welcome back for the home clash with Aston Villa.

The Bulgarian returns from a problem with his hip/upper thigh and will be joined in Martin Jol's side by fellow striker Mladen Petric, who has recovered from a calf problem.

Mahamadou Diarra's recovery from a knee injury means he could also be involved, although Simon Davies (hip) remains sidelined and Bryan Ruiz (groin) is a doubt.

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland will return to the squad after missing three games with a broken bone in his arm.

Villa boss Paul Lambert will assess the freshness of goalkeeper Brad Guzan and midfielders Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi after gruelling midweek trips back from playing for the United States, Australia and Morocco respectively.

Full-back Joe Bennett is expected to be fit after suffering a leg injury during the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham a fortnight ago - but central defender Richard Dunne (groin) remains a long-term casualty.

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

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

Liverpool v Reading 

Goalkeeper Jose Reina faces a late fitness test on a minor hamstring problem sustained on international duty with Spain prior to the Premier League visit of Reading.

Striker Fabio Borini has been ruled out for up to three months with a fractured foot but defenders Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan returned to training this week.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available again after a three-match suspension.

Provisional squad: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin, Suso, Suarez, Sterling, Jones, Carragher, Coates, Henderson, Shelvey, Cole, Assaidi, Downing, Morgan, Yesil.

Reading forward Noel Hunt is a doubt for the game because of a heel problem.

Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood has been passed fit after recovering from a dead leg.

Reading boss Brian McDermott has no further injury concerns as the club seek their first Premier League win of the season.

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

Man United v Stoke 

Ashley Young returns to the Manchester United squad after a two-month absence ahead of the Premier League encounter with Stoke at Old Trafford.

Young has recovered from a knee injury and is in contention to face Tony Pulis' men.

Chris Smalling (foot) will not be considered even though he is closing in on full fitness.

Team (from): De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Scholes, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, Kagawa, Rooney, Van Persie, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis will assess the condition of Glenn Whelan and Michael Owen ahead of the game. 

Midfielder Whelan, who came off in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool with a hamstring problem which kept him out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands, is rated "50-50" by Pulis.

The manager has also said he expects striker Owen, missing from the Liverpool game after tweaking his groin, to only be fit enough for a place on the bench at best, but defender Andy Wilkinson is available again after completing a three-match suspension.

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

Swansea v Wigan

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup could decide to keep faith with the side that recovered from 2-0 down to draw with Reading when Wigan visit the Liberty Stadium.

Striker Danny Graham looks set to continue ahead of Luke Moore, despite being withdrawn at the interval against the Royals, while Ki Sung-yueng could again keep Jonathan de Guzman out of the starting XI.

Kemy Agustien is back in contention after a calf problem while Pablo Hernandez will hope to displace Nathan Dyer or Wayne Routledge on the flanks. Neil Taylor is a long-term absentee with a broken ankle.

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

Wigan will be without defender Antolin Alcaraz and winger Albert Crusat for the game. 

Alcaraz has not played since the Capital One Cup win over Nottingham Forest at the end of August because of a groin injury and is likely to be out for another couple of weeks, while Crusat has a knee problem.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez will also monitor Maynor Figueroa and Jean Beausejour closely after their long international trips with Honduras and Chile respectively.

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

West Brom v Man City

West Brom may be without midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu when Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City visit The Hawthorns.

The Congo international picked up a niggle on international duty this week and is rated as "60-40" to be fit for the match by head coach Steve Clarke.

Striker Romelu Lukaku is expected to be available after a minor ankle problem, but Steven Reid and Chris Brunt (both hamstring), Billy Jones (knee) and Boaz Myhill (thumb) are out, while long-term absentee Jerome Thomas is still not quite ready.

Provisional squad: Foster, Daniels, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Dawson, Jara Reyes, Popov, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Dorrans, Morrison, El Ghanassy, Gera, Fortune, Odemwingie, Lukaku, Long, Rosenberg.

Champions Manchester City are without midfielders David Silva and Jack Rodwell for the game.

The pair suffered hamstring injuries representing Spain and England Under-21s respectively during the international break.

Another midfielder, Javi Garcia, remains on the sidelines with a thigh problem and defender Maicon (foot) is also still missing.

Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Richards, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Nastasic, K Toure, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Sinclair, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez.

West Ham v Southampton

Defenders Winston Reid and Guy Demel are West Ham's main injury concerns ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton on Sunday.

Reid (back) and Demel (thigh) will have to prove their fitness ahead of the match, while the Hammers will also be without Ricardo Vaz Te who has had surgery on his dislocated shoulder.

Andy Carroll came through England duty unscathed and is expected to start up front, while Raphael Spiegel will back up Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal, with Stephen Henderson beginning his three-month loan with Ipswich.

Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Collins, Noble, Jarvis, Diame, Nolan, Carroll, O'Neil, Benayoun, Maiga, Cole, Spence, Diarra, Tomkins, Collison, Spiegel, Driver

Southampton will be missing record signing Gaston Ramirez for  the foreseeable future.

The 21-year-old faces another four weeks out after problems related to a dead leg picked up before the international break and will be joined on the sidelines by Frazer Richardson (thigh).

Jack Cork, Danny Butterfield (both knee) and Tadanari Lee (elbow) are also out, but Nathaniel Clyne is set to return. Artur Boruc could be involved with Southampton for the first time.

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

Norwich v Arsenal, 5.30pm

Norwich hope to have forward Robert Snodgrass available for the Barclays Premier League clash against Arsenal after he returned from international duty with Scotland because of an ankle problem.

Defender Steven Whittaker has returned to full training after his pre-season ankle problem, but is not yet being considered for a first-team return.

On-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane is sidelined by a broken metatarsal.

Provisional Squad: Ruddy, Barnett, Garrido, Martin, Bassong, Tettey, Johnson, Hoolahan, Howson, E Bennett, Holt, Bunn, R Bennett, Morison, Pilkington, Jackson, Turner, Snodgrass, Surman.

Arsenal will be without defender Laurent Koscielny (back) for the game. 

England defender Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and forward Theo Walcott (chest) also miss out, but midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong could be in the squad following a long-term knee problem.

First-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) remains sidelined, as do midfielders Abou Diaby (thigh) and Jack Wilshere (ankle), Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg), while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is out after damaging ankle ligaments in training this week.

Provisional Squad: Mannone, Santos, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Cazorla, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud, Martinez, Coquelin, Djourou, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Chamakh, Frimpong.

SUNDAY

Sunderland v Newcastle, 1.30

Sunderland winger James McClean will be in contention for a derby return against Newcastle on Sunday after shaking off a groin injury.

The 23-year-old was ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's 6-1 defeat by Germany with a groin problem, but manager Martin O'Neill has revealed he could have been available for Tuesday's trip to the Faroe Islands if required.

Full-back Phil Bardsley could also make the squad after returning to action for the Under-21s side following an ankle injury which has sidelined him since pre-season, but defender Titus Bramble is a doubt with a hip flexor problem and skipper Lee Cattermole completes his three-match ban.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose, Egan, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Sessegnon, Meyler, Saha, Fletcher, Campbell, Wickham, Ji.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could welcome back key defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor for this derby clash.

The Argentinian has missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury suffered on international duty, while Taylor damaged a calf in the 2-2 draw at Reading on 29 September.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul could also be back from an elbow injury he sustained while away with Holland last month, while full-back Danny Simpson (hamstring) might also make it after sitting out the 3-0 defeat by former club Manchester United last time out.

Provisional squad: Krul, Harper, Simpson, Tavernier, Ferguson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Perch, Williamson, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Anita, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Obertan, Vuckic, Abeid, Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Campbell.

QPR v Everton, 4.00pm

Everton will be without Marouane Fellaini for the game with QPR, but manager David Moyes is optimistic the midfielder will not be sidelined for too long.

Fellaini, who has been one of the most impressive players in the league this season, suffered a knee injury against Wigan two weeks ago and missed out on international duty with Belgium.

He could be fit for next weekend's Merseyside derby as could Tony Hibbert (calf), but Darron Gibson (thigh) is likely to be out for longer while short-term signing Thomas Hitzlsperger will not yet be considered.

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

QPR manager Mark Hughes still has a couple of problems in defence ahead of the trip to the north west.

Although Jose Bosingwa and Anton Ferdinand are both now fit, Armand Traore is still fighting for match fitness and full-back Fabio (hamstring) is due to have a scan in the next two weeks.

Midfielder Samba Diakite returns from a one-match ban with striker Andy Johnson (knee) a long-term absentee.

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

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