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Weekend Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 02 Nov 2012 16:06 | Comments

Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan is back in contention for Stoke's trip to Norwich, a game which Giovanni Trapattoni is due to attend
Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan is back in contention for Stoke's trip to Norwich, a game which Giovanni Trapattoni is due to attend

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MAN UTD V ARSENAL, 12:45pm

Manchester United have no fresh injuries following their two matches against Chelsea over the past week as they head into Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Defender Chris Smalling continues to make good progress in training in his recovery from a broken metatarsal, but the game at Old Trafford will come too soon.

Fellow centre-back Phil Jones (knee) is also not quite ready, while another defender, Nemanja Vidic (knee), and midfielder Shinji Kagawa (knee) remain sidelined. Striker Robin van Persie is set to face his old club.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Nani, Anderson, Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley, Fletcher, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Van Persie.

Arsenal head to Manchester United reporting no fresh injury worries from their thrilling midweek Capital One Cup win at Reading.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere and full-back Bacary Sagna are both likely to be in contention, but forward Theo Walcott - whose hat-trick helped the Gunners comeback from 4-0 down to win 7-5 - may be back on the bench after playing all 120 minutes at the Madejski Stadium.

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip) faces a fitness test, but winger Gervinho (ankle) will be out for around three weeks, while defender Kieran Gibbs (thigh), first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (ankle), midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) all continue their rehabilitation.

Provisional Squad: Mannone, Santos, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Ramsey, Cazorla, Arteta, Wilshere, Podolski, Giroud, Martinez, Jenkinson, Walcott, Arshavin, Koscielny, Coquelin, Chamakh, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

FULHAM V EVERTON

Fulham defender Chris Baird is fit for the visit of Everton.

The Northern Ireland international injured himself when he slipped into advertising hoardings as he celebrated scoring a header in the 3-3 draw against Reading last weekend.

Midfielder Simon Davies is still recovering from a hip operation and French midfielder Mickael Tavares is out with a minor hamstring problem.

Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Diarra, Richardson, Rodallega, Berbatov, Stockdale, Senderos, Sidwell, Petric, Ruiz, Karagounis, Dejagah, Kasami.

Everton manager David Moyes is optimistic forward Kevin Mirallas will be fit enough to face Fulham after his ankle injury in the Merseyside derby.

The Belgium international was forced off at half-time last weekend after an impressive 45 minutes but could retain his place in the starting line-up.

Midfielder Darron Gibson, who has been sidelined by a thigh problem since 1 September, is still not ready to return.

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

NORWICH V STOKE

Norwich defender Russell Martin is making a good recovery from his back injury and could be fit to face Stoke at Carrow Road.

Manager Chris Hughton could retain a number of the players who starred in Wednesday's Capital One Cup win over Tottenham.

Striker Harry Kane, on loan from Spurs, is on course to return before Christmas following foot surgery.

Provisional squad: Ruddy, Bunn, Bassong, R Martin, Barnett, Garrido, Howson, Snodgrass, Johnson, E Bennett, Surman, Holt, Rudd, Steer, Turner, Jackson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Lappin, Fox, Morison, Butterfield, Tierney, Tettey, R Bennett, C Martin.

Stoke will be without Marc Wilson for the game. 

Andy Wilkinson is expected to fill in at left-back against the Canaries for Wilson, who is set to be out of action for three months after sustaining a fractured left fibula in last Saturday's 0-0 draw with Sunderland.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan was not deemed fit enough to take part in that match but is now available for selection again having recovered from his hamstring problem, while Potters manager Tony Pulis has indicated winger Matthew Etherington - used mostly as a substitute this term - could be line for a return to the first XI.

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

SUNDERLAND V ASTON VILLA

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has seen no new players join his injured list ahead of the clash against Aston Villa.

Defender Wes Brown, who is out with a long-term knee injury, has suffered a setback in his recovery which could see him ruled out for a few more weeks, and central defender Titus Bramble (hip flexor) still remains a doubt.

Sunderland lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup and O'Neill is likely to make several changes to his starting line-up, with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, midfielder James McClean and winger Sebastian Larsson all set for possible returns.

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

Aston Villa left-back Joe Bennett will return from a one-match suspension following his sending-off against Norwich for the clash with Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light.

However, midfielder Karim El Ahmadi will have to serve a one-game ban after incurring his fifth booking of the season during the midweek Capital One Cup win at Swindon.

Villa central defender Chris Herd is a fitness doubt after being substituted with a knee injury at the County Ground.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Lichaj, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Herd, Ireland, Westwood, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Bent, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams.

SWANSEA V CHELSEA

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will give defender Chico Flores as much time as possible to prove his fitness ahead of the Premier League meeting with Chelsea.

The Spaniard picked up a dead leg in the Capital One Cup victory at Liverpool, with Garry Monk or Alan Tate set to deputise should he be unavailable.

Ashley Williams is set to lead the side despite an ankle problem while Michel Vorm (groin), Neil Taylor (broken ankle) and Kyle Bartley (thigh) are all out.

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

Juan Mata and David Luiz could both miss Chelsea's trip to Swansea after suffering injuries in their epic Capital One Cup victory over Manchester United.

Mata (hamstring) and Luiz (ankle) both played 120 minutes in Wednesday night's 5-4 extra-time victory and could leave the European champions short in attack and defence at the Liberty Stadium.

Ashley Cole returns from an ankle knock and Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic are back from suspension, but Frank Lampard (calf) remains out and John Terry serves the final instalment of his four-match ban for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

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

TOTTENHAM V WIGAN

Tottenham playmaker Mousa Dembele is unavailable for the game against Wigan due to a niggling hip injury.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is in contention after recovering from illness and a back injury, but midfielder Jake Livermore is a doubt after suffering an ankle injury in Wednesday's defeat to Norwich.

Long-term absentees Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) remain sidelined.

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

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez expects to again be without winger Ryo Miyaichi for the game. 

The Japan international has missed the last three games with a groin problem and, although Martinez has not yet ruled him out, it is highly unlikely he will be fit.

Also on the sidelines are defender Antolin Alcaraz and winger Albert Crusat, who are still out with groin and knee problems, respectively.

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

WEST HAM V MAN CITY, 5:30pm

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has been unable to welcome back any of his injured players ahead of his side's match against Man City.

The champions visit Upton Park knowing the Hammers will be missing Guy Demel (hernia) and Matthew Taylor (calf), with both hoping to be back in contention within two weeks.

Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Jack Collison (knee) are West Ham's long-term absentees.

Provisional Squad: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Benayoun, Diarra, O'Neil, Maiga, Cole, Carroll, Spence.

Manchester City welcome back Javi Garcia, Pablo Zabaleta and James Milner for the trip but Micah Richards has been added to the injury list.

Midfielder Garcia (thigh) and full-back Zabaleta (hamstring) have recovered from injuries while Milner returns after serving a one-match suspension against Swansea last weekend.

However, midfielders David Silva and Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) and defender Maicon (foot) are still out while Richards suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury against Swansea, although Mancini is hoping he will be fit again within a month.

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

SUNDAY

QPR V READING, 1:30pm

QPR captain Park Ji-sung has not trained all week due to a knee injury and is a major doubt for Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Reading.

Bobby Zamora has suffered a minor hip problem and could miss out, while Armand Traore is also struggling with a leg injury.

Stephane Mbia starts his three-match suspension following his red card against Arsenal, while long-term absentees Fabio (hamstring) and Andrew Johnson (knee) remain sidelined.

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

Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie misses the showdown with QPR because of a thigh strain.

Midfielder Jem Karacan is sidelined with a knee injury that could keep him out until early December.

Boss Brian McDermott has no further injury problems to contend with.

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

LIVERPOOL V NEWCASTLE, 4.00pm

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina and defender Glen Johnson remain injury doubts for the visit of Newcastle.

Reina has missed four matches with a hamstring injury while Johnson missed last week's Merseyside derby with a similar niggle and will be assessed before Sunday.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is set to restore his first-choice line-up after making nine changes for the midweek Capital One Cup defeat by Swansea.

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

Newcastle striker Demba Ba could return to fitness in time for Sunday's Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew said Ba, who is recovering from a calf problem, has a good chance of being in contention for the game against Brendan Rodgers' side.

Newcastle will be without midfielder Cheick Tiote, who is serving the second game of a three-match ban after he was sent off during the 1-1 draw against Sunderland last month.

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

Monday

WEST BROM V SOUTHAMPTON 8.00pm

West Brom captain Chris Brunt and defender Billy Jones have recovered from hamstring and knee injuries respectively and are in contention to face Southampton in Monday's home Barclays Premier League encounter.

Brunt and Jones suffered their setbacks against Aston Villa in late September and have missed three matches but both played an hour as over-age players for West Brom's under-21 side in midweek and have resumed training.

Head coach Steve Clarke is optimistic Shane Long will have recovered from a hamstring injury, while midfielder Claudio Yacob could also return from a similar problem.

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

Southampton could welcome back record signing Gaston Ramirez.

The 21-year-old Uruguayan has been missing for five weeks following a thigh problem, but Saints boss Nigel Adkins confirmed he has trained well this week.

Defender Frazer Richardson (groin) and midfielder Jack Cork (knee) remain sidelined, but Tadanari Lee featured in the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Leeds following his elbow injury and could make his league return.

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

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