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Weekend's Premier League team news

Updated: Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 10:45 | Comments

Darron Gibson is back in the Everton squad for the game against Norwich Enda Stevens (r) is in the Aston Villa squad as they host Arsenal
Darron Gibson is back in the Everton squad for the game against Norwich Enda Stevens (r) is in the Aston Villa squad as they host Arsenal

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Highlights: Premier Soccer Saturday, RTÉ Two 8pm

SUNDERLAND V WEST BROM, 12.45

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will welcome Craig Gardner back from suspension for Saturday afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom.

The 25-year-old, who has played at both full-back and in midfield this season, is available again after serving a one-match ban for reaching five bookings.

O'Neill admitted "one or two" players are battling against knocks, but declined to name them, but midfielder Lee Cattermole (knee) and full-back Phil Bardsley (hamstring) returned to action in the 3-1 win at Fulham on Sunday, while keeper Keiren Westwood (thigh) was able to take a seat on the bench.

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

West Brom central defender Gareth McAuley and on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will return for the game.

McAuley has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered on international duty with Northern Ireland while Lukaku was ineligible to face his parent club in Albion's 2-1 win last weekend.

But midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is ruled out with a tight hamstring sustained against the Blues and keeper Ben Foster is absent for a third successive game with a groin problem.

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

EVERTON V NORWICH

Injury-hit Everton could welcome back midfielders Kevin Mirallas and Darron Gibson for the match against Norwich at Goodison Park.

Mirallas missed last weekend's defeat by Reading with a hamstring problem while Gibson has been out since the start of September with a hamstring injury but played for Everton's under-21 side earlier this week.

Captain Phil Neville is unlikely to play again this year following knee surgery while key midfielder Marouane Fellaini is suspended.

Striker Victor Anichebe (hamstring) and full-back Tony Hibbert (calf) are doubtful and Everton boss David Moyes has recalled teenage midfielder Ross Barkley from a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday as cover.

Provisional squad: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Pienaar, Osman, Naismith, Jelavic, Mucha, Distin, Duffy, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios, Mirallas, Gibson, Barkley.

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy looks set to make the trip to his former club Everton after making good progress with the knee injury he suffered against Manchester United last weekend.

Fullback Russell Martin is back in training after recovering from his back injury and could also feature against Everton.

Defender Michael Turner, however, is described as "touch and go" by Norwich manager Chris Hughton as he tries to shrug off a shoulder problem.

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

MAN UNITED V QPR

Wayne Rooney will return to the Manchester United starting line-up for the encounter with crisis club QPR at Old Trafford.

Rooney has recovered from tonsillitis, which prevented him making the midweek trip to Galatasaray, and will be involved against the basement boys along with Chris Smalling, who has shrugged off a shoulder problem.

Jonny Evans (groin) has returned to training but will not play while Nani (hamstring) is also sidelined.

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

QPR captain Park Ji-sung remains a doubt for the clash with his former club.

Park has been suffering from a knee problem and, despite returning to training, is likely to miss out for managerless Rangers at Old Trafford.

Stephane Mbia is back after serving a three-match ban but strikers Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are out and on-loan defender Fabio cannot feature against his parent club.

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

STOKE V FULHAM

Stoke could be without defender Andy Wilkinson for the clash with Fulham at the Britannia Stadium.

Wilkinson had to come off in the first half of Monday's 1-1 draw at West Ham due to a back problem and has undergone a scan. If he is ruled out, his replacement at Upton Park, Ryan Shotton, is likely to deputise once again at full-back.

Midfielder Dean Whitehead is back available after being suspended for the match against the Hammers, but striker Michael Owen is not expected to be ready to make his return from a hamstring complaint, while midfielder Rory Delap (hernia) and defender Marc Wilson (broken leg) remain sidelined.

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

Fulham will again be without a number of key players.

Alex Kacaniklic and Bryan Ruiz are both out for the next two weeks with hamstring injuries picked up against Sunderland, while Mickael Tavares and Kieran Richardson miss out with similar complaints.

Fulham can call upon Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Chris Baird (ban) again, although captain Brede Hangeland (ban), Simon Davies (hip) and Kerim Frei (loan return) are also unavailable. David Stockdale, Marcello Trotta and Alex Smith left the club on loan on Thursday.

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

WIGAN V READING

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez could be without seven first-team players.

Ben Watson (broken leg), Gary Caldwell (hamstring), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and Franco Di Santo (leg) all suffered injuries in last weekend's 3-0 defeat by Liverpool, although strikers Miyaichi and Di Santo will be assessed ahead of the match and could still feature.

Midfielder James McArthur (dead leg), winger Albert Crusat (knee) and defender Antolin Alcaraz (groin) are not yet ready to return, although Crusat is expected to back at the start of next month and Alcaraz is getting closer to returning to full training.

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

Reading manager Brian McDermott could welcome Jimmy Kebe back into his squad for the trip to Wigan.

Kebe missed last weekend's win over Everton with a groin problem but has returned to training and is in contention for the match at the DW Stadium.

McDermott has also welcomed goalkeeper Alex McCarthy back to training, along with midfielders Danny Guthrie and Jem Karacan, although tomorrow's game will be too early for any of them to return.

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

ASTON VILLA V ARSENAL, 5.30

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is back in contention after a three-game absence due to an ankle injury.

The England international has returned to training this week after missing the games with Sunderland and the two Manchester clubs.

Left-back Eric Lichaj is also available after a leg muscle strain but Joe Bennett, Chris Herd, Charles N'Zogbia (all knee) and Richard Dunne (groin) are still out.

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

Arsenal will again be without forward Theo Walcott (shoulder).

Defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) is also out, but forward Gervinho and defender Kieran Gibbs are again in contention having been in the squad for the midweek Champions League win over Montpellier.

Midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) continue their rehabilitation.

Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Giroud, Mannone, Coquelin, Ramsey, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Arshavin, Gervinho, Chamakh, Djourou.

SUNDAY

SWANSEA V LIVERPOOL, 1.30

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has Ki Sung-yueng and Kyle Bartley back in his squad for Sunday's meeting with Liverpool.

Ki missed the win at Newcastle with a hamstring problem, while defender Bartley returns after a lengthy absence with a thigh problem.

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm is a couple of weeks away from full fitness after a groin injury while Danny Graham, Ben Davies and Luke Moore are struggling with illness but should be available.

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

Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom is expected to be fit for Sunday's trip to Swansea after sustaining a knee injury in the Europa League last night.

The 19-year-old was taken off in the first half as a precaution but manager Brendan Rodgers, who will restore the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez to the starting line-up, is confident the right-back will be ready in time.

Midfielder Lucas Leiva returned to competitive action today after three months out with a thigh injury after playing 45 minutes for the under-21s but is probably a week away from rejoining first-team squad.

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

SOUTHAMPTON V NEWCASTLE, 3:00

Frazer Richardson and Richard Chaplow remain Southampton's only absentees.

Right-back Richardson is out after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury last week, while Chaplow is also out through injury.

Guly do Prado and Artur Boruc could be involved after being left out of the squad for the games with Swansea and QPR.

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

Midfielder Cheick Tiote returns to the Newcastle squad for Sunday's trip to Southampton after missing out in Europe through suspension.

However, skipper Fabricio Coloccini, who played in last night's 1-1 draw with Maritimo, completes his three-match domestic ban and will join winger Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin) on the sidelines, while striker Shola Ameobi (also groin) and midfielder Gabriel Obertan (toe) remain doubts.

Winger Jonas Gutierrez (knee) and utility man James Perch (thigh) are available, while striker Papiss Cisse has a chance despite picking up a kick on the thigh last night, and fellow frontman Nile Ranger has been added to the squad.

Provisional squad: Krul, Harper, Elliot, Simpson, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, S Taylor, Williamson, Perch, Tiote, Bigirimana, Gutierrez, Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, Amalfitano, Abeid, Ba, Cisse, Ranger.

CHELSEA V MAN CITY, 4:00

Rafael Benitez must decide whether to recall Fernando Torres for his first game in charge of Chelsea.

One of Roberto Di Matteo's final acts as manager was dropping Torres for the first time this season before Tuesday's fateful Champions League defeat at Juventus.

Chelsea remain without John Terry (knee) and Frank Lampard (calf).

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

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (knee) will be given a fitness test ahead of Sunday's trip to Chelsea after suffering injury late in the midweek clash with Real Madrid.

Striker Mario Balotelli, dropped for the defeat of Tottenham a fortnight ago, has been training after being forced out of the last two games by a back injury.

Left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) is back in contention while midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) edges closer to a return but right-back Micah Richards (knee) is still out.

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

TOTTENHAM V WEST HAM, 4.00

Tottenham playmaker Mousa Dembele is a doubt for Sunday's game against West Ham despite making his comeback from a month-long hip injury lay-off at Lazio last night.

Dembele still does not feel 100% despite his second-half appearance in the Stadio Olimpico and may start on the bench this weekend.

Emmanuel Adebayor starts a three-match suspension while long-term absentees Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) remain sidelined.

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

West Ham winger Matt Jarvis will return to the squad.

Jarvis missed Monday's 1-1 draw with Stoke with a shin injury but is in contention to start at White Hart Lane.

Yossi Benayoun is still not available as he looks to overcome a thigh problem with Jack Collison (knee) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) also ruled out.

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

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