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Weekend's Barclays Premier League team news

Updated: Saturday, 01 Dec 2012 13:33 | Comments

Darron Gibson played 73 minutes of Everton's draw with Arsenal on Wednesday in his first game after returning from injury
Darron Gibson played 73 minutes of Everton's draw with Arsenal on Wednesday in his first game after returning from injury

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All games 15.00 unless stated

Highlights: Premier Soccer Saturday, RTÉ Two, 20.15 

ARSENAL v SWANSEA

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is doubtful because of a foot injury.

Forwards Theo Walcott (ankle) and Lukas Podolski (virus) will also be assessed.

Defender Laurent Koscielny (thigh) is set for a spell on the sidelines, while defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) continue their rehabilitation.

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

Pablo Hernandez is to miss out for Swansea after picking up a thigh injury.

The in-form winger suffered the injury in the midweek win over West Brom and will not feature against the Gunners, with Jonathan de Guzman set to return to the starting line-up in his place.

Chico Flores should be available despite a shoulder problem, while striker Danny Graham will not be risked despite returning to training after an illness.

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

FULHAM v TOTTENHAM

Fulham will be able to call upon Kieran Richardson again.

The 28-year-old returns after missing recent games with a hamstring injury, although similar issues will keep Alex Kacaniklic and Bryan Ruiz out for a further week.

Brede Hangeland serves the final game of a three-match ban against Spurs and Simon Davies also misses out as he continues his return from a hip complaint.

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

Defender Steven Caulker has overcome illness and is fit for Tottenham.

Caulker missed the midweek win over Liverpool and now must wait and see if he regains his place.

Emmanuel Adebayor completes his three-match suspension, but Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out.

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.

LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON

Midfielder Lucas Leiva returns to Liverpool's match-day squad to face Southampton at Anfield after a three-month injury absence.

The Brazil international has finally recovered from a thigh injury, while Joe Cole has overcome a hamstring problem which forced him out of the midweek defeat at Tottenham.

Defender Andre Wisdom, on the bench at White Hart Lane after a knee injury, could come back into contention for a starting place.

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

Under-fire goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga looks set to start for Southampton.

The 20-year-old Argentinian has come under increasing scrutiny following a number of recent high-profile mistakes, including the one that saw Norwich grab an equaliser in midweek.

Danny Fox could return from a knee complaint, while Frazer Richardson and Richard Chaplow are closing in on a return.

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

MAN CITY v EVERTON

Manchester City midfielder James Milner will miss the champions' clash with Everton.

The England international limped off with a hamstring injury soon after scoring in the midweek win at Wigan but could return for the eagerly-anticipated derby with Manchester United next week.

Fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) are close but not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) is also still sidelined.

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

Everton defender Leighton Baines is a major doubt but manager David Moyes will wait as long as possible before ruling him out.

If the left-back does not overcome the hamstring problem sustained in the midweek draw against Arsenal then either Sylvain Distin or Bryan Oviedo will fill in.

Midfielder Seamus Coleman and forwards Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe (both hamstring) are unlikely to be fit to return.

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

QPR v ASTON VILLA

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar is rated doubtful.

Cesar was replaced at half time of the goalless draw with Sunderland in midweek after sustaining a minor groin tear.

Rob Green will continue to deputise if Cesar fails to recover, while strikers Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are longer-term concerns.

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

Aston Villa left-back Enda Stevens (above) has been ruled out with the ankle injury suffered during the midweek win over Reading.

Eric Lichaj is set to replace the former Shamrock Rovers player as Villa look for a third consecutive clean sheet.

Skipper and centre-back Ron Vlaar remains a major doubt with a calf problem but utility player Chris Herd is back in contention after recovering from a knee injury.

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

WEST BROM v STOKE

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera has recovered from a groin injury and is included in the squad for tomorrow's home clash with Stoke.

The Hungarian international was ruled out of the 3-1 setback against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in midweek.

Baggies head coach Steve Clarke has a full squad to choose from with the exception of goalkeeper Ben Foster, who is recovering from a groin operation.

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

Stoke will make a late decision on whether Peter Crouch can start in tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The striker had two teeth knocked out in a clash with Fabio Coloccini in Stoke's 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Wednesday but is hoping to play with a brace.

If Crouch does not make it, Michael Owen is likely to be on the bench after more than a month out with a hamstring problem while full-back Andy Wilkinson (back) should also be among the substitutes.

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

READING v MAN UNITED, 17.30

Jimmy Kebe remains a major doubt for Reading.

Midfielder Kebe has faced a tricky recovery from the groin injury that has kept him out for almost three weeks and could miss Saturday's match.

Danny Guthrie should be available following a thigh problem that has laid him low this month but Alex McCarthy and Jem Karacan remain sidelined.

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

Manchester United will be without wing duo Nani and Antonio Valencia.

Nani will be missing for another four or five weeks with a hamstring injury, whilst Valencia has been ruled out with a hip problem.

Paul Scholes returns from suspension, whilst Ryan Giggs has shrugged off a minor hamstring complaint.

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

SUNDAY

NORWICH v SUNDERLAND, 16.00

A thigh injury to John Ruddy means Mark Bunn will start in goal again for Norwich.

Ruddy was ruled out for three months after suffering the injury against Everton and Bunn will start his second game in a row, with young stopper Declan Rudd expected to provide backup from the bench.

Defender Russell Martin could make his first appearance in over a month after he overcame a back problem, but centre-half Michael Turner (shoulder) and striker Harry Kane (metatarsal) are out.

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

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill was today waiting to hear for how long he will be without skipper Lee Cattermole as he visited a London specialist.

The 24-year-old midfielder headed south after damaging his knee just minutes into Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with QPR amid speculation that he has damaged his medial ligament and could be sidelined for two months.

Cattermole will definitely miss the game, as will central defender John O'Shea, who is battling a calf problem.

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

MONDAY

NEWCASTLE v WIGAN, 20.00

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without utility man James Perch for Monday night's crucial home clash with Wigan.

The former Nottingham Forest defender is suspended after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign at Stoke on Wednesday evening on his return from a thigh injury.

Pardew will still be unable to call upon central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring), midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (toe) and Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) and striker Shola Ameobi (groin) as he attempts to end a run of four successive Barclays Premier League defeats.

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

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has rated both defender Gary Caldwell and midfielder David Jones as "50/50".

Jones picked up a knock to his calf during Wednesday's 2-0 defeat by Manchester City while Caldwell is recovering from a hamstring problem.

Midfielders Albert Crusat (knee) and Ben Watson (broken leg), winger Ryo Miyaichi (ankle), forward Shaun Maloney (groin) and defenders Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Ivan Ramis (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

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

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