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Weekend Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 18 Jan 2013 17:55 | Comments

Chelsea entertain Arsenal on Sunday
Chelsea entertain Arsenal on Sunday

SATURDAY 19 JANUARY (3pm unless stated)

LIVERPOOL v NORWICH
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is pushing for his first Barclays Premier League start tomorrow at home to Norwich after two goals in as many games since his £12million transfer.

Daniel Sturridge - two goals in two games

Defender Jose Enrique is still not fully fit after a hamstring problem, so Glen Johnson will continue to deputise at left-back.

Jordan Henderson could challenge for Joe Allen's place in midfield.

Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson has recovered from the illness which kept him out of the Newcastle game last weekend.

Andrew Surman returns to the squad after recovering from a knee injury and Grant Holt (hamstring) has been declared "fully fit" by manager Chris Hughton after coming on as a substitute against Newcastle.

Defender Steven Whittaker (hip) and striker Steve Morison (knee) are still recovering but could return in 10 days.

Liverpool squad: Reina, Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez, Jones, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Shelvey, Suso, Downing, Borini.

Norwich City squad: Bunn, R Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Howson, Snodgrass, Johnson, E Bennett, Kane, Surman, Turner, Jackson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Fox, Tierney, Tettey, R Bennett, Lappin, Smith, Rudd, Steering.

MANCHESTER CITY v FULHAM
Manchester City forwards Sergio Aguero (hamstring) and Samir Nasri (suspension) are back for the clash with Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.

Nasri

Midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring), who has been out since October, is in contention for a place on the bench and captain Vincent Kompany is available after having last week's red card overturned.

Midfielder Yaya Toure, defender Kolo Toure and back-up striker Abdul Razak are at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast while full-backs Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) are still sidelined.

Fulham boss Martin Jol has confirmed Dimitar Berbatov will return to his side for the clash with City.

The striker was rested for Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replay win over Blackpool but Jol has said Berbatov will be named in his team at the Etihad Stadium.

Steve Sidwell is also available after recovering from a hamstring problem but both Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) are still missing.

City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Clichy, Rekik, Milner, Silva, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Rodwell, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli.

Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Stockdale, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff, Richardson, Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega, Berbatov, Petric, Davies.

NEWCASTLE v READING
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew could welcome back defender Steven Taylor for the home game against Reading.

Steven Taylor

Taylor has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in November and could feature, while striker Shola Ameobi is available after he missed last weekend's goalless draw with Norwich through suspension.

Fabricio Coloccini looks set to continue in the Newcastle defence despite continuing rumours linking him with a move back to Argentina but Hatem Ben Arfa remains sidelined.

Right-back Stephen Kelly looks set to make his Reading debutt

Midfielder Hope Akpan could also start his first match for the Royals following his move from Crawley.

Striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are out but midfielder Mikele Leigertwood is available after recovering from an unspecified knock.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Tavernier, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Debuchy, Santon, Gutierrez, Anita, Cabaye, Cisse, Bigirimana, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Amalfitano, Marveaux, Abeid, Ranger, Ferguson, Shola Ameobi, Taylor.

Reading squad: Federici, Ugwu, Taylor, Gunter, Kelly, Cummings, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Carrico, Akpan, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, Hunt, Pogrebnyak

SWANSEA v STOKE
Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson is a doubt for the trip to Wales after coming off in the FA Cup replay against Crystal Palace on Tuesday with a back problem.

Fellow full-back Ryan Shotton (hamstring) could return after being ruled out of the Palace game and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and midfielder Charlie Adam are set to return having been rested on Tuesday.

Charlie Adam

Potters boss Tony Pulis says he has a "big decision" to make over whether or not to bring striker Kenwyne Jones - a goalscorer as a substitute in the cup tie, and a reported Swansea target - back into the first XI at the Liberty Stadium.

Defender Marc Wilson, out since breaking his leg in October, is in training again but not yet ready for selection, nor is midfielder Rory Delap (calf), and although winger Jermaine Pennant is back from his loan spell at Wolves, he will also not feature at the weekend.

Swansea will be without midfielder Kemy Agustien with the Dutchman facing a four-week spell on the sidelines because of an ankle injury.

Danny Graham is set to be included despite Swansea receiving two bids to lure the striker away from the Liberty Stadium, while loan signing Roland Lamah is in line for his debut after joining on an 18-month deal from Osasuna.

The likes of Ben Davies, Ashley Williams, Michu, Angel Rangel and Ki Sung-yueng could all be in line to return to the starting line-up.

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

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

WEST HAM v QPR
West Ham
should have defender Joey O'Brien back from a hamstring injury for the first time since New Year's Day.

Joey O'Brien

Centre-back James Collins (hamstring) will be assessed, but midfielder Mark Noble has shrugged off a calf problem while Joe Cole comes into contention having been rested for the midweek FA Cup third-round replay defeat at Manchester United.

New signing Wellington Paulista may need more time before being included. Mali forward Modibo Maiga is away at the African Nations Cup and striker Andy Carroll and defender George McCartney (both knee) continue their rehabilitation.

QPR's new signing Loic Remy will feature.

Junior Hoilett (hamstring) returns, but Esteban Granero (hamstring) and Armand Traore (knock) are doubtful.

Samba Diakite is at the African Nations Cup, Jose Bosingwa (back) is out and Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are absent.

QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Murphy, Cerny, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ben-Haim, Ferdinand, Mbia, Hoilett, Park, Fabio, Derry, Taarabt, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse, Campbell, Remy.

West Ham squad squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Potts, Reid, Collins, Tomkins, Jarvis, J Cole, Noble, Collison, Vaz Te, Nolan, Diarra, C Cole, Chamakh, O'Brien, O'Neil, Taylor, Diame, Spiegel.

WIGAN v SUNDERLAND
Wigan are likely to revert to a more familiar line-up for their tie underland after making nine changes in the FA Cup in midweek.

But manager Roberto Martinez has issues in defence with Antolin Alcaraz (groin) training but not yet match-fit and Ivan Ramis (knee) ruled out for the season.

The new pair of midfielder Roger Espinoza and striker Angelo Henriquez are pushing for places but defender Adrian Lopez (hamstring) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) are still out.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will hope to have John O'Shea and Steven Fletcher back at his disposal.

The Republic of Ireland defender was rested for Tuesday night's 2-0 FA Cup third round replay defeat by Bolton after complaining of tightness in his hamstring, while the Scotland striker missed out through illness, but both are expected to return.

Defender Kader Mangane and midfielder Alfred N'Diaye could be included after being ineligible in midweek, although the former is short of match-fitness, but skipper Lee Cattermole is likely to miss out despite returning as a substitute against Bolton after aggravating his knee problem.

Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, Gomez, Jones, Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo, Henriquez, Boselli, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Golobart.

Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Mangane, N'Diaye, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden.

WEST BROM v ASTON VILLA, 5.30pm
West Brom
boss Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of a trio of players before finalising his side for the derby clash at the Hawthorns.

Midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) and strikers Shane Long (dead leg) and Marc-Antoine Fortune (hamstring) will be assessed to see if they are ready to return after recent spells on the side-lines.

But right-back Steven Reid will miss the game as a precaution after suffering a knock on the bone he fractured in his leg against Arsenal last month.

Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar is in contention to return to the side after a seven-week absence. 

The Dutch international defender has been sidelined with a calf injury but returned as an unused substitute against Southampton last weekend and has since put in a full week's training.

Left-back Joe Bennett is also available after a bout of flu and head coach Paul Lambert will check on the fitness of striker Darren Bent (knee). Winger Marc Albreighton and defender Chris Herd are still ruled out with foot injuries.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas, Dawson, Popov, Ridgewell, Dorrans, Yacob, Thorne, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Odemwingie, Long, Lukaku, Fortune, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Nabi

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Marshall, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Westwood, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers. 

SUNDAY 20 JANUARY

CHELSEA v ARSENAL, 1.30pm 
Arsenal will have defender Laurent Koscielny back from a one-match suspension.

However, injured midfielder duo Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky (both calf) remain sidelined.

Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.

Chelsea captain John Terry could make his first start since November.

Terry, who came off the bench at Stoke last weekend, will have a test tomorrow on his knee injury before interim manager Rafael Benitez decides whether to start the defender.

Nigeria duo John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are at the African Nations Cup while long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee) remains sidelined.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Cazorla, Diaby, Coquelin, Walcott, Wilshere, Giroud, Mannone, Koscielny, Ramsey, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santos, Arshavin, Jenkinson.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Marin, Torres, Ba, Ake

TOTTENHAM v MANCHESTER UNITED, 4.00pm
Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker could make his first league start of the season against league leaders Manchester United on Sunday.

Brazil international Sandro has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage in the draw at QPR last weekend and Parker, who has not started a league game since April, is likely to replace him.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has now left for the African Nations Cup while defenders William Gallas (calf) and Younes Kaboul (knee) remain absent.

Jonny Evans again misses out for Manchester United.

Manager Alex Ferguson had hoped the Northern Ireland international would have shrugged off a slight hamstring strain but Evans was unable to train this morning and has been ruled out.

Plenty of changes are anticipated following the midweek FA Cup win over West Ham, with Robin van Persie amongst those set to return.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Falque, Townsend, Livermore, Dempsey, Carroll, Mason, Huddlestone, Parker, Dembele, Bale, Defoe.

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

MONDAY 21 JANUARY


SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON, 8.00pm
Winger Kevin Mirallas is not expected to be risked when Everton travel to Southampton on Monday after virtually two months out with a hamstring injury.

Mirallas

The Belgian is reported to be back in training but, after attempting to come back last month and breaking down again, manager David Moyes will not want to rush him.

Defender Johnny Heitinga could return after missing the last two games with a knock but full-back Tony Hibbert (calf) and midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) remain on the sidelines.

Southampton's new manager Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether to bring top scorer Rickie Lambert back into the starting line-up.

Lambert came off the bench to head his 10th Barclays Premier League goal of the season in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Pochettino, taking charge of his first game since replacing Nigel Adkins, will monitor the fitness of Adam Lallana who has returned to light training after a knee injury.

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

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

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