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Wednesday's Premier League team news

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 17:04 | Comments

Manchester United battled back to win 3-2 when they met the Saints at St Mary's last September
Manchester United battled back to win 3-2 when they met the Saints at St Mary's last September

WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY (7.45pm)

ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL 
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is available again following an ankle injury.

Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are poised to return to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench for the FA Cup win at Brighton.

Mikel Arteta (calf) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring) remain out, forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (foot) is not yet in contention.

Liverpool will welcome back fit-again trio Jose Reina, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson.

Full-back Enrique has not played since suffering a hamstring tear against QPR a month ago while goalkeeper Reina has missed two games with nose and thigh injuries and full-back Johnson sat out the FA Cup defeat by Oldham because of a hamstring problem.

BHoss Brendan Rodgers is likely to revert to a more familiar line-up after heavily criticising his young players for their performance at Boundary Park on Sunday.

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

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

EVERTON v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Everton are set to be without Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman for the home clash against West Brom.

Winger Mirallas again limped off with a hamstring problem during Saturday's FA Cup win over Bolton, his second abortive comeback from the injury he first suffered two months ago.

Full-back Coleman is expected to be out for at least another two weeks with a thigh injury while midfielder Darron Gibson has suffered a slight setback in his own recovery from a thigh problem.

For West Brom, strikers Shane Long (dead leg) and Marc-Antoine Fortune (hamstring), defender Steven Reid (leg) and midfielder Claudio Yacob (shoulder) will be assessed.

Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is expected to return to the Hawthorns from African Nations Cup duty after the Democratic Republic of Congo's exit but is more likely to be under consideration for Sunday's home clash with Tottenham.

Everton squad: Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Duffy, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios, Gueye.West Brom head coach Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of four players before finalising his side.

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

NORWICH CITY v TOTTENHAM
Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong has recovered from a calf injury and is in line for a Barclays Premier League return against his former club Tottenham at Carrow Road tomorrow.

Steven Whittaker (hip) is fit again and was an unused substitute in Saturday's humiliating FA Cup reverse to non-League Luton, while Harry Kane, who started the 1-0 loss up front, is ineligible against his parent club.

Goalkeeper Lee Camp will be named in the squad, while Steve Morison (thigh) could be available for the weekend match with QPR, but England goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) remains out.

Tottenham will have striker Jermain Defoe back from injury.

The England international missed the 2-1 FA Cup fourth round defeat to Leeds with a pelvic injury but has had an injection to help him be fit to face the Canaries and does not require surgery.

New signing Lewis Holtby is also in contention to make his debut with defender William Gallas fit after a calf problem.

Emmanuel Adebayor (African Cup of Nations), Younes Kaboul and Sandro (both knee) are all missing and Tom Huddlestone (leg) will not be risked.

Norwich squad: Bunn, Rudd, Barnett, Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Tierney, Fox, Surman, Snodgrass, Johnson, E Bennett, Jackson, Steer, Garrido, Tettey, Pilkington, Holt, Whittaker, Hoolahan, Camp.

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

FULHAM v WEST HAM UNITED 
Emmanuel Frimpong is in line to make his Fulham debut against West Ham.

The 21-year-old joined on loan from Arsenal on Friday and could now face the Hammers, while fellow midfielder Simon Davies is back in training after a sustained period on the sidelines.

Kieran Richardson (calf), Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) are all absent for the Craven Cottage clash. 

West Ham striker Andy Carroll could return to the squad for the Craven Cottage clash.

The on-loan Liverpool forward has been missing since November with a knee problem but could make the bench at Craven Cottage.

New signing Emanuel Pogatetz will go straight into the squad although George McCartney (knee), James Collins (hamstring) and Dan Potts (concussion) are all missing.

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

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

MANCHESTER UNITED v SOUTHAMPTON, 8.00pm 
Robin van Persie is set to lead a host of big names back into the Manchester United starting line-up against Southampton.

Skipper Nemanja Vidic and central defensive partner Rio Ferdinand are also set to be included for the Old Trafford encounter.

Winger Ashley Young (knee) and defender Jonny Evans (hamstring) remain sidelined

Southampton could welcome club captain Adam Lallana.

Saints' boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Lallana trained with the squad during a trip to Barcelona and is in contention to be involved at Old Trafford after missing almost two months with knee ligament damage.

Jose Fonte and Guly Do Prado (both knee) are absent but new signing Vegard Forren is in line to make his debut.

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.

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

READING v CHELSEA 8.00pm 
Striker Jason Roberts will sit out Reading's clash with Chelsea, while manager Brian McDermott has a concern over the fitness of Noel Hunt.

Roberts has a hip problem while forward Hunt picked up an unspecified knock in Saturday's FA Cup win over Sheffield United.

McDermott, who confirmed he was waiting to hear back from Blackpool regarding a bid for Thomas Ince, is unlikely to play new signing Daniel Carrico as he comes to terms with life in England.

Petr Cech has failed to recover from injury for Chelsea's visit to Reading.

Cech has failed to shake off the calf strain that ruled him out of Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round draw at Brentford, with Ross Turnbull once again earmarked to deputise.

David Luiz (calf) is still several days away from a return, while Eden Hazard serves the second instalment of his minimum three-match ban.

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

Chelsea squad: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Terry, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Marin, Benayoun, Torres, Ba, Ake, Hilario.   

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