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Weekend's Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 01 Feb 2013 16:39 | Comments

Christopher Samba looks set to make his QPR debut
Christopher Samba looks set to make his QPR debut

Saturday 2 February (3pm unless stated)

QPR v Norwich City, 12:45pm

QPR manager Harry Redknapp could hand several of his new signings debuts against Norwich.

Christopher Samba, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend could feature after the deadline-day moves, although Redknapp suggests fellow new boy Yun Suk-young needs some time to settle in.

Junior Hoilett is fit to feature following a hamstring problem but Jamie Mackie (tonsillitis) is a doubt, while Ryan Nelsen and Alejandro Faurlin have both now left the club.

Norwich could give a debut to new signing Luciano Becchio.

Sierra Leone forward Kei Kamara is still awaiting international clearance on his loan move from Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City.

Defender Steven Whittaker has recovered from a hip injury, but England goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) remains out while Tottenham have recalled striker Harry Kane.

QPR squad: Cesar, Green, Murphy, Onuoha, Hill, Ben Haim, Samba, Mbia, Park, Fabio, Granero, Traore, Derry, Taarabt, Jenas, Townsend, Hoilett, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Campbell, Remy, Bothroyd, Zamora.

Norwich squad: Bunn, Garrido, Turner, Bassong, Martin, Tettey, Snodgrass, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt, Camp, Becchio, Howson, E Bennett, R Bennett, Fox, Whittaker, Jackson.

Arsenal v Stoke

New signing Nacho Monreal could go straight into the Arsenal side for the game against Stoke in the Barclays Premier League.

Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) is a doubt, but midfielder Mikel Arteta may return after his calf injury.

Left-back Kieran Gibbs is set for around six weeks out with a thigh problem, while Francis Coquelin (hamstring) is also sidelined and forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup.

Stoke have no new injury problems.

The Potters are hoping full-back Marc Wilson, who has been out since October with a broken leg, will play a reserve game next week as he builds up to a first-team return.

Stoke made two new signings yesterday, goalkeeper Jack Butland and winger Brek Shea - but neither will be involved in the short term, with Butland having been loaned back to Birmingham and USA international Shea still recovering from a foot operation. Defenders Matthew Upson and Rory Delap have left the club.

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

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

Everton v Aston Villa

Midfielder Darron Gibson could make his return to the Everton starting line-up in the Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

Gibson was back in action as a substitute in the 2-1 win over West Brom on Wednesday after a thigh problem, which had kept him out since the end of December.

It remains to be seen whether or not striker Nikica Jelavic will be restored to the first XI having been dropped to the bench for the Baggies match and it is not expected that teenager John Stones, recruited from Barnsley on transfer deadline day, will be involved, while fellow defenders Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) remain sidelined.

Aston Villa newcomers Yacouba Sylla and Simon Dawkins have been included in the squad.

Midfielder Sylla was signed from French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot while winger Dawkins has joined on loan from Tottenham.

Manager Paul Lambert will check on the fitness of midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle) but hopes of a return for defender Richard Dunne have been dashed by a recurrence of his groin problem.

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

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

Newcastle United v Chelsea

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has wrapped his new boys in cotton wool ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko and striker Yoan Gouffran have been largely rested, along with defender Steven Taylor after his return from long-term injury, since emerging from their debuts at Aston Villa on Tuesday night feeling the effects of life in English football.

But they - as well as midfielder Sylvain Marveaux, who missed the 2-1 win at Villa Park with a foot problem - will be available as Pardew has to do without only midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Cheick Tiote, who is on duty with Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup.

Goalkeeper Peter Cech is available following a calf strain for Chelsea's Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle.

Cech missed the 2-2 draws at Brentford and Reading and is set to return in place of Ross Turnbull, while midfielder Juan Mata has shaken off an ankle problem sustained in midweek and defender John Terry could return after reverting to the bench at the Madejski Stadium.

David Luiz (calf) and long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee) are still out and John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are at the African Nations Cup, while Eden Hazard serves the final game of his three-match ban for his controversial dismissal at Swansea.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Harper, Elliot, Debuchy, Santon, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Anita, Cabaye, Bigirimana, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran.

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

Reading v Sunderland

Noel Hunt faces a late fitness test ahead of Reading's home meeting with Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.

The striker missed the comeback draw against Chelsea in midweek with an unspecified knock and is again a doubt for manager Brian McDermott. Jason Roberts (hip) will play no part.

McDermott must decide whether or not to promote Adam Le Fondre to the starting line-up. The striker again impressed off the bench against Chelsea, scoring twice for the second successive league game - but McDermott has stressed his best role is presently as a substitute.

Striker Danny Graham will go straight into the Sunderland squad.

Graham was due to train with his new team-mates for the first time today and is likely to be included alongside defenders Carlos Cuellar and Danny Rose, who could return from hamstring injuries.

However, skipper Lee Cattermole will remain on the sidelines after aggravating his knee problem once again on his return to training, while striker Louis Saha has left the club after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

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

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

West Ham United v Swansea

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hoping to give more minutes to striker Andy Carroll against Swansea as he continues to find fitness following a knee injury.

Carroll, on loan from Liverpool, had not played since November until he made a substitute appearance in the midweek defeat at Fulham.

The England striker is again likely to be on the bench for the Hammers who are still without defensive trio George McCartney (knee), James Collins (hamstring) and Dan Potts (concussion).

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm will miss Swansea's trip to West Ham as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Gerhard Tremmel will again fill in for the Dutchman at Upton Park, while Kemy Agustien (ankle) and Neil Taylor (broken leg) remain sidelined.

Danny Graham's departure to Sunderland means Michu is likely to be employed as a lone striker, with Itay Shechter, who has yet to score this season, the alternative option for Michael Laudrup.

West Ham United 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.

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

Wigan v Southampton

Paul Scharner could make his Wigan comeback in the Barclays Premier League home clash with Southampton after rejoining the Latics on transfer deadline day.

Scharner, who spent four-and-a-half years with Wigan before leaving in 2010, has been recruited by manager Roberto Martinez on loan from Hamburg until the end of the season as an additional option in central defence, where Ivan Ramis (knee) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) are currently unavailable.

Also not fit for selection is another defender, Adrian Lopez (hamstring), along with goalkeeper Mike Pollitt (thigh) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and Fraser Fyvie (soft tissue problem).

Forward Arouna Kone is away on African Nations Cup duty and full-back Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) is a doubt.

Southampton captain Adam Lallana could make his first start in nearly two months when Mauricio Pochettino's side.

The 24-year-old midfielder came on as a substitute in Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Manchester United after recovering from a knee injury and is in contention to start at the DW Stadium.

New signing Vegard Forren was not involved at Old Trafford but could force himself into the squad, although Jose Fonte and Guly Do Prado (both knee) are likely to miss out.

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

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

Fulham v Manchester United, 5:30pm

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov will miss the Barclays Premier League clash against former club Manchester United with a hamstring injury.

The Bulgarian pulled his hamstring in the 3-1 defeat of West Ham and will be out for up to 10 days for the Cottagers, who will also be without Steve Sidwell, Mahamadou Diarra (both knee), Kerim Frei (pelvis) and Kieran Richardson (calf).

AC Milan loanee Urby Emanuelson could make his debut, although fellow deadline-day signings Stanislav Manolev and Eyong Enoh are unavailable as they wait for their work permits.

Alex Ferguson is intending to make changes for Manchester United's trip to Fulham in the Barclays Premier League.

Rio Ferdinand is line for a recall and fellow defender Jonny Evans is back after a hamstring injury.

Ashley Young (knee) is still out as Ferguson's men look to open up a 10-point lead on Manchester City, who do not play until Sunday.

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

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

Sunday 3 February

West Brom v Tottenham, 1:30pm

West Brom will again be without striker Peter Odemwingie for Sunday's game with Tottenham after his hopes of a proposed move to QPR failed to materialise.

The Nigerian international was not considered for Wednesday's game at Everton after his new-born son was readmitted to hospital, but misses out now due to the fall-out from his attempt to move to Loftus Road.

Youssouf Mulumbu is available after returning to The Hawthorns from African Nations Cup duty following DR Congo's exit, but fellow midfielder George Thorne is ruled out with a knee injury.

Striker Jermain Defoe has been passed fit for Tottenham's game at West Brom after overcoming his niggling pelvic injury.

Midfielder Tom Huddlestone (leg) is also fit, but striker Emmanuel Adebayor (African Nations Cup), defender Younes Kaboul (knee) and midfielder Sandro (knee) are all out.

Striker Harry Kane goes back in to the squad following his recall from a loan spell at Norwich while midfielder Lewis Holtby could make his full debut following his transfer from Schalke.

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

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Gallas, Vertonghen, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Dempsey, Parker, Dembele, Huddlestone, Holtby, Bentley, Bale, Defoe, Kane.

Manchester City v Liverpool, 4pm

Manchester City are again without captain Vincent Kompany for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

The champions are hopeful Matija Nastasic (knee), who could only make the bench at QPR in midweek, will be fit to start, otherwise midfielder Javi Garcia may again have to deputise.

Right-back Maicon (knee) is back in training and could soon be available while fellow defender Micah Richards (knee) hopes to return this month. Midfielder Yaya Toure and defender Kolo Toure are still on international duty.

New signing Philippe Coutinho will not be in the squad.

The 20-year-old Brazilian has briefly returned to Milan after Wednesday's switch from Inter and will not return until next week.

Left-back Jose Enrique could start having made his comeback from a hamstring injury in the midweek draw at Arsenal.

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

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

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