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Weekend's Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 08 Feb 2013 15:11 | Comments

Ireland international James McClean is nursing an ankle injury and may not be fit to face Arsenal
Ireland international James McClean is nursing an ankle injury and may not be fit to face Arsenal

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All games 3pm unless stated

Highlights: Premier Soccer Saturday, RTÉ Two, 8pm

Tottenham v Newcastle, 12.45pm

Tottenham will test Emmanuel Adebayor's fitness today before deciding whether he goes straight back in to the starting line-up.

Adebayor has been at the African Nations Cup for almost a month, but manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes he will come through today's training session as his only other recognised striker Jermain Defoe is out with an ankle injury.

Midfielder Sandro and defender Younes Kaboul (both knee) are unavailable, although the latter will start training again on Monday with a view to being fit in a fortnight.

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

Midfielder Cheick Tiote could return for Newcastle.

The 26-year-old, who has missed the last five games because he has been on African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast, is available once again after his country's quarter-final exit last weekend.

However, Hatem Ben Arfa's return from a hamstring problem has been delayed by a virus which has cost him a week's training, and he is unlikely to be ready for selection until the end of the month.

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

Chelsea v Wigan

Captain John Terry is out of Chelsea's Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan tomorrow after suffering inflammation of his knee.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech (finger) and Demba Ba (broken nose) are expected to be fit, with the striker in line to play with a protective face mask, while Eden Hazard is available again after serving his three-match ban for his dismissal in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Swansea.

David Luiz is available following a calf injury, meaning only John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, who are at the African Nations Cup with Nigeria, and long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee) are out.

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

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell is rated at 50/50 to be fit.

The defender pulled out of Scotland's midweek friendly with a recurrence of a hip problem and manager Roberto Martinez admits he is a doubt for the Stamford Bridge clash.

Fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is still edging his way back from a groin problem, Emmerson Boyce and Adrian Lopez are still nursing hamstring injuries but Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone has returned from the African Nations Cup and is fit, if a little underweight according to Martinez.

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

Norwich v Fulham

Norwich manager Chris Hughton describes midfielders Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey as "touch and go".

Pilkington and Tettey are suffering from hamstring and knee problems respectively although defender Ryan Bennett is fit again and Hughton reported a clean bill of health after his players returned from the midweek internationals.

Meanwhile, loan signing striker Kei Kamara has commenced training following his move from Sporting Kansas City in the MLS but lacks match practice and Hughton will delay assessing whether he might feature against the Cottagers.

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

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov faces a fitness test on his hamstring.

Urby Emanuelson could make his first start if the Bulgarian misses out, while Martin Jol is still to assess the fitness of his 12 players who spent midweek on international duty, with Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz only expected to return on the eve of the trip to Carrow Road.

Steve Sidwell (knee) and Kieran Richardson (calf) are available again, new signings Stanislav Manolev and Eyong Enoh are unlikely to feature after being made to wait for their work permits, while Mahamadou Diarra (both knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) remain out.

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

Stoke v Reading 

New signing Brek Shea could be in line to make his Stoke debut in tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Reading at the Britannia Stadium.

Shea is eligible to play in the game after the formalities of his move from FC Dallas were completed this week and Potters boss Tony Pulis will now assess the fitness of the 22-year-old United States winger, who has been recovering from a foot operation.

It remains to be seen whether or not full-back Marc Wilson will be involved after he made his playing comeback from a broken leg in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.

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

Reading forward Noel Hunt is back in contention for the Royals.

Hunt has missed the last two Barclays Premier League games with an unspecified injury but is in the squad that will travel to the Britannia Stadium.

Manager Brian McDermott will be hoping Jamaica international trio Adrian Mariappa, Jobi McAnuff and Garath McCleary will have returned unscathed following a midweek draw in Mexico.

Experienced striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) remain sidelined.

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

Sunderland v Arsenal 

Sunderland winger James McClean is almost certainly out.

The 23-year-old, who has not started the last three games, injured his ankle on Republic of Ireland duty in midweek and is unlikely to make the game.

However, defender Carlos Cuellar could be back from the hamstring problem which has sidelined him since January 5, although the Gunners' trip to the Stadium of Light could come too soon for midfielder Lee Cattermole (knee), despite his return to training.

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

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny faces a fitness test on his calf injury but captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) has been ruled out.

Midfielders Aaron Ramsey (calf) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring) should be available, along with England forward Theo Walcott (foot).

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho is back from the African Nations Cup, but is not yet expected to feature. Left-back Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh problem.

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

Swansea v QPR

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup hopes to have goalkeeper Michel Vorm back from injury.

The Dutchman has been struggling with a knee problem but looks set to return to the starting line-up, but midfielder Leon Britton is doubtful with the knee injury he sustained in last weekend's defeat at West Ham.

Kemy Agustien is back in training after an ankle problem but this game is likely to come a too soon for the midfielder, while Neil Taylor (broken leg) remains sidelined.

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

QPR striker Loic Remy is touch and go for the game. 

The France international suffered a groin strain prior to last weekend's draw with Norwich but has recovered well and could be involved in south Wales.

Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring complaint, while Samba Diakite is still away with the Mali national team at the African Nations Cup.

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

Southampton v Man City 5.30pm

Southampton left-back Luke Shaw is a doubt.

The 17-year-old picked up a ligament issue ahead of his England Under-21s debut against Sweden in midweek, while fellow full-back Nathaniel Clyne, another to drop out of the Young Lions' squad, may also be unavailable.

Gaston Ramirez and Guly do Prado are also possibly out, while Jose Fonte is sidelined. Adam Lallana could make his first start since suffering a knee injury on 8 December and January acquisition Vegard Forren could make his debut.

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

Yaya Toure will return to the Manchester City line-up for tomorrow's trip to Southampton.

Toure, and brother Kolo, are back at City earlier than expected after Ivory Coast failed to get past the last eight of the African Nations Cup.

Skipper Vincent Kompany (calf) could also make his comeback as the Blues look to end a run of two successive draws.

Man City squad: Hart, Nielsen, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, K Toure, Nastastic, Clichy, Milner, Sinclair, Kolarov, Y Toure, Garcia, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Rodwell, Dzeko, Tevez, Aguero.

SUNDAY

Aston Villa v West Ham, 1.30pm

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has recovered from an ankle injury after a two-game absence.

Fellow midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has also shaken off a knock to the knee sustained during the 3-3 draw at Everton last weekend.

Villa manager Paul Lambert will run a fitness check over a third midfielder in Ashley Westwood, who is currently suffering from illness, but hopes of a return for defender Richard Dunne have been dashed by a recurrence of his groin problem.

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

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns.

Defensive duo James Collins (hamstring) and George McCartney (knee) are still out but all of the Hammers' internationals returned from midweek duty unscathed.

Modibo Maiga is back at the club following Mali's exit from the African Cup of Nations but is unlikely to feature.

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

Manchester United v Everton, 4pm

Ashley Young returns to the Manchester United squad after a five-match absence.

Young has been sidelined by a knee injury but bolsters the Red Devils' wide options ahead of the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.

Phil Jones (shingles) and Michael Carrick (hip) have both recovered from the problems which prevented them reporting for international duty this week.

Man United squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Ferdinand, Jones, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Scholes, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Nani, Valencia, Hernandez, Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie.

Everton boss David Moyes is optimistic midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be available for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Fellaini, who has been nursing a hip injury, did not feature in Belgium's 2-1 win over Slovakia on Wednesday and will be assessed by the Toffees ahead of the United game, with Moyes saying he thinks the 25-year-old will be "okay" to play.

Phil Jagielka is expected to be involved despite sitting out England's 2-1 victory against Brazil, while fellow defenders Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) remain sidelined.

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

MONDAY 

Liverpool v West Brom, 8pm

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be assessed over the weekend to determine whether he is fit enough to face West Brom on Monday.

The England international pulled out of the midweek friendly against Brazil with a thigh problem sustained in last weekend's draw at Manchester City.

Winger Raheem Sterling, who also withdrew from international duty, is fit while new signing Philippe Coutinho has had his first week of training after his move from Inter Milan but may require more time.

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

West Brom left-back Goran Popov will start a three-match suspension after being sent off for spitting at Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.

Baggies midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is in contention to return to the starting line-up for the first time since 1 January after returning to training this week following a knee problem.

Head coach Steve Clarke has to decide whether to recall striker Peter Odemwingie, who was left out against Spurs after the collapse of his transfer deadline day move to QPR.

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

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