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Weekend Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 01 Mar 2013 15:08 | Comments

Rafael Benitez is short of support at Stamford Bridge these days
Rafael Benitez is short of support at Stamford Bridge these days

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All matches 3pm unless stated

SATURDAY 2 MARCH

CHELSEA v WEST BROM
West Brom
could be without their two frontline strikers for the trip to London.

On-loan Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to face his parent club and forward partner Shane Long is a doubt with the ankle injury suffered against Sunderland and has been unable to train so far this week.

Left-back Goran Popov will complete a three-game ban for his red card against Tottenham. Head coach Steve Clarke has included 16-year-old midfielder Isaiah Brown, who is still at school, in his squad.

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun, a key ally of under-pressure interim manager Rafael Benitez, is out of tomorrow's match.

Gary Cahill (virus) and Cesar Azpilicueta (leg) are available again after missing the midweek FA Cup win at Middlesbrough.

Oriol Romeu (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Cole, Bertrand, Luiz, Terry, Ake, Oscar, Mata, Moses, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Marin, Torres, Ba.

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

EVERTON v READING
Reading will be without suspended striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. 

The Russia forward was sent off during last weekend's 3-0 home defeat against Wigan and will be missing for the Royals' next three games.

Veteran striker Jason Roberts (hip) is still absent and admitted during the week he has no idea when he will be fit enough to return. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) also misses out.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is a slight doubt. The American sustained a knock in the midweek FA Cup fifth round replay victory over Oldham and will be assessed late on.

Forward Victor Anichebe is another who may not be fit enough to return, having not played since mid-February, but midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be back after sitting out the cup match with a minor injury.

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

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

MANCHESTER UNITED v NORWICH
Norwich will again be without midfielder Alex Tettey because of a knee injury.

On-loan Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara is pressing for a place in the starting XI after coming off the bench to score in the win over Everton.Kei Kamara

Winger Andrew Surman (knee) remains out, while England goalkeeper John Ruddy continues his rehabilitation from thigh surgery and is set for a return at the end of March.

Robin van Persie will be in the Man United squad.

Van Persie hurt his hip when he crashed into a TV camera at QPR on Saturday but has recovered and will come into contention.

Ryan Giggs is set to make his 1,000th career appearance but Paul Scholes (knee) and Phil Jones (ankle) are sidelined, although the latter man could be fit for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

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

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

SOUTHAMPTON v QPR
Several Southampton players will be looking for a recall to the starting line-up.

Gaston Ramirez and Jason Puncheon both came off the bench in last weekend's 4-2 loss at Newcastle and will be hoping to regain starting berths.

Jose Fonte was also named among the substitutes at St James' Park - his first involvement since sustaining a knee injury in the FA Cup tie against Chelsea on January 5. Recent signing Vegard Forren is still waiting for his debut.

QPR striker Bobby Zamora will miss out.

The 32-year-old striker picked up an ankle injury in last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United, meaning Loic Remy could start for the first time since January 29.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp does not have many other injury concerns to contend with, although defender Tal Ben Haim is struggling with a hip flexor problem.

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

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

STOKE CITY v WEST HAM
Stoke will be missing Robert Huth as the centre-back begins the three-match suspension handed to him earlier this week by the Football Association.

Huth will serve the ban after accepting a violent conduct charge from the FA relating to an incident in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Fulham, where he caught Philippe Senderos in the face with his forearm.

Either Marc Wilson or Geoff Cameron, both of whom usually play at full-back for the Potters, is set to cover in the middle of defence alongside skipper Ryan Shawcross.

Midfielder Steven Nzonzi will be wearing a protective face mask if he features having broken his nose in the match at Craven Cottage, while winger Matthew Etherington (back) and striker Michael Owen (thigh) will undergo late fitness tests.

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is ruled out with a broken toe.

A foot injury was exacerbated in Monday's 3-2 loss to Tottenham and West Ham hope his absence will be temporary, while his fellow midfielder Mark Noble is doubtful with an arm problem which saw him miss the Spurs loss.Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan

Guy Demel is fit despite going off in the latter stages of the loss to Tottenham, while George McCartney (knee) is continuing his comeback and is unlikely to feature.

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

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

SUNDERLAND v FULHAM
Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole is facing several weeks on the sidelines as he attempts to shake off a knee injury.

The 24-year-old midfielder will miss the clash with Fulham at the Stadium of Light after having an injection in the knee, with manager Martin O'Neill admitting surgery may be required if that does not solve the problem.

Full-back Danny Rose is expected to return to training next week after aggravating a hamstring strain which has been treated at parent club Tottenham.

Fulham's Simon Davies has overcome a knee injury and could play his first game in almost a year. 

Fellow midfielders Kerim Frei and Kieran Richardson have recovered from their respective pelvis and calf injuries but Mahamadou Diarra (knee) is out.

Young midfielder Buomesca Tue Na Banga and Ajax loanee Eyong Enoh are also available after knee injuries.

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

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

SWANSEA v NEWCASTLE
Michael Laudrup is set to return Ki Sung-yueng to his regular midfield role for Swansea.

The Korean played at centre-half in the Capital One Cup final win over Bradford, but Kyle Bartley or Garry Monk will partner Ashley Williams against the Magpies.

Michel Vorm is likely to return in goal if he can shake off the flu while Neil Taylor is getting closer to a return from a broken ankle.

Newcastle could be without captain Fabricio Coloccini for the trip to Wales.

The Argentinian hurt his back during Sunday's 4-2 win over Southampton and is struggling to be fit for the trip to south Wales. January signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could take over at the back.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot will continue to deputise for Tim Krul, who is expected to be sidelined for up to five weeks by the ankle injury he suffered at Metalist Kharkiv last week, while winger Hatem Ben Arfa may travel despite being short of match fitness after recovering from a hamstring tear which has ruled him out since December 10.

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

Newcastle squad: Elliot, Alnwick, Debuchy, Santon, Simpson, Haidara, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Tiote, Anita, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko, Gosling, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v LIVERPOOL (5.30pm) 
Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz could be back in contention to start against Liverpool.Antolin Alcaraz

The Paraguay international played for the last seven minutes of last week's win at Reading after a six-month lay-off with a groin injury.

Fellow defender Emmerson Boyce also came through his comeback from hamstring trouble unscathed and winger Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) is close to returning after three months out.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is carrying a knock and will be assessed ahead of the match.

With no game last weekend the Reds have had plenty of time to get over any niggling problems and centre-back Martin Skrtel is fit again after a knee injury, although he is likely to be on the bench.

Forward Fabio Borini (shoulder) and defender Martin Kelly (knee) are the only two first-team players currently sidelined.

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

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

SUNDAY 3 MARCH

TOTTENHAM v ARSENAL (4pm)
Arsenal will be without defender Bacary Sagna (knee).

Midfielder Abou Diaby is rated as 50/50 with a calf problem.
Defender Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh injury.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has recovered from an ankle injury and is in contention.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas must decide whether to start the striker or risk Emmanuel Adebayor, who was sent off after 18 minutes of the reverse fixture in November.

Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone are all absent with knee injuries while Clint Dempsey is also missing due to a calf problem.

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

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

MONDAY 4 MARCH

ASTON VILLA v MANCHESTER CITY (8pm)
Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar is battling to overcome the calf injury, which forced him out of last weekend's game at Arsenal, in time for Monday's clash with City.

Vlaar was unable to train during the earlier part of the week but the Dutch international defender was able to take some part yesterday and he will be assessed over the weekend.

Striker Darren Bent remains doubtful with a foot injury but keeper Shay Given has recovered from a groin problem in time to be part of the squad to face his former club.Shay Given

Manchester City are again likely to be without defender and captain Vincent Kompany.

The Belgium international has missed the last five games with a calf injury and looks more likely to return in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Barnsley next week.

Midfielder Gareth Barry (ankle) is back in contention to face his old club but right-backs Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee) remain on the sidelines.

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

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.

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