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Team news for the weekend's Barclays Premier League

Updated: Friday, 15 Mar 2013 17:06 | Comments

Everton and Manchester City get the weekend's action underway at 12.40pm
Everton and Manchester City get the weekend's action underway at 12.40pm

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The weekend's Barclays Premier League action starts with a lunchtime kick-off for Manchester City's trip to Everton, while it ends when West Ham meet Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

SATURDAY 16 MARCH

Everton v Manchester City, 12.45pm

Everton will again be without goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Phil Jagielka for the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City at Goodison Park.

Howard broke two bones in his back in the FA Cup fifth-round replay at Oldham last month and Jan Mucha will continue to deputise, while Jagielka is recovering from surgery to repair a cut to his ankle.

Everton boss David Moyes will assess a couple of other players who picked up knocks in the defeat by Wigan last weekend while full-back Tony Hibbert (calf) may not play again this season.

Champions Manchester City are again without captain Vincent Kompany and striker Sergio Aguero.

Defender Kompany, who has missed the last seven games, continues to be troubled by calf issues while Aguero is in Argentina for treatment on the knee problem that has already sidelined him for two matches.

Right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) remain on the long-term casualty list.

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

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

Aston Villa v QPR, 3pm

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no fresh injury worries ahead of the Barclays Premier League relegation clash with QPR at Villa Park.

Striker Darren Bent (foot) and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi (ankle) are still ruled out along with long term casualties Chris Herd, Marc Albrighton, Richard Dunne and Gary Gardner.

Midfielder Fabian Delph will complete a two-game ban after collecting his 10th yellow card of the campaign during the 1-0 home defeat by Manchester City.

Boss Harry Redknapp will be able to call upon key duo Adel Taarabt and Julio Cesar.Julio Cesar

Both players have trained this week after they were absent for last weekend's 3-1 win over Sunderland at Loftus Road with knocks.

Full-back Armand Traore is the only major worry and was due to have a calf injury assessed in training today.

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

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

Southampton v Liverpool, 3pm

Southampton have a clean bill of health heading into tomorrow's clash with Liverpool.

Danny Fox and Steven Davis were the only absentees in last weekend's 0-0 draw at Norwich but could feature for Mauricio Pochettino's side at St Mary's.

Vegard Forren played for the under-21s again on Monday so is a step closer to fitness.

Liverpool will make a late assessment on the fitness of goalkeeper Jose Reina before they travel.

The Spain international missed last weekend's win over Tottenham with a calf injury and manager Brendan Rodgers will decide whether he will be recalled after training.

Midfielder Joe Allen has a shoulder problem but it will not prevent him being included in the squad.

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

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

Stoke v West Brom, 3pm
Stoke are waiting to see whether Matthew Etherington will be fit enough to return to the side.

The winger has missed the last two games with a back problem and is again touch and go while striker Cameron Jerome is likely to be on the bench after being forced off with a knock to his knee in last weekend's defeat by Newcastle.

Defender Robert Huth serves the final game of a three-match ban so full-back Marc Wilson will again deputise alongside captain Ryan Shawcross in the centre.

Striker Shane Long remains doubtful for West Brom.Shane Long

The Republic of Ireland international is still struggling with the ankle injury which kept him out of last weekend's win over Swansea.

Right-back Steven Reid is also doubtful due to a groin problem which also sidelined him for Saturday's 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns. Head coach Steve Clarke has no new injuries to deal with.

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

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

Swansea v Arsenal, 3pm

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is hopeful of having midfielder Leon Britton available.

Britton picked up a hip injury against West Brom last weekend but has made good progress in his recovery, while Luke Moore is set to shake off a calf problem.

Chico Flores (ankle) and Kemy Agustien (thigh) are again absent, but there is encouraging news for Neil Taylor after the left-back made his return from a broken and dislocated ankle for the Under-21s on Thursday.

Arsenal will rest left-back Kieran Gibbs, who has just returned from a thigh injury, while Nacho Monreal is available after being cup-tied in the Champions League.Nacho Monreal

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and captain Thomas Vermaelen are in contention having sat out the 2-0 win in Bayern Munich.

However, England midfielder Jack Wilshere and striker Lukas Podolski (both ankle) are still out, as is full-back Bacary Sagna (knee).

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

Arsenal squad: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Monreal, Rosicky, Cazorla, Arteta, Diaby, Walcott, Giroud, Szczesny, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Arshavin, Coquelin, Miquel.

Manchester United v Reading, 3pm

Nani and Phil Jones both miss out on Manchester United's Barclays Premier League encounter with Reading at Old Trafford.

Winger Nani injured his hamstring against Chelsea last weekend, while the versatile Jones has been out since hurting his ankle in the FA Cup clash with the Royals four weeks ago.

Midfielder Paul Scholes (knee) is also out as United look to maintain their 12-point lead over Manchester City

Reading will again be without Adam Federici and Jimmy Kebe.

Goalkeeper Federici is still sidelined by an ankle problem, meaning third-choice Stuart Taylor will again deputise following last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

That defeat prompted Brian McDermott's dismissal as manager, with the club four points from safety, and caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan will also be without winger Kebe (groin). Pavel Pogrebnyak serves the last part of his three-game ban while fellow striker Jason Roberts (hip) is likely to miss the rest of the season.

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

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

SUNDAY 17 MARCH

Sunderland v Norwich, 1.30pm

Republic of Ireland forward Anthony Pilkington faces two to three weeks out with a hamstring injury and will miss Norwich's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland on Sunday.

Pilkington came off in the first half of last weekend's 0-0 draw with Southampton and was forced out of Republic duty.

Midfielder Alex Tettey (knee) is expected to return following the international break at Wigan on March 30 and England goalkeeper John Ruddy will return to full training at the end of this month, while winger Andrew Surman (knee) is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will make a late check on full-back Danny Rose.

Rose returned to first-team action as a substitute in last weekend's 3-1 defeat at QPR and reported a little tightness in the hamstring which had sidelined him for the previous two games, although he is expected to be available.

Striker Connor Wickham has returned from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday and is in the squad, winger James McClean could figure after illness ruled him out of the game at Loftus Road - but skipper Lee Cattermole is still sidelined by a knee problem.

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

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

Tottenham v Fulham, 3pm
Tottenham forward Gareth Bale returns to the squad after sitting out the trip to Inter Milan due to suspension.

Winger Aaron Lennon should return to the starting line-up after he came off the bench in Milan following his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Former Fulham forward Clint Dempsey (calf) is expected to be available, but defender Younes Kaboul and midfielder Sandro (both knee) are out.

Fulham boss Martin Jol has an unchanged squad for the trip to his old club Tottenham.

Steve Sidwell has shaken off a knock picked up since their last outing, a 2-2 draw against Sunderland a fortnight ago, and trained this morning.

But fellow midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is still missing with a knee injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.

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

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.

Chelsea v West Ham, 4pm
Demba Ba could return up front for Chelsea in place of Fernando Torres.Demba Ba

Ba was ineligible for the Europa League defeat of Steaua Bucharest, when Torres scored the decisive goal, missed a late penalty and suffered a bloody nose.

Frank Lampard, who was an unused substitute against the Romanians, could feature against his former club with the midfielder eyeing his 200th Chelsea goal, while long-term injury victim Oriol Romeu (knee) is the only definite absentee.

West Ham look set to be without captain Kevin Nolan.

Nolan suffered a broken toe in the home defeat to Tottenham last month and is yet to return to training, with Mark Noble (arm) also absent and Joe Cole (hamstring) a major doubt to face his old club.

Matthew Taylor is in contention after recovering from a concussion and defender George McCartney could also be involved after missing three months with a knee problem.

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

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

Wigan v Newcastle, 4pm
Wigan forward Callum McManaman is a doubt as he is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the FA Cup win at Everton.

Winger Ryo Miyaichi has been ruled out for several weeks at least as he requires surgery on ankle ligaments damaged at Goodison Park.

Goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, rested last weekend, is set to return to the starting line-up.

Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is out as he faces up to the prospect of surgery on his hamstring.

The 26-year-old France international will miss the rest of the season if, as manager Alan Pardew fears, he needs an operation on the hamstring he tore in December.

However compatriot Yohan Cabaye has a chance of playing at the DW Stadium despite limping out of Thursday night's 1-0 Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala, while full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran, who are ineligible in Europe, return to the squad.

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

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

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