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Team news for the weekend's Barclays Premier League ties and FA Cup semi-finals

Updated: Friday, 12 Apr 2013 17:56 | Comments

Chelsea entertain Man City in the FA Cup on Sunday
Chelsea entertain Man City in the FA Cup on Sunday

SATURDAY 13 APRIL

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal v Norwich, 3pm
Norwich will assess the fitness of goalkeeper Mark Bunn (groin) ahead.

Lee Camp is ready to deputise, having come off the bench against Swansea last weekend, while winger Anthony Pilkington should be available again after his hamstring injury.

England goalkeeper John Ruddy will not yet be risked despite having continued his recovery from thigh surgery with 90 minutes in a development match on Monday.

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky faces a fitness test on his hamstring and is rated as 50/50.

England duo Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Theo Walcott (hip/thigh) are ready to return from their injury lay-offs.

Centre-back Per Mertesacker serves a one-match suspension after his red card at West Brom, so captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to return to the defence. Midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Arsenal squad: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Monreal, Cazorla, Ramsey, Gervinho, Rosicky, Arteta, Giroud, Szczesny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jenkinson, Podolski, Gibbs, Miquel, Coquelin, Walcott, Wilshere.

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

Aston Villa v Fulham, 3pm
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is nearing a return to full fitness.

Bent made a brief appearance from the bench last weekend in the 3-1 win over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, but is still short of match sharpness.

Manager Paul Lambert is also keeping an eye on the fitness of defender Ciaran Clark.

He is back on the training ground following a shoulder injury while on international duty for the Republic of Ireland, and providing he suffers no reaction could feature in the travelling squad. Defender Chris Herd and winger Marc Albrighton (both foot) plus defender Richard Dunne (groin) remain on the casualty list.

Fulham midfielder Eyong Enoh will undergo a late fitness test after injuring his ankle against Newcastle last weekend.

Cottagers boss Martin Jol is already without midfielders Steve Sidwell (suspension), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee).

Dejagah will undergo ankle ligament surgery next week, joining Diarra on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

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

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

Everton v QPR, 3pm
QPR are missing striker Bobby Zamora due to suspension.

Zamora will begin his three-game ban as a result of being sent off against Wigan last weekend.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is out after undergoing ankle surgery, but manager Harry Redknapp has otherwise declared a clean bill of health at Loftus Road.Harry Redknapp

Everton midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar both return from suspension.

Manager David Moyes reported a few unnamed players had niggles but nothing too serious.

Full-back Tony Hibbert made his first competitive outing after four months out with a calf problem for the under-21s this week.

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

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

Reading v Liverpool, 3pm
Reading's Jimmy Kebe will miss out because of a groin problem.

Fellow midfielder Hope Akpan is a major doubt for the match because of an ankle injury sustained in last Saturday 2-0 defeat to Southampton.

Royals boss Nigel Adkins said Reading have further niggles, but no other players are expected to be ruled out.

Forward Raheem Sterling will be absent again for Liverpool as the club continue to manage the teenager's thigh injury.

Winger Stewart Downing, who played in last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham despite illness, is now fully recovered.

Forward Fabio Borini and midfielder Joe Allen (both shoulder) are sidelined, as is defender Martin Kelly (knee).

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

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

Southampton v West Ham, 3pm
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino could be without a trio of players.

A virus has sidelined Luke Shaw, Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez and all are now doubts for the visit of the Hammers.

Other than the three players fighting illness, Pochettino has a clean bill of health as his side look for the win that would move them on to 40 points for the season.

West Ham will have on-loan striker Andy Carroll available after he was ineligible for last weekend's goalless draw against parent club Liverpool.

Midfielder Joe Cole (hamstring) and Mark Noble (shoulder) are still sidelined, while defenders Winston Reid (hip) and George McCartney (knee) also remain out.

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.

West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Tomkins, Pogatetz, Collins, Vaz Te, Collison, Jarvis, Diame, Nolan, Taylor, O'Neil, C Cole, Carroll, Chamakh, Henderson, Potts, Maiga.

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL

Millwall v Wigan, 5.15pm
Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter is an injury doubt. Trotter missed Tuesday night's 2-1 npower Championship defeat by Sheffield Wednesday with a knee problem and is rated 50-50 for Wembley by manager Kenny Jackett.Liam Trotter

James Henry could start after proving his fitness as a sub in midweek following a month out with knee ligament damage, but fellow winger Martyn Woolford and on-loan Crystal Palace striker Jermaine Easter are cup-tied.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will be picking from strength for the club's first FA Cup semi-final as the Latics chief reports no fresh injury concerns.

His major selection dilemmas centre around whether to partner James McArthur or Jordi Gomez with James McCarthy in central midfield and if Callum McManaman will be selected ahead of Franco di Santo.

Millwall squad: Forde, M Taylor, Dunne, Shittu, Lowry, Beevers, J Smith, A Smith, Osborne, St Ledger, Malone, Wright, Abdou, Trotter, Feeney, C Taylor, Saville, N'Guessan, Marquis, Batt, Keogh, Hulse.

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

SUNDAY 14 APRIL

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Newcastle v Sunderland, 12.30
New Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio will be without suspended midfielder Craig Gardner.

Gardner collected his 10th booking of the season during last weekend's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea and will sit out the game at St James' Park and Everton's visit to the Stadium of Light.

Di Canio will hope for better news of defender Carlos Cuellar (ankle) and striker Danny Graham (knee), who have trained this week, although frontman Connor Wickham is a doubt with an unspecified knock picked up at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hopeful of having central defender Steven Taylor fit.Steven Taylor

Taylor missed Thursday night's 1-1 Europa League draw with Benfica with a knee problem but could return for the Tyne-Wear showdown, while midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) has shown no ill-effects from his second-half cameo against the Portuguese side.

Pardew was playing his cards close to his chest over injuries with full-back Mathieu Debuchy and midfielder Cheick Tiote working their way back from hamstring problems, but while striker Yoan Gouffran, who was ineligible for the Benfica game, will be back in the squad, defenders Davide Santon (hamstring) and Fabricio Coloccini (back) are expected to miss out once again.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Debuchy, Simpson, S. Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Tiote, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko, Cisse, Gouffran, Ameobi, Campbell.

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

Stoke v Manchester United, 2.05pm
Ashley Young is facing two weeks out with an ankle injury sustained during Monday's defeat to Manchester City.

Jonny Evans (hamstring) should be fit, while skipper Nemanja Vidic (calf) returns to training today. Paul Scholes (knee) is definitely out.

Stoke will check on the fitness of midfielder Matthew Etherington (back) and defender Marc Wilson (back/hamstring).

Both players were forced off in the out-of-form Potters' loss to Aston Villa last weekend.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan has trained this week and is fit to return after a back problem.

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

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

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL

Chelsea v Manchester City, 4pm
Manchester City playmaker David Silva has not yet been ruled out of Sunday's match.

Manager Roberto Mancini will give the Spaniard`s hamstring until the morning of the match to prove his fitness after suffering the injury in Monday's derby defeat of Manchester United.

Striker Sergio Aguero is pushing to return to the starting line-up after two substitute appearances since recovering from a knee injury but is not yet rated fully fit.

Striker Demba Ba has recovered from the ankle injury he sustained against Sunderland last weekend and is available.

Ashley Cole (hamstring) and his fellow England defender Gary Cahill (knee) remain out alongside long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee).

Ryan Bertrand, who missed the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Rubin Kazan because of illness, was back in training today and is available.

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

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

Highlights and analysis of all the day’s action in the Premier League from 8.45pm on Saturday 13 April on RTÉ Two. Repeated on Sunday 14 April on RTÉ One at 08.55am.

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