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Team news for all the weekend's Premier League matches

Updated: Friday, 26 Apr 2013 16:18 | Comments

Wigan entertain Tottenham in desperate need of points for survival
Wigan entertain Tottenham in desperate need of points for survival

SATURDAY 27 APRIL

MANCHESTER CITY v WEST HAM, 12.45pm
West Ham are without defensive pair James Tomkins (calf) and George McCartney (knee).

Midfielder Mark Noble could begin his first game since February after making two successive appearances from the substitutes' bench.

Midfielder Joe Cole, who also came off the bench against Wigan last weekend following his recovery from a hamstring problem, may make his first start since March 2.

Joe Cole

City have David Silva, James Milner and Sergio Aguero all available following hamstring problems.

Playmaker Silva has missed the past three games while striker Aguero was an unused substitute in last weekend's defeat by Tottenham and winger Milner was forced off at half-time in that game.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell has been out for almost two months with his latest hamstring problem but could be available while defenders Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee) are not yet ready for a return to first-team action.

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

West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, O'Brien, Pogatetz, Collins, Vaz Te, Taylor, Jarvis, Noble, J Cole, Collison, Diame, Nolan, O'Neil, Carroll, Henderson, Potts, C Cole, Wellington, Spence.

EVERTON v FULHAM, 3pm
Fulham expect to have winger Damien Duff back from a thigh injury.

Steve Sidwell begins the first of a four-match ban following his red card against Arsenal last weekend, while fellow midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will be available having missed out against his parent club.

Defender Sascha Riether (ankle) is doubtful. Midfielders Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Simon Davies (hip) are sidelined.

Everton manager David Moyes is hopeful defender Phil Jagielka and midfielder Darron Gibson will be fit for the visit of Fulham.

Jagielka missed last weekend's defeat at Sunderland after aggravating an ankle problem while Gibson was substituted at half-time, although Moyes said his injury was not related to his long-term thigh problem.

Forward Victor Anichebe should be fit after complaining of a tight hamstring last week.

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

Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Richardson, Hangeland, Senderos, Manolev, Emanuelson, Frei, Kacaniklic, Petric, Enoh, Ruiz, Berbatov, Frimpong, Duff, Etheridge, Riise, Karagounis, Rodallega, Hughes.

SOUTHAMPTON v WEST BROM, 3pm
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from.

Only midfielder James Ward-Prowse, who suffered an unspecified knock in an Under-21 fixture against the Baggies earlier in the week, is absent.

Forward Guly do Prado returns to the squad after missing the trip to Swansea through illness, while full-back Luke Shaw will be pushing for a recall.

West Brom will be without captain Chris Brunt. The Northern Ireland midfielder picked up a knee injury in the draw with Newcastle and has not recovered in time to feature at St Mary's, but defender Billy Jones should be available despite suffering a gash to his leg against the Magpies.

Chris Brunt

Peter Odemwingie is fit again after a knee problem while midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu serves the final games of a three-match suspension.

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

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

STOKE v NORWICH, 3pm
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has doubts surrounding four players.

Of the quartet, Pulis feels winger Matthew Etherington is the most likely to figure despite ongoing issues with a back problem.

Defender Marc Wilson (hamstring), midfielder Charlie Adam (ankle) and striker Cameron Jerome (ankle) will all have late checks on their fitness.

Central defender Michael Turner misses tomorrow's match and is "touch and go", according to Norwich manager Chris Hughton, for next week's game against Aston Villa after suffering a groin injury against Reading last weekend.

Leon Barnett has been recalled from his loan spell helping Cardiff to promotion as cover for Turner.

Hughton has no other injury problems but will wait to decide whether to include first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy in the squad following his five-month lay-off with a thigh injury.

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

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

WIGAN v TOTTENHAM, 3pm
Jean Beausejour is set to return to the Wigan starting line-up for tomorrow's crucial encounter with Tottenham at the DW Stadium.

Jean Beausejour

With Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) out for three weeks, Beausejour is likely to profit from a defensive reshuffle that is likely to see Maynor Figueroa move back from the wing-back berth he filled at West Ham last weekend.

Wigan are seeking to complete a first ever league double against Spurs and know only three points will take them out of the relegation zone on goal difference from Aston Villa, who are not in action until Monday.

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has recovered from his knee injury and is available.

Forward Gareth Bale and striker Jermain Defoe suffered no reaction to their respective ankle and pelvis problems against Manchester City last Sunday and are fully fit for the trip to the DW Stadium.

Midfielder Sandro (knee) and defensive duo Younes Kaboul (thigh) and William Gallas (calf) are unavailable.

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

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

NEWCASTLE v LIVERPOOL, 5.30pm
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez begins his suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and misses the trip.

Daniel Sturridge, who came on as a substitute to score one and provide the assist for the equaliser in a dramatic 2-2 draw, will take the Uruguay international's place.

Reduced options up front because of Suarez's absence could mean forward Fabio Borini, out since February with a dislocated shoulder but training again, could make the squad.

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote could return to the side for.
Tiote missed the 1-1 draw at West Brom last weekend with a hamstring injury, but resumed training this week and will be available.

Skipper Fabricio Coloccini is also back on the training pitch after a back problem, but he is short of match fitness after seven weeks on the sidelines and is unlikely to start, while midfielder Sylvain Marveaux (groin) is out and full-back Davide Santon (hamstring) may not play again this season along with keeper Tim Krul (shoulder) and utility man Ryan Taylor (cruciate ligament).

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

Liverpool squad: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Sturridge, Coutinho, Jones, Coates, Skrtel, Shelvey, Coady, Assaidi, Borini, Sterling, Morgan.

SUNDAY 28 APRIL

READING v QPR, 1.30pm
QPR winger Andros Townsend is out with a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Adel Taarabt will have a late fitness test on his shoulder injury while striker Bobby Zamora serves the final game of his suspension.

Midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips is out after undergoing ankle surgery and Andrew Johnson is sidelined with a knee problem.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins will still be without a number of first-team players for their bottom of the table clash against QPR.

Hal Robson-Kanu has resumed training following a knee injury but Adam Federici, Hope Akpan (both ankle) and Jimmy Kebe (groin) are still missing.

They join long-term absentee Jason Roberts (hip) on the sidelines as Reading look to hang on to their Barclays Premier League status for at least another week.

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

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

CHELSEA v SWANSEA, 3pm
Demba Ba is likely to return up front as Chelsea continue their pursuit of a top four place.

Demba Ba

Ba is ineligible for European competition and is set to replace Fernando Torres, who started the Europa League semi-final first leg at Basle, while Eden Hazard is in line to face the Swans again after being sent off for kicking a ball boy during February's Capital One Cup semi-final between the teams.

Gary Cahill was an unused substitute in the win in Switzerland and could start in defence following his six-week absence with a knee injury, with Oriol Romeu (knee) the only definite absentee.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has a fully-fit squad to select from.

Neil Taylor could again be on the bench after returning from an eight-month absence from the matchday squad against Southampton last weekend.

Michael Laudrup may once again look to move Michu into the centre-forward position after withdrawing Luke Moore at half-time against the Saints, while Wayne Routledge may also be in line for a recall.

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

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

ARSENAL v MANCHESTER UNITED, 4pm
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud starts a three-match ban against the new league champions.

Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski are both pressing for a central attacking role.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (rib) remains sidelined, while midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Alex Ferguson is expected to freshen up his Manchester United starting line-up for Sunday's trip to Arsenal.

The Barclays Premier League champions are likely to have skipper Nemanja Vidic back, whilst Rio Ferdinand, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are all in contention.

Having revealed earlier this week they played against Aston Villa on Monday despite carrying injuries, Ferguson may elect to rest Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta, Walcott, Podolski, Mannone, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gibbs, Coquelin.

Manchester 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.

MONDAY 29 APRIL

Aston Villa v Sunderland, 8pm
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has no fresh injury concerns for the clash with fellow strugglers Sunderland at Villa Park.

Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor played the full 90 minutes in their defeat by Manchester United on his return from a groin injury, leaving Lambert with only long-term absentees to worry about.

Midfielder Gary Gardner is working his way back to fitness after missing most of the season with knee ligament damage while Chris Herd, Marc Albrighton (both foot) and Richard Dunne (groin) remain sidelined.

Craig Gardner will return to the Sunderland squad for the vital Barclays Premier League trip to former club Aston Villa.

The defender missed the victories over Newcastle and Everton through suspension after reaching 10 bookings for the campaign, but is available once again.

Fellow full-back Phil Bardsley is fighting to shake off the ankle problem which kept him out of the 1-0 win over the Toffees last weekend, but strike Connor Wickham will miss out once again with a calf injury, as will long-term absentees Lee Cattermole (knee) and Steven Fletcher (ankle).

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.

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

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