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EPL team news: Flamini may return at Old Trafford

Updated: Saturday, 09 Nov 2013 10:26 | Comments

Arsenal travel to Old Trafford on Sunday
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford on Sunday

SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER (3pm)

Aston Villa v Cardiff

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is again bereft of several players through injury ahead of the tie at home to Cardiff. 

Andreas Weimann and Antonio Luna (both hamstring), Gabriel Agbonlahor (ankle) and Joe Bennett (back) are sidelined, along with long-term casualties Jores Okore (knee), Gary Gardner (back) and Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles). 

The only bright spot for Lambert is Fabian Delph could return after missing last weekend's goalless draw at West Ham through illness. 

Fabian Delph

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay must decide whether to tinker with his derby-winning line-up.

Mackay may decide to rest Craig Bellamy after the striker's exertions in the victory over Swansea, and could also be tempted to restore Aron Gunnarsson to his side.

Striker Andreas Cornelius remains the lone absentee due to an ankle injury.

Cardiff squad: Marshall, Connolly, Taylor, Caulker, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Cowie, Medel, Campbell, Brayford, Kim, Smith, Gestede, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Odemwingie, Mason, Maynard, Lewis, Moore, Bellamy, Theophile-Catherine.

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Steer, Baker, Vlaar, Clark, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Herd, Sylla, Tonev, Kozak, Helenius, Benteke, Bowery, Johnson.

Chelsea v West Brom

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Eden Hazard will be available for the visit of the Baggies.

The Belgium international was dropped from the squad to face Schalke after missing a training session earlier in the week but Mourinho will welcome him back in to contention.

The Blues will still be without Fernando Torres, with the forward not expected to be back until after the international break, while Ryan Bertrand is available once again. Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.

West Brom winger Scott Sinclair is unlikely to be back from a recent hamstring injury.

Striker Victor Anichebe has fully recovered from a hamstring problem but fellow forward Nicolas Anelka is doubtful with a groin issue ahead of the Stamford Bridge clash.

Right-back Billy Jones (hamstring) joins Zoltan Gera and Ben Foster on the absentee list after suffering the injury in last weekend's win over Crystal Palace.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cole, Bertrand, Luiz, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Ramires, Lampard, Willian, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Eto'o. 

West Brom squad: Myhill, Daniels, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Berahino, Anichebe, Dorrans, Morrison, Long, Brunt, Vydra, Dawson, Anelka, Lugano, Popov, Reid, Amalfitano, Sinclair.

Crystal Palace v Everton

Midfielder Adlene Guedioura will be missing from Crystal Palace's clash with Everton after being ruled out for at least six weeks.

The Algeria international collided with West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill last weekend, fracturing two ribs and suffering a partly collapsed lung.

Midfielder Jonny Williams (ankle) is back in full training after recovering more quickly than expected from a knee injury, while defender Paddy McCarthy is edging closer to a first-team return. Palace striker Glenn Murray and defender Jack Hunt remain long-term absentees.

A knee operation has ruled out Everton striker Arouna Kone for much of the rest of the season, but manager Roberto Martinez has no new injury concerns.

Midfielder Darron Gibson is making good progress from his own cruciate ligament surgery. 

Darron Gibson

Centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is nearing inclusion in the first-team squad for the first time after a slow recovery from hernia and hamstring problems. 

Crystal Palace squad: Speroni, Price, Ward, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney, Mariappa, Dikgacoi, Thomas, Jedinak, Campana, Bannan, Bolasie, O'Keefe, Puncheon, Kebe, Gayle, Jerome, Phillips, Chamakh.

Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Barkley, Lukaku, Robles, Heitinga, Oviedo, Stones, Naismith, Osman, Jelavic, Deulofeu.

Liverpool v Fulham

Glen Johnson is fit to return for the visit of Fulham after illness ruled him out of last weekend's defeat at Arsenal. 

Fellow full-back Jose Enrique has missed the last three matches with a knee problem but has trained this week and is back in contention.

After his first 45 minutes' action in nearly seven weeks after a shoulder operation playmaker Philippe Coutinho is pushing for a starting place.

Right-back Sascha Riether misses Fulham's trip to Anfield as he starts his three-match suspension after being found guilty of violent conduct by the FA for stamping on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj.

Striker Hugo Rodellega will be out for five to six weeks with a muscle injury in his left leg and defender Matthew Briggs will be sidelined for another six weeks following his hernia operation.

Meanwhile, manager Martin Jol will wait on the fitness of central defender Brede Hangeland (sciatic nerve) and attacking midfielder Bryan Ruiz (back) before naming his final squad.

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Johnson, Gerrard, Lucas, Enrique, Henderson, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge, Jones, Agger, Kelly, Cissokho, Allen, Moses, Sterling.

Fulham squad: Stekelenburg, Senderos, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Richardson, Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Kasami, Ruiz, Berbatov, Kacaniklic, Stockdale, Karagounis, Hughes, Taarabt, Boateng, Bent, Banya.

Southampton v Hull

Guly do Prado will be out for two months after undergoing a knee operation, but Dani Osvaldo could be available for Southampton's clash with Hull.

Dani Osvaldo

Do Prado has missed recent games with a knee complaint and underwent surgery on Wednesday, ruling him out of the rest of 2013.

However, Saints could welcome back club record signing Osvaldo, who will be assessed after struggling with a nerve issue down his side.

Hull forward Sone Aluko has torn his left Achilles tendon and will start a long road to recovery.Tigers boss Steve Bruce may also have to make do without top-scorer Robbie Brady, who has yet to fully recover from a hernia operation, while James Chester (hamstring) and goalkeeper Allan McGregor (hip/thigh) remain out.

Striker Danny Graham is back in contention after missing out against parent club Sunderland last weekend and defenders Abdoulaye Faye and Alex Bruce are back to fitness. 

Southampton squad: Boruc, K Davis, Clyne, Chambers, Shaw, Fox, Lovren, Fonte, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Cork, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, Wanyama, S Davis, Lallana, Ramirez, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez, Osvaldo. 

Hull squad: Harper, Jakupovic, McShane, Faye, Figueroa, Bruce, Davies, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Boyd, Quinn, Brady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Koren, Sagbo, Gedo, Graham.

Norwich v West Ham, 5.30pm

Norwich expect to have Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass available following concussion for the game at Carrow Road.

Midfielder Nathan Redmond is a doubt because of a hip problem, while record-signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel remains out with a foot injury.

Midfielders Alexander Tettey (ankle) and Elliott Bennett (knee) are both long-term absentees.

West Ham news to follow...

Norwich squad: Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Fer, Pilkington, Hooper, Bunn, R Bennett, Hoolahan, Garrido, Becchio, Whittaker, Josh Murphy, Elmander, Redmond.

SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER

Tottenham v Newcastle, 12pm

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will start Sunday's tie at home to Newcastle.

Hugo Lloris

The France captain played on in the 0-0 draw at Everton despite being knocked unconscious and Villa-Boas will recall his number one after resting him for the 2-1 Europa League win over Sheriff.

A number of other players can expect recalls but Danny Rose (toe), Sandro (hamstring), Zeki Fryers (groin) and Emmanuel Adebayor (foot) are all likely to miss out.

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini could return to the starting line-up.

The central defender has missed the last four games with a groin injury, and his absence has coincided with that of Steven

Taylor, who is not expected back from his hamstring problem until after the break for international matches. 

However, midfielder Cheick Tiote, who limped of against Chelsea last weekend with a muscle strain, is expected to resume at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Dembele, Holtby, Lennon, Lamela, Eriksen, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Bentaleb, Chadli, Defoe, Soldado, Kane.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Vuckic, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi

Sunderland v Manchester City, 2.05pm

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will again be without suspended duo Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena.

The midfielder and the full-back will both serve the second match of a three-game suspension following their dismissals at Hull last weekend.

Keeper Keiren Westwood is available again after sitting out the 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Southampton with a head injury, but he may face a battle to oust deputy Vito Mannone, while full-back Ondrej Celustka is fit despite hobbling off against the Saints.

Man City news to follow...

Sunderland squad: Westwood, Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Brown, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cabral, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Mavrias, Fletcher, Altidore, Borini, Ji.

Man Utd v Arsenal, 4.10pm

Arsenal will check on the fitness of England midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle).

Jack Wilshere

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is set to return to full training following his groin injury and so could feature at Old Trafford.

Theo Walcott (abdominal surgery), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) remain sidelined.

United striker Danny Welbeck has been ruled out. Welbeck has been missing with a knee injury since the middle of October and manager David Moyes has confirmed the 22-year-old will not recover in time to face the leaders.

Jonny Evans may return after a back problem, whilst Robin van Persie will almost certainly face his old club despite missing a penalty following his introduction as a substitute into the midweek Champions League draw with Real Sociedad.

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

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Arteta, Giroud, Fabianski, Gnabry, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Bendtner, Monreal, Wilshere, Flamini.

Swansea City v Stoke City, 4.10pm

Swansea will be without goalkeeper Michel Vorm as the Dutchman serves a one-match ban following his red card at Cardiff.

Gerhard Tremmel will deputise for Vorm, while Jonjo Shelvey should return having missed the Europa League trip to Kuban Krasnodar due to personal reasons.

Michu and Pablo Hernandez remain on the sidelines with ankle and thigh problems respectively, while Jordi Amat is pushing to partner Ashley Williams at the heart of the Swans' defence.

Stoke news to follow...

Swansea squad: Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Bony, Dyer, Lamah, Routledge, Tiendalli, De Guzman, Canas, Rangel, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Davies, Zabret.

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