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English Premier League team news

Updated: Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 09:42 | Comments

English Premier League team news

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Everton v Liverpool, 12.45pm

Everton have reported no fresh injury concerns following the international break.

Defenders Antolin Alcaraz (hernia) and Tony Hibbert (calf) are both available after long lay-offs but unlikely to be thrown straight into the Goodison Park clash.

Striker Arouna Kone (knee) and midfielder Darron Gibson (knee) are long-term casualties.

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

Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique has been ruled out with a knee injury which requires surgery so Aly Cissokho looks set to keep his place for the 221st Merseyside derby.

Striker Daniel Sturridge has been affected by a dead leg but that did not prevent him playing 90 minutes for England against Germany in midweek.

Captain Steven Gerrard is also playing through a hip problem but that will not be enough keep him out.

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

Arsenal v Southampton

Leaders Arsenal will have forward Theo Walcott back from two months out following abdominal surgery.

German defender Per Mertesacker, who scored at Wembley on Tuesday night, has recovered from a virus which ruled him out of the defeat at Manchester United, but midfielder Mathieu Flamini is suspended.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere has returned from international duty with no fresh fitness concerns. Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) all remain sidelined.

Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Giroud, Fabianski, Walcott, Bendtner, Gnabry, Rosicky, Jenkinson, Monreal, Vermaelen.

Jack Cork will miss out for Southampton due to an ankle injury.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been unable to train properly for a week after badly twisting his ankle and will miss the trip to the Emirates Stadium, although it is unclear how much longer he faces out.

Guly do Prado is also absent after undergoing a knee operation, while Gaston Ramirez's fitness will be checked after arriving back from international duty with Uruguay on Friday lunchtime.

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

Fulham v Swansea

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland will miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea because of a sciatic nerve problem.

Right-back Sascha Riether serves the second match of his three-game suspension while Damien Duff and Hugo Rodellega are out with groin problems.

Matthew Briggs is sidelined after undergoing a hernia operation, but 17-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele has been added to the squad as cover.

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

Swansea will again be without Michu and Pablo Hernandez.

Michu will be out until the start of December with his ankle injury while Hernandez has suffered a recurrence of a thigh problem and also remains on the sidelines.

Garry Monk has undergone knee surgery but Ashley Williams has suffered no problems since his return from an ankle problem, while Michel Vorm is back having served a suspension against Stoke.

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

Hull v Crystal Palace

Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor is expected to return after making a speedy recovery from a thigh injury.

Robbie Brady is also expected to return after a hernia problem, but fellow Irish midfielder Stephen Quinn is out after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty.

Robert Koren is available after a foot injury, while long-term absentee Sone Aluko (Achilles injury) is also missing.

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

Midfielder Jonny Williams has recovered from an ankle injury and could play for Crystal Palace.

Midfielder Adlene Guedioura is out after fracturing two ribs and suffering a partly collapsed lung in a collision with West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill earlier this month.

Striker Glenn Murray and defender Jack Hunt remain long-term absentees.

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

Newcastle v Norwich

Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy will miss out due to suspension.

The France international, who helped his country reach the World Cup finals in midweek, will sit out after collecting his fifth booking of the season during the 1-0 win at Tottenham last time out.

Manager Alan Pardew otherwise has a full squad at his disposal with defenders Fabricio Coloccini (groin), Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett (both hamstring) and midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who was given compassionate leave to deal with a personal issue, all back in training.

Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Santon, Haidara, Dummett, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Vuckic, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.

Norwich will again be without record-signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel as the Holland forward recovers from a toe injury.

Winger Anthony Pilkington looks to have shaken off the hamstring problem which ruled him out of international duty with the Republic of Ireland, but goalkeeper Mark Bunn is set for at least a month on the sidelines following a minor ankle operation.

Captain Sebastien Bassong is hoping for a recall after being benched for the win over West Ham. Midfielders Alexander Tettey (ankle) and Elliott Bennett (knee) are both long-term absentees.

Provisional squad: Ruddy, Martin, R Bennett, Turner, Olsson, Snodgrass, Howson, Pilkington, Fer, Redmond, Hooper, Nash, Johnson, Elmander, Becchio, Hoolahan, Bassong, Whittaker.

Stoke v Sunderland

Stoke have doubts over the fitness of Kenwyne Jones and Marc Wilson ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium.

On Friday afternoon, striker Jones had not returned from international duty, meaning Stoke had not had the chance to evaluate a shoulder problem he was reported to have picked up.

Full-back Wilson came back from the Republic of Ireland's two games with a stiff hip and manager Mark Hughes was waiting to see whether he would recover in time.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Shawcross, Pieters, Cameron, Muniesa, Walters, Ireland, Adam, Palacios, Whelan, Arnautovic, Wilson, Nzonzi, Pennant, Etherington, Crouch, Jones, Assaidi.All 3pm except where stated. 

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will make a late check on defender Wes Brown.

The 34-year-old has played the last two and a half games after almost two years on the sidelines, and while he appears to have suffered no ill-effects, Poyet will assess him for the game at the Britannia Stadium.

Full-back Andrea Dossena and midfielder Lee Cattermole both complete three-game bans, but the manager otherwise has a full squad from which to choose.

Provisional 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.

West Ham v Chelsea, 5.30pm

Razvan Rat is doubtful with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty with Romania for West Ham.

Rat's fellow defenders Joey O'Brien and James Collins (both hamstring) are expected to be fit despite withdrawing from duty with the Republic of Ireland and Wales through injury.

Winston Reid (ankle) could be fit and George McCartney (knee) is back in training, but Andy Carroll (heel), Mladen Petric (thigh), Matthew Taylor (thigh) and Alou Diarra (both knee) are absent.

Left-back Ashley Cole is in the squad for Chelsea's Barclays Premier League match at West Ham despite being substituted while on England duty with a recurrence of a rib injury.

Striker Fernando Torres is back in training following an adductor injury sustained in training at the start of the month, but is not yet ready to return.

Midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is out long-term with a knee injury, is the only absentee.

Provisional Squad: Jaaskelainen, Adrian, Demel, O'Brien, Rat, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Potts, Ruddock, Diame, Nolan, Noble, Collison, Downing, J Cole, Morrison, Jarvis, Maiga, C Cole.

Chelsea have included left-back Ashley Cole in their squad despite being substituted while on England duty with a recurrence of a rib injury.

Striker Fernando Torres is back in training following an adductor injury sustained in training at the start of the month, but is not yet ready to return.

Midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is out long-term with a knee injury, is the only absentee.

Provisional Squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Bertrand, Kalas, Beeney.

SUNDAY

Manchester City v Tottenham, 1.30pm

Captain Vincent Kompany (thigh) remains on the sidelines as Manchester City host Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.

Playmaker David Silva and striker Stevan Jovetic (calf) are also still sidelined while it remains to be seen if manager Manuel Pellegrini will restore Joe Hart or retain Costel Pantilimon in goal.

Midfielder Fernandinho and defender Matija Nastasic have recovered from the knocks that ruled them out of the loss at Sunderland a fortnight ago.

Provisional squad: Pantilimon, Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Nastasic, Lescott, Demichelis, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Milner, Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Rodwell, Garcia, Aguero, Negredo, Dzeko.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that striker Emmanuel Adebayor could make his first appearance of the season against old club Manchester City.

Midfielder Christian Eriksen is out for four weeks with an ankle injury while Danny Rose remains sidelined because of a toe problem he suffered in September.

Left-back Zeki Fryers and midfielder Nacer Chadli have recovered from their respective groin and hamstring troubles while Hugo Lloris is fit to return in goal.

Provisional squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dawson, Kaboul, Fryers, Sandro, Capoue, Dembele, Paulinho, Lamela, Lennon, Townsend, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Adebayor, Kane, Defoe, Soldado.

Cardiff v Manchester United, 4pm

Striker Andreas Cornelius returns from an ankle injury for Cardiff.

The Dane has been sidelined for ten weeks since suffering the injury in the Capital One Cup tie against Accrington, but he featured for the Under-21s last week and is available to face the league champions.

Peter Odemwingie has been passed fit after returning from international duty with Nigeria, with Aron Gunnarsson is also in the squad after Iceland's World Cup play-off defeat to Croatia.

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

Manchester United manager David Moyes must decide whether Nemanja Vidic will be fit enough to skipper his team.

Vidic needed hospital treatment after suffering concussion against Arsenal immediately prior to the international break, but has now returned to training.

Michael Carrick (Achilles) and Phil Jones (groin) are definitely out, while Robin van Persie missed the Holland's recent matches with a long-standing toe problem and Marouane Fellaini has a wrist complaint that will eventually require surgery.

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

MONDAY

West Brom v Aston Villa, 8pm

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