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Updated: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 19:59 | Comments

Seamus Coleman and Jordan Henderson at Anfield last season
Seamus Coleman and Jordan Henderson at Anfield last season

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TUESDAY 28 JANUARY

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

Manchester United v Cardiff 7.45pm

Juan Mata is set to make his Manchester United debut at Old Trafford.

The club record £37.1million new arrival could be joined by Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, who are back training again after recent thigh and groin problems.

Marouane Fellaini has also recovered from a broken wrist as United look to claw their way back up the Premier League table after suffering their seventh defeat of the season at Chelsea.

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reports no new injuries other than a couple of minor unspecified knocks.

Defenders Andrew Taylor and Matthew Connolly remain in the sidelines with ankle problems and midfielder Don Cowie has a calf strain.
The Bluebirds are poised to announce the new signings of Fabio from United and Kenwyne Jones from Stoke but neither are likely to play.

Norwich v Newcastle 7.45pm

Norwich will again be without midfielder Jonny Howson (back) and centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring).

On-loan Magpies midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is not available to face his parent club at Carrow Road.

Winger Elliott Bennett has stepped up his rehabilitation following a serious knee injury.

It's unlikely that Yohan Cabaye will be part of the Newcastle squad due to Paris St Germain's continued pursuit.

PA Sport understands that the clubs have reached an agreement in principle over the transfer of the midfielder.  

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy returns after a three-match ban, but striker Papiss Cisse (back) and midfielder Gabriel Obertan (ankle) will miss out as they join skipper Fabricio Coloccini (knee) on the sidelines).

Southampton v Arsenal 7.45pm

Victor Wanyama could return from a seven-week injury lay-off, although Rickie Lambert is a doubt fort the Saints.

Kenyan midfielder Wanyama suffered a hairline fracture to his leg in defeat to Aston Villa on December 4, but is line for a return against the Gunners.

Artur Boruc (hand) should also be back after missing the 2-0 FA Cup defeat of Yeovil, although Lambert (hamstring) will need to be assessed. Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez (both ankle) are definitely absent, as is Dani Osvaldo (club suspension).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is able to welcome three players back into his squad, but may rest Jack Wilshere due to an ankle problem.

Midfielders Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and Mikel Arteta (calf) and defender Thomas Vermaelen (knee) are all back training, although Wenger is not planning on using any of them from the start.

Wojciech Szczesny should return in goal after being rested for the FA Cup win against Coventry, while the same should go for Olivier Giroud who was a substitute in that game.

Swansea v Fulham 7.45pm

David Ngog is available for Swansea's clash with Fulham.

The striker joined from Bolton until the end of the season on Monday and was registered in time to play a part against the Cottagers, although manager Michael Laudrup may opt not to throw him in at the deep end.

Nathan Dyer, Jonathan de Guzman and Jonjo Shelvey could all return as Laudrup's injury worries slowly begin to ease.

Fulham are expected to make a number of changes.

Fulham assistant head coach Ray Wilkins and manager René Meulensteen

A win would take the Cottagers above their opponents in the battle to avoid relegation and Rene Meulensteen is expected to rotate his options once more after giving a number of first-team regulars a rest in Sunday's FA Cup draw at Sheffield United.

Defender Fernando Amorebieta has a knee problem and is a doubt, while John Arne Riise went off in the first half at Bramall Lane and may also be absent.

Crystal Palace v Hull 8pm

Defender Jonny Parr is expected be out as Palace face Hull.

Parr suffered concussion in the FA Cup loss at Wigan.

Jerome Thomas and Kagisho Dikgacoi are still suffering from calf problems and Jack Hunt (ankle) and Glenn Murray (knee) are out.

Shane Long is set to make his Hull debut.

The £6.5million signing from West Brom is fully fit after an ankle knock and could line up alongside fellow newcomer Nikica Jelavic, who has one start under his belt.

James Chester (hamstring) and Sone Aluko (Achilles) remain out, while Danny Graham and Matty Fryatt could be battling for a single spot in the matchday squad.

Liverpool v Everton 8pm

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has a decision to make over whether to include midfielder Joe Allen for the 222nd Merseyside derby.

The Wales international missed the weekend's FA Cup win at Bournemouth with a hamstring injury and although he trained Monday Rodgers is concerned playing him may do more harm than good.

Defender Mamadou Sakho (hamstring) is still two to three weeks away from fitness while Jon Flanagan is set to start after making his comeback as a substitute at the weekend after a month out.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez will make a late call on whether to include loan signing Lacina Traore.

The Ivory Coast international only trained with his new team-mates on Monday and has had a hamstring injury.

Doubts persist over defensive quartet Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Antolin Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman as well as midfielders Ross Barkley and Steven Pienaar.

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