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EPL team news: Arsenal host United

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 08:29 | Comments

Arsenal and Manchester United meet following disappointing results over the weekend
Arsenal and Manchester United meet following disappointing results over the weekend

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ARSENAL v MANCHESTER UNITED 7.45pm

Arsenal will have forward Yaya Sanogo available again following five months out with a back injury.

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini serves the last of his three-match ban, while Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and deadline-day loan signing Kim Kallstrom (back) are not fit along with defender Thomas Vermaelen (calf).

Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Cazorla, Wilshere, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Giroud, Fabianski, Monreal, Rosicky, Podolski, Jenkinson, Gnabry, Sanogo.

Phil Jones and Marouanne Fellaini are set to miss out for United.

Jones sat out Sunday's draw with Fulham after picking up a calf injury, while Fellaini has still not recovered from the groin problem he sustained last week.

Adnan Januzaj

Jonny Evans (calf) is also set to miss out, whilst Adnan Januzaj could make his first Premier League start for almost a month.

Man United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Mata, Carrick, Fletcher, Cleverley, Giggs, Young, Januzaj, Rooney, Van Persie, Hernandez, Welbeck.

EVERTON v CRYSTAL PALACE 7.45pm

On-loan striker Lacina Traore is set to make his Everton debut against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday but it will be from the bench.

The Monaco forward was an unused substitute in Sunday's defeat at Tottenham but manager Roberto Martinez is keen to give him some pitch time at home.

Fellow on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is still a week away from fitness while defender Antolin Alcaraz has returned to training but will not be match-ready until the start of March.

Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Naismith, Robles, Hibbert, Stones, McGeady, Osman, Deulofeu, Traore.

Crystal Palace have no fresh fitness concerns ahead of their trip to Everton.

Tom Ince and fellow new signing Joe Ledley scored in Saturday's defeat of West Brom, while defender Scott Dann also made his debut in the fixture.

Striker Glenn Murray (knee) and winger Jerome Thomas (calf) came off the bench at Selhurst Park after long injury absences, with both again likely to be substitutes at Goodison Park.

Crystal Palace squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Gabbidon, Moxey, Mariappa, Delaney, Dann, McCarthy, Ward, Parr, Murray, Thomas, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Ledley, O'Keefe, Bannan, Williams, Bolasie, Ince, Puncheon, Gayle, Jerome, Chamakh, Wilbraham.

MANCHESTER CITY v SUNDERLAND 7.45pm

City defender Matija Nastasic (knee) has joined the club's injury list.

The Serbian is not expected to be out long but misses Wednesday's contest at the Etihad Stadium along with striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring), playmaker Samir Nasri (knee) and midfielders Fernandinho and Javi Garcia (muscle injuries).

Key midfielder Yaya Toure is available after escaping retrospective punishment following an off-the-ball incident involving Norwich's Ricky van Wolfswinkel last weekend.

Man City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Demichelis, Lescott, Boyata, Kolarov, Clichy, Navas, Milner, Silva, Toure, Rodwell, Negredo, Dzeko, Jovetic.

Sunderland defender Wes Brown will miss out through suspension.

The 34-year-old central defender will sit out both Wednesday's visit to the Etihad Stadium and Saturday's FA Cup fifth round tie against Southampton after being sent off for the second time this season - a further red card was later rescinded in November - in the 2-0 home defeat by Hull at the weekend.

January signing Santiago Vergini is likely to deputise, while fellow defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) and striker Steven Fletcher (Achilles) continue to work their way back to fitness, along with goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder), who remains on the long-term casualty list.

Sunderland squad: Mannone, Ustari, Celustka, Alonso, Bardsley, O'Shea, Vergini, Roberge, Bridcutt, Cattermole, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Mavrias, Colback, Altidore, Borini, Scocco.

NEWCASTLE v TOTTENHAM 7.45pm

Newcastle striker Loic Remy will complete his three-match ban as Tottenham visit St James' Park.

Loic Remy

Alan Pardew's leading scorer has already missed the defeats by Sunderland and Chelsea and will be available once again for the home clash with Aston Villa on February 23.

Pardew also has injury problems, with central defender Fabricio Coloccini (knee), full-back Mathieu Debuchy (calf), midfielders Cheick Tiote (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (knee) and Gael Bigirimana (ankle) and strikers Yoan Gouffran (muscle strain) and Papiss Cisse (back) all doubts, although Gouffran and Cisse are close to returns.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Santon, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Dummett, Haidara, Anita, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Gosling, De Jong, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has no fresh injury concerns.

Sandro (calf) and Vlad Chriches (back) remain sidelined and Sherwood also confirmed Erik Lamela has suffered a set-back in his recovery from a thigh strain and will also be missing.

Andros Townsend will be pushing for a start after returning from the bench in the win against Everton following a lay-off with a hamstring injury.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose, Fryers, Dembele, Capoue, Eriksen, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Chadli, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Soldado, Adebayor, Kane, Defoe.

STOKE v SWANSEA 7.45pm

Stoke manager Mark Hughes could again be without a number of key players.

Striker Marko Arnautovic remains doubtful with an ankle injury after missing Saturday's 2-2 draw at Southampton where fellow forward Oussama Assaidi picked up a hamstring knock late on.

Hughes continues to be without Robert Huth with a knee injury, but Marc Wilson is poised to return after illness, while Andy Wilkinson and Matthew Etherington are also closing in on returns.

Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Cameron, Muniesa, Shotton, Whelan, Adam, Palacios, Ireland, Assaidi, Nzonzi, Arnautovic, Walters, Crouch, Guidetti, Odemwingie, Wilkinson, Etherington.

Jonjo Shelvey is set to miss the trip to Stoke as the midfielder continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

Forward Michu has a chance of featuring, but may not be risked as he closes in on a return from ankle surgery. Marvin Emnes is available, despite suffering a slight hamstring injury in Saturday's victory over Cardiff.

Pablo Hernandez is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to have a hand in all three goals against the Bluebirds.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Michu, Bony, Hernandez, Dyer, Cornell, Lamah, Routledge, Tiendalli, De Guzman, Canas, Rangel, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Richards, Ngog, Emnes.

FULHAM v LIVERPOOL 8pm

New recruit Kostas Mitroglou misses out on making his Fulham debut due to injury.

The Greek striker is struggling with a knee problem while defender Fernando Amorebieta remains sidelined for Fulham's Barclays Premier League home meeting with the Reds.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is expected to make few changes from the squad that pulled off an impressive 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Fulham squad: Stekelenburg, Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise, Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Jorgensen, Richardson, Holtby, Bent, Hangeland, Kaciniklic, Stockdale, Duff, Parker, Tankovic, Cole.

Liverpool defenders Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson both returned to training this week but this match may come too soon for a return.

Agger (calf) has missed the last six matches while Johnson has been out since mid-January with ankle and groin problems.

Portugal Under-21 midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira could be included in the travelling party to freshen up the squad after training with the first team recently.

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Flanagan, Skrtel, Toure, Cissokho, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge, Suarez, Jones, Kelly, Allen, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Ibe, Teixeira.

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