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Chelsea host Everton at 12.45pm
Chelsea host Everton at 12.45pm

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SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY

Chelsea v Everton 12.45pm

Captain John Terry is available to return but David Luiz is out for the home side.

Terry has missed three games with a gluteal muscular strain and now Luiz is absent as a precaution with a similar concern near his hip.

Midfielder Marco van Ginkel is continuing his rehabilitation from his serious knee injury.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Matic, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Blackman, Kalas.

Steven Naismith has been given the all-clear to play for Everton.

The Scottish forward was substituted during last weekend's FA Cup victory over Swansea after taking a bang to the head but has shown no ill effects.

On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has recovered from an ankle problem but is ineligible against his parent club and joins long-term absentees Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Aroune Kone on the sidelines.

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

Arsenal v Sunderland 3pm

Arsenal will be without defender Kieran Gibbs (hamstring).

Midfielder Mikel Arteta is available after serving a European suspension for the midweek Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, while striker Olivier Giroud is expected to be recalled.

Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and deadline-day loan signing Kim Kallstrom (back) are also not fit. Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

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

Steven Fletcher could have a chance to play his way into Sunderland's Capital One Cup final team when he returns from injury.

Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson

The Scotland international has missed the last three games after being advised to rest an Achilles problem, but manager Gus Poyet is expecting him to be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to the Emirates Stadium.

Defender Carlos Cuellar also returns to contention for the first time since November after recovering from a hip problem, while central defender Wes Brown completes his two-match ban and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) remains on the sidelines.

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

Cardiff v Hull 3pm

Gary Medel has joined Cardiff's absentee list.

The Chilean midfielder came off at half-time in the FA Cup defeat by Wigan with a thigh injury and is not fit for the weekend.

Craig Bellamy will serve the final game of a three-match suspension and Mark Hudson (hamstring) is out for the season, but Kenwyne Jones and Fabio return after being cup-tied last time out.

Cardiff squad: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Jones, Campbell, Kim, Smith, Eikrem, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Cowie, McNaughton, Theophile-Catherine, Daehli, Lewis, Berget, Fabio, Zaha, Cala.

Hull could welcome back defenders James Chester and Liam Rosenior.

Chester has been out for a month with a hamstring injury and full-back Rosenior (thigh) has missed the last two matches, but both are back in contention.

Sone Aluko could also play a part having managed 90 minutes in Monday's FA Cup draw at Brighton, but Robbie Brady (groin) and Paul McShane (ankle) are long-term absentees.

Hull squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Bruce, Figueroa, Rosenior, Chester, Huddlestone, Elmohamady, Meyler, Quinn, Livermore, Boyd, Fryatt, Koren, Sagbo, Aluko, Long, Jelavic.

Manchester City v Stoke 3pm

Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero will miss out but is poised to return to training next week.

The striker has missed four games with a hamstring injury but could be back in contention for the Capital One Cup final against Sunderland on March 2.

Midfielder James Milner is available again after his midweek European suspension and captain Vincent Kompany is not affected by a hamstring twinge. Defender Matija Nastasic (knee) is the only other notable absentee.

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

Stoke will be without winger Oussama Assaidi for their trip to the Etihad.

Oussama Assaidi

The on-loan Liverpool player is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks after tearing a knee ligament at Stoke's training camp in Dubai, while on-loan striker John Guidetti is ineligible against his parent club.

Centre-back Robert Huth is inching closer to a return from knee surgery while Andy Wilkinson and Matthew Etherington are both available after injury.

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

West Brom v Fulham 3pm

West Brom will be without striker Nicolas Anelka and midfielder Claudio Yacob.

Anelka, facing a possible Football Association ban after being charged over his controversial 'Quenelle' gesture, is back in training following a shin injury but not ready to play.

Argentinian midfielder Yacob misses out with a hamstring injury suffered against Chelsea last time out.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Reid, Popov, Olsson, Ridgewell, Lugano, McAuley, Dawson, Jones, Morrison, Sinclair, Brunt, Dorrans, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Gera, Sessegnon, Anichebe, Vydra, Berahino, Bifouma.

New Fulham manager Felix Magath will run the rule over his squad before deciding whether to make sweeping changes for a first League match in charge at West Brom.

Felix Magath

Striker Kostas Mitroglou (knee) is one of several fitness concerns, with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (eye) and defender Fernando Amorebieta (knee) also set to be assessed.

Defender Matthew Briggs (hernia) continues his long-term recovery.

Fulham squad: Stekelenburg, Stockdale, Heitinga, Riether, Riise, Burn, Sidwell, Richardson, Kacaniklic, Kvist, Tunnicliffe, Bent, Holtby, Cole, Parker, Duff, Kasami, Hangeland, Mitroglou, Amorebieta.

West Ham v Southampton 3pm

West Ham are expected to be unchanged for the visit of Southampton.

Striker Andy Carroll completes his three-match suspension and full-back Joey O'Brien remains sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Manager Sam Allardyce is therefore set to stick with the side which secured back-to-back 2-0 wins over Aston Villa and Norwich.

West Ham squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Demel, Tomkins, McCartney, Collins, Johnson, Reid, Armero, Noble, Nocerino, Diame, Taylor, Nolan, J Cole, Downing, Jarvis, Borriello, Vaz Te, C Cole.

Southampton will be without defender Jos Hooiveld.

The Dutchman suffered an eye injury in training on Wednesday and has been ruled out for the encounter at Upton Park.

Croatian central defender Dejan Lovren and Uruguay midfielder Gaston Ramirez are expected to see some action this weekend having recovered from their respective ankle ligament injuries that kept them sidelined for a month.

West Ham squad: Boruc, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Yoshida, Chambers, Cork, S Davis, Guly, Isgrove, Lallana, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Gallagher, Lambert, Rodriguez.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United 3pm

Jerome Thomas is Crystal Palace's only injury concern ahead of the visit of Manchester United.

The winger has suffered a back strain and his fitness will be assessed by manager Tony Pulis ahead of kick-off.

Striker Glenn Murray returned as a substitute against West Brom a fortnight ago after 10 months out with cruciate ligament damage and should be involved again.

Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini could be set for a recall.

Midfielder Fellaini was on the bench for United's draw at Arsenal after spending two months out with wrist and groin injuries.

Jones may return from a calf problem but fellow defender Jonny Evans (also calf) is a doubt.

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

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.

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Liverpool v Swansea 1.30pm

Glen Johnson returns to the Liverpool squad.

The right-back has been out for more than a month with ankle and groin problems, while fellow defender Mamadou Sakho could return next week from a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Lucas Leiva is also recovering well from a knee problem but full-back Jose Enrique has gone to the United States to see a specialist about his own knee trouble.

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

Swansea appear to have emerged injury-free from their Europa League encounter against Napoli.

Jonjo Shelvey

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey showed no ill-effects from his recent hamstring strain after featuring as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw, but a return for star striker Michu appears unlikely.

It had been hoped the Spaniard could play some part in the Napoli clash, but he was still suffering from soreness and not considered.

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

Newcastle v Aston Villa 1.30pm

Striker Loic Remy returns to the Newcastle squad.

The Frenchman is available after serving a three-match ban following an unsuccessful appeal against his dismissal at Norwich on 28 January.

Central defender Fabricio Coloccini (knee) and midfielder Cheick Tiote (hamstring) could also be available to manager Alan Pardew as the Magpies attempt to end a four-game wait for a victory during which they have failed to score a single goal.

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

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no new injury concerns.

Lambert's squad came through a recent warm-weather training camp in Portugal well and he expects to have a largely fit squad at his disposal for the Barclays Premier League clash.

The Scot also delivered positive news on defender Jores Okore. The Dane was expected to miss the remainder of the campaign with a ruptured cruciate ligament but could be back in action in a matter of weeks.

Villa squad: Guzan, Steer, Clark, Baker, Luna, Bertrand, Vlaar, Bennett, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Holt, Gardner, Tonev, Helenius, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery.

Norwich v Tottenham 4pm

Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson could return from two months spent on the sidelines with a back injury.

Neither on-loan winger Jonas Gutierrez (calf) nor defender Ryan Bennett (thigh) are match fit.

Centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring) and winger Elliott Bennett (knee) both also continue their rehabilitation.

Norwich squad: Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson, Tettey, Howson, Fer, Redmond, Snodgrass, Hooper, Bunn, Pilkington, Elmander, Van Wolfswinkel, Garrido, Whittaker, Hoolahan, J Murphy.

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is likely to welcome back a number of first-team regulars.

With several players suffering from niggling injuries many did not travel for the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Dnipro.

Most are expected to be available at Carrow Road with the likes of Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor in line to return. Sandro (calf), Jermain Defoe (hamstring), Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches (both back) are all set to miss out once again.

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

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