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Weekend Premier League and Capital One Cup final team news

Updated: Friday, 28 Feb 2014 19:22 | Comments

Gus Poyet's Sunderland and Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City contest the Capital One Cup final on Sunday
Gus Poyet's Sunderland and Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City contest the Capital One Cup final on Sunday

SATURDAY 1 MARCH

EVERTON v WEST HAM 3pm

Everton's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is set to return from an ankle injury after spending a month on the sidelines.

Toffees captain Phil Jagielka has been ruled out for a fortnight with a hamstring injury so John Stones is likely to deputise in defence.

Fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is fit again and comes back into the squad after spending four weeks out but on-loan striker Lacina Traore (hamstring) is unavailable.

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

West Ham striker Andy Carroll returns after serving a three-match suspension.

Andy Carroll

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce must decide whether to restore Carroll to the starting XI or continue with Carlton Cole up front.

Forward Marco Borriello is a doubt because of a calf problem but defender Guy Demel is expected to recover from tonsillitis.

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

FULHAM v CHELSEA 3pm

Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou will be omitted from the squad. New boss Felix Magath insists the £12million deadline day signing is not yet ready for the intensity of the Premier League, but is fit having shrugged off a knee problem.

Fernando Amorebieta and Damien Duff are in the treatment room, but Darren Bent returns after missing the West Brom match for personal reasons.

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

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will assess the fatigue levels of his squad following their midweek Champions League trip to Istanbul ahead of Saturday's west London derby.

David Luiz (groin) and John Obi Mikel (calf) are among those being checked, as are midfielder Oscar (ankle) and striker Fernando Torres. 

Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah were cup-tied in Europe so should feature, but midfielder Marco van Ginkel is continuing his rehabilitation from his serious knee injury. 

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

HULL v NEWCASTLE 3pm

Hull welcome back in-form strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long.

The pair were cup-tied for the FA Cup fifth-round win over Brighton on Monday but should return alongside Tom Huddlestone and Alex Bruce, who missed that game with knocks.

Paul McShane (ankle) and Robbie Brady (groin) are the only long-term absentees and are unlikely to be seen again this season.

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

Hatem Ben Arfa and Davide Santon will be missing from the Newcastle squad.

Midfielder Ben Arfa (unspecified knock) and full-back Santon (knee) both missed last weekend's 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa and will sit out once again at the KC Stadium.

Central defender Fabricio Coloccini and midfielder Cheick Tiote suffered no ill-effects on their respective returns from injury, while midfielder Sylvain Marveaux will have to wait to see if he is included after apparently falling out of favour.

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

STOKE v ARSENAL 3pm

Stoke will check on the condition of Peter Odemwingie after he sustained a calf problem.

Peter Odemwingie

Fellow Potters forward Jon Walters has missed a couple of days of training this week due to illness but is expected to be available, and on-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti is eligible once again after sitting out last weekend's defeat at his parent club.

Defender Robert Huth, who last played for the Stoke first team in November and has been recovering from knee surgery, successfully came through 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday but is not yet ready for a competitive return.

On-loan Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi (knee) remains sidelined.

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

Mesut Ozil will return after hip trouble and a two-day rest for Arsenal's trip to Stoke.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will leave a decision on whether or not to field fit-again defender Thomas Vermaelen at left-back to the last minute.

Nacho Monreal (ankle) and Kieran Gibbs (gluteus) both remain doubtful, and if neither make it back in time for the Potters clash, Wenger could deploy Vermaelen, fully recovered from a shin problem, on the left of his defence.

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

SOUTHAMPTON v LIVERPOOL 5.30pm

Defender Mamadou Sakho has returned to training after two months out with a hamstring injury but Daniel Agger will retain his place at centre-back.

Mamadou Sakho

Midfielder Lucas Leiva is back working with the first team group after a six-week absence with a knee injury but will not be considered for the weekend.

Left-back Jose Enrique continues his rehabilitation from a knee operation which has sidelined him since early November.

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

Southampton will give defender Jos Hooiveld and midfielder Victor Wanyama as long as possible to prove their fitness.

Hooiveld missed the league encounter at West Ham last weekend with an eye injury while Kenyan midfielder Wanyama is set to remain sidelined by the unspecified knock which kept him out of the squad to face the Hammers.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to give the majority of the squad that slipped up 3-1 at West Ham the opportunity to atone for that defeat.

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

SUNDAY 2 MARCH

MANCHESTER CITY v SUNDERLAND 2pm

Midfielder Liam Bridcutt will be the only significant absentee as Sunderland attempt to upset the odds and beat Manchester City in Sunday's Capital One Cup final.

The midfielder is cup-tied having already played for former club Brighton in the competition earlier this season, and Lee Cattermole is likely to play the holding role in front of Gus Poyet's back four at Wembley.

Striker Connor Wickham will not be involved having joined Leeds on loan for the rest of the season on Wednesday, while keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) is the only man to miss out through injury.

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

Striker Sergio Aguero could return for City. The Argentina international, City's top scorer with 26 goals this season, has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury.

Fellow forward Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) and defender Matija Nastasic (knee) are both ruled out.

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

ASTON VILLA v NORWICH 4.30pm

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood will be fit to face Norwich after recovering from a dead leg.

The former Crewe player had to come off during last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle but has recovered from the injury in time for the crucial clash with the Canaries.

Villa manager Paul Lambert also confirmed full-back Ryan Bertrand is fit and well following a virus last weekend.

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

Norwich will be without midfielder Leroy Fer (hamstring) for the trip to Villa.

Jonny Howson is in contention to start after recovering from two months out with a back problem, and centre-half Ryan Bennett is available following a thigh injury.

On-loan winger Jonas Gutierrez (calf) is still not match-fit. Centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring) and winger Elliott Bennett (knee) both also continue their rehabilitation.

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

SWANSEA v CRYSTAL PALACE 4.30pm

Swansea manager Garry Monk expects Nathan Dyer to be fit despite picking up a heel injury in the Europa League defeat at Napoli.

Dyer came off shortly after the hour mark in the Swans' 3-1 reverse on Thursday night but Monk is confident the midfielder will be okay for the relegation clash with the Eagles.

Leon Britton was rested from the Napoli game as a precaution following a knock to his knee but he is expected to return, while Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) and Michu (ankle) remain absent.

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

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has a clean bill of health for Sunday's fixture.

Glenn Murray has been eased back into training this week after suffering a knock in Saturday's defeat to Manchester United and is fit to feature at the Liberty Stadium.

Winger Jerome Thomas (back) is also available as Palace look for their third away league win of the campaign.

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

TOTTENHAM v CARDIFF 4.30pm

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has no fresh injury concerns.

Sandro

Brazil midfielder Sandro is in line to make his first league appearance under Sherwood having started Thursday night's Europa League win over Dnipro following a calf injury while Kyle Walker may also feature having returned to training after recovering from a hip problem.

Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela (both back) remained sidelined while Jermain Defoe will now link up with Toronto FC.

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

Striker Craig Bellamy returns to the Cardiff squad after serving a three-match suspension.

Following the humiliating 4-0 home defeat to Hull last weekend, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to make changes, and Bellamy is almost certain to be amongst them.

Gary Medel could return after a recent lay-off with a thigh injury, whilst fellow midfielder Jordon Mutch is available again following a hamstring problem.

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, Medel, Bellamy.

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