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Updated: Monday, 24 Mar 2014 18:30 | Comments

The Manchester derby kicks-off at 7.45pm at Old Trafford
The Manchester derby kicks-off at 7.45pm at Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED v MANCHESTER CITY

David Moyes refused to reveal whether any of his injured centre-halves will be available for Manchester United's crunch derby against rivals City.

Chris Smalling (hamstring), Jonny Evans (calf) and Rio Ferdinand (back) sat out the 2-0 win at West Ham on Saturday, but manager Moyes was giving no clues away regarding their fitness when questioned on the matter at his pre-match press conference.

Winger Antonio Valencia (eye) is a doubt but defender Nemanja Vidic (suspension) and striker Robin van Persie (knee) are definitely unavailable.

United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Buttner, Giggs, Carrick, Young, Cleverley, Fletcher, Valencia, Kagawa, Nani, Fellaini, Januzaj, Mata, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez.

Vincent Kompany will return from suspension to bolster Manchester City's back-line.

Kompany sat out City's 5-0 thumping of Fulham at the Etihad Stadium after his sending-off in the previous week's Barclays Premier League win at Hull.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini is still without hamstring injury victim Sergio Aguero while centre-back Matija Nastasic is also unavailable due to a knee complaint.

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

NEWCASTLE v EVERTON

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew's selection problems show few signs of abating as he prepares to complete his stadium ban with the visit of Everton.

Sammy Ameobi is out injured

Midfielder Sammy Ameobi will be missing with an ankle problem and will join full-back Davide Santon on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from the bout of tonsillitis which prevented him from taking part in Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Crystal Palace.

The Italian, however, could return for the weekend trip to Southampton, although both full-back Mathieu Debuchy (groin) and striker Loic Remy (calf) are likely to sit out both games.

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

Everton captain Phil Jagielka is now fully fit and manager Roberto Martinez will make a late decision on whether to include him.

The centre-back has missed four matches with a hamstring injury but Martinez may well choose to play him at struggling Fulham on Saturday instead.

Midfielder Steven Pienaar continues to be absent with a knee cartilage problem.

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

ARSENAL v SWANSEA

Swansea head coach Garry Monk has reported no fresh injury concerns following his side's 3-2 defeat at Everton.

Garry Monk

Given the quick turnaround in fixtures, Monk might opt to start fit-again Spanish striker Michu, who scored twice when Swansea won 2-0 in north London 15 months ago.

Michu, who was sidelined for three months due to an ankle injury, has featured as a substitute in Swansea's last two games against West Brom and Everton.

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

Arsenal will have both defender Kieran Gibbs and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available.

Defender Laurent Kosielny (calf) misses out, so 19-year-old Spaniard Hector Bellerin, who was on loan at Watford, has been drafted into the squad as cover. Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom (back) could feature for the first time since signing in January having been on the bench at Chelsea.

German international Mesut Ozil (hamstring) remains out, midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh) is still a couple of weeks away from full fitness, while Jack Wilshere (foot), Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby (both knee) all continue their rehabilitation.

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

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