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Updated: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 12:24 | Comments

Luis Suarez scores from a free-kick against the Canaries in December
Luis Suarez scores from a free-kick against the Canaries in December

SATURDAY 19 APRIL

TOTTENHAM v FULHAM 12.45pm

Mousa Dembele's return is the only good news on the injury front for Tottenham.

The Belgium international has missed recent matches with a hip complaint but is fit to face his former club, unlike countryman Jan Vertonghen (ankle).

Kyle Walker (pelvis) and Michael Dawson (hamstring) also remain absent, as does Erik Lamela (back), Roberto Soldado (hamstring) and Etienne Capoue (foot).

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Naughton, Kaboul, Chiriches, Dawson, Fryers, Rose, Sandro, Paulinho, Chadli, Dembele, Veljkovic, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Bentaleb, Winks, Lennon, Townsend, Kane, Adebayor.

Fulham are missing German midfielder Lewis Holtby.

Holtby is on loan from White Hart Lane until the end of the season with the terms of the agreement preventing him from playing in the fixture.

Club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou remains sidelined with a knee injury, but is expected to return against Hull the following weekend.

Fulham squad: Stekelenburg, Stockdale, Heitinga, Amorebieta, Hangeland, Riether, Riise, Burn, Zverotic, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kvist, Parker, Richardson, Kacaniklic, Dejagah, Kasami, Woodrow, Bent, Rodallega.

ASTON VILLA v SOUTHAMPTON 3pm

Leandro Bacuna is back in the Aston Villa squad for the home clash with Southampton.

Leandro Bacuna free-kick

The Dutchman, who can play at full-back or in midfield, missed the defeat to Crystal Palace with a hamstring strain but is back in contention to face the Saints.

Otherwise, Paul Lambert is choosing from the same squad with Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N'Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner all long-term absentees.

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

Artur Boruc has beaten his back injury in time for Southampton.

The Poland stopper's return offsets the continued absence of fellow goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, also with back trouble.

Maya Yoshida (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (ankle) will also miss out on the Villa Park clash.

Southampton squad: Boruc, Chambers, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Fonte, Lovren, Davis, Cork, Lambert, Lallana, Clyne, Gazzaniga, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Hooiveld, Isgrove, Reed, Gallagher.

CARDIFF v STOKE 3pm

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reported no fresh injury concerns.

Winger Craig Noone remains sidelined due to an abdominal injury, but Kenwyne Jones could feature against his former club after he missed last weekend's 1-0 victory over Southampton following a blow to the kidneys suffered during the Crystal Palace game seven days earlier.

Cardiff are currently three points away from safety with four games left. After Stoke, they travel to Sunderland and Newcastle before ending their season at home to title-chasing Chelsea.

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

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has no fresh injury concerns.

Charlie Adam had an operation on his broken nose on Monday but is expected to be available.

Oussama Assaidi has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury and will travel, although Hughes cast doubt on his availability.

Matthew Etherington (back) remains sidelined.

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

NEWCASTLE v SWANSEA 3pm

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy could return to the Newcastle squad.

Loic Remy

Striker Remy (calf) and full-back Debuchy (groin) have both missed the last six matches, and the Magpies have lost five of those games and scored only once in the process.

Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) is back running, but still some way from a return, while fellow midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is struggling to shake off the dead leg he picked up in last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

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

Swansea will be without suspended defender Chico Flores.

Flores starts a ban following his sending-off in last weekend's 1-0 Liberty Stadium defeat against title-chasing Chelsea.

Jordi Amat looks set to deputise, while striker Michu faces a fitness test on his swollen ankle, having missed the Chelsea game.

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

WEST HAM v CRYSTAL PALACE 3pm

Marouane Chamakh, Joel Ward and Yannick Bolasie face late fitness tests ahead of Crystal Palace's Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham.

The trio started the 3-2 midweek win at Everton and are amongst the four or five players manager Tony Pulis revealed are doubts for this weekend.

Palace defender Adrian Mariappa sustained a broken nose at Goodison Park but Pulis expects him to be available.

Palace squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Ward, Delaney, Mariappa, Parr, Dann, McCarthy, O'Keefe, Puncheon, Dikgacoi, Ledley, Jedinak, Ince, Bolasie, Chamakh, Jerome, Murray, Gayle.

West Ham will be boosted by the return of influential trio Kevin Nolan, James Collins and Joey O'Brien.

O'Brien is back after a dislocated shoulder, while Hammers boss Allardyce can call on midfielder Nolan, fit again after hamstring trouble and defender Collins (calf).

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

HULL v ARSENAL 3pm

Hull will be able to call on strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic for the FA Cup final dress rehearsal against Arsenal.

The pair are cup-tied, so missed out on the semi-final success over Sheffield United, but can expect to return to the side with Yannick Sagbo and George Boyd vulnerable.

Manager Steve Bruce may also consider moving to a back three against the Gunners, bringing central defender Alex Bruce into contention for a recall.

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

Arsenal could have record signing Mesut Ozil back from a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini returns from a two-match suspension, while full-back Nacho Monreal is on course to have recovered from the dead leg suffered in the FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan at Wembley.

Defender Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) is out, while midfielder Serge Gnabry (knee) and England international Jack Wilshere (foot) are still recovering, along with Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott (both knee).

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Kallstrom, Monreal, Sanogo, Ozil.

SUNDAY 20 APRIL

NORWICH v LIVERPOOL 12.00

Daniel Sturridge is likely to miss table-topping Liverpool's trip to Norwich.

Daniel Sturridge

The striker was forced off with a hamstring problem during the Reds' 3-2 win over Manchester City last weekend and, although manager Brendan Rodgers will give him every opportunity to prove his fitness, the game is expected to come too soon.

Midfielder Jordan Henderson begins a three-match suspension following his sending off late on at Anfield.

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

Norwich team news to follow...

CHELSEA v SUNDERLAND 2.05pm

Team news to follow...

EVERTON v MANCHESTER UNITED 4.10pm

Phil Jagielka has an outside chance of being involved for Everton.

A behind-closed-doors match has been arranged next week to give the Toffees captain some game time after a hamstring problem but he could make the bench this weekend.

James McCarthy was only a substitute in the defeat by Crystal Palace on Wednesday but has now recovered fully from a muscular injury. Fellow midfielders Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson (both knee) miss out again.

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

United team news to follow...

MONDAY 21 APRIL

MANCHESTER CITY v WEST BROM 8pm

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder James Morrison are doubts.

Olsson, who came off in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Tottenham because of an Achilles problem, and Morrison, absent from that game due to an ankle complaint, have both missed training this week and will be assessed over the weekend.

On-loan winger Scott Sinclair will definitely sit the match out as it is against his parent club.

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

City team news to follow...

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