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FA Cup team news

Updated: Saturday, 05 Jan 2013 15:26 | Comments

West Ham entertain Man United at 5.15pm on Saturday
West Ham entertain Man United at 5.15pm on Saturday

WEEKEND FA CUP TEAM NEWS (kick-offs 3pm unless stated)

SATURDAY

Tottenham v Coventry

Left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has overcome his knee injury and looks set to make his first Tottenham appearance in four months tomorrow against Coventry in the FA Cup.

Midfielder Scott Parker is likely to make his first start of the season and goalkeeper Brad Friedel could play as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to rotate his squad following a tiring festive period.

Winger Gareth Bale is available following his one-match suspension but defender William Gallas (calf) is unlikely to feature and Younes Kaboul is out until mid-to-late February with his knee problem.

Gareth Bale

Brighton v Newcastle

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without midfielder Cheick Tiote for their trip to npower Championship Brighton.

The Ivory Coast international left for the African Nations Cup after Wednesday night's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Everton, and potential replacement Gael Bigirimana is battling a dead leg.

Striker Demba Ba's impending move to Chelsea has left a vacancy in attack, and while central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring) and midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin) are back in training, they remain unavailable along with full-back Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic (all knee).

Manchester City v Bournemouth

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss this weekend's tie against Watford but controversial forward Mario Balotelli is available after recovering from a virus.

Manager Roberto Mancini, who has been pictured grappling with Balotelli in a training-ground bust-up, has said the 22-year-old could be on the bench but forward Samir Nasri is suspended and Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak are on international duty.

Defenders Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon (both knee) are not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are longer-term casualties.

Fulham v Blackpool

Martin Jol plans to name a strong Fulham line-up against Blackpool, but will have to do without several key players.

Mladen Petric, Damien Duff and Mahamadou Diarra are still injured so will be unable to feature for the west Londoners.

Mark Schwarzer is also sidelined due to a neck problem, while Stephen Kelly (knee) and John Arne Riise (shin) are also missing.

QPR v West Brom

QPR striker DJ Campbell has returned from his loan spell at Ipswich and will feature against West Brom.

Midfielder Samba Diakite has departed for African Nations Cup duty with Mali and forward Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring problem.

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of five players.

Clarke confirmed defenders Jonas Olsson (groin), Steven Reid (ankle) and Goran Popov (hamstring) plus midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) are again ruled out.

But he said five other unnamed players were rated doubtful. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will play his final game before linking up with DR Congo for the African Nations Cup.

Peterborough v Norwich

Declan Rudd is set to get his chance in goal as Norwich manager Chris Hughton prepares to ring the changes for Peterborough.

Norwich are without injured strikers Grant Holt (hamstring) and Steve Morison (thigh), plus defender Steven Whittaker (hip).

Midfielder Andrew Surman (knee) is back training but unlikely to feature, while Jonny Howson has recovered from a knock suffered against West Ham. Bradley Johnson is available again after suspension.

Wigan v Bournemouth

Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez are both expected to make their Wigan debuts at the DW Stadium.

Espinoza completed his move from American Major League Soccer this lunchtime whilst Henriquez has joined on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the campaign.

Manager Roberto Martinez is expected to make a number of changes, with Callum McManaman amongst those tipped for a rare start, while Arouna Kone is available before heading off on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast.

Southampton v Chelsea

Adam Lallana will again miss out when Southampton face Chelsea.

The Saints captain is unavailable for the third-round tie with a knee injury, although right-back Nathaniel Clyne could feature at St Mary's after a knee complaint of his own.

Gaston Ramirez is available to feature despite sustaining a dead leg against Arsenal on New Year's Day. Zambia international Emmanuel Mayuka leaves for the African Nations Cup after the game.

Demba Ba is poised to make his Chelsea debut in tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie.

Ba could replace Fernando Torres up front, with interim manager Rafael Benitez keen to rest his fellow Spaniard at times during the second half of the season.

Nigeria stars John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will be available before jetting off to Portugal for a pre-African Nations Cup training camp, but John Terry (knee) and Petr Cech (groin) remain out.

Crawley v Reading

Reading manager Brian McDermott has indicated that new signing Daniel Carrico is unlikely to make his debut in tomorrow's FA Cup tie against Crawley.

Jason Roberts has returned to training after recovering from a hip problem while Nicky Shorey has overcome a virus.

McDermott is likely to make several changes after playing three Barclays Premier League matches in a week.

Bolton v Sunderland

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will make changes to his side for Bolton.

O'Neill felt Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield was a "game too far" for his small squad and is looking to add players in the transfer window.

The likes of David Vaughan, Fraizer Campbell, Connor Wickham and Titus Bramble are all in contention tomorrow but John O'Shea (hamstring) skipper Lee Cattermole and central defender Wes Brown (both knee) remain sidelined and striker Ji Dong-won joined Augsburg on loan for the rest of the season this week.

Aston Villa v Ipswich

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to have a trio of players - including Darren Bent - back in contention for tomorrow's FA Cup third-round clash with Ipswich.

Bent (hamstring), fellow striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh) and winger Charles N'Zogbia (knee) are all poised to return to training today and will then be assessed by Lambert.

Midfielder Ashley Westwood has been ruled out after suffering an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw at Swansea. Defenders Ron Vlaar (calf), Nathan Baker (hamstring) and Richard Dunne (knee) remain sidelined.

Darren Bent is available

West Ham v Manchester United, 5.15pm

West Ham expect to have new signing Joe Cole available for tomorrow's tie against Manchester United at Upton Park after his free transfer from Liverpool was confirmed today.

Captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Collins are back from a one-match suspension, but defender Joey O'Brien is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

Striker Andy Carroll (knee) and midfielder Mohamed Diame (hamstring) continue their rehabilitation.

Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic are set to bolster Manchester United's defence.

Jones has missed three games with a minor injury while Vidic was rested for the New Year's Day trip to Wigan.

Wayne Rooney (knee) has been ruled out for a further two weeks while Nani (hamstring) will not be considered despite returning to training this morning.

SUNDAY

Swansea v Arsenal, 1.30pm

Arsenal reported no fresh injury problems ahead of Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie at Swansea.

Reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been struggling with a virus, as has midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, back from his loan spell at Charlton.

Midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) are back in training, but not yet match fit.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has a fully-fit squad to select from.

Top scorer Michu played 90 minutes as he returned from an ankle injury against Aston Villa, while Angel Rangel has also recently returned from a calf problem.

But Laudrup may opt to make changes against the Gunners, with the Swans facing the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Mansfield v Liverpool, 4pm

Striker Luis Suarez looks like getting a rest as Liverpool head to Mansfield in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

New signing Daniel Sturridge will be included in the visitors' squad but may not be match-fit enough to start.

Defender Jose Enrique has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring problem so Glen Johnson may have to continue to fill in at left-back.

MONDAY

Cheltenham v Everton, 7.45pm

Everton manager David Moyes will try to freshen up his side for Monday's tie at npower League Two club Cheltenham.

Left-back Leighton Baines could be in line for a rest as Bryan Oviedo may be given a run out while midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger and Ross Barkley may come into contention for a start.

Forward Kevin Mirallas and defender Seamus Coleman (both hamstring) are still sidelined, as are Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (thigh).

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