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Weekend's FA Cup third round team news

Updated: Saturday, 04 Jan 2014 13:09 | Comments

Ireland international Stephen Quinn is in line for his first appearance for Hull since 9 November Tom Huddlestone could be rested by Hull City
Ireland international Stephen Quinn is in line for his first appearance for Hull since 9 November Tom Huddlestone could be rested by Hull City

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All games 3pm unless stated

Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City, 12.45pm

Manchester City playmaker David Silva returns from suspension for the FA Cup third-round trip to Blackburn.

However, midfielder Jack Rodwell misses the match after suffering a fresh hamstring injury.

Strikers Sergio Aguero (calf) and Stevan Jovetic (hamstring), and defenders Micah Richards and Martin Demichelis (both hamstring) are all still out.

Middlesbrough vs Hull City

Having blamed his side's defeat at Liverpool on the exhaustion of the festive fixture programme, Hull manager Steve Bruce is certain to ring the changes for the FA Cup third-round clash at Middlesbrough.

Key men such as Tom Huddlestone, Curtis Davies and goalkeeper Allan McGregor are likely to be first in line for a rest from the starting XI, while Jake Livermore is unavailable due to the terms of his loan from Tottenham.

Stephen Quinn is fit after hamstring trouble and in line for his first appearance since 9 November, with second-string strikers Matty Fryatt and Nick Proschwitz also hopeful of an opportunity.

West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace

Billy Jones has been ruled out for West Brom.

The defender suffered slight concussion after a collision with goalkeeper Ben Foster in the 1-0 victory over Newcastle on New Year's Day and sustained a nasty cut above the eye.

Striker Victor Anichebe (groin) continues to be sidelined, while Nicolas Anelka remains in caretaker head coach Keith Downing's 20-man squad as the Football Association's investigation into his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration is ongoing. 

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is expected to make wholesale changes to his side.

After a busy Christmas period the Eagles are likely to rest a number of first-team regulars, with midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi (hamstring) absent.

Fellow midfielder Stuart O'Keefe could make a return following his own hamstring injury but Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas, Paddy McCarthy and Adlene Guedioura all remain sidelined.

Stoke City vs Leicester City

Midfielder Stephen Ireland will miss Stoke's FA Cup third-round clash against Sky Bet Championship leaders Leicester because of a hamstring problem.

Ireland joins goalkeepers Asmir Begovic (broken finger) and Thomas Sorensen (Achilles) and defenders Robert Huth (knee) and Andy Wilkinson (heel) on the sidelines.

Jack Butland will make his full debut in goal for Stoke with 19-year-old Austrian Dan Bachmann on the bench, while defender Ryan Shotton is also in contention after returning from a loan spell at Wigan.

Southampton vs Burnley

Nathaniel Clyne and James Ward-Prowse are expected to overcome knocks to be available for Southampton's third-round FA Cup clash with Burnley at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino should mix up selection against the Sky Bet Championship high-flyers, but England striker and former Burnley forward Jay Rodriguez should still be included.

Club-record signing Dani Osvaldo returned to full training for the first time after illness yesterday and should make the match squad.

Newcastle United vs Cardiff City

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be forced to make changes.

Right-back Mathieu Debuchy starts a three-match ban after being sent off during the 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom on New Year's Day, while central defender Fabricio Coloccini could be sidelined for up to six weeks with the knee injury he suffered during the same game.

In addition, keeper Tim Krul is struggling with a shoulder problem and midfielder Yohan Cabaye is a major doubt with an Achilles injury.

New Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to rotate the Bluebirds squad for his first game in charge.

Having observed the games against Sunderland and Arsenal, the Norwegian is expected to hand the likes of Joe Lewis, Mark Hudson and Declan John chances to impress.

Craig Noone and Gary Medel could be rested while Craig Bellamy is still struggling with a knee injury.

Norwich City vs Fulham

Norwich look set to be without centre-half Michael Turner because of a hamstring problem.

Midfielder Leroy Fer serves a one-match suspension after he was sent off against Crystal Palace, while Jonny Howson (back) will also miss out.

Fit-again Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in line for his first start since October, while fellow striker Luciano Becchio could also be handed a chance to impress along with 18-year-old winger Josh Murphy and his twin brother Jacob.

Midfielders Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Alexander Tettey (ankle) are on course to return this month while winger Elliott Bennett (knee) is a long-term absentee.

American forward Clint Dempsey is eligible for Fulham.

Dempsey has rejoined Fulham on a two-month loan spell from the Seattle Sounders.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is likely to rotate his squad for the trip to Carrow Road.  

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

Nicklas Helenius and Jordan Bowery could get rare chances to press their claims for Aston Villa.

The forward pair have been marginal figures this season but with Libor Kozak out for the season with a broken leg and Christian Benteke just back from a knee problem, they may be entrusted to see Villa into the next round.

Captain Ron Vlaar has suffered a recurrence of his calf problem and should be replaced by Ciaran Clark, while boss Paul Lambert will also consider other changes.

Everton vs Queens Park Rangers

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has indicated he will make changes.

It means striker Nikica Jelavic could make his first start since September, while it remains to be seen whether or not there is involvement for defender Johnny Heitinga, who is seeking a move but turned down a transfer to West Ham this week.

There are no fresh fitness concerns in the Toffees squad but they will still be missing the players who were absent through injury from the 1-1 Premier League draw at Stoke on New Year's Day, including defender Sylvain Distin (hamstring).    

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur, 5.15pm

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is doubtful following illness and an ankle problem.

German playmaker Mesut Ozil faces a fitness test on his shoulder injury, but forward Nicklas Bendtner (ankle) is definitely out, along with defender Kieran Gibbs (calf) and midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is close to returning to training from his knee injury, while Yaya Sanogo (back) and Abou Diaby (knee) continue their rehabilitation.

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been passed fit.

Winger Andros Townsend, midfielder Lewis Holtby and striker Jermain Defoe returned to training on Friday and look set to feature.

Midfielder Erik Lamela (thigh) is a doubt but Gylfi Sigurdsson (calf), Younes Kaboul (thigh), Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Sandro (calf), Paulinho (ankle) and Kyle Naughton (ankle) are out.

Sunday 5 January 2014

Nottingham Forest vs West Ham United, 12.00pm

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce plans to blood a number of the club's younger players.

With captain Kevin Nolan starting a four-match ban and fellow midfielder Mark Noble (calf) sidelined, the Hammers continue to struggle for numbers and Allardyce intends to include up to seven of his youth team squad.

James Tomkins and James Collins (both groin), Winston Reid (ankle), Andy Carroll (heel) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) are all missing whilst Mladen Petric has been released after his short-term deal expired.

Sunderland vs Carlisle United, 2.00pm

Loan signing Marcos Alonso could be handed a Sunderland debut.

The full-back, who joined the club from Fiorentina for the rest of the season earlier this week, is in line to be involved as manager Gus Poyet looks for a response to Wednesday's dismal 1-0 Premier League defeat by Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light.

Central defender Wes Brown is available after serving a three-match ban and partner John O'Shea could return after sitting out the same three fixtures with a shoulder problem but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has had to delay shoulder surgery which could rule him out of much of the remainder of the campaign because of illness.

Derby County vs Chelsea, 2.15pm

Jose Mourinho plans to field a strong team.

Defender David Luiz is available after being suspended for the Premier League win at Southampton and could return.

Midfielder Frank Lampard (muscular injury) and right-back Branislav Ivanovic (knee) are out until the end of the month, while Marco van Ginkel (knee) continuing his rehabilitation.

Liverpool vs Oldham Athletic - 3.00pm

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to freshen up his side with a few changes for the FA Cup third round visit of League One Oldham on Sunday.

Striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) and midfielder Joe Allen (hip) are at least 10 days away from full fitness with Mamadou Sakho (hamstring) out for longer, while full-back Glen Johnson was taken off in midweek as a precaution after an ankle knock.

Rodgers could look to utilise some of his youngsters, having named Brad Smith and Jordan Rossiter in recent Premier League squads.

Manchester United vs Swansea City, 4.30pm

Ashley Young misses out for Manchester United's after suffering a shoulder injury attempting to avoid Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' wild lunge at Old Trafford on New Year's Day and faces an extended spell on the sidelines.

Robin van Persie (thigh) and Wayne Rooney (groin) have also been ruled out by manager David Moyes although Rooney could return to face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Swansea winger Pablo Hernandez has joined the club's injury list.

Hernandez limped out of the defeat to Manchester City with a hamstring injury and is set to miss the trip to Old Trafford, joining Michu, Michel Vorm and Nathan Dyer on the sidelines.

Roland Lamah or Alejandro Pozuelo will start in Hernandez's place, while Leon Britton is also doubtful after illness.

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