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FA Cup Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 24 Jan 2014 21:25 | Comments

Wigan are the current holders of the FA Cup
Wigan are the current holders of the FA Cup

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SATURDAY 25 JANUARY

Bournemouth v Liverpool 12.45pm

Injury to right-back Glen Johnson means Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is forced into another defensive reshuffle.

Jon Flanagan could return from a hamstring injury while Martin Kelly is the other option to fill in, while goalkeeper Brad Jones will start in place of regular first-choice Simon Mignolet.

There is a doubt over midfielder Joe Allen but defenders Daniel Agger (calf), Jose Enrique (knee) and Mamadou Sakho (hamstring) are all still out, while midfielder Lucas Leiva (knee) is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Birmingham v Swansea 3pm

Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman are set to return from injury for Swansea.

Winger Hernandez has been sidelined for over three weeks with a hamstring injury, while De Guzman has been hindered by a calf problem, but both are in contention to face the Blues.

But Nathan Dyer, Michel Vorm, Michu, Jose Canas and Garry Monk all remain on the absentee list.

Bolton v Cardiff 3pm

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hand Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli full debuts.

The Norwegians have yet to start for the Bluebirds, but Solskjaer is likely to give at least one of them the chance to impress away from the pressures of a Premier League relegation scrap.

Club captain Mark Hudson and full-back Declan John could also feature having missed out on a place in the starting XI at Manchester City.

Manchester City v Watford 3pm

Manchester City top scorer Alvaro Negredo (shoulder) and playmaker David Silva (hamstring) will both miss out against Watford at the Etihad Stadium.

Defender Micah Richards could be in contention after hamstring trouble while goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is likely to continue and youngster Marcos Lopes could get another chance.

Micah Richards

Midfielder Samir Nasri is the only major absentee due to a knee injury.

Southampton v Yeovil 3pm

Dani Osvaldo will not be available for selection against Yeovil after the striker was given a two-week ban by the club following a training ground alteration.

The 28-year-old was due to return to the squad after serving a three-game suspension but will now sit out another three Saints fixtures as a result of the Italy international's involvement in Wednesday's fracas.

With a Premier League clash with Arsenal on Tuesday night, Southampton are likely to rotate their team but there will definitely be no place for Dejan Lovren, Gaston Ramirez (both ankle) or Victor Wanyama (calf).

Southend v Hull 3pm

Hull will be without cup-tied record signings Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long.

The absence of the £14million players means Yannick Sagbo and Matty Fryatt will be hoping to impress at Roots Hall.

Manager Steve Bruce will rotate his starting XI but is without Tom Huddlestone (suspended), James Chester (hamstring), Robbie Brady (groin) and Sone Aluko (Achilles).

Sunderland v Kidderminster 3pm

Argentina internationals Oscar Ustari and Santiago Vergini will make their debuts for Sunderland.

Keeper Ustari and central defender Vergini, who signed for the Black Cats earlier this week, were unused substitutes as Gus Poyet's men squeezed past Manchester United into the Capital One Cup final at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, but will play in a much-changed side against the Skrill Premier outfit.

Poyet intends to make wholesale changes with Stoke due at the Stadium of Light in a crucial Premier League fixture on Wednesday night, but while he has several players recovering from their midweek exertions, only defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) and keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder surgery) are out.

Wigan v Crystal Palace 3pm

Crystal Palace’s Paddy McCarthy is likely to be involved at Wigan as the club captain looks to finally end his 18-month injury nightmare.

Paddy McCarthy

McCarthy has missed well over a year with a groin injury but was an unused substitute for the third-round win over West Brom.

The 30-year-old central defender's last appearance was a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff in April 2012. He is out of contract at the end of the season.

Striker Marouane Chamakh sat out that tie, as did the likes of Jason Puncheon, Cameron Jerome and Mile Jedinak so the chances of Tony Pulis rotating his squad once more seem high against the holders.

Stevenage v Everton 5.30pm

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman has been ruled out due to the problem he picked up against West Brom.

Coleman limped off in the 1-1 Premier League draw at The Hawthorns on Monday and his club subsequently confirmed he had sustained a "minor soft tissue injury".

That is the only fresh fitness setback for a Toffees squad still missing Antolin Alcaraz (muscle fatigue), Ross Barkley (broken toe), Steven Pienaar (groin), Gerard Deulofeu (hamstring), Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone (both knee).

SUNDAY 26 JANUARY

Sheffield United v Fulham 1pm

Fulham are expected to make several changes for Sheffield United.

Fulham play fellow relegation candidates Swansea in the Premier League on Tuesday so players like Elsad Zverotic, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Aaron Hughes could get a run out at Bramall Lane.

The only injury doubt for the Cottagers is defender Fernando Amorebieta, who has a knee problem.

Chelsea v Stoke 3.30pm

Striker Fernando Torres is out with a knee injury as Chelsea host Stoke at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Demba Ba in action against Man City

Demba Ba could get his chance, with manager Jose Mourinho declaring on Sunday that "It's time for Demba" as Torres - whose compatriot Juan Mata is Manchester United-bound - faces three more weeks out.

Mohamed Salah's transfer from Basle is yet to be concluded and Michael Essien could feature, even though he has been told he is permitted to leave this month.

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could make his return after being sidelined for six matches by a broken finger.

Kenwyne Jones, who was not considered for selection last time out as a result of his refusal to play in the game before that, may also be back in the squad, with Potters boss Mark Hughes having said the striker "comes into our thinking".

John Guidetti, the frontman on loan from Manchester City, will be assessed having felt ill on Friday, while Robert Huth (knee), Andy Wilkinson (heel) and Matthew Etherington (calf) remain unavailable.

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