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Weekend Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 21 Sep 2012 16:45 | Comments

Raheem Sterling looks to continue his run in the Liverpool team
Raheem Sterling looks to continue his run in the Liverpool team

Swansea v Everton (12.45pm)
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup expects several players nursing injuries to be fit to face Everton at the Liberty Stadium.

Ashley Williams (ankle), Leon Britton (illness), Jonathan de Guzman and Danny Graham (both ankle) are carrying knocks but should be available.

Kemy Agustien (calf) joins a lengthy list of absentees including Neil Taylor (broken ankle), Chico Flores (suspension), Kyle Bartley (thigh) and Garry Monk (back), while Laudrup could hand first Premier League starts to Pablo Hernandez and Ki Sung-yueng.

Everton will definitely be without striker Nikica Jelavic for their to Swansea.

The Croatian bruised his knee and shin in a collision with a post early on in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Monday night and, although he tried to carry on, he was substituted later in the first half.

Midfielder Darron Gibson is also out as he continues his recovery from a thigh strain while full-back Tony Hibbert is a doubt after picking up a knock.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Gower, Richards, Davies, Tiendalli.

Everton squad: Howard, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Neville, Pienaar, Osman, Naismith, Fellaini, Mucha, Gueye, Coleman, Heitinga, Anichebe, Mirallas.

Chelsea v Stoke City (3pm)
Chelsea expect Oscar to be fit for Saturday's game against Stoke but Daniel Sturridge once again misses out.

Oscar's sensational full debut was marred by an ankle injury after he was trodden on by Leonardo Bonucci during the Blues' Champions League game against Juventus on Wednesday night.

Sturridge missed that match and it is unclear exactly when he will return, while fellow hamstring injury victim Marko Marin is edging closer to making his debut.

Stoke will be without suspended defender Andy Wilkinson for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Wilkinson starts a three-match ban after the Potters accepted the violent conduct charge brought against him by the Football Association over an incident in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Manchester City where he caught Mario Balotelli in the face with an elbow.

Midfielder Jamie Ness could return having been back in training after his groin injury.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Moses, Piazon, Torres, Turnbull.

Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Upson, Shotton, Wilson, Whelan, Etherington, Pennant, Delap, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Kightly, Whitehead, Adam, Edu, Nzonzi, Owen, Ness.

Southampton v Aston Villa (3pm)
Southampton new boys Gaston Ramirez and Maya Yoshida are pushing for full debuts in Saturday's clash with Aston Villa.

The pair came off the bench in last weekend's 6-1 thrashing by Arsenal with the latter replacing Jos Hooiveld, who is optimistic of returning from the calf injury which forced him off.

Guly do Prado could return after being left out of the squad at the Emirates Stadium, while Jack Cork has overcome an ankle problem picked up in pre-season.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert could be tempted to hand summer signing Christian Benteke his league start against Southampton following the striker's goalscoring cameo last week.

The Belgium international came off the bench to net the second in Villa's 2-0 win over Swansea last Saturday and is vying for a place alongside Darren Bent at St Mary's.

Lambert has Chris Herd and Fabian Delph available after injuries but Marc Albrighton (foot) is not quite ready and Richard Dunne (groin) and Gary Gardner (ligaments) are long-term absentees.

Southampton squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Richardson, Butterfield, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Seabourne, Stephens, Chambers, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Chaplow, Cork, De Ridder, Ramirez, Lallana, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Hammond, S Davis, Lambert, Lee, Rodriguez, Mayuka.

Aston Villa squad: Given, Guzan, Lowton, Bennett, Lichaj, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Herd, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Bannan, Ireland, Delph, Holman, N'Zogbia, Bent, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams.

West Brom v Reading (3pm)
West Brom will be without suspended striker Peter Odemwingie for Saturday's clash with Reading.

The Nigeria international serves the first game of a three-match ban for kicking Sascha Riether in last week's 3-0 defeat at Fulham, opening the door for the likes of Markus Rosenberg, Romelu Lukaku and Marc-Antoine Fortune to seize their chance up front.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke hopes to have full-back Steven Reid available after a hamstring injury but defender Goran Popov is set to miss out with a groin problem.

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy looks set to retain his place in the Reading team.

The 22-year-old replaced regular number one Adam Federici for Sunday's 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham and is likely to stay in the side for the trip to The Hawthorns as Federici is struggling with a knee injury.

Winger Jimmy Kebe is close to a return following a hamstring problem, but boss Brian McDermott is targeting the Capital One Cup tie with QPR for the Mali international's comeback. Striker Jason Roberts (calf) remains unavailable.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell, Jara, Tamas, Dawson, Jones, Dorrans, Yacob, Mulumbu, Morrison, Brunt, Gera, El Ghanassy, Fortune, Long, Rosenberg, Lukaku.

Reading squad: Federici, McCarthy, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Guthrie, Leigertwood, Tabb, McCleary, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Hunt, Robson-Kanu, Church.

West Ham United v Sunderland (3pm)
West Ham's on-loan striker Andy Carroll has returned to light training after a hamstring injury, but will not be in contention for his side's clash against Sunderland.

Carlton Cole and Mali forward Modibo Maiga will be looking to lead the attack for the Hammers, who have no fresh injury concerns.

Midfielder Matt Jarvis, signed from Wolves, could make his home debut after a substitute appearance in last week's goalless draw at Norwich, but Jack Collison (knee) remains sidelined.

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is likely to miss the clash against West Ham as he struggles to shake off a thigh injury.

The 25-year-old sat out England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with the problem and was also absent for last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

Defender Carlos Cuellar (hamstring) is out while Phil Bardsley (ankle) and Wes Brown (knee) are making good progress but are still short of match fitness.

West Ham Squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Noble, Diame, Taylor, Maiga, Nolan, Cole, Jarvis, Vaz Te, Benayoun, McCartney, Diarra, Tomkins, Henderson.

Sunderland squad: Westwood, Mignolet, Cuellar, O'Shea, Bramble, Kilgallon, Rose, Cattermole, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Johnson, Meyler, Campbell, Saha, Fletcher, Wickham, Ji

Wigan v Fulham (3pm)
Defender Antolin Alcaraz is Wigan's only worry as they host with Fulham at the DW Stadium.

The centre-back picked up a groin injury on international duty with Paraguay and missed the 4-0 defeat by Manchester United last weekend but could return to the starting line-up.

Alcaraz will be given a late fitness test but the other players who returned from the international break with knocks are all fully fit.

Fulham welcome back Bryan Ruiz and Mladen Petric for the game at Wigan.

Both forwards missed last weekend's 2-0 win over West Brom and will vie for a place alongside Dimitar Berbatov at the DW Stadium.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Kieran Richardson (hip), Kerim Frei (pelvis) and Philippe Senderos (foot) remain sidelined, while new recruit Ashkan Dejagah is not yet match fit.

Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Beausejour, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney, Kone, Boselli, Di Santo, Gomez, Watson, Jones, Crusat, McManaman, Fyvie, Lopez, Miyaichi, Mustoe, Golobart, Stam.

Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Hangeland, Riether, Hughes, Riise, Sidwell, Duff, Kacaniklic, Petric, Berbatov, Rodallega, Baird, Briggs, Kelly, Stockdale, Kasami, Ruiz, Karagounis, Somogyi.

Liverpool v Manchester United (1.30pm Sunday)
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will bring back all his big names for Sunday's visit of Manchester United.

Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Joe Allen and Martin Kelly were all rested for last night's 5-3 Europa League win at Young Boys but will return as the Reds go looking for their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season.

Forwards Fabio Borini and Raheem Sterling, substitutes in Switzerland, are likely to start while midfielder Jonjo Shelvey pressed his claims for inclusion with a two-goal second-half cameo.

Manchester United winger Ashley Young will miss Sunday's trip to Liverpool after being ruled out for a further two to three weeks with knee cartilage trouble.

Wayne Rooney will also be absent due to a gashed thigh despite reports he was due to make an earlier-than-expected comeback.

Darren Fletcher, who came on as a substitute in the Champions League win over Galatasaray in midweek having recovered from a chronic bowel condition, is not being considered for a return to the starting line-up with Sir Alex Ferguson instead pin-pointing next Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash with Newcastle.

Liverpool squad: Reina, Kelly, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Shelvey, Suarez , Borini, Sterling, Jones, Carragher, Coates, Enrique, Henderson, Sahin, Downing, Assaidi.

Manchester United: Lindegaard, De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Scholes, Fletcher, Powell, Carrick, Cleverley, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Van Persie, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Newcastle v Norwich (3pm Sunday)
Striker Papiss Cisse and midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote could return to the Newcastle squad for Sunday's clash with Norwich.

Cisse missed last night's 0-0 draw with Maritimo in Madeira through illness, while Tiote has been out since the opening day of the season with a calf injury, but both were expected to train today and could be included.

Skipper Fabricio Coloccini could be back on the training pitch on Monday after being treated by Argentina's medical staff for the hamstring strain he suffered on international duty, but the rested Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez and Demba Ba, as well as Hatem Ben Arfa, who has now completed his European ban, will rejoin the squad.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has no new injury concerns for the trip to Newcastle.

Midfielder Elliott Bennett is back in training and Simon Lappin hopes to be back next week after recovering from an ankle ligament injury.

Long-term injury victim, full-back Stephen Whittaker has begun running, while midfielder Jacob Butterfield (knee) could be involved in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

Newcastle squad: Harper, Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, Perch, S. Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Anita, Bigirimana, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Vuckic, Abeid, Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Campbell.

Norwich squad: Ruddy, R Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Jackson, Holt, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Tierney, Tettey, R Bennett, C Martin, Turner, Fox, Kane, Bunn.

Manchester City v Arsenal (4pm Sunday)
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri looks set to miss Sunday's match against former club Arsenal with a hamstring injury.

Striker Sergio Aguero is poised to make his first appearance since the opening match after overcoming a knee problem while manager Roberto Mancini has said there are no disciplinary issues concerning forward Mario Balotelli.

Defender Joleon Lescott will hope to reclaim his place but right-back Micah Richards (ankle) remains sidelined.

Arsenal will again be without first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny because of an ankle problem.

Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Emmanuel Frimpong (knee) both returned to training this week, but are still some way from first-team contention.

Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and French defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg) are expected to feature within the next fortnight.

Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Maicon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, K Toure, Nastasic, Kolarov, Clichy, Nasri, Milner, Sinclair, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Rodwell, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez, Razak.

Arsenal squad: Mannone, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Cazorla, Diaby, Arteta, Podolski, Gervinho, Giroud, Martinez, Ramsey, Walcott, Koscielny, Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin.

Tottenham v QPR (4pm Sunday)
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has to decide whether to recall Brad Friedel or stick with Hugo Lloris in goal for Sunday's game with QPR.

Spurs will test striker Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring) over the next 48 hours to see if he can play any part in the game while Villas-Boas expects Kyle Naughton to be fit despite the defender injuring his right foot against Lazio last night.

Scott Parker (Achilles), Heurelho Gomes (ankle), Jake Livermore (groin), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out.

QPR have a number of injury worries to contend with heading into this weekend's trip to Tottenham.

The west Londoners' defence will be without Anton Ferdinand, Fabio (both hamstring), Stephane Mbia (groin) and Armand Traore (leg) for the White Hart Lane clash.

Adel Taarabt is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury in training today, while Samba Diakite (personal reasons) and Andrew Johnson (anterior cruciate ligament) are unavailable.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Cudicini, Gallas, Dawson, Walker, Vertonghen, Caulker, Naughton, Bale, Lennon, Sandro, Jenas, Dembele, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Carroll, Townsend, Defoe, Adebayor.

QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Onuoha, Bosingwa, Hill, Nelsen, Derry, Park, Granero, Dyer, Taarabt, Hoilett, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Zamora, Cisse.

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