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Weekend Premier League and FA Cup team news

Updated: Friday, 08 Mar 2013 18:48 | Comments

Rafael Benitez brings his Chelsea side to Old Trafford for the FA Cup on Sunday
Rafael Benitez brings his Chelsea side to Old Trafford for the FA Cup on Sunday

PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS

Norwich v Southampton (Saturday 3.00)
Norwich will again be without midfielder Alex Tettey because of a knee problem for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash against Southampton at Carrow Road.

On-loan Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara is pressing for a place in the starting XI after some impressive displays as a substitute.

England goalkeeper John Ruddy continues his rehabilitation from thigh surgery and is set for a return at the end of March, but winger Andrew Surman is not expected to play again this season after a minor operation on his knee.

Southampton will check on the fitness of Adam Lallana and Danny Fox.

The pair were forced off during last Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to QPR with neck and quadriceps complaints respectively.

Luke Shaw was limited to a substitute appearance in that game due to a recent thigh problem, while Vegard Forren will be hoping to make his first-team debut after appearing for the Under-21s against Liverpool on Monday.

Norwich squad: Bunn, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Hoolahan, Howson, Kamara, Holt, Camp, Pilkington, R Bennett, Fox, Whittaker, E Bennett, Becchio.

Southampton squad: Boruc, K Davis, Clyne, Richardson, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Fonte, Forren, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Chaplow, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana, do Prado, Puncheon, Mayuka, Lambert, Rodriguez.

QPR v Sunderland (Saturday 3.00)
QPR boss Harry Redknapp will make a late decision on the fitness of Julio Cesar and Bobby Zamora ahead of Saturday's visit of Sunderland.Bobby Zamora scores against Norwich

Brazil international Cesar had to be replaced in the second half of last weekend's 2-1 win at Southampton following a heavy collision, while Zamora remains doubtful with the ankle injury that has kept him out of that match.

Both players were due to take part in training today with Robert Green, who made a vital late save after coming on at St Mary's, ready to fill in again if required.

Matthew Kilgallon and Danny Rose are set to ease Martin O'Neill's personnel worries by returning to the Sunderland squad.

Defender Kilgallon is back in the fold after missing last week's draw with Fulham due to illness, while Rose could also figure after coming through a training match this week following a hamstring strain.

O'Neill has signalled his intention to bring striker Connor Wickham back to the Stadium of Light after his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, but Wickham will not be available to figure tomorrow.

QPR squad: Cesar, Green, Onuoha, Hill, Ben Haim, Samba, Mbia, Fabio, Traore, Granero, Diakite, Hoilett, Park, Derry, Taarabt, Jenas, Townsend, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Remy, Bothroyd, Zamora.

Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Cuellar, Mangane, N'Diaye, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Graham.

Reading v Aston Villa (Saturday 3.00)
Third-choice goalkeeper Stuart Taylor will again take his place between the Reading posts for the visit of former club Aston Villa.

Taylor made his first Premier League appearance since 2008 in last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Everton after Adam Federici sprained an ankle.

Federici is still at least a week away while Jimmy Kebe is also a doubt for the relegation clash.

Pavel Pogrebnyak serves the second of his three-game ban while fellow striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are still absent.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has been ruled out through suspension.

Delph serves a two-game ban after collecting his 10th yellow card of the campaign during Monday's 1-0 home defeat against Manchester City.Paul Lambert - under pressure

Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful captain Ron Vlaar will recover from the calf injury that has ruled him out of the last two games, but striker Darren Bent (foot) is again set to miss out.

Reading squad: Taylor, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce, Kelly, McAnuff, McCleary, Leigertwood, Kebe, Blackman, Le Fondre, Akpan, Robson-Kanu, Hunt, Morrison, Karacan, Shorey.

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Marshall, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Baker, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Sylla, Ireland, Westwood, Dawkins, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann.

West Brom v Swansea (Saturday 3.00)
Midfielder Kemy Agustien will miss Swansea's trip to West Brom after suffering a thigh injury.

The Dutchman joins defender Chico Flores on the sidelines, as the Spaniard is still a few weeks away from returning from ruptured ankle ligaments.

Garry Monk deputised for Flores against Newcastle last weekend, while manager Michael Laudrup must mull over whether to again start with Pablo Hernandez, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge in behind top scorer Michu.

West Brom will welcome back a trio of players in skipper Chris Brunt, on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku and left-back Goran Popov.

Midfielder Brunt has recovered from the ankle injury which kept him out of the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend while Lukaku was ineligible to play against his parent club.

Popov has served a three-game ban for his red card after spitting at Tottenham defender Kyle Walker. Striker Shane Long is the Baggies main injury worry with a recurrence of an ankle injury.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Reid, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas, Ridgewell, Popov, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Lukaku, Long, Fortune, Odemwingie, Rosenberg, Sawyers, Brown.

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

Newcastle v Stoke City (Sunday 3.00)
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will hope to have striker Papiss Cisse back in the fold for Sunday's clash with Stoke.

The Senegal international missed last night's 0-0 Europa League draw with Anzhi Makhachkala, which the Magpies started without a specialist frontman, through illness, but could return for the game at St James' Park.

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran, who were ineligible in Moscow, will be available once again, as will midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who was spared 90 minutes on the artificial pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium because of a knee problem, but skipper Fabricio Coloccini (back) is out for up to seven weeks and keeper Tim Krul continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hoping Matthew Etherington could be fit for Sunday.

The winger has been struggling with a back injury and has had injections but has trained the last couple of days and has a chance.

Robert Huth serves the second game of a three-match ban so Marc Wilson is likely to deputise in the centre of defence again while striker Michael Owen (thigh) is fit and will be desperate to get a chance against his old club.

Newcastle squad: Elliot, Alnwick, Debuchy, Simpson, Santon, Haidara, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Tiote, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko, Gouffran, Cisse, Ameobi, Campbell.

Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Cameron, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Shotton, Shea, Wilson, Owen.

Liverpool v Tottenham (Sunday 4.00)
Striker Daniel Sturridge and defender Martin Skrtel will both return from injury for Liverpool.

Sturridge has overcome a thigh problem which kept him out of last weekend's 4-0 win at Wigan and he is likely to regain his spot in the side.

Skrtel also returned to training this week after a knee injury but might have to settle for a place on the bench.

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is a doubt for after suffering a hamstring injury in last night's win over Inter Milan.Aaron Lennon

Midfielder Mousa Dembele is expected to be fit despite coming off in the second half of last night's game while Emmanuel Adebayor will return to the squad after overcoming a knee injury.

Tom Huddlestone (knee) and Clint Dempsey (calf) are doubts, but Younes Kaboul and Sandro (both knee) are definitely unavailable.

Liverpool squad: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Allen, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge, Gulacsi, Wisdom, Coates, Skrtel, Henderson, Shelvey, Downing, Sterling, Assaidi, Suso.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Gallas, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Holtby, Livermore, Dembele, Carroll, Parker, Huddlestone, Bale, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Defoe, Adebayor.

FA CUP TEAM NEWS

Everton v Wigan (Saturday 12.45)
Everton manager David Moyes has not yet made a decision on goalkeeper Tim Howard's fitness for the trip to Wigan.

The United States international missed last week's win over Reading with a back injury and if he is not passed fit then Jan Mucha will make his first FA Cup appearance for the Toffees.

Centre-back Phil Jagielka is missing after surgery on an ankle injury so John Heitinga is set to deputise.

Wigan have fit-again pair Adrian Lopez and Ryo Miyaichi back available for first-team selection ahead of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.

Defender Lopez and winger Miyaichi could be involved at Goodison Park after both featured in the Latics' Under-21s fixture against Nottingham Forest earlier this week as they continued their rehabilitation from hamstring and ankle problems respectively.

Manager Roberto Martinez has indicated he may tomorrow once again give an opportunity to some fringe players - such as striker Callum McManaman and midfielder Fraser Fyvie - who have come into the Wigan team for other cup games this season

Everton squad: Mucha, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios, Gibson, Mirallas, Duffy, Barkley, Howard.

Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Scharner, Figueroa, Beausejour, Gomez, Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Kone, Di Santo, Henriquez, Golobart, Dicko, Robles, Alcaraz, Boyce, Lopez, Miyaichi, Fyvie.

Man City v Barnsley (Saturday 5.30)
Manchester City will not risk captain Vincent Kompany or striker Sergio Aguero against npower Championship strugglers Barnsley.

Defender Kompany has missed the last six games with calf problems while Aguero pulled out of Monday's game at Aston Villa with knee trouble.

Right-backs Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee) remain sidelined for the quarter-final clash at the Etihad Stadium while midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is once again injured.

Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson could have a late fitness test.

Dawson has missed the last nine matches since damaging ankle ligaments at Ipswich in mid-January and is hoping to prove his fitness in time to feature.

Manager David Flitcroft has no new injury or suspension problems following the midweek draw at Burnley. On-loan Stoke defender Rory Delap and fellow loanee Ryan Tunnicliffe, from Manchester United, were both unused substitutes at Turf Moor and could return to the starting line-up.

Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, K Toure, Nastasic, Lescott, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Sinclair, Silva, Nasri, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Tevez, Dzeko, Lopes, Suarez.

Barnsley squad: Steele, Lidakevicius, Foster, Cranie, Kennedy, Wiseman, Hassell, Delap, Etuhu, Perkins, Mellis, Tunnicliffe, Harewood, Dagnall, O'Grady, Cywka, Scotland, O'Brien.

Millwall v Blackburn (Sunday 2.00)
Millwall manager Kenny Jackett will give on-loan striker Rob Hulse every chance to prove his fitness before this FA Cup quarter-final.

The QPR loanee is struggling with a stomach injury but will be assessed over the next couple of days to see if he can lead the line against Rovers.

Benik Afobe has returned to parent club Arsenal after suffering a serious knee injury while James Henry (knee) is also missing, with Martyn Woolford cup-tied.

Leon Best is in line to make his first Blackburn start when Michael Appleton's side travel to Millwall.

Best, who suffered cruciate knee ligament damage shortly after a £3million summer move from Newcastle, made his long-awaited Rovers debut from the bench late in Tuesday's night's 1-0 npower Championship defeat at Bolton and appears set to partner Jordan Rhodes in attack as DJ Campbell is cup-tied.

Campbell's fellow loanees Cameron Stewart and David Jones are also unavailable, meaning Josh King and David Dunn could be named among the substitutes despite only returning to training on Friday from respective hamstring and calf problems. Colin Kazim-Richards, Lee Williamson (both ankle), Martin Olsson (eye), Dickson Etuhu (knee) and Paul Robinson (back) remain unavailable.

Blackburn squad: Kean, Sandomierski, Henley, Dann, Hanley, Markus Olsson, Orr, Rekik, Givet, Lowe, Murphy, Pedersen, Dunn, Bentley, Rhodes, Best, Nuno Gomes, King, Nunes, Goodwillie.

Millwall squad: Forde, M Taylor, Dunne, Shittu, Lowry, Beevers, J Smith, A Smith, Osbourne, Malone, Wright, Trotter, Feeney, C Taylor, N'Guessan, Abdou, Marquis, Keogh, Hulse.

Man United v Chelsea (Sunday 4.30)
Ryan Giggs will sit out Manchester United's tie with Chelsea on Sunday.

Giggs is not required by manager Alex Ferguson following his outstanding performance against Real Madrid, so his wide berth is likely to go to Antonio Valencia or Ashley Young.Wayne Rooney

Phil Jones (ankle) and Paul Scholes (knee) are definitely out, while the main focus will be on whether Wayne Rooney gets a start after being left on the bench against Madrid.

Chelsea captain John Terry and striker Fernando Torres could make way as Rafael Benitez again rotates his squad.

Terry's fitness travails mean he is unlikely to be asked to play twice in four days, and Torres played in last night's Europa League loss at Steaua Bucharest also.

Demba Ba, Victor Moses, Ramires and Nathan Ake return to the squad after missing the trip to Romania, while Oriol Romeu (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Manchester United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Buttner, Nani, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Kagawa, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez, Van Persie.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Cole, Bertrand, Luiz, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Mata, Benayoun, Mikel, Moses, Lampard, Hazard, Marin, Torres, Ba, Ake.

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