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Weekend English Premier League team news

Updated: Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 13:10 | Comments

Man United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday night
Man United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday night

SATURDAY 24 AUGUST (3pm unless stated)

Everton v West Brom

Defender Sylvain Distin is doubtful for Everton's with West Brom after suffering a knock at Norwich last week.

Midfielder Darron Gibson, who picked up a knee injury during pre-season, is rated only 50-50 to return by manager Roberto Martinez.

Right-back Tony Hibbert (leg) is in contention after returning to training, but fellow defender and new signing Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) is still a fortnight away from fitness.

West Brom will be without Nicolas Anelka, with the striker having been given indefinite compassionate leave following the death of his agent Eric Manasse.

Winger Scott Sinclair, who has joined Albion on a season-long loan from Manchester City, could make his debut.

Defender Steven Reid is unavailable due to a knock, while midfielders Zoltan Gera and George Thorne (both knee) are not yet ready for selection after their injuries.

Everton squad: Howard, Robles, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Hibbert, Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Anichebe, Fellaini, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Barkley, Jelavic, Deulofeu, Kone, Stones, Vellios.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Olsson, Popov, Ridgewell, Lugano, McAuley, Dawson, Jones, Tamas, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Rosenberg, Long, Vydra, Berahino, Sinclair.

Hull v Norwich

New signings Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are expected to make their first start for Hull City when Norwich visit the KC Stadium.

The midfield pair joined from Tottenham last week and made impressive impacts as substitutes in the defeat against Chelsea.

Republic of Ireland international Stephen Quinn (hamstring) is expected to miss out.

Norwich will be without midfielder Elliott Bennett for "several months", according to manager Chris Hughton, after he underwent surgery in midweek on a cruciate ligament injury.

Robert Snodgrass is likely to replace him after recovering from a groin problem.

Striker Gary Hooper (shin) is still out, while defender Sebastien Bassong and midfielder Anthony Pilkington are back in the squad after missing last week.

New Swedish signing Johan Elmander could feature if international clearance comes through in time, while Dutch central midfielder Leroy Fer could also make his debut, after missing the Everton game through suspension.

Hull squad: McGregor, Harper, Brady, Figueroa, Chester, Davies, McShane, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Bruce, Boyd, Huddlestone, Livermore, Koren, Meyler, Graham, Sagbo, Aluko, Fryatt.

Norwich squad: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Garrido, Howson, Johnson, Redmond, Hoolahan, Van Wolfswinkel, Snodgrass, Elmander, Fer, Bassong, Pilkington, Bunn, Becchio, Butterfield, Olsson, Ryan Bennett, Fox, Ayala, Tettey.

Newcastle v West Ham

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will keep a close eye on French midfielder Yohan Cabaye before deciding whether to include him in his squad to face West Ham.

Cabaye was left out of last Monday's 4-0 mauling at Manchester City due to transfer speculation, and Pardew has yet to decide whether to bring him back for the first home game of the Magpies' campaign.

Defender Steven Taylor is suspended after his sending-off at City.

Cheick Tiote faces a late fitness test on a groin complaint, while Jonas Gutierrez (hamstring) and Loic Remy (knee)are definitely out.

West Ham forward Andy Carroll will miss the opportunity to face his former club.

The club's record signing is still struggling with an ankle injury although he is getting closer to a return to training, as is defender George McCartney (knee).

Full-back Razvan Rat is in line to make his debut whilst Stewart Downing could also make his first start for the club.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran, Cisse, Marveaux.

West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Adrian, Reid, Collins, Tomkins, Rat, Demel, O'Brien, Nolan, Collison, Diarra, Morrison, Noble, Diame, Taylor, Vaz Te, Jarvis, Cole, Downing, Maiga.

Southampton v Sunderland

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed new signing Pablo Osvaldo is in contention to play some part in Southampton's first home game of the season against Sunderland.

The Italy international became Saints' club-record signing when he joined from Roma earlier in the week, and the forward is likely to be involved at St Mary's.

Teenage defender Calum Chambers could retain his place with Nathaniel Clyne short of fitness following a pre-season injury.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio looks set to keep faith with central defender Valentin Roberge.

Roberge marred an otherwise encouraging debut with a mistake which sent his side to defeat against Fulham last week but Di Canio has been quick to give the Frenchman his full support.

Defender Craig Gardner is back from suspension but Steven Fletcher (ankle) and Wes Brown (kneee) are both still ruled out.

Southampton squad: Boruc, Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Chambers, Shaw, Fox, Lovren, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Schneiderlin, Cork, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Lallana, Rodriguez, Ramirez, Mayuka, Do Prado, Osvaldo, Lambert.

Sunderland squad: Mannone, Westwood, Celustka, Gardner, O'Shea, Roberge, Colback, Cabral, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Altidore, Wickham, Mandron, Cuellar, Diakite

Stoke v Crystal Palace

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has a trio of midfielders unavailable ahead of their game with with Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium.

Brek Shea, who sustained medial ligament damage in pre-season, is not yet ready to return to action, while Jamie Ness is also out due to an unspecified problem.

Wilson Palacios is also ruled out, after he was removed from the starting line-up for last weekend's 1-0 loss at Liverpool at the last minute, to undergo "a minor surgical procedure".

Winger Jason Puncheon could go straight into Crystal Palace's side, following his season-long loan move from Southampton.

Jerome Thomas, however, is still out with an ankle injury, as is midfielder Yannick Bolasie (hamstring).

Captain Paddy McCarthy (groin) continues his return from injury, along with forward Glenn Murray (knee).

Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Butland, Cameron, Huth, Wilson, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Shotton, Muniesa, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Etherington, Pennant, Walters, Jones, Crouch, Jerome.

Crystal Palace squad: Speroni, Gabbidon, Moxey, Ward, Delaney, Wilbraham, Dobbie, Garvan, Williams, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Gayle, Alexander, Puncheon, Phillips, Chamakh, Gomez, Campana, O'Keefe, Marange.

Aston Villa v Liverpool, 5.30pm.

Aston Villa should have defender Ciaran Clark available for their home game with Liverpool.

Clark was forced off in the first half of the 2-1 loss at Chelsea on Wednesday with a head injury, but is expected to be fit for the Reds' visit to Villa Park.

Midfielder Chris Herd could be in contention for a first appearance this season following his calf problem.

Defender Nathan Baker (ankle) remains a doubt, while winger Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) is definitely out.

Striker Luis Suarez remains the only notable absentee for Liverpool.

The controversial forward is now halfway through the 10-match ban he received last season.

Fellow Uruguayan Sebastian Coates is likely to miss most of the season with a knee injury sustained on international duty last week.

Striker Luis Alberto was an unused substitute against Stoke and still awaits his debut, while new signing Aly Cissokho could also be in contention.

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Steer, Baker, Bennett, Vlaar, Okore, Clark, Luna, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Herd, Sylla, Gardner, Tonev, Helenius, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery.

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Agger, Toure, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Sturridge, Coutinho, Jones, Kelly, Skrtel, Wisdom, Cissokho, Alberto, Henderson, Ibe, Aspas, Borini.

SUNDAY 25 AUGUST

Cardiff v Man City, 4pm

Andreas Cornelius could make his Premier League debut when Cardiff host Manchester City.

The Danish striker missed last weekend's defeat at West Ham due to an ankle injury, but is fighting fit for the visit of Manuel Pellegrini's men.

Andrew Taylor retunrs from suspension and is set to slot in at left-back in place of Declan John

Malky Mackay must weigh up whether to give John Brayford a debut on the other side of defence in place of Matthew Connolly.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (groin) misses the trip to Cardiff and could be sidelined for a month.

Matija Nastasic will replace him in central defence, if he can prove his fitness after an ankle injury.

Fellow defender Micah Richards (hamstring) is likely to be out for another week while striker Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) hopes to be available to make his debut.

Cardiff squad: Marshall, Connolly, Taylor, Caulker, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Cornelius, Campbell, Brayford, Kim, Smith, Gestede, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Mason, Conway, Maynard, McNaughton, Lewis, Moore, Bellamy, John.

Man City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Boyata, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Navas, Fernandinho, Barry, Toure, Garcia, Dzeko, Aguero, Jovetic, Negredo, Rodwell.

Tottenham v Swansea, 4pm

Tottenham are preparing for Sunday's game with Swansea without Gareth Bale, as he edges closer to a world-record move to Real Madrid.

Defender Jan Vertonghen (ankle), winger Aaron Lennon (foot), striker Jermain Defoe (hamstring) and midfielder Sandro (knee) are all expected to be fit for the game, after being rested for the 5-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday night.

Midfielder Lewis Holtby is out with a knee problem and striker Emmanuel Adebayor is not fully fit, following his spell of compassionate leave.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is expected to tinker with his team ahead of the trip to Tottenham.

Left-back Ben Davies may return after missing out against Petrolul Ploiesti in the Europa League through injury, while Jonathan de Guzman's return from concussion means he may be in line for a start in midfield.

Nathan Dyer looks set to miss out again with a hamstring injury, but Jordi Amat and Jose Canas may come into contention for starting berths, as Laudrup looks to manage the demands of domestic and European campaigns.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Rose, Fryers, Dawson, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Capoue, Sandro, Paulinho, Dembele, Carroll, Lennon, Chadli, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Soldado, Defoe, Kane.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Bony, Hernandez, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Ki, De Guzman, Canas, Rangel, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Richards, Davies, Donnelly.

MONDAY 26 AUGUST

Man United v Chelsea, 8pm

David Moyes must decide whether to include Wayne Rooney in his Manchester United starting line-up to face Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday.

The England forward was introduced as a substitute in last week's win at Swansea and after a further week's training, he could come into contention to face the club who have already had two bids for him turned down.

Rafael (hamstring) is out for up to four weeks, with Nani (groin), Ashley Young (ankle) and Javier Hernandez (hamstring) also not expected to be involved.

Chelsea defender David Luiz is doubtful, as Jose Mourinho bids to strike an early blow in the title race.

Brazilian centre-back Luiz has a hamstring problem and missed the first two games of the season,but could return at Old Trafford or for next Friday's UEFA Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich in Prague.

Mourinho could rotate his options, with Romelu Lukaku in line to start up front. Defender Tomas Kalas who suffered a fractured leg in pre-season is out.

Man United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Buttner, Fabio, Zaha, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Anderson, Giggs, Lingard, Januzaj, Welbeck, Rooney, Van Persie.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Schwarzer, Hilario, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Mikel, Essien, Oscar, Ramires, Lampard, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Mata, Moses, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Torres, Lukaku, Ba.

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