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Weekend Premier League team news

Updated: Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 14:57 | Comments

Arsenal will look to bounce back from the humbling defeat last week to Manchester City
Arsenal will look to bounce back from the humbling defeat last week to Manchester City

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SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER (3pm unless stated)

Liverpool v Cardiff, 12.45

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may well stick with the same side which demolished Tottenham last weekend when Cardiff visit Anfield.

With no new injury concerns the Reds could name an unchanged line-up, especially as options in midfield are limited with captain Steven Gerrard still out with a hamstring injury.

Striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) and left-back Jose Enrique (knee) are still sidelined until the new year.

Cardiff have no new injury concerns for their visit north.

Craig Bellamy could yet return from a hamstring injury while Craig Noone is set to feature against his boyhood club after an impressive display against West Brom last weekend.

Andreas Cornelius is pushing for a first start in the Premier League but is likely to again have to settle for a place on the bench behind Fraizer Campbell.

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Agger, Flanagan, Lucas, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Jones, Kelly, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Cissokho.

Cardiff squad: Marshall, Connolly, Taylor, Caulker, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Cornelius, Campbell, Odemwingie, Brayford, Kim, Smith, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard, Theophile-Catherine, Lewis, Bellamy, John.

Crystal Palace v Newcastle

Defender Dean Moxey has recovered from a hamstring injury in time to be in the Crystal Palace squad for their home clash against Newcastle.

The 27-year-old missed the defeat at Chelsea but is back in contention but manager Tony Pulis will have to give late fitness tests to midfield duo Stuart O'Keefe and Kagisho Dikgacoi who both have small muscular complaints.

Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas and Adlene Guedioura and Jonny Williams are all definite absentees.

France midfielder Yohan Cabaye will return to the Newcastle squad.

The 27-year-old missed the 1-1 draw with Southampton through suspension after collecting his fifth booking of the season at Manchester United the previous weekend.

As a result, manager Alan Pardew will have a more or less full complement from which to choose with no fresh injury concerns having arisen.

Crystal Palace squad: Speroni, Price, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Mariappa, Moxey, Puncheon, Kebe, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bannan, O'Keefe, Bolasie, Gayle, Chamakh, Jerome, Phillips.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Santon, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.

Fulham v Manchester City

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen has no new injury worries for his side's clash against Manchester City at Craven Cottage.

Striker Hugo Rodallega has resumed training after his lengthy lay-off with a muscle injury but is unlikely to be rushed back into the squad.

Central defender Brede Hangeland is making good progress after surgery on his sciatic nerve complaint as is defender Matthew Briggs after his hernia operation.

Manchester City have a problem at right-back for their trip to London with Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards (both hamstring) injured.

Possible alternatives include central defender Dedryck Boyata, midfielder James Milner or left-backs Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov. 

The forward line is also weakened by the absence of top scorer Sergio Aguero (calf) and Stevan Jovetic (illness) is not ready to return. Defender Matija Nastasic (calf) is also still out.

Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Arne Riise, Sidwell, Parker, Karagounis, Dejagah, Berbatov, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Ruiz, Bent, Stockdale, Richardson, Duff, Zverotic, Vigen Christensen, Amorebieta.

Manchester City squad: Pantilimon, Hart, Boyata, Milner, Kompany, Demichelis, Lescott, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Silva, Navas, Garcia, Fernandinho, Toure, Rodwell, Dzeko, Negredo, Guidetti.

Manchester United v West Ham

Manchester United winger Nani will miss the encounter with West Ham at Old Trafford.

The Portugal international has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and joins Robin van Persie (thigh) and Michael Carrick (Achilles) on the sidelines.

Wayne Rooney could be available after a groin injury as United look to avoid a third successive league defeat on home soil for the first time since 1979.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will welcome back James Tomkins. 

The defender missed the midweek Capital One Cup win over Tottenham with a groin injury but is now back in contention.

Captain Kevin Nolan again misses out as he serves the last of his three-match ban for his sending off at Liverpool while Winston Reid (ankle), Stewart Downing (calf), Andy Carroll (heel), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Mladen Petric (thigh) are also absent.

Manchester United: De Gea, Lindegaard, Johnstone, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Vidic, Fabio, Valencia, Nani, Jones, Fletcher, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Young, Zaha, Januzaj, Rooney, Welbeck, Kagawa, Hernandez.

West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Tomkins, McCartney, Collins, Noble, Jarvis, J Cole, Diame, Morrison, Maiga, Adrian, Collison, O'Brien, Rat, Taylor, Diarra, C Cole.

Stoke City v Aston Villa

Aston Villa will be without forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, but have midfielder Fabian Delph back available.

Agbonlahor is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, but Delph is set to feature having now completed the ban he was serving for the same reason.

Gary Gardner has returned to first-team involvement having recovered from a back complaint and fellow midfielder Chris Herd should be fit to play after a facial injury, but captain and defender Ron Vlaar (calf) is still a major doubt, while it remains to be seen whether or not striker Christian Benteke - now without a goal in his last 10 Villa appearances - keeps his place in the first XI.

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

Sunderland v Norwich City

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet can bring back striker Steven Fletcher and midfielder Jack Colback for the crucial home tie against Norwich. 

Both Fletcher and Colback missed the midweek Capital One Cup win over Chelsea due to illness but have returned to training and are expected to declare themselves fully fit.

Poyet had no new injury worries arising from the win over Jose Mourinho's men, but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) are both still missing.

Norwich club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe) and Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass (knee) are both set to be back in the squad.

Goalkeeper Mark Bunn is back training after his ankle operation and could be involved again.

However, midfielder Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) remains sidelined, along with winger Elliott Bennett (knee) and midfielder Alexander Tettey (ankle).

Sunderland squad: Mannone, Pickford, Celustka, Dossena, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cattermole, Cabral, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Mavrias, Fletcher, Altidore, Borini.

Norwich squad: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Olsson, Johnson, Fer, Howson, Redmond, Hoolahan, Hooper, Bunn, Josh Murphy, Becchio, Elmander, Garrido, R Bennett, Martin, Snodgrass, van Wolfswinkel, Nash.

West Brom v Hull City

Goalkeeper Ben Foster could return from a foot injury for West Brom's clash as they play host to Hull.

The England international has not featured since August 24, but caretaker boss Keith Downing has said the 30-year-old is in line to face the Tigers.

Downing, taking the team after Steve Clarke was sacked last weekend, has no injury worries to contend with.

Robbie Brady is out of Hull's match against West Brom with a groin injury.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder is now doubtful for all of the Tigers' matches over the Christmas period, with the injury continuing to cause problems.

Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Stephen Quinn (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Ridgewell, Olsson, McAuley, Lugano, Brunt, Sessegnon, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Berahino, Yacob, Anichebe, Vydra, Long, Anelka, Morrison, Popov, Dawson, Reid, Sinclair, Gera, Rosenberg.

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

SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER

Southampton v Tottenham, 1.30

Tottenham will be without Andros Townsend after the winger was forced off during the Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham with a hamstring injury and will not be fit to play any part at St Mary's.

Caretaker manager Tim Sherwood will have captain Michael Dawson available after a ban but Paulinho is still suspended and defensive duo Younes Kaboul (thigh) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle) are also missing.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Rose, Naughton, Fryers, Dawson, Capoue, Dembele, Lamela, Lennon, Eriksen, Dombaxe, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Kane, Adebayor, Defoe, Soldado.

Saints defender Nathaniel Clyne will face a fitness test on his hamstring complaint.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino will definitely have to do without Artur Boruc, Kelvin Davis, Danny Fox, Guly do Prado and Victor Wanyama who are all still injured.

Southampton squad: Chambers, Lovren, Hooiveld, Shaw, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Rodriguez, S Davis, Osvaldo, Lambert, Yoshida, Schneiderlin, Fonte, Ramirez, Lallana, Gallagher, Cropper.
 

Swansea v Everton, 4.00

Swansea forward Michu is a doubt for the visit of Everton.

The Spaniard is nursing an ankle problem, while Nathan Dyer is facing a long spell on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage at Norwich and Michel Vorm has undergone ankle surgery.

Garry Monk continues to be ruled out with a knee problem, but Leon Britton and Chico Flores should return from a toe injury and suspension respectively. 

Everton have James McCarthy back available with the midfielder having completed his suspension for collecting five bookings this season.

On-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained against Fulham, and Tony Hibbert (knee) is not yet ready for first-team involvement again.

Fellow defender Leighton Baines is continuing to work his way back from a broken toe, with St Stephen's Day looking likely right now as the point at which he will be able to make his return to match action.

Swansea squad: Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Bony, Hernandez, Lamah, Routledge, Tiendalli, De Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Richards, Davies, Zabret.

Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Alcaraz, Oviedo, Barry, Osman, McCarthy, Mirallas, Pienaar, Barkley, Lukaku, Robles, Stones, Heitinga, Naismith, Jelavic.

MONDAY 23 DECEMBER

Arsenal v Chelsea, 8.00pm

Arsenal will be without midfielder Jack Wilshere, who starts a two-match suspension, for Monday eagerly awaited tussle with Chelsea.

Centre-half Laurent Koscielny is a major doubt after suffering a gash to his knee in the 6-3 defeat at Manchester City, but German forward Lukas Podolski is available again after three months out with a hamstring injury.

Forward Yaya Sanogo (back), midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all still sidelined.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is to return to the substitutes' bench for the meeting with his former club.

With Branislav Ivanovic available after serving a one-match ban, the Serbia defender will return at right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta reverting to left-back and Cole dropping out of the side.

Captain John Terry will also return, but Michael Essien is banned after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season at Sunderland and his fellow midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud, Fabianski, Monreal, Bendtner, Cazorla, Rosicky, Arteta, Jenkinson, Podolski, Gnabry, Koscielny.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Blackman, Bertrand.

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