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English Premier League preview: Injuries & suspensions for Ireland internationals

Updated: Friday, 27 Dec 2013 18:05 | Comments

John O'Shea is struggling with an injury, while Marc Wilson is suspended
John O'Shea is struggling with an injury, while Marc Wilson is suspended

West Ham v West Brom (Sat, 12.45pm)

James Collins will have a calf complaint assessed on Friday and looks unlikely to feature in West Ham's clash with West Brom.

The injury resulted in the Welsh centre-back being forced off in the first half of the Hammers' 3-1 defeat to Arsenal - a match Ravel Morrison missed through a groin issue.

Andy Carroll, Ricardo Vaz Te, Stewart Downing and Winston Reid remain sidelined, while Adrian will hope to remain in goal despite an unconvincing display against the Gunners.

West Brom will give a fitness test to striker Shane Long, who is doubtful for Saturday's game because of a calf injury.

Fellow striker Victor Anichebe (groin) is also a doubt for the match at Upton Park.

Caretaker manager Keith Downing will make changes to his line-up as the lunchtime kick-off comes less than 48 hours after the Baggies drew 1-1 at Tottenham.

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

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.

Norwich v Manchester United (Sat, 3.00pm)

Norwich will be without suspended centre-half Michael Turner for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Manchester United at Carrow Road.

Midfielder Jonathan Howson (back) remains doubtful.

Wingers Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Elliott Bennett (knee) are still sidelined, along with midfielder Alexander Tettey (ankle).

Manchester United may need to move Chris Smalling to right-back for Saturday's trip to Norwich.

Manager David Moyes is short in the position after Rafael suffered a first-half groin injury against Hull and replacement Antonio Valencia picked up a late red card.

Phil Jones is out for a fortnight with a knee problem but Nemanja Vidic could come in and there will be late tests on Michael Carrick (Achilles) and Robin van Persie (thigh).

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

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

Manchester City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 3.00pm)

Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic could be back in contention for Saturday's visit of Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League.

The Serbia international was on the bench for the clash with Liverpool after eight games out with a calf injury while fellow centre-back Martin Demichelis was absent after pulling up in training.

Top scorer Sergio Aguero (calf) and right-back Micah Richards (hamstring) remain on the sidelines while striker Stevan Jovetic is now out with a hamstring problem.

Crystal Palace top scorer Marouane Chamakh returns from suspension for the trip to City.

Yannick Bolasie replaced Chamakh for the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa and was arguably their most impressive player so manager Tony Pulis must decide whether to keep the winger in the team.

Match-winner Dwight Gayle is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench again, while none of Pulis' injured players are expected to be fit.

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

Crystal Palace squad: Speroni, Mariappa, Moxey, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Bolasie, Jedinak, Jerome, Gayle, Puncheon, Parr, Campana, Bannan, Phillips, Williams, Price, Chamakh.

Aston Villa v Swansea City (Sat, 3.00pm)

Aston Villa will still be without striker Christian Benteke and defender Ron Vlaar for their Barclays Premier League match against Swansea at Villa Park on Saturday.

Benteke has missed the last two games with a knee problem, but boss Paul Lambert is hopeful he will be available to play Sunderland on New Year's Day, while Vlaar's calf injury has kept him out since early December.

Midfielder Ashley Westwood will be available again after missing the 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace through suspension.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will make changes for the trip to Villa Park in a bid to turn his side's momentum.

Striker Michu, midfielder Nathan Dyer (both ankle) and goalkeeper Michel Vorm (knee) missed the loss at Chelsea, along with defender Garry Monk (knee).

Midfielder Leon Britton returned from a broken toe at Stamford Bridge and could continue as Laudrup plans changes for the second match in 48 hours, as his side bid to improve a run of one win in six.

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

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

Hull City v Fulham (Sat, 3.00pm)

Hull expect to be without goalkeeper Allan McGregor and midfielder David Meyler for Saturday's visit of Fulham.

Both players came off at half-time with knee problems in the 3-2 loss to Manchester United and are unlikely to manage the quick turnaround.

Alex Bruce is also struggling with a calf complaint sustained in the same match, while Stephen Quinn (hamstring) and Sone Aluko (Achilles) remain sidelined.

Fulham will be without first-choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg for their trip to Hull.

David Stockdale deputised in the 2-1 win at Norwich after Stekelenburg injured an ankle in training on Christmas Day and the Holland international remains sidelined.

Dimitar Berbatov (groin) also missed the trip to Carrow Road but could feature at Hull whilst Brede Hangeland (back), Philippe Senderos (abductor) and Matthew Briggs (hernia) are out.

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

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

Cardiff City v Sunderland (Sat, 5:30pm)

Managerless Cardiff have no new injury concerns ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland.

Gary Medel missed the defeat to Southampton due to flu but could be fit enough to feature against the Black Cats, while Andreas Cornelius and Declan John could start after coming off the bench yesterday.

But Craig Bellamy will miss out again due to his ongoing knee injury.

Sunderland will again be without Wes Brown for the away clash in Cardiff, while it remains to be seen whether or not his fellow defender John O'Shea is able to feature.

The pair missed the 1-0 win at Everton, with Brown starting a three-match suspension and O'Shea having been nursing a shoulder problem.

Definitely still ruled out through injury are goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and yet another defender, Carlos Cuellar (hip).

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

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

Everton v Southampton (Sun, 1.30pm)

Tim Howard and Gareth Barry will both sit out Everton's Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton at Goodison Park on Sunday due to suspension.

Howard's ban comes after the goalkeeper was shown a straight red card in the 1-0 home loss to Sunderland, while for on-loan Manchester City midfielder Barry, the suspension is the result of him picking up his fifth booking of the season in that game.

Forward Kevin Mirallas was substituted at half-time during the contest having felt unwell and it remains to be seen whether or not he or Toffees full-back Leighton Baines, who has been sidelined by a broken toe but is nearing readiness for a comeback, will feature.

Darron Gibson remains out for the foreseeable future, as he recovers from a cruciate ligament injury.

Southampton will check on Dejan Lovren ahead of the trip to Everton.

The defender missed the win at Cardiff through illness but could return against the Toffees, while Nathaniel Clyne and Dani Osvaldo are also in contention.

But Artur Boruc (hand), Victor Wanyama (shin) and Guly do Prado (knee) remain sidelined.

Everton squad: Robles, Taudul, Coleman, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Oviedo, Stones, Heitinga, Alcaraz, Baines, Mirallas, McCarthy, Pienaar, Barkley, Osman, Naismith, Lukaku, Vellios, Jelavic.

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

Newcastle United v Arsenal (Sun, 1.30pm)

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote will return to the squad from suspension for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with leaders Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international missed the 5-1 victory over Stoke after collecting his fifth booking of the season, but is likely to go straight back into the starting line-up.

Manager Alan Pardew, who replaced Tiote with Hatem Ben Arfa against the Potters, has no fresh injury concerns with midfielder Jonas Gutierrez recovering from a calf problem.

Aaron Ramsey will miss Arsenal's trip to Newcastle due to a thigh complaint but Jack Wilshere returns from suspension.

Arsene Wenger confirmed Wales midfielder Ramsey will miss at least the rest of the Christmas period with a thigh injury picked up in the 3-1 win against West Ham.

Tomas Rosicky was rested for the Upton Park clash but could return to the squad at St James' Park, while Wilshere is available after completing a two-match suspension.

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny could play after a cut knee, while Lukas Podolski will be hoping for a start having marked his return from injury with a goal at West Ham. Yaya Sanogo (back), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) remain sidelined for a match Wenger hinted he would make several changes.

Newcastle United 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.

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

Chelsea v Liverpool (Sun, 4.00pm)

Ramires is suspended when Chelsea tackle Liverpool in a key Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Brazil midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea and serves a one-match ban, with Frank Lampard likely to return to the starting line-up in his place.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his options once more, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill in line to return in defence at the expense of Ashley Cole and David Luiz, while Fernando Torres could start up front against his former club.

Liverpool will be without forward Victor Moses for their clash at Chelsea due to the terms of his loan from the Londoners.

That leaves the Reds short on numbers with captain Steven Gerrard and defender Jon Flanagan (both hamstring) not ready to return.

Manager Brendan Rodgers could again bolster his squad with youth or reserve team players. Striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) and defender Jose Enrique (knee) are also still on the sidelines.

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

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

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke (Sun, 4.00pm)

Midfielder Paulinho returns from suspension, but right-back Kyle Walker misses Tottenham's match against Stoke after picking up his fifth booking of the season against West Brom.

Striker Jermain Defoe (hamstring), winger Aaron Lennon (stomach) and midfielder Mousa Dembele (ankle) are doubts.

Midfielder Sandro (calf), centre-back Younes Kaboul (thigh), winger Andros Townsend (hamstring) and defender Jan Vertonghen (ankle) remain sidelined.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes will be without a trio of key players for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan and defender Marc Wilson were both sent off in the 5-1 defeat at Newcastle and will miss out through suspension.

In addition, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could be sidelined for up to six weeks after breaking a finger in training the day before the game at St James' Park, while defender Robert Huth continues his recovery from knee surgery.

Tottenham Hotspur squad: Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Gomes, Fredericks, Naughton, Rose, Fryers, Dawson, Chiriches, Veljkovic, Capoue, Dembele, Paulinho, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Chadli, Bentaleb, Lamela, Holtby, Adebayor, Defoe, Soldado, Coulthirst.

Stoke City squad: Sorensen, Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Pieters, Muniesa, Wilkinson, Palacios, Pennant, Nzonzi, Arnautovic, Adam, Walters, Assaidi, Ireland, Shea, Crouch, Jones.

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