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New Year's Day Premier League team news

Updated: Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 15:01 | Comments

Arsenal will be expected to see off Cardiff at the Emirates and still lead the Premier League race before the break for the FA Cup
Arsenal will be expected to see off Cardiff at the Emirates and still lead the Premier League race before the break for the FA Cup

WEDNESDAY 1 JANUARY (3pm)

Swansea v Manchester City, 12.45

Michu, Michel Vorm and Nathan Dyer remain sidelined for Swansea. 

Michu and Vorm are recovering after undergoing ankle and knee surgery respectively, while Dyer is facing a long spell out after suffering ankle ligament damage at Norwich.

Manager Michael Laudrup may again opt to rotate his squad, with Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel all in contention for a start.

Manchester City playmaker David Silva is suspended after accumulating five bookings.

Top scorer Sergio Aguero (calf) also remains on the sidelines along with striker Stevan Jovetic and defenders Martin Demichelis and Micah Richards (all hamstring).

Goalkeeper Joe Hart will play despite five stitches in a wound under his left eye and right-back Pablo Zabaleta, rested against Crystal Palace on Saturday after recent injury, is fit.

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

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

Arsenal v Cardiff City

Arsenal will be without striker Olivier Giroud (ankle) and Kieran Gibbs (calf) , but expect other key men to be available.

Midfielders Tomas Rosicky (calf), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and forward Theo Walcott (shoulder) were all carrying minor knocks, while defenders Nacho Monreal and Thomas Vermaelen have both been laid low by illness.

However, following Tuesday's training session, all should now be involved in the squad.

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh) will be out for around three weeks, while the extent of German playmaker Mesut Ozil's shoulder problem is still being assessed. Yaya Sanogo (back), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) all remain sidelined.

Craig Bellamy will again miss out for Cardiff.

The veteran forward has been struggling with a knee injury and will not feature at the Emirates, while left-back Andrew Taylor is also set to miss out with a knock.

That means teenager Declan John should continue in defence, while caretaker boss David Kerslake may decide to recall Aron Gunnarsson and Peter Odemwingie to his side.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Arteta, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Fabianski, Rosicky, Monreal, Vermaelen, Bendtner, Gnabry, Frimpong.

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

Crystal Palace v Norwich 

Cameron Jerome will face a late test on a knee injury ahead of the clash against fellow Premier League strugglers Norwich.

The striker, on loan from Stoke, was forced off during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester City but Eagles boss Tony Pulis is hopeful of having Jerome available.

Midfield duo Stuart O'Keefe and Kagisho Dikgacoi have returned to training following minor muscular injuries but Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas and Adlene Guedioura remain out.

Norwich hope to have forward Gary Hooper fit after he was troubled by a tight muscle in his leg against Manchester United.

Centre-half Michael Turner returns from suspension, but midfielder Jonny Howson remains doubtful again following his back problem.

Midfielders Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Alexander Tettey (ankle) are on course to return in January, while winger Elliott Bennett (knee) is a long-term absentee.

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

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

Fulham v West Ham United

Dimitar Berbatov (groin) and Adel Taarabt (ankle) face late fitness tests ahead of West Ham's visit.

Defender Phillipe Senderos and midfielder Scott Parker are both fit to play.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is expected to continue with Hugo Rodallega up front should Berbatov and Taarabt both miss out.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is also still missing, meaning David Stockdale continues after leaking six goals in defeat at Hull last weekend.

West Ham will be without any recognised central defenders.

James Tomkins was forced off early in the 3-3 draw with West Brom with a groin injury and joins fellow defenders James Collins (groin) and Winston Reid (ankle) on the sidelines, although midfielder Ravel Morrison could return.

Andy Carroll is back in training following a long-term heel injury but is not in contention whilst Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Stewart Downing (calf) and Mladen Petric (thigh) all miss out.

Fulham squad: Stockdale, Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Parker, Karagounis, Sidwell, Ruiz, Kasami, Dejagah, Rodallega, Kacinicklic, Richardson, Boateng, Zverotic, David, Bent, Bettinelli.

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

Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could make his return to action against Hull. 

Gerrard, who has missed the Reds' last four games after sustaining a hamstring problem in a win over West Ham on 7 December, has been back in training and his condition is being assessed ahead of the contest. 

Joe Allen (abductor) has been ruled out for "a few weeks" and Mamadou Sakho (hamstring) also looks set to miss a number of matches, but Jordan Henderson is expected to be fit despite feeling sore after Sunday's defeat at Chelsea, while the on-loan Victor Moses is available again after being ineligible for the meeting with his parent club. 

Hull midfielder David Meyler (knee) and defender Alex Bruce (calf) could be in contention to play at Anfield.

The pair had both been doubtful for Saturday's clash against Fulham but were unused substitutes as their team won 6-0 at the KC Stadium.

Midfielder Stephen Quinn (hamstring) and striker Sone Aluko (Achilles) have both been long-term casualties.

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

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

Southampton v Chelsea 

Southampton will assess the fitness of club-record signing Dani Osvaldo before the visit of Chelsea.

The Italy forward suffered a knock in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle and, having recovered from that, was then struck down by illness.

Morgan Schneiderlin returns from suspension while Nathaniel Clyne will be hoping to start as he steps up his return from a hamstring complaint. Artur Boruc (hand), Victor Wanyama (shin) and Guly do Prado (knee) remain sidelined.

Chelsea are without Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz.

Lampard (undisclosed muscular injury) and Ivanovic (knee) were injured in Sunday's win over Liverpool, when Luiz picked up his fifth booking of the season to incur a suspension.

Ivanovic's injury means Ashley Cole is set to return at left-back with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to the right, while midfielder Ramires is back from a one-game ban.

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

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

Stoke v Everton 

Stoke's Irish duo of Marc Wilson and midfielder Glenn Whelan return from suspension.

Forward Marko Arnautovic could also return after missing Sunday's defeat at Tottenham through illness.

Defender Andy Wilkinson faces a spell on the sidelines with a foot injury while goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is still missing with a broken finger.

Everton defender Sylvain Distin is expected to recover from a minor hamstring problem to face the Potters.

Fellow centre-back Phil Jagielka will be sidelined for a few weeks with a similar injury but midfielder Gareth Barry returns from a one-match suspension.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard is likely to regain his place at the expense of Joel Robles after also serving a one-game suspension.

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

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

Sunderland v Aston Villa

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will take late decisions over John O'Shea, Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson for the home tie with Villa.

Central defender O'Shea has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, but is close to a return, while striker Borini is undergoing tests after recovering from the illness which saw him taken to hospital during Saturday's draw at Cardiff, a game midfielder Johnson missed because of a virus.

O'Shea's defensive partner Wes Brown completes his three-match ban and loan signing Marcos Alonso will not be available until the weekend, while keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) are still out.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will monitor the fitness of Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar.

Striker Benteke has missed the last three games with a knee problem, while defender Vlaar is on his way back from a calf injury.

Ciaran Clark is suspended, while the game is likely to come too soon for Joe Bennett as he recovers from his back injury.

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.

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

West Brom v Newcastle

West Brom caretaker boss Keith Downing must decide whether to stick with striker Nicolas Anelka for the visit of Newcastle.

Anelka is being investigated by the Football Association following his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration in the 3-3 draw against West Ham, but remains free to play for now.

Striker Shane Long is expected to be fit after missing the last two games with a calf strain, while Downing is also confident over winger Chris Brunt (back), but striker Victor Anichebe (groin) remains a big doubt.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has no injury problems ahead of the trip to the midlands.

The Magpies emerged unscathed from Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Arsenal, for which midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote returned from suspension in place of Hatem Ben Arfa.

Pardew was happy with the way his side played against the Gunners and is unlikely to make changes as he attempts to bounce back from just a second defeat in 10 league games.

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

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.

Manchester United v Tottenham, 5.30

Manchester United manager David Moyes is sweating on the fitness of Wayne Rooney ahead of the encounter with Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Rooney is still to return to training after missing Saturday's win at Norwich with a groin injury.

Robin van Persie (thigh) and Phil Jones (knee) are unlikely to be involved as United look to extend their winning sequence to seven matches and Marouane Fellaini (wrist) is definitely out.

Paulinho will miss Tottenham's trip north and the next four weeks through an ankle ligament injury. 

The Brazil midfielder, making his return after a three-match ban, sustained the injury during Sunday's 3-0 defeat of Stoke.  

Kyle Walker will return from suspension at Old Trafford, although Sandro (calf), Younes Kaboul (thigh), Andros Townsend (hamstring) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle) remain sidelined. Jermain Defoe (hamstring) and Danny Rose (fatigue) are doubts.

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

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

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