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Updated: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 08:12 | Comments

Tottenham entertain Man City at White Hart Lane
Tottenham entertain Man City at White Hart Lane

WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Aston Villa v West Brom 7.45pm

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is likely to miss the local derby as he struggles to overcome a foot injury.

The forward hurt the sole of his foot when he ended up tumbling into the stands in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool in Villa's last Barclays Premier League game and has been unable to train.

Loan signing Grant Holt may be asked to take Agbonlahor's place following his move from Wigan. Defender Nathan Baker is available following concussion.

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is set to feature on Wednesday - Albion's first match since the Frenchman was charged by the FA over his 'quenelle' celebration.

Baggies coach Pepe Mel has said Anelka has a "99 per cent" chance of playing in the midlands derby at Villa Park.

Forward Stephane Sessegnon, who is undergoing groin surgery and expected to be sidelined for a month, is the only player Mel has unavailable, with defenders Gareth McAuley and Goran Popov now ready to return to action after hamstring and neck problems respectively.

Chelsea v West Ham 7.45pm

Mohamed Salah is not yet available for Chelsea.

Mohamed Salah

The Egypt forward's signing was confirmed on Sunday, but he has not yet arrived in England to join a squad where striker Fernando Torres (knee) and midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) are the only injury absentees.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has promised not to make changes with Monday's Manchester City match in mind and to take on the Hammers on their own merits, but Demba Ba could be given a rare start up front in place of Samuel Eto'o.

West Ham could hand debuts to new signings as Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello as both are in contention.

The two Italy internationals have signed on loan until the end of the season to bolster the Hammers' squad, which is starting to recover from the injury setbacks over the Christmas period.

Captain Kevin Nolan returns from a four-match ban, with only Joe Cole (groin) a definite absentee against one of his former clubs.

Sunderland v Stoke 7.45pm

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is likely to restore most of his big names to the starting line-up.

The Uruguayan made 10 changes for Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory over non-league Kidderminster, but will field his strongest available line-up as he attempts to finally drag the Black Cats out of the bottom three.

Defender Carlos Cuellar has returned to light training after a long-term hip injury while full-back Andrea Dossena has shaken off an Achilles problem, although neither is likely to be involved.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood continues his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Striker Peter Odemwingie could make his Stoke debut at the Stadium of Light.

The Potters announced on Tuesday that they had completed the signing of Odemwingie from Cardiff, with Kenwyne Jones moving in the opposite direction as part of a player-exchange deal.

Captain Ryan Shawcross is expected to play with protection on a wrist he has fractured and fellow defender Erik Pieters should be fit despite having to come off in Sunday's FA Cup clash with Chelsea, while Robert Huth (knee), Andy Wilkinson (heel) and Matthew Etherington (calf) are set to remain sidelined.

Tottenham v Manchester City 7.45pm

Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela will miss out for Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Head coach Tim Sherwood said neither midfielder is ready to return, but he admitted he expects England star Townsend to be a week away from full fitness after hamstring trouble.

Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Sandro are back in training but remain doubts.

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo (shoulder) is back in contention.

Alvaro Negredo

Playmaker David Silva is also available after being rested last weekend as a precaution because of a minor hamstring issue.

Midfielders James Milner (groin) and Javi Garcia are ruled out but not expected to be sidelined long, while Samir Nasri (knee) remains a long-term casualty.

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