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Weekend's English Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 31 Jan 2014 17:11 | Comments

Manchester City's top scorer Sergio Aguero is ruled out of Monday's clash with Chelsea
Manchester City's top scorer Sergio Aguero is ruled out of Monday's clash with Chelsea

Newcastle United v Sunderland, Sat, 12:45pm
Newcastle new boy Luuk de Jong will go straight into the squad for Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby clash with Sunderland.

However, the 23-year-old loan signing, who has not started a game for parent club Borussia Monchengladbach all season, is likely to be named only among the substitutes despite leading scorer Loic Remy's failure to have his red card at Norwich in midweek overturned on appeal.

Fellow frontmen Papiss Cisse (back) and Yoan Gouffran (muscle strain) remain major doubts, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Sunderland new boy Liam Bridcutt could be handed a debut at Newcastle just a day after arriving on Wearside.

The former Brighton midfielder goes straight into the squad, as does Argentinian striker Ignacio Scocco provided his international clearance arrives in time.

Former skipper Lee Cattermole, who was the subject of a deadline-day bid from Stoke, would not have played anyway because of a calf injury, while striker Steven Fletcher is a doubt with a niggling Achilles problem.

Newcastle United squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Santon, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Gosling, De Jong, Shola Ameobi.
Sunderland squad: Mannone, Ustari, Pickford, Celustka, Alonso, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Roberge, Bridcutt, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Mavrias, Colback, Fletcher, Altidore, Borini, Scocco.

West Ham United  v Swansea City, Sat, 12:45pm
West Ham could hand full debuts to Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello for their Barclays Premier League clash at home to Swansea on Saturday.

Both came in on loan earlier in the week, with Nocerino playing 10 minutes in the 0-0 draw at Chelsea and Borriello an unused substitute, but they are now fit enough to start.

Fellow new recruit Abdul Razak is not in contention and Joey O'Brien (shoulder) is also ruled out, with George McCartney a potential replacement at full-back after recovering from a neck injury.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will have the same squad that secured victory against Fulham for the weekend trip to West Ham.

Nathan Dyer, Jonjo Shelvey, Jonathan de Guzman and Angel Rangel all returned from injury in the vital win over the Cottagers.

Michel Vorm, Michu and Jose Canas are continuing their recoveries from various ailments, although they could be fit enough to play some part in the upcoming south Wales derby.

West Ham United squad: Jaaskelainen, Adrian, Johnson, Tomkins, Collins, Rat, Demel, McCartney, Diarra, Noble, Nocerino, Collison, Jarvis, Taylor, Diame, Nolan, Morrison, Vaz Te, Maiga, C Cole, Carroll, Borriello.
Swansea squad: Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Bony, Hernandez, Dyer, Cornell, Lamah, Routledge, Tiendalli, De Guzman, Rangel, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Richards, Zabret, Ngog.

Cardiff City v Norwich City, Sat, 3pm
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hand debuts to Kenwyne Jones, Fabio and Wilfried Zaha when Cardiff face Norwich on Saturday.

The trio all completed moves to the Welsh club this week as the Bluebirds look to try and move off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Club captain Mark Hudson is ruled out by a hamstring problem, but Jordon Mutch and Kevin Theophile-Catherine look set to be fit enough to play some part.

Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson is free to play against Cardiff after his red card in the midweek goalless draw with Newcastle was rescinded on appeal to the Football Association.

On-loan midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is available having been ineligible to face his parent club on Tuesday night. Defender Joseph Yobo has signed until the end of the season from Turkish club Fenerbahce, but the move remains subject to international clearance and paperwork.

Centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring) and midfielder Jonny Howson (back) are still sidelined, while winger Elliott Bennett also continues his rehabilitation following a serious knee injury.

Cardiff City squad: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Campbell, Kim, Smith, Eikrem, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Cowie, McNaughton, Theophile-Catherine, Daehli, Lewis, Bellamy, John, Fabio, Zaha, Jones, Berget.
Norwich City squad: Ruddy, Olsson, Bassong, R Bennett, Martin, Fer, Johnson, Pilkington, Redmond, Snodgrass, Van Wolfswinkel, Bunn, Garrido, Whittaker, Becchio, Elmander, Tettey, Hooper, Josh Murphy.

Stoke City v Manchester United, Sat, 3pm
Stoke will be without midfielder Steven Nzonzi for the visit of Manchester United on Saturday.

Nzonzi was sent off for two bookable offences at Sunderland in midweek and serves a one-game suspension.

Home debuts are possible for forwards Peter Odemwingie and John Guidetti, with the latter used sparingly since arriving from Manchester City on loan.

David Moyes must decide whether to include Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for United's visit to Stoke.

The pair both made their comebacks from thigh and groin problems respectively in Tuesday's win over Cardiff, but Moyes will not want to risk either man if not 100 per cent.

Marouane Fellaini is nearing full fitness after wrist surgery, while Nemanja Vidic serves the final game of a three-match suspension.

Stoke City squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Cameron, Muniesa, Shotton, Whelan, Adam, Palacios, Ireland, Assaidi, Arnautovic, Walters, Crouch, Guidetti, Odemwingie.
Manchester United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Jones, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Fellaini, Fletcher, Giggs, Cleverley, Young, Kagawa, Januzaj, Mata, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Van Persie.

Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur, Sat, 3pm
Steve Harper will start in goal for Hull as Tottenham head to the KC Stadium, with regular stopper Allan McGregor ruled out through suspension after his red card at Crystal Palace.

Manager Steve Bruce can also count on Robbie Brady (groin) if needs be, with Maynor Figueroa (muscle problem) also available to play if required. Strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are poised for home debuts.

Midfielder Stephen Quinn is in line to start in midfield as Jake Livermore, on loan from Spurs, is unable to face his parent club. Sone Aluko (Achilles) is expected to feature in a reserve game next week as he continues his comeback.

Long-term absentees Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Paulinho are all available for Tottenham's game at Hull.

Midfielders Erik Lamela (thigh), Sandro (calf) and Andros Townsend are out.

Left-back Danny Rose is available after the red card he received against Manchester City was overturned on appeal.

Hull City squad: Harper, Jakupovic, McShane, Davies, Bruce, Huddlestone, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Meyler, Long, Jelavic, Quinn, Boyd, Figueroa, Fryatt, Koren, Faye, Graham, Sagbo.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose, Fryers, Dembele, Capoue, Eriksen, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Soldado, Adebayor, Kane, Defoe.

Fulham v Southampton, Sat, 3pm
Fulham are waiting to hear whether can give Lewis Holtby his debut in their game against Southampton on Saturday.

The Cottagers are unsure whether their application to register the Tottenham loanee with the Premier League was processed by the deadline of noon on Friday.

Defenders John Arne Riise (hamstring) and Fernando Amorebieta (knee) are doubts while striker Kostas Mitroglou signed after the registration deadline.

Rickie Lambert will return for Southampton's trip to Fulham in the Barclays Premier League.

The England forward has returned to training after a hamstring complaint, while midfielder Victor Wanyama may feature for the first time since a hairline fracture in his leg.

Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez are both absent due to ankle ligament injuries.

Fulham Squad: Stockdale, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Sidwell, Zverotic, Parker, Duff, Dempsey, Bent, Berbatov, Etheridge, Richardson, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Kvist, Vigen Christensen, Hughes, Dejagah, Taarabt, Kasami, Amorebieta.
Southampton squad: Boruc, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Chambers, Shaw, Fox, Hooiveld, Fonte, Yoshida, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Isgrove, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, S Davis, Reed, Rodriguez, Gallagher, Lambert.

Everton  v Aston Villa, Sat, 3pm
Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be forced into a change up front for the visit of Aston Villa with Romelu Lukaku ruled out for several weeks and fellow on-loan striker Lacina Traore at least 10 days away from being fit.

Steven Naismith or Kevin Mirallas are the two likely options vying for the centre-forward role.

Defenders Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin and forward Gerard Deulofeu (all hamstring) will not be ready to return for another week.

Paul Lambert will assess striker Gabriel Agbonlahor's fitness ahead of Aston Villa's trip to Everton.

The England international missed Wednesday's local derby win over West Brom with an injury to the sole of his foot suffered against Liverpool recently, but may have a chance of returning at Goodison Park.

Lambert will run the rule over the rest of his squad on Friday following their intense battle with the Baggies in midweek.

Everton squad: Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar, Naismith, Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Barkley, Garbutt, Gueye, Vellios.
Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Steer, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Luna, Bertrand, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Holt, Gardner, Tonev, Helenius, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery.

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool, Sun, 1:30pm
West Brom will be without striker Nicolas Anelka when they face his former club Liverpool on Sunday.

The French veteran has had around seven stitches in a knee injury suffered in Wednesday's derby defeat by Aston Villa and will consequently miss the visit of the Reds.

Fellow forward Stephane Sessegnon (groin) is head coach Pepe Mel's only other absentee.

Joe Allen is set to return to Liverpool's matchday squad for their Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

Allen has missed the last two games because of a hamstring problem, but manager Brendan Rodgers has said the midfielder will be back this weekend.

The Reds still have Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson and Lucas Leiva all unavailable due to injury.

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

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Kelly, Skrtel, Toure, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge, Jones, Cissokho, Smith, Allen, Alberto, Moses, Ibe, Aspas.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Sun, 4pm
Arsenal will be without Mathieu Flamini for Sunday's Barclays Premier League visit of Crystal Palace as the midfielder starts a three-match ban.

Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky is available again following surgery on a broken nose, but Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (thigh) remain sidelined.

Forward Yaya Sanogo (back) continues his rehabilitation, while Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will go straight into the Crystal Palace squad for Sunday's trip to Arsenal after joining on transfer deadline day from Wolves.

Defender Jonny Parr will be assessed again after suffering concussion in the FA Cup loss at Wigan.

Midfielders Jerome Thomas and Kagisho Dikgacoi (calf) are still recovering, while forward Glenn Murray (knee) remains out.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Gnabry, Arteta, Cazorla, Podolski, Ozil, Giroud, Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Bendtner, Rosicky, Monreal.
Crystal Palace squad: Speroni, Gabbidon, O'Keefe, Moxey, Mariappa, Delaney, Puncheon, Bolasie, McCarthy, Ward, Jedinak, Chamakh, Wilbraham, Jerome, Bannan, Williams, Gayle, Parr, Hennessey.

Manchester City v Chelsea, Mon, 8pm
Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss Monday's Barclays Premier League clash with title rivals Chelsea as he begins an anticipated month-long spell out.

He joins playmaker Samir Nasri (knee) on the sidelines while midfielder Javi Garcia is also out with a knock.

Midfielder James Milner could be back in contention after a groin problem.

Mohamed Salah could be included in Chelsea's squad for Monday's clash at leaders City.

The Egypt winger trained with his new team-mates on Friday for the first time since joining from Basle.

Striker Fernando Torres (knee) remains out, while midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Demichelis, Lescott, Nastasic, Boyata, Kolarov, Clichy, Silva, Navas, Milner, Toure, Fernandinho, Rodwell, Negredo, Dzeko, Jovetic.
Chelsea squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Matic, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Blackman, Kalas.

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