Premier League team news
Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013 10:10
Tuesday 1 January (3pm)
West Brom v Fulham, 12.45
West Brom head coach Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of several key players ahead of the home tie with Fulham.
Defenders Jonas Olsson (groin), Steven Reid (ankle) and Goran Popov (hamstring) and midfielders Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob (both hamstring) all missed the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.
Midfielder George Thorne could make another start against the Cottagers after impressing at Old Trafford following his recall from a loan spell at Peterborough.
Damien Duff is battling to be fit but the game is set to come too soon for Mahamadou Diarra and Mladen Petric.Fulham are hoping that Mark Schwarzer will be fit to face the Baggies.
David Stockdale had a nightmare deputising for the injured Schwarzer (neck) in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Swansea, and manager Martin Jol is hoping his number can resume between the posts.
West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Dawson, Ridgewell, Popov, Mulumbu, Yacob, Dorrans, Thorne, Brunt, Morrison, Gera, Odemwingie, Fortune, Long, Lukaku, Rosenberg.
Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Stockdale, Etheridge, Riether, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Duff, Ruiz,
Manchester City v Stoke
Manchester City will be without forward Samir Nasri for their New clash against Stoke at the Etihad Stadium after deciding not to appeal against his sending-off at Norwich.
Striker Mario Balotelli (virus) is not yet ready to return for the Barclays Premier League champions while full-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon (knee) also remain on the sidelines.
Defender Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are still long-term casualties.
Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi will be available after the club appealed against the red card he received in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Southampton.
Captain Ryan Shawcross and full-back Geoff Cameron are both likely to return after serving one-match bans, while defenders Robert Huth and Andy Wilkinson should also play despite a clash of heads on Saturday that forced Wilkinson off with concussion.
Boss Tony Pulis may choose to freshen things up and could recall midfielder Charlie Adam to the starting line-up for the first time since the death of his father earlier this month.
Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Lescott, K Toure, Clichy, Rekik, Nasri, Silva, Milner, Sinclair, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko, Razak.
Stoke squad: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Cameron, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen.
Swansea v Aston Villa
Swansea striker Michu will undergo a late fitness test on his ankle problem to determine his availability for the New Year's Day meeting with Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium.
The Spaniard missed the 2-1 win at Fulham but is in with a chance of being involved against Villa, while Angel Rangel is also a doubt with a calf problem.
Laudrup could decide to keep Danny Graham up front after the striker scored the opener at Craven Cottage, while Ben Davies, Chico Flores, Michel Vorm and Leon Britton could all be restored to the starting line-up after being rested.
Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph will return after suspension.
But Villa's lengthy injury list shows little sign of improving as they look to recover from three heavy defeats in which they have conceded 15 goals against Chelsea, Tottenham and Wigan.
Striker Darren Bent (hamstring) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh), winger Charles N'Zogbia (knee) and defenders Ron Vlaar (calf), Nathan Baker (hamstring) and long-term casualty Richard Dunne (knee) remain sidelined.
Swansea squad: Vorm, Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Lita, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.
Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Herd, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Bannan, Delph, Albrighton, Holman, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.
Tottenham v Reading
Gareth Bale's latest controversial booking for diving has earned him a suspension for the match with Reading.
Bale picked up his third yellow card of the season for simulation in Saturday's win at Sunderland - his fifth domestic caution overall - and will sit out the game.
The trip to the Stadium of Light came too soon for Clint Dempsey (groin) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) but the fit-again Scott Parker made another substitute appearance and Tom Huddlestone was on the bench.
Reading boss Brian McDermott could stick with the same starting line-up for the third game running.
The Royals have taken four points from their previous two Premier League fixtures and, despite the fixture pile-up, McDermott could keep faith with the side who have faired well of late.
Defender Sean Morrison returned to the bench for Saturday's win over West Ham after recovering from an ankle injury, although Jason Roberts (hip) is unlikely to feature with Alex McCarthy (shoulder) a long-term absentee.
Tottenham squad: Friedel, Lloris, Walker, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Gallas, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Sandro, Huddlestone, Dembele, Parker, Dempsey, Adebayor, Defoe.
Reading squad: Federici, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Guthrie, Leigertwood, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.
West Ham United v Norwich City
West Ham will be without suspended captain Kevin Nolan for their home game with Norwich.
The Hammers have won just one of their last eight league games and top goalscorer Nolan will miss out after picking up a fifth booking of the season at Reading on Saturday.
Defender James Collins is also missing through suspension with injured duo Andy Carroll (knee) and Mohamed Diame (hamstring) also not in contention.
Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson will serve a one-match ban after collecting a fifth yellow card.
Striker Steve Morison (thigh) is doubtful after limping off in the 4-3 home defeat by Manchester City, as is captain Grant Holt (hamstring), so on-loan Tottenham forward Harry Kane could lead the attack.
Defender Steven Whittaker (hip) and winger Andrew Surman (hip) continue their rehabilitation, while England goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) also remains sidelined.
West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Spence, Demel, Moncur, Taylor, Noble, Collison, Diarra, Lletget, Jarvis, O'Neil, Vaz Te, Maiga, Cole
Norwich squad: Bunn, Garrido, Turner, Bassong, Martin, Tettey, Howson, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Kane, Rudd, E Bennett, R Bennett, Barnett, Jackson, Fox, Holt, Morison.
Wigan v Manchester United
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has no fresh injury worries ahead of tomorrow's clash with Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United at the DW Stadium.
The Latics' injury problems finally appear to be waning, with defender Ivan Ramis coming through a full match against Aston Villa on Saturday with no problems after a hamstring injury.
Midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and defender Adrian Lopez (hamstring) are all still out but defender Antolin Alcaraz may be available for the FA Cup clash with Bournemouth on Saturday after recovering from a long-term groin problem.
Rafael is expected to return for United from a four-match absence with a hamstring injury for the league leaders.
Phil Jones could also be available as United boss Alex Ferguson once again prepares to rotate his squad.
Ferguson noted Michael Carrick was particularly tired after Saturday's win at West Brom, whilst top scorer Robin van Persie seems certain to be recalled.
Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Jones, Maloney, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo, Boselli, Kone, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Orsula, Morris.
Manchester United squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Wootton, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Scholes, Tunnicliffe, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Van Persie.
Southampton v Arsenal, 5.30
Southampton will again be without captain Adam Lallana for the visit of the Gunners.
The severity of the 24-year-old's knee injury is being kept under wraps, although manager Nigel Adkins has admitted he will not be able to face the Gunners.
Right-back Nathaniel Clyne is a doubt with a knee complaint that forced him to miss Saturday's 3-3 draw at Stoke.
Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker could be available for the trip to St Mary's.
Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky was left on the bench for Saturday's 7-3 win over Newcastle, so may also come back into contention to feature at St Mary's.
Defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) are expected to start training again this week.
Southampton squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Richardson, Butterfield, Stephens, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Cork, Chaplow, De Ridder, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Puncheon, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez, Mayuka.
Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Walcott, Mannone, Ramsey, Coquelin, Giroud, Gervinho, Djourou, Jenkinson, Arshavin.
Wednesday 2 January (7.45)
Chelsea v QPR
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is expected to miss the visit of QPR after injuring himself in Sunday's win at Everton.
The Czech international was forced off at half-time with an adductor problem and his replacement Ross Turnbull will deputise at Stamford Bridge.
Midfielder John Obi Mikel missed the Goodison Park victory with a knee injury but it is not deemed serious by manger Rafael Benitez.
QPR have no fresh injury doubts.
The Rs did not pick up any new knocks in the 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool, although Park Ji-sung remains a doubt.
Strikers Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are sidelined with long-term injuries.
Chelsea squad: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Hilario
QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Murphy, Cerny, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Park, Fabio, Traore, Derry, Diakite, Granero, Taarabt, Hoilett, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse.
Liverpool v Sunderland
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique will miss the visit of Sunderland with a hamstring injury.
Winger Stewart Downing, who has filled in at left-back previously, may be asked to provide cover again.
Illness has been sweeping through the camp but the club are confident of keeping infection down to a minimum after midfielder Jordan Henderson and back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones were affected prior to Sunday's win over QPR.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will be without defender John O'Shea.
The Republic of Ireland international damaged a hamstring during Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham, in which he had earlier given the Black Cats the lead, and is ruled out.
Full-back Danny Rose returns to the squad after being ineligible against his parent club, but skipper Lee Cattermole and central defender Wes Brown (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
Liverpool squad: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Downing, Gerrard, Lucas, Sterling, Henderson, Shelvey, Suarez, Jones, Gulacsi, Carragher, Coates, Wisdom, Allen, Sahin, Cole, Suso.
Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Bramble, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Fletcher.
Newcastle Utd v Everton, 8.00
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has suffered another defensive blow as he prepares for Wednesday night's tough Barclays Premier League clash with Everton.
Pardew will welcome back central defender Mike Williamson from a one-game ban but will be without full-back Danny Simpson for up to four games after he broke a toe in Saturday's 7-3 defeat at Arsenal.
Central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring) and midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) have returned to training but are still some way away from being available, while full-back Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielders Vurnon Anita (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic (all knee) are still out.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini returns from a three-match suspension for Everton.
His comeback will offset the loss of Darron Gibson with a thigh strain for a month.
Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman are all unlikely to feature but Phil Neville (knee) could return having been rested for Sunday's defeat by Chelsea.
Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, Coloccini, Williamson, Perch, Streete, Tiote, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Ranger.
Everton squad: Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Oviedo, Duffy, Barkley, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios.