FA Cup & Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 15 Feb 2013 15:03

SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY

FA Cup Fifth Round
ARSENAL v BLACKBURN, 3pm 
Arsenal will check on the fitness of captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle), midfielder Jack Wilshere (thigh) and defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) for the game at The Emirates

Full-back Carl Jenkinson is suspended after being sent off in last week's Premier League win at Sunderland.

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho could be back in contention after returning from the African Nations Cup. Left-back Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh injury.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Monreal, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Coquelin, Ramsey, Diaby, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Mannone, Arteta, Giroud, Podolski, Cazorla, Wilshere, Walcott, Koscielny, Miquel

OLDHAM v EVERTON, 6pm 
Everton manager David Moyes should have defender Sylvain Distin fit again for FA Cup fifth-round tie with Oldham at Boundary Park.

Distin pulled out of Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United just before kick-off through illness, but is poised to return to the squad that takes on the npower League One strugglers who dumped out Liverpool in the last round.

Striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt with a knock sustained at Old Trafford that saw him substituted just before the hour, while the game looks set to come too soon for right-back Seamus Coleman who has recently been sidelined with a thigh injury.

Everton squad: Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios, Gibson, Mirallas, Duffy, Barkley, Stones

SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY 

FA Cup Fourth Round Replay 

CHELSEA v BRENTFORD, 12pm 
David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are available for Chelsea's FA Cup fourth-round replay with Brentford on Sunday after missing the Europa League win at Sparta Prague.

Luiz was suspended, Ba ineligible and Moses and Mikel rested, after winning the African Nations Cup with Nigeria, while John Terry and Ashley Cole were unused substitutes.

Cole had a cold and Terry was not risked after a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, but the captain is in line to return in defence against the Bees. Oriol Romeu (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Hazard, Ba, Ferreira, Marin, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Benayoun, Bertrand, Ake, Moses.

FA Cup Fifth Round 
MANCHESTER CITY v LEEDS UNITED, 2pm 
Manchester City captain and defender Vincent Kompany (calf) is again unlikely to be risked in this weekend's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Leeds.

Striker Carlos Tevez is available again after personal issues and defender Matija Nastasic (knee) could also return but midfielder Gareth Barry is unlikely to feature because of an unspecified problem.

Back-up goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon could be given another chance, in keeping with previous cup ties, but defender Micah Richards (knee) remains sidelined.

Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, K Toure, Lescott, Nastasic, Kolarov, Clichy, Nasri, Milner, Y Toure, Garcia, Barry, Rodwell, Silva, Sinclair, Aguero, Dzeko, Tevez.

HUDDERSFIELD v WIGAN ATHLETIC, 3.55pm 

Wigan could have several players back from injury.

Manager Roberto Martinez has suggested defenders Antolin Alcaraz, Emmerson Boyce and Adrian Lopez and winger Ryo Miyaichi all have a chance of returning to action this weekend.

Martinez has also indicated he is likely to hand another opportunity to some fringe players that have come into the team for previous cup games this season.

Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Scharner, Figueroa, Beausejour, Gomez, Jones, Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Kone, Di Santo, Henriquez, Mustoe, Golobart, Dicko, Robles, Campabadal, Alcaraz, Boyce, Lopez, Miyaichi.

Barclays Premier League

LIVERPOOL v SWANSEA, 3pm
Swansea defender Chico Flores will miss out after rupturing ankle ligaments against QPR. 

Kyle Bartley or club captain Garry Monk will get the chance to step into the Spaniard's shoes and stake a claim for a place ahead of the Capital One Cup final.

Midfielder Leon Britton could return from an ankle injury, while left-back Neil Taylor continues his recovery from a broken leg.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Bartley, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Hernandez, Dyer, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Davies

Liverpool news to follow...

MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY

FA Cup Fifth Round
MANCHESTER UNITED v READING, 8pm 
Alex Ferguson has confirmed he will make changes for the game with Reading at Old Trafford.

Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young and Nani are amongst the most obvious candidates to come in, with skipper Nemanja Vidic also primed for a recall.

Paul Scholes (knee) definitely misses out.

Reading manager Brian McDermott will fully utilise his squad.

Forwards Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt are back in contention after coming off the bench in last week's Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke.

Striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) continue their rehabilitation.

Manchester United squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Ferdinand, Jones, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Nani, Valencia, Hernandez, Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie.

Reading squad: Federici, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce, Kelly, McAnuff, McCleary, Leigertwood, Kebe, Blackman, Le Fondre, Akpan, Pogrebnyak, Hunt, Morrison, Taylor, Karacan, Shorey.



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