Weekend Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 22 Feb 2013 16:04

FULHAM v STOKE CITY (12.45)
Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson will miss Saturday's visit of Stoke despite nearing a return from a calf injury.

Richardson has not played since the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on January 19 but has returned to training.

Sascha Riether is back in the squad after he missed the 0-0 draw at Norwich a fortnight ago, having been taken ill the night before the match. Long-term injury worries Mahamadou Diarra (both knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) remain out.

Brek Shea and Marc Wilson are both set to feature in Stoke's squad.

Winger Shea, who has been recovering from a foot operation, is yet to be included in a Potters matchday party following his January move from FC Dallas, while full-back Wilson's last involvement with the first team was when he broke his leg against Sunderland in October.

The pair are now fit for selection, as is forward Cameron Jerome, despite suffering a knock to his knee, but striker Michael Owen is a doubt after he felt a problem with his thigh in training.

Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Frimpong, Berbatov, Sidwell, Duff, Ruiz, Emanuelson, Rodallega, Petric.

Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Cameron, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Shotton, Shea, Wilson.

ARSENAL v ASTON VILLA (3.00)
Bacary Sagna misses out for Arsenal in Saturday's match against Aston Villa.

The France international full-back has a knee problem and will not be available.

Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh injury but fellow defender Nacho Monreal is available again for Arsene Wenger's side.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany remains a doubt for the champions.

The Belgium defender has missed four games with a calf injury and manager Roberto Mancini has conceded the problem is taking longer to heal than expected.

Midfielder Gareth Barry, who was forced out of last week's FA Cup win over Leeds with an ankle injury, will also be assessed while right-back Micah Richards (knee) remains sidelined.

Aston Villa playmaker Charles N'Zogbia has recovered from the thigh injury suffered during the closing stages against West Ham in time for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League encounter at Arsenal.

Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi are also available after illness ruled them out of the 2-1 win against Sam Allardyce's side.

Defender Chris Herd (foot) is also poised to return to training next week but winger Marc Albrighton (foot) and defender Richard Dunne (groin) are still ruled out.

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

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Marshall, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Baker, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Sylla, Ireland, Westwood, Dawkins, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.

NORWICH v EVERTON (3.00)
Norwich captain Grant Holt is fit and ready to face Everton when the Toffees travel to Carrow Road.

Holt missed the Canaries' 0-0 draw with Fulham due to a back problem but is ready to return as Norwich search for a first Barclays Premier League win in nine games.

Manager Chris Hughton has minor doubts over Alexander Tettey and Andrew Surman but both should be in contention, with only goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) absent.

Everton striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt for the trip to Carrow Road.

Anichebe's condition will be assessed after he came off at half-time in last Saturday's 2-2 FA Cup fifth-round draw at Oldham having picked up a knock.

Defender Seamus Coleman, who has been sidelined by a thigh problem, is back in training but it remains to be seen whether or not he will be involved in the Canaries match.

Norwich squad: Bunn, R Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, E Bennett, Surman, Turner, Jackson, Holt, Pilkington, Becchio, Howson, Hoolahan, Fox, Tettey, R Bennett, Smith, Camp, Whittaker, Kamara.

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

QPR v MANCHESTER UNITED (3.00)
QPR's Loic Remy is a doubt for his side's clash with Manchester United.

The France forward has been struggling with a groin complaint and, having suffered a setback, will be assessed to see whether he is available at Loftus Road.

Junior Hoilett (hamstring) and Samba Diakite (international duty) are available again, while manager Harry Redknapp is hoping to get more than 45 minutes from Bobby Zamora as the forward manages a long-standing hip injury.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is set to miss the trip to basement boys QPR.

Rooney sat out Monday's FA Cup win over Reading with a sinus problem and although he has now returned to training, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not expect the striker to have fully recovered for the Loftus Road encounter.

Phil Jones (ankle) and Paul Scholes (knee) are also sidelined although Ferguson will still make changes, with Robin van Persie amongst those likely to be recalled.

QPR squad: Cesar, Green, Murphy, Onuoha, Hill, Ben Haim, Samba, Mbia, Fabio, Traore, Granero, Diakite, Hoilett, Park, Derry, Taarabt, Jenas, Townsend, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Remy, Bothroyd, Zamora.

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

READING v WIGAN (3.00)
Reading manager Brian McDermott is hoping to have Jimmy Kebe fit in time for the visit of fellow Premier League strugglers Wigan to the Madejski Stadium.

The Mali winger missed the fifth-round FA Cup defeat to Manchester United with an unspecified injury but has returned to training this week ahead of the clash with the Latics.

Mikele Leigertwood had to be replaced after an hour at Old Trafford after suffering a knock and is a doubt whilst Jason Roberts (hip) and Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are still missing.

Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz could return after almost six months out injured for Wigan.

The centre-back has not played for Wigan since August after tearing a groin muscle on international duty with Paraguay but is back in full training and could play some part.

Winger Ryo Miyaichi could also be involved following his recovery from an ankle injury while defender Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) was on the bench for the FA Cup victory over Huddersfield last week and is pushing for a start along with young striker Callum McManaman.

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

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.

WEST BROM v SUNDERLAND (3.00)
West Brom head coach Steve Clarke has to decide whether to recall striker Peter Odemwingie for his side's clash with Sunderland.

Clarke confirmed earlier in the week that Odemwingie, whose on-off transfer to QPR failed to go through last month, will be part of the 20 players from which he will select his matchday squad of 18.

Albion have no fresh injury worries although left-back Goran Popov will serve the second game of a three-match ban for his red card against Tottenham.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill could hand a first start to striker Danny Graham.

Graham, who signed for the Black Cats from Swansea on transfer deadline day, has been named on the bench in the defeats by Reading and Arsenal.

Defender Danny Rose looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury he aggravated against the Gunners while midfielder Lee Cattermole is a doubt after he only managed 45 minutes in that match after returning from a knee injury.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Reid, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas, Ridgewell, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Long, Lukaku, Fortune, Odemwingie, Rosenberg.

Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Cuellar, Mangane, N'Diaye, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Graham, Cattermole.

MANCHESTER CITY v CHELSEA (1.30 Sunday)
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany remains a doubt for the champions' clash with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Belgium defender has missed four games with a calf injury and manager Roberto Mancini has conceded the problem is taking longer to heal than expected.

Midfielder Gareth Barry, who was forced out of last week's FA Cup win over Leeds with an ankle injury, will also be assessed while right-back Micah Richards (knee) remains sidelined.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will return to the Blues' squad.

Lampard sat out the 1-1 draw with Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday evening but will be considered for the game at the Etihad Stadium.

Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic are in a similar position whilst Demba Ba also returns after being cup-tied.

Manager Rafael Benitez confirmed a couple of his players are nursing knocks but has no fresh injury concerns with only Oriol Romeu (knee) absent.

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

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

NEWCASTLE v SOUTHAMPTON (1.30 Sunday)
Newcastle keeper Tim Krul is a doubt for Sunday's clash with Southampton after leaving Thursday's Europa League clash at Metalist Kharkiv with an ankle injury.

The Holland international was hurt by a Jonathan Cristaldo challenge and hobbled away from the Metalist Stadium on crutches, but manager Alan Pardew is hopeful that he can retain his place in the team despite putting Rob Elliot on alert.

Midfielder Cheick Tiote could return after missing the 1-0 win in Ukraine through illness, full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran, who are ineligible in Europe, are available once again, while Davide Santon is back in training after an ankle problem.

Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) will not be rushed back after 10 weeks on the sidelines.

Defender Luke Shaw and midfielder Gaston Ramirez are set to return to the Southampton squad. 

The pair missed the 3-1 defeat of Manchester City two weeks ago with knocks but could feature at St James' Park.

Defender Jose Fonte remains sidelined with a knee complaint, while striker Guly do Prado is a doubt. Midfielder Adam Lallana could make his first start since suffering a knee injury on 8 December and defender Vegard Forren could make his debut. 

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Debuchy, Santon, Simpson, Haidara, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Tiote, Anita, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko, Gosling, Cisse, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.

Southampton squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Clyne, Richardson, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Forren, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Chaplow, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana, do Prado, Puncheon, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez.

WEST HAM v TOTTENHAM (8.00 Monday)
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed both James Collins and Joey O'Brien have been training this week and are in contention for his side's clash with Tottenham on Monday.

Collins has been missing due to a hamstring problem whilst fellow defender O'Brien was sidelined with a thigh injury but both are now part of Allardyce's squad for the London derby against Spurs.

George McCartney (knee) is also on the comeback trail but the game on Monday will come too soon for him.

Hugo Lloris is expected to return in goal for Tottenham's after being on the bench for Thursday's Europa League draw at Lyon.

Striker Jermain Defoe (ankle) returns to training next week, but he will not be considered for the match against his former club.

Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone (all knee) are unavailable.

West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, Reid, Tomkins, Collins, Pogatetz, O'Brien, Demel, Nolan, Jarvis, J Cole, Noble, Diame, O'Neil, Collison, Taylor, Diarra, C Cole, Vaz Te, Carroll, Maiga, Chamakh.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Gallas, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Holtby, Livermore, Dembele, Carroll, Parker, Bale, Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Obika.

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