Europa League team news
Updated: Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 18:06
Team news for Chelsea, Newcastle, Liverpool and Tottenham ahead of their Europa League second legs on Thursday.
Chelsea (1) v Sparta Prague (0)
Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic will be rested for their last-32 second leg against Sparta Prague.
The Blues have a 1-0 lead from last week's first leg in the Czech Republic and interim manager Rafael Benitez have confirmed the pair will be rested with Sunday's trip to Manchester City in mind.
Striker Demba Ba is cup-tied after previously featuring for Newcastle and midfielder Oriol Romeu is out with a long-standing knee injury.
Chelsea provisional squad: Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Cole, Bertrand, Luiz, Cahill, Terry, Ake, Oscar, Mata, Moses, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Marin, Benayoun, Torres.
Metalist Kharkiv (0) v Newcastle (0)
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has resisted the temptation to throw Hatem Ben Arfa back into action in Kharkiv.
The French midfielder, who has been sidelined since December by a hamstring injury, is back in training, but Pardew has always had Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton, rather than the second leg of the Magpies' European tie with Metalist Kharkiv, in mind.
Davide Santon has been rested, while fellow full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran are ineligible, but January signings Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko are all included.
Newcastle provisional squad: Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Danny Simpson, Massadio Haidara, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, James Perch, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Dan Gosling, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi.
Liverpool (0) v Zenit St Petersburg (2)
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is doubtful for the second leg of the Reds' clash with Zenit St Petersburg with a knee problem suffered in training meaning Jamie Carragher should partner Daniel Agger in the heart of the Liverpool defence.
Striker Fabio Borini is out of contention after sustaining a shoulder injury in Sunday's defeat of Swansea that will probably keep him out for at least eight weeks.
Fellow forward Daniel Sturridge and playmaker Philippe Coutinho are ineligible to play in the competition.
Liverpool provisional squad: Reina, Gulacsi, Jones, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Wisdom, Coates, Downing, Gerrard, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Shelvey, Suso, Assaidi, Suarez.
Lyon (1) v Tottenham (2)
Veteran Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel will play against Lyon, denying Hugo Lloris another start against his former club in the Europa League.
Striker Jermain Defoe (ankle) has not travelled with the squad, but is expected to return to training next week.
Sandro, Younes Kaboul, and Tom Huddlestone (all knee) all remain out.
Tottenham provisional squad: Friedel, Lloris, Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton, Dawson, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Dempsey, Lennon, Parker, Bale, Holtby, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Bentaleb, Ceballos, Adebayor.