Aston Villa v Newcastle United 
Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has been ruled out of the home relegation clash against Newcastle with an ankle injury.

Villa mananger Paul Lambert has to decide whether to risk a recall for Richard Dunne, who has started training after a lengthy lay-off with a groin problem.

The Scot will also check on the fitness of utility defender Nathan Baker who has returned to training after a hamstring injury.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will include four of his January signings in his squad.

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko is likely to start at Villa Park along with full-back Mathieu Debuchy, while defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and striker Yoan Gouffran could also be involved and 20-year-old full-back Massadio Haidara will travel, but will not feature.

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin) is fit and striker Papiss Cisse is expected to shake off a training ground knock, but although full-back Danny Simpson (broken toe) and utility man Ryan Taylor (knee) are back in training, midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) is still several weeks away from a return.

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

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Santon, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Anita, Cabaye, Bigirimana, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran. 

QPR v Manchester City 

Defender Ryan Nelsen looks set to return for what could be his last QPR game

Nelsen, who Toronto want to start work as their manager on Friday, and striker Loic Remy were both rested for Saturday's FA Cup defeat to MK Dons, but are likely to feature against the champions at Loftus Road.

Junior Hoilett (hamstring), Shaun Wright-Phillips (knock), Bobby Zamora (hip) are doubts, while Samba Diakite is at the African Nations Cup and long-term absentee Andrew Johnson (knee) remains sidelined.

Manchester City have central defensive concerns with captain Vincent Kompany ruled out with a calf injury.

Matija Nastasic (knee) is also doubtful while Kolo Toure remains on duty at the African Nations Cup along with brother and midfielder Yaya Toure.

Forwards Mario Balotelli and Samir Nasri have recovered from illness but full-backs Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee) are not yet ready to return. 

QPR squad: Cesar, Green, Murphy, Cerny, Onuoha, Hill, Ben-Haim, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Park, Fabio, Granero, Traore, Derry, Taarabt, Faurlin, Hoilett, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Campbell, Remy, Bothroyd, Zamora. 

Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Nastasic, Rekik, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Silva, Sinclair, Barry, Garcia, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli, Dzeko, Lopes.

Stoke City v Wigan Athletic 
Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan is free to take his place in the Potters' side after it was confirmed the Football Association will not be taking retrospective action against him.

Whelan has been widely criticised for a two-footed challenge on Javi Garcia during Stoke's FA Cup defeat by Manchester City on Saturday, but because referee Howard Webb saw the incident and did not send him off, the midfielder is in the clear.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is set to return after making way for Thomas Sorensen in the cup, while defenders Andy Wilkinson and Ryan Shotton had been injury doubts prior to Saturday's match but came through unscathed.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is likely to switch to a more familiar line-up after making eight changes in the FA Cup match against Macclesfield.

Defender Antolin Alcaraz (groin) is not yet match-fit while Ivan Ramis (knee), goalkeeper Mike Pollitt (thigh) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) are all out with long-term injuries.

Fraser Fyvie is the only new injury worry after he picked up a soft tissue problem against Macclesfield on Saturday, while striker Arouna Kone is at the African Nations Cup.

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

Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, Gomez, Jones, Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo, Henriquez, Boselli, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Golobart.

Sunderland v Swansea City 
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is unlikely to be able to welcome any of his injured troops back for the clash with Swansea.

Skipper Lee Cattermole (knee) remains on the sidelines, while defenders Danny Rose and Carlos Cuellar are still recovering from hamstring problems and are unlikely to figure.

Loan signing Kader Mangane could be involved in the squad, with the central defender having spent the time since his arrival from Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal working on his match fitness.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury concerns as his side prepare for the trip north.

Michel Vorm is likely to return in goal after Gerhard Tremmel started the Capital One Cup meeting with Chelsea, although midfielder Ki Sung-yueng might not be risked after suffering an ankle knock against the Blues.

Midfielder Kemy Agustien (ankle) and Neil Taylor (broken leg) are the only long-term absentees.

Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Mangane, N'Diaye, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden.

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