Weekend Premier League team news
Newcastle v Manchester City (12.45pm)
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could be without Hatem Ben Arfa for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League meeting with Manchester City.
Midfielder Ben Arfa, who made a goal-scoring return against Fulham on Monday night after missing four games due to a hamstring problem, is a major doubt after aggravating the injury.
Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) remain on Newcastle's long-term casualty list.
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is a major doubt.
Kompany is struggling with a hamstring injury and has only a "two per cent" chance of being fit, according to manager Roberto Mancini.
Gareth Barry serves a one-match ban, whilst Jack Rodwell and James Milner (both hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) are also missing.
Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, Coloccini, Williamson, Perch, Tiote, Anita, Bigirimana, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Ranger.
Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Zabaleta, Maicon, Kompany, Nastasic, K Toure, Lescott, Clichy, Y Toure, Nasri, Silva, Garcia, Razak, Sinclair, Balotelli, Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko, Tchuimeni-Nimely.
Liverpool v Aston Villa (3.00pm)
Attacking defender Jose Enrique is Liverpool's main injury doubt ahead of the visit of Aston Villa.
The Spaniard was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first half of last weekend's victory at West Ham but will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness.
Leading scorer Luis Suarez returns from a one-match suspension.
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and will miss the entire festive programme.
Midfielder Ashley Westwood is available after being cup-tied for the mid-week Capital One Cup quarter-final success at Norwich.
Defenders Joe Bennett and Enda Stevens are back in contention after recovering from knee and ankle injuries respectively and returning to training.
Liverpool squad: Reina, Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez, Shelvey, Jones, Carragher, Coates, Henderson, Shelvey, Downing, Cole, Suso, Assaidi.
Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj, Baker, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Herd, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, N'Zogbia.
Manchester United v Sunderland (3.00pm)
Nemanja Vidic is back in the Manchester United squad for his side's encounter with Sunderland at Old Trafford.
Vidic has been out for two months following knee surgery, which itself came just five games into his comeback after a ruptured cruciate.
Jonny Evans (hamstring) is missing, whilst Shinji Kagawa (knee) returns to training next week.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill could be forced into two changes for his side's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Winger Adam Johnson (dead leg) and defender Danny Rose (ankle), who both started in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Reading, could miss out after picking up injuries during the re-arranged match at the Stadium of Light.
Defender Phil Bardsley and skipper Lee Cattermole (both knee ligaments) are not in contention while O'Neill is hopeful frontman Steven Fletcher can shake off a niggle with his ankle.
Manchester United squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Powell, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Rooney, Van Persie.
Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Kilgallon, O'Shea, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Fletcher.
Norwich City v Wigan Athletic (3.00pm)
Norwich hope to have midfielders Wes Hoolahan (groin) and Alex Tettey (thigh) back for their match against Wigan.
Scotland defender Steven Whittaker (hip) will be assessed after missing the midweek Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat by Aston Villa.
On-loan Tottenham forward Harry Kane is back in training after his broken metatarsal, while wingers Ryan Bennett and Andrew Surman (both knee) also continue their rehabilitation and England goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) remains sidelined until the new year.
Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa will be available but the Latics are still struggling with injuries.
Both Figueroa and skipper Gary Caldwell have completed one-match suspensions, but while the former is now available for selection, the latter looks unlikely to feature due to a hamstring problem.
Caldwell's fellow centre-back Ivan Ramis is also set to miss out due to a hamstring complaint, and Antolin Alcaraz (groin), Albert Crusat (knee), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and Ben Watson (broken leg) are all definite absentees.
Norwich squad: Bunn, Whittaker, Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Tierney, Tettey, Howson, Johnson, Fox, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington, E Bennett, Holt, Morison, Jackson, Rudd.
Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Beausejour, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Kone, Boselli, Gomez, Jones, McManaman, Fyvie, Lopez, Stam, Di Santo, Golobart, Redmond, Maloney, Figueroa.
QPR v Fulham (3.00pm)
QPR will be without Park Ji-sung for their west London derby with Fulham.
The 31-year-old has suffered a knee injury and faces a few weeks on the sidelines, where he joins long-term absentees Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee).
QPR can, though, call upon goalkeeper Julio Cesar after a groin injury, meaning manager Harry Redknapp has to decide whether to stick with Robert Green or put in the Brazilian.
Mahamadou Diarra is a major doubt for Fulham.
The 31-year-old is struggling with a knock picked up against Tottenham and had two injections on Tuesday so is unlikely to be involved.
Simon Davies has returned to training but is some way off a first-team return from a long-term hip injury, while Bryan Ruiz faces a further month on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint.
QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Fabio, Bosingwa, Traore, Derry, Diakite, Granero, Taarabt, Hoilett, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse.
Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Etheridge, Riether, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Sidwell, Dejagah, Diarra, Baird, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Richardson, Kasami, Duff, Rodallega, Petric, Berbatov.
Stoke City v Everton (3.00pm)
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is pondering his options for the right-back slot with Ryan Shotton serving a one-match ban for the visit of Everton to the Britannia Stadium.
Shotton was dismissed in the 90th minute of last Saturday's goalless draw at Aston Villa, collecting two yellow cards, and now Pulis must decide between Andy Wilkinson, Dean Whitehead or Matthew Upson as his replacement.
Pulis welcomes back Charlie Adam, with the midfielder completing his own one-game suspension, but there is still no room for Michael Owen as the striker remains short of fitness following recent groin and hamstring niggles.
Everton forward Kevin Mirallas and defender Tony Hibbert are both unavailable.
Mirallas' first match in a month last weekend ended after just 45 minutes with a recurrence of a hamstring injury while Hibbert is set to have surgery on a calf problem which has dogged him all season.
Manager David Moyes also reported a few knocks and niggles while captain Phil Neville is still recovering from a knee operation last month.
Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Adam, Upson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Etherington, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Kightly, Edu, Nzonzi, Ness, Whitehead.
Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Heitinga, Hitzlsperger, Oviedo, Barkley, Vellios, Gueye.
Tottenham v Swansea (Sunday 1.30pm)
Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have returned to first-team training and could feature in Tottenham's game against Swansea.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas said Parker, who has not played this season due to an Achilles injury, and Assou-Ekotto, who has been out for three months with a knee problem, could feature this weekend, but hinted that they are more likely to be on the bench than in the starting XI.
Winger Gareth Bale (hamstring) will train tomorrow, but is unlikely to feature, and Younes Kaboul (knee) is out, but captain Michael Dawson is likely to feature after overcoming his hamstring injury.
Swansea captain Ashley Williams returns from suspension.
Wales international Williams missed the 1-0 Capital One Cup quarter-final victory over Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, with fellow defender Garry Monk skippering the side in his absence.
Gerhard Tremmel is set to continue in goal with Michel Vorm still sidelined by a groin problem, while thigh trouble means Pablo Hernandez remains absent this weekend although it appears likely that both injured players will be back in action during Swansea's busy period of Christmas and New Year fixtures.
Tottenham squad: Friedel, Lloris, Gomes, Cudicini, Walker, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Gallas, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Falque, Carroll, Mason, Livermore, Sandro, Huddlestone, Dembele, Parker, Dempsey, Adebayor, Defoe.
Swansea squad: Tremmel, Cornell, Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Michu, Graham, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki Sung-Yeung, Agustien, Davies.
West Brom v West Ham (Sunday 4.00pm)
West Brom boss Steve Clarke admits he has six injury doubts ahead of Sunday's clash with West Ham.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster (groin), midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) and left-back Liam Ridgewell (ankle) are all battling to be fit.
Clarke would not name his other concerns as Albion bid to end a run of three successive defeats.
West Ham's injury worries have deepened ahead with defender George McCartney now a major doubt.
McCartney injured a knee during training this week and is unlikely to feature at the Hawthorns. The setback is a fresh blow to Allardyce, who has also lost Mohamed Diame (hamstring) after he pulled up in last weekend's defeat to Liverpool.
Yossi Benayoun, Andy Carroll and Jack Collison (all knee), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Alou Diarra (thigh) are all missing for the Hammers.
West Brom squad: Myhill, Foster, Daniels, Reid, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Jara, Reyes, Popov, Ridgewell, Yacob, Brunt, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, El Ghanassy, Gera, Fortune, Odemwingie, Lukaku, Long, Rosenberg.
West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Spence, Demel, Moncur, Taylor, Noble, Nolan, Jarvis, O'Neil, Maiga, Cole.
Reading v Arsenal (Monday, 8.00pm)
Reading strikers Jason Roberts and Pavel Pogrebnyak could return for Monday's clash with Arsenal.
Roberts (hip) and Pogrebnyak (unspecified) are doubtful for the game at the Madejski Stadium but may play some part.
Jimmy Kebe (groin) and Jem Karacan (knee) have returned to training but will not play, while Sean Morrison (ankle) is still sidelined and Alex McCarthy is out long term.
Arsenal should have striker Olivier Giroud in contention again following a back problem.
Defender Laurent Koscielny has resumed training after his thigh injury, but England winger Theo Walcott (calf) will be assessed.
Full-back Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) continue their rehabilitation.
Reading squad: Federici, Taylor, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Guthrie, Leigertwood, Tabb, McCleary, Le Fondre, Hunt, Robson-Kanu, Roberts, Pogrebnyak.
Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Gibbs, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Gervinho, Giroud, Martinez, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Podolski, Rosicky, Coquelin, Koscielny.