Barclays Premier League team news
Updated: Friday, 09 Nov 2012 16:04
Highlights: Premier Soccer Saturday, RTÉ Two 19.45pm
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER
(Kick-offs 15:00 unless stated otherwise)
Arsenal v Fulham
Arsenal will be without suspended midfielder Jack Wilshere for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham at Emirates Stadium.
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to a comeback from his ankle problem and could be included in the squad, while midfielders Aaron Ramsey (groin) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip) face fitness tests.
Winger Gervinho (ankle), defender Kieran Gibbs (thigh), midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) all continue their rehabilitation.
Fulham midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is in a race against time to be fit for the trip to Arsenal.
Cottagers boss Martin Jol yesterday revealed the former Real Madrid star was no better than "50-50" to recover from his latest knee injury.
Midfielder Simon Davies is still recovering from a hip operation
Arsenal Squad: Mannone, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Santos, Cazorla, Arteta, Coquelin, Podolski, Walcott, Giroud, Szczesny, Martinez, Djourou, Jenkinson, Chamakh, Arshavin, Koscielny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey.
Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Diarra, Richardson, Rodallega, Berbatov, Stockdale, Senderos, Sidwell, Petric, Ruiz, Karagounis, Dejagah, Kasami.
Everton v Sunderland
Everton will be without Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe for their clash with Sunderland at Goodison Park.
Defender Hibbert is sidelined by a calf problem, while midfielder Gibson - who last featured for the first team on September 1 - is still not yet ready to make his return from a thigh injury.
Forward Anichebe is also on the casualty list due to a hamstring complaint.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will assess knocks to a couple of players before deciding on his starting line-up at Everton.
O'Neill said a couple of his players were doubts but would not reveal who they were.
If all are fit, one change may be Danny Rose returning at left-back, but otherwise the starting XI is likely to be much the same as the team that started against Aston Villa.
Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Gueye, Hitzlsperger, Vellios, Duffy.
Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose, Egan, Cattermole, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Sessegnon, Saha, Fletcher, Campbell, Wickham, Ji.
Reading v Nowich
Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici is in line for a recall for the clash with Norwich.
The Australian international is likely to return with current first-choice Alex McCarthy being ruled out for a number of weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in last weekend's 1-1 draw at QPR.
Royals boss Brian McDermott is also without midfield duo Jem Karacan (knee) and Danny Guthrie (thigh), although the latter could return as early as next week. Forward Noel Hunt is available after shaking off a calf problem.
Norwich defender Russell Martin's back injury will continue to be assessed ahead of the trip to Reading.
Centre-half Michael Turner (dead leg) and full-back Javier Garrido (knee) both went off during last weekend's 1-0 home win over Stoke, but are expected to be available tomorrow.
Striker Harry Kane, on loan from Spurs, is on course to return before Christmas following foot surgery.
Reading squad: Federici, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Tabb, McCleary, Kebe, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Hunt, Robson-Kanu, Roberts.
Norwich squad: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bennett, Garrido, Barnett, Bassong, Tettey, Johnson, Hoolahan, Morison, Pilkington, Snodgrass, Holt, Bunn, Jackson, E Bennett, Howson, Martin.
Southampton v Swansea
Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc is back in contention for tomorrow's clash with Swansea after an alleged incident in their last home game with Tottenham.
The Polish keeper missed Monday's defeat at West Brom after allegations he threw a bottle at home fans and swore at them, but manager Nigel Adkins says he is in his thoughts once more following the conclusion of a thorough investigation.
Jack Cork is also available again after a knee injury, while right-back Frazer Richardson is close to his first-team return and will step up his comeback from a groin problem in Monday's development game at Tottenham.
Swansea defender Chico Flores is set to miss Saturday's match as he struggles to overcome a dead leg.
The Spaniard suffered the injury in the Capital One Cup win over Liverpool and missed the draw with Chelsea. Manager Michael Laudrup rates him as "very doubtful" to face the Saints.
Club captain Garry Monk is set to continue in the centre of defence while Michel Vorm (groin), Kyle Bartley (thigh) and Neil Taylor (broken ankle) are all out.
Southampton squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Butterfield, Stephens, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Seaborne, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Chaplow, Cork, De Ridder, Lallana, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, Lee, Puncheon, S Davis, Lambert, Rodriguez, Mayuka.
Swansea squad: Cornell, Tremmel, Flores, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.
Stoke v QPR
Stoke will be without midfielder Rory Delap and striker Michael Owen for the Barclays Premier League clash with QPR at the Britannia Stadium.
Delap is due to undergo a hernia operation next week, while Owen is out with a hamstring injury that saw him miss last week's 1-0 defeat at Norwich, although he should be fit for next weekend's game at West Ham.
Delap and Owen join Marc Wilson on the sidelines, the defender likely to be unavailable until February after recently fracturing his left fibula.
Stephane Mbia serves the second of a three-match suspension as QPR look to gain their first league win of the season at Stoke.
QPR captain Park Ji-sung missed last weekend's draw against Reading with a knee injury and is also a major doubt for tomorrow's game at the Potters.
Fabio (hamstring) and Andrew Johnson (knee) remain sidelined, but manager Mark Hughes hopes to have the former fit for QPR's following game against Southampton.
Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Upson, Shotton, Whelan, Etherington, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Kightly, Whitehead, Adam, Edu, Nzonzi, Ness, Wilkinson.
QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Bosingwa, Traore, Derry, Diakite, Park, Granero, Taarabt, Hoilett, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Zamora, Cisse.
Wigan v West Brom
Midfielder James McArthur is rated as only 50-50 to play for Wigan against West Brom due to a dead leg.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will again be without wingers Ryo Miyaichi (groin) and Albert Crusat (knee).
The Latics will be aiming to build on their shock 1-0 win away to Tottenham last weekend.
West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill is on stand-by to play his first senior game for the club in 21 months.
Myhill will step in if number one Ben Foster fails to recover from a recurring groin problem which resulted in him seeing a specialist in Germany.
Key midfielder James Morrison will be available should he suffer no adverse reaction on returning to training after missing the 2-0 home win against Southampton on Monday with a hamstring injury.
Wigan Athletic squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney, Kone, Boselli, Gomez, Watson, Jones, McManaman, Fyvie, Lopez, Mustoe, Golobart, Stam, Di Santo, Orsula.
West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Dawson, Jara Reyes, Popov, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt Dorrans, Morrison, El Ghanassy, Gera, Fortune, Odemwingie, Lukaku, Long, Rosenberg.
Aston Villa v Manchester United, 17:30
Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi will return after a one-match ban for his side's home clash with Manchester United.
But defender Eric Lichaj will be banned after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign during the 1-0 win at Sunderland.
Fellow left-back Joe Bennett is struggling to overcome a knee injury so Enda Stevens is in contention to face Alex Ferguson's side. Striker Darren Bent is again absent with his ankle injury.
Evans has a niggling groin problem, which may force Ferguson to push Chris Smalling into his second game in four days.
Nani (hamstring) joins Shinji Kagawa, Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic (all knee) on the sidelines.
Central defender Jonny Evans is a doubt for Manchester United ahead of tomorrow's trip to Aston Villa.
Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Stevens, Herd, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Westwood, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Bent, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams.
Manchester United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Smalling, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Cleverley, Powell, Scholes, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Welbeck, Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez.
SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER
Manchester City v Tottenham, 13:30
Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, Maicon and David Silva are hoping to return to action in Sunday's Premier League game against Tottenham.
Defenders Lescott (back) and Maicon (foot) - the Brazilian was an unused substitute in midweek - and playmaker Silva (hamstring) are all back in training after spells on the sidelines.
Right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielders James Milner and Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) remain on the injury list.
Tottenham midfielder Sandro has a chance of recovering from a calf injury, manager Andre Villas-Boas said.
Villas-Boas must decide whether to stick with Hugo Lloris or recall Brad Friedel in goal and Emmanuel Adebayor could make his first league start of the season at his former club.
Mousa Dembele (hip), Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are unavailable.
Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Zabaleta, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez.
Tottenham squad: Friedel, Lloris, Cudicini, Gomes, Naughton, Walker, Caulker, Gallas, Dawson, Vertonghen, Livermore, Parrett, Huddlestone, Mason, Carroll, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Townsend, Bale, Falque, Dempsey, Obika, Defoe, Adebayor.
Newcastle v West Ham, 15:00
Newcastle will be without suspended duo Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini for Sunday's clash.
Midfielder Tiote completes his three-match domestic ban after being sent-off during the 1-1 derby draw at Sunderland, while central defender Coloccini starts a similar punishment following his red card at Liverpool last Sunday.
Manager Alan Pardew, who made eight changes for last night's 2-2 Europa League draw with Club Brugge in Belgium, is likely to restore most of his big names with Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba rested, but Danny Simpson (shoulder) remains a doubt and James Perch (thigh) is out for up to six weeks.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce could face a defensive crisis ahead of the game.
Both James Collins and James Tomkins will have fitness tests tomorrow to determine whether they are available to play, otherwise Allardyce will be left with only one fit central defender in Winston Reid.
Full-back Guy Demel has returned to training following a hernia problem but Matthew Taylor (calf), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Jack Collison (knee) remain sidelined.
Newcastle squad: Krul, Harper, Elliot, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, S. Taylor, Williamson, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, Amalfitano, Abeid, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Xisco.
West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Demel, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Benayoun, Diarra, O'Neil, Maiga, Cole, Carroll, Spence.
Chelsea v Liverpool, 16:00
Ashley Cole will once again be missing for Chelsea in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Liverpool.
England left-back Cole sat out Wednesday's Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk with a hamstring injury and manager Roberto Di Matteo hopes he can return for next weekend's trip to West Brom.
John Terry will be pushing for a start on Sunday after he was surprisingly left on the bench in midweek, while Frank Lampard is still out.
England full-back Glen Johnson is set to return for Liverpool after a hamstring injury.
Goalkeeper Jose Reina is also making good progress in his recovery from a similar problem and is not yet ruled out, although the following week's clash with Wigan may be more realistic for the Spaniard.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is set to restore most of his first-choice line-up after resting a number of stars for Thursday's Europa League clash against Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow.
Chelsea squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Luiz, Cahill, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Torres, Sturridge, Turnbull
Liverpool squad: Jones, Gulacsi, Reina, Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Coates, Carragher, Enrique, Johnson, Downing, Allen, Sahin, Gerrard, Shelvey, Henderson, Assaidi, Yesil, Suso, Suarez, Sterling