English Premier League team news
All games 15.00 unless stated
Highlights: Premier Soccer Saturday, RTÉ Two, 8pm
SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
ARSENAL v WEST BROM
Arsenal will be without forwards Lukas Podolski (hamstring) and Theo Walcott (calf) for tomorrow's clash against West Brom at Emirates Stadium.
Defender Bacary Sagna (foot) is a major doubt, but Laurent Koscielny (thigh) is definitely out.
Full-back Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) continue their rehabilitation.
Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Cazorla, Rosicky, Wilshere, Arteta, Gervinho, Giroud, Mannone, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Arshavin, Djourou, Sagna.
West Brom head coach Steve Clarke has virtually a full squad to choose from.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster is the only absentee as he continues his rehabilitation work after undergoing a second groin operation, with Boaz Myhill again deputising.
Clarke has to decide whether to recall the likes of striker Peter Odemwingie and midfielders James Morrison and skipper Chris Brunt, who were rested for last weekend's encounter with Stoke.
Provisional squad: Myhill, Daniels, Reid, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Jara Reyes, Popov, Ridgewell, Yacob, Brunt, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, El Ghanassy, Gera, Fortune, Odemwingie, Lukaku, Long, Rosenberg.
ASTON VILLA v STOKE
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hopeful striker Peter Crouch will be able to return to action.
Crouch, who missed last weekend's 1-0 victory at West Brom having lost some teeth in a collision with Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini in the previous match, has had a mouth guard fitted and is being monitored in training, while Pulis is also optimistic forward Cameron Jerome will be fit for selection after an ankle injury kept him out of the Baggies contest.
It remains to be seen whether or not fellow frontman Michael Owen, sidelined for the last few weeks by a hamstring problem, is ready to feature again, and the Potters will definitely be without midfielders Charlie Adam, who serves a one-match suspension, and Rory Delap (hernia), along with defender Marc Wilson (broken leg).
Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Upson, Shotton, Wilkinson, Whelan, Etherington, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Kightly, Edu, Nzonzi, Ness, Whitehead, Owen.
Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia has returned to training after a six-week absence with a knee problem but manager Paul Lambert is still to decide whether he will be involved.
Skipper and centre-back Ron Vlaar remains a major doubt with a calf problem which ruled him out of the last two games with Reading and QPR.
Left-backs Enda Stevens (ankle) and Joe Bennett (knee) are still sidelined as Villa look to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.
Provisional Sqaud: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj, Baker, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Herd, Westwood, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Bent, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, N'Zogbia.
SOUTHAMPTON v READING
Gaston Ramirez will be available for Southampton despite spending the week in Uruguay.
The 22-year-old returned to his homeland last Sunday on compassionate leave but will be in the squad to face the Royals.
Richard Chaplow and Frazer Richardson are back in training after injury, although the latter is not yet ready for a first-team return.
Provisional squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Butterfield, Stephens, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Cork, Chaplow, De Ridder, Lallana, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, Lee, Puncheon, S Davis, Lambert, Rodriguez, Mayuka.
Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is a doubt for the clash after sustaining an unspecified injury while on reserves duty.
Danny Guthrie should return from a thigh problem, but his fellow midfielders Jimmy Kebe (groin) and Jem Karacan (knee) are definitely out.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has undergone shoulder surgery, but manager Brian McDermott is refusing to set a date for his return.
Provisional squad: Federici, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Guthrie, Leigertwood, Tabb, McCleary, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Hunt, Robson-Kanu, Roberts.
SUNDERLAND v CHELSEA
Defender John O'Shea and striker Steven Fletcher are both in contention for Sunderland.
O'Shea is the more likely to feature having trained this week following a calf injury while leading scorer Fletcher will be assessed later today.
The Scot was forced off at half-time in last weekend's defeat by Norwich with an ankle problem and saw a specialist this week.
Captain Lee Cattermole is expected to be out for another two months after damaging knee ligaments.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Kilgallon, O'Shea, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Sessegnon, Saha, Fletcher, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will return from his calf injury for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland.
Defender John Terry and striker Daniel Sturridge are still sidelined with knee and hamstring problems respectively.
Midfielder John Obi Mikel will not participate at the Stadium of Light as he begins a three-game ban.
Provisional squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Romeu, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Lampard, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Turnbull.
SWANSEA v NORWICH
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will not rush Michel Vorm and Pablo Hernandez back into his starting line-up.
Goalkeeper Vorm is back in training following a groin injury but is not ready to return to first-team action, while Hernandez is still struggling with a thigh problem.
Wayne Routledge could return from an ankle knock which may see top scorer Michu again moved up front.
Provisional squad: Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Lita, Michu, Graham, Dyer, Cornell, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.
Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong will be fit for the Canaries.
The 26-year-old looked to be struggling towards the closing stages of the 2-1 win over Sunderland but Norwich boss Chris Hughton has revealed the centre-half is available for selection.
England goalkeeper John Ruddy has undergone a thigh operation and faces up to three months out while defender Michael Turner (shoulder) and on-loan striker Harry Kane (metatarsal) are also missing.
Provisional squad: Bunn, Rudd, Whittaker, Garrido, R Bennett, Bassong, Barnett, Tierney, Martin, Tettey, Howson, Johnson, Hoolahan, E Bennett, Pilkington, Surman, Snodgrass, Jackson, Holt, Morison.
WIGAN v QPR
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is set to be without four central defenders for the DW Stadium fixture.
Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Ivan Ramis (hamstring) are injured while captain Gary Caldwell and Maynor Figueroa are both suspended after the Football Association rejected Wigan's appeal against the latter's red card in Monday's 3-0 defeat by Newcastle.
The Latics also have other injury problems, with midfielder Ben Watson (broken leg), wingers Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and playmaker Shaun Maloney (groin) all sidelined.
Provisional squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Beausejour, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Kone, Boselli, Gomez, Jones, McManaman, Fyvie, Lopez, Stam, Di Santo, Golobart.
Goalkeeper Julio Cesar is a doubt for QPR as he is still struggling with the groin injury he suffered at Sunderland two weeks ago.
Stephane Mbia and Samba Diakite have recovered from the neck and ankle injuries they suffered in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.
Long-term absentees Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) remain sidelined.
Provisional squad: Green, Cesar, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Fabio, Bosingwa, Traore, Derry, Diakite, Park, Granero, Taarabt, Hoilett, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse.
SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER
MANCHESTER CITY v MANCHESTER UNITED, 1.30pm
Manchester City playmaker David Silva (hamstring) could return for Sunday's derby against Manchester United.
Midfielder James Milner (hamstring) and left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) are also hoping to prove their fitness while midfielder Yaya Toure returns to the team after his midweek European suspension.
Defender Aleksandar Kolarov (ankle) has been ruled out of the clash at the Etihad Stadium, leaving him on the sidelines with right-back Micah Richards (knee).
Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, K Toure, Nastasic, Nasri, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Silva, Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli, Dzeko.
Alex Ferguson is waiting on the results of a scan on Tom Cleverley's calf injury before finalising his Manchester United side.
Antonio Valencia (hip) and Nani (hamstring) are definitely out, while Ferguson does not think Shinji Kagawa and skipper Nemanja Vidic (both knee) will be available either.
Anderson is also a major doubt with a hamstring injury.
Provisional squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Powell, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Rooney, Van Persie.
EVERTON v TOTTENHAM
Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has only a slim chance of recovering from his hamstring injury.
Winger Gareth Bale is out with hamstring problem while Hugo Lloris is expected to replace Brad Friedel in net after the American started last night's Europa League win over Panathinaikos.
Midfielder Scott Parker (Achilles) and left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) are a week away from full fitness and defender Younes Kaboul (knee) is also unavailable.
Provisional squad: Friedel, Lloris, Gomes, Cudicini, Walker, Naughton, Gallas, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Falque, Carroll, Mason, Livermore, Sandro, Huddlestone, Dembele, Dempsey, Adebayor, Defoe.
Everton could have Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman available for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham at Goodison Park.
Toffees boss David Moyes says forward Mirallas, who has missed four games due to a hamstring injury, and full-back Coleman, sidelined for three by an unspecified problem, have "outside chances" of featuring against Spurs.
Victor Anichebe (hamstring) and Phil Neville (knee) remain on the casualty list.
Provisional squad: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Duffy, Oviedo, Barkley, Gueye, Vellios, Mirallas, Coleman.
WEST HAM v LIVERPOOL, 4pm
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is suspended for Sunday's trip to West Ham after accumulating five bookings.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has played midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in a 'false nine' position before and could do so again as a stop-gap with no other senior strikers fit.
Captain Steven Gerrard, left out of the Europa League squad which beat Udinese in Italy because of illness, will be restored at Upton Park as will the rested Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva.
Provisional squad: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Shelvey, Downing, Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Sahin, Henderson, Suso, Cole, Assaidi, Morgan.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will welcome Yossi Benayoun back into his squad.
The former Reds midfielder missed the Hammers' 3-1 win over Chelsea as he was ineligible to appear against his parent club.
Andy Carroll (knee) could be missing for two months but would not have been able to feature against Liverpool due to the terms of his loan, whilst Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Alou Diarra (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) are all definitely out.
Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Spence, Demel, Taylor, Diame, Noble, Nolan, Jarvis, Diarra, Benayoun, O'Neil, Maiga, Cole.
MONDAY 10 DECEMBER
FULHAM v NEWCASTLE, 8pm
Fulham can welcome back captain Brede Hangeland for Monday's clash with Newcastle.
The Norway international has been suspended for the past three matches after being sent off against Sunderland and is likely to return in defence, while Alex Kacaniklic is back after a hamstring injury.
Bryan Ruiz faces a further month on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint of his own, while right-back Sascha Riether has to overcome a minor knee sprain if he is to feature at Craven Cottage.
Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Etheridge, Riether, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Sidwell, Dejagah, Diarra, Baird, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Richardson, Kasami, Duff, Rodallega, Petric, Berbatov.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could have several of his big guns back from injury.
Pardew, who made nine changes for last night's 2-0 Europa League defeat in Bordeaux, was expecting full-back David Santon (groin), midfielders Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa (both hamstring) and Gabriel Obertan (toe) and striker Demba Ba (also hamstring) to train today, while Jonas Gutierrez (knee) is in line to resume on Sunday.
That would leave Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) on the long-term casualty list, but would represent a significant improvement for Pardew, who admitted the 20 players he took to France were the only fit ones he had.
Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, Coloccini, Williamson, Perch, Tiote, Anita, Bigirimana, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Ranger.