Premier League teams news for the weekend
Published 08/02/2013 | 12:26
Team-by-team guide to this weekend's fixtures
ARSENAL: KOSCIELNY'S FITNESS FIGHT
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny faces a fitness test on his calf injury ahead of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland, but captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) has been ruled out.
Midfielders Aaron Ramsey (calf) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring) should be available, along with England forward Theo Walcott (foot).
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho is back from the African Nations Cup, but is not yet expected to feature. Left-back Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh problem.
Provisional squad: Szczesny, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud, Mannone, Koscielny, Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaby, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Miquel, Coquelin.
ASTON VILLA: DELPH PASSED FIT FOR VILLA
Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has recovered from an ankle injury after a two-game absence and is included in the squad for Sunday's home Barclays Premier League fixture with West Ham.
Fellow midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has also shaken off a knock to the knee sustained during the 3-3 draw at Everton last weekend.
Villa manager Paul Lambert will run a fitness check over a third midfielder in Ashley Westwood, who is currently suffering from illness, but hopes of a return for defender Richard Dunne have been dashed by a recurrence of his groin problem.
Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Marshall, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Baker, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Sylla, Ireland, Westwood, Dawkins, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.
FULHAM: BERBATOV DOUBT FOR FULHAM
Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov faces a fitness test on his hamstring ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash at Norwich.
Urby Emanuelson could make his first start if the Bulgarian misses out, while Martin Jol is still to assess the fitness of his 12 players who spent midweek on international duty, with Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz only expected to return on the eve of the trip to Carrow Road.
Steve Sidwell (knee) and Kieran Richardson (calf) are available again, new signings Stanislav Manolev and Eyong Enoh are unlikely to feature after being made to wait for their work permits, while Mahamadou Diarra (both knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) remain out.
Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Frimpong, Berbatov, Sidwell, Richardson, Duff, Kasami, Ruiz, Emanuelson, Rodallega, Petric, Davies.
MANCHESTER UNITED: YOUNG BACK TO BOLSTER UNITED
Ashley Young returns to the Manchester United squad after a five-match absence for Sunday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Everton at Old Trafford.
Young has been sidelined by a knee injury but bolsters the Red Devils' wide options ahead of the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.
Phil Jones (shingles) and Michael Carrick (hip) have both recovered from the problems which prevented them reporting for international duty this week.
Provisional squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Ferdinand, Jones, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Scholes, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Nani, Valencia, Hernandez, Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie.
NORWICH: HUGHTON TO ASSESS PILKINGTON AND TETTEY
Norwich manager Chris Hughton describes midfielders Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey as "touch and go" for tomorrow's match against Fulham.
Pilkington and Tettey are suffering from hamstring and knee problems respectively although defender Ryan Bennett is fit again and Hughton reported a clean bill of health after his players returned from the midweek internationals.
Meanwhile, loan signing striker Kei Kamara has commenced training following his move from Sporting Kansas City in the MLS but lacks match practice and Hughton will delay assessing whether he might feature against the Cottagers.
Provisional squad: Bunn, R Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, E Bennett, Surman, Turner, Jackson, Holt, Pilkington, Becchio, Howson, Hoolahan, Fox, Tettey, R Bennett, Smith, Steer, Camp, Whittaker, Kamara.
NEWCASTLE: TIOTE IN CONTENTION FOR MAGPIES
Midfielder Cheick Tiote could return to the Newcastle squad for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham.
The 26-year-old, who has missed the last five games because he has been on African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast, is available once again after his country's quarter-final exit last weekend.
However, Hatem Ben Arfa's return from a hamstring problem has been delayed by a virus which has cost him a week's training, and he is unlikely to be ready for selection until the end of the month.
Provisional squad: Krul, Harper, Elliot, Debuchy, Santon, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Tiote, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Anita, Cabaye, Bigirimana, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran.
QPR: REMY MAY RETURN
QPR striker Loic Remy is touch and go for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Swansea.
The France international suffered a groin strain prior to last weekend's draw with Norwich but has recovered well and could be involved in south Wales.
Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring complaint, while Samba Diakite is still away with the Mali national team at the African Nations Cup.
Provisional squad: Cesar, Green, Murphy, Onuoha, Hill, Ben Haim, Samba, Mbia, Fabio, Traore, Granero, Park, Derry, Taarabt, Jenas, Townsend, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Campbell, Remy, Bothroyd, Zamora.
READING: HUNT BACK FOR READING
Reading forward Noel Hunt is back in contention for the Royals' trip to Stoke tomorrow.
Hunt has missed the last two Barclays Premier League games with an unspecified injury but is in the squad that will travel to the Britannia Stadium.
Manager Brian McDermott will be hoping Jamaica international trio Adrian Mariappa, Jobi McAnuff and Garath McCleary will have returned unscathed following a midweek draw in Mexico.
Experienced striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) remain sidelined.
Provisional squad: Federici, Taylor, Gunter, Kelly, Cummings, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Carrico, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Tabb, Karacan, Akpan, Kebe, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, Hunt, Pogrebnyak, Blackman.
SOUTHAMPTON: SHAW A CONCERN
Southampton left-back Luke Shaw is a doubt for tomorrow's clash with reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 17-year-old picked up a ligament issue ahead of his England Under-21s debut against Sweden in midweek, while fellow full-back Nathaniel Clyne, another to drop out of the Young Lions' squad, may also be unavailable.
Gaston Ramirez and Guly do Prado are also possibly out, while Jose Fonte is sidelined. Adam Lallana could make his first start since suffering a knee injury on December 8 and January acquisition Vegard Forren could make his debut.
Provisional squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Clyne, Richardson, Stephens, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Forren, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Chaplow, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana, do Prado, Puncheon, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez.
SPURS: SPURS WAIT ON ADEBAYOR
Tottenham will test Emmanuel Adebayor's fitness today before deciding whether he goes straight back in to the starting line-up for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle at White Hart Lane.
Adebayor has been at the African Nations Cup for almost a month, but manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes he will come through today's training session as his only other recognised striker Jermain Defoe is out with an ankle injury.
Midfielder Sandro and defender Younes Kaboul (both knee) are unavailable, although the latter will start training again on Monday with a view to being fit in a fortnight.
Provisional squad: Lloris, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Gallas, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Holtby, Livermore, Huddlestone, Dembele, Parker, Bale, Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Bentley, Obika, Kane, Adebayor.
STOKE: READY BREK
New signing Brek Shea could be in line to make his Stoke debut in tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Reading at the Britannia Stadium.
Shea is eligible to play in the game after the formalities of his move from FC Dallas were completed this week and Potters boss Tony Pulis will now assess the fitness of the 22-year-old United States winger, who has been recovering from a foot operation.
It remains to be seen whether or not full-back Marc Wilson will be involved after he made his playing comeback from a broken leg in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.
Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Cameron, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen, Shotton, Shea.
SUNDERLAND: McCLEAN SET TO MISS ARSENAL CLASH
Sunderland winger James McClean is almost certainly out of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal.
The 23-year-old, who has not started the last three games, injured his ankle on Republic of Ireland duty in midweek and is unlikely to make the game.
However, defender Carlos Cuellar could be back from the hamstring problem which has sidelined him since January 5, although the Gunners' trip to the Stadium of Light could come too soon for midfielder Lee Cattermole (knee), despite his return to training.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Cuellar, Mangane, N'Diaye, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Graham, Wickham.
SWANSEA: LAUDRUP HOPEFUL OVER VORM
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup hopes to have goalkeeper Michel Vorm back from injury against QPR.
The Dutchman has been struggling with a knee problem but looks set to return to the starting line-up, but midfielder Leon Britton is doubtful with the knee injury he sustained in last weekend's defeat at West Ham.
Kemy Agustien is back in training after an ankle problem but this game is likely to come a too soon for the midfielder, while Neil Taylor (broken leg) remains sidelined.
Provisional squad: Vorm, Bartley, Flores, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Hernandez, Dyer, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Davies.
WIGAN: CALDWELL CONCERN
Wigan captain Gary Caldwell is rated at 50/50 to be fit for tomorrow's trip to Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League.
The defender pulled out of Scotland's midweek friendly with a recurrence of a hip problem and manager Roberto Martinez admits he is a doubt for the Stamford Bridge clash.
Fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is still edging his way back from a groin problem, Emmerson Boyce and Adrian Lopez are still nursing hamstring injuries but Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone has returned from the African Nations Cup and is fit, if a little underweight according to Martinez.
Provisional squad: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Scharner, Figueroa, Beausejour, Gomez, Jones, Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Kone, Di Santo, Henriquez, Mustoe, Golobart, Robles, Campabadal.
WEST BROM: POPOV STARTS SUSPENSION
West Brom left-back Goran Popov will start a three-match suspension after being sent off for spitting at Tottenham defender Kyle Walker, ruling him out of Monday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
Baggies midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is in contention to return to the starting line-up for the first time since January 1 after returning to training this week following a knee problem.
Head coach Steve Clarke has to decide whether to recall striker Peter Odemwingie, who was left out against Spurs after the collapse of his transfer deadline day move to QPR.
Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Reid, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas, Ridgewell, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Long, Lukaku, Fortune, Odemwingie, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Nabi
WEST HAM: ALLARDYCE HAS OPTIONS
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns ahead of his side's trip to face Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.
Defensive duo James Collins (hamstring) and George McCartney (knee) are still out but all of the Hammers' internationals returned from midweek duty unscathed.
Modibo Maiga is back at the club following Mali's exit from the African Cup of Nations but is unlikely to feature.
Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, Reid, Tomkins, Pogatetz, O'Brien, Demel, Nolan, Noble, Diame, O'Neil, Collison, Jarvis, J Cole, Taylor, C Cole, Vaz Te, Carroll, Maiga.