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Premiership latest: Norwich new boy between the posts for WBA visit

Published 09/09/2011 | 11:16

Norwich youngster Declan Rudd will deputise for suspended goalkeeper John Ruddy in Sunday's Barclays Premier League match with West Brom.

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Centre-half Zak Whitbread (hamstring) is a doubt, but striker James Vaughan, a summer signing from Everton, could make his debut after recovering from a knee injury.

However, defenders Daniel Ayala and Elliot Ward (knee) remain out.

Provisional squad: Rudd, Tierney, de Laet, Barnett, Naughton, Pilkington, Crofts, Johnson, Hoolahan, Morison, Holt, Matthews, C Martin, Bennett, R Martin, D Fox, S Jackson, Whitbread, Vaughan.

- New signings Yakubu, Scott Dann, Simon Vukcevic and Jordan Slew are all in the Blackburn squad for their visit to Fulham on Sunday.

Morten Gamst Pedersen (hamstring) is out however, while David Dunn is doubtful, also with a hamstring problem. Ryan Nelsen will be assessed to see if he has recovered from his knee injury.

Provisional squad: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Dann, Hanley, Olsson, Hoilett, Nzonzi, Petrovic, Grella, Lowe, Vukcevic, Formica, Rochina, Roberts, Goodwillie, Yakubu, Slew, Blackman.

- Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that England striker Danny Welbeck should return to training next week.

After injuring his hamstring after scoring the first goal in United's 8-2 annihilation of Arsenal a fortnight ago, it was felt Welbeck would be sidelined for the remainder of the month.

However, the 20-year-old has made good progress in his recovery during the international break.

And, although he will not be involved in tomorrow's Premier League encounter with Bolton at the Reebok Stadium and is virtually certain not to travel to Portugal next week when United open their Champions League campaign against Benfica, Ferguson is hopeful Welbeck will be back in action fairly quickly.

"Danny is making good progress," said Ferguson.

"The injury is not as bad as we thought and he should be training next week."

- Loan signing Nicklas Bendtner could made his Sunderland debut against Chelsea tomorrow.

However, the 23-year-old, who completed a deadline day move from Arsenal to the Stadium of Light, will not partner Asamoah Gyan after he returned from international duty with a hamstring injury.

Defender John O'Shea is also out after suffering a calf strain in the Republic of Ireland's 0-0 draw with Slovakia and joins Craig Gordon, Fraizer Campbell and David Meyler (all knee) on the sidelines, while Anton Ferdinand has left the club for QPR.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Brown, Richardson, Turner, Bramble, Laing, Cattermole, Gardner, Vaughan, Colback, Elmohamady, Bendtner, Sessegnon, Wickham, Ji, Cook.

- Tony Pulis is confident Peter Crouch will show the right attitude for Stoke and is not worried about the England striker's public profile.

Crouch became the Potters' record signing when he completed a £10million move from Tottenham on transfer deadline day.

The player's wife, model and television presenter Abbey Clancy, is reportedly unhappy about the prospect of leaving London and there have been question marks raised as to how Crouch might adjust to life with the Staffordshire outfit.

But Stoke boss Pulis insists he has no concerns about the 30-year-old's commitment to his new club.

"Peter is a great lad and I think you're pigeon-holing someone just because their picture is in the paper," Pulis said.

"He is a fantastic kid, very down to earth, and we are absolutely delighted to have him - and we'll have him as a footballer.’’

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