Premier League Weekend Team News

A round-up of team news ahead of this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

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Fulham vs Aston Villa

Dimitar Berbatov returns from a problem with his hip/upper thigh and will be joined in the Fulham side by fellow striker Mladen Petric, who has recovered from a calf problem. Mahamadou Diarra's recovery from a knee injury means he could also be involved, although Simon Davies (hip) and Bryan Ruiz (groin) are out.

Midfielder Stephen Ireland (arm) is available and Joe Bennett is expected to be fit after a leg injury but defender Richard Dunne (groin) remains a long-term casualty. Boss Paul Lambert will assess goalkeeper Brad Guzan and midfielders Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi after gruelling midweek international trips.

Liverpool vs Reading 

Reds keeper Jose Reina faces a late fitness test on a hamstring problem but midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available again after suspension. Striker Fabio Borini is out for up to three months with a fractured foot but defenders Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan returned to training this week.

Reading forward Noel Hunt is a doubt because of a heel problem but boss Brian McDermott has no other injury concerns, with midfielder Mikele Leigertwood now recovered from a dead leg.

Man Utd vs Stoke 

Midfielder Ashley Young returns to the United squad after a two-month absence with a knee injury but defender Chris Smalling (foot) will not be considered, even though he is closing in on full fitness.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis will assess the condition of midfielder Glenn Whelan (hamstring) and striker Michael Owen (groin). Defender Andy Wilkinson is available again after completing a three-match ban.

Norwich vs Arsenal

Norwich hope forward Robert Snodgrass is fit after he returned from international duty with Scotland with an ankle problem. Defender Steven Whittaker has returned to full training after ankle trouble but is not yet ready for a first-team return, while on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane (foot) is out.

The Gunners are without Laurent Koscielny (back), fellow defender Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and forward Theo Walcott (chest) but Emmanuel Frimpong (knee) and fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) could figure after injury. Defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg), midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh), winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and keepers Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) and Lukasz Fabianski (ankle) are out.

Swansea vs Wigan 

Swans manager Michael Laudrup could decide to keep faith with the side that recovered from 2-0 down to draw with Reading. Kemy Agustien is in contention after a calf problem while Pablo Hernandez will hope to displace Nathan Dyer or Wayne Routledge on the flanks. Neil Taylor (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

Wigan are without defender Antolin Alcaraz and winger Albert Crusat. Alcaraz is likely to be out for two more weeks with a groin injury, while Crusat has a knee problem. Boss Roberto Martinez will monitor Maynor Figueroa and Jean Beausejour closely after long international trips with Honduras and Chile respectively.

Tottenham vs Chelsea 

Spurs midfielder Scott Parker may not be back until Christmas after Achilles trouble. Defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are still absent but Jake Livermore and Kyle Naughton are back in training after groin and ankle injuries respectively.

John Terry's four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand comes into force tomorrow [Saturday] - but Chelsea have Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand available - midfielder Lampard has overcome a calf injury while defender Bertrand has recovered from illness.

West Brom vs Man City

Albion may be without midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, who picked up a niggle on duty with DR Congo this week and is rated 60-40 to be fit by head coach Steve Clarke. Striker Romelu Lukaku is expected to be available after an ankle problem but Steven Reid, Chris Brunt (both hamstring), Billy Jones (knee) and Boaz Myhill (thumb) are out, while long-term absentee Jerome Thomas is not quite ready.

Hamstring injuries sustained on international duty keep David Silva and Jack Rodwell sidelined for City. Another midfielder, Javi Garcia, remains out with a thigh problem, alongside defender Maicon (foot).

West Ham vs Southampton 

Defenders Winston Reid (back) and Guy Demel (thigh) must prove their fitness for the Hammers and striker Ricardo Vaz Te (dislocated shoulder) is out. Andy Carroll is expected to start up front, while Raphael Spiegel will back up Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal, with Stephen Henderson beginning a loan spell at Ipswich.

Saints winger Gaston Ramirez faces another four weeks out with a dead leg picked up before the international break. Frazer Richardson (thigh), Jack Cork, Danny Butterfield (both knee) and Tadanari Lee (elbow) are also out but Nathaniel Clyne is set to return. Goalkeeper Artur Boruc could also be involved.

 QPR vs Everton 

Jose Bosingwa and Anton Ferdinand are now fit for QPR but fellow defender Armand Traore is still fighting for match fitness and full-back Fabio (hamstring) is due to have a scan in the next two weeks. Midfielder Samba Diakite returns from a one-match ban with striker Andy Johnson (knee) a long-term absentee.

A knee injury keeps out Everton's Marouane Fellaini - but manager David Moyes is optimistic the midfielder will not be sidelined for too long. Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (thigh) also miss the game, while short-term signing Thomas Hitzlsperger will not yet be considered.

Sunderland vs Newcastle 

Sunderland winger James McClean is in contention after shaking off a groin injury and full-back Phil Bardsley could also make the squad after an ankle injury. However, defender Titus Bramble is a doubt with a hip flexor problem and captain Lee Cattermole completes his three-match ban.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew could welcome back defenders Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring) and Steven Taylor (calf) from injury. Goalkeeper Tim Krul may also be back after elbow trouble, while full-back Danny Simpson (hamstring) might also figure after sitting out the defeat to former club Manchester United. 



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