Team Squads, Injury Latest And Fixtures For This Weekend’s Premier League Action

Liverpool travel to the Emirates and Old Trafford welcomes Spurs.

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Samir Nasri has been included in Arsenal’s squad for tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool after recovering from illness, despite being on the verge of a move to Manchester City.

The Gunners will be without suspended duo Gervinho and Alex Song while defenders Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs (both hamstring) and Armand Traore (groin) are not available either.

Midfielder Tomas Rosicky (thigh) will be rested, while Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby (ankle) are still out.

Provisional squad: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Sagna, Arshavin, Frimpong, Nasri, Ramsey, Walcott, Van Persie, Fabianski, Chamakh, Chamberlain, Bendtner, Lansbury, Squillaci, Miquel, Afobe.

Aston Villa

Shay Given has shaken off a groin injury sustained in the season-opener at Fulham last weekend with Charles N’Zogbia set to earn his home debut.

Alex McLeish will continue with Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey in a three-pronged attack.

Team (from): Given, Guzan, Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Petrov, Delph, N’Zogbia, Albrighton, Bent, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Beye, Makoun, Ireland, Bannan, Beye, Clark.

Blackburn Rovers

Defenders Ryan Nelsen and Christopher Samba will be available for tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Villa Park after they both trained this week.

Gael Givet (illness) and Brett Emerton (hamstring) are likely to miss out but new midfield signing Radosav Petrovic is in line to make his debut.

Provisional squad: Robinson, Bunn, Salgado, Hanley, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Bruno, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Dunn, Grella, Formica, Rochina, Hoilett, Roberts, Goodwillie, Blackman, Aley, Anderson, Henley, Petrovic, Lowe, Morris.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton expect to have new signing Tuncay Sanli available for Sunday’s visit of Manchester City, after sorting out the paperwork on his work permit

Midfielder Ricardo Gardner will have a fitness test tomorrow on a groin injury.

Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Steinsson, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Eagles, M Davies, Muamba, K Davies, Klasnic, Bogdan, Alonso, Wheater, Blake, Tuncay.


Andre Villas-Boas was today deciding whether Hilario or Ross Turnbull would start his first home game in charge of Chelsea, after losing Petr Cech (knee) for up to four weeks

Romelu Lukaku could make his debut but the game comes too soon for Oriol Romeu. David Luiz (thigh) remains out, Daniel Sturridge suspended, and Michael Essien long-term injured.

Provisional squad: Hilario, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Terry, Alex, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, McEachran, Lampard, Ramires, Benayoun, Malouda, Torres, Drogba, Anelka, Kalou, Lukaku, Turnbull.


Seamus Coleman is Everton’s only absentee with torn ankle ligaments as they belatedly start their Premier League campaign at home to newcomers QPR.

With no summer signings to freshen up the squad manager David Moyes is fortunate to have no other players sidelined.

Provisional squad: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Fellaini, Arteta, Bilyaletdinov, Heitinga, Anichebe, Barkley, Rodwell, Cahill, Beckford, Saha, Osman, Baxter, Mucha, Gueye, Duffy.


Danny Murphy is expected to shake off a groin complaint to feature against Wolves on Sunday.

Simon Davies (knee) remains a week away from action despite returning to training, while Bjorn Helge Riise (hamstring) is also out.

Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Etheridge, Kelly, JA Riise, Hangeland, Baird, Senderos, Hughes, Halliche, Sidwell, Kasami, Murphy, Gecov, Duff, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora, Dembele.


Defender Glen Johnson is the only injury doubt for Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal tomorrow, with a hamstring injury.

Dalglish may opt to make changes with Martin Kelly and Dirk Kuyt pushing for starting places.

Provisional squad: Reina, Kelly, Carragher Agger, Enrique, Adam, Lucas, Kuyt, Suarez, Downing, Carroll, Doni, Flanagan, Skrtel, Henderson, Meireles, Spearing, Ngog, Robinson, Aurelio, Rodriguez,.

Manchester City

Manchester City want-away striker Carlos Tevez could be set to make his first appearance of the season in Sunday’s clash with Bolton.

Roberto Mancini may hand a first start to Sergio Aguero following his sensational two-goal debut, while midfielder Nigel de Jong will be assessed after picking up a foot injury.

Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Savic, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Kolarov, Boyata, Johnson, Barry, De Jong, Milner, Silva, Toure, Weiss, Wright-Phillips, Balotelli, Dzeko, Aguero, Tevez.

Manchester United

Patrice Evra returns to the Manchester United line-up for Monday’s game with Spurs after recovering from an ankle knock. Rio Ferdinand (hamstring) is unlikely to return until next weekend and Nemanja Vidic (calf) is out for up to five weeks.

Darren Fletcher (virus), Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Javier Hernandez (concussion) are all closing in on a return, but are not yet ready.

Michael Owen is out with a back problem, whilst Rafael faces up to 10 weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder.

Team (from): De Gea, Lindegaard, Smalling, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Evans, Fabio, Nani, Park, Cleverley, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Berbatov, Welbeck, Diouf, Macheda.

Newcastle United

Keeper Tim Krul and striker Shola Ameobi will keep their places in the Newcastle starting line-up for tomorrow’s derby trip to Sunderland.

Ryan Taylor is again likely to start at left-back, while summer signing Sylvain Marveaux and Shane Ferguson (ankle) could be involved after building up match fitnes. Hatem Ben Arfa (ankle) remains on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Krul, Harper, Simpson, R. Taylor, Ferguson, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Williamson, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Barton, Marveaux, Obertan, Gosling, Abeid, Ba, Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best, Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi.

Norwich City

Zak Whitbread (knee) is a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Stoke but Daniel Ayala could feature following his move from Liverpool

Striker James Vaughan and centre-back Elliott Ward are sidelined after picking up minor knee injuries during pre-season.

Provisional squad: Ruddy, R Martin, Barnett, De Laet, Tierney, Surman, Fox, Crofts, Hoolahan, Morison, Holt, Rudd, Ayala, Whitbread, Bennett, Pilkington, Johnson, Naughton, Jackson.

Queens Park Rangers

Kieron Dyer will miss tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Everton with a foot injury. Clint Hill will also miss the match after receiving a red card last weekend.

Neil Warnock still awaiting international clearance for recent signing Bruno Perone, while both striker Rob Hulse (knee) and Jamie Mackie (broken leg) remain out.

Provisional squad: Kenny, Murphy, Orr, Derry, Hall, Gabbidon, Taarabt, Campbell, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Gorkss, Buzsaky, Connolly, Smith, Helguson, Moen, Agyemang, Shittu, Ephraim, Perone.

Stoke City

Asmir Begovic, Jonathan Woodgate, Glenn Whelan and Jermaine Pennant could all return to the starting line-up after being rested for the Europa League tie against FC Thun.

Tonu Pulis must decide whether to include Matthew Upson in the squad after his impressive debut in Switzerland while Rory Delap (hamstring) is a major doubt.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Huth, Wilson, Shawcross, Upson, Collins, Pugh, Wilkinson, Whelan, Whitehead, Diao, Walters, Jones, Sorensen, Shotton, Tonge, Arismendi, Woodgate, Pennant, Delap.


Sunderland defender John O’Shea is rated at 50-50 to make his Premier League debut for the club in tomorrow’s derby clash with Newcastle, after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Striker Asamoah Gyan has shaken off the ankle knock which saw him limp off at Liverpool last Saturday, and Bruce otherwise has no fresh concerns.

Squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Brown, Richardson, Turner, Bramble, Ferdinand, Laing, Cattermole, Gardner, Vaughan, Colback, Elmohamady, Gyan, Sessegnon, Wickham, Ji, Cook.

Swansea City

Captain Garry Monk (foot) is again a doubt for tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Wigan at the Liberty Stadium.

Left-back Neil Taylor is available again after completing the three-match suspension he received for his red card in the play-off semi-final first leg at Nottingham Forest.

Provisional squad: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Tate, Bodde, Britton, Orlandi, Beattie, Graham, Sinclair, Dyer, Cornell, Dobbie, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Moore, Moreira, Rangel, Allen, Agustien, Gower, Butler, Richards.

Tottenham Hotspur

Luka Modric is likely to return to Tottenham’s starting line-up for Monday night’s match at Manchester United after recovering from a minor groin injury.

Tom Huddlestone (ankle) could also return after starting on the bench at Tynecastle, but fellow midfielders Sandro, Wilson Palacios (both knee) Steven Pienaar (groin), and Jermaine Jenas (Achilles) are all out.

Peter Crouch (ankle) will be tested over the weekend but Ledley King and Alan Hutton are sidelined with knee injuries and William Gallas is also out with a calf problem.

Provisional squad: Gomes, Friedel, Cudicini, Bale, Kaboul, Bassong, Dawson, Corluka, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Lennon, Van der Vaart, Modric, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Townsend, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch, Defoe.

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom have a major doubt over striker Peter Odemwingie (ankle) for tomorrow’s visit to Chelsea while winger Jerome Thomas (hip and thigh) will definitely miss out.

Steven Reid, who was forced off with a leg injury against United, is fit, but Gareth McAuley, who has been struggling with illness, could be on the bench.

Squad (from): Foster, Fulop, Reid, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Scharner, Brunt, Mulumbu, Morrison, Odemwingie, Long, Cech, Tchoyl, Ibanez, Thorne, Thomas, Dorrans, Jara, McAuley, Fortune, Bednar.

Wigan Athletic

Wigan will be without defender Steve Gohouri (ankle) or new signing Nouha Dicko for tomorrow’s trip to Swansea but James McCarthy should be available.

Striker Hugo Rodallega could feature despite not being 100% fit after Copa America duty, while Antolin Alcaraz, who reached the final with Paraguay, could come into contention.

Provisional squad: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Watson, Diame, Rodallega, Moses, McCarthy, Sammon, McArthur, Gomez, Di Santo, McManaman, Lopez, Stam, Thomas, Kirkland, Jones, Nicholls, Golobart, Pollitt.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is poised to name an unchanged team for Sunday’s clash at Molineux against Fulham.

Richard Stearman is fit after picking up a back problem while winger Michael Kightly is challenging for a place on the bench as he continues his comeback from knee problems.

Midfielder Dave Edward (back) and striker Sam Vokes (ankle) remain some way from being in contention despite returning to training this week.

Midfielder Adlene Guedioura, meanwhile, has travelled to Qatar for specialist treatment as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.

Squad (from): Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hunt, Henry, O’Hara, Jarvis, Fletcher, Doyle, De Vries, Ebanks-Blake, Foley, Elokobi, Zubar, Hammill, Milijas, Kightly, Craddock, Davis, Maierhofer.


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