Injuries and suspensions

Premier League team news

April 18, 2014
By PA Sport

Saturday's Premier League matches

Tottenham vs. Fulham
  We say: Draw  

Mousa Dembele's return is the only good news on the injury front for Tottenham. The Belgium international has missed recent matches with a hip complaint but is fit to face his former club, unlike countryman Jan Vertonghen (ankle). Kyle Walker (pelvis) and Michael Dawson (hamstring) also remain absent, as does Erik Lamela (back), Roberto Soldado (hamstring) and Etienne Capoue (foot).

Fulham are missing German midfielder Lewis Holtby at White Hart Lane. Holtby is on loan from White Hart Lane until the end of the season with the terms of the agreement preventing him from playing in the fixture. Club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou remains sidelined with a knee injury, but is expected to return against Hull the following weekend.

Aston Villa vs. Southampton
  We say: Away win  

Leandro Bacuna is back in the Aston Villa squad for their home clash with Southampton. The Dutchman, who can play at full-back or in midfield, missed the defeat to Crystal Palace with a hamstring strain but is back in contention to face the Saints. Otherwise, Paul Lambert is choosing from the same squad with Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N'Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner all long-term absentees.

Artur Boruc has beaten his back injury in time for Southampton's trip to Aston Villa. The Poland stopper's return offsets the continued absence of fellow goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, also with back trouble. Maya Yoshida (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (ankle) will also miss out on the Villa Park clash.

Cardiff vs. Stoke
  We say: Draw  

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of their clash at home to Stoke. Winger Craig Noone remains sidelined due to an abdominal injury, but Kenwyne Jones could feature against his former club after he missed last weekend's 1-0 victory over Southampton following a blow to the kidneys suffered during the Crystal Palace game seven days earlier. Cardiff are currently three points away from safety with four games left. After Stoke, they travel to Sunderland and Newcastle before ending their season at home to title-chasing Chelsea.

Mark Hughes has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to relegation-battling Cardiff. Charlie Adam had an operation on his broken nose on Monday but is expected to be available. Oussama Assaidi has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury and will travel, although Hughes cast doubt on his availability. Matthew Etherington (back) remains sidelined. 

Newcastle vs. Swansea
  We say: Draw  

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy could return to the Newcastle squad. Striker Remy (calf) and full-back Debuchy (groin) have both missed the last six matches, and the Magpies have lost five of those games and scored only once in the process. Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) is back running, but still some way from a return, while fellow midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is struggling to shake off the dead leg he picked up in last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

Swansea will be without suspended defender Chico Flores on Saturday. Flores starts a ban following his sending-off in last weekend's 1-0 Liberty Stadium defeat against title-chasing Chelsea. Jordi Amat looks set to deputise, while striker Michu faces a fitness test on his swollen ankle, having missed the Chelsea game.

West Ham vs. Crystal Palace
  We say: Draw  

West Ham will be boosted by the return of influential trio Kevin Nolan, James Collins and Joey O'Brien for Saturday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace. O'Brien is back after a dislocated shoulder, while Hammers boss Allardyce can call on midfielder Nolan, fit again after hamstring trouble and defender Collins (calf).

Marouane Chamakh, Joel Ward and Yannick Bolasie face late fitness tests ahead of Crystal Palace's clash with West Ham. The trio started the 3-2 midweek win at Everton and are amongst the four or five players manager Tony Pulis revealed are doubts for this weekend. Palace defender Adrian Mariappa sustained a broken nose at Goodison Park but Pulis expects him to be available.

Chelsea vs. Sunderland
  We say: Home win  

Eden Hazard will miss Chelsea's  Premier League clash with Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium playmaker also remains a doubt for Chelsea's Champions League semi-final first leg trip to Atletico Madrid. Jose Mourinho has a clean bill of health for the rest of his squad for the visit of the Black Cats.

Full-back Ondrej Celustka returns to the Sunderland squad. The Czech defender, who has not made a senior appearance for the Black Cats since the FA Cup victory over Southampton on February 15, is available after recovering from a knee problem, and his presence is timely with Phil Bardsley completing his two-match ban. However, Liam Bridcutt (personal reasons), Ki Sung-yueng (knee) and Carlos Cuellar (hamstring), remain on the sidelines alongside long-term injury victims Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and Steven Fletcher (ankle).

Sunday's Premier League matches

Norwich vs. Liverpool
  We say: Away win  

Norwich will still be without defender Joseph Yobo for their clash against Premier League leaders Liverpool due to a calf injury. Captain Sebastien Bassong could come back into contention having been left out of last weekend's 1-0 defeat at fellow relegation battlers Fulham by new manager Neil Adams. Winger Elliott Bennett played for the Under-21 side against Manchester United in midweek as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.

Daniel Sturridge is likely to miss table-topping Liverpool's trip to Norwich. The striker was forced off with a hamstring problem during the Reds' 3-2 win over Manchester City last weekend and, although manager Brendan Rodgers will give him every opportunity to prove his fitness, the game is expected to come too soon. Midfielder Jordan Henderson begins a three-match suspension following his sending off late on at Anfield. 

Hull vs. Arsenal
  We say: Away win  

Hull will be able to call on strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic for the FA Cup final dress rehearsal against Arsenal. The pair are cup-tied, so missed out on the semi-final success over Sheffield United, but can expect to return to the side with Yannick Sagbo and George Boyd vulnerable. Manager Steve Bruce may also consider moving to a back three against the Gunners, bringing central defender Alex Bruce into contention for a recall.

Arsenal could have record signing Mesut Ozil back from a hamstring injury. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini returns from a two-match suspension, while full-back Nacho Monreal is on course to have recovered from the dead leg suffered in the FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan at Wembley. Defender Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) is out, while midfielder Serge Gnabry (knee) and England international Jack Wilshere (foot) are still recovering, along with Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott (both knee).

Everton vs. Manchester United
  We say: Draw  

Phil Jagielka has an outside chance of being involved in Everton's clash with Manchester United. A behind-closed-doors match has been arranged next week to give the Toffees captain some game time after a hamstring problem but he could make the bench this weekend. James McCarthy was only a substitute in the defeat by Crystal Palace on Wednesday but has now recovered fully from a muscular injury. Fellow midfielders Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson (both knee) miss out again.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has overcome a toe injury and is fit to play. Fellow forward Robin van Persie (knee) remains sidelined, but midfielder Marouane Fellaini has recovered from a calf injury that kept him out of United's trip to Bayern Munich last week. Defender Jonny Evans is a doubt due to a long-term calf problem and right-back Rafael (thigh) is unavailable.

Monday's Premier League match

Man City vs. West Brom
  We say: Away win  

Manchester City playmaker David Silva is a doubt for Monday's clash with West Brom due to an ankle problem. Manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed winger Jesus Navas - who, like Silva, missed Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland - has also been struggling with an ankle issue, and Monday's game will come too soon for midfielder Yaya Toure to return after his leg injury. Defender Matija Nastasic, out of action since February because of a knee complaint, remains unavailable.

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder James Morrison are doubts for Monday game at the Etihad Stadium. Olsson, who came off in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Tottenham because of an Achilles problem, and Morrison, absent from that game due to an ankle complaint, have both missed training this week and will be assessed over the weekend. On-loan winger Scott Sinclair will definitely sit the match out as it is against his parent club.

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