Injuries and suspensions

Premier League and FA Cup team news

April 11, 2014
By PA Sport

Saturday's Premier League matches

Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa
  We say: Home win  

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully fit squad to choose from. Dwight Gayle returned from an ankle injury to score five goals in an Under-21s fixture against Brentford on Wednesday night but the young striker is not considered ready to start. The Eagles have no other major injury concerns ahead of the contest at Selhurst Park as Pulis' side look to take another step closer to Premier League survival.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has a trio of key players available again. Striker Gabby Agbonlahor and midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to Fulham either through illness or injury, but all have trained this week and should return to the starting line-up. Lambert remains without six long term-injured in Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N'Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner.

Fulham vs. Norwich City
  We say: Draw  

Fulham manager Felix Magath could welcome back a trio of players. Defender Dan Burn is fit after a muscle problem with midfielders Scott Parker and Giorgos Karagounis also returning to the squad. Club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou remains sidelined with a knee injury but loanee Darren Bent could feature having missed the win over parent club Aston Villa last weekend.

Neil Adams will select characters ready for a relegation scrap when Norwich travel to Fulham. Defender Michael Turner and Leroy Fer could be in contention to return after recovering from hamstring injuries and Wes Hoolahan is expected to be included in Adams' first starting XI since he succeeded the sacked Chris Hughton last Sunday. Defender Sebastien Bassong should be fit following a knock, but Elliott Bennett (knee) is again involved with the under-21s.

Southampton vs. Cardiff City
  We say: Home win  

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez will miss the next six months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and could be joined on the sidelines by several other first-team players. The England international suffered the injury during last weekend's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City - a match which Gaston Ramirez (ankle) and Artur Boruc (back) missed through injury. The pair will be assessed before Saturday's match, which back-up goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is likely to sit out due to a hip problem. Maya Yoshida (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Cardiff will be without winger Craig Noone for their trip to Southampton. Noone is set to miss the rest of this season due to an abdominal injury, and is due to see a specialist in the United States about the problem. Striker Kenwyne Jones could also miss out at St Mary's after taking a blow to the kidneys during last weekend's 3-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace.

Stoke vs. Newcastle
  We say: Home win  

Charlie Adam is hoping to play in Stoke's clash with Newcastle despite needing an operation on a broken nose. The midfielder suffered the injury in training but the club are hopeful he will be able to play wearing a mask. Fellow midfielder Stephen Ireland has recovered from illness but Matthew Etherington (back) is expected to join winger Oussama Assaidi and centre-back Robert Huth (both knee) on the sidelines.

Newcastle keeper Tim Krul could return for the trip to Stoke. The Holland international has missed the last two games with a knee injury, but is back in training and could replace under-study Rob Elliot at the Britannia Stadium. Striker Loic Remy has also returned to training after his calf problem, but will not be risked at Stoke, while full-back Mathieu Debuchy (groin) and midfielder Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) are still out.

Sunderland vs. Everton
  We say: Away win  

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is unlikely to play again this season because of his ankle injury. The 27-year-old Scotland international, who has missed the last four games, will sit out against Everton on Saturday and is likely to play no further part in the club's fight for Premier League survival. Manager Gus Poyet is otherwise remaining coy over a series of minor knocks, but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is still sidelined by a shoulder problem.

Midfielder Leon Osman is Everton's only doubt ahead of Saturday's trip to Sunderland. The 32-year-old had to have five stitches in an eye wound early in last weekend's victory over Arsenal and as of Thursday his left eye had not fully reopened. Defender Phil Jagielka (hamstring) could be fit to return for next weekend's visit of Manchester United.

West Brom vs. Tottenham
  We say: Away win  

West Brom head coach Pepe Mel's hopes of fielding an unchanged side for the first time hinge on midfielder James Morrison's fitness. The Scot is a doubt for Saturday's clash with Tottenham with an ankle problem and may be replaced by fit-again captain Chris Brunt, who is back after ligament trouble. Claudio Yacob (hamstring) is fully fit again and Mel's only other injury is to Zoltan Gera, who will miss most of the remainder of the season with a hamstring problem.

Tottenham will still be without six first-team regulars for their trip to West Brom. Roberto Soldado has returned to training following a hamstring issue but will not be fit to travel while midfield pair Mousa Dembele (hip) and Etienne Capoue (foot) are also missing. Kyle Walker (pelvis) remains sidelined alongside Erik Lamela (back) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle).

Saturday's FA Cup semifinal

Wigan vs. Arsenal
  We say: Arsenal win  

Uwe Rosler faces a decision over who to select as his goalkeeper at Wembley. Scott Carson was recalled in the midweek loss to Millwall and started in the quarter-final win over Manchester City, but is not certain of getting the nod ahead of Rosler's usual first choice, Ali Al Habsi. The Latics manager remains without Ben Watson (broken leg), Chris McCann (knee) and Roger Espinoza (hernia), while Rob Kiernan and Martyn Waghorn are both cup-tied. However, loanees Nicky Maynard, Josh McEachran, Nick Powell and Jack Collison are all eligible for the holders. Rosler rested James Perch on Tuesday - another yellow card for him would have triggered a suspension, and the full-back, along with the likes of Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez, are likely to come back in. 

Arsenal will hand fitness tests to midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) as well as full-back Kieran Gibbs (ankle). Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is suspended, so fit-again Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is expected to start and as in previous rounds Lukas Fabianski will play in goal ahead of regular number one Wojciech Szczesny. Centre-half Laurent Koscielny (calf), midfielder Serge Gnabry (knee), Germany international Mesut Ozil (hamstring), England midfielder Jack Wilshere (foot) are all still recovering, as are Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott (both knee).

Sunday's Premier League matches

Liverpool vs. Manchester City
  We say: Draw  

Centre-back Daniel Agger returns to Liverpool's squad to face title rivals Manchester City. The defender missed last weekend's win at West Ham with a knee problem but is fit again to challenge Mamadou Sakho for his first-team place. Only long-term injured left-back Jose Enrique remains unavailable for selection.

Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero could return versus title rivals Liverpool. The Argentina striker has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury but has been back training with the squad for the past week. Defender Matija Nastasic (knee) is the only notable absentee with midfielder Yaya Toure having overcome a knock suffered in last week's win over Southampton.

Swansea City vs. Chelsea
  We say: Away win  

Swansea head coach Garry Monk has reported no new injury worries ahead of their meeting with Chelsea. The Swans are looking to bounce back from last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Hull. That result means they are still not guaranteed safety from relegation, and they now face a Chelsea side fresh from booking their place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is likely to miss the match Swansea with a calf injury sustained against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night. Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are available after being ineligible in Champions League competition, while midfielder Ramires is back from a three-match domestic ban following his dismissal in the controversial loss at Aston Villa. Demba Ba, who scored the goal which took Chelsea into the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday night, could start a first Premier League game since October after being used mainly as a substitute this term.

Sunday's FA Cup semifinal

Hull vs. Sheffield United
  We say: Hull win  

Hull boss Steve Bruce has some difficult selection decisions to make for the FA Cup semifinal. Bruce is without ineligible strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long so must now decide who to start in attack, with Sone Aluko, Matty Fryatt and Yannick Sagbo all vying for a place. Tom Huddlestone is set to be fine to play after missing last weekend's win over Swansea with a back problem. Steve Harper will start in goal. 

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is hoping to choose from a full-strength squad. Defenders Bob Harris (thigh) and Matt Hill (hamstring), striker Jose Baxter (hip) and midfielder Stefan Scougall (thigh) have all shaken off their respective injuries in the last week and will be available for selection. Youngsters Connor Dimaio, Otis Khan and Louis Reed were handed starts in the midweek win against Rotherham, but are likely to make way on Sunday after Clough rested several of his senior players.

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