Weekend Premier League team news

All the latest on injuries and availability in the English top flight

Mikel Arteta is available to Arsenal after serving a European suspension in midweek. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Mikel Arteta is available to Arsenal after serving a European suspension in midweek. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images


Saturday, February 22nd
Arsenal (2) v Sunderland (18)

Arsenal will be without Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and Kim Kallstrom (back) but midfielder Mikel Arteta is available after serving a European suspension in midweek while striker Olivier Giroud is expected to be recalled. Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

Gus Poyet is expecting Steven Fletcher to be back available following an Achilles problem while defender Carlos Cuellar also returns to contention for the first time since November after recovering from a hip problem. Central defender Wes Brown completes his two-match ban and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) remains on the sidelines.
Last season:
Sunderland 0 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0
Last five league matches:
Arsenal W D W L D; Sunderland W D W W L
Top scorers:
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 14; Connor Wickham (Sunderland) 10
Match odds:
H 1-4 A 10-1 D 4-1
Andre Marriner

Cardiff (19) v Hull (13)
Gary Medel has joined Cardiff’s absentee list after coming off at half-time in the FA Cup defeat by Wigan with a thigh injury. Craig Bellamy will serve the final game of a three-match suspension and Mark Hudson (hamstring) is out for the season, but Kenwyne Jones and Fabio return after being cup-tied last time out.

Hull could welcome back defenders James Chester (hamstring) and Liam Rosenior (thigh) while Sone Aluko could also play a part having managed 90 minutes in Monday’s FA Cup draw at Brighton, but the Irish duo of Robbie Brady (groin) and Paul McShane (ankle) are long-term absentees.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Cardiff L L W L D; Hull L L D W L
Top scorers: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) 8; Matt Fryatt (Hull) 7
Match odds : H 13-10 A 2-1 D 21-10
Referee: Howard Webb

Chelsea (1) v Everton (6)
Captain John Terry is available to return for Chelsea but David Luiz is out on Saturday. Terry has missed three games with a gluteal muscular strain and now Luiz is absent as a precaution with a similar concern near his hip. Midfielder Marco van Ginkel is continuing his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.

Steven Naismith has been given the all-clear to play for Everton after taking a bang to the head against Swansea last week. On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has recovered from an ankle problem but is ineligible against his parent club and joins long-term absentees Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone on the sidelines.
Last season: Chelsea 2 Everton 1, Everton 1 Chelsea 2
Last five league matches: Chelsea W D W W D; Everton W D L W L
Top scorers: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 14; Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 9
Match odds: H 4-7 A 11-2 D 11-4
Referee: Lee Probert

Crystal Palace (15) v Man Utd (7)
Jerome Thomas is Crystal Palace’s only injury concern with a back strain and will be assessed by manager Tony Pulis ahead of kick-off. Striker Glenn Murray returned as a substitute against West Brom a fortnight ago after 10 months out with cruciate ligament damage and should be involved again.

Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini could be set for United recalls as the champions look to return to winning ways. Midfielder Fellaini was on the bench for United’s draw at Arsenal after spending two months out with wrist and groin injuries while Jones may return from a calf problem but fellow defender Jonny Evans (also calf) is a doubt.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Crystal Palace L W W L W; Man Utd L W L D D
Top scorers: Tom Ince (Crystal Palace) 8; Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 13
Match odds: H 9-2 A 11-20 D 14-5
Referee: Michael Oliver

Man City (3) v Stoke (14)

City top scorer Sergio Aguero is set to miss out but is in line to return to training next week after missing four games with a hamstring injury. Midfielder James Milner is available again after his midweek European suspension but defender Matija Nastasic (knee) is a notable absentee.

Stoke will be without winger Oussama Assaidi for their trip to the Etihad Stadium with the on-loan Liverpool player set to be sidelined for up to six weeks after tearing a knee ligament. On-loan striker John Guidetti is ineligible against his parent club but Andy Wilkinson and Matthew Etherington are both available after injury.
Last season: Man City 3 Stoke 0, Stoke 1 Man City 1
Last five league matches: Man City W W W L D; Stoke L L W D D
Top scorers: Sergio Aguero (Man City) 26; Peter Crouch & Charlie Adam (Stoke) 8
Match odds: H 3-20 A 14-1 D 11-2
Referee: Chris Foy

West Brom (17) v Fulham (20)

West Brom will be without striker Nicolas Anelka and midfielder Claudio Yacob with the Frenchman back in training following a shin injury but not ready to play. Argentinian midfielder Yacob misses out with a hamstring injury suffered against Chelsea last time out.

New Fulham manager Felix Magath will run the rule over his squad before deciding whether to make sweeping changes but striker Kostas Mitroglou (knee) is one of several fitness concerns, with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (eye) and defender Fernando Amorebieta (knee) also set to be assessed.
Last season: West Brom 1 Fulham 2, Fulham 3 West Brom 0
Last five league matches: West Brom D L D L D; Fulham L L L D L
Top scorers: Saido Berahino (West Brom) 8; Konstantinos Mitroglou (Fulham) 17
Match odds: H 8-11 A 10-3 D 13-5
Referee: Mike Dean

West Ham (11) v Southampton (8)

West Ham are expected to be unchanged from the team which secured back-to-back 2-0 wins over Aston Villa and Norwich as striker Andy Carroll completes his three-match suspension and fullback Joey O’Brien remains sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Southampton will be without defender Jos Hooiveld after the Dutchman suffered an eye injury in training on Wednesday. Croatian central defender Dejan Lovren and Uruguay midfielder Gaston Ramirez are expected to see some action this weekend having recovered from their respective ankle ligament injuries.
Last season: Southampton 1 West Ham 1, West Ham 4 Southampton 1
Last five league matches: West Ham L D W W W; Southampton D D W D W
Top scorers: Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 6; Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) 12
Match odds: H 9-5 A 29-20 D 21-10
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Sunday, February 24th
Liverpool (4) v Swansea (10)

Glen Johnson returns to the Liverpool squad after more than a month out with ankle and groin problems. Midfielder Lucas Leiva is also recovering well from a knee problem but fullback Jose Enrique has gone to the United States to see a specialist about his own knee trouble.

Swansea appear to have emerged injury-free from their Europa League encounter against Napoli with midfielder Jonjo Shelvey showing no ill-effects from his recent hamstring strain but a return for star striker Michu (soreness) appears unlikely.
Last season: Liverpool 5 Swansea 0, Swansea 0 Liverpool 0
Last five league matches: Liverpool D W D W W; Swansea L W L W D
Top scorers: Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 23; Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 16
Match odds: H 2-7 A 9-1 D 9-2
Referee: Mike Jones

Newcastle (9) v Aston Villa (12)
Striker Loic Remy returns to the Newcastle squad after serving a three-match ban following an unsuccessful appeal against his dismissal at Norwich on January 28th while central defender Fabricio Coloccini (knee) and midfielder Cheick Tiote (hamstring) could also be available to manager Alan Pardew.

Villa manager Paul Lambert has no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Tyneside after his squad came through a recent warm-weather training camp in Portugal well and the Scot expects to have a largely fit group at his disposal.
Last season: Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 2, Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1
Last five league matches: Newcastle W D L L L; Aston Villa D W L L D
Top scorers: Loic Remy (Newcastle) 11; Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 8
Match odds: H 21-20 A 12-5 D 9-4
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Norwich (16) v Spurs (5)
Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson could return from two months spent on the sidelines with a back injury but neither on-loan winger Jonas Gutierrez (calf) nor defender Ryan Bennett (thigh) are match fit. Centre back Michael Turner (hamstring) and winger Elliott Bennett (knee) both also continue their rehabilitation.

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is likely to welcome back a number of first-team regulars after several players did not travel for the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Dnipro due to niggles. The likes of Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor are in line to return but Sandro (calf), Jermain Defoe (hamstring), Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches (both back) are all set to miss out once again.
Last season: Norwich 1 Spurs 1, Spurs 1 Norwich 1
Last five league matches: Norwich W D L D L; Spurs W L D W W
Top scorers: Gary Hooper (Norwich) 7; Jermain Defoe & Roberto Soldado (Spurs) 10
Match odds: H 5-2 A 1-1 D 23-10
Referee: Craig Pawson