Premier League team news Mach 17+18th
Rooney a doubt for United16th March 2012 / joe
Saturday 17th March 2012
Barclays Premier League
Fulham v Swansea City (kick off 15:00)
Fulham are aiming to bounce back to winning ways against Swansea in their Saturday afternoon clash. The Cottagers will be without Stephen Kelly, Steve Sidwell (hernia) or Zdenek Grygera (knee) for the game. Interestingly, 11 of fulham’s last 13 goals have been scored by either Pavel Pogrenbynak or Clint Dempsey.
Swansea are in good nick as they travel to London with n fresh injuries worries. Kemy Augustien is out for the rest of the season but Andrea Orlandi is back in training following his recent hamstring tear.
Wigan Athletic v West Bromwich Albion (kick off 15:00)
Wigan are awaiting on the fitness levels of both Hugo Rodellega and Albert Crusat ahead of the visit of WBA. Rodellega is struggling with a knee problem while Crusat’s toe is throbbing. both will undergo fitness tests. David Jones is still out with a knee injury while Mike Pollitt is still a fortnight away from returning to training following a shoulder injury.
West Brom travel without Jonas Olsson, who is suspended. Either Craig Dawson or Gabriel Tamas will deputise in the centre of the WBA defence. Billy Jones has recovered from a hamstring strain and is available for selection. A big doubt hangs over Peter Odemwingie‘s participation as he has a calf problem. Either Shane Long, Somen Tchoyi or Simon Cox will fill in. Jerome Thomas and Keith Andrews are both vying for selection following recent minor knocks.
Sunday 18th March 2012
Barclays Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United (kick off 13:30)
Wolves will entertain league leaders Manchester United with no fresh injury concerns. Karl Henry is sidelined with a long-term hamstring injury. Roger Johnson may be recalled to shore up a leaky Wolves’ defence.
Wayne Rooney (27 goals this season) is struggling to be fit after taking a knock in Thursday’s Europa League clash. Expect Paul Scholes to be recalled to the midfield. Phil Jones has flu but should have recovered in time.
Newcastle United v Norwich City (kick off 16:00)
Newcastle, aiming to break a winless streak of four games, are ravaged by injuries. Leon Best (knee), Ryan Taylor (calf), Peter Lovenkrands (thigh), Sammy Ameobi (knee), Nile Ranger (foot) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) are all definite absentees. 16-goal striker Demba Ba will lead the line alongside Demba Papiss Cisse.
Norwich will travel to the north-east without defenders Daniel Ayala and Marc Tierney. James Vaughan is a long-term absentee (hamstring) but Jonny Howson is available again following illness.
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