Premier League team news April 25th + 26th

Sturridge still on the sidelines

Injuries & Suspensions

Barclays Premier League


Saturday April 25th



Southampton v Tottenham (kick off 12:45)

Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld should be re-instated to the match day squad following what was described as a dislocated shoulder suffered last weekend. However, Saints will be without the banned Victor Wanyama and ankle injury victim Filip Djuricic. Long-term casualties remain Fraser Forster, Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka.

The Spurs physio will be busy on Saturday morning handing out fitness tests to Hugo Lloris (knee) and Danny Rose. Definitely missing out is full back Kyle Walker (foot). He may not be seen again until next season.




Burnley v Leicester (kick off 15:00)

Burnley can once again call upon Steven Reid (calf) and Ross Wallace (knee). The pair have both recovered from injuries. Long-term absentees are Dean Marney and Kevin Long meaning Burnley have no fresh injury concerns to deal with.

Leicester may have to face Burnley without David Nugent after the striker injured his calf during the warm up to last weekend’s clash with Swansea. Marcin Wasilewski is standing by to feature after recovering from a dead leg, but Dean Hammond is still nursing a calf strain.



Crystal Palace v Hull (kick off 15:00)

Crystal Palace will be able to pick Lee Chung-yong for the first time since his January switch to the club. The former Bolton employee has fully recovered from a fractured foot. Jordon Mutch is also back in the fray following a hip problem but both Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell will both miss out as they work their way back to full fitness.

Mohamed Diame will not be available for Hull with an injured knee – a setback suffered on his comeback from a lengthy absence. He adds to Hull’s already packed casualty list with David Meyler, Andy Robertson and Curtis Davis all on the sidelines. Alex Bruce has a broken nose and he will be assessed prior to kick off.



Newcastle v Swansea (kick off 15:00)

Newcastle will have Siem de Jong in the match day squad for the first time since August after the midfielder had to undergo surgery to repair a collapsed lung. Facundo Ferreyra has been missing since September due to a back problem but he also is back in the squad. Jonas Gutierrez returns from a club suspension but Moussa Sissoko will sit out the second of his two-match ban. Meanwhile Papiss Cisse will be watching the sixth of his seven-match suspension. Rob Elliot is out for the remainder of the season with a thigh issue, and Paul Drummet and Rolando Aarons are both nearly ready for first team returns.




QPR v West Ham (kick off 15:00)

Leroy Fer could feature for QPR – he’ll have a late assessment on a knee problem which has plagued him since February. Yun Suk-young is back following concussion, and he’s joined in the match day squad by Richard Dunne, who’s shaken off a knee injury. However, Rio Ferdinand, Eduardo Vargas and Alejandro Faurlin are all unavailable.

West Ham, who are aiming to stop a 12 match winless sequence will still be without long-term absentees James Tomkins, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho. Guy Demel has been added to the casualty list with a calf problem.



Stoke v Sunderland (kick off 15:00)

Peter Odemwingie, absent since August, should be available for Stoke this weekend. He’s finally recovered from a knee problem and is expected to be named amongst the substitutes. Stephen Ireland has recovered from a minor knock received last weekend and will be involved but a strung hamstring will keep Marc Muniesa on the treatment table.

Dick Advocaat will be able to field Adam Johnson in Sunderland’s first XI despite the midfielder facing police charges. Steven Fletcher is out with a ankle injury, and he’ll be left at home alongside suspended Sebastien LArsson, Wes Brown (knee), Ricky Alvarez (knee) and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle).




WBA v Liverpool (kick off 15:00)

West Brom will be without on-loan defender Andre Wisdom, as he is ineligible to face his parent club. Youssouf Mulumbu is banned while Ben Foster is still out with a knee injury. Craig Dawson has shaken off a dead leg to be available for selection against Liverpool.

A persistent hip problem will keep Daniel Sturridge on the sidelines for the third successive match. Jordon Ibe returns to the squad but Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva have both been ruled out with injuries (both thigh). Adam Lallana and Jon Flanagan are both back in training following long-term injuries but this match comes too soon for them.




Manchester City v Aston Villa (kick off 17:30)

David Silva is available for Manchester City after he was given the okay-to-play vote after a facial injury received last weekend. He joins Wilfried Bony and James Milner in the squad but Samir Nasri will watch from the stands nursing a groin a strain. Sitting alongside him will be Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy and Stevan Jovetic.

ASton Villa should have Gabriel Agbonlahor back in the matchday squad after he recovered from a hamstring problem this week. He’ll face a late fitness test. However, definitely missing out will be Aly Cissokho (groin) and Philippe Senderos (thigh). They’ll be left at home with long-term knee-injury victims Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker. Alan Hutton is working his way back to full fitness after an ankle problem while Scott Sinclair is ineligible to face his parent club.



Sunday April 26th



Everton v Manchester United (kick off 13:30)

Everton may have to entertain Manchester United in the Sunday lunchtime kick off woithout muscle fatigue victim Steven Pienaar. He’ll face an early morning fitness assessment. However, both definitely back in the squad are Leon Osman and James McCarthy after their recent injuries. Romelu Lukaku is also in contention to start after showing no ill-effects from his comeback game last week.

The Manchester United casualty list remains lengthy.  Phil Jones (ankle), Marcos Rojo (adductor) and Rafael (rib) and Michael Carrick (calf) are all definitely unavailable. In good news, Jonny Evans returns from suspension, but Daley Blind and Adnan Januzaj will have their ankle injuries assessed on Sunday morning.




Arsenal v Chelsea (kick off 16:00)

In the game of the weekend, Arsenal will be without Per Mertesecker with an ankle injury. Gabriel Paulista is limbering up to replace him. David Ospina, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal were all rested last weekend and should be recalled but Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are definite absentees with ankle and groin problems respectively.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will make a late decision on Diego Costa’s participation – his hamstrings are acausing problems. He could feature instead of Didier Drogba, who is fit after an ankle knock. However, Loic Remy (calf) is definitely out, so Dominic Solanke could come on to the substitutes’ bench if Costa fails to make it.