Premier League team news April 18th + 19th

Chelsea out for goals against Smalling

Injuries & Suspensions

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Saturday April 18th



Crystal Palace v WBA (kick off 15:00)

Crystal Palace have no fresh concerns to deal with. Pape Soure has recovered from a minor knock received last weekend while Maraoune Chamakh and Frazier Campbell are both still on the treatment table with hamstring problems. Long-term absentees remain Lee Chung-yong and Jordon Mutch.

West Brom striker Brown Ideye will probably miss the trip to Selhurst Park with a knee injury. He’ll face an early morning fitness test. Callum McManaman is available for selection again following a foot injury but Youssouf Mulumbu (banned) and Ben Foster (cruciate knee ligament) remain on the sidelines.




Everton v Burnley (kick off 15:00)

After a month out with hamstring problems, Romelu Lukaku is back in the fray for Everton. Leon Osman is carrying a groin strain but he’ll be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness. Aiden McGeady and Bryan Oviedo are both back in training and may feature.

Burnley’s Steven Reid (calf) and Ross Wallace (knee) should be available for selection – they’ll face late fitness tests. Matt Taylor successfully came through his first outing in seven months and could occupy a place on the bench. Marvin Sordell has shrugged off a minor knock but long-term absentees Dean Marney and Kevin Long remain in the company of the physio.




Leicester v Swansea (kick off 15:00)

Leicester host Swansea at full strength. Matthew Upson is back from an Achilles problem as the Foxes aim to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

Swansea’s Nelson Oliveira has shaken off an ankle injury and is in line to make only his second appearance for the club against Leicester. Bafetimbi Gomis will be missing for a month with a hamstring strain, while defender Neil Taylor is banned and Kyle Naughton still out injured. It’s rumoured that boss Garry Monk may start the game with just three defenders.



Stoke v Southampton (kick off 15:00)

Stoke defenders Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters are both carrying minor knocks but they should be passed fit to face the Saints. Another defender Marc Muniesa will miss out due to a hamstring strain while on-loan winger Victor Moses has returned to Chelsea to have his own hamstring strain treated.

Southampton travel to Stoke without Victor Wanyama and Filip Djuricic. Wanyama is banned while Djuricic is nursing an ankle injury. Florin Gardos is back on the team bus but Jay Rodriquez, Fraser Forster and Emmanuel Mayuka all remain at home with knocks.




Chelsea v Manchester United (kick off 17:30)

Chelsea could have Loic Remy back in the match day squad after the striker has almost fully recovered from a calf strain. Diego Costa is carrying a hamstring strain but he may also be passed fit. That pair are the Blues only injury concerns.

Manchester United are facing a minor defensive crisis. Phil Jones (ankle), Marcos Rojo (adductor) and Jonny Evans (banned) are all out, so expect Chris Smalling to be partnered by either Tyler Blackett or Paddy McNair. To add to Louis van Gaal’s worries, he’ll be without Michael Carrick and Daley Blind. However, Robin van Persie is back in the squad after an ankle injury, and he’ll be joined by Luke Shaw. Andreas Pereira is away on international duty with Brazil U-20.




Sunday April 19th



Manchester City v West Ham (kick off 13:30)

Manchester City will be without skipper Vincent Kompany (groin) and Wilfried Bony (ankle/knee). Bony should be back next week, but Kompany won’t be seen again until next season. Also missing this weekend will be James Milner (knee), Gael Clichy (groin) and Stevan Jovetic.

A thigh strain is keeping Diafra Sakho out of the West Ham squad. He’ll watch from the stand alongside James Tomkins (shoulder) and Andy Carroll (knee) but Enner Valencia is available for selection after recovering from a foot injury.



Newcastle v Tottenham (kick off 16:00)

Newcastle should have Fabricio Coloccini in the squad on Sunday after the club skipper returns from a ban. However, Moussa Sissoko begins a two-match ban of his own. Also suspended is Papiss Cisse. Siem de Jong is available after recovering from a collapsed lung. However, Rolando Aarons is out after encountering a set-back while recovering from a hamstring problem.

The Spurs physio will be up early on Sunday morning handing out fitness tests to Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris. Walker is carrying a foot injury while Lloris is struggling with a knee injury. Jan Vertonghen has recovered from a virus and there are several other unnamed players carrying minor knocks.