All the team news from around the grounds ahead of Week 36 in the Premier League.
Everton v Sunderland Saturday May 9 12.45pm
Everton: Garbutt back but on the bench
Defender Luke Garbutt returns to the squad after a bout of tonsillitis but will only be a substitute to face Sunderland at Goodison Park.
Midfielder Steven Pienaar misses a fourth successive match as he is still not ready to come back from a muscle injury.
Bryan Ovideo and Darron Gibson (both broken metatarsals) and defender Tony Hibbert are the other long-term absentees.
Provisional squad: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, Lennon, McCarthy, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku, Robles, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Besic, Mirallas, McGeady, Naismith, Kone.
Sunderland: O’Shea absent for Black Cats
Sunderland skipper John O’Shea will miss his first game of the season at Everton on Saturday.
The Republic of Ireland defender had played every minute of the campaign before he was forced off with a rib injury during last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Southampton, and he has not managed to shake off the problem in time for the Barclays Premier League trip to Goodison Park.
O’Shea will be joined on the sidelines by midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring), but the defender’s loss will be mitigated by the return of Wes Brown from a knee injury, while striker Steven Fletcher is also included after recovering from a niggling ankle problem.
Provisional squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Van Aanholt, Jones, Brown, Vergini, Coates, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Larsson, Johnson, Gomez, Buckley, Defoe, Fletcher, Wickham, Graham, Watmore, Agnew, Honeyman.
Stoke City v Tottenham Saturday May 9 3pm
Stoke City Butland keeps hold of place
Jack Butland will keep his place in goal for the visit of Tottenham as Stoke manager Mark Hughes continues to give the England Under-21 international first-team experience.
Hughes’s plan was always to give Butland at least two games towards the end of the season and, as a result, established number one Asmir Begovic has taken the opportunity to have what the manager described as “a slight procedure” which rules him out of this weekend.
Defender Geoff Cameron returns to the squad after missing the defeat at Swansea with a hamstring problem.
Provisional squad: Butland, Cameron, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Pieters, Nzonzi, Walters, Adam, Ireland, Arnautovic, Diouf, Sorensen, Muniesa, Bardsley, Whelan, Sidwell, Crouch, Odemwingie.
Tottenham: Midfield duo available again
Tottenham will have midfielders Mousa Dembele (thigh) and Andros Townsend (foot) back in contention for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke.
Right-back Kyle Walker will play no part at the Britannia Stadium as he continues his rehabilitation from a foot injury.
Left-back Ben Davies will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing a shoulder operation last month.
Provisional Squad: Lloris, Rose, Vertonghen, Dier, Fazio, Bentaleb, Chadli, Mason, Lamela, Eriksen, Kane, Vorm, Adebayor, Stambouli, Chiriches, Vorm, Yedlin, Paulinho, Soldado, Dembele, Townsend.
Leicester City v Southampton Saturday May 9 3pm
Leicester City: Nugent returns
David Nugent will return to the Leicester squad for Southampton’s visit to the King Power Stadium.
The striker is fit again after missing four matches with a calf problem so midfielder Andy King (hamstring) remains the only injury absentee for Nigel Pearson, who has been named Premier League manager of the month for April.
Central defender Marcin Wasilewski (foot) and strikers Jamie Vardy (foot) and Leonardo Ulloa (ankle) are nursing knocks but all three players will be fit to play on Saturday.
Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Hamer, Moore, De Laet, Morgan, Upson, Huth, Wasilewski, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Hammond, Albrighton, James, Cambiasso, Schlupp, Mahrez, Wood, Nugent, Ulloa, Vardy, Kramaric.
Southampton: Trio join Saints absentees
James Ward-Prowse, Morgan Schneiderlin and Dusan Tadic are amongst those unavailable for Southampton’s trip to Leicester.
England Under-21s midfielder Ward-Prowse serves a one-match ban following last weekend’s red card at Sunderland, meaning he joins Schneiderlin (knee) and Tadic (groin) on the sidelines.
Jay Rodriguez has started training after a serious knee injury but is not yet ready for a first-team return, while Fraser Forster and Emmanuel Mayuka are also absent.
Southampton squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Bertrand, Targett, Yoshida, Gardos, McCarthy, Alderweireld, Fonte, Wanyama, Reed, S Davis, Djuricic, Elia, Tadic, Mane, Long, Seager, Pelle.
Hull City v Burnley Saturday May 9 3pm
Hull City: Diame absence continues
Hull midfielder Mohamed Diame has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Diame, who has been sidelined since September with the exception of two brief substitute appearances last month, will undergo an operation in France on Tuesday.
Tigers boss Steve Bruce must decide whether to hand striker Nikica Jelavic a starting place for their crucial relegation clash against Burnley at the KC Stadium, while Jake Livermore faces a late test on his injured ankle.
Provisional squad: Harper, McGregor, Dawson, McShane, Bruce, Chester, Rosenior, Brady, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn, Meyler, Hernandez, Aluko, N’Doye, Jelavic, Sagbo.
Burnley: Duff available for Burnley
Relegation-threatened Burnley have defender Michael Duff available for Saturday’s must-win trip to Hull after his red card against West Ham last week was rescinded.
Striker Sam Vokes is rated “touch and go” by manager Sean Dyche due to a minor hip and thigh injury.
Defender Kevin Long and midfielder Dean Marney are both long-term absentees with knee injuries.
Provisional squad: Heaton, Gilks, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Keane, Reid, Ward, Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Taylor, Wallace, Kightly, Ings, Barnes, Sordell, Jutkiewicz, Vokes.
Newcastle v West Brom Saturday May 9 3pm
Newcastle: Cisse back in contention
Papiss Cisse could return to the Newcastle squad for Saturday’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom.
The Senegal striker is available after completing a seven-match ban for spitting at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, although he has been nursing a knee problem which may limit his involvement.
Rolando Aarons could join him after playing 45 minutes for the under-21s in midweek following six months out with a hamstring injury, but defender Paul Dummett (hamstring) and frontman Adam Armstrong (calf) are doubts, while defenders Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat are suspended as a result of their red cards at Leicester last weekend. Midfielder Siem de Jong (thigh) is ruled out.
Provisional squad: Krul, Woodman, Coloccini, Dummett, R Taylor, Satka, Sterry, Abeid, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Gouffran, Cabella, Ameobi, Obertan, Gutierrez, Aarons, Kemen, Cisse, Riviere, Perez, Armstrong, Ferreyra.
West Brom: Pulis to assess knocks
Tony Pulis will assess his squad in the north-east before naming the West Brom team to face Newcastle.
The head coach admitted he has “one or two” doubts for Saturday’s game but refused to name the players and the Baggies will train on Friday afternoon, after travelling from the Midlands.
Ben Foster remains the Baggies’ long-term absentee with a knee injury which is expected to keep the England keeper out until October.
Provisional squad: Myhill, Rose, Gamboa, Pocognoli, Dawson, McAuley, Lescott, Olsson, Wisdom, Brunt, Yacob, Morrison, Fletcher, Gardner, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, McManaman, Berahino, Anichebe, Ideye.
Aston Villa v West Ham Saturday May 9 3pm
Aston Villa: Agbonlahor boost for Villa
Gabby Agbonlahor will return for Aston Villa after almost a month on the sidelines.
The forward has been out with a hamstring injury but will be in the squad to face West Ham at Villa Park as the hosts battle for Barclays Premier League survival.
Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark (both knee) are out while Tim Sherwood must decide whether to keep faith with Shay Given after the keeper made his first league appearance since 2012 in the win over Everton last week.
Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Hutton, Vlaar, Okore, Senderos, Cissokho, Richardson, Delph, Sanchez, Gil, Sinclair, Cole, Westwood, N’Zogbia, Cleverley, Grealish, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Weimann.
West Ham: Collins fitness boost
West Ham defender James Collins is expected to overcome a back spasm in time for the Hammers’ visit to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Collins’ fitness is particularly important given fellow defenders Winston Reid (hamstring), James Tomkins (shoulder) and Guy Demel (calf) are all ruled out.
Strikers Diafra Sakho (thigh) and Andy Carroll (knee) are also missing but Alex Song could start after recovering from a back problem and returning to the substitutes’ bench last weekend.
Provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Jenkinson, Cresswell, O’Brien, Collins, Burke, Oxford, Noble, Kouyate, Song, Nolan, Amalfitano, Downing, Jarvis, Nene, Valencia, Cole.
Crystal Palace v Man United Saturday May 9 5.30pm
Crystal Palace: Eagles in good health
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has no injury concerns for Saturday’s match at home to Manchester United.
Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamakh are both available again after recovering from hamstring injuries while Joel Ward played 90 minutes against Chelsea last weekend, having overcome a shin complaint.
Wilfried Zaha is set to face United for the first time since he left Old Trafford to rejoin Palace permanently in the January transfer window.
Provisional squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Souare, Mariappa, Hangeland, Ward, Chamakh, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Ledley, Jedinak, Puncheon, McArthur, Bolasie, Zaha, Murray, Sanogo, Gayle, Ameobi, Lee, Mutch.
Man United: illness woes for United
Several members of the Manchester United squad are doubtful for Saturday’s game at Crystal Palace because of a virus.
Manager Louis van Gaal said “a lot” of players were suffering from the virus, but would not go into specifics.
Defenders Luke Shaw (groin), Marcos Rojo (adductor), Jonny Evans (nerve) and Phil Jones (ankle) have overcome their respective injury worries, but right-back Rafael (rib) and midfielder Michael Carrick (calf) are out for the season.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Valdes, Amos, Blackett, Blind, Shaw, Smalling, McNair, Jones, Rojo, Evans, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Valencia, Di Maria, Januzaj, Pereira, Mata, Falcao, Rooney, Van Persie, Wilson.
Man City v QPR Sunday May 10 1.30pm
Man City: Nasri out for City
Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri will miss Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with QPR having been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The Frenchman pulled up with a groin injury soon after coming off the bench against Tottenham last week and will not feature in City’s final three games of the season.
Captain Vincent Kompany (groin) and midfielder Yaya Toure (hamstring) are both fit to return after lay-offs.
Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Mangala, Boyata, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Navas, Silva, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Aguero, Bony, Jovetic, Dzeko.
QPR: Selection worries for QPR boss
QPR manager Chris Ramsey says he is down to the “bare bones” for this weekend’s vital trip to Manchester City.
Steven Caulker (hand), Clint Hill (hamstring) and Mauricio Isla (knee) are all doubts for the Etihad Stadium encounter, while forward Bobby Zamora is rated as 50-50 to feature.
Nedum Onuoha misses the trip to his former club through suspension and Rio Ferdinand is absent following the recent death of his wife. Eduardo Vargas and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) remain sidelined.
Provisional squad: Green, McCarthy, Isla, Furlong, Dunne, Caulker, Hill, Yun, Sandro, Barton, Henry, Fer, Kranjcar, Phillips, Mitchell, Comley, Hoilett, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Grego-Cox, Austin, Zamora.
Chelsea v Liverpool Sunday May 10 4pm
Chelsea: Mourinho could risk Costa
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has yet to decide whether Diego Costa will feature against Liverpool this weekend.
The 26-year-old striker’s campaign has been punctuated by hamstring problems but the Blues boss says he wants to feature, so he will balance the risk against desire.
Oscar is out for the remainder of the season with a thigh injury, which has kept him out of the recently-announced Brazil squad for the Copa America.
Provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Blackman, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Luis, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Ake, Ramires, Mikel, Matic, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Cuadrado, Remy, Drogba, Costa.
Liverpool: Balotelli set for Reds return
Striker Mario Balotelli returned to training this week after a foot injury and could make the squad for the trip to Chelsea.
Midfielder Lucas Leiva may be in contention for a start against the champions but defender Mamadou Sakho is still missing with a hamstring injury.
Striker Daniel Sturridge’s hip operation has ruled him out until September.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Ibe, Gerrard, Lucas, Moreno, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Jones, Ward, Johnson, Manquillo, Toure, Allen, Markovic, Lallana, Lambert, Balotelli, Borini.
Arsenal v Swansea Monday May 11 8pm
Arsenal: Ramsey a doubt
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a major doubt for Monday’s Premier League visit of Swansea after a blow to the leg sustained at Hull.
Danny Welbeck (knee) is almost certainly out but could return the following week against former club Manchester United.
Mikel Arteta (ankle), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring) remain absent, along with Abou Diaby (knee).
Provisional Squad: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud, Szczesny, Gabriel, Gibbs, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott, Rosicky, Flamini.
Swansea:Gomis ready to return
Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis is set to be thrust back into action at Arsenal on Monday night with loan signing Nelson Oliveira unlikely to play again this season.
Gomis has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury but has been back in training this week and his return could not be more timely with Oliveira having picked up an ankle injury against Stoke last weekend.
Spanish defender Jordi Amat (broken metatarsal) has joined Oliveira, Kyle Naughton, Tom Carroll and Wayne Routledge on the sidelines but full-backs Jazz Richards and Dwight Tiendalli are available following respective loan spells at Fulham and Middlesbrough.
Provisional squad: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Ki, Shelvey, Montero, Sigurdsson, Gomis, Tremmel, Richards, Tiendalli, Bartley, Fulton, Britton, Dyer, Emnes, Barrow, Grimes, King.