All the team news from around the grounds ahead of Week 21 in the Premier League.
Saturday January 10 12.45pm
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has an almost fully fit squad to choose from for his side’s Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool on Saturday.
Midfielder Lee Cattermole is the Black Cats’ only major doubt as he struggles to recover from the groin injury which has kept him out for the last two matches.
Patrick van Aanholt could keep his place at full-back after an impressive return from injury when he scored the winner in the FA Cup clash with Leeds last weekend.
Provisional squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Jones, Brown, van Aanholt, O’Shea, Vergini, Coates, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Alvarez, Mavrias, Giaccherini, Wickham, Fletcher, Altidore.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not have any of his injured players back in time to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Midfielders Adam Lallana (thigh) and Joe Allen (knee), defenders Glen Johnson (thigh) and Jon Flanagan (knee) and goalkeeper Brad Jones (thigh) all remain sidelined.
Striker Daniel Sturridge is back in the country but still a fortnight away from a long-awaited return from a thigh problem while defender Kolo Toure is on African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas, Moreno, Markovic, Coutinho, Sterling, Ward, Manquillo, Lovren, Enrique, Rossiter, Lambert, Borini, Balotelli.
Saturday January 10 3pm
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is without a number of key players ahead of his side’s Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium.
Esteban Cambiasso (hip), Kasper Schmeichel (foot), Jeff Schlupp (knee) and Riyad Mahrez, on African Nations Cup duty with Algeria, are all unavailable, whilst Danny Drinkwater is doubtful with a groin injury.
Dean Hammond and Andy King come back into contention after recent knocks, whilst Mark Schwarzer is also added to the squad following his move from Chelsea this week.
Provisional squad: Hamer, Schwarzer, Moore, De Laet, Konchesky, Wasilewski, James, Lawrence, Albrighton, Hammond, Knockaert, Ulloa, Nugent, Wood, King, Vardy, Drinkwater, Morgan, Taylor-Fletcher, Simpson.
Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury meaning the out-of-contract star is likely to stay at the club in January.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has shrugged off a minor hamstring complaint which forced him to miss the 1-0 FA Cup win over Blackpool.
Nathan Baker has started training again after a knee injury but striker Libor Kozak, who has been out for a year, continues to recover from a broken leg and Philippe Senderos is struggling with a thigh problem.
Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Hutton, Clark, Okore, Baker, Cissokho, Sanchez, Delph, Westwood, Cleverley, Richardson, Cole, Grealish, Bacuna, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.
Saturday January 10 3pm
John Terry, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas are expected to return for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle on Saturday.
The trio were rested from the squad that defeated Watford in the FA Cup on Sunday but will face the Magpies at Stamford Bridge.
Thibaut Courtois is likely to return in goal after Petr Cech was given an outing against Watford.
Provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is set to return for his side’s Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday.
The Dutchman has been out injured since November but came through a behind-closed-doors friendly against Celtic on Thursday and is set to replace Jak Alnwick in caretaker-boss John Carver’s line-up.
Carver will bring back his big guns including Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini and Jack Colback, all of whom were controversially omitted from last week’s FA Cup defeat at Leicester. Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are on African Nations Cup duty.
Provisional squad: Krul, Woodman, Janmaat, Dummett, Santon, Williamson, Coloccini, Streete, Haidara, Anita, Sissoko, Cabella, Colback, Gouffran, Gutierrez, Riviere, Perez, Armstrong.
Saturday January 10 3pm
West Brom head coach Tony Pulis almost has a fully fit squad to pick from for his first Barclays Premier League game in charge.
Only Jonas Olsson is sidelined for the Baggies after Achilles surgery and is a few weeks off returning.
Joleon Lescott is likely to return after being rested for the 7-0 win FA Cup over Gateshead and Victor Anichebe is fit after a minor groin problem.
Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Gamboa, Pocognoli, Wisdom, Dawson, McAuley, Lescott, Davidson, Morrison, Gardner, Brunt, Mulumbu, Baird, Blanco, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Varela, Anichebe, Ideye, Samaras, Berahino.
Striker Sone Aluko is set to miss Hull’s trip to West Brom on Saturday with a calf injury suffered in the FA Cup defeat at Arsenal.
Michael Dawson will be back in the squad however after missing several weeks with a hamstring problem while fellow central defender James Chester (knee) should also be available after missing the Arsenal game.
Andy Robertson (ankle), Liam Rosenior (hamstring), Gaston Ramirez (groin) and Mohamed Diame (knee) remain out.
Provisional squad: McGregor, Jakupovic, Harper, Chester, Davies, Maguire, McShane, Figueroa, Bruce, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Ince, Brady, Quinn, Huddlestone, Hernandez, Jelavic, Sagbo.
Saturday January 10 3pm
Everton defenders Antolin Alcaraz and Leighton Baines return from suspension and injury respectively to face Manchester City at Goodison Park.
Midfielder James McCarthy’s long-term hamstring complaint continues to be assessed after playing just twice in six weeks and he will miss out again.
Centre-back Sylvain Distin (groin) is added to the already extensive injury list which includes goalkeeper Tim Howard (calf), defender Tony Hibbert and midfielders Leon Osman (foot), Darron Gibson (knee) and Steven Pienaar (knee).
Provisional squad: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, Barkley, Naismith, Mirallas, Lukaku, Griffiths, Alcaraz, Browing, Garbutt, Oviedo, McGeady, Eto’o, Kone.
Manchester City have been boosted by the return from injury of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Vincent Kompany ahead of their Premier League trip to Everton on Saturday.
Top scorer Aguero limped off in tears early on in City’s win over the same opponents a month ago with a knee injury and returns ahead of schedule.
Fellow striker Dzeko (calf) and captain Kompany (calf/hamstring) have also been sidelined for around a month. City will, though, be without key midfielder Yaya Toure as he prepares for the African Nations Cup.
Provisional squad: Caballero, Hart, Sagna, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kompany, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Silva, Milner, Navas, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic, Pozo.
Saturday January 10 3pm
Burnley captain Jason Shackell could be back in contention for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with QPR at Turf Moor after a calf injury.
The centre-back’s return would ease defensive problems following the loss of Kevin Long, who has had successful anterior cruciate ligament surgery this week, and with Michael Duff (calf) probably not quite ready for action.
David Jones is fit after a bout of sickness this week but fellow midfielder Matt Taylor (Achilles) and defender Stephen Ward (ankle) remain on the sidelines.
Provisional squad: Heaton, Cisak, Gilks, Trippier, Mee, Keane, Shackell, Lafferty, Arfield, Marney, Boyd, Jones, Wallace, Kightly, Barnes, Vokes, Ings, Sordell, O’Neill, Reid, Jutkiewicz.
On-loan West Ham striker Mauro Zarate is expected to make his QPR debut in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Burnley.
Rangers boss Harry Redknapp cannot yet call on Sandro, with the Brazil midfielder still several weeks away from fitness.
Senior stars like Rob Green and Mauricio Isla should return to the starting line-up after the 3-0 FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United.
Provisional squad: Green, Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Hill, Vargas, Henry, Barton, Fer, Zamora, Austin, Zarate, McCarthy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Onuoha, Mutch, Hoilett.
Saturday January 10 3pm
Swansea skipper Ashley Williams will make his 300th appearance for the club as manager Garry Monk brings back the senior guard for the Barclays Premier League visit of West Ham on Saturday.
Williams’ central defensive partnership with Federico Fernandez will be restored after Monk named a makeshift team for the FA Cup victory at Tranmere and England Under-20 midfielder Matt Grimes and Portuguese loan striker Nelson Oliveira are included in the squad for the first time after January moves.
Top scorer Wilfried Bony, who is on the verge of completing a £30million transfer to Manchester City, and Ki Sung-yueng are both away on international duty while Jonjo Shelvey (suspension) and Jefferson Montero (hamstring) remain unavailable.
Provisional squad: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Carroll, Routledge, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Gomis, Tremmel, Richards, Bartley, Amat, Emnes, Barrow, Grimes, Oliveira, Tiendalli, Fulton, King.
West Ham duo Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate are ruled out of the Hammers’ visit to Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
Kouyate has departed to play for Senegal at the African Nations Cup and Sakho was expected to join him but the striker suffered a recurrence of a back injury against West Brom on New Year’s Day and has remained at West Ham.
Sam Allardyce has no other injury concerns for the clash at the Liberty Stadium, where the Hammers will be looking to register their first win in four league matches.
Provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Cresswell, O’Brien, Reid, Demel, Collins, Jenkinson, Noble, Song, Nolan, Amalfitano, Downing, Poyet, Jarvis, Vaz Te, Cole, Carroll, Valencia.
Saturday January 10 5.30pm
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will be without Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak for his first Barclays Premier League game in charge against Tottenham on Saturday.
Winger Bolasie has departed to play for DR Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations while midfielder Jedinak is away at the Asia Cup with Australia.
Striker Marouane Chamakh has missed the last four league matches with a hamstring injury but could return, while midfielder James McArthur is also expected to be fit.
Provisional squad: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, McArthur, Fryers, Ledley, Puncheon, Zaha, Hangeland, Doyle, Campbell, Hennessey, Thomas, Bannan, Kelly, Gayle, Murray, Hunt, Chamakh, Guedioura.
Tottenham will still be without both Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game against Crystal Palace.
Mason had only recently returned from an ankle injury before picking up a hamstring problem early on in the 5-3 victory over Chelsea and the 23-year-old remains sidelined.
Club-record signing Lamela is also out due to a calf issue whilst Emmanuel Adebayor is still not considered fit enough to be in contention for a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Dier, Rose, Davies, Fazio, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Stambouli, Dembele, Paulinho, Capoue, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Chadli, Lennon, Townsend, Soldado, Kane.
Sunday January 11 1.30pm
Arsene Wenger has welcomed a trio of players back into his squad ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Stoke.
Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mesut Ozil (knee) are all available, as is striker Olivier Giroud who returns following suspension.
Wenger will also have to decide whether to recall Wojciech Szczesny after David Ospina deputised in the FA Cup third-round win over Hull whilst Danny Welbeck (thigh), Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby (both calf) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are still absent.
Provisional squad: Szczesny, Ospina, Monreal, Chambers, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Debuchy, Coquelin, Ramsey, Flamini, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez, Campbell, Akpom, Maitland-Niles.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes has a trio of players on the brink of a return from injury ahead of his side’s Barclays Premier League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Defender Marc Muniesa, midfielder Victor Moses and striker Bojan Krkic are in Hughes’ squad, although the Welshman is wary of pushing any of the three back into the fray ahead of time.
German international defender Philipp Wollscheid is also available after signing on loan for the rest of the season from Bayer Leverkusen, but Marc Wilson is a doubt with a knee problem, while striker Mame Biram Diouf is on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal.
Provisional squad: Begovic, Butland, Shawcross, Muniesa, Wilson, Huth, Pieters, Bardsley, Wollscheid, Cameron, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Walters, Arnautovic, Assaidi, Crouch, Palacios, Moses, Krkic.
Sunday January 11 4pm
Ashley Young is the only player unavailable for Manchester United’s match against Southampton on Sunday.
The wide man will be out for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered on New Year’s Day at Stoke.
New goalkeeper Victor Valdes is expected to be in the United squad while Rafael (cheekbone), Luke Shaw (ankle), Marcos Rojo (thigh), Daley Blind (knee), Marouane Fellaini (illness) and Antonio Valencia (groin) have overcome their respective problems.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Valdes, Vermijl, Blackett, Shaw, Smalling, Evans, Rojo, Jones, McNair, Rafael, Pereira, Blind, Fellaini, Fletcher, Herrera, Valencia, Lingard, Anderson, Carrick, Powell, Januzaj, Di Maria, Mata, Falcao, Rooney, Van Persie, Wilson, W Keane.
Nathaniel Clyne and Jack Cork could return for Southampton’s trip to Manchester United, where new signing Eljero Elia is in line for his debut.
Right-back Clyne this week returned to training after an ankle injury and will be assessed before the match, while midfielder Cork is available after an ankle complaint of his own. Elia is in the squad for the first time since joining on loan from Werder Bremen, although Jay Rodriguez (cruciate ligament) and Sam Gallagher (knee) remain absent.
Japan defender Maya Yoshida has left for international duty at the AFC Asia Cup and Sadio Mane has a calf complaint, keeping him out of this match and with Saints for the time being despite being included in Senegal’s African Nations Cup squad.
Provisional squad: Forster, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Bertrand, Targett, Alderweireld, Gardos, Fonte, McCarthy, S Davis, Gape, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Tadic, Wanyama, Reed, Isgrove, Elia, Mayuka, Seager, Long, Pelle.