Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: December 15 2012, 12:58 GMT

Team news and statistics ahead this weekend's remaining action in the Barclays Premier League.

Scott Parker: Could feature for Tottenham

Sunday December 16

Tottenham v Swansea (1330)

Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have returned to first-team training and could feature for Tottenham. Manager Andre Villas-Boas said Parker, who has not played this season due to an Achilles injury, and Assou-Ekotto, who has been out for three months with a knee problem, could feature this weekend but hinted that they are more likely to be on the bench than in the starting XI. Winger Gareth Bale (hamstring) will train tomorrow, but is unlikely to feature, and Younes Kaboul (knee) is out, but captain Michael Dawson is likely to feature after overcoming his hamstring injury.

Captain Ashley Williams returns to the Swansea defence after suspension but Gerhard Tremmel is set to continue in goal with Michel Vorm still sidelined by a groin problem. Thigh trouble means Pablo Hernandez remains absent this weekend although it appears likely that both injured players will be back in action during Swansea's busy period of Christmas and New Year fixtures.

Last season: Tottenham 3 Swansea 1, Swansea 1 Tottenham 1

Last five league matches: Tottenham L W W W L; Swansea W D W W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 13; Michu (Swansea) 13

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

West Brom v West Ham (1600)

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster (groin), midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) and left-back Liam Ridgewell (ankle) are all battling to be fit. Boss Steve Clarke has other injury concerns but would not reveal them as Albion bid to end a run of three successive defeats.

West Ham's injury worries have deepened with defender George McCartney a major doubt with a knee injury sustained in training. Mohamed Diame (hamstring), Yossi Benayoun, Andy Carroll and Jack Collison (all knee), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Alou Diarra (thigh) are also out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: West Brom W W L L L; West Ham D L L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Shane Long (West Brom) 7; Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 5

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Monday, December 17

Reading v Arsenal (2000)

Royals strikers Jason Roberts hip) and Pavel Pogrebnyak (unspecified) are doubtful but may play some part. Jimmy Kebe (groin) and Jem Karacan (knee) have returned to training but will not play, while Sean Morrison (ankle) is still sidelined and Alex McCarthy is out long term.

Arsenal should have striker Olivier Giroud in contention following a back problem. Defender Laurent Koscielny has resumed training after his thigh injury, but England winger Theo Walcott (calf) will be assessed. Full-back Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) continue their rehabilitation.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Reading L L L L L; Arsenal W D D L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) 5; Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 10

Match odds: H 18-5 A 4-6 D 14-5

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)


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