Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: April 6 2013, 13:39 BST

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

Wayne Rooney: Set to return for Manchester United
Wayne Rooney: Set to return for Manchester United

Sunday, April 7

Chelsea (4) v Sunderland (16)

New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has doubts over midfielder David Vaughan (groin) and defender Carlos Cuellar (ankle). Captain Lee Cattermole (knee) and striker Steven Fletcher (ankle ligaments) will both miss the rest of the season but there is some hope for long-term absentee Wes Brown (knee), who is continuing to train without suffering a relapse.

Chelsea striker Demba Ba is set to return up front in place of Fernando Torres. Ba, scorer of Monday's FA Cup winner against Manchester United, was cup-tied for Thursday's Europa League defeat of Rubin Kazan, when Torres scored twice, but is poised to be restored as Blues interim manager Rafael Benitez rotates his squad for the fourth match in nine days. Ashley Cole (hamstring) and his fellow England defender Gary Cahill (knee) remain out alongside long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee).

Last season: Chelsea 1 Sunderland 0, Sunderland 1 Chelsea 2

Last five league matches: Chelsea W L W W L; Sunderland L D L D L

Top scorers (all competitions): Juan Mata & Demba Ba (Chelsea) 18; Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) 11

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

Liverpool (7) v West Ham (11)

Raheem Sterling is Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' only doubt. Rodgers said Sterling has had "an ongoing issue with his thigh" which is being assessed and could lead to him being out for several weeks in order to protect it.

With the exception of long-term absentees Fabio Borini and Joe Allen (both shoulder) and Martin Kelly (knee), Rodgers otherwise has a full squad to choose from.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is ineligible to face parent club Liverpool. Carroll scored twice in a 3-1 win over West Brom last weekend and is likely to be replaced by Carlton Cole or Marouane Chamakh.

Joe Cole (hamstring) joins Carroll in missing out on an Anfield return. Defender George McCartney's knee injury is not as bad as first feared and does not require surgery, although he misses out, while Mark Noble (shoulder) is unavailable.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Liverpool W W W L W; West Ham L L W L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 29; Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 6

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Newcastle (15) v Fulham (10)

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has Yoan Gouffran back available but there remain doubts over Mathieu Debuchy and Cheick Tiote. Like forward Gouffran, Debuchy was ineligible for Thursday's 3-1 Europa League defeat at Benfica, but he has also been nursing a hamstring problem and Pardew is unsure whether or not the defender, or midfielder Tiote (hamstring), will be fit enough to feature this weekend.

The manager does not expect Massadio Haidara (knee) to be ready to make his return to action against the Cottagers and has ruled out Fabricio Coloccini (back) doing so, while fellow defender Danny Simpson says he should be fit to play despite suffering a knock to the ankle in the Benfica match.

Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell is suspended following his sending-off against QPR on Monday night. Midfielder Ashkan Dejagah is out for a week with a sprained ankle while striker Mladen Petric is unavailable because of an adductor problem. Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Last season: Fulham 5 Newcastle 2, Newcastle 2 Fulham 1

Last five league matches: Newcastle W L W L L; Fulham D W D W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle) 13; Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 13

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

QPR (19) v Wigan (17)

QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips will miss out against Wigan after undergoing ankle surgery. Wright-Phillips will miss Rangers' remaining seven matches but should be fit for the start of next season. Manager Harry Redknapp has otherwise declared a clean bill of health at Loftus Road.

Wigan striker Callum McManaman definitely figures in manager Roberto Martinez's squad. McManaman aggravated an ankle injury during a 2-1 win over Newcastle three weeks ago, and was withdrawn midway through the second half of last Saturday's 1-0 victory over Norwich, but is now fully fit. Aside from a number of players out injured long term, midfielder Fraser Fyvie is the only new addition to the casualty list with "a knock" Martinez claims will keep him out for seven to 10 days.

Last season: QPR 3 Wigan 1, Wigan 2 QPR 0

Last five league matches: QPR L W W L L; Wigan L W L W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Loic Remy (QPR) 7; Arouna Kone (Wigan) 12

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

Tottenham (3) v Everton (6)

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is out after suffering an ankle injury in the Europa League draw against Basle. Winger Aaron Lennon and defender William Gallas will undergo scans on the respective knee and calf injuries they suffered against the Swiss champions.

Midfielder Sandro (knee), striker Jermain Defoe (pelvis), and defender Younes Kaboul (knee) are unavailable.

Everton are sweating on the fitness of Kevin Mirallas, who suffered a groin injury against Stoke last week. Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar are both missing as they complete two-match suspensions, with the Toffeemen looking to close within three points of their fellow Champions League chasers.

Last season: Everton 1 Tottenham 0, Tottenham 2 Everton 0

Last five league matches: Tottenham W W L L W; Everton L L W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Gareth Bale (Tottenham) 22; Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 12

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).

Monday, April 8

Manchester United (1) v Manchester City (2)

Wayne Rooney is set to return for Manchester United. The England striker returned from international duty with a groin strain that has kept him out of games against Sunderland and Chelsea but after returning to training on Thursday, he should be involved against Roberto Mancini's men. Rafael (groin) is also fit, while Nemanja Vidic (back) and Jonny Evans (hamstring) are 50-50.

Right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) are the only Manchester City players definitely out. The pair could return in the coming weeks while midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) could be close to making his comeback. Playmakers David Silva and Samir Nasri are both fully fit after suffering minor knocks in last week's defeat of Newcastle and defender Matija Nastasic (foot) returns.

Last season: Man City 1 Man Utd 0, Man Utd 1 Man City 6

Last five league matches: Man Utd W W W W W; Man City L W W L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 23; Carlos Tevez (Man City) 16

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).


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