Weekend Premier League team news: Theo Walcott out for Arsenal, John Carew may return for Aston Villa

• Walcott out again for Arsenal• Neville back in United squadBlackburn Rovers v West Ham United (Saturday, 3pm)Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen and his fellow defender Gaël Givet will undergo fitness tests before the game. Nelsen missed last week's 4-0 defeat at Arsenal with a thigh injury, while Givet limped off early in the game with a knee problem.Striker Roque Santa Cruz will miss a third successive match with a knee tendon issue and midfielder Vince Grella remains out with a groin injury. Stephen Warnock has been cleared to play after shaking off a toe injury that forced him off after 55 minutes at the Emirates Stadium.Blackburn (from): Robinson, Bunn, Ooijer, Khizanishvili, Nelsen, Samba, Simpson, Warnock, Givet, Olsson, Villanueva, Tugay, Andrews, Diouf, Treacy, Mokoena, Dunn, McCarthy, Roberts, Pedersen.West Ham will make a late check on Matthew Upson's calf injury ahead of the trip to Ewood Park. Midfielder Savio Nsereko also requires assessment after picking up a knock. Kieron Dyer and Diego Tristán are fit and in contention for a place, while Jack Collison (knee) and Carlton Cole (suspended) are still out.West Ham (from): Green, Neill, Ilunga, Parker, Savio, Kovac, Upson, Noble, Tomkins, Di Michele, Sears, Lastuvka, López, Boa Morte, Spector, Tristan, Payne, Stanislas, Dyer.Fulham v Manchester United (Saturday, 3pm)Clint Dempsey is a doubt for Fulham's match with the champions. The American winger has had a bout of food poisoning but will be given until the last minute to declare his availability. Other than that Fulham are relatively untroubled by injury, with only centre-half Aaron Hughes ruled out with a rib problem.Fulham (from): Schwarzer, Pantsil, Stoor, Hangeland, Konchesky, Baird, Davies, Etuhu, Dacourt, Murphy, Gera, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora, Zuberbühler, Kallio, Nevland, Kamara, Gray, Barnes.Defender Gary Neville is back in the Manchester United squad after recovering from a groin strain. Darren Fletcher, who missed the 4-1 defeat by Liverpool due to a virus, is also in the squad.Jonny Evans is likely to replace the suspended Nemanja Vidic alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence.Manchester United (from): Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Evans, Neville, Evra, Eckersley, Fabio, Ronaldo, Nani, Fletcher, Gibson, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Scholes, Park, Berbatov, Rooney, Tevez, Welbeck.Liverpool v Aston Villa (Sunday, 4pm)The striker John Carew is pushing hard for a return to the Aston Villa starting line-up after convincing manager Martin O'Neill he is back to full fitness following a back problem. The Norway international will compete with Emile Heskey and goal-shy Gabriel Agbonlahor for a place.O'Neill has to decide whether left-back Wilfred Bouma is ready to play any part after eight months out of action with a dislocated ankle. Midfielder Steve Sidwell could also figure after returning to training following a recent ankle setback as Villa look to end a run of seven games without a win in all competitions.Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Guzan, Reo-Coker, L Young, Knight, Cuellar, Davies, Shorey, Bouma, Milner, Gardner, Petrov, Barry, Sidwell, Salifou, A Young, Agbonlahor, Carew, Heskey, Delfouneso, Harewood.Liverpool team news to followManchester City v Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm)Manchester City have a number of fitness concerns including Stephen Ireland (ankle) and Wayne Bridge (hamstring), who both suffered injuries during the Uefa Cup win over Aalborg on Thursday and could be doubtful.Vincent Kompany, who made his comeback from a toe injury in Denmark after passing a late fitness test, will also be assessed. Striker Craig Bellamy did not travel for the European game but could be in contention after making a quicker than expected recovery from a knee injury.Manchester City (from): Given, Hart, Schmeichel, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, Garrido, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Elano, Caicedo, Ireland, Fernandes, Vassell, Weiss, Robinho, Evans, Bojinov, Berti, Etuhu, Bellamy.Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia could have defenders Anton Ferdinand and Nyron Nosworthyavailable again. Ferdinand has missed the last two games and Nosworthy the last nine with hamstring injuries, but both are back in full training. Tal Ben Haim is still unavailable under the terms of his loan agreement with City.Midfielder Teemu Tainio is to see a specialist again over his knee problem after an injection failed to solve the problem, while Kieran Richardson completes a two-match ban.Sunderland (from): Fulop, Gordon, Bardsley, McCartney, Collins, Ferdinand, McShane, Nosworthy, Davenport, Whitehead, Malbranque, Leadbitter, Edwards, Yorke, Reid, Cisse, Jones, Murphy, Healy.Newcastle United v Arsenal (Saturday, 5.30pm)Newcastle will have Kevin Nolan back from suspension for Arsenal's visit. The midfielder has missed the last three games after being sent off for his foul on Everton striker Victor Anichebe. Full-back Habib Beye is also available for the first time since damaging ankle ligaments at Wigan on Boxing Day, although midfielder Danny Guthrie (hamstring) is not yet ready to return.Joey Barton (fractured metatarsal) is hoping to return at the end of next month, but Mark Viduka and Ignacio González (both achilles) and Xisco (fractured toe) remain on the sidelines.Newcastle United (from): Harper, Forster, Krul, S Taylor, Beye, Bassong, Coloccini, Enrique, Edgar, Cacapa, Butt, Duff, R Taylor, Gutiérrez, Nolan, Lovenkrands, Geremi, Ameobi, Smith, Martins, Owen, Carroll.Arsenal will be without England winger Theo Walcott after he suffered a knee injury in training. Arsenal should have goalkeeper Manuel Almunia available following an ankle problem. The defender Mikaël Silvestre could also come into contention after 10 weeks out with a calf injury. Cesc Fábregas (knee) and Eduardo (groin) are both back in training but are not expected to feature until after the international break. Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring tendon) continue their rehabilitation.Arsenal (from): Almunia, Sagna, Touré, Gallas, Clichy, Nasri, Denilson, Song, Walcott, Arshavin, Van Persie, Fabianski, Djourou, Gibbs, Vela, Bendtner, Eboué, Diaby, Silvestre.Portsmouth v Everton (Saturday, 12.45pm)Portsmouth are likely to be without winger Jermaine Pennant, who has torn a calf muscle and is expected to miss out, with Nadir Belhadj and John Utaka most likely to step into the breach.Caretaker manager Paul Hart is unlikely to make many other changes from the side that drew with Middlesbrough, while Theofanis Gekas can expect to miss out again after criticising Hart this week.Portsmouth (from): James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Davis, Mullins, Kranjcar, Nugent, Crouch, Basinas, Belhadj, Utaka, Kaboul, Kanu, Traoré, Hughes, Wilson, Begovic.Everton will be without defender Joseph Yobo after he picked up a hamstring injury in training. The club have yet to fully assess the injury, but already there are concerns he could miss the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley on 19 April. Tim Cahill should return at Fratton Park, having been substituted at half-time last weekend in the victory over Stoke with a calf injury.Everton (from): Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Pienaar, Osman, Cahill, Fellaini, Saha, Jo, Rodwell, Baxter, Nash, Castillo, Jacobsen, Gosling, Wallace, Van der Meyde.Stoke City v Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm)Stoke expect Matthew Etherington to have recovered from an ankle injury. The winger has only just returned from suspension, but was withdrawn from a midweek reserve game with the injury and has been having treatment since. Stoke have concerns over striker Ricardo Fuller, who is still troubled by a shoulder injury, but he will also be in the squad.Stoke City (from): Sorensen, Wilkinson, Abdoulaye Faye, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Whelan, Diao, Delap, Etherington, Beattie, Sidibe, Fuller, Simonsen, Pugh, Amdy Faye, Sonko.Middlesbrough team news to followTottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (Saturday, 3pm)Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is out as he continues to recover from his foot injury. Alan Hutton also has been rehabilitating from a foot injury and the derby at White Hart Lane has come too soon for the Scotland full-back. Ledley King's knee should have recovered from Sunday's win at Aston Villa, while Giovani dos Santos and Adel Taarabt have been loaned out.Tottenham (from): Gomes, Cudicini, Corluka, Chimbonda, Bale, Dawson, Woodgate, King, Assou-Ekotto, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Jenas, Lennon, Palacios, Modric, O'Hara, Pavlyuchenko, Bent, Keane, Campbell.Chelsea are without midfielder Deco with a hamstring injury while Joe Cole and defender Paulo Ferreira remain sidelined with knee ligament damage but strikers Nicolas Anelka (toe) and Didier Drogba (knee) are both fit.Chelsea (from): Cech, Hilario, Taylor, Bosingwa, Mancienne, Alex, Terry, Ivanovic, A Cole, Belletti, Ballack, Obi, Lampard, Essien, Kalou, Malouda, Di Santo, Anelka, Drogba, Quaresma.West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers (Saturday, 3pm)Defender Abdoulaye Méïté has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Fellow centre-back Leon Barnett is facing several weeks out with a knee problem, and manager Tony Mowbray is set to persevere with the new defensive pairing of Jonas Olsson and Shelton Martis.West Brom (from): Carson, Zuiverloon, Olsson, Martis, Robinson, Morrison, Dorrans, Koren, Brunt, Greening, Fortune, Teixeira, Simpson, Moore, Kiely, Hoefkens, Cech, Bednar.Mark Davies will be out with a knee injury for between five and six weeks according to Bolton manager Gary Megson. Davies suffered the injury during last Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Fulham and Megson does not expect the England Under-21 international to be ready again until the Premier League season is virtually over.Megson's only other injury problem is defender Joey O'Brien, who continues to struggle with his own long-term knee complaint.Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Riga, Taylor, McCann, Muamba, Gardner, Kevin Davies, Elmander, Al Habsi, Hunt, Puygrenier, Makukula, Shittu.Wigan Athletic v Hull City (Sunday, 1.30pm)Wigan winger Antonio Valencia is a slight doubt for the visit of Hull, having been struggling with a hamstring problem over the past couple of months. Midfielder Lee Cattermole serves the second game of a four-match suspension.Wigan (from): Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, Watson, N'Zogbia, Valencia, Kapo, Zaki, Mido, Pollitt, Edman, Brown, Boyce, Rodallega, Sibierski, De Ridder, Koumas.Hull captain Ian Ashbee has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury picked up in Tuesday's heated FA Cup defeat at Arsenal. The visitors' midfield will, however, be boosted by the return of Kevin Kilbane, who could also play at left-back, and Dean Marney who were cup-tied and suspended respectively at the Emirates Stadium. Centre-backs Michael Turner and Anthony Gardner were both forced to sit out Friday training and are rated 50-50, while midfielders Jimmy Bullard and George Boateng (both knee) are long-term absentees.Hull City (from): Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Gardner, Dawson, Mendy, Kilbane, Marney, Zayatte, Garcia, Geovanni, Manucho, Cousin, Barmby, Fagan, Folan, Featherstone, Hughes, France, Duke.Premier LeagueWest BromBolton WanderersArsenalNewcastle UnitedManchester CitySunderlandWest Ham UnitedTottenham HotspurChelseaWigan AthleticBlackburn RoversAston VillaPortsmouthEvertonHull CityFulhamguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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