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Week 27 - Team, Injury & Suspension News

Don't worry Bale owners, he might be okay after all!
Don't worry Bale owners, he might be okay after all!

There's a shed load of stuff to get through this afternoon so we're jumping straight in to it and we'll start with a story that did the rounds (including here) yesterday and had potentially huge implications for many YFF managers - Gareth Bale's injury.

Well, the big news coming out of Harry Redknapp's press conference is that the Tottenham winger has not torn his hamstring and has a very decent chance of featuring against Manchester United on Sunday. Ledley King, Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker should all be ready in time but Scott Parker is suspended, so either Sandro or Jake Livermore will come in to replace him.

Bad news for Spurs fans - Wayne Rooney is fit and available after recovering from a sore throat so he'll partner Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck upfront . Tom Cleverly and Antonio Valencia miss out through injury and Chris Smalling is a major doubt so Phil Jones may face up against Bale at right-back. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs will both be pushing for starts after superb performances at Norwich last week.

Roberto Mancini has no reported injuries at all, although Carlos Tevez is still 2 weeks away from match fitness. I'd expect the full-backs to be rotated from the Blackburn game which would mean Micah Richards and Gael Clichy coming in for Pablo Zabaleta and Alexsander Kolarov. However, this is unconfirmed so to be honest I'd avoid all four of them. The hunch from my player picks James Milner should replace Adam Johnson after the latter played the majority of England's defeat to Holland and Mario Balotelli should keep his place over Edin Dzeko.

Daniel Sturridge and Didier Drogba appear to have recovered from their injuries so they should both start for Chelsea at West Brom. It's less clear in midfield with a number of options available to AVB but John Terry and Jose Bosingwa remain out with injuries, meaning Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Ashley Cole should line up in defence.

Fulham have doubts over Stephen Kelly but have a fully fit squad other than that. If Kelly doesn't make it then Chris Baird should come in and he's very affordable. Andy Johnson is pushing for another start alongside 2 in 2 man Pavel Pogrebnyak which would mean Damien Duff remains on the bench.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is a major doubt after picking up a hamstring injury for England and Glenn Johnson is always struggling, while Daniel Agger is definitely out with cracked ribs. Craig Bellamy or Dirk Kuyt would come in for Gerrard, Martin Kelly would be first in line to replace Johnson and Jamie Carragher will replace Agger.

Robin van Persie will have a fitness test following a groin injury and Thomas Vermaelen has picked up a knock, but I'd expect both men to recover in time for this massive game at Anfield. Tomas Rosicky should be fine but Aaron Ramsey is out so it could be the same midfield trio (Song, Arteta, Rosicky) that were so impressive against Spurs. Theo Walcott should continue on the right, while Gervinho or Yossi Benayoun will be considered for the other flank, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could find himself on the bench once again.

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse should be fit to partner Demba Ba according boss Alan Pardew who has a near full strength squad to choose from aside from the known long-term absentees. Shola Ameobi is the only real worry due to illness.

That's it for now as I'm out this evening - you can check all the team, injury & suspension news from the other teams here ... ESPN Premier League Team News

My team currently: Schwarzer, Onuoha, Orr, Ivanovic, Sigurddson, Taarabt, Silva, Dempsey, Cisse, Pogrebnyak, Aguero

Only change is Orr in for Kelly. How's your team looking?