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Week 4 - Injuries, Suspensions & Team News

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"He's fit and ready to play" says Sir Alex Ferguson
"He's fit and ready to play" says Sir Alex Ferguson

Norwich City v West Ham United

Chris Hughton will check on the fitness of defender Russell Martin ahead of the visit of West Ham. Martin pulled out of the Scotland squad with an ankle injury sustained against Tottenham two weeks ago but is back in training and should be available. Hughton will also wait on the recovery of forward Simeon Jackson who had a punishing travel itinerary over the international break with Canada. Meanwhile, long-term injury victims, midfielder Elliott Bennett and fullback Stephen Whittaker also report good progress.

Sam Allardyce is without new striker Andy Carroll. The England international, signed on loan from Liverpool, suffered a hamstring injury on his debut and is likely to be replaced in the starting line-up by Carlton Cole. Fellow loan signing Yossi Benayoun could make his second debut for the Hammers after joining from Chelsea for the rest of the season. Jack Collison (knee) is the only other absentee for Allardyce as Matt Jarvis has started training again following a thigh injury that ruled him out over the win over Fulham two weeks ago.


Arsenal v Southampton


Arsenal will have goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny available again following a rib injury. Winger Theo Walcott will be assessed after missing England's draw with Ukraine because of a virus, while midfielder Abou Diaby is 50/50 after picking up a minor knee problem when playing for France. Midfielders Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Emmanuel Frimpong (knee) all continue their rehabilitation along with defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg).

New singings Gaston Ramirez and Maya Yoshida could be involved for the first time. Fellow new boy Emmanuel Mayuka will also be pushing for a starting role after his substitute appearance against Manchester United, while Guly do Prado may be dropped after this week admitting drink-driving. Danny Fox is in contention after overcoming a groin injury that ruled him of international duty with Scotland, while Jack Cork is close to a return from an ankle problem picked up in pre-season.

Aston Villa v Swansea City

Manager Paul Lambert has included his trio of transfer deadline-day signings in the squad. Strikers Christian Benteke and Jordan Bowery, plus midfielder Ashley Westwood, are in contention to start against the unbeaten Swans. Benteke, a £7 million signing from Genk, impressed Lambert when in midweek action for Belgium against Croatia. Defender Richard Dunne (groin) and winger Marc Albrighton (foot) are still ruled out although the latter will return to training next week.

Injuries and suspension will force Michael Laudrup into a defensive reshuffle. Neil Taylor is out for the season after breaking his ankle against Sunderland, while Chico Flores starts a three-match ban after his red card in that game. Kyle Bartley (ruptured quad) and Garry Monk (back) are also out. Ben Davies and Alan Tate are set to come into the back four with new arrival Dwight Tiendalli on the bench. Ki Sung-yueng and record signing Pablo Hernandez are also set to be named among the substitutes.


Fulham v West Bromwich Albion


Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz is rated as 50/50 as he battles against a hamstring injury. New signing Kieran Richardson will miss out with a hip problem, while fellow recent recruit Ashkan Dejagah is not yet match fit, but Greek midfielder Giorgos Karagounis will be available after his free transfer. Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has a knee injury. Kerim Frei (pelvis) and Philippe Senderos (foot) are still ruled out but Dimitar Berbatov is set to make his full debut.

Right-back Steven Reid is West Brom's major injury. Reid suffered a hamstring injury during the second half of the 2-0 home success over Everton before the international break. On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has recovered from the ankle injury which kept him out of that match. However, winger Jerome Thomas, who has missed the first four league and cup games of the season, faces a further lay-off after undergoing minor knee surgery.


Manchester United v Wigan Athletic


Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa are both expected to feature. The duo returned from international duty with thigh and back problems respectively, but trained on Friday and Sir Alex Ferguson expects them to be involved. Ryan Giggs (600th Premier League appearance), Paul Scholes (700th United appearance) and Rio Ferdinand (400th United appearance) all stand on the brink of milestones, but Wayne Rooney (thigh), Chris Smalling (broken metatarsal) and Phil Jones (knee) are all out.

Roberto Martinez looks set to change his defensive line up. Jean Beausejour picked up a hamstring injury during the last match against Stoke and missed out on international duty with Chile, while Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz returns to the club with an abductor problem. On-loan Arsenal striker Ryo Miyaichi could be in line for his first start after improving his fitness and midfielder James McArthur is responding well to treatment for a back problem.


Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea


QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is available after recovering from a shoulder injury. Midfielder Samba Diakite is still unavailable because for personal reasons. Defender Stephane Mbia is in the treatment room with an unspecified injury sustained on international duty for Cameroon.

John Terry and Ashley Cole are set to be fit. Both defenders have been in a race against time to shake off ankle injuries but have trained for the past three days. Marko Marin (hamstring) will be forced to wait a little longer for his debut, while manager Roberto Di Matteo must decide whether to continue to rest fellow winger Juan Mata, who was given a complete break during the international window.


Stoke City v Manchester City

Michael Owen is among several new Stoke signings hoping to make their Potters debut. Former England striker Owen, who joined last week having previously been a free agent, says he is fit to play and will be assessed by manager Tony Pulis, while Steven Nzonzi and Maurice Edu could also make their first appearances. Fellow midfielder and transfer deadline day arrival Charlie Adam may get a first start after making his bow as a substitute in the 2-2 draw at Wigan on September 1. Winger Matthew Etherington and defender Andy Wilkinson, recently injured with a hamstring problem and concussion respectively, could be back in the team, but midfielder Jamie Ness (groin) will not be available.

Sergio Aguero could return from a knee injury. Fellow forward Mario Balotelli is clear to play after undergoing minor eye surgery during the international break but midfielder Gareth Barry (abdominal) is not yet fully fit and defender Micah Richards (ankle) remains sidelined. Defenders Maicon and Matija Nastastic, midfielder Javi Garcia and winger Scott Sinclair - all deadline-day signings last month - could play some part.


Sunderland v Liverpool

Adam Johnson is battling to retain his place in the starting line-up after returning injured from international duty. The 25-year-old missed England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with a thigh problem and will only be considered if he emerges unscathed from training on Friday. Full-back Danny Rose could make his debut for the club and midfielder David Vaughan, who played 45 minutes for Wales in their 6-1 defeat in Serbia on Tuesday night after recovering from an ankle injury, may figure, while defenders Phil Bardsley (also ankle) and Wes Brown (knee) are making good progress, but are well short of match fitness.

Left-back Jose Enrique's knee injury will be assessed late on. The Spaniard has been training this week after the recurrence of a problem which has dogged him since the start of the season. Midfielder Joe Allen has recovered from illness which disrupted his international duty while manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates will be fine after international duty having travelled back from South America.


Reading v Tottenham

Brian McDermott will welcome Jimmy Kebe back into his squad. The Mali winger has been missing all season due to a hamstring injury but is now available for selection after returning to training. Jason Roberts (calf) is the only player unavailable to McDermott with all of his international players returning unscathed from their respective matches. There had been a small doubt over the fitness of Adam Federici but the goalkeeper is likely to retain his starting place.

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel will keep his place in the Tottenham team despite the recent signing of France captain Hugo Lloris. Andre Villas-Boas said Lloris may not even be on the bench on Sunday as he has only trained with his new team-mates once since signing from Lyon for £8 million on deadline day. Clint Dempsey, who also signed on deadline day, could make his debut at the Madejski Stadium, but Younes Kaboul (knee), Scott Parker (Achilles) and Heurelho Gomes (ankle) are out.


Everton v Newcastle


Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has been ruled out for up to five weeks with a thigh strain. However, manager David Moyes reported no other problems from players coming back from the international break. Costa Rica midfielder Bryan Oviedo, a deadline-day signing from FC Copenhagen, is not yet eligible as he has been finalising his work permit and required paperwork.

Tim Krul is out after suffering an elbow injury on international duty. The Netherlands keeper could miss three games with the problem, which he sustained in training, and he may be joined on the sidelines by central defender Fabricio Coloccini, who returned from the Argentina camp with a hamstring strain which makes him a major doubt. Midfielder Cheick Tiote is still out with the calf injury which has sidelined him since the opening day of the season, as are utility man Ryan Taylor (knee ligaments), midfielder Haris Vuckic (groin) and striker Shola Ameobi (hamstring), but defenders James Perch (neck) and Shane Ferguson (groin) and midfielder Sammy Ameobi (hamstring) are available once again.


Fantasy Football Scout's Team News + Predicted Line-Ups:
http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/team-news/

Guardian Squad Sheets + Predicted Line-Ups:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/series/squad-sheets

See you in the morning for the Pre-Deadline Countdown LIVE Chat. Until then, let me know how your team is shaping up ahead of the Week 4 deadline.