Premier League Easter programme team news as it breaks

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Mark Noble is out for West Ham, but Manolo Gabbiadini and Harry Kane return for Southampton and Tottenham respectively

SATURDAY

Crystal Palace v Leicester City

Captain Wes Morgan is out for Leicester’s trip to Crystal Palace as boss Craig Shakespeare tries to save him for the Champions League.

The defender has missed the last five games with a back injury but the Foxes need him available for Tuesday’s quarter final second leg with Atletico Madrid, although he is still rated at just 50-50.

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Shakespeare is likely to rest some players ahead of their European clash and Jamie Vardy, Christian Fuchs and Yohan Benalouane could all be kept fresh for Tuesday while Nampalys Mendy has an ankle injury.

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Benalouane, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Chilwell, King, Amartey, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Gray, Mahrez, Albrighton, Kapustka, Musa, Okazaki, Vardy, Ulloa, Slimani.

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Everton v Burnley

Everton defender Ashley Williams returns from suspension for the visit of Burnley on Saturday.

Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin suffered no after-effects following his first start in three matches last weekend after an ankle problem so is likely to retain his place.

Ramiro Funes Mori and Yannick Bolasie (both knee), James McCarthy (hamstring), Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Aaron Lennon are all missing but midfielder Muhamed Besic came through 45 minutes with the under-23s in midweek as he builds up his fitness after a knee operation on the eve of the season.

Provisional squad: Robles, Holgate, Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Barkley, Davies, Mirallas, Lukaku, Stekelenburg, Pennington, Kenny, Barry, Calvert-Lewin, Valencia, Lookman.

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Burnley welcome back midfielder Steven Defour as they continue to search for a first Premier League away win.

Defour injured his thigh in the win over Stoke earlier this month but is ready to return to the squad.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (knee) scored twice as he made a comeback for the under-23s in midweek but he could be another week away from match fitness.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Robinson, Pope, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Long, Ward, Darikwa, Tarkowski, Brady, Barton, Flanagan, Defour, Boyd, Hendrick, Westwood, Arfield, Vokes, Gray, Agyei, Defour, Barnes.

Southampton v Manchester City

The returns of Manolo Gabbiadini and Steven Davis mean Southampton have a near fully-fit squad for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Manchester City.

Manager Claude Puel is yet to decide whether either will start, but their presence in his squad leaves Charlie Austin – close to returning from an injured shoulder – and Virgil van Dijk, who has an injured foot, as his only major absentees.

Beyond those two, only Matt Targett and Alex McCarthy are unavailable due to to hamstring injuries.

Team from: Forster, Taylor, Cedric, Martina, Pied, Yoshida, Stephens, Caceres, Bertrand, McQueen, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Davis, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal, Redmond, Rodriguez, Long, Gabbiadini.

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Manolo Gabbiadini has recovered from injury

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is still to decide whether Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero will play in goal in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Southampton.

Striker Gabriel Jesus (foot) and right-back Bacary Sagna (groin) remain on the sidelines but could be back before the end of the month.

Captain and defender Vincent Kompany is in contention after not being risked against Hull last weekend, but midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Provisional squad: Bravo, Caballero, Navas, Zabaleta, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Nolito, Aguero, Iheanacho.

Stoke City v Hull City

Goalkeeper Jack Butland is moving closer to his long-awaited Stoke return and could make the bench against Hull on Saturday.

Butland has been out since injuring his ankle with England in March 2016 but after featuring for the under-23s in midweek he could step up with Shay Given (back) a minor doubt.

Joe Allen has been ruled out after suffering a knock against Burnley, Jonathan Walters is a doubt and Ibrahim Afellay could be out for the season after undergoing a knee operation.

Provisional squad: Grant, Given, Butland, Bardsley, Shawcross, Pieters, Martins Indi, Muniesa, Cameron, Whelan, Adam, Imbula, Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Sobhi, Walters, Crouch, Berahino, Diouf, Bony.

Hull defender Harry Maguire faces a late fitness test before his side’s Premier League game at Stoke.

Maguire missed last week’s defeat at Manchester City due to a knee injury and although he returned to full training this week, the centre-half remains doubtful as the Tigers chase their first league win on the road since August.

Midfielder Tom Huddlestone is available after serving a three-match ban and striker Dieumerci Mbokani (hamstring) is back in contention, but defender Omar Elabdellaoui (back) is still out.

Provisional squad: Jakupovic, Marshall, Robertson, Davies, Dawson, Maguire, Ranocchia, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Evandro, Meyler, Henriksen, Grosicki , Hernandez, Diomande, N’Diaye, Clucas, Markovic, Niasse, Mbokani.

Sunderland v West Ham

Full-back Bryan Oviedo is out of Sunderland’s Premier League clash with West Ham as he faces up to five weeks on the sidelines.

Oviedo damaged a hamstring during last Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat by Manchester United and manager David Moyes fears he could be out for four to five weeks.

Midfielder Sebastian Larsson starts a three-match ban after an unsuccessful appeal against his red card in the United game, but central defender John O’Shea returns from compassionate leave following the death of his father and loan signing Adnan Januzaj, who was ineligible against his parent club, is available once again.

Provisional squad: Pickford, Mannone, Jones, Manquillo, Denayer, Love, O’Shea, Kone, Djilobodji, Lescott, Cattermole, Ndong, Gibson, Borini, Januzaj, Pienaar, Khazri, Honeyman, Defoe, Anichebe, Maja.

Mark Noble and Michail Antonio will be missing from the West Ham squad for the trip to Sunderland.

Skipper Noble is suspended and winger Antonio is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, joining Winston Reid (groin), Angelo Ogbonna (knee) and Pedro Obiang (ankle) on the casualty list.

But Andy Carroll, an unused sub against Swansea last weekend, is now fully fit after a groin problem and Sam Byram (ankle) and Aaron Cresswell (muscle) have shaken off knocks.

Provisional squad: Adrian, Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Collins, Cresswell, Masuaku, Kouyate, Fernandes, Nordtveit, Snodgrass, Feghouli, Lanzini, Ayew, Carroll, Fletcher, Calleri, Sakho.

 

Andy Carroll is fit to return for West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth

Harry Kane is set to make his first start in almost five weeks when Tottenham host Bournemouth on Saturday.

Kane came off the bench against Watford last weekend and is pushing for a starting berth, while Victor Wanyama is expected to return after missing two matches with a back complaint.

Danny Rose (knee), Erik Lamela (hip) and Harry Winks (ankle) are all out. Goalkeeper Michel Vorm is struggling with a knee problem.

Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Davies, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Walker, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Onomah, Son, Janssen, Kane.

Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling remains doubtful for the Premier League match at Tottenham after suffering a setback to his recovery from a knee problem.

Defender Tyrone Mings is available again after serving out his five-match suspension for a stamp on Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while winger Junior Stanislas could feature having been sidelined by a groin strain.

Midfielder Andrew Surman, though, may well be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with a knee problem, while forward Callum Wilson, goalkeeper Adam Federici and defender Rhoys Wiggins all continue their recoveries from their own knee injuries.

Provisional Squad: Boruc, A Smith, S Cook, Daniels, Francis, Pugh, Wilshere, Arter, Fraser, Afobe, King, Allsop, Ibe, Mousset, Gradel, B Smith, L Cook, Cargill, Mings, Stanislas, Gosling.

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Tyrone Mings returns to action after his clash with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Watford v Swansea

Swansea midfielder Jack Cork will miss his side’s Premier League trip to Watford after suffering a recurrence of a recent ankle injury.

Leon Britton and Jay Fulton are pushing to replace Cork with Swans boss Paul Clement indicating he may change his formation following their defeat at West Ham.

Fernando Llorente is set to return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench against the Hammers following two games out with an ankle problem.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Carroll, Ki, Fer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Llorente, Ayew, Nordfeldt, Kingsley, Amat, Van der Hoorn, Britton, Fulton, Montero, Narsingh, McBurnie, Borja, Roberts.

Swansea midfielder Jack Cork will miss his side’s Premier League trip to Watford after suffering a recurrence of a recent ankle injury.

Leon Britton and Jay Fulton are pushing to replace Cork with Swans boss Paul Clement indicating he may change his formation following their defeat at West Ham.

Fernando Llorente is set to return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench against the Hammers following two games out with an ankle problem.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Carroll, Ki, Fer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Llorente, Ayew, Nordfeldt, Kingsley, Amat, Van der Hoorn, Britton, Fulton, Montero, Narsingh, McBurnie, Borja, Roberts.

SUNDAY

Manchester United v Chelsea

David De Gea is set to return to the Manchester United’s starting line-up against Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The goalkeeper, linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid, missed last weekend’s trip to Sunderland with a minor injury and was an unused substitute in the midweek trip to Anderlecht.

Wayne Rooney (ankle) and Ashley Young (groin) trained before that match so will be hoping to prove themselves fit for Sunday, but Phil Jones (foot), Chris Smalling (knee) and Juan Mata (groin) are out.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Blind, Darmian, Shaw, Rojo, Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Mkhitaryan, Carrick, Herrera, Young, Lingard, Pogba, Fellaini, Rooney, Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

West Brom v Liverpool

West Brom boss Tony Pulis should have a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.

There are some players nursing the usual bumps and bruises but nothing that should hamper Pulis’ team selection.

Few changes to the starting line-up are expected but the likes of Chris Brunt, Hal Robson-Kanu and James McClean could come into Pulis’ thinking.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Rose, Nyom, Dawson, Marc Wilson, Kane Wilson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Galloway, Yacob, Fletcher, Livermore, Morrison, Field, Phillips, Harper, McClean, Chadli, Rondon, Robson-Kanu, Leko.

James McClean could feature for West Brom

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder Adam Lallana are still not fit to return.

Henderson was expected to begin training this week but his foot injury is still giving him problems, while Lallana (thigh) is not expected back with the squad until the week after next.

Brazilians Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho will return to the starting line-up after being rested at Stoke but manager Jurgen Klopp has to decide whether to retain the 3-5-2 formation he introduced last week or revert to his preferred 4-3-3.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Klavan, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi, Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Gomez, Lucas, Grujic, Sturridge, Woodburn, Wilson.

MONDAY

Middlesbrough v Arsenal

Gaston Ramirez is set to return for Middlesbrough’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Riverside Stadium on Monday.

Ramirez has missed Boro’s last two games with an ankle injury and is expected to go straight back into interim boss Steve Agnew’s starting line-up.

Boro are still without Fabio and George Friend while Calum Chambers also misses out against his parent club.

Provisional squad: Valdes, Guzan, Barragan, Gibson, Espinosa, Ayala, Husband, Fry, De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Leadbitter, Guedioura, Downing, Stuani, Traore, Fischer, Ramirez, Negredo, Gestede, Bamford.

Arsenal could welcome back captain Laurent Koscielny and first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech for Monday’s Premier League trip to Middlesbrough.

Koscielny has sat out the last two games after injuring his Achilles against Manchester City while Cech has been sidelined with a calf problem.

Manager Arsene Wenger rates their chances of being involved at the Riverside as 80 per cent, but Lucas Perez (thigh) and David Ospina (back) remain absent.

Provisional squad: Cech, Martinez, Macey, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Monreal, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Sanchez, Giroud, Welbeck.

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