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Returnees boost Blues ahead of Muamba`s return

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Birmingham will be boosted by the return of four players after injury for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Bolton.Sebastian Larsson, Stephen Carr, Gregory Vignal and Lee Carsley are all available again.In addition, Teemu Tainio returns after being ineligible for the midweek Carling Cup clash with Sunderland.Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has to decide whether to pair Christian Benitez a...Full Story »

Hammers trio back

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

West Ham have Herita Ilunga, Kieron Dyer and Valon Behrami available for the visit of LiverpoolLeft-back Ilunga has recovered from a jaw injury, Dyer is over hamstring trouble and fellow midfielder Behrami returns from long-term knee damage.But Luis Jimenez (muscle) is a doubt, Dean Ashton (ankle) and Luis Boa Morte (knee) are still unavailable and new signing Guillermo Franco is unlikely to pla...Full Story »

Jan set for Tigers start

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Hull could hand a first start to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink at home to Birmingham.The former Celtic striker featured off the bench in last week's defeat at Sunderland. City could have former England manager Steve McClaren to thank if Vennegoor of Hesselink proves a huge success at the KC Stadium.The Dutchman joined Hull on a free transfer earlier this month after spending the summer training wit...Full Story »

Caldwell out for Clarets

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Burnley manager Owen Coyle will again be without skipper Steven Caldwell against Sunderland.The defender continues to be troubled by a groin injury but fellow centre-back Michael Duff is fit again after an ankle knock.Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole (heel) is a major doubt while goalkeeper Marton Fulop is likely to miss out once again with a similar problem.Craig Gordon, who played in the 4...Full Story »

Elmander boost for Bolton

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Johan Elmander should be fit to return to Bolton's starting line-up against Stoke following a calf injury.Sean Davis is a doubt with a sore knee and Andy O'Brien (groin) is a doubt.Ricardo Gardner came through training sessions this week with no ill-effects to his hamstring injury and may be in contention, while Ricardo Vaz Te is also back after playing 45 minutes for the reserves.Long-term abse...Full Story »

Reo-Coker out after bust-up

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker will miss the visit of Portsmouth after being sent home from training following a bust-up with manager Martin O'Neill.When Reo-Coker arrived for training on Friday morning he was told to stay away until Monday.O'Neill said: "There was a confrontation between Nigel and myself. It usually happens between players really."There were no fisticuffs. There was no...Full Story »

Van Persie back for Gunners

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Striker Robin van Persie is set to return for Arsenal following a knee problem when they host Wigan.But Russian midfielder Andrey Arshavin (groin) remains sidelined and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is still troubled by the chest infection which ruled him out of Wednesday night's win at Standard Liege, so rookie Vito Mannone will continue.Denilson (back), Theo Walcott (back), Samir Nasri (leg), Luka...Full Story »

Latics at full strength

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has almost a fully-fit squad for the visit of West Ham to the DW Stadium.Forward Olivier Kapo has returned to training this week after a knee ligament injury sustained in pre-season but will take some time to get match-fit.Midfielder Jason Koumas has recovered from a muscle problem which kept him out of the Latics' defeat at Everton nearly a fortnight ago.Martinez ...Full Story »

Kranjcar in line for Spurs debut

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar is in the squad for the Barclays Premier League clash against Manchester United following his deadline-day move from Portsmouth.Ledley King will need a final check on his groin injury, while Luka Modric (fibula), Michael Dawson (Achilles), Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Gareth Bale (knee) miss out at White Hart Lane.Jermaine Jenas (calf) and Heurelho Gomes (groi...Full Story »

Bruce may turn to third-choice Carson

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will make a late decision on whether to hand young goalkeeper Trevor Carson a senior debut against Hull.Craig Gordon (thigh) and Marton Fulop (heel) are both doubts, and the Northern Ireland international is on stand-by to take over.Full-back George McCartney is out with a hamstring injury, and Bruce will choose between loan signing John Mensah, Paulo da Silva and Kie...Full Story »

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