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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 »

Beattie in fitness race

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

James Beattie will require a late fitness test to see if he can play any part in Stoke's Barclays Premier League clash against Chelsea.The striker damaged knee ligaments against Birmingham three weeks ago but a course of sugar injections has speeded his recovery.Stoke boss Tony Pulis will also assess his international quartet of Thomas Sorensen, Glenn Whelan, Liam Lawrence and Tuncay Sanli befor...Full Story »

Pompey hope to have James back

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James may make his return from a knee injury in Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against fellow strugglers Bolton.Pompey are still missing Papa Bouba Diop and Steve Finnan, who both have hamstring problems, while Herman Hreidarsson has a foot injury.Striker Danny Webber has completed his move to Portsmouth - and Tal Ben-Haim, Kevin Prince-Boateng, Jamie O'Hara...Full Story »

Robinho doubtful for City

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Manchester City are sweating on the fitness of Robinho ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal.The Brazilian suffered an ankle injury on international duty last week and, while City boss Mark Hughes does not think there is any extensive damage, scans will determine whether he is involved at Eastlands.Craig Bellamy is expected to keep his place as Carlos Tevez (knee) has been rule...Full Story »

Aurelio ready to return

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Liverpool expect to have Brazilian full-back Fabio Aurelio back in their squad for the first time this season against Burnley, after his recovery from knee surgery in the summer.Aurelio has played in two practice matches in recent days and will at least be on the bench for the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield.Benitez does not expect any injury problems from the international matches his ...Full Story »

N'Zonzi doubt for Blackburn

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is a doubt for Blackburn ahead of Saturday's match against Wolves at Ewood Park.The midfielder was the only member of the first team squad not to train, after picking up an unspecified injury with France Under-21s in midweek.Brett Emerton (thigh) is fit, Franco Di Santo is back in full training after hamstring trouble and Ryan Nelsen (knee) should figure, although Steve...Full Story »

Duo back to bolster Wolves

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Wolves are set to be boosted by the return of full-back Stephen Ward and the versatile Greg Halford for the Barclays Premier League clash against Hull.Ward (knee) and Halford (calf) were injured at Manchester City last weekend but should be available.While they bid to return, the comeback hopes of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hang in the balance.The striker, who damaged his hamstring in the opening game ...Full Story »

Same again for Spurs?

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is likely to select the same side which won at West Ham last weekend for Saturday's match against Birmingham at White Hart Lane.Defenders Jonathan Woodgate (hernia) and Michael Dawson (Achilles) are still long term absentees, although Dawson has resumed light training.Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is likely to be out for another three weeks at least with a groin inju...Full Story »

Huth in Stoke squad

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Stoke's new signing Robert Huth will go straight into the squad for the visit of Sunderland.Huth could even start in central defence if Ryan Shawcross, who has been struggling with his latest bout of growing pains, fails a late fitness check.James Beattie should be fit to return in attack after recovering from the knee injury which forced his early withdrawal at Birmingham last Saturday.Boss Ton...Full Story »

Duo out for United

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar remain Manchester United's major absentees ahead of the clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford.Sir Alex Ferguson feels Ferdinand may not quite be ready for the trip to Tottenham on September 12 but his recovery from a thigh injury will not keep him out for much longer.Ben Foster will continue in goal while Michael Carrick and Anderson are hoping for recalls after ...Full Story »

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