26 December, 2012 - 14:08

Premier League Matchday 19 Team news

Here are the team news for the remaining four Premier League Matchday 19 fixtures:

Everton vs Wigan

Everton coach David Moyes faces selection headache as several of his first-team players will be out of contention due to various reasons. Marouane Fellaini is set to serve his second of a three-match suspension after headbutting Ryan Shawcross in the Everton 1-1 draw with Stoke City. Kevin Mirallas, Tony Hibbert and Seamus Coleman are on a long-term injury list. The good news for Everton fans is that midfielder Darron Gibson will be eligible to play against Wigan due to the fact that his appeal against the dismissal in the game with West Ham will be heard later in the week.

Wigan skipper Gary Caldwell may make his return into contention after the absence due to hamstring injury. Centre-back Ivan Ramis and midfielder James McCarthy could also feature in the first team after recovering from hamstring and ankle problems. Adrian Lopez, Antolin Alcaraz, Albert Crusat, and Ben Watson (broken leg) are the Latics long-term absentees.

Fulham vs Southampton

Injury-plagued Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz could be back into action in the clash against the Saints after being sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury. Mladen Petric and Mahamadou Diarra remain a d doubt while Damien Duff and Simon Davies will be for sure out of contention. Steve Sidwell is eligible after serving the ban.

The Saints skipper Adam Lallana is likely to miss the game against the Cottagers with a knee injury.

Queens Park Rangers vs West Bromwich Albion

QPR goalie is set to return after regaining full fitness, while full-backs Armand Traore and Nedum Onuoha remain doubtful with hamstring problems. It will still be a while before one can think about setting a realistic return date for both Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee). Park Ji-sung (knee) is a couple of weeks away from returning to full training.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is available after serving a one-match suspension having collected five yellow cards. It remains to be seen whether midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) and defender Steven Reid (ankle) will be available for the selection as WBA coach Steve Clarke is going to assess their fitness.

Reading vs Swansea City

34 year-old Reading veteran forward Jason Roberts will be out of the clash with Swansea City due to hip injury, while defender Sean Morrison and keeper Alex McCarthy will be also on the sidelines for various periods of time.

Laudrup reckons that Pablo Hernandez will help his side to beat struggling Reading after recovering from the thigh injury. Angel Rangel remains out of the game because of the calf injury. Ki Sung-yueng could return into the first team after he was benched for the Sunday’s clash against Man Utd.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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