Weekend team news: Vincent Kompany doubtful for Manchester derby

Weekend team news: Vincent Kompany doubtful for Manchester derby

Fola Akintomide

All the team news ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action, with Manchester City hopeful captain Vincent Kompany can overcome a hamstring complaint.

(All times 3pm unless stated)


Swansea City v Everton (12:45)

Spanish full-back Angel Rangel should make his first Swansea start for over two months with Kyle Naughton ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging ankle ligaments. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is rated just 50-50 by his manager Roberto Martinez.

Southampton v Hull City

Hull boss Steve Bruce is yet to decide whether to drop out-of-form keeper Allan McGregor, with veteran stopper Steve Harper on standby. Southampton midfielder Filip Djuricic has been ruled out because of an ankle injury, but Steven Davis and Florin Gardos return.

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson is suspended for the next two games after reaching 10 bookings for the campaign. Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness.

Tottenham v Aston Villa

Alan Hutton (ankle), Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair (both hamstring) are expected to miss out for Aston Villa along with Carles Gil (dead leg). Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris are absent for Tottenham, while Jan Vertonghen is a doubt.

West Brom v Leicester City

Craig Dawson is set to return for West Brom after serving a one-match ban. Matt Upson and Dean Hammond are available for Leicester.

West Ham United v Stoke City

West Ham forward Enner Valencia is available again after the foot injury he suffered by standing on a broken cup. Stoke have been handed a triple boost with the news that Marc Wilson, Victor Moses and Jon Walters should all be fit.

Burnley v Arsenal (17:30)

Burnley midfielder Matt Taylor may return after a seven-and-a-half month absence due to an Achilles injury. Arsenal midfielders Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby are all available for selection as Arsene Wenger faces the rare luxury of picking from a practically fully-fit squad.

QPR v Chelsea (13:30)

QPR defender Richard Dunne is close to a return after a knee injury but will not be considered with fellow centre-back Rio Ferdinand also absent. Chelsea striker Diego Costa is expected to miss the next four matches.

Manchester United v Manchester City (16:00)

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will not play in the derby despite returning to first-team training. Defenders Jonny Evans (suspended) and Luke Shaw (hamstring) are also out. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is doubtful with a hamstring injury, while strikers Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic will not feature.

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