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Team news: Nolan back for Hammers

Team news: Nolan back for Hammers

By PA Sport
Last update The 01/01/2012 at 19:02 -
By PA Sport - The 01/01/2012 at 19:02
All the team news ahead of Monday's Championship fixtures, with Kevin Nolan returning for West Ham.

All matches kick off at 15:00 unless otherwise stated

Crystal Palace v Leicester City (13:00)

Crystal Palace will check on goalkeeper Julian Speroni who missed Saturday's 1-0 south London derby win at Millwall after coming down with a virus the night before, with Lewis Price stepping in. Centre-half Dekel Keinan is back in training after a twisted ankle and could be added to the squad but full-back Dean Moxey remains a doubt with the knee injury he suffered at Manchester United in the Carling Cup last month. Defender Lee Hills (knee) and midfield duo Jonathan Williams (broken leg) and Alex Marrow (ankle) are long-term absentees. Paddy McCarthy will captain the Eagles against his former club while striker Chris Martin plays the final game of his loan spell from Norwich.

Leicester have no new problems. Manager Nigel Pearson could make changes for a second game in the space of three days. He brought Wales international midfielder Andy King back into the side against Portsmouth and also recalled teenage striker Jeffrey Schlupp on New Year's Eve. Lloyd Dyer and Jermaine Beckford were the players to make way and they, along with midfielder Neil Danns and striker Steve Howard, could come into Pearson's thinking at Selhurst Park. Beckford particularly impressed from the bench against Pompey, forcing a save from the visiting goalkeeper and having what Pearson called a "stonewall" penalty appeal turned down after he drew a challenge from a defender inside the box. The 1-1 draw against Portsmouth meant Leicester finished 2011 without a win in five Championship matches.

Blackpool v Middlesbrough

Blackpool are set to be without captain Barry Ferguson who was shown a straight red card for an apparent elbow on Guirane N'Daw in the Seasiders' 3-0 defeat at Birmingham on New Year's Eve, although boss Ian Holloway confirmed the club would appeal the decision. Ferguson's expected absence could mean a return to the starting line-up for Elliot Grandin, who was recently sidelined with a foot injury. Former Rangers defender Danny Wilson will come into contention for his Blackpool debut after joining on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season. Mark Howard is set for a third consecutive start in goal as regular number one Matt Gilks continues to struggle with a groin problem. Midfielder Keith Southern remains out having undergone surgery to remove a testicular tumour.

Middlesbrough midfielders Nicky Bailey and Julio Arca are both doubtful due to respective knee injuries. Bailey was forced out of the 1-1 home draw with Peterborough on New Year's Eve at half-time and Arca was replaced midway through the second period. Both players face late fitness tests. Midfield pair Merouane Zemmama (hip) and Kevin Thomson (hamstring) replaced Bailey and Arca on Saturday and will be hoping to return to the starting line-ups after recovering from their recent injuries. Striker Marvin Emnes is hoping to feature after returning to the bench as an unused substitute against Peterborough. The Dutchman's hamstring injury had kept him out of the previous two matches, with Bart Ogbeche stepping in alongside Scott McDonald up front. Manager Tony Mowbray has no other new injury or suspension problems as his side, unbeaten in their last five matches, look to consolidate in the second automatic place.

Doncaster Rovers v Barnsley

Doncaster are expected to be without defender Pascal Chimbonda, who had been sidelined with a hip flexor problem and broke down 25 minutes into his return in the 4-1 defeat to Watford. On-loan Blackburn midfielder Herold Goulon is unavailable after being sent off for two bookable offences at Vicarage Road and his place is expected to be taken by Brian Stock, who returns from a suspension of his own. Defender Habib Beye is also banned after collecting his fifth booking in eight appearance for Rovers, which could pave the way for fellow Senegal international Lamine Diatta to make his debut. Boss Dean Saunders could have new signings Damien Plessis, Mamadou Bagayoko and Habib Bamogo available if international clearance has been granted in time.

Barnsley will be without skipper Jacob Butterfield for three to four weeks after he injured knee ligaments following a robust challenge from Leeds midfielder Michael Brown in Saturday's win over Leeds. Tykes manager Keith Hill is already without fellow midfielders Danny Drinkwater (thigh), on loan from Manchester United, and Jim O'Brien (stomach muscle), while defender Miles Addison played the last game of his loan spell on Saturday and has returned to Derby. Ricardo Vaz Te stepped off the substitutes' bench to fire a hat-trick against Leeds and could be recalled to the starting line-up. Hill chose not to include teenagers John Stones and Paul Digby in the squad for the Leeds game, but could be tempted with his small squad now down to the bare bones.

Cardiff City v Reading

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay may be boosted by the return of Kevin McNaughton who limped off after just 18 minutes of the draw at Watford on Boxing Day with a calf injury and, as a result, was sidelined for the trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. However, even if the defender is passed fit, he may have to be content with a place among the substitutes after Darcy Blake filled the right-back role at the City Ground. Mackay may stick with the same formation for the second successive match, meaning Rudy Gestede and Joe Mason will continue to join Saturday's match-winner Kenny Miller, who has eight goals this season, in a three-man attack. Craig Conway may have to settle for a place on the bench again alongside fellow midfielder Stephen McPhail and striker Robert Earnshaw.

Reading boss Brian McDermott is unlikely to make changes. The Royals saw off Ipswich on Saturday to claim their fourth consecutive league victory and McDermott is set to retain those players for the clash with Malky Mackay's fellow high-flyers. If McDermott does decide to make changes, he may strengthen his defence by promoting the experienced Ian Harte from the substitutes bench. Striker Adam Le Fondre made way for Noel Hunt during the second half and may drop to the bench, while Hal Robson-Kanu will again have to settle for a place among the substitutes after returning to the squad against Paul Jewell's side following injury. Midfielder Brian Howard returned to the club following the end of his loan spell at Millwall and is unlikely to feature.

Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest

Ipswich will be without suspended centre-back Ibrahima Sonko while influential loanee Keith Andrews faces an uphill battle to feature in his last game before returning to Blackburn. Sonko was shown his fifth yellow card of the season on his return to former club Reading on New Year's Eve as Town went down to a 1-0 defeat, incurring an automatic one-match suspension for the visit of struggling Forest. Midfielder Andrews missed the Madejski Stadium encounter altogether with a hamstring injury sustained against Leicester on Boxing Day and he is in a race against time to feature on Monday - the final match of his current loan spell. Striker Jason Scotland will also be assessed having missed out due to a tight hamstring, two injuries which paved the way for recalls for captain Grant Leadbitter and forward Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Ipswich go into the game aiming to reverse a run which has seen them lose their last four meetings with Forest, although the Reds are currently in a dry spell having gone seven games without even a goal as they make the trip to Portman Road.

Striker Robbie Findley is Forest's main cause for concern. Findley was off after just six minutes of the 1-0 home defeat to Cardiff on New Year's Eve after damaging his shoulder in a fall. The USA international has been hampered by shoulder problems since joining the Reds and manager Steve Cotterill fears he may have to undergo surgery in the summer. However, he has not given up hope of having the 26-year-old available in Suffolk. While Forest wait on Findley's fitness, Cotterill knows he will once again have to shuffle his defence after Joel Lynch collected his fifth yellow card of the season against Cardiff. His one-match suspension is almost certain to see midfielder Guy Moussi drop back into a central defensive role alongside captain Luke Chambers. Midfielder Paul Anderson (hamstring) and striker Dexter Blackstock (calf) remain doubts. Forest finished 2011 by failing to score in the last seven Championship matches. Former Red Marlon Harewood has rejoined on a four-month contract after a spell in China but the club are unlikely to receive international clearance in time for the striker to feature in this game.

Portsmouth v Watford

Michael Kightly, Nyron Nosworthy and Craig Beattie are set to make the final appearances of their current loan spells for Watford. Wolves winger Kightly and Sunderland centre-back Nosworthy in particular have proved crucial additions to Sean Dyche's ranks since joining in October, with the former rounding off the club's 4-1 victory over Doncaster on New Year's Eve with the third goal of his stay. Swansea striker Beattie has enjoyed a less prominent role however during the same spell, making just one start and three substitute appearances and failing to even make Dyche's matchday 16 for the two games over the festive period. The Hornets boss has no new injury or suspension concerns and could be tempted to keep faith with a winning line-up at Fratton Park as his side chase six points in three days and the chance to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches. Elsewhere, Hornets stopper Rene Gilmartin has extended his loan stay at League One side Yeovil into a further month, while midfielder Chez Isaac has joined non-league Tamworth on an initial month-long deal.

Portsmouth will be without Greg Halford and Joel Ward. Defender Halford and midfielder Ward were booked for the fifth time this season in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Leicester and serve one-match suspensions. But striker Luke Varney could return to the squad after missing the last three matches with a medial knee ligament problem. Defender Ricardo Rocha will be checked over after he sat out against the Foxes due to a knock. Hungarian forward Marko Futacs should keep his place in the side after marking his first start with Pompey's goal against Leicester. Veteran left-back Hermann Hreidarsson was back in the squad on Saturday after an Achilles problem and should be involved again.

Leeds United v Burnley

Leeds defender Tom Lees is expected to return after missing Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Barnsley due to concussion sustained at Derby on Boxing Day. Manager Simon Grayson said he was "embarrassed" by his players' performance at Oakwell and can be expected to make several other changes as Leeds look to halt a run of three straight defeats. Winger Robert Snodgrass remains sidelined following his appendix operation on Thursday, as does skipper Jonny Howson, who has missed the last four games due to a knee injury. Midfielder Adam Clayton and striker Luciano Becchio could return to the starting line-up and Grayson may include Alex Bruce in his back four following his early recall from his loan spell at Huddersfield. Leeds have slipped to 10th place in the table, four points adrift of the play-offs, after taking only one point from their last four matches. They have signed Tottenham's Andros Townsend on loan.

Defender Michael Duff remains Burnley's only injury concern. A hamstring problem ruled Duff out of the Claret's 1-0 triumph over Hull on New Year's Eve - a victory that stretched their current purple patch to six wins in seven matches - and he will be assessed before the Elland Road clash. Elsewhere competition for places in Eddie Howe's matchday squad is rife, with winger Junior Stanislas targeting a return to the 16 after Keith Treacy took his starting berth against Hull. Howe is relishing a Roses battle that is sure to be played out before a fervent crowd. "The game against Leeds last was the first time that I've sampled that atmosphere at Elland Road and I thought it was a great game and a great atmosphere," he said. "We'll be very keen to go there and try and get a positive result. It would mean everything to us and our supporters so hopefully we can do that."

Hull City v Derby County

Hull defender Liam Rosenior returns to contention following suspension. The full-back missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Burnley and was replaced in the starting line-up by Paul McShane, leaving manager Nick Barmby with a selection dilemma. Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi was forced out of the action at Burnley just before half-time with a badly cut knee and his replacement, Adriano Basso, could make his first start since the defeat at Barnsley in November. Midfielder Kevin Kilbane has returned from his loan spell at Derby, but is unlikely to feature as he has been struggling with a back injury. Another midfielder, Seyi Olofinjana, is edging closer to a return to first-team action following a long-term knee injury, but was not included in Saturday's squad as he is short of match fitness. Barmby could be tempted to recall wingers Richard Garcia and Robbie Brady - both second-half substitutes at Burnley - to his starting line-up as the Tigers have fired blanks in their last two matches.

Nathan Tyson could be in the Derby squad after the forward was withdrawn against West Ham as merely a precautionary measure. Tyson, who helped set up Callum Ball's second-minute opener in the 2-1 win over the Hammers on New Year's Eve, felt some discomfort in his groin late in the first half. Having been troubled by a groin injury since arriving at Pride Park from midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in the summer, he was replaced by Theo Robinson at half-time. "Nathan came off as a precaution as we didn't want to risk anything happening to him," said manager Nigel Clough. "We haven't ruled him out of the squad for Hull on Monday so we will see how he is." After naming an unchanged side against West Ham, Clough make changes for a second game in the space of three days. Fit-again defender Jake Buxton, midfielder Ben Davies and forwards Tamas Priskin and Robinson are options for the Rams boss. Meanwhile, Stephen Bywater has signed for Sheffield Wednesday after his contract with Derby was cancelled by mutual consent. The goalkeeper spent the first half of the season on loan at the League One club.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton

Brighton are down to the bare bones due to a host of injuries and suspensions. Winger Craig Noone is the latest addition to the casualty list after he suffered a hamstring injury during the 2-0 defeat at Coventry on Saturday. Defender Lewis Dunk collected his 10th booking of the season and starts a two-match ban and midfielder Alan Navarro is also suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card. Romain Vincelot and Ashley Barnes are still banned for their red cards against Burnley before Christmas and Vicente Rodriguez (thigh), Inigo Calderon (knee), Marcos Painter (hamstring), Will Hoskins (hip), Gary Dicker (broken leg) and Tommy Elphick (Achilles) are all in the treatment room. But midfielder Liam Bridcutt is back after serving a suspension against the Sky Blues and defender Steve Cook has been recalled from a loan spell at Bournemouth.

Southampton are hopeful Jose Fonte will be fit for the trip to south-coast rivals Brighton. Portuguese centre-half Fonte was left out of Friday night's surprise 1-0 home defeat by Bristol City due to a toe injury and was replaced by Aaron Martin. Skipper Dean Hammond could return to the starting line-up to face the club where he started his career after dropping to the bench against the Robins. Striker David Connolly is also pushing for a start having made two substitute appearances since recovering from the groin problem which kept him out for seven weeks. Midfielder Richard Chaplow misses out again with a knee injury and defenders Dan Seaborne (head) and Radhi Jaidi (knee) are still on the sidelines.

Peterborough United v Birmingham City

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson reported nothing more than the usual bumps and bruises following his side's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on New Year's Eve. Lee Tomlin, recently injured against Coventry but on the bench for the clash with Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, was not included in the matchday squad at the Riverside. It is unclear whether the forward was just rested or if the calf problem sustained against the Sky Blues kept him out. Should Tomlin be fit for the first game of 2012, Ferguson must decide whether to involve him or hold him back for the FA Cup tie against Sunderland at London Road next weekend. Midfielder Joe Newell may have forced his way into Ferguson's starting XI after an impressive performance from the bench at Boro.

Birmingham will assess skipper Stephen Carr, who missed City's Boxing Day draw with West Ham as well as the New Year's Eve victory over Blackpool with a knee injury and faces a race against time to be ready for Posh at London Road. Otherwise, manager Chris Hughton is not expected to have any major injury concerns aside from the usual bumps and bruises sustained in the 3-0 victory against the Seasiders - arguably Birmingham's most impressive league performance of the season. Naturally, with two games in three days, Hughton will be tempted to make changes and the likes of Nathan Redmond, Jordon Mutch, Wade Elliott and Chris Wood all coming into contention. The clash represents the last of the current loan arrangements for West Brom striker Wood and St Etienne midfielder Guirane N'Daw, although Hughton is currently weighing up possible extensions.

West Ham United v Coventry City

Skipper Kevin Nolan is one of four West Ham players back from suspension. Nolan, fellow midfielder Jack Collison, defender George McCartney and winger Julien Faubert all return to the squad after they were ruled out of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Derby. Centre-half Winston Reid came through unscathed after eight weeks out with a dislocated shoulder and is set to keep his place, while striker Sam Baldock returned from a hamstring injury as a substitute and could be in the starting line-up. Right-back Joey O'Brien will continue despite an ear infection but centre-back Abdoulaye Faye remains doubtful with a thigh injury. Guy Demel (thigh), Matt Taylor (calf) and David Bentley (knee) are still missing.

Coventry manager Andy Thorn is expected to have the same squad of players as those who rounded off 2011 with a 2-0 victory over Brighton - clinching back-to-back wins for only the second time in the calendar year. Thorn, dealing with the usual bumps and bruises when faced with two games in three days, may well be tempted to keep faith with an unchanged XI and a successful new-look 4-3-3 formation as the Sky Blues won by two goals for the first time since September. Much of that may well depend on whether fit-again Martin Cranie can handle two games in quick succession after making his return from a rib injury against the Seagulls, while fellow defender Cyrus Christie also shook off a knock to start. Left-back Chris Hussey overcame an ankle problem but was only named on the bench and provides an option should change be needed, although Thorn, while wary of the daunting trip to the high-flying Hammers and the possible need to tighten up, will be reluctant to tinker with his side too much. Skipper Sammy Clingan (fractured toe), strikers Cody McDonald and Clive Platt (back) and defender Nathan Cameron (knee) are likely to miss out again.

 
 

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