Javier Hernandez happy to be playing 'more than expected' at West Ham
TOTTENHAM VS. ARSENAL
TOTTENHAM: Mauricio Pochettino has no injuries to contend with. January signing Lucas Moura could make the squad after working on his fitness this week while Toby Alderweireld is in line to start after playing 90 minutes against Newport on Wednesday. Harry Winks, Serge Aurier and Danny Rose all returned in the FA Cup fourth round in midweek and are also in contention.
Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Rose, Davies, Walker-Peters, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Dier, Foyth, Aurier, Trippier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Winks, Dembele, Oakley-Boothe, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Lamela, Llorente, Kane.
ARSENAL: Arsenal could be without Petr Cech. The experienced goalkeeper was forced off in the win over Everton with a calf problem and has not trained since as David Ospina prepares to deputise. Nacho Monreal also came off in that 5-1 victory due to illness but should be available to retain his place while Danny Welbeck (hip) is back in contention. Santi Cazorla (Achilles) remains a long-term absentee.
Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Macey, Mertesacker, Holding, Mustafi, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal, Mavropanos, Bellerin, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka, Elneny, Ramsey, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
EVERTON VS. CRYSTAL PALACE
EVERTON: Everton left-back Leighton Baines is edging closer to a return to training but he will not be available. The defender has been out since late November with a calf injury but is likely to be in contention for next week's trip to Watford. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is training again after a groin problem, which has sidelined him since September, while defender Ramiro Funes Mori completed 45 minutes for the under-23s as he continues his comeback from knee surgery.
Provisional squad: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Mangala, Martina, Gueye, Walcott, Rooney, Davies, Sigurdsson, Niasse, Robles, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Holgate, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha was ruled out for a month with a knee injury. Goalkeeper Julian Speroni (knee) and defender Martin Kelly (hamstring) are also missing, joining Bakary Sako, Jeffrey Schlupp, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham on a lengthy injury list. January signings Alexander Sorloth and Erdal Rakip will be in the squad.
Provisional squad: Hennessey, Henry, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Delaney, Fosu-Mensah, Milivojevic, Townsend, McArthur, Rakip, Benteke, Sorloth, Ward, Sakho, Souare, Riedewald, Cabaye, Lee.
STOKE VS. BRIGHTON
STOKE: Team news to follow...
BRIGHTON: Brighton will include £14million record-signing Jurgen Locadia in their squad. Dutch forward Locadia, signed from PSV Eindhoven last month, is now fit for action having arrived with a hamstring injury. Midfielders Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak (both ankle) are the only players unavailable to Albion manager Chris Hughton.
Provisional squad: Ryan, Krul, Bong, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Hunemeier, Rosenior, Goldson, Schelotto, Suttner, Kayal, Propper, Knockaert, Stephens, March, Izquierdo, Gross, Ulloa, Murray, Hemed, Locadia, Baldock.
SWANSEA VS. BURNLEY
SWANSEA: New signings Andre Ayew and Andy King are in line to make their Swansea debuts. Striker Ayew has recovered from a hamstring injury after returning to Swansea from West Ham, while loan midfielder King was unable to play against parent club Leicester last weekend. Renato Sanches (hamstring) remains out, and Angel Rangel (groin) is the latest Swansea player to need surgery after Leroy Fer (Achilles) and Wilfried Bony (knee) suffered season-ending injuries.
Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Ki, Clucas, King, Dyer, J Ayew, A Ayew, Nordfeldt, Roberts, Bartley, Carroll, Narsingh, Routledge, Abraham, James.
BURNLEY: Burnley have Stephen Ward back fit but will be without Phil Bardsley. Bardsley was forced off at half-time of last weekend's draw with Manchester City because of a hamstring problem so Matthew Lowton will make his first start following injury at right-back. Ward (knee) is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench as Charlie Taylor keeps his place at left-back. James Tarkowski (groin), Tom Heaton (shoulder), Robbie Brady, Steven Defour, Dean Marney, Chris Wood and Jon Walters (all knee), all remain sidelined.
Provisional squad: Pope, Lindegaard, Taylor, Mee, Long, Ward, Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, Arfield, Hendrick, Barnes, Ulvestad, Lowton, Lennon, Vokes, Nkoudou, Wells, O'Neill.
WEST HAM VS. WATFORD
WEST HAM: Patrice Evra goes into the West Ham squad, while Marko Arnautovic is also in contention. Former Manchester United left-back Evra this week joined the Hammers on a free transfer and forward Arnautovic is close to returning from a hamstring problem. Jose Fonte is short of match fitness and fellow defender Winston Reid has a throat infection, while Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang, Edimilson Fernandes are still injured and Arthur Masuaku is suspended.
Provisional squad: Adrian, Hart, Collins, Ogbonna, Rice, Cresswell, Evra, Zabaleta, Reid, Fonte, Byram, Noble, Kouyate, Haksabanovic, Mario, Arnautovic, Antonio, Hernandez, Hugill.
WATFORD: Watford will continue to be without goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Gomes has been sidelined for four matches with a back complaint. Defender Miguel Britos is closing in on a first-team return following an ankle injury, but the trip to the London Stadium will come too soon. Younes Kaboul (foot), Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes (both hamstring), Isaac Success, Craig Cathcart, and Nathaniel Chalobah (all knee) remain unavailable.
Provisional squad: Karnezis, Bachmann, Zeegelaar, Janmaat, Kabasele, Cleverley, Doucoure, Pereyra, Richarlison, Ndong, Lukebakio, Carrillo, Prodl, Holebas, Capoue, Stewart, Gray, Okaka, Deeney, Deulofeu.
MANCHESTER CITY VS. LEICESTER
MAN CITY: Team news to follow...
LEICESTER: Riyad Mahrez will miss a third successive match for Leicester. The winger has not been seen by the club since a move to the Etihad collapsed on the final day of the transfer window, missing training and the games against Everton and Swansea. The only change to the squad will see Shinji Okazaki drop out with a knee injury that could sideline him for up to two weeks.
Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, Jakupovic, Maguire, Huth, Fuchs, Simpson, Chilwell, Benalouane, Dragovic, James, Albrighton, Amartey, Gray, Silva, Ndidi, Iborra, Choudhury, Vardy, Iheanacho, Diabate.
HUDDERSFIELD VS. BOURNEMOUTH
HUDDERSFIELD: Team news to follow...
BOURNEMOUTH: Bournemouth could have defenders Adam Smith and Steve Cook back in contention. Smith has been sidelined since the end of January by a thigh problem while Cook went off during the first half of last weekend's win over Stoke with a hamstring complaint. Forward Jermain Defoe remains absent having fractured his right ankle, but is now doing some individual training sessions, while defender Tyrone Mings continues his recovery from a back problem.
Provisional squad: Begovic, S Cook, Francis, Ake, Daniels, L Cook, Fraser, Gosling, Ibe, Stanislas, Wilson, Boruc, A Smith, Arter, Surman, Pugh, King, Mousset.
NEWCASTLE VS. MANCHESTER UNITED
NEWCASTLE: Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez will make a late decision on striker Islam Slimani. The loan signing from Leicester arrived with a thigh injury and although he is training, he remains a doubt for the game. Defender Ciaran Clark (knee) and midfielder Mohamed Diame (knock) are fit, but full-back Jesus Gamez (ankle) is not yet ready to return.
Provisional squad: Darlow, Dubravka, Elliot, Yedlin, Manquillo, Dummett, Haidara, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Merino, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Atsu, Murphy, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Slimani, Joselu, Gayle.
MAN UNITED: Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to first-team training two days ago, but the Manchester United striker will not be ready. The 36-year-old was given a new one-year deal after recovering impressively from a serious knee injury sustained in April, but managed only seven appearances before suffering a complaint with the same knee. Ibrahimovic is back in training having last featured on Boxing Day, but will continue to be on the sidelines this weekend - as will Eric Bailly (ankle), Daley Blind (ankle ligaments) and Marouane Fellaini (knee).
Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Jones, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Young, Matic, Carrick, McTominay, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford, Sanchez, Lukaku.
SOUTHAMPTON VS. LIVERPOOL
SOUTHAMPTON: Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino reported no fresh injury problems. Striker Manolo Gabbiadini had been carrying a hip problem last weekend against West Brom, where the Italian was an unused substitute in the 3-2 away win. Charlie Austin, though, remains out as the forward continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Provisional squad: McCarthy, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Soares, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Lemina, Tadic, Romeu, Carrillo, Forster, Yoshida, Davis, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long, Gabbiadini.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is expected to start on his first return to Southampton since his £75million January move. Fellow defenders Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno have recovered from muscle injuries to take their places in the squad. Right-back Joe Gomez is unlikely to feature because of a minor knee problem while midfielder Adam Lallana returns after a thigh problem.
Provisional squad: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Mignolet, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Ings, Solanke.
CHELSEA VS. WEST BROM
CHELSEA: Chelsea will be without suspended midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. The France international serves a one-game ban following his dismissal at Watford. Striker Olivier Giroud could make his first start since moving from Arsenal, but centre-back Andreas Christensen (hamstring) faces a late fitness test and forward Alvaro Morata (back) remains sidelined.
Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo, Rudiger, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Alonso, Zappacosta, Sterling, Palmieri, Ampadu, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Moses, Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud.
WEST BROM: Jay Rodriguez is available for selection despite being charged by the Football Association following his clash with Gaetan Bong. The striker will still be picked by boss Alan Pardew despite being charged with alleged racial abuse of the Brighton defender, something the England international denies. Jonny Evans (back), Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Grzegorz Krychowiak (leg) are available but Jake Livermore (hamstring) James Morrison (Achilles) and Nacer Chadli (hip) are out.
Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Nyom, Evans, McAuley, Hegazi, Gibbs, Brunt, Yacob, Field, Phillips, McClean, Barry, Rondon, Burke, Rodriguez, Krychowiak, Robson-Kanu, Sturridge.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez says he has been given more playing time than he expected under current manager David Moyes, the Mexico forward has told ESPN Brasil.
West Ham's change of manager from Slaven Bilic to Moyes on Nov. 7 had stagnated the 29-year-old Hernandez's progress at the club so much so that he sought a transfer unsuccessfully last month in search of more playing time with the World Cup looming.
Hernandez only joined West Ham last summer in a £16 million deal from German side Bayer Leverkusen but had struggled to make the desired impact, scoring just six goals in 25 appearances.
"I have played a lot more than I thought I would. In the past three matches, I have started and played the 90 minutes. I am very happy about it. If I have to go back on the bench because the manager decides that, obviously, I won't been the happiest man in the world," Hernandez told ESPN Brasil.
"But I must help my team and I must work to gain the manager's trust."
Despite admitting he was looking to leave West Ham, Hernandez denied earlier this week that his relationship with Moyes has ever been strained.
"We get along well, there has never been any type of personal problem, we have never argued, not even during negative moments," Hernandez told Marca." I am not sure where you are going with this line of questioning, but there is nothing good or bad to determine.
"Football is like this. Because some people say something doesn't mean it is so, because you also need to listen to my manager's side because I have never had a problem with him or with anyone else.
"I have always been very frank and I did try to leave the team, not because I didn't want to be at West Ham, but because I wanted more playing time. That is because there is this huge opportunity called the World Cup in Russia. It is right around the corner and I want to go and I want to earn a spot on my team.
"I was trying to leave [West Ham]. My agent and I were trying but I am also very satisfied that despite all the uncertainty -- and those weren't such positive moments you could say -- my agent still spoke in a way that was very professional with regard to this club.
"It is not easy knowing that your future is not stable and that you need to seek more playing time. As it turned out I stayed here and I was not allowed to leave and so here I am giving my everything for the team, as you can see from the last match."
With the inclusion of Patrice Evra to the West Ham squad, Hernandez said he is happy to be reunited with the French left back as the two were part of Manchester United under Moyes during the 2010-11 season.
"At Manchester, he was a fun player. He made a lot of jokes and he has never been ashamed to show his personality. He has shown that with his 'I love this game' [catch-phrase]. He is the same Patrice Evra that I first knew," Hernandez told ESPN.
"And although people may have their doubts about him, because he is 36 and because of the incident at Marseille, I think he is going to bring a lot to our team. He will help a lot and our manager has placed his trust in him. He will help us on and off the pitch."
Hernandez said his goal is clear: to help West Ham remain clear of relegation danger.
"As I said before, despite what was said, I always try to be a model professional. I am here 100 percent. I'll give my all as in every team I've been in in the past to steer clear of relegation," he told West Ham's website.
Looking ahead to the World Cup, Hernandez said that Mexico have learned from the 7-0 loss to Chile at the Copa America Centenario.
"The 7-0 taught us that we need to change, we need to improve so that this situation is not repeated. It was an accident, just like Brazil's loss to Germany," he said. "For us, it has taught us to improve, it has made us stronger and we have realized that we don't want to go back to a past like that."
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