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Premier League Injury News, Fantasy Impact: Wayne Rooney out for Man Utd

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney shoots a ball during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.(AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 3, 2014

The chase for the Premier League title enters its final full month with leaders Liverpool travelling to West Ham United on Sunday.

Chelsea return from Champions League action with the visit of Stoke City on Saturday, while Manchester City play host to Southampton in the early kick-off on the same day.

The biggest game of the weekend is arguably on Sunday. Everton will attempt to close the gap on fourth-placed Arsenal with a victory over the Gunners at Goodison Park.

Manchester United will be looking to build on the solid display against Bayern Munich when they go to Newcastle United on Saturday.

Here's the latest team news for this weekend's Premier League programme.


Manchester City vs. Southampton

Manchester City are still without Sergio Aguero and Matija Nastasic, but Micah Richards returns to the squad.

Nathaniel Clyne, Steven Davis and Maya Yoshida are all absent for Southampton, but Victor Wanyama is available again.

Manchester City vs. Southampton


Aston Villa vs. Fulham

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out for six months, while Gabriel Agbonlahor is rated doubtful through illness. Charles N'Zogbia and Libor Kozak continue to miss out.

Kostas Mitroglou remains sidelined for Fulham, but Scott Parker could return. On-loan striker Darren Bent is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Aston Villa vs. Fulham


Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace

Fabio and Craig Noone are doubts for Cardiff, who will be without Mark Hudson.

Marouane Chamakh has returned to fitness for Crystal Palace, but Dwight Gayle and Jimmy Kebe are still out.

Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace


Hull City vs. Swansea City

George Boyd returns from suspension for Hull City, but Robbie Brady, Allan McGregor and Paul McShane are all still out.

Swansea have no fresh injury concerns, and Kyle Bartley remains sidelined.

Hull City vs. Swansea City


Newcastle United vs. Manchester United

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruled out, while Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko remain sidelined.

Wayne Rooney is out for Manchester United with a toe injury. Ryan Giggs is rated doubtful, while Robin van Persie is still missing. Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are returning to fitness after injuries.

Newcastle United vs. Manchester United
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Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion

Joseph Yobo faces a late fitness test for Norwich, and Michael Turner returns to the squad. Leroy Fer remains sidelined.

Chris Brunt is the only absentee for Albion after Victor Anichebe, Claudio Yacob and Billy Jones returned to fitness.

Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion


Chelsea vs. Stoke City

Ashley Cole is back in the Chelsea squad, but John Obi Mikel and Samuel Eto'o will be sidelined.

Oussama Assaidi has been ruled out for Stoke City, while Jack Butland and Robert Huth are still absent. Jon Walters returns from suspension.

Chelsea vs. Stoke City


Everton vs. Arsenal

Ross Barkley is winning his fitness race for Everton, but Phil Jagielka is likely to join Steven Pienaar, Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone on the sidelines.

Aaron Ramsey returns to the squad for the first time since Boxing Day, but Mesut Ozil, Kieran Gibbs and Serge Gnabry will miss the trip to Goodison Park. Laurent Koscielny also misses out for the Gunners.

Everton vs. Arsenal


West Ham United vs. Liverpool

George McCartney is rated doubtful for West Ham, while Joey O'Brien remains sidelined.

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns. Jose Enrique is still absent.

West Ham United vs. Liverpool


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland

Jan Vertonghen and Roberto Soldado are both ruled out for Tottenham, but Emmanuel Adebayor has returned to fitness.

Steven Fletcher is still out for Sunderland.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool


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