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ANDREW VORCE - Friday, January 15, 2010
Landon Donavan will be aiming for his second start for Everton while Jozy Altidore looks to take the field for Hull City as the cold snap in England ends to allow play to resume across the country.

Tottenham - Hull City

Jozy Altidore will look get back to work as Hull and company have a tough test after two weeks off due to the cold spell.

Jimmy Bullard is nearing the end of his knee injury rehabilitation, while Ian Ashbee is sidelined for the rest of the season with a PCL tear in his knee. The Tigers have an otherwise full line up, which they hope will give an advantage as Tottenham have different problems.

Jermain Defoe and Jemaine Jenas are both struggling with hamstring injuries, while Benoit Assou-ekotto, Aaron Lennon, and Jonathan Woodgate are all suffering from groin strains. Darren Bentley is battling a calf muscle strain, while Carlos Cudicini is out with a broken wrist.

Wolverhampton - Wigan

Marcus Hahnemann will be on hand for Wolverhampton who welcome a strong Wigan after Wolves played it close against Tranmere in their last outing in the FA Cup.

Wolves will be without five, with Stefan Maierhofer suffering from a sports hernia which will keep him out until early February. David Edwards and Andy Keogh both are out until mid March, while Michael Kightly could make a return at the end of the month. Matt Murray is also out until February with a knee injury.

Wigan have nearly full squad ahead of the trip, with Mohamed Diame nearing the return from injury. The midfielder has been out with a MCL knee ligament injury, but is at the end of his rehabilitation and should start training soon.

Everton - Manchester City

Landon Donavan and Tim Howard look set to start after a heartbreak draw against Arsenal last weekend, when a strong Manchester City come to Goodison Park.

Everton continue to be injury hit with Dan Gosling and Sylvain Distin capable of making the final selection, while Jo is on the tail end of his knee injury. Jack Rodwell and Phil Jagielka are nearing their returns, with Victor Anichebe right behind them. Mikkel Arteta is out until late February with an ACL knee injury, with Tony Hibbert out with a groin strain.

City's Stephen Ireland, Patrick Viera, and Shawn Wright-Phillips could all return to action for the trip, with Nedum Onuoha suffering from a calf muscle strain. Wayne Bridge is out until the end of the month with a knee injury, while Joleon Lescott and Michael Johnson are out with knee injuries.

Aston Villa - West Ham

Brad Friedel should take over the reins from red-hot Brad Guzan, as Jonathan Spector and West Ham look to shake off the dust and get back to work.

Craig Davies is on the verge of a recovery from his dislocated shoulder, while Wilfred Bouma is on the tail end of his ankle injury, and should see first team action by the start of next month. West Ham are in the middle of an injury crisis, but may get a list of players back before the trip.

Kieron Dyer, Guillermo Franco, Daniel Gabbidon, Herita Ilunga, Mark Noble, and Scott Parker are all suffering from hamstring injuries, with Zavon Hines and Craig Davenport most likely to miss out ahead of the trip. Carlton Cole is out for a few more weeks, while Luis Boa Morte is out until June with an ACL knee injury.

Blackburn - Fulham

Clint Dempsey and Fulham will be licking their chops at the prospect of three points as Blackburn look prime for the picking ahead of this weekends Premier League match up.

Brede Hangeland, Simon Davies, and Diomansy Kamara are all on the verge of recoveries, with Bobby Zamora joining the trio on the sidelines with a broken collar bone. John Pantsil is the last Cottager out, suffering from a knee injury.

Blackburn have a trio of players all on the verge of returning with Vince Grella the most likely to be back from a thigh muscle strain. Jason Roberts is out with a knee injury, while Gael Givet has a head injury.

Barnsley - Sheffield Wednesday

Frank Simek looks set to continue in the heart of defense as Sheffield Wednesday are desperate for some points after being knocked out of the FA Cup by fellow Championship club Crystal Palace.

Richard Hinds should have had time to recover from a heel problem, being the Owl's only major injury concern. Lee Grant, Michael Gray, and Tommy Spurr have been battling against illness, but should take part in the match.

Barnsley look to prosper from the inclusion of Nathan Doyle who has joined the club on a free transfer from Hull City following their 3-1 defeat at Coventry. Mark Robins and company have had two weeks to prepare for the Owls' visit, and should have a complete squad at his disposal.

Doncaster - Watford

Jay DeMerit will look to spur Watford back to winning ways and erase all memory of their demolition in the FA Cup 3rd Round more than two weeks ago.

Ross Jenkins will be at full strength for the Hornets, while Craig Cathcart has rejoined Manchester United. Heidar Helguson has seen his loan from Queens Park Rangers extended, while Henri Lansbury should be recovered from his ankle injury in time to make the trip.

Doncaster haven't played yet since the turn of the New Year, their last outing being a 1-0 defeat on Boxing Day. Sean McDaid should be at full strength for the first time since April of 2008, while Brian Stock should have recovered from his ankle surgery. Martin Woods should have overcome a groin injury, while Steve Brooker remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Wycombe - Charlton

Jon-Paul Pittmann will be battling against Alex Revell who has been brought in from Southend United as Wycombe look to pick up points against surging Charlton.

Revell has netted twice in his last ten outings, but Head coach Gary Waddock is certain that the striker can improve the attack force at struggling Wycombe. The Wanderers picked up a vital point at Elland Road against Leeds, and will look to pick up another shock result as Charlton come to town.

Lewis Montrose is out with a knee injury, while Leon Johnson is healing from a hip surgery. Scott Davies has secured a loan extension from Reading, while John Akinde has rejoined Bristol City.

Sam Sodje will enter only his second game in a four match suspension, but Deon Burton will return after sitting out Charlton's last game. Frazer Richardson will hope to overcome a hamstring problem, while KellyYouga is out with a knee injury.

Notes

Zak Whitbread will hope to suit up for his first time in Norwich colors as they travel to Colchester.

Mike Grella will be waiting on the horizon as Jermain Beckford's future remains up in the air, but for now the striker will be on the bench as Exeter comes to town.

Steve Mildenhall has returned from injury meaning Ian Joyce will return to the bench as Southend takes on Huddersfield.

Jemal Johnson has an uphill battle at Milton Keynes Dons as the struggling League One outfit take on Hartlepool.

Seb Harris will look to make the bench as Northampton travel to Macclesfield.
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