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Coventry City v Tottenham

Coventry's unsettled leading scorer, Quinn, is expected to be on the substitutes' bench, after complaining at being dropped for Monday's match at Ipswich. He has discussed his future with manager Neal, who has opted for an unchanged team. Norwegian international Thorstvedt, fit after a knee operation, could be back in goal for the visitors. Sheringham is set to play from the start, while defender Edinburgh has recovered from a groin injury and is in the squad, but midfielder Hazard is again ruled out with a knee injury.

Liverpool v Ipswich Town

Liverpool's manager, Evans, is likely to name an unchanged team as Wright still has not recovered from a knee injury and midfielder Thomas is also struggling to shake off a knee problem. Ipswich's Canadian international goalkeeper, Forrest, is back and should replace Baker. Wark will also be back, against his old club, after a four-game absence with a head injury.

Manchester City v Newcastle

Ian Brightwell, who has played in City's last four matches after being injured for a year, misses out again after an X-ray revealed that the midfielder has a cracked rib. Phelan comes in. Bracewell (hamstring) and Beresford (ankle) have been added to Newcastle's injury list, which features long-term casualties Watson, Clark, Howey, Elliott and Allen, while Peacock (hamstring) and Fox (back and hamstring) need fitness tests. 'It's reached chronic proportions - we simply can't afford any more injuries,' manager Keegan said. 'We're afraid to even go out training.'

Norwich City v Southampton

Norwich striker Robins could start his first game since October. Last season's top scorer, who has had two operations since injuring knee ligaments, came on as a second-half substitute against Tottenham last week and immediately set up a goal. Recent signing Adams may be recalled in place of Ullathorne. For Southampton, Heaney, a pounds 300,000 signing from Arsenal, is doubtful with a thigh strain. Maskell could return as a substitute after recovering from a knee injury.

Sheffield Wednesday v QPR

Sinclair, Rangers' England Under-21 midfielder, faces a fitness test on a thigh injury. He has missed the last three matches, as has winger Meaker, who might also be recalled. Rangers, who have lost their last two games and conceded eight goals, name a squad of 17 including strikers Allen, back again after a calf injury, and White, who was left out of Monday's home defeat by Leeds despite five goals in his previous nine games.

West Ham v Everton

West Ham midfielder Butler is ruled out with a knee injury. Martin Allen is the likely deputy. Jones may start the match - he scored after coming off the bench in Monday's 4-1 win at Tottenham. Everton, also battling against relegation, recall Ablett after a nine-week lay-off with a broken toe, while Rideout contests a striking role with Angell.

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