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Aston Villa v Wimbledon

Villa's Dalian Atkinson is doubtful with a stomach muscle strain and Yorke is likely to continue in attack. Froggatt is recovering from a knee problem. Wimbledon have Jones and McAllister back from suspension and striker Holdsworth has recovered from a knee injury.

Crewe Alexandra v Blackburn

Crewe, with six first-team players ruled out by injuries, suspension or ineligibility, include this week's loan signings, goalkeeper Williams and forward Duffield. Blackburn manager Dalglish will choose from a squad of 14.

Huddersfield v Southend

Huddersfield have slight injury doubts over central defender Mitchell and striker Dunn. Starbuck and Wright stand by. Southend expect to keep an unchanged side, but midfielder Southon, 17, is included as cover.

Luton Town v Derby County

Leading scorer Gray and defender James have overcome minor injuries and are expected to be in an unchanged Luton side. Derby may recall former Ajax midfielder Goulooze, recovered from a hamstring problem.

Manchester United v Brighton

United's Cantona, still affected by a hamstring injury, remains doubtful. If ruled out, McClair will move forward, with Phelan in midfield. Brighton are expected to recall central defender Bissett, recovered from ankle injury, to partner Foster.

Nottm Forest v Middlesbrough

Gemmill is available for Forest despite a broken nose and joins an unchanged side with striker Bannister retaining his place. Middlesbrough will be without Whyte (calf strain), Gittens (suspended) and cup-tied Hignett. Morris has been included in a 14-man squad.

QPR v Manchester City

Ferdinand is included in the Queen's Park Rangers squad, but is doubtful, as are Peacock and Holloway, both suffering from viruses. City, already without Ian and David Brightwell and Hill, await a fitness check on captain Curle (hamstring) before naming their side.

Rotherham Utd v Newcastle Utd

Goodwin's injury in midweek has not proved serious and Rotherham hope to have the midfielder available. Newcastle's Sheedy has only a half-chance of playing. Bracewell has recovered from flu and and will play if Sheedy is unfit.

Sheffield Utd v Hartlepool Utd

Sheffield await a fitness test on striker Cork. Bryson or Bradshaw are on standby. Carr, on loan, has been freed to play. Hartlepool give a fitness test to goalkeeper Hodge. Captain Emerson is out with a broken cheekbone while Olsson is doubtful with a groin injury.

Tranmere Rovers v Ipswich Town

Tranmere have injury worries over Muir and Nevin, who have ankle damage. Ipswich will again be without right-back Stockwell, who has not recovered from his knee injury.


Coventry City v Oldham Athletic

Coventry's growing injury list means Robson, who has not played since December, is set for a recall. Midfielder Henry (thigh strain) has been passed fit for injury-hit Oldham. Striker Sharp (back), winger Brennan (groin) and left- back Barlow (back) will be missing.


Barnsley v West Ham United

Barnsley's Robinson misses the fourth round through suspension. West Ham, unbeaten in nine games, are likely to be without Clive Allen (calf) and Morley (shoulder). Dicks is suspended, but striker Bunbury could be called up.

Norwich City v Tottenham

Midfielder Megson (groin) is expected to return for Norwich, but Crook is still troubled by a calf strain. Tottenham include Durie, who is match fit, Van Den Hauwe, promoted from the reserves, and Gray, back from a loan spell.

Sheffield Wed v Sunderland

Palmer returns from a hamstring strain, but Wednesday wait on Nilsson, who is recovering from illness. Warhurst stands by to continue at right-back with Watson coming in for the injured Hirst. Teenager Gray looks set to replace Ord (hamstring) for Sunderland.

Wolverhampton v Bolton

Midfielder Birch, struggling to recover from bruising to his knee and shin, undergoes a late fitness test for Wolves. Bolton expect to be unchanged for the eighth game in succession.