Premier League Stars Injured or Dropped For Weekend FA Cup Games

Michael Duff (calf) has been sidelined for more than a month while Dyche must check on the availability of on-loan Manchester United centre-half Michael Keane. Dean Marney was also forced off at Newcastle through illness.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Cisak, Trippier, Mee, Reid, Wallace, Kightly, Sordell, Marney, Jutkiewicz, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Barnes, Arfield, Ings, Vokes, Jones.

CHELSEA

Striker Diego Costa and forward Eden Hazard are among the front-line Chelsea players who could be rotated out of the starting XI for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Watford.

Petr Cech could replace Thibaut Courtois in goal, depending on the severity of the latter’s finger injury, while Oscar, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic could also be afforded a rest.

Jose Mourinho will aim to balance fielding a side to advance with one which gives his players a rest after an arduous festive fixture schedule which included Thursday’s 5-3 loss at Tottenham.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Schwarzer.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace will give fitness tests to Damien Delaney and James McArthur for Sunday's FA Cup tie at Dover Athletic.

The Eagles pair picked up unspecified injuries in the goalless at Aston Villa on New Year's Day and are to be assessed. Glenn Murray, Jack Hunt and Adlene Guedioura are available after returning from loan spells, but Mile Jedinak is on international duty with Australia.

Provisional squad: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, McArthur, Fryers, Ledley, Puncheon, Zaha, Bolasie, Hangeland, Doyle, Campbell, Hennessey, Thomas, Bannan, Kelly, Gayle, Murray, Hunt, Guedioura.

EVERTON

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will keep a close eye on the progress of James McCarthy in training ahead of Thursday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Hull City at the KC Stadium.

The midfielder was withdrawn after 60 minutes in the 3-2 loss against Newcastle as a precaution, and according to his manager is still not ready to play a full 90 minutes.

Martinez has also confirmed that goalkeeper Tim Howard faces up to six weeks out with a calf injury sustained against Stoke, while both John Stones and captain Phil Jagielka remain sidelined with ankle injuries.

Provisional squad: Robles, Griffiths, Coleman, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barkley, McGeady, Mirallas, Besic, Barry, Lukaku, Pienaar, Stones, Garbutt, Naismith, Alcaraz, Eto’o, Kone.

HULL CITY

Hull welcome back Tom Huddlestone from suspension as they replay last season’s FA Cup final opponents Arsenal in the third round of the competition.

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