ANDREW VORCE - Monday, February 22, 2010
Jonathan Spector will have his hands full as West Ham travel to Old Trafford while Brad Friedel is likely to remain at the helm when Aston Villa play host to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.
Manchester United - West Ham
Jonathan Spector and West Ham are fresh off the back of a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Hull City, but Manchester United will be looking to bounce back after losing 3-1 at Everton when the two teams clash on Tuesday in the Theater of Dreams.
Fabio Daprela is the only injured Hammer that has a chance of featuring after struggling with an ankle injury. Keiron Dyer and Daniel Gabbidon could return over the weekend after struggling with hamstring injuries, while Herita Ilunga is out with a thigh muscle strain. Craig Davenport and Benny McCarthy are both out with no clear return date, while Luis Boa Morte and Zavon Hines are out until June.
United have nearly cleared out their treatment room regulars, though Luis Nani is forced out after his red card. Ryan Giggs is out with a broken wrist, while John O'Shea is out with a thigh muscle strain. Owen Hargreaves is the last United player out, suffering from a knee injury.
Aston Villa - Crystal Palace
Brad Friedel is expected to be preferred over Brad Guzan in net as Crystal Palace comes to Villa Park on Wednesday evening.
Aston Villa will be flying high after a second half performance spurred them to a 5-2 victory against Burnley over the weekend. The only downside to the result was that Gabriel Agbonlahor looked to have picked up an ankle injury after scoring his goal.
Crystal Palace had the opposite weekend, slipping into the relegation zone after a 1-0 home defeat to the visiting Coventry. In addition, more bad news has surfaced within the club as head coach Neil Warnock has been heaviliy linked with an imminent move to Queen's Park Rangers.
Neil Danns is the only injury concern for the visitors, as the midfielder has been suffering from back spasms.
Stuart Holden will hope to make the bench as Bolton travel to Tottenham in the FA Cup on Wednesday.
Jon-Paul Pittman will see second half minutes in Wycombe's Tuesday home test against Southampton.
Zak Whitbread is out injured for Norwich City while Ian Joyce looks to make the bench for Southend when the two meet on Tuesday.
Mike Grella will be on the bench as Leeds United welcome Oldham to Elland Road on Tuesday.
Hard work will see Seb Harris on the bench on Tuesday when Northampton play host to Hereford United.