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Uproar, As Two ‘Wounded Lions’ Battle In England


LIVERPOOL’S Philippe Coutinho returns in Sunday’s league game against Manchester City after being rested in the Eupopa defeat to Besiktas but Jordan Henderson’s ankle problem will be reassessed. Full-back Glen Johnson should have recovered from illness, while Lazar Markovic is available after suspension.

  Manchester City’s Yaya Toure returns after missing the midweek Champions League defeat through suspension. Forward Wilfried Bony could be in line for his first start after making his City debut off the bench last weekend.

  Jack Wilshere’s return for Arsenal will be delayed “for a few days” following minor ankle surgery. Fellow midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini are doubtful with hamstring problems.

  Everton’s Romelu Lukaku should be fit despite coming off early with a hamstring worry in midweek.

John Stones and Aaron Lennon return from suspension and being cup-tied respectively but Steven Pienaar is still out with a knee injury.

  Arsene Wenger’s post-match interviews after the Monaco shambles made for uncomfortable viewing.

  He looked world-weary. He stumbled to find the correct words to explain away the Champions League defeat. He knew there were no adequate excuses. Arsenal were dreadful.

 Saturday in the EPL, Manchester United’s Robin van Persie misses out with an ankle injury, but fellow forward James Wilson has recovered from a dead leg.

  Midfielder Michael Carrick is back in training after a calf problem but lacks match fitness.

Sunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini is unlikely to play again this season after undergoing ankle surgery.

Billy Jones and Jack Rodwell remain out with ankle and groin problems but both could return against Hull on Tuesday.

 West Brom pair James Morrison and Saido Berahino are both injury doubts ahead of the visit of Southampton.

Forward Victor Anichebe is back in full training after a groin injury and may be involved.

Southampton’s Sadio Mane could be recalled, having been dropped against Liverpool as punishment for his poor timekeeping.

  Toby Alderweireld is likely to return from a hamstring injury next week but Jay Rodriguez remains out.

  According to a study into Elizabethan law and punishment, any commoner indulging in alchemy – the science of turning base metals into gold – was in trouble.

Offenders could expect to be sentenced to any of a whole range of sanctions depending on how the judge felt that day. There was hanging, burning, branding, drowning, starvation, and being covered in molten lead or, if it was your lucky day, having various parts of your anatomy cut off – and my guess is it wouldn’t be a finger.

 Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez could make his first Newcastle appearance in 17 months after being included in the squad for the first time since overcoming testicular cancer.

Cheick Tiote has undergone knee surgery and Jack Colback is suspended.

  Villa captain Ron Vlaar also serves a ban, while full-backs Alan Hutton and Aly Cissokho are both injury doubts.

Kieran Richardson is out with a calf problem so rookie left-back Lewis Kinsella could be involved.

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