Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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West Ham (14) v West Brom (8) Hammers captain Kevin Nolan has recovered from a toe injury and is available and fellow midfielder Joe Cole returns after hamstring trouble - but Mark Noble (shoulder) is unavailable. Defender George McCartney is also fit after a knee problem, but back-up goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel (finger) is out so Stephen Henderson has been recalled from his loan at Ipswich. Midfielder James Morrison (hamstring) is West Brom's major fresh injury concern. Head coach Steve Clarke confirmed striker Peter Odemwingie was part of the squad, despite his latest Twitter attacks against the Baggies which are being investigated internally. Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches: West Ham W L L W L; West Brom W W L W D Top scorers (all competitions): Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 6; Romelu Lukaku (West Brom) 13 Match odds: H 7-5 A 21-10 D 21-10 Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands) Wigan (18) v Norwich (12) Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is hoping striker Callum McManaman will be fit after he aggravated an ankle injury during the 2-1 victory over Newcastle two weeks ago. Martinez is also worried about overplaying Antolin Alcaraz following his return from six months out with a groin injury, while he must decide whether to recall goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi and captain Gary Caldwell after two wins in a row without them. With goalkeeper Mark Bunn suspended after being sent off against Sunderland, Norwich manager Chris Hughton has confirmed Lee Camp will start. First choice keeper John Ruddy returned to training this week following surgery on a thigh problem but will require several reserve games before being considered. Midfielder Alexander Tettey is back in contention after a knee injury and Russell Martin (hamstring) is fit again. Last season: Norwich 1 Wigan 1, Wigan 1 Norwich 1 Last five league matches: Wigan D L W L W; Norwich D W L D D Top scorers (all competitions): Arouna Kone (Wigan) 11; Grant Holt (Norwich) 5 Match odds: H Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire) TOMORROW Aston Villa (17) v Liverpool (7) Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has Darren Bent (foot), Nathan Baker (head) and Karim El Ahmadi (ankle) back in contention, while Fabian Delph is available after a two-game suspension. …

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