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HERE'S the team news for Sunday's FA Cup and SPFL matches. Knowing who is injured or suspended is important but when it comes to cup ties you want to know the strength of side being put out.

So have a look at these and keep your eye on manager's comments ahead of the big matches.

Chelsea v Stoke

Striker Fernando Torres is out with a knee injury so Demba Ba could get his chance. Mohamed Salah's transfer from Basle is yet to be concluded and Michael Essien could feature, even though he has been told he is permitted to leave this month.

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could make his return to action after being sidelined for six matches by a broken finger. Kenwyne Jones, who was not considered for selection last time out as a result of his refusal to play in the game before that, may also be back in the squad. On-loan forward John Guidetti will be assessed having felt ill on Friday, while Robert Huth (knee), Andy Wilkinson (heel) and Matthew Etherington (calf) remain unavailable.

Sheffield United v Fulham

Sheffield United will be without ineligible trio Billy Paynter, Elliott Whitehouse and Callum McFadzean. On-loan striker Paynter played for parent club Doncaster in the third round, while Whitehouse (York) and McFadzean (Chesterfield) were involved in earlier rounds when on loan at other clubs. Chris Porter and Shaun Miller are vying for a place up front alongside Jose Baxter in Paynter's absence.

Fulham are expected to make several changes, with a game coming up on Tuesday against fellow relegation candidates Swansea. So players like Elsad Zverotic, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Aaron Hughes could get a run-out at Bramall Lane. The only injury doubt for the Cottagers is defender Fernando Amorebieta, who has a knee problem.

Hibs (7) v Celtic (1) (Sun)

Hibs' defenders Paul Hanlon (thigh) and Ryan McGivern (hamstring) will both miss out. Midfielder Scott Robertson is suspended for the Sunday lunchtime encounter but Daniel Handling has overcome a heel injury. Manager Terry Butcher revealed this week that Kevin Thomson and Tim Clancy, who have been unable to work their way into his plans, were also missing through injury.

New midfield signing Stefan Johansen is added to the Celtic squad but defender Adam Matthews will be out for at least a couple more weeks with a calf complaint. Forward Georgios Samaras will return from a hamstring injury. Mikael Lustig (hip), Beram Kayal (foot) and Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles) remain out.

Dundee Utd (5) v St Johnstone (6) (Mon)

Dundee United will welcome back teenagers John Souttar and Ryan Gauld following their Spanish holiday. The highly-rated duo were ordered to recharge their batteries on a sunshine break by boss Jackie McNamara but return for the clash with Saints. Winger Chris Erskine has rejoined Partick on loan for the rest of the season though while frontman Brian Graham remains out with an ankle injury. Defender Gavin Gunning is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

Former Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo could make his St Johnstone debut after joining the Perth club until the end of the season. Goalkeeper Alan Mannus and defender Tam Scobbie are suspended for their part in a brawl against Hearts but Steven Anderson is free to play after winning his appeal against a red card. Left-back Brian Easton is likely to return following a hamstring injury while midfielder Murray Davidson and striker Steven McLean (both knee) remain on the sidelines.

2 Comments
  1. marcus 8 years ago

    AS a blade i can see a few goals v fulham,
    our captain micheal doyle states we will be going all out attack,huge crowd at bramall lane behind team roaring us on,not many regular 1st team players missing,
    downside we are a bit jekyll n hyde and seem to perform better away from home/we have taken lead numerous occasions to throw it away against lesser teams,plus side least we found how to score again under clough,
    If fulham have shooting boots on could make for a great game as we are generally solid at back but lack the pace there.
    thinking if we turn up both sides to score and we give a good account but basing my thoughts on our less than pacy defence if our midfield dont get stuck in early i can only see a fulham win to try to add some winning mentality in there fight against relegation.(but love to see a fighting blades win).

  2. alva glen 8 years ago

    Last time Celtic were at Hibs Samaras was not interested so hope is not playing.

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