x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Arsenal have more power in their ranks while Coyle warns relegation threat is not over yet

Premier League previews: A quick look at the games scheduled for tonight.

Newcastle United

Yohan Cabaye, the Newcastle midfielder, will vigorously contest a Football Association charge of violent conduct with the help of his alleged victim. The 26-year-old Frenchman was handed the charge after his clash with the Brighton defender Adam El-Abd during Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat with match referee Lee Probert having taken no action at the time.

However, manager Alan Pardew, who is facing the prospect of having to do without one of his key men for three games if he is found guilty, is furious that his summer signing has been brought to book. And he revealed El-Abd, who said at the time he felt Cabaye should have seen red, has offered to help him clear his name.


Arsenal will have the Swiss defender Johan Djourou (calf) available for today's Premier League trip to Bolton. Bacary Sagna returned from four months out with a broken ankle with a late substitute appearance in the 3-2 FA Cup win over Aston Villa, but the full-back may be rested. Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta (both calf) are available.

Kieran Gibbs (groin) has returned to normal training, but Carl Jenkinson (back), Andre Santos (ankle) and Abou Diaby (hamstring) are still out while Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho are away at the African Nations Cup and Jack Wilshere suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.

Bolton Wanderers

Owen Coyle, the Bolton Wanderers manager, is glad his team is currently free of the "stigma" attached to being in the Premier League relegation zone - but stressed they must keep up their recent good form to ensure that is still the case at the end of the season. Wanderers pulled themselves out of the bottom three with an impressive 3-1 home victory over Liverpool in their last league outing and are now 17th in the table.

However, ahead of today's home game with Arsenal, Coyle said: "I think there is always a stigma involved in being in those [relegation] positions. But the important time to be out of the bottom three is after the last game of the season, ask any manager and they will tell you that."

West Bromwich Albion

Roy Hodgson, the West Brom head coach is to take no disciplinary action against James Morrison over his acting captain's after-match comments and insists the club are ambitious in their outlook. Morrison hit out at Albion's shortage of transfer activity after Saturday's FA Cup reversal against Norwich and claimed the Baggies were happy "to just settle for being in the Premier League".

But Hodgson has excused Morrison's comments as those of someone frustrated and hurt at Albion's fourth round exit as he prepares to face his former club Fulham at Craven Cottage tonight. Hodgson said: "After a game when you are hurting, and someone asks you an inflammatory question, you may not answer in the diplomatic way you would do so in the cold light of day. It was a statement made in disappointment and there is no disciplinary issue here.

Blackburn Rovers

Steve Kean, the Blackburn manager, has no new injury worries ahead of tonight's clash against Newcastle at Ewood Park. Christopher Samba could return to the starting line-up after Kean reiterated he would not be leaving the club before the transfer window closes. Ayegbeni Yakubu is suspended and Ryan Nelson is one step closer to making a return after he trained with the squad today.