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Summary

  1. 15 Premier League news conferences
  2. Liverpool's Lucas out for up to six weeks
  3. Swansea boss Guidolin to miss Norwich visit
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By Jamie Lillywhite and Richard Winton

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Farewell

And that is where we leave you for today, many thanks for being with us again. Don't forget the Track Cycling World Championships on BBC Two from 19:00 GMT (but not for viewers in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland - but you can watch it on the Red Button or online). It is also on Radio 5 live sports extra.

Enjoy all the sport this weekend and Sportsday will return at 08:00 GMT on Monday. Cheerio now.

5 live Sport

BBC Radio 5 Live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman features a comprehensive preview of the weekend football in the company of former Tottenham boss David Pleat, former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown and Guardian writer Stuart James.

There is a review of the opening day of Great Britain's Davis Cup match with Japan and the latest from the Sport Relief 5-a-side challenge here at Media City.

England power through to semi-finals

Table tennis

England beat France 3-2 to reach the World Team Championships semi-finals.

Paul Drinkhall beat Emmanuel Lebesson 3-2 (15-13, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11), taking his fifth match point and also saving one to set up a clash with Japan in the last four on Saturday.  

Early team news

Swansea v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Ki Sung-yueng and Leroy Fer should be available for Swansea despite being substituted with injuries against Arsenal.

Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey needs an ankle operation and could miss the rest of the season.

Robbie Brady and Gary O'Neil should be available despite clashing heads in midweek, while Steven Naismith returns. Centre-back Sebastien Bassong and striker Patrick Bamford are also available.

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin
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Early team news

Southampton v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton's Charlie Austin will be out for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Fellow forward Shane Long misses out with a minor knee injury so Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane, who are both suffering goal droughts, could start.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole will be absent after suffering a head injury against Crystal Palace in midweek.

John O'Shea should overcome a calf problem but Jeremain Lens is still recovering from hernia surgery.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin
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Watch six great goals from the north London derby ahead of Tottenham v Arsenal on Saturday.

North London derby preview

Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

The key clash in the Premier League this weekend is undoubtedly at White Hart Lane where second-placed Spurs take on bitter rivals Arsenal, who are one place - and three points - behind them. He was on Question Time last night but former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has returned to his day job to preview the big match with BC Sport's Chris Bevan, and after that you watch our "Six of the Best from north London derbies" collection.

Championship commentary

Middlesbrough v Wolves (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

Coming up after Mike Hill at 6pm on @bbcteessport @BBCTees we're live at The Riverside Stadium for commentary from the Championship...

Broady triumphs again

Away from the Davis Cup, British number three Noami Broady continues her terrific form with a 7-6 1-6 7-5 win over Germany’s Sabine Lisicki to reach her first WTA semi-final at the Malaysian Open. She will play Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard or Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay in the last four.

Meanwhile in Birmingham, Dan Evans trails Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 4-5, with Britain 1-0 up against Japan and the live text continues here.

Friday Sports Panel

BBC Radio 5 Live

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss joined Victoria Pendleton, Hannah England, Kristian Thomas for a Friday Sports Panel hosted by Eleanor Oldroyd and you can listen to it here.

Early team news

Newcastle v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Newcastle are likely to be without injured defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba against Bournemouth.

Andros Townsend and Yoan Gouffran have knocks and will be assessed.

Bournemouth pair Harry Arter and Joshua King are doubts because of calf problems, while Junior Stanislas could again miss out with a hamstring injury.

Winger Max Gradel is again expected to be involved, having come through 85 minutes in midweek as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini
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Early team news

Everton v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Everton's Leighton Baines is due to see a specialist about pain in his ankle but he is available to face West Ham.

Bryan Oviedo and Tom Cleverley are doubts because of injury and illness respectively, while Muhamed Besic and Darron Gibson could return.

West Ham's James Collins is likely to miss the next three matches because of a hamstring problem.

Fellow defenders Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Joey O'Brien and Sam Byram are also unavailable.

Everton defender Leighton Baines
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Early team news

Watford v Leicester (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

Watford have no reported new injuries but are assessing players after the midweek defeat by Manchester United.

Joel Ekstrand and Jose Manuel Juardo remain sidelined with hamstring and calf problems respectively.

Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante missed the midweek visit of West Brom with a hamstring injury but has trained well and could feature.

Matty James, who is still sidelined with a knee problem, is the Foxes' only other injury absentee.

Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante
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Just a shopping trolley...in Leicester's dressing room

Football

Leicester gave us this insight into their dressing room on Instagram, But why is there a shopping trolley in the middle?

Leicester City
Leicester City

Manchester United news conference

West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal says Bastian Schweinsteiger, who suffered a knee injury in the FA Cup on 9 January, will return this month     

"He is coming back in March," Van Gaal says. "A lot of players are coming back. That is very important. But they have to be fit to play. Now [Antonio] Valencia and [Marouane] Fellaini are back and training with the first team. 

"[Phil] Jones trains with the first team next week. I think Schweinsteiger will train next week with the first team. "    

Manchester United news conference

West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 16:00 GMT

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal's first answer on the question of whether his 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford, who has scored four goals in his first two appearances, should be picked for England at Euro 2016 was not encouraging.

"I think Mr Hodgson answered the question of the media," he said. But when pressed on whether it was too soon for Rashford he added: "It is never too early. I have said that also. Age is not so important."    

Manchester United news conference

West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

The so-called "big five" met recently to discuss the possibility of a European league, and Louis van Gaal is not a fan of the idea.

"Everybody knows, I am against all the Super League," he says. "Sport is to be the best. When the Champions League existed, I said it was rubbish because the second, third and fourth teams go in.

"It was a competition between champions. I said it 20 years ago and I say it now. Only thinking commercially is it different. Sport is to win, not to be second or third." 

Manchester United news conference

West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has outlined his targets for his second season in charge at Old Trafford - and wants silverware.

United are fifth in the Premier League, level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City, face West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-finals and Liverpool in the Europa League last 16.

"Our aim is to win a title - that is winning the Euro League. Manchester United has never won it and it would be fantastic for the fans," he says. 

"Also the FA Cup because the last time we won it was many years ago. A title is more than fourth. But the Champions League is also our aim and we get that by winning the Europa League or finishing fourth ."   

Early team news

Chelsea v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Chelsea are again without John Terry because of a hamstring problem, although he could still feature against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.

Winger Pedro is unavailable for Saturday's game because of a similar injury.

Stoke defender Phil Bardsley is out with a calf injury, while Geoff Cameron is doubtful with a sore ankle.

The Potters also remain without Ryan Shawcross, Charlie Adam, Shay Given, Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson.

Chelsea defender John Terry
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Rashford on the rise

Football

Three games, four goals... an England call-up?

While it might be a bit early to back Marcus Rashford to be at Euro 2016, the teenager has been voted Manchester United's player of the month for February.

Manchester United
Manchester United

Record for British women

World Track Championship

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport

There's nothing quite like the roar of a home crowd.

A British record for the women's team pursuit! 

The quartet were disappointing in Thursday's qualifying, but were far more together on Friday and will now fight for bronze. They should really be battling for gold such is their class -  they lapped the Chinese team, who weren't in the same league - but it's ifs, buts and maybes.

Early team news

Man City v Aston Villa (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is expected to be fit despite missing Wednesday's defeat by Liverpool because of a foot problem.

Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri remain on the sidelines.

Aston Villa have no new injury concerns but remain without the injured quintet of Carlos Sanchez, Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak, Adama Traore and Jordan Amavi.

Rudy Gestede is pushing for a recall after scoring as a substitute in Tuesday's defeat by Everton. 

Man City midfielder Yaya Toure
Reuters

Manchester United news conference

West Brom v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Louis van Gaal says Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Phil Jones are available for Sunday, but he won't take any risks.

Swansea news conference

Swansea v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Alan Curtis with thoughts on the surprise midweek win at Arsenal and the team's next two matches after Norwich against fellow strugglers Bournemouth and Aston Villa. 

"We’ve got 30 points and survival will be perhaps another three wins," he says. "The way we played against Arsenal shows what we are capable of and we haven’t done that often enough."

Swansea news conference

Swansea v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Alan Curtis with an explanation of how things will work at the Liberty on Saturday. "Francesco has picked the team like last Wednesday, but once game starts I have the power to change things if we need to," he says.

"Six changes and the performances of certain individuals means there’s a bit of a headache and a great problem to have. It’s been reflected in the team. There will be changes again but the most important thing is we win."

Early team news

Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech
PA

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be sidelined for up to four weeks with a calf injury he suffered after going up for a corner against Swansea.

Cech will be replaced in goal by David Ospina. Laurent Koscielny has a damaged calf and has also been ruled out.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is available after missing the last two games with a groin injury.

Dele Alli could start after he was only used as a substitute against West Ham because of a minor ankle problem.

Early team news

Weekend Premier League action

Attention all fantasy football managers! Debating whether to play the wildcard? Wondering who to pick as your skipper?

Luckily we're here to help you think about your all-important selection. Over the next hour and a half (until the Sportsday full-time whistle at 17:00 GMT) we will be telling you all of the early team news from this weekend's games.

First up is a game between a couple of north London clubs... 

Swansea news conference

Swansea v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Caretaker boss Alan Curtis with news on manager Francesco Guidolin, who remains in hospital recovering from a chest infection 

"I haven't spoken to him not to bother him, because he’s resting. He’ll stay over the weekend and may be out on Monday. He’s in the best place.

"It’s probably a bit more complicated than we thought but it’s not serious."

Swansea news conference

Swansea v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Alan Curtis is back in the Swansea hotseat and we will be hearing from his shortly ahead of the important game at the Liberty, with the Swans in 16th place, six points ahead of Norwich, who are 18th.

Swansea
BBC

Martinez in the money?

Football

The arrival of Iranian investor Farhad Moshiri at Everton has opened up an "expanded transfer war chest" for manager Roberto Martinez to dip into this summer - with Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko again in his sights, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Toffees failed in their bid for him last season but the paper suggests they could now find the funds to cement a deal when the window next opens. Martinez admits a fresh injection of money has "expanded the area we can look into".

Everton manager Roberto Martinez
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Championship action

Middlesbrough v Wolves (19:45 GMT)

Middlesbrough missed the opportunity to move top of the Championship on Tuesday, losing 2-1 at Blackburn to stay third.

But tonight they will have another crack at dislodging Burnley from top spot. Well, for 24 hours at least.

Three points from their home game against mid-table Wolves will take them above the Clarets, who face Blackburn in the east Lancashire derby tomorrow, and second-placed Hull.

Middlesbrough
PA

Manchester United news conference

West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United
BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal criticised the media for a lot of things.

According to the Dutchman, the media have sacked him as Manchester United manager three times and don't ask very good questions.

In addition, Van Gaal expressed concern at the manner in which they have reported Marcus Rashford's remarkable introduction to the United first-team.

What will he make therefore, of Roy Hodgson's refusal to rule 18-year-old Rashford out of the reckoning for a Euro 2016 squad place, even though he has only played three senior games.

Will he think the England manager has been a little excessive - or will he think the media has overegged it?

Liverpool can make Champions League - Milner

Football

James Milner celebrates
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James Milner insists Liverpool have not given up hope of qualifying for the Champions League this season, report the Liverpool Echo & Post.

The Reds’ impressive 3-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night moved them to within six points of Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who currently sit fourth in the Premier League table.

Asked if he still held out hope of qualifying for the Champions League, he said: “If we keep playing like that there is no reason why not."

The cheapest season ticket in London?

Football

The Valley
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Charlton Athletic have launched a season ticket that they claim will be the cheapest for adults in London.

Following talks with a fans group tasked with improving the atmosphere at The Valley, the club have made the traditional "Covered End" the cheapest area of the ground, with an adult season ticket costing £175, or £7.61 per match.

Swansea news conference

Swansea City v Norwich City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Francesco Guidolin
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Swansea have confirmed that head coach Francesco Guidolin will remain in hospital over the weekend and so will miss Saturday’s game.

The Italian has been in hospital with a chest infection since Wednesday and was not in charge for the win over Arsenal. "He remains in a comfortable position and is making good progress, but doctors have advised that he misses this weekend’s game," said the club.

Newcastle news conference

Newcastle v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Newcastle have lost four of their last five league games and only Aston Villa are below them in the table but manager Steve McClaren says: "We've lost one in our last six at home, we've given the crowd something to cheer about and we need to do that again."

Murray gives Britain 1-0 lead

Davis Cup

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray returned to action with a comfortable win over Taro Daniel to give holders Britain an early lead against Japan in the Davis Cup.Murray, playing for the first time since becoming a father last month, beat the world number 87, 6-1 6-3 6-1.

British number three Dan Evans plays world number six Kei Nishikori in Friday's second singles match.

Follow it live here

Newcastle news conference

Newcastle v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Steve McClaren says he is not thinking about speculation over his future and insists: "We don't want anything to destabilise what we are trying to achieve between now and the end of the season."