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Barclays Premier League briefing

15th September 2012, 12:51pm

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Brad Friedel: Keeps place in Spurs side

Brad Friedel: Keeps place in Spurs side

Sunday, September 16

Reading v Tottenham

Royals winger Jimmy Kebe has been missing all season due to a hamstring injury but is now available for selection after returning to training. Goalkeeper Adam Federici has proved his fitness, meaning striker Jason Roberts (calf) is the only player unavailable to manager Brian McDermott.

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel will keep his place in the Spurs team despite the recent signing of Hugo Lloris. Manager Andre Villas-Boas said Lloris may not even be on the bench as he has only trained with his new team-mates once since signing from Lyon for £8million on deadline day. Clint Dempsey could make his debut but Younes Kaboul (knee), Scott Parker (Achilles) and Heurelho Gomes (ankle) are out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Reading W D L D L; Tottenham D W L D D

Top scorers (all competitions): Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) 2; Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jermain Defoe, Mousa Dembele & Sandro (Tottenham) 1

Referee: Howard Webb.

Monday, September 17

Everton v Newcastle

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has been ruled out for up to five weeks with a thigh strain.

However, manager David Moyes has reported no other problems from players coming back from the international break. Costa Rica midfielder Bryan Oviedo, a deadline-day signing from FC Copenhagen, is not yet eligible as he has been finalising his work permit and required paperwork.

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul (elbow) is out and central defender Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring) is a major doubt with a hamstring problem. Cheick Tiote (calf), Ryan Taylor (knee), Haris Vuckic (groin) and Shola Ameobi (hamstring) are out but defenders James Perch (neck) and Shane Ferguson (groin) and midfielder Sammy Ameobi (hamstring) are available again.

Last season: Everton 3 Newcastle 1, Newcastle 2 Everton 1

Last five league matches: Everton D W W W L; Newcastle L L W L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Marouane Fellaini & Kevin Mirallas (Everton) 2; Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle) 2

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire).

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