FA Cup – Team news: Ramsey faces Cardiff


Team news ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round ties, with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey preparing to face his former club Cardiff.

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Cardiff v Arsenal

Cardiff are expected to have a fully-fit squad. Striker Jay Bothroyd was a doubt heading into last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Birmingham with food poisoning, while Peter Whittingham pulled his hamstring and fellow midfielder Paul Parry also took a knock during the game. Manager Dave Jones will keep an eye on Whittingham ahead of the tie but all three should feature.

Arsenal will be without suspended full-back Gael Clichy but defender William Gallas is fit again following a hamstring problem. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will again get a chance to impress and midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to face his former club. Mikael Silvestre (thigh), Theo Walcott (shoulder), captain Cesc Fabregas (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring tendon) remain sidelined, while striker Eduardo continues to build up his match fitness.

Top scorers: Ross McCormack (Cardiff) 15; Emmanuel Adebayor & Robin Van Persie (Arsenal) 12

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Liverpool v Everton

Steven Gerrard trained on Friday after his court appearance and is expected to lead the side at Anfield. Manager Rafael Benitez is likely to recall Javier Mascherano to midfield after the Argentinian was consigned to the bench for the 1-1 league draw between the sides. Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri and full-back Andrea Dossena could be involved. Also in the frame are Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun and Lucas while Daniel Agger (calf) and Alvaro Arbeloa (hamstring) will have late fitness tests.

Toffees defender Joseph Yobo could return to the squad having missed the last four matches with a hamstring injury, but will probably have to settle for a place on the bench. Key midfielder Marouane Fellaini serves the second match of a two-game ban.

Top scorers: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) 14; Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill & Ayegbeni Yakubu (Everton) 5

Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent).

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