FA Cup third round briefing

Team news and statistics ahead of the weekend's remaining FA Cup third-round action.

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Michu: Could feature for Swansea

Michu: Could feature for Swansea

Sunday, January 6

Mansfield v Liverpool

Ritchie Sutton is available for Mansfield following suspension but the Stags kept a clean sheet against Alfreton on New Year's Day so the defender may struggle to get back into the team for the televised clash on Sunday. Jake Speight is expected to be restored to the starting XI, though, partnering Matt Green in attack.

Striker Luis Suarez looks like getting a rest, with Liverpool's new signing Daniel Sturridge set to be included in the visitors' squad. However, the England striker may not be match-fit enough to start. Defender Jose Enrique has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring problem so Glen Johnson may have to continue to fill in at left-back.

Top scorers (all competitions): Matt Green & Jake Speight (Mansfield) 8; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 18

Referee: Andre Marriner

Swansea v Arsenal

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has a fully-fit squad to select from. Top scorer Michu played 90 minutes as he returned from an ankle injury against Aston Villa, while Angel Rangel has also recently returned from a calf problem. But Laudrup may opt to make changes against the Gunners, with the Swans facing the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Arsenal reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been struggling with a virus, as has midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, back from his loan spell at Charlton. Midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) are back in training, but not yet match-fit.

Top Scorers (all competitions): Michu (Swansea) 14: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 14

Referee: Howard Webb

Monday, January 7

Cheltenham v Everton

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates has a slight injury concern over Darren Carter. The former West Brom midfielder was substituted just after half-time in the 1-0 defeat at Oxford on Tuesday after suffering a facial injury. On-loan Reading winger Jake Taylor returned to his parent club after the Oxford defeat and he could be replaced by Marlon Pack in midfield as the npower League Two side look to cause a giant-killing.

Everton manager David Moyes will try to freshen up his side. Left-back Leighton Baines could be in line for a rest as Bryan Oviedo may be given a run-out, while midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger and Ross Barkley may come into contention for a start. Forward Kevin Mirallas and defender Seamus Coleman (both hamstring) are still sidelined, as are Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (thigh).

Top scorers (all competitions): Shaun Harrad (Cheltenham) 7; Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 8

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)


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