Ailing Drogba joins Lampard on sidelines but Terry is fit for Chelsea

Arsenal (4) v Birm'ham (16)

Arsenal welcome back strikers Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Theo Walcott (ankle) from injury but captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) remains sidelined. Left-back Kieran Gibbs returns from his calf injury.

Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome is doubtful due to an ankle injury sustained in training. Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has recovered from an ankle knock but fellow midfielder Craig Gardner is suspended.

Aston Villa (8) v Chelsea (1)

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Villa striker Emile Heskey is a doubt due to shin and calf problems. John Carew is set to get the nod if Heskey fails a fitness test.

Chelsea will be without striker Didier Drogba (fever) and midfielder Frank Lampard (groin), but captain John Terry is fit after recovering from the back injury that forced him to miss England's midweek game.

Bolton (12) v Stoke (7)

Kevin Davies is expected to be fit after picking up a knock to his ankle while on international duty with England. Davies, Andy O'Brien (hamstring) and Joey O'Brien (knee) are still receiving treatment.

Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is doubtful after sustaining a muscle tear in the area around his hip while on Denmark duty.

Fulham (10) v Tottenham (5)

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Fulham will be without Damien Duff and Dickson Etuhu, the former being rested in an attempt to overcome a niggling calf injury and the latter out for up to three weeks with an ankle problem.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will leave it late before deciding whether to play central defender Ledley King.

Man Utd (3) v West Brom (6)

Ryan Giggs is expected to return to Manchester United's squad after missing two games with a minor hamstring strain. Wayne Rooney is likely to be recalled.

West Brom could be without Peter Odemwingie (knee).

Newcastle (15) v Wigan (14)

Newcastle winger Hatem Ben continues his recovery from surgery on a double leg fracture, but defender Fabricio Coloccini (groin) is fit and midfielder Danny Guthrie (knee) could return. Wigan midfielder Tom Cleverley looks set to be recalled after proving his fitness by playing for England Under-21s.

Wolves (19) v West Ham (20)

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Wolves will be without captain Karl Henry, who starts a three-game ban. West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger will be sidelined for the next four months due to a thigh injury.


Blackpool (9) v Man City (2)

Blackpool have no fresh injury worries. Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng is expected to feature after missing Germany's midweek encounter with Kazakhstan due to a virus.

Everton (17) v Liverpool (18)

Everton will be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who suffered a hamstring injury playing for Belgium in midweek and faces up to six weeks out.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has shaken off an adductor injury. Paul Konchesky has recovered from a hamstring strain and Fabio Aurelio has overcome an Achilles problem.