Spurs striker Defoe doubtful for Fulham test

FA Cup sixth round – today

Fulham v Tottenham

Fulham captain Danny Murphy (groin) will undergo a fitness test, while left-back Paul Konchesky may feature after making a full recovery from his ankle injury. Andrew Johnson, Clint Dempsey and John Pantsil remain in the treatment room, all with ankle injuries. Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has hamstring problems and is a doubt. Ledley King (thigh), Tom Huddlestone (groin), Jermaine Jenas (groin), Aaron Lennon (groin) and David Bentley (groin) are already ruled out. Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker are cup-tied.

Portsmouth v Birmingham

Pompey will be without the defender Ricardo Rocha, who must serve a two-game ban following his red card at Burnley. Tal Ben Haim may return in his place following groin surgery, while Aaron Mokoena is doubtful with knee ligament problems. Kevin-Prince Boateng (ankle) is out and Jamie O'Hara is struggling with back problems, but is set to play. Birmingham chief Alex McLeish will check on the fitness of striker James McFadden (groin), who missed Scotland's midweek international with the Czech Republic.


Chelsea Stoke

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Chelsea full-back Jose Bosingwa will miss the rest of the season and the World Cup with Portugal as he requires further surgery on a knee injury. The Blues are also without suspended pair Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti. Centre-half Ricardo Carvalho faces a late fitness test after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty with Portugal. Goalkeeper Hilario will continue to deputise for Petr Cech (calf). Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross starts a three-match suspension following his red card for his tackle on Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey. Matthew Etherington (knee) and Danny Higginbotham (back) face tests.

Reading v Aston Villa

Reading striker Shane Long is back after suspension but he may have to make do with a place on the bench. Winger Jobi McAnuff is suspended while on-loan Blackburn defender Zurab Khizanishvili is cup-tied. Villa central defender Richard Dunne is set to be fit after missing the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Brazil with a leg injury sustained in the Carling Cup final defeat to Manchester United. Martin O'Neill has no fresh major injury worries.