Previews: Injured trio could return Gunners

LONDON - Brief news from the Premier League ahead of the weekend matches.

Arsenal could have goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, defender Johan Djourou and striker Emmanuel Adebayor back for Sunday's match at home to Middlesbrough.

Striker Robin van Persie (groin) and defender Gael Clichy (back) miss out, while William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky have been ruled out for the remainder of the season with knee and hamstring injuries.

Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday without defenders John O'Shea and Gary Neville, who picked up injuries against Portsmouth on Wednesday.

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson is also out with an ankle injury but midfielder Jermaine Jenas and striker Roman Pavlyuchenko could both return after recovering from injury.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is manager Rafa Benitez's only absentee for Saturday's trip to Hull City after the England midfielder failed to recover from an adductor injury in time.

"I think he will be available next week because he's improving, but this game is too soon," Benitez told the club website.

West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker will miss Saturday's visit by Chelsea with a groin injury, but defenders Radoslav Kovac and Jonathan Spector could return from injury.

Midfielders Valon Behrami and Jack Collison remain absent with long term injuries, together with ex-Blues striker Carlton Cole.

Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa and midfielder Deco both have hamstring problems and will be unavailable.

Stoke City visit Fulham on Saturday without injured defender Danny Higginbotham and striker James Beattie, who injured his hamstring against Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

City are also missing striker Mamady Sidibe (knee) and midfielders Salif Diao (calf) and Amdy Faye (back).

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison will miss Saturday's match at home to Sunderland with a heel injury.

Sunderland defender George McCartney remains out with a calf injury but midfield trio Kieran Richardson, Dean Whitehead and Steed Malbranque are all pushing for a recall.

Bolton Wanderers will decide on the fitness of defenders Danny Shittu (calf) and Ricardo Gardner (hamstring) ahead of Saturday's match at home to Aston Villa.


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