Premier League Previews: Nasri fit to face Liverpool
LONDON - Brief injury news before this weekend's Premier League matches: French midfielder Samir Nasri is back in contention to play for Arsenal in Sunday's home game against Liverpool after recovering from an ankle injury but Kolo Toure is unlikely to feature because of a calf strain and striker Nicklas Bendtner is fighting to overcome a knee injury. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will miss the game with a hamstring tear but Fabio Aurelio could return from his three-week absence with a calf problem. Everton face Chelsea on Monday still without a fit striker after injuries ruled out Louis Saha, Victor Anichebe, James Vaughan and, for the season, Yakubu Aiyegbeni. Australian midfielder Tim Cahill is likely to continue as stand-in forward. Chelsea's injury situation has eased but unsettled Alex looks set to continue in the centre of defence with Ricardo Carvalho not due to return from his knee injury for another week. Manchester City forward Robinho is a doubt for his side's trip to bottom of the table West Bromwich Albion due to an ankle injury. The Brazilian came off at halftime during City's 3-1 UEFA Cup defeat by Racing Santander on Thursday. City are already without striker Benjani Mwaruwari who is not expected back before the new year. New Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is without midfielder Vincent Grella (hamstring) for his first match at home to Stoke City on Saturday. Stoke, who have drawn their last three matches in the league, will be missing striker Mama Sidibe and midfielder Liam Lawrence who have knee injuries and defender Leon Cort (groin). Portsmouth will be without defender Younnes Kaboul who has an ankle injury and have doubts about fullbacks Armand Traore (hamstring) and Glen Johnson (knee) for Saturday's trip to Bolton Wanderers.
19 December 2008
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