Mark Hughes will check on Bojan Krkic after he took a bang on his foot today: "He probably won't train tomorrow but we hope he will be OK this weekend."
Bojan was an unused substitute last time out as Hughes made a number of changes to help freshen his side against Sunderland. Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam did well: "I was delighted," said Hughes who confirms "both are in my thoughts for the game." Glen Johnson "is training" but this weekend will come too soon for the full-back. He should be available for the final game "we hope." Marc Wilson’s domestic campaign is over as he won’t be fit enough to play in either of the two remaining games. However, he should be available for the Republic of Ireland. A decision on Marko Arnautovic will be made closer to kick off while a groin problem continues to hamper Shay Given.
Alan Pardew will make a late decision on Yannick Bolasie who is struggling due to sickness: "We’re waiting on him." Meanwhile, the Eagles boss also confirms Mile Jedinak "has a slight knock."
If one, or both players miss out against Stoke then Palace do have options, although Chung-Yong Lee is unlikely to be considered after he was fined this week following his comments about Pardew in the South Korean Press. Bakary Sako and Joe Ledley are poised to come in. Wilfried Zaha "still has a bit of a problem" which means he’ll miss the remaining league games "but he should be fine by the (FA Cup) final" in a little over two weeks. "He is a naturally fit guy. He did the injury before the semi-final. We monitored him afterwards and saw there was a slight tear." Sullay Kaikai was brilliant during his loan spell at Shrewsbury and young midfielder will be play a part during the run-in: "I'm not sure I'll involve him this weekend, but I will involve him at Southampton. He's earned that."
The FA have formally charged both Chelsea and Tottenham with failing to control their players during Monday night's match and Mousa Dembele looks to face an extensive ban for his eye-gouging of Diego Costa.
Both clubs will have fines levied upon them for three separate infractions in which they failed to control their players. These incidents occurred during the 45th and 87th minute of the match as well as a third disruption after the final whistle. The only individual called out in the FA's declaration on their website is Dembele, and they go on to imply that the action he took deserves a heavier penalty than the typical three match ban for violent conduct. There is no reason, in fantasy or reality, to believe that Dembele will step onto the pitch again this season. The question is how much time will he miss at the beginning of next season.
Santi Cazorla continued to step up his recovery from a serious knee injury -- plus Achilles tendinitis -- during an hour long run out for the development side against Blackburn on Tuesday.
The Spanish playmaker was included in the match day squad for the first time since November last weekend, but was an unused substitute at the Emirates in a 1-0 win over Norwich. However, Cazorla was back in action, playing 60 minutes for the Under-21s in a play-off semi-final game yesterday and it was his assist which helped the Gunners on their way to a 2-1 victory. Arsenal fielded a strong starting eleven which also included Tomas Rosicky - who hasn’t played for the first team since rupturing his thigh muscle in January. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did not make the squad despite his recovery from a knee ligament injury.
James Morrison is hoping to play some part in the season run-in after spending most of the calendar year side-lined following a hamstring injury.
The 29-year-old was forced off during the opening exchanges at Stamford Bridge back in January and hasn’t kicked a ball competitively since. But after undergoing surgery to correct a tendon problem, Morrison is closing in on a return to action and pushing to be involved at Bournemouth or on the final day against Liverpool. "It’s been a really frustrating spell for me because I didn’t imagine it would take this long to get back," Morrison said speaking to the club website. "But I was desperate to play I had a little setback early on. So I’ve taken things very carefully since then to make sure I was 100 per cent recovered." Morrison came through 45-minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly unscathed last Tuesday and hopes to complete the final phase of his recovery with a return to the first team.
Mauricio Pochettino has played down injury concerns after Toby Alderweireld was forced off during the closing stages of Mondays’ game against bitter rivals Chelsea.
Alderweireld was left lying in a heap following a hard but fair Diego Costa challenge as the game moved into injury time. Following treatment, the defender moved gingerly to the side-lines and with only two Premier League games remaining many believed his season could be over. However, speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws Pochettino revealed: "It’s his knee. We’ll have to have a look, but it should be OK." Fellow countryman Mousa Dembele is another who could see his campaign end prematurely. The Tottenham midfielder was caught on camera eye gouging Diego Costa as tempers flared at Stamford Bridge.
Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth face the prospect of a three-match ban after the pair were charged with alleged violent conduct by the Football Association today.
The incident, which was missed by match officials during Sundays’ 1-1 draw at Old Trafford but was caught on video, shows Fellaini swinging an elbow as he reacted to having his hair pulled by Huth. Both players have until 6pm GMT on Wednesday to respond to the allegations but giving the damming evidence a ban seems the most likely outcome. Fellaini would miss the three remaining Premier League matches, but crucially he could play in the FA Cup final on May 21. Meanwhile, Huth would carry one game into next season meaning he will miss the first match of Leicester’s title defence.
Manuel Pellegrini provided a mixed injury update ahead of his sides’ trip to Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
The Chilean boss revealed Yaya Toure had re-joined the group in training after overcoming a muscular problem. But right-back Pablo Zabaleta will miss the remainder of the campaign after suffering a calf strain at St Marys’ on Sunday. Following Tuesdays’ Champions League pre-match media briefing, the 31-year-old provided his own update via Twitter: ‘Sadly after an MRI scan I can confirm a muscle tear grade 2 in my left calf which is around 3 weeks off’. If City do progress to the final then Zabaleta could make the game which is scheduled for May 28 at the San Siro in Milan. He joins David Silva in the treatment room – hamstring – who will also miss around 21-days. Bacary Sagna is set to deputise in his absence.