Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan will miss
the final two games of the season after undergoing ankle surgery.
The 28-year-old will have the operation
later today, but is expected to be fit for the start of the new campaign.
Darren Fletcher could play some part in Manchester United's attempts to secure a record 19th
league title on Saturday after coming through a reserve-team outing against
Fletcher's season has been scarred by a virus he
picked up in March that laid him low for almost two months. The Scotland skipper
is viewed as a likely starter in the Champions League final against Barcelona
on May 28 but is still to start a Premier League game after suffering a huge
weight loss that has proved difficult to replace.
Philippe Senderos is
looking to break into the Fulham defence and is relieved to finally put his injury
nightmare behind him. The 26-year-old made his first appearance for Mark Hughes' side in the 3-0 victory at Sunderland at the end of
April, 11 months after joining from Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark is
hoping to have recovered from a back problem in time for Saturday's clash at Arsenal.
The Republic of Ireland international was ruled out of
last weekend's 1-1 home draw with Wigan and has undergone a scan. But he is hoping a week's work with Villa's medical
team will mean he is sufficiently recovered to face the Gunners.
Tottenham defender Ledley King has edged
closer to a return to competitive action after he took part in his first game
in seven months.
King, who has been out since October with a groin
injury, took an encouraging step on the road to recovery when he came through
90 minutes of a Spurs XI's 3-2 win over West Ham at the north London club's
base in Chigwell.
The England international
had hoped to return for last month's game at Chelsea, but he has been forced to bide his time, with Harry Redknapp careful
not to risk a player who has been troubled by chronic knee injuries throughout
The 30-year-old could now come into contention for
this weekend's clash at Liverpool given that Spurs are likely to be without William Gallas.
Gallas thinks he will not play again this season after
coming off during Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Manchester City but Sebastien
Bassong, who also played in Wednesday's game, could replace the Frenchman.