FA Cup - Team news: Chamakh returns

Sun, 20 Feb 13:14:00 2011

All the team news ahead of the weekend's FA Cup games with Marouane Chamakh back in contention for Arsenal.

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Fifth round

Fulham v Bolton (15:00)

Clint Dempsey and Simon Davies are expected to feature in Fulham's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Bolton on Sunday. Dempsey (toe) and Davies (ankle) have minor knocks but should participate in the showdown at Craven Cottage. Philippe Senderos (Achilles) and Bobby Zamora (broken leg) remain on course in their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.

Bolton will be without half of their first-choice back four for the trip to Fulham. Zat Knight is expected to miss six weeks with a knee ligament injury and boss Owen Coyle has confirmed Sam Ricketts ruptured his Achilles against Wigan on Wednesday and will be out for the rest of the season. With full-backs Gretar Steinsson and Jlloyd Samuel still sidelined, Marcos Alonso may again be asked to deputise, while in-form striker Daniel Sturridge is cup-tied.

Leyton Orient v Arsenal (16:30)

Leyton Orient midfielder Matthew Spring is doubtful for the FA Cup fifth-round visit of Arsenal. Spring has missed the last two matches with a calf problem and will be handed a late fitness check. Fellow midfielder Adam Chambers is a definite absentee with a shin injury which is expected to keep him out for another fortnight, but boss Russell Slade has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from. Defender Terrell Forbes will hope for a recall after dropping to the bench at MK Dons in midweek, while striker Jonathan Tehoue is pushing to start after climbing off the bench to hit the winner.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is expected to recover from a slight hamstring strain for the FA Cup tie at Leyton Orient. Centre-back Johan Djourou is also likely to be included in the squad if he recovers from a back problem he suffered against Barcelona in midweek. Right-back Bacary Sagna is available after returning from suspension but midfielder Abou Diaby is still banned. Striker Marouane Chamakh will return to the squad after missing out against Barcelona.


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