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Our irregular look at the goings on (in and out) of the Premier League's physio rooms.

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Nosworthy out six weeks

Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy has been ruled out of action up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

The 27-year-old stopper sustained a grade two tear of his hamstring during the weekend's 1-1 draw with Newcastle and will need between a month and six weeks on the sidelines to fully recover...

The injury has already deprived the stand-in Sunderland skipper of making his debut for Jamaica against Guatemala at the weekend and he will now miss several Premier League games, including the upcoming meetings with Everton and Chelsea.

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Bullard Edges Closer To A Return

Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard could be back in action before Christmas...

The £2.5million signing from Wigan has returned to training and Cottagers physio Jason Palmer has revealed he may be available next month.

"Jimmy had begun doing some work on the training pitch with the under-18s," said Palmer.

"He will progress over the next few weeks to reserve training sessions before moving on to full training with the first team.

"Depending on how he progresses and responds, the time frame we are looking at is between four to eight weeks."

Winger Lee Cook could also complete rehabilitation from his knee injury in time for the busy festive schedule.

Cook has yet to make an appearance for Fulham since his summer arrival from QPR but Palmer insists the end of the year is a realistic target for his comeback.

"Lee is improving. He turned a corner over the last two weeks," he said.

"He still has around four to six weeks ahead of him before he can get back into good, constructive work but he is certainly moving in the right direction."

American striker Brian McBride (quadricep) should return late December but goalkeeper Kasey Keller (bicep) is nine to 10 weeks away from recovery.

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Magpies suffer Faye injury blow

Newcastle defender Abdoulaye Faye is set to miss three weeks of action after sustaining a hamstring injury in the derby draw at Sunderland.Faye suffered the strain during Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, and is now likely to miss the Premier League games against Liverpool and Blackburn...

However, Newcastle have been boosted by the news that Stephen Carr and Shay Given are closing in on returns.

Given has been struggling with a groin problem while Carr has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.

But Allardyce has revealed that the duo could be back in time for the encounter against Liverpool, a week on Saturday.

"Carr and Given should be back no problem in a week or so," he added.

"Stephen Carr will play in a training game in midweek, to help us get him back."

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Reid suffers minor injury setback

Midfielder Steven Reid was forced out of Blackburn reserves' 0-0 draw at Liverpool after 28 minutes with a slight hamstring twinge.The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international has been out of the first team for 14 months with knee and back injuries but has recently made small steps towards a return with reserve-team appearances.

But Reid's latest outing against Liverpool on Tuesday night came to a premature end - albeit purely as a precaution.

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Carvalho out until 2008

Chelsea will be without key centre-back Ricardo Carvalho until the middle of January after it was confirmed he has broken three bones in his back.

The Portuguese international was sent for a scan by the club after coming off during Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw against Everton.

He then returned to his native country where he was examined by national team doctor Henrique Jones.

"Ricardo has suffered fractures of the small bones on his second, third and fourth vertebrae and will be out for eight weeks," said Jones.

"It was not a serious injury but Carvalho should rest for at least eight weeks."

The timing for Chelsea could hardly be worse, with the Premier League set to enter its busiest phase of the season after the international break.

Carvalho is expected to miss nine Premier League games, plus two Champions League fixtures and an FA Cup third round tie...

Chelsea are already without captain John Terry and right-back Paulo Ferreira, although Ashley Cole is now ready to return at left-back.

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Arteta unlikely to take on Black Cats

Everton physio Mick Rathbone has revealed Mikel Arteta is already a doubt for the home clash with Sunderland in two weeks time.The Spanish star, who missed last weekend's draw at Chelsea with a severe groin strain, is under treatment and could be out longer than the two-week international break.

However, there is better news of injured trio Alan Stubbs, Leighton Baines and Andrew Johnson. Baines and Johnson are back in training while Stubbs is close to a comeback.

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Hargreaves out of Vienna friendly

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been ruled out of England's friendly in Austria on Friday, although he may yet face Croatia.Hargreaves has only just returned to action after a long-standing tendinitis problem sustained at Bayern Munich and eventually required an injection after his summer move to Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old was part of the Red Devils' starting line-up that defeated Blackburn at on Sunday but is still suffering some discomfort.

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Pompey boosted by injury news

Portsmouth have received a double boost after hearing neither Kanu and John Utaka suffered serious injuries against Manchester City on Sunday.The duo picked up muscle injuries in the 0-0 draw at Fratton Park and have already been pulled out of Nigeria's squad for this week's friendly with Australia.

Kanu was replaced by David Nugent during the second half with a hamstring problem, while Utaka failed to reappear after half-time due to a groin complaint.

Pompey's next Premier League match is against Birmingham on November 24, and physio Gary Sadler is confident the duo will recover in time.

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