Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to a comeback from his ankle problem and could be included in the squad, while midfielders Aaron Ramsey (groin) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip) face fitness tests.
Winger Gervinho (ankle), defender Kieran Gibbs (thigh), midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) all continue their rehabilitation.
Fulham midfielder Mahamadou Diarra was today in a race against time to be fit for the game against London rivals Arsenal. Cottagers boss Martin Jol yesterday revealed the former Real Madrid star was no better than "50-50" to recover from his latest knee injury. Midfielder Simon Davies is still recovering from a hip operation.