Ricardo Rocha is expected to return to training today after recoving from a thigh strain sustained on reserve team duty, while Ledley King also remains absent with the same injury.
Michael Dawson is doubtful following migrane problems and Didier Zokora sits out the first of three matches after his red card on Tuesday. Anthony Gardner (ankle), Gareth Bale (foot) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) also miss out.
Robbie Keane is available again after suspension for the short trip to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal on Saturday.The striker has completed a three-match suspension following his sending off against Birmingham City, while Darren Bent is expected to return to training today after missing out against Manchester City on Tuesday. A late decision will be taken on the fitness of Jermaine Jenas due to the midfielder picking up an ankle injury at the City of Manchester Stadium.