He’s joined on the sidelines by Teemu Tainio, who picked up an ankle knock against Southend while both Paul Stalteri (knee) and Edgar Davids (ill) are struggling. Robbie Keane (knee) and Jermaine Jenas (ankle) remain out although better news sees Didier Zokora available after suspension.
Martin reported on Friday: “Aaron is still out as he is not 100 per cent yet, Edgar Davids is ill, Teemu Tainio has twisted his ankle and will be out for the next two weeks, Paul Stalteri has picked up a knee injury, Robbie is still out with his knee injury – that will probably be another three weeks – and Jermaine Jenas is still out.
“Michael Dawson hurt his shoulder against Southend but he is in the squad and is fit for selection.”
Aaron Lennon remains out for the trip to Newcastle on Saturday and Martin Jol’s preparations have been hit by a couple more injuries.Winger Aaron hasn’t yet recovered from a slight inflammation on his knee that kept him out of the games against Manchester City and Southend.