The French midfielder has been in fine form but serves a one-match ban after accumulating five yellow cards.
However, it's a case of one in, one out as Tom Huddlestone returns from his three-match suspension.
Darren Bent has yet to recover from the knee injury that has kept him out since Boxing Day and remains on the sidelines with Gareth Bale (foot), Anthony Gardner (ankle) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee).
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Steed Malbranque is suspended and has to sit out Saturday's match against Sunderland at the Lane.