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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 38

    Chris Smalling and Rio FerdinandAhead of the final weekend of the season, with issues at both the top and bottom of the table still to be decided, teams in the Premier League are enjoying contrasting fortunes.

    Leaders Manchester City have posted a clean bill of health among their squad ahead of their home clash against QPR, while title rivals Manchester United have fitness doubts over defensive trio Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling.

    In the race for the Champions League, third-placed Arsenal will be without right-back Bacary Sagna - who sustained a broken leg last weekend that has ruled him out of Euro 2012 —and

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 36

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed injured stars Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck will not face Swansea on Sunday as his side bid to overcome the disappointment of losing top spot in the Premier League table to rivals Manchester City.

    Evans missed the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in a game which saw Welbeck suffer an ankle injury which led to him wearing a protective cast after the game.

    At Old Trafford Ferguson's side will look to take the title initiative back after Vincent Kompany's goal gave City the advantage, albeit on goal difference.

    Ferguson said: "He (Evans)

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 35

    Micah Richards is Manchester City's big injury doubt ahead of the crucial Manchester derby on Monday night.

    The right-back missed Sunday's victory over Wolves at Molineux but tests have confirmed he did not suffer a tear and City are hopeful Richards will be available for the match at the Etihad Stadium.

    Elsewhere, Liverpool have lost midfielder Charlie Adam for the remainder of the season, starting with Saturday's trip to Norwich, due to a knee injury.

    Sunderland, who have Craig Gardner suspended for Saturday's home game with Bolton, will also be without Seb Larsson for what remains of the

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 34

    Arsenal are contending with a midfield crisis ahead of their vital Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday.

    The club have already seen Jack Wilshere ruled out for the season, and Euro 2012, while Abou Diaby is still on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

    With youngster Francis Coquelin still sidelined with a hamstring problem, the last thing Arsenal needed was Thursday's news that Mikel Arteta will miss the remainder of the campaign with an ankle ligament injury.

    He is likely to be replaced in the team by Aaron Ramsey, but a further complication arises with the fact Yossi Benayoun is

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 33

    Liverpool's Alexander Doni is sent off against Blackburn

    Liverpool have had to recall Peter Gulacsi from his loan spell at Hull City due to the Reds having both their first and second-choice goalkeepers suspended.

    The Reds are without the suspended Jose Reina and Alexander Doni for their FA Cup semi-final against Everton at the weekend and will be forced to start with Brad Jones in goal.

    Elsewhere there is little new to report in the way of injuries despite every Premier League competing in two matches over the past week.

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 32

    Chelsea could be without captain John Terry when they host Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

    Given they are five points behind Tottenham and Arsenal in fifth place, Chelsea cannot afford any more mistakes in the remaining seven games of the season and losing Terry would be a big blow.

    The defender aggravated a rib injury in Wednesday's Champions League victory over Benfica and is now a doubt for the weekend.

    Liverpool, who host Aston Villa on Saturday, will have to hand a debut to goalkeeper Alexander Doni as Pepe Reina is suspended following his red card against Newcastle last weekend.

    The Reds are

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 31

    Fabricio Coloccini of NewcastleFabricio ColocciniThis week's injuries have more of an impact on teams in mid-table and below, with the only major new absences those of Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini, and Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam - teams who play each other on Sunday, and teams battling for a Europa League place.

    Argentine centre-half Coloccini suffered a hamstring problem in the fine 3-1 win at West Brom and will be out for a few weeks, while Adam injured his knee in the shock defeat at home to Wigan. The Scotland international's season could be over, with the pair of absences more likely to have a negative effect on Toon, as

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 30

    NaniManchester United manager Alex Ferguson says that Nani could be back training by the end of the week.

    The Portuguese forward has missed United's last three games through injury, but is set to rejoin the squad after recovering from an ankle problem.

    Monday's match against Fulham may come too soon for Nani, but versatile defender Phil Jones should be available after recovering from illness.

    Ferguson told United's official website: "There are no (new) problems with injuries, it's much better now.

    "There was Jones getting that bout of 'flu but he's back. Jones was actually back on Friday but we

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 29

    This fantasy gameweek is rather prolonged as games are taking place on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

    As such, the injury situation may well change before the week's later games.

    However, Manchester United are playing away at Wolves on Sunday as they aim to increase their lead at the top of the table and are missing a number of players.

    Brazil international Anderson has joined the list of absentees with a knee injury that could see him sidelined for up to five weeks.

    Wolves, meanwhile, are weakened in midfield with Karl Henry and Stephen Hunt both missing out.

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 28

    Tottenham's hopes of securing a top-four finish have been hit by the news that defender Michael Dawson is unlikely to play any further part this season.

    The defender suffered serious ankle and knee injuries in the club's 3-1 win over Stevenage on Wednesday night and Harry Redknapp says it will be a "miracle" if he takes the field again before the end of the campaign.

    Tottenham are also without Tom Huddlestone for their trip to Everton on Saturday evening, although the home side are deprived of Steven Pienaar due to the conditions of his loan from Spurs.

    Chelsea however could be boosted by the

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