Lamps out for three more weeks

The England star, 32, suffered an injury to his adductor muscle

towards the end of Thursday’s session, having been on course for a

return to action on Sunday against Sunderland following a two-month

stint on the sidelines with a hernia problem. Brazilian defender

Alex will also miss the match with a knee injury but Nicolas Anelka

is back after missing the midweek win over Fulham with a back

injury.