It's an international [mid-]week, so naturally there are lots of "injuries" around the Premier League. However, many of these seem more or less serious and may impact next weekend's league fixtures. Here's an early roundup of the doubts, withdrawls, and sure-to-be late fitness tested come the weekend.
I can help fire Manchester United past City to title – Wayne Rooney
Rooney's throat infection will see him miss England's friendly against Holland on Wednesday
Defender eyes QPR return
Hughes revealed the [Taye Taiwo] was suffering cramp, and will join in sessions with his team-mates at the club's Harlington training base today.
DARREN BENT TO SEE SPECIALIST
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent will see a joint specialist on Monday to determine the extent of his ankle injury, it is understood. Bent suffered the injury during Saturday's goalless draw at. Wigan and has already withdrawn from the England squad to face Holland in Wednesday's friendly at Wembley.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart out of Netherlands v England friendly (From Enfield Independent)
Rafael van der Vaart has withdrawn from the Netherlands squad to take on England on Wednesday. The Dutchman picked up an ankle injury in Sunday’s 5-2 defeat at Arsenal and will now miss the Wembley friendly.
Wales skipper Aaron Ramsey ruled out of Gary Speed memorial match
Arsenal midfielder will miss the match because of an ankle injury
Blues hit by Drogba concern
Drogba limped out of the Blues' 3-0 victory over Bolton on Saturday with an injury to his right knee and will be monitored in the build-up to this weekend's trip to the Hawthorns after withdrawing from his country's friendly against Guinea on Wednesday.
Kyle Walker to miss Holland clash
Tottenham's Kyle Walker [ankle injury - it's all the rage this week] has become the fourth member of Stuart Pearce's squad to withdraw from England's friendly with Holland on Wednesday.
Manchester United starlet Cleverley relieved after fresh injury problems
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has revealed that his latest ankle problem is not connected to the injury that has kept him out for much of this season. "And again, it isn’t a recurrence of the injury, it’s the other leg."
UPDATE: More of the same.
#NUFC striker Papiss Cisse has been precautionarily withdrawn from the Senegal squad- facing South Africa on 29th Feb in Durban. #NUFC— NUFCfans.co.uk (@nufcfans) February 27, 2012
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RTÉ Sport: Westwood and Kelly out of friendly
Stephen Kelly [is] out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly with the Czech Republic on Wednesday at the Aviva Stadium... with a thigh problem.