Tottenham forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is in the squad for the Barclays Premier League clash against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane after his arrival just before the transfer deadline.
Younes Kaboul, another January signing, is available after being ineligible for the FA Cup win over Leeds in midweek, with Kyle Walker in contention after returning from a loan spell at Sheffield United.
Roman Pavlyuchenko, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon, Jonathan Woodgate (all groin) are out, while Carlo Cudicini (wrists and pelvis) is a long-term absentee. Ledley King will need a late test on his knee.
Provisional squad: Gomes, Alnwick, Corluka, Walker, Bale, Kaboul, King, Bassong, Dawson, Palacios, Jenas, Huddlestone, Gudjohnsen, Modric, Kranjcar, Bentley, Defoe, Crouch, Rose, Giovani.