Evening Report: April 4

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Arsenal have been given an injury boost with the news that Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott could be back in the running for the game with Norwich on April 13.

Both players will sit out the weekend clash with West Brom, but assistant manager Steve Bould is confident they could return against the Canaries.

Ryan Bertrand says he plans to take advantage of Ashley Cole's injury by playing more minutes in Chelsea's starting XI.

Cole suffered a hamstring injury during Monday's FA Cup quarter-final victory against Manchester United, giving Bertrand a chance to impress Rafa Benitez with seven games to come in three different competitions in a busy April.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has lost his battle with police over unpaid speeding fines, and has been banned from driving for six months.

Nasri is the second Blues star in a week to receive a ban after Carlos Tevez pleaded guilty on Wednesday to driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Wayne Rooney and Rafael are ready to boost Manchester United's options ahead of the derby clash with Manchester City at Old Trafford on Monday night.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that both players took part in first-team training this morning after missing the FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Chelsea.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has stated his belief that Gareth Bale is "most effective" as a striker.

With 12 goals in all competitions so far in 2013, AVB has expressed his confidence in the Welsh winger's ability to play in a centre-forward role.

And finally, Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay could be on his way to either Inter Milan or Lazio this summer.

Both Italian clubs were interested in Afellay during the January transfer window, but were unable to agree a fee with Barca, prompting the Dutchman to join Schalke on loan for the rest of the season.

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