"He will be in the squad for the game tomorrow," manager Sam Allardyce told Sky Sports News. "He's a huge player in this division who scores goals and contributes to build up play. He can help us be a force in this league."
Manchester City are still without injured trio Sergio Aguero, Gareth Barry and Micah Richards but new signing Scott Sinclair could be in the squad to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday evening.
QPR, whose 3-2 defeat to City in the final game of last season, secured the Manchester side the title, are likely to give Esteban Granero his debut, following the midfielder's move from Real Madrid.
High-flying Swansea, second in the table, face life without Sinclair when they host Sunderland on Saturday while Moussa Dembele, signed from Fulham, could make his debut for Tottenham Hotspur against Norwich City on Saturday (1400) with both sides, who have a point each, seeking their first league win of the season.
The London side will be without centre half Younes Kaboul who is out for four months following knee surgery this week.
Ashley Young will miss Manchester United's trip to Southampton on Sunday with a knee injury in what will be manager Alex Ferguson's 1000th league game in charge of the club.
Centre-back Jonny Evans is expected to return from ankle surgery after he took part in an under-21 match in midweek to ease United's defensive problems.
"Phil Jones has done some training but isn't ready yet. Rio Ferdinand's in the same boat," manager Alex Ferguson said on the club website (www.manutd.com)
"At least we have one centre-back available, which is an improvement. It allows us to put Michael Carrick back in midfield.
France defender Laurent Koscielny has recovered from a calf injury and is in the Arsenal squad to face Liverpool, who have Daniel Agger back from suspension, on Sunday.
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