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Jake Livermore will miss West Brom's trip to Stamford Bridge as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Jake Livermore's absence continues leaving Claudio Yacob and Gareth Barry as the likely pairing at the base of midfield against Chelsea on Monday. The duo were outclassed against Southampton last weekend and even with Chelsea's recent struggles it seems hard to fathom that the Blues wouldn't have the midfield dynamism to overrun Yacob and Barry on Monday. Perhaps Alan Pardew takes a page out of Tony Pulis' book and inserts an additional center back to help stem the tide but if he doesn't, look for Chelsea to run riot.
Source: espn.com
Feb 9 - 3:58 PM

Alfie Mawson has returned to full training for Swansea City ahead of their weekend match against Brighton, following a knee injury that the club feared would cause the defender to miss significant time.

Mawson has had an ongoing knock in his knee and it flared up on him in the warmups before Swansea's FA Cup tilt against Sheffield Wednesday. The Swans, who are moving in the right direction in the PL table, dodged a bullet though after a visit with a specialist and and MRI revealed no significant damage. Mawson is vital to the cause, having a breakout season and has yet to miss a minute of action. With several fixtures upcoming against sides in the bottom half of the table, he will be raring to get back on the pitch. He still carries a probable tag until Carlos Carvalhal's presser but Mawson owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 21 - 5:13 AM

Tom Heaton is nearing a return to action after completing 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Gawthorpe on Tuesday.

The Burnley goalkeeper has been sidelined since dislocating his shoulder during the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace back in September – an injury which threatened to end his season after undergoing surgery. Heaton is expected to be back in first-team contention very soon as he enters the final phase of his rehabilitation. However, the 31-year-old, who is still hoping to be included in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, faces stiff competition from his deputy Nick Pope following a string of impressive performances. Midfielder Dean Marney was also included having recovered from a medial knee ligament injury while Chris Wood managed 70 minutes having missed the last nine matches. Nahki Wells and Tottenham loanee Georges-Kevin N’Koudou were given a run out by Sean Dyche as they look to maintain fitness having found their first team opportunities limited recently.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 20 - 4:50 PM

Willian struck first but Lionel Messi scored an equalizer as Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard start as a false No.9 with Pedro and Willian up front in a 3-4-3 formation, as Antonio Conte named strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to the bench. Barcelona controlled the majority of possession while Willian went extremely close to breaking the deadlock twice in the first half, but struck the woodwork on both attempts. With the match goalless after the restart, Brazilian found the breakthrough with a low curled strike from the edge of the penalty area. However, Conte's side were in the lead for just 13 minutes. Andres Iniesta collected an errant pass from Andreas Christensen inside the Chelsea box and feed Lionel Messi, who slotted a clinical strike past Courtois. The result means Barcelona hold an away goal advantage heading into the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 14th.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 20 - 5:21 PM

Fabian Delph will miss this weekend’s Carabao Cup final following his dismissal at the DW Stadium.

The Citizens suffered only their third defeat of the season – all competitions – in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night as League One promotion hopefuls Wigan overcame the odds to book their place in the quarters-finals. City dominated possession throughout, even after they went down to 10 men, but failed to create any clear-cut chances. Delph received a straight red for a tackle on Max Power which will keep him out of the next three domestic matches. "It was an unnecessary action and the referee decided what he decided," fumed Guardiola after the game. "I'm not here to judge. It can be a red. We have to learn." The defeat extinguishes any hope of completing the quadruple while Pep will need to consider his options at left-back with Benjamin Mendy [ACL knee] still on the sidelines. Danilo is best placed deputise.
Feb 20 - 11:50 AM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed that defender Marcos Alonso is fit to face Barcelona on Tuesday.

The Spanish international has missed the last two Premier League games after suffering a hamstring injury followed by an ankle problem in training. But Alonso has been cleared to return to face Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16, a match the former Real Madrid academy product is sure to relish. However, Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is unlikely to face the defending Champions League winners. "Yes, he will be fit," Conte said in a prematch press conference. "I don’t think Bakayoko. Alonso is ready to play."
Feb 20 - 2:08 AM

Manchester United could face Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday evening with up-to eight first-team players missing.

Following his sides FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, manager Jose Mourinho explained that several squad members were forced to miss out at the Kirklees Stadium because of injury. "I brought two kids [Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes] that played 90 minutes yesterday [for the U23s] because I don’t have another player," he said. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, I think they have a chance. Paul [Pogba], I don’t know," although the latter was seen in training on Sunday. However, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will definitely miss the clash due to unspecified knocks while Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimović have not yet recovered from their respective knee injuries.
Source: Goal.com
Feb 19 - 11:47 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Tim Krul has played down the neck injury which forced him off after 45 minutes on Saturday.

The Seagulls stopper fell awkwardly in the first-half of the FA Cup clash with Coventry City which left him needing treatment. However, Krul moved quickly to allay any concerns of a serious injury with the 29-year-old poised to return to the Brighton bench next weekend. "I just stiffened up at half time. I’m a bit of robot now!" he revealed. "They have looked after it and said it was fine. It was just a bad landing." Krul was making only his fourth start since arriving from Newcastle, but despite his impressive performances in domestic cup competition, he has found it difficult to displace Aussie international Matt Ryan who joined for an undisclosed record fee in the summer. Veteran keeper Niki Mäenpää will provide back-up if Krul fails to recover in time for the game against Swansea City.
Source: The Argus
Feb 19 - 12:20 PM

Manchester United progressed into the FA Cup quarter-finals with ease with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium.

United were ahead by the third minute through striker Romelu Lukaku, who latched onto a Mata through ball after initially crating a platform for United's attack with good hold-up play. He held off Schindler and finished at the near post. Tom Ince had two good chances in the first half but failed to convert. Instead Mata thought he had doubled United's lead against the run of play but VAR swooped in to deny the strike for offside minutes later as the first half drew to a close. Lukaku doubled United's lead in the second half to complete a counter-attack by the visitors. A Huddersfield corner was defended and the Belgian broke from his own final third, supplying Sanchez and receiving the ball back in the other half, showing great composure under pressure with his shot. All eleven United players could be seen in their own half at stages, again throwing into question Mourinho's negative tactical outlook.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 19 - 3:33 AM

Brighton have secured an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Manchester United as a reward for beating League Two side Coventry City at the weekend.

Brighton started with a second string side, giving a debut to record signing Jurgen Locadia and a first start to Ulloa on his return to the south coast. Only Stephens and March were retained from their league draw with Stoke City 7 days earlier. Locadia opened up his Brighton account after just a quarter of an hour having already hit the woodwork. He finished well after some poor marking left him with a lot of space to finish a low cross from deep by Knockaert. Dale Stephens headed home in the second half to double the lead from a corner by Suttner - he seemed to be the target man for crosses by the Seagulls at set pieces. Again light marking could be blamed for Brighton's third. This time Ulloa was there to head home a Bruno cross. Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a consolation goal to give the travelling support something to cheer but Coventry couldn't mount an unlikely comeback.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 19 - 3:46 AM

Southampton beat West Brom 2-1 on Saturday to book a place in the last eight of the FA Cup and will face the winner of Manchester City's encounter with Wigan.

In a week packed with off-field turmoil for their opponents, Southampton were tested by a decent second half performance from the Baggies. They had taken a 1-0 lead into the interval courtesy of Wesley Hoedt. The centre-back was left unmarked by very poor defending for a JWP corner and calmly finished past Ben Foster. Serbia playmaker Dusan Tadic made it two on 56', completing a counter attack with a fine chip. WBA pushed on thereafter and Solomon Rondon pulled them back into the tie. Unfortunately for them they couldn't find a second to force a replay even though Hegazi did go close when he hit the bar with a volley and Rondon's follow-up was cleared off the line. Alan Pardrew could be satisfied with the commitment shown by his players in defeat, but they'll need to convert those efforts into league results soon if they are to avoid the drop.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 19 - 5:44 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has given a fitness update ahead of his side's Champions League Round of 16 first leg at Sevilla on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mourinho said that he will have to do without Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some [injury] problems." However, Mourinho is a lot more hopeful about the return of a number of players, including Paul Pogba. The Frenchman missed the FA Cup win over Huddersfield with illness but has trained since. Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia, and Ander Herrera are also likely to be fit, with Mourinho surmising that they have a "chance".
Source: @BenDinnery
Feb 19 - 5:54 AM




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