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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that Alvaro Morata won't be available for Monday's match against West Brom.

Morata has missed the last four matches because of a persistent back problem and, as in the previous updates, the Chelsea boss was unable to give a specific timetable for when he expects the Spain international to be back. Olivier Giroud could make his first start for Chelsea against the Baggies and should see more starts until Morata is able to return. Elsewhere, Pedro is expected to be fit after leaving the defeat to Watford with knock. Expect Eden Hazard, Giroud and either Pedro or Willian to make up the attack on Monday.
Feb 9 - 4:46 PM

Leicester City will be without striker Shinji Okazaki for Saturday's clash with Wolverhampton at King Power Stadium.

The Japan international did not make the match-day squad for the season opener at Manchester United and, due to fitness issues, won't be available for the clash with Wolves. "Okazaki is not match fit," Puel said on Thursday. "We will see if he can come back in the under-23s' next game on Monday. We will see if it's possible. He needs game-time and to come back step-by-step." Okazaki's absence isn't a significant concern this week with Jamie Vardy in line to return to the starting XI. Kelechi Iheanacho, who led the line at Old Trafford, will either partner with Vardy or start from the bench.
Aug 16 - 3:37 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed Jamie Vardy has a "good chance" of starting Saturday's match against Wolverhampton.

The England international didn't make the starting XI in Leicester City's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United last Friday but still made an impact off the bench, salvaging a goal two minutes into injury time. Vardy was back in full training with the first-team this week though and is well-placed for a start berth when Wolves visit King Power Stadium. "Jamie [Vardy] is training well this week with his teammates, and he is available [for Saturday]," Puel said on Thursday. "He has a good chance to start." The 31-year-old's return could see Puel make a couple of changes to the XI that started last time out. James Maddison put in a solid performance on his debut in the season opener and is unlikely to be dropped, meaning Iheanacho could make way for Vardy up front.
Aug 16 - 2:45 PM

Arsenal holding midfielder/center back Krystian Bielik has been sent to Charlton on a year loan the club announced today.

Initially seen as a high-potential recruit to the Arsenal academy, we haven't heard much about Bielik in the last couple of seasons. A shoulder injury scuppered his loan to Walsall last season and his loan to Birmingham City two seasons ago only yielded 10 appearances, so he will try again. There's no reason to think the 20-year-old can't still be an up-and-comer but he desperately needs some football to push his development forward.
Aug 16 - 2:04 PM

Unai Emery has backed Petr Cech as Arsenal's starting goalkeeper heading into the Gunners' Week 2 match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Despite some questionable decisions and actions with the ball at his feet against Manchester City, Petr Cech has his manager's faith heading into the weekend against his former club Chelsea. The cynic in me says that Emery is letting Cech take the two tough bullets early in the schedule rather than throwing his long-term solution at goalkeeper into nearly impossible circumstances. It could be that Cech is simply better than Leno but my suspicion is that the German will start playing a larger part come September and be the full-time starter not long after that. It is a respectful way to handle the decline of a legend as well as a wise handling of a new arrival you hope is going to be in place for years to come.
Aug 16 - 12:57 PM

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Ivan Cavaleiro’s Premier League debut will have to wait as the player struggles to overcome a troublesome back complaint.

Manager Nuno Espírito Santo confirmed the club have been managing the players minutes in pre-season due to a back problem which restricted his involvement. "He's injured. He had a problem a couple of weeks ago," the Wolves boss revealed following the 2-2 draw with Everton. "We have to manage his time because he's not totally 100 per cent fit. That's one of the reasons why he wasn't available. He needs to rest. First, he needs to feel free of pain, then we can start training him again." Initially, it is believed that Cavaleiro will spend up-to a month resting before his gradual reintegration onto the training pitches. Helder Costa, who was given the nod in week one, is expected to fill in during the interim. Saturday may come too soon for Adama Traore as he continues his recovery from the dislocated shoulder he suffered while at Middlesbrough.
Aug 16 - 5:14 AM

Arsenal reserve right back Carl Jenkinson injured an ankle in training and will be out for approximately two months.

The injuries are piling up at the back for Arsenal with Jenkinson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles joining Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny as injury absentees. Nacho Monreal could return easing the burden as the Gunners prepare to face Chelsea on Saturday.
Source: Espn.com
Aug 16 - 6:38 AM

David Ospina has joined Napoli on a year-long loan from Arsenal.

Two's company and three's a crowd the old saying goes. With Petr Cech still hanging on as the starter at Arsenal (for at least one more week) and newly arrived Bernd Leno waiting to take the job, David Ospina was the odd man out. Rather than letting him languish on the bench, Arsenal have moved Ospina to Napoli for the season. Presumably, he will have a chance to come back next season with Cech retired.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 16 - 6:53 AM

Wilfried Zaha has moved beyond the transfer rumors and has signed a new long-term contract with Crystal Palace.

The winger was linked with a move to Chelsea and Spurs, among other clubs this summer, but instead opted to stay at Crystal Palace by signing his second bumper contract in as many years, with this one keeping him at Selhurst Park through the summer of 2023. Zaha has scored 44 goals for Crystal Palace and his goal over the weekend against Fulham puts him one away from breaking the club record for Premier League goals. Said Zaha: "I’m very pleased. Obviously, I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I can just focus on the season. I’m buzzing that we managed to get it sorted."
Aug 15 - 1:06 PM

Kevin de Bruyne could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following the news that the City star has suffered a setback in training.

Although there has been no official update, respected journalist Kristof Terreur, who seems to have a good grasp of all things Belgium, confirmed that De Bruyne was injured on Wednesday. While tests to determine the full extent of the damage continue, Terreur does indicate that it could be serious, side-lining the playmaker for more than two months. Independent Manchester City fan account [@City_Watch] go as far as stating the injury is similar to the one which De Bruyne suffered in January 2016. During a Capital One Cup game at the Etihad, he appeared to catch his studs in the turf as he twisted, damaging his lateral collateral knee ligaments which kept him out until April [66 days]. De Bruyne had been working his way back to full fitness following his late return from international duty but is now walking with the aid of crutches and will travel to Barcelona over the coming to see Dr Ramon Cugat.
Source: Goal.com
Aug 15 - 11:36 AM

Summer signing Stuart Armstrong impressed on his Southampton debut until injury forced the midfielder off on the hour mark.

The 26-year-old, who arrived from Scottish Premiership outfit Celtic for £7m, pleased manager Mark Hughes with his overall performance and link-up play in the attacking third. "He made good runs and the longer he’s with us, we will be able to exploit them on more occasions and more readily." But, his afternoon was cut-short after taking an unspecified knock, although the Saints boss was quick to allay any concerns of a serious injury. "I saw him walking around in the dressing room and he looks fine. He just got a bang, so I imagine he’ll be okay, but we will check him tomorrow." Southampton travel to Goodison Park this weekend and Hughes must decide whether to stick with the three centre-halves which started in a 3-4-2-1 against Burnley or switch to a more orthodox [and familiar] flat back four in an attempt to stifle the attacking threat of Richarlison
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 15 - 10:44 AM

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal participated in full team training over the last few days as he looks to be ready for the weekend.

The Spanish international returned from the World Cup but suffered a knee injury that has kept him out of much of the preseason. But after being one of three starting defenders to miss the season-opening loss to Manchester City on Sunday (the other two being long-term absentees in Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny), Monreal is expected to return to the team this weekend for another big matchup, this time against Chelsea. But with an injury to Ainsley Maitland-Niles this weekend, Monreal could slot right back into the starting lineup in no time. Said manager Unai Emery: "Today we are going to do the medical analysis with the doctor [for Maitland-Niles]. Nacho is starting with the group, working yesterday and maybe he can come in, maybe, for the next match. I think every day is important to know how they are."
Aug 14 - 1:39 PM




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