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Winston Reid is expected to miss a minimum of three months after suffering a setback in his bid to recover from a knee injury.

The 30-year-old has returned from West Ham's pre-season training camp in Switzerland to undergo a follow-up operation to address the fallout of a knee injury he suffered at Swansea City last season. Reid's absence means new signing Issa Diop could be handed a starting role alongside Angelo Ogbonna in central defence, with Declan Rice and Reece Oxford providing additional depth. Speaking on Reid's injury, Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: "Winston has been suffering some swelling around the knee, following the injury that he sustained at Swansea last season, and is in need of explorative surgery to clean up the area."
Jul 12 - 6:00 PM

Manager David Wagner confirmed centre-back Christopher Schindler is in clear after limping off during the 3-0 pre-season defeat at League One side Accrington Stanely on Saturday.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner used 22 different players in the second game of pre-season clash, with one side playing the first hour and the second the final half hour. Despite the majority of the squad getting minutes, it was an overall lacklustre performance. Centre-back Christopher Schindler and midfielder Sean Scannell were both forced off, but Wagner confirmed neither injury was serious. "Sean Scannell and Christopher Schindler (both came off with knocks) have dead legs; that is all," said Wagner. "It’s nothing serious." New signing Erik Durm wasn't involved but will begin training next week, while Danny Williams is still recovering from a fractured fibula.
Jul 15 - 7:51 PM

West Ham United have completed the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a club-record fee.

The 25-year-old joins the Hammers on a four-year contract in a deal worth up to £42 million with add-ons. Anderson scored eight goals and provided ten assists in 32 appearances for Lazio in the Serie A last season, and led the league in dribbles with an average of 5.4 per game. In total, the Brazilian supplied 25 goals and 33 assists in 137 league appearances for the Italian club. Anderson becomes the club's seventh signing of the summer window and breaks the club record fee set when Issa Diop completed his move (£21.9m) earlier this month. Said the attacking midfielder: "I want to thank the owner, David Sullivan, because he made a big effort to bring me here. I know how difficult it was, so I have to thank him a lot, and I hope I can repay his faith in me on the pitch with goals and winning games."
Jul 15 - 6:11 PM

Brighton face an anxious wait while they determine the extent of the injury sustained by striker Glenn Murray during Saturdays 1-1 draw with Swiss side FC St. Gallen.

Last season’s top scorer was replaced shortly after the half-hour mark having failed to shake off what appeared to be a right ankle injury. The Seagulls first pre-season friendly brings to a close their training camp in Austria: "It’s been a very good week and the weather has been very hot. The facilities were excellent, and we were really well looked after," said manager Chris Hughton. Brighton were missing the likes of Mat Ryan, Jose Izquierdo and Leon Balogun who have been given additional time off due to their involvement in Russia while new signings Jason Steele and Florin Andone had minor issues and were not risked. Centre-back Shane Duffy is recovering from groin surgery after aggravating the problem on international duty. Murray will be assessed but initial reports suggest the problem "didn’t look too serious, and [was] perhaps, due to the strains of a week of intense fitness work."
Source: The Argus
Jul 15 - 2:37 AM

Robbie Brady was forced to sit out of Burnley’s first pre-season friendly, however, the Republic of Ireland international insists: "I’m feeling really good."

Brady has been sidelined for the past seven months after suffering a serious knee injury at Leicester, but the midfielder is close to a return after taking part in the club’s southern Ireland training camp: "I’ve got a few more weeks before the season starts so I’ll be doing everything in my power to get myself in the best condition and hopefully I’ll be ready to go." Speaking ahead of the game against Cork City, manager Sean Dyche decided not to risk the 26-year-old: "We will have to be careful with Robbie. He’s going really well but it is still early in his progress." Steven Defour was also missing from the Clarets line-up after suffering a minor setback; the Belgian is recovering from knee surgery but picked up a minor calf injury. Matt Lowton [groin] was another absentee but James Tarkowski played 45 minutes for the first time since surgery to remedy a Hernia problem.
Jul 15 - 3:31 AM

Jamie Vardy and World Cup sensation Harry Maguire could miss Leicester City’s opening Premier League fixture following their involvement in Russia.

Vardy was nothing more than a bit-part player during the tournament, starting just one game [157 minutes], as Gareth Southgate entrusted captain Harry Kane with England’s goal scoring responsibilities. However, Maguire, came to prominence on the world’s biggest stage following a string of outstanding performances with the centre-back starting every game, bar one, during the tournament. Both players will be given additional time-off to recover from their summer exertions. "It will be difficult to manage all of the international players when they come back because it will be important to find again the good focus and good concentration," manager Claude Puel told LCFC.com. "For some players with England [Vardy and Maguire], perhaps they will come back just 15 days before the beginning of the season, we will see." Leicester kick-off their campaign at Old Trafford as part of Friday night football on August 10.
Jul 15 - 3:56 AM

Marko Arnautovic scored the lone goal of the match as West Ham United claimed a 1-0 friendly victory at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini made seven changes to the starting XI from the 3-2 defeat against FC Winterthur. Andriy Yarmolenko, who made his debut just four days after signing as a Hammer, fellow summer signing centre-back Issa Diop and midfielder Robert Snodgrass were among the changes. Also making his first appearance of the pre-season was Arnautovic, who fired home the winner after 34 minutes. Adrian retained his place in between the sticks and made a pair of saves late on to secure the club's first win of the pre-season. West Ham's next pre-season match is next Saturday against Championship side Preston North End.
Jul 14 - 4:35 PM

Chelsea have announced its first signing of the summer with a permanent move for Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal to join his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who was appointed at Chelsea earlier today, at Stamford Bridge. Jorginho was a crucial piece in Sarri's midfielder during their time together at Napoli. Between 2015 and 2017, the deep-lying playmaker provided four goals and 11 assists in 108 appearances in all competitions. A deep-lying playmaker known for his technical qualities, Jorginho is expected to be a regular alongside N'Golo Kante given his prior success in Sarri's fast-paced, possessioned-based style of play. Jorginho told Chelsea's official website: ‘I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea. It is not easy to become part of such a big team, so I am very, very happy. I am excited to play in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win."
Jul 14 - 4:11 PM

Huddersfield Town completed the permanent transfer of Borussia Dortmund defender Erik Durm for an undisclosed fee on Friday.

A 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, Durm is capable of playing on the left or right in fullback or wing-backs roles and will provide competition for Chris Lowe and Florent Hadergjonaj. The 26-year-old made 64 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund between 2013 and 2017, scoring two goals and providing seven assists, but failed to play last season through injury. Durm is well known to Huddersfield boss David Wagner, who signed him for Borussia Dortmund II in 2012 and converted him from a striker to a defender. "It is not every day that you can bring a player of the quality of Erik to your Club," Wagner said. "Obviously I know Erik well from our time together at Dortmund, and he has all the qualities to be a great success in our ‘Terriers Identity'.
Jul 14 - 2:31 PM

West Ham United have announced the permanent signing of Paraguay international defender Fabian Balbuena on a three-year deal.

Balbuena has joined the Irons from Brazilian top-flight side Corinthians for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be in the region of £6.5 million. An imposing 6ft 2in centre-back with an eye for goal, the 26-year-old scored six goals in 58 appearances in all competitions for Corinthians last year. Balbuena is West Ham's sixth signing of the summer and fourth in defence, after Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski. With Winston Reid sidelined for the start of the season, Balbuena will compete with Diop for minutes in central defence. "I’m really excited for this new challenge, and my target is to meet the demands of the Premier League," he said. "Obviously to be at West Ham is an extra motivation, and I want to do my best to help the team."
Jul 14 - 3:04 PM

Bournemouth have rewarded striker Callum Wilson's perseverance and goals with a new contract which will keep him at the club until June 2022.

The 26 year-old is entering his fifth season at the Vitality Stadium, where his 20 goals in his first season were key to promotion and his 19 PL goals over three seasons. Two serious knee injuries blighted his PL career so far but his reputation as a natural goalscorer has still been secured. "I'm delighted to sign. It's nice that the hard work I’ve put in has been rewarded and I'm excited about the future", he said. "During my time at the club, I feel I've developed both physically and mentally. I've progressed and learned a lot about the game and the position I play."
Jul 14 - 10:31 AM

Unai Emery had a successful first outing as Arsenal manager as his club beat Boreham Wood 8-0.

The goals came early and often for Arsenal as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (hat trick) was joined by Reiss Nelson and Alexandre Lacazette as first half scorers. The second half saw Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Eddie Nketiah, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan add to the rally. The competition will surely get stronger but it was a good start for the new boss.
Source: Espn.com
Jul 14 - 12:20 PM




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