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Brighton winger José Izquierdo has finally returned to training after a knee injury suffered featuring for Colombia at the World Cup sidelined him.

After making a positive impact in the latter half of last season, Izquierdo will yet again have to prove himself as Solly March's performances since the start of the season have been good. Chris Hughton echoed that in his pre-match press conference this week: "We just want as strong a squad as possible, but in the period of time he (Izquierdo) has been out Solly March has done really well and has got stronger as the games have gone on. It’s great to have that level of competition." It seems GW5 may be too early for Izzy, but he will return to Albion's bench in the next few weeks, providing a great differential option for fantasy managers.
Source: The Argus
Sep 14 - 6:56 AM

Danny Welbeck is already on the road to recovery following his release from hospital on Tuesday.

The Arsenal forward confirmed via his personal Twitter account that he was: "Back home..." after being admitted on Thursday evening following an awkward landing in the Europa League tie versus Sporting which left him with a broken ankle. "Thanks for all the love and support," his social media post read. "No doubt I will be back stronger than ever before. Recovery grind starts now." Unai Emery revealed after the 1-1 draw with Wolves that Welbeck went under the knife on Friday, although he was unwilling to give a potential time frame on his absence. "I think it’s better for the doctor to say to you. It’s a big injury but the outcome… the doctor can answer that better than me." The club then confirmed a planned second operation had taken place on his right ankle and that both procedures went well, without complications. "Danny will now recuperate and start his rehabilitation. It’s too early to say how long this will take."
Nov 13 - 4:03 PM

The Football Association have confirmed Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kieran Tripper has been withdrawn from the upcoming international fixtures against the United States and Croatia.

Trippier limped off after 24 minutes at Selhurst Park on Saturday due to a muscular problem, and his involvement during the break, was always in doubt despite an optimistic update from manager Mauricio Pochettino after the win over Palace. "I don't believe it will be a big issue," he said. "It's a groin, he felt a little tired. We'll see if he's involved on international duty or not." But, after an assessment at St George’s Park, Trippier was released from the squad and will return to Hotspur Way for treatment. Spurs take on London-rivals Chelsea in the late kick-off when the Premier League reconvenes on November 24, and if Tripper fails to recover, Tottenham have a readymade replacement in Serge Aurier. The Ivory Coast understudy has only started one league game in 2018/19 – the opener at Newcastle – but he has featured more prominently in domestic cup competition and in Europe.
Source: Reuters
Nov 13 - 4:28 PM

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini said he hopes that forward Andy Carroll can return this month from an ankle injury.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle frontman is expected to play in a friendly this week in his first action since the preseason when he suffered a recurrence of a previous injury. But the Hammers could be in for a boost for the festive period with Jack Wilshere also starting to work with the squad. Said Pellegrini: "Andy is close to playing again. At the start of last week he started working a little bit with the squad, not 100 per cent, and he will work again this week. On Thursday we will play a friendly game and we'll see if he can play some minutes, and I think in the second week of the international break Jack Wilshere will also be able to work with the squad."
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 12 - 2:23 PM

Manchester City officially announced a new three-year contract extension for star winger Raheem Sterling.

The 23-year-old will now become the third-highest player in the Premier League (behind Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil) under a new contract that will pay him up to £300,000-a-week through the 2023 season. Sterling is enjoying one of his best seasons yet with six goals and five assists through 12 games this seasons, enough to link him with a potential move to Real Madrid. Said the England international: "I’m delighted to sign. My development here has been incredible. I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It’s really paid off for me and I’m really grateful. Every season you come in you want to do better than your previous season. You want to try and develop and get better."
Source: Goal.com
Nov 12 - 2:19 PM

An injury, picked up by Paul Pogba in Champions League on Wednesday, kept the United star out of the Manchester derby.

There had been no specific mention of a problem by Jose Mourinho during Friday mornings press conference. "No new injuries," he told MUTV. "So, from Juventus, we don't bring important injuries. We have 'touches’, but I don't think any player that was available [midweek] will be out." However, news broke in the afternoon that Pogba was training away from the main group and concerns began to grow further when he was missing as the squad checked in at their pre-match base – The Lowry Hotel – on Saturday. Mourinho explained his absence from the matchday 18 on Sunday. "Paul is injured. He was injured during the game in Turin. He felt that it was such a crucial match for the team. He made that sacrifice for us, and then it was impossible for him to recover." Pogba has been withdrawn from the France squad and will focus on recovering from a thigh complaint during the international break.
Nov 12 - 11:50 AM

Gylfi Sigurdsson will not feature in the UEFA Nations League game against Belgium after limping off at Stamford Bridge.

Marco Silva was fuming following a nasty challenge by Chelsea midfielder Jorginho which left the Iceland international in agony. "Did you see the tackle?" the Everton boss raged. "I hope we don't lose Sigurdsson for the next matches after that tackle. I think he's not in a condition to play for the national team." The Icelandic Football Federation have now confirmed that Sigurdsson will play no part on Thursday, although they remain hopeful he could still feature against Qatar in seven days - he will have a scan this week to determine the extent of his ankle injury. Meanwhile, Everton resume their Premier League campaign on November 24 when Cardiff visit Goodison Park, and if Sigurdsson fails to recover, then Silva has a number of options to consider. One of those would be to drop Richarlison a little deeper, into the number ten role, with Cenk Tosun returning to lead the line.
Nov 12 - 10:42 AM

David Wagner is fearing the worst after right-back Chris Lowe was stretchered from the field moments before half-time on Saturday.

The defender went down holding his right arm following a heavy collision with Fabian Balbuena and was immediately taken for a scan. "He has a shoulder [ligament] injury which looks serious," Wagner said after his sides 1-1 draw with West Ham. "He is in the hospital at the minute and we have to wait to see how serious it will be, but he will be out for a few weeks." The German has started all but one Premier League encounter, dropping to the bench against Cardiff [GW3], a fixture which saw Terence Kongolo move across onto the left flank. However, in a back four, that meant Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen playing centrally and he is suspended for the trip to Wolves after collecting his fifth caution of the campaign. If compatriot Erik Durm can remain fit, then he could possibly nail down a regular starting berth for the first time in an injury ravaged 18 months.
Nov 12 - 11:12 AM

Manchester City dominated from the off at the Etihad and deservedly took all three points in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

City grabbed the lead early through their two Silvas. Sterling crossed to the far post to Bernardo Silva, who sent the ball across the goal for captain David Silva to finish. City held control for the rest of the half but they didn't pressure their red rivals as they had. After the break, Pep's side tried to put memories of last year's derby comeback by United to bed when Aguero riffled home, but United struck back from the penalty spot through Martial after sub Romelu Lukaku was fouled by Ederson. United pressed City and an equaliser looked possible before Ilkay Gundogan scored City's third and ended the contest.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 11 - 1:29 PM

Arsenal dominated for much of a 1-1 draw with Wolves but were fortunate to come away with a point in the end.

The Gunners waited until late to score the equalize. Henrikh Mkhitaryan sent a dangerous cross to the back post from just outside of the box that bounced through untouched and past Rui Patricio in the 86th minute to secure the point. The home side went down early when Granit Xhaka gave away a chance in midfield and Ivan Cavaleiro made Arsenal pay with a goal in the 13th minute. But Wolves had two clear chances to put Arsenal away in stoppage time, first when Adama Traore failed to finish a breakaway chance and then in the 95th when Ruben Neves hit the crossbar, missing a goal by inches. With the point, Arsenal extend their unbeaten streak to 16 matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 11 - 1:39 PM

Wolverhampton Wanderers will head into the international break with some reassurance after nicking a point off Arsenal.

The newly promoted side got off to an optimal start when Ivan Cavaleiro put the side ahead in the 13th minute. After Granit Xhaka failed to play a ball in midfielder, Cavaleiro sparked a counter attack, finding Raul Jimenez for a one-two before the Portuguese attacker finished past Bernd Leno for the shock lead at the Emirates. But after the Gunners pulled one back in the 86th minute, Wolves failed to convert a couple of chances in the final minutes of stoppage time, the most devastating coming when Ruben Neves hit the crossbar with a curling shot in the 95th minute.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 11 - 1:54 PM

Chelsea dominated proceedings at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as expected but Everton emerged from the tie with a creditable point after a 0-0 draw.

Yerry Mina made his full Premier League debut in place of Kurt Zouma, who is ineligible to play his parent club. Everton found themselves under a lot of pressure and struggling to create chances, registering just a single shot on target whilst Jordan Pickford was forced into a collection of saves to deny Alonso, Hazard, and Morata. The most worrying thing to emerge from the game is an apparent groin injury for club-record signing Richarlison. The starlet went off in the closing minutes, having overcome pre-match fitness doubts relating to a different injury. From that point of view, the international break may have arrived at a good time for Everton.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 11 - 11:37 AM





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