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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli returned to training this week but is a major doubt to start against Brighton on Saturday.

The England midfielder sustained a hamstring injury during the international break and missed the club's 2-1 loss to top-of-the-table Liverpool last weekend. While the hope was that Alli would be able to return fully fit to face Brighton, Alli looks to be resigned to a bench role at the very most, according to Mauricio Pochettino. "We still we need to wait until tomorrow [Friday] to assess whether he will be part of the squad. Today was a recovery day for everyone, it's difficult to assess him to see if he is ready or not to play. [On Friday] we will see if it is possible for him to help the team or if we need to wait a few days more to involve him in the competition."
Source: Goal.com
Sep 20 - 3:09 PM

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has remained hopeful that Marko Arnautovic will be fit to face Chelsea on Sunday.

The Austrian international was taken off with a knee injury just after the hour mark after recording a goal and an assist against Everton last weekend. However, the winger is not expected to miss much time with West Ham even hoping to have their leading scorer back when they host Chelsea this weekend. "Marko finished with a problem behind his knee against Everton," Pellegrini said. "He’s having some treatment and we will see if he can be fit for Sunday. I think Marko played very well against Everton and we hope he will have recovered for the next game." If Arnautovic is unable to go, Lucas Perez could be handed his first West Ham start as Chicharito recovers from illness.
Sep 20 - 3:00 PM

Erik Durm should be back in contention for Huddersfield Town on Saturday after injury ruled the German defender out of the clash with Crystal Palace.

David Wagner was speaking after his sides disappointing 1-0 home defeat by the Eagles in which he confirmed Durm had "unfortunately" picked up a back problem during the final training session ruling him out of the game. "It looks like it isn't serious. Hopefully he will be back at the beginning of the next week for training." Injury-wise the Terriers are looking pretty good, but Wagner will need to check on Terence Kongolo who, despite picking up an early knock last Saturday, came through 90 minutes. "I think he will be fine." Huddersfield travel to the King Power this weekend, and with no wins on the board, Wagner will be looking to avoid a repeat of the New Year’s Day defeat which saw Leicester cruise to a comfortable 3-0 win.
Source: 90min
Sep 20 - 5:31 AM

Jamaal Lascelles faces a race against time to be fit for the trip to Selhurst Park.

The United skipper rolled his ankle in the warm-up, prior to last weekend's game against Arsenal, but managed to play through the pain barrier in the opening forty-five minutes before finally succumbing to the injury. If the centre-back does miss out, then his replacement on the day - Ciaran Clark – is favourite to come into the side following his late headed goal. Fabian Schär could be added to the matchday squad to provide back-up from the bench. Newcastle find themselves in the relegation zone, and unless results start to pick up quickly, Rafa Benitez’s men could find themselves cut adrift having only managed to secure a single point [0-0 at Cardiff] this season. Florian Lejeune [ACL knee injury] is the only definite absentee heading into game week six but Jonjo Shelvey will be checked again as he struggles to overcome the niggling muscular issue which has kept him off the pitch for over a month.
Source: Daily Star
Sep 20 - 5:03 AM

Dejan Lovren has resumed training after recovering from a pelvic injury that has kept him sidelined since this summer's World Cup.

Lovren was spotted participating in drills at Melwood in Liverpool's first training session since defeating PSG in Champions League action this week. After helping Croatia make it to the World Cup final, Lovren looked poised to partner Virgil van Dijk for the 2018/2019 season more often than not, but two factors are going to make things difficult. For one, Joe Gomez, who has been playing Lovren's spot, has been rock solid thus far, and it will be tough to supplant him. Then, Lovren has the distraction of being involved in a criminal investigation in which he and Croatian teammate Luka Modric allegedly provided a false statement - a perjury charge that carries anywhere from six months to five years in prison. Joel Matip, who has made three straight one-minute cameos in league play, remains the primary backup at center back.
Source: Liverpool FC
Sep 19 - 11:41 PM

Pascal Gross is likely to miss out again this weekend as his recovery from an ankle injury takes longer than initially anticipated.

The Brighton set-piece specialist was a surprise omission from the squad which arrived at Southampton on Monday after he failed to recover from the knock he suffered [vs Fulham] before the international break. "He got a kick in the last game which has ended up a little bit more troublesome than we thought," revealed Chris Hughton. "It’s certainly nothing that is going to be longer term. We’ll look at what progress he makes over the next week but certainly it’s not one that is going to keep him out for a number of games." The Seagulls made a single change at St Mary’s with Mali Bissouma replacing the German, and the Brighton boss may be tempted to stick with the same XI following a 2-2 draw. Florin Andone won’t be too far away after his run out for the under-23s while Jose Izquierdo has also returned to training following a recent knee problem.
Source: The Argus
Sep 19 - 10:29 AM

Antonio Valencia will not be risked in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, but Jose Mourinho confirms Luke Shaw is in line for a recall.

The United manager revealed that the club captain was the only player missing from the squad as he needed to be protected from the Young Boys’ Stade de Suisse surface because of his clinical situation. "His knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch." Despite being medically cleared to play at Watford, Luke Shaw did not travel with the squad to London last weekend, however, Mourinho has confirmed the full-back will feature tonight. Marcus Rashford, who is currently serving a domestic ban, is also pencilled in for a place in the XI while Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial will compete to fill the remaining attacking places. Following 90 minutes for the development side on Friday, Diogo Dalot "has a chance" to play his first competitive game for the club having recently recovered from knee surgery.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 19 - 10:27 AM

West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere is set for a spell on the sidelines after undergoing successful ankle surgery.

The 26-year-old suffered the ankle injury before the international break and had his operation on Monday morning after missing Sunday's 3-1 Premier League win at Everton. "Jack underwent successful surgery in London on Monday morning for a minor ongoing ankle issue," said West Ham head of medical Richard Collinge in a statement on the club's website. "The surgeon was happy with the procedure and all went as planned. We envisage he will only need a relatively short period of rest and will then start his rehabilitation." Reports suggest Wilshere faces around six weeks on the sidelines which means he won't return to action until after the October international break. Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble and Declan Rice all impressed in the win over Everton and could continue in midfield for the duration of Wilshere's absence.
Sep 18 - 8:20 PM

Sergio Aguero has trained ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Lyon on Wednesday.

The Argentine striker suffered a minor ankle injury during the win over Fulham last weekend and has been receiving intensive treatment in a bid to be fit for the match. On Tuesday, assistant City coach Mikel Arteta, who was speaking in the absence of the suspended Pep Guardiola, confirmed Aguero, along with Benjamin Mendy, would be assessed in training ahead of the tie. "We will see how they react in the next 24 hours, then make a decision." But, following on from the lunchtime press conference, City released a statement via the club website confirming Aguero "looked fit and raring to go" in a session led by Guardiola while Mendy missed out altogether - the defender remains a major doubt for the game against the Ligue 1 side. His absence is likely to see Fabian Delph continue to deputise at left-back.
Sep 18 - 4:55 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he's still in the dark over Roberto Firmino's chances for Tuesday night.

The Brazilian scored in a 2-1 against Tottenham on Saturday but was taken to the hospital with a scary injury to his eye. While he missed training on Monday, Firmino is working back in the hopes of being ready to face Paris Saint-Germain when Champions League gets underway for Liverpool on Tuesday. "If we played today, no chance but we all hope that there is a chance until tomorrow. So that is good news, that he will be close for the game, because when everybody saw the picture after the game we were all shocked...He will be fine. We only don't know exactly when. So another 30 hours roundabout until the game and we will see how it develops."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 18 - 12:24 AM

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that midfielder Dele Alli will not be available for Tuesday.

The star midfielder suffered a hamstring injury prior to the international break and missed the weekend loss to Liverpool, along with Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko, due to injury. Curiously enough, Pochettino also chose to leave Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld behind in London ahead of the Champions League match against Inter Milan on Tuesday. "With a calf injury, Hugo Lloris is still out; Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko are still injured and they are in London. For a technical decision, Kieran Tripper and Toby Alderweireld are there too...You cannot bring 25 players and can only play 11 and seven on the bench. That is the reason."
Source: Football 365
Sep 18 - 12:19 AM

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a screamer from 30+ yards out but it and Danny Ings penalty weren't enough to beat rivals Brighton as Albion came back late to secure a 2-2 draw.

The Saints looked the far better side for the first half and into the second half on Monday. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's goal wasn't of the variety that you can expect to be repeated but it was indicative of the Saints' superiority in the first half where they looked likely to score from closer range on multiple occasions. After Danny Ings drew a penalty after dribbling through half the Albion side it looked like the match was over. Not so fast as the Saints defense wilted in the second half allowing goals from Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray (also from the spot). They almost won it at the death on a Ryan Bertrand free kick but it wasn't to be and the honors were split.
Sep 17 - 5:25 PM

Glenn Murray's stoppage time penalty drew Brighton even with Southampton 2-2 in Monday's south coast derby to close Week 5 in the Premier League.

Glenn Murray is having something of a late-career renaissance at Brighton. The 34-year-old has started the season in fantastic form with his penalty today making it four goals in five matches. Eden Hazard leads the division with five goals in five matches and Murray joins Romelu Lukaku, Sadio Mane, and fellow surprise package Aleksandar Mitrovic in second place in the scoring table with his four. With names like Sergio Aguero, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, and Roberto Firmino in the rearview mirror it is a blistering start. Look for Murray to cool down but a 12-15 goal season doesn't seem out of reach given the fast start and his usual scoring rate stretched out over the rest of the campaign.
Sep 17 - 5:18 PM

Maurizio Sarri is hoping to have Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic available on Thursday despite seeing the midfielder limp off during the win over Cardiff City.

The Chelsea boss revealed that he had spoken to the club doctor who confirmed Kovacic’s injury, which is believed to be a dead leg, is "nothing serious." Sarri may also be able to count on Cesc Fabregas following his return to full training. The Spaniard will use the next few days "to improve his physical condition" and barring a setback, he should be included in the travelling squad which will face Greek outfit PAOK Thessaloniki on Thursday. The availability of Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains uncertain after he suffered an injury to his right tibia when playing for England against Switzerland. "‘I hope he can recover in the next two or three days and maybe there is an opportunity that I can give him a chance [in the Europa League]. I don’t know now because I want to have a very clear picture of the situation."
Source: Daily Star
Sep 17 - 10:44 AM

West Ham finally managed to secure their first win, but the three-points came at a cost as Marko Arnautovic limped off following his goal at Goodison Park.

Speaking after the match, Arnautovic said: "I don't know [how serious the injury is] - we need to check now. It's not my calf, it's behind my [left] knee. We will have to see for next week because it is hurting now." With the players scheduled for a day off on Monday, Arnautovic will be assessed on his return and a decision will be made after that. But, it was the furore caused by the apparent refusal of Lucas Perez to come on for the injured forward which caught the attention, although the Hammers boss was quick to play down the incident. "I called for Lucas because he had been warming up, but when I saw he was sitting on the bench because he had finished, and Antonio was working, I saw that Antonio was ready. That’s why I changed and went with Antonio, because we needed to make the change immediately."
Sep 17 - 10:28 AM



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