Team News - Week 27

Team News - Week 27
All the starting XI's, substitutes and lineup changes for Week 27 in the Premier League can be found here.
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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

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

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

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

Everton veteran Leighton Baines has returned to team training this week in Dubai as he eyes his return from injury.

The left-back suffered a calf injury in Gameweek 13 against Southampton at the end of November and has not seen any action since Sam Allardyce took over as manager. While he still doesn't have a return date in mind, Baines said he has his eyes on being a valuable contributor to the Toffees in the last third of the season: "That will probably be determined by the fitness staff and the technical staff. Between them everything is very bespoke now and they’ll look at the numbers and see how my condition correlates to the other lads when I’m doing the same sessions as them, and obviously get my feedback as well. Hopefully I’ll be available to the manager sooner rather than later.
Feb 18 - 1:21 AM

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has returned to full team training, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

The Manchester City forward has missed the last month-and-a-half due to a knee ligament injury, but could return as soon as Monday's FA Cup match with Wigan. "Gabriel Jesus will be in training today. It’s good news. I don't know when he'll be ready to play – the first step was to make one or two weeks of training alone – but today will be his first training for the team." If anything, the Brazilian international looks likely to face Arsenal, either in the League Cup final next Sunday or in GW28, which could mean a well-deserved break for Sergio Aguero.
Feb 18 - 1:12 AM

Paul Pogba will play no part in Saturdays FA Cup fifth-round tie against Huddersfield at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho fielded a host of questions during the build-up to this game about his relationship with Pogba and growing speculation of a rift, accusations which were given short shrift by the United boss. "I don't want to speak to you about my conversations with my players. It's a big lie that our relationship is not good, a big lie that we don't communicate, a big lie that we don't agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team." Mourinho revealed that Pogba would play a part this weekend, but news on Saturday broke confirming he was ill sending the rumour mill into overdrive. Academy prospect Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad. Eric Bailly is poised to provide a timely boost after more than 3 months out, but Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford remain sidelined, although the pair are hoping to be ready for the Champions League meeting with Sevilla on Wednesday.
Feb 17 - 11:31 AM

Alfie Mawson is an early doubt for next weekends’ crucial trip to Brighton after missing the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Swansea centre-back was initially named in Carlos Carvalhal’s starting XI, but following an injury during the warm-up, he was withdrawn and replaced by Kyle Naughton. Mawson was spotted in the visitors’ dugout wearing a protective knee brace, although post-match the Portuguese manager confirmed it wasn’t a "big, big problem" revealing he was already feeling better. Fortunes at the Liberty have changed dramatically in recent weeks and Saturdays 0-0 draw means that Swansea are now unbeaten in ten matches [all competitions], a run of results which has seen the Premier Leagues basement boys rise to 16th in the table. Swansea have a tricky set fixtures coming up, playing bottom half sides in five of the next 6 weeks, and Carvalhal may look to experienced defender Kyle Bartley to help plug the gap should Mawson be out for any significant period.
Source: Wales Online
Feb 17 - 10:57 AM
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