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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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centre-back was initially named in Carlos Carvalhal’s starting XI, but following an injury during the warm-up, he was withdrawn and replaced by Kyle Naughton.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

There are growing concerns at Goodison Park that centre-back Eliaquim Mangala may have played his last game for the club.

The Manchester City defender joined Everton on a six-month loan deal in January but was forced off last weekend against Crystal Palace following an awkward fall. Although Mangala had a scan scheduled before the team flew out to a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, it’s believed that those results were inconclusive, and tests remain ongoing. However, reports do indicate that there is knee ligament damage, but the precise details and nature are currently unknown. Depending upon the severity, a tear to either collateral ligament – medial or lateral – is likely to result in 2/3 months out while a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament could keep Mangala sidelined for the remainder of 2018. Fortunately, Ramiro Funes Mori is on the comeback trail having missed the previous 11 months and following a couple of appearances for the development side, the Argentine will be back soon to help bolster the ranks.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 17 - 10:23 AM

Willian was excellent and scored twice as Chelsea cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 4-0 win over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte made six changes from the 3-0 win over West Brom, as cup regulars Caballero, Ampadu, Drinkwater and Willian came in alongside Cahill and debutante Emerson Palmieri. Willian was lively throughout and curled Chelsea ahead after just two minutes. Pedro doubled the lead with a cool finish in the 27th minute, while Willian got his second with a blast from 25 yards after a clean one-two exchange with Giroud. Giroud capped the scoring with his first goal since arriving from Arsenal just before the break, finishing off an Emerson cross. Chelsea did concede a penalty early in the second-half, but Caballero rose to the challenge and denied David Meyler. The Blues will now turn their attention to next Tuesday's UCL clash with Barcelona.
Source: BBC
Feb 16 - 5:19 PM

Jamie Vardy scored the lone goal as Leicester City reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on Friday.

Riyad Mahrez returned to the starting XI and Wes Morgan made his first start since New Year's Day. The Foxes dominated possession and had to work hard to break down a well-organized Sheffield defense. With the match goalless after 65 minutes, Mahrez and Vardy combine to break the deadlock. The Algerian lofted the ball to the back post for Vardy, who looped a cushioned header over Blades goalkeeper Jamal Blackman. Kasper Schmeichel produced a fine save to keep their advantage before Vardy had the ball in the back of the net again, though it was ruled out for offside. The victory sends the Foxes through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 16 - 5:04 PM

David Wagner confirmed midfield ace Aaron Mooy will miss Huddersfield Town's FA Cup clash with Manchester United and potentially two additional matches with a knee infection.

The Australia international sustained a deep gash to his left knee which forced him off in the comprehensive 4-1 victory over Bournemouth at the weekend. While the 27-year-old escaped ligament or muscle damage, the stitched wound became infected and he now faces at least two weeks on the sidelines. "Aaron’s injury is only a cut but, unfortunately, there was infection when he got the stitches and this means a slight setback, but nothing serious," said Wagner, who doesn't believe the midfielder will be out long-term. "But he will be back, it is nothing like where there is ligament or muscle damage, it is just infection." Expect Philip Billing and Danny Williams to see more minutes for the duration of Mooy's absence.
Feb 16 - 2:07 PM

Chelsea will be without David Luiz for Friday's FA Cup fifth round tie against Hull City.

The Brazilian center-back hasn't featured since playing 90 minutes in the 4-1 defeat at Watford on February 5th. Considering Luiz has fallen out of favor with manager Antonio Conte, his absence isn't a major concern with Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta all fully fit. Conte, however, will likely rotate some of his starting XI ahead of next Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona. January signing Emerson Palmieri could make his debut, while youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Trevoh Chalobah and Dujon Sterling are expected to be in the matchday squad.
Feb 15 - 5:00 PM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed Tiemoue Bakayoko will miss Friday's FA Cup match against Hull City.

Bakayoko, who missed the 3-0 win over West Brom through suspension, picked up a knock in training this week and won't be available for Friday's FA Cup fifth round tie. Conte is expected to rotate his squad for visit of Hull City ahead of crucial week in which Chelsea will play their Champions League first leg tie against Barcelona before clashing with Manchester United on Sunday. Danny Drinkwater will likely start in midfield with Ross Barkley still unavailable, while Ethan Ampadu or Kyle Scott could also come in if N'Golo Kante is rested.
Feb 15 - 4:35 PM
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