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Ashley Young, injured in the Manchester Derby, was initially thought to be out for only two weeks but has now been confirmed as out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.

United's wing positions have been a revolving door this season with Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia, and Nani joining Young in the rotation. With one fewer player available and Nani seemingly out of favor Giggs and Valencia seem to be in line for more playing time as the season winds down. Look for increased production from both.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be suspended for his sides next three league matches.

The ban comes as a result of his deserved red card in the closing minutes of the Manchester derby on Thursday. 19 seconds after a poor tackle, the Belgian was involved in a clash of heads with City's Sergio Aguero after again tripping the Argentine. Fellaini is perhaps fortunate that the punishment was not extended by the Football Association beyond the standard three game ban for a straight red card offence, as he refused to leave the pitch for a period after the dismissal. He and his manager, Jose Mourinho, were indignant that Aguero had collapsed to the floor after their foreheads touched, believing the referee was conned. He will be absent for Sunday's clash with Swansea at Old Trafford and two trips to London to face Arsenal and Spurs.
Apr 28 - 1:09 PM

Sitting in 20th place, Sunderland looked doomed for relegation already, but a growing list of weekend doubts won't help its morale.

Manager David Moyes confirmed that midfielders Lee Cattermole and Darron Gibson and defender Jason Denayer, all starters last week, are doubts to face Bournemouth due to minor injuries. The club is already missing Jan Kirchhoff, Bryan Oviedo, Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore and will wait on the fitness of Jack Rodwell as well, while Sebastian Larsson serves the final game of his suspension. Said Moyes: We did [have a couple patched up for Middlesbrough] and we’ve got another couple ahead of tomorrow We will need to wait on them and it probably won’t be until tomorrow [Saturday] until we can make a decision."
Apr 28 - 12:09 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fit enough to start against Spurs on Sunday.

The England international has been deployed as a wing-back in recent weeks, impressing in a 2-1 extra-time win against Manchester City last weekend in the FA Cup. But he picked up a minor knock that saw him held on the bench as a precaution against Leicester City during the week. But against rival Tottenham this weekend, Wenger could deploy the speedy winger back where he creates the most problems: "He will be fit enough to start because it was more precautionary to leave him on the bench [against Leicester]. I didn’t want to take the gamble with him."
Apr 28 - 12:13 PM

Steve Agnew has confirmed that both Dani Ayala and Grant Leadbitter are doubtful for Sunday's match against Manchester City at the Riverside Stadium.

Ayala was forced off after twisting his ankle during Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Sunderland while Leadbitter missed the last two matches because of a hamstring injury, putting their availability in question. If the pair is unable to play, then Fabio and Adam Clayton will likely be handed starts. Middlesbrough cannot be relegated this weekend but sit six points from safety with five matches remaining, meaning Agnew's side must take at least a point to keep their slime survival hopes alive.
Apr 28 - 11:34 AM

Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Andy Carroll will miss out on Saturday's trip to Stoke City due to a thigh problem.

The England striker was absent from last weekend's draw with Everton after suffering from a recurrence of a thigh problem, and has been unable to recover in time for the trip to the bet365 Stadium. "Unfortunately, Andy Carroll won’t be available for this game," Bilic added. "I was expecting him to be back for this Stoke game, but he’s not, so he should be for the next game against Spurs. He should be OK." Jonathan Calleri and Diafra Sakho will be in contention to replace Carroll in the starting XI. Meanwhile, Bilic confirmed that Mark Noble will go straight back into the side after missing two matches through suspension.
Apr 28 - 11:55 AM

Craig Cathcart watch continues as the center back continues to try to recover from a knee injury, this time with the visit of Liverpool as the target return date.

Frankly, Watford haven't missed Cathcart or the injured Younes Kaboul a great deal. Walter Mazzarri hasn't had a full contingent of center backs in what seems like months but the Hornets keep plugging along never really falling into a big slump. With Liverpool continuing to struggle against teams that sit back and absorb Jurgen Klopp's pressure you wouldn't bet against Mazzarri's side getting a point or more at Vicarage Road despite the pedigree of their opponents and the absences at center back.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:57 AM

Leicester City striker Islam Slimani returned to training on Thursday and could feature against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Algerian international has been recovering from a groin strain, which forced him to miss the last two league matches, and appears to have a chance of returning against the Baggies this weekend. However, despite scoring in consecutive appearances prior to suffering the injury, Slimani is unlikely to start as he's been out of action for three weeks. If Slimani does make the squad chances are he will feature off the bench, in relief of either Shinji Okazaki or Jamir Vardy. On Slimani's availability, Shakespeare said: "Slimani trained yesterday [Thursday]. If there is no adverse reaction, I think he may be ready to train with the group today. We’ll assess him after training."
Apr 28 - 10:58 AM

Craig Shakespeare has revealed that Wes Morgan is "touch and go" to be fit for Leicester City’s trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Morgan's return would be a nice boost to Leicester City's backline, although Yohan Benalouane has proved a reliable stand-in alongside Robert Huth in central defense the last six Premier League matches. The City skipper missed the trip to Arsenal on Wednesday but trained this week and will be assessed on Saturday morning ahead of the clash at The Hawthorns. "He’ll be touch and go," Shakespeare told the media on Friday morning. "He has trained outside but not fully with the squad yet. I’m hoping, if he trains today, he’ll be in with a late shout tomorrow. I won’t put him at risk but, knowing his character, he’ll want to play when he’s 100 per cent." If Morgan is fit chances are he'll start, but an omission would see Benalouane continue in the starting XI.
Apr 28 - 10:29 AM

Jon Walters has not trained since missing out against Swansea last weekend and is a doubt to participate against West Ham at the Britannia on Saturday.

Mark Hughes will likely try to continue to get Saido Berahino back to the form that saw him rise to stardom at West Brom. He also doesn't have a great deal of choice with Jon Walters, the only other reliable "small" forward option, looking like he won't make it back from a knee complaint in time for Saturday's match against West Ham. If Walters does make the squad the fact that he hasn't trained this week probably means that he won't do more than make a reserve appearance.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:30 AM

Jack Butland returned last weekend against Swansea and looks to be the starter for the remainder of the season as he returns from his long-term ankle injury.

It wasn't the greatest of returns as the Potters dropped the decision to struggling Swansea City but, in the long run, Mark Hughes will be happy to have his first choice goalkeeper back to full health. With safety assured this season, it is nice for Hughes to have the luxury of giving Butland a run of matches heading into the summer. Butland will be the starter heading in to next season with Lee Grant an excellent option off the bench.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:33 AM

Matt Phillips had barely returned from his last bout with hamstring issues when he went down on Tuesday with a recurrence that will keep him out for Week 35 and likely Week 36 as well.

It has been a frustrating second half of the season for Phillips due to nagging hamstring issues. What was initially ruled a minor hamstring issue in early March saw Phillips miss over a month of action. After a couple weeks back in the squad Phillips is right back where he was spending time with the trainers trying to get healthy again. James Morrison is Phillips' likely replacement with James McClean also a possibility if Tony Pulis is looking for more width and speed than Morrison brings.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:40 AM




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