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Rickie Lambert had another impressive game for England in a 4-0 win against Moldova.

This was an important World Cup Qualifier for England and Lambert got the start. He scored the second goal of the game and assisted on the following two to help England win impressively. Lambert should start again next week against Ukraine as England look to quality for the 2014 World Cup. Lambert has been impressive and could earn a spot on the World Cup team even after all the injured players return.
Source: SkySports
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 04:51:00 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri is back in training and should be available to Mark Hughes for Stoke City's trip to White Hart Lane.

Shaqiri has had another on-again, off-again season due to injuries and it appears that we are back in "on-again" mode heading into Week 26. Given the opposition and what must be a lack of sharpness due to the Swiss international's inability to stay healthy it is hard to imagine Shaqiri being particularly productive this weekend. That said, with players from Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, and Arsenal all not playing due to the EFL Cup Final Shaqiri's value is at least a little higher than it would be if this were a match week featuring all 20 teams playing.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 24 - 2:44 PM

US international Geoff Cameron is close to a return from a knee injury but Week 26 looks like it will be too soon.

Cameron started the season playing regularly for Mark Hughes but a knee injury that has lingered since the end of October has set him back. He has resumed training with the Potters but appears unlikely to be ready for the Week 26 trip to White Hart Lane. Given the opposition, it probably wouldn't be a wise situation to reintroduce him to the line-up. Look for Cameron to start getting at least some playing time starting in Week 27, most likely as a substitute.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 24 - 2:51 PM

Jonny Evans finally returned in Week 25 with a substitute appearance against West Ham but his status as a starter is still very much in question.

Albion are playing well over recent weeks with a back four featuring two outside backs - Chris Brunt and Alan Nyom - along with two center backs - Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson. Compared to earlier in the season when Evans was starting regularly as part of a three or four CB alignment there just aren't as many spots. Evans' first match back lent credence to the notion that he may have to content himself with a spot as a key reserve rather than as a starter for at least the time being if not longer.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 24 - 2:57 PM

After recovering from his illness, Claudio Yacob was a substitute in Week 25 while Jake Livermore started again at the base of midfield.

Given the amount of money paid for Livermore and the success he has experienced since Yacob went out with an illness in Week 24, it could well be that Livermore has pushed past Yacob as the starter for Tony Pulis. If you have to make a decision as to which you think is more likely to start in Week 26 against Bournemouth, where another Albion win is a reasonable expectation, then Livermore should be the odds-on favorite.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 24 - 2:59 PM

Christian Kabasele will miss the visit of West Ham to Vicarage Road in Week 26 due to a calf injury.

Kabasele isn't necessarily a sure starter when the entire Watford defense is healthy but with Craig Cathcart and Sebastian Prodl both questionable he was more likely to see action if he'd been healthy. As it is he isn't healthy and Watford could be facing something of a defensive crisis if Cathcart and Prodl miss out as well. Keep this in mind when evaluating what you think you might get from Watford defenders (and Gomes) as well as West Ham attackers this weekend.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 24 - 3:06 PM

Eddie Howe has given an injury update on Simon Francis and more ahead of the Cherries' GW26 game with West Brom.

Simon Francis has been ruled out of the weekend's game after suffering a setback to a hamstring problem. Howe also added that playmaker Jack Wilshere is in a race against time to see if he will be ready to face the Baggies. He has had an ankle problem but may still make the game if he comes through a late assessment. Aside from those two, the only major absentee is Callum Wilson, with other players who had niggles feeling refreshed after a two week break. On those players Howe added: "We had a few other players nursing injuries so the two-week break was a good thing to try to get those ones that weren't quite right back to full fitness."
Feb 24 - 9:31 AM

In spite of failing to acquire his signature in the January transfer window, Bournemouth are still rumoured to be chasing the signing of Asmir Begovic.

Eddie Howe looked to replace current starter Artuc Boruc in January to try and deal with Bournemouth's poor defensive record of late. However, Antonio Conte revelaed at the time that Chelsea could not accept an offer for the Bosnian unless both a £12m price tag was met and Chelsea found a new backup for Courtois. Chelsea sought Craig Gordon to pave the way for Begovic to move, but the initiative was ultimately unsuccessful. Begovic has sat idle for most of this season for the Blues, making six appearances in total.
Feb 24 - 9:38 AM

Hull City manager Marco Silva has confirmed that striker Abel Hernandez will not be leaving the club this month in spite of reported interest from China.

The Portuguese also clarified that the Tigers have not received any bids for the Uruguayan. Rumours had circulated in Italian media about a potential move, but speaking ahead of Hull's must-win match against Burnley, he said: "Until now I don't have an offer for Abel... I do not know nothing about the offers for Abel. I don't know nothing about it, what I want is for the players to focus on the team." It was also revealed that Hernandez is back in contention for selection for Saturday's clash after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Feb 24 - 9:46 AM

Hull will be without five players who are currently ruled out through short-term issues.

Sam Clucas will be absent as he is serving a one match suspension. Meanwhile, new signing Evandro is not available due to a slight injury. Curtis Davies, Henriksen and Dawson are also out. Dieumerci Mbokani is also doubtful due to illness. Abel Hernandez is back and ready for selection.
Feb 24 - 10:00 AM

Manchester United will play Russian outfit FC Rostov in the Europa League Last 16.

The draw took place on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland. The first leg will take place in the Olimp-2 stadium on Thursday 9 March, ahead of Gameweek 28 when United don't play anyway due to FA Cup commitments, with their tie against Chelsea on Monday 13 March. Rostov qualified for the Europa League after coming third in their Champions League group behind Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich. They beat Sparta Prague to make it to this stage in the EL.
Source: manutd.com
Feb 24 - 8:55 AM

Aitor Karanka confirmed that Middlesbrough left-back George Friend is among the injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.

This could be a problem for Boro this weekend as regular right-back Anotonio Barragan has been ruled out and Calum Chambers is also in doubt with a foot injury. On the trio, Karanka said: "We are not 100 per cent with George, Barragan, Calum, and I think the rest are all fit. These three are our concerns." Since neither Friend or Chambers trained this week, this leaves Fabio is the only fit full-back. Given the lack of positional depth, Karanka could be forced to use Ben Gibson or Daniel Ayala at full-back. However, the manager spoke calmly about the injury dilemma: "All of them are full-backs. When something like thinks happens it is not just one, I am calm because we have alternatives."
Feb 23 - 4:28 PM





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