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Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye is expected to make his first start of the season this weekend at Aston Villa.

Manager Alan Pardew has praised the midfielder's application and effort over the international break and he, along with Loic Remy, are expected to play a big part against Aston Villa.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 03:55:00 PM

Sunderland had their hearts broken and their fate sealed when a late goal from AFC Bournemouth sent the Black Cats to a 0-1 loss and to the Championship next season.

Sunderland had made late-season surges to avoid relegation a trademark in recent seasons, but the squad simply lacked in too many areas to stave off a drop this time around, with another negative chapter of David Moyes' managerial career in the books. Both sides had several chances to find an opener in this one, but both keepers did well as the last line of defense. Jordan Pickford also managed to help the attack, delivering a couple of deep kicks that almost led to big chances. Pickford looks to have a bright career ahead of him but, like so many others on Wearside, one wonders if that career continues with the Black Cats beyond this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 12:00 PM

Liverpool announced the club has tied down defender Dejan Lovren to a new long-term contract after an impressive season.

The Croatian international bounced back from a down year by making 25 appearances in the Premier League, starting every match despite missing a month with injury. Lovren has been the club's bona fide leader along the back-line, forming a fluid partnership with summer signing Joel Matip. Now, it looks like the pair will be together for years to come following the 27-year-old Lovren's new deal. Said manager Jurgen Klopp: "In a situation like this, you really have to look from the outside. If Dejan played for another club, you would think about signing him. Then you would have to think about what would you have to pay for him and it would be a lot - a big sum of money. Having him around and giving him a new contract and working with him together… he is 27 years old and his best time for a centre-half is still to come."
Apr 29 - 10:54 AM

Slaven Bilic named an unchanged starting XI at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday after several first-team players passed late fitness tests.

The West Ham manager revealed on Thursday that Arthur Masuaku, Winston Reid and Cheick Kouyate were all struggling to make the trip to Stoke while Diafra Sakho was rated as "very doubtful" after sustaining a back injury. But, despite the early concern, last weekend’s starters were given the all-clear, although Sakho failed to make the Hammers bench leaving Andre Ayew to partner Jonathan Calleri in attack. The full extent of the injury is not yet known, but Andy Carroll [groin] is expected to recover, after missing the last two, in time to face Tottenham in GW36. Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli returned to the match-day squad while Bilic also included Sam Byram and Mark Noble following their respective domestic bans.
Apr 29 - 10:54 AM

Crystal Palace (and Liverpool) dodged a bullet with defender Mamadou Sakho set to miss weeks rather than months.

The on-loan defender appeared to sustain a gruesome injury for Crystal Palace against Spurs last week after leaving on a stretcher with a knee injury. But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that scans showed there isn't any ligament damage as Sakho could return before the end of the season. "Since we got the images from Crystal Palace, we know there are no ligaments involved, so in a situation like this - and maybe not for Crystal Palace - but for the player it’s the best thing he could get. I think he is out for a few weeks, but that is something that will be good at the end, but at the end of the season each injury is a big blow because there is not a lot of time to recover."
Apr 29 - 10:58 AM

David Moyes was forced into four changes, from the side which narrowly lost out at the Riverside Stadium, for the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday.

Moyes revealed on Friday afternoon that several key first-team players were struggling to recover in time for their must win game against the Cherries. Darron Gibson and Jack Rodwell [both groin], Lee Cattermole [Achilles], Jason Denayer [dead leg] and Billy Jones were all unavailable for the Black Cats boss after picking up knocks in the Tees/Wear derby. "We played Wednesday night and it’s quite a quick turnaround. We’ve not had loads of them this season so we can’t complain about that but we’ve got four injuries," he said. In their absence, Moyes turned to Steven Pienaar, who makes his first Premier League of 2017, with out-of-favour centre-back Lamine Kone and full-back Donald Love returning to the side. Fabio Borini was also back to add some attacking threat - Sunderland have scored just twice in the last eight Premier League games.
Apr 29 - 11:13 AM

Manchester United centre-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah is expected to miss the rest of the season after picking up an injury in Thursday's Manchester derby.

Fosu-Mensah, 19, is thought to have suffered a dislocated shoulder after coming on as a substitute when Marouane Fellaini was sent off in the dying minutes of the scoreless tie. The teenager landed awkwardly on his right shoulder after a challenge, with Mourinho describing the setback as "important". The manager explained: "He’s really injured in the last action of the game, in the last tackle he was on the floor, and it's also an important injury."
Source: manutd.com
Apr 28 - 3:37 PM

Bournemouth will have to do without Dan Gosling and Andrew Surman for Saturday's visit to the Stadium of Light.

Gosling hobbled off in the Cherries' demolition of 'Boro in GW34 and has not recovered in time for the trip north. Surman was injured in a collision with Fraser Forster earlier in the month in the 0-0 draw with Southampton. He damaged the medial ligaments in his knee but there's hope he'll return before the PL season draws to a close. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Eddie Howe said: "We’re still without Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling doesn’t look like he’s going to make it. Dan was struggling with his calf and was forced off against Middlesbrough. With Andrew, he’s not at the stage where he’s ready to train." Lewis Cook is likely to make his second start of the season in place of Gosling.
Apr 28 - 3:25 PM

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may return to his side's starting XI to face Swansea on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, has not played in midfield in his short spells on the pitch during José Mourinho's tenure as manager, but played there regularly under Van Gaal. Mourinho made a brash statement about this when he took the United post, claiming that ""ith me he will never be a No. 6, not even a No. 8" however it appears that injuries and suspensions will force the Portuguese to U-turn on his statement. When quizzed in his pre-match press conference on whether Rooney was be viewed as a midfield option for the weekend, Mourinho explained: "Yes, he’s an option... We don’t have [any other players there]. We have Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick and nothing else. And Tim Fosu-Mensah, like [against City], an emergency to help the team, he’ s another who we will miss, so we are in trouble but we will fight, that’s for sure."
Source: The Guardian
Apr 28 - 2:25 PM

Manchester United defenders Eric Bailly and Daley Blind may be forced to start for their side again on Sunday against Swansea.

The United squad has been struck down by a plague of injuries in recent weeks, especially among centre-backs, with Jones, Smalling, and Rojo all sidelined with various ailments. Holding the fort has been Eric Bailly and, since Rojo's injury, Daley Blind. They were impregnable in Thursday's derby, but it appears that Mourinho won't be able to give them the rest they need on Sunday: "In this moment, Eric is the only option we have – it’s Axel, Eric and Daley [Blind]. I think Eric and Daley played again absolutely amazing [against City]. I have to speak with them and see how they are and see how they feel." When directly asked about resting Bailly in place of the untested youth prospect Axel Tuanzebe, Mourinho joked that he may have to play himself, seemingly dismissing the prospect.
Source: manutd.com
Apr 28 - 2:34 PM

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

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





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