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Wayne Rooney's answer to his critics has continued with two goals and an assist in United's Champions League opener.

Wayne Rooney's stock has been low coming off of a poor (for him) 2012-13 season marred by injuries and questions about his fitness and commitment. The early returns on his 2013-14 season have critics rethinking any questions they had about Rooney. With a goal over the weekend against Crystal Palace and two goals and an assist against Bayer Leverkusen he appears to be back with a bang. The only question for fantasy managers is whether you want to keep him for the Manchester Derby this weekend. His long term outlook appears to be very bright.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 04:07:00 PM

Middlesbrough advanced into the FA Cup quarter-finals after a nervy 3-2 win over League One Oxford United on Saturday.

Substitute Cristhian Stuani tapped home at the back post just four minutes from time to book Middlesbrough's place in the next round, after Oxford fought back from 2-0 first half deficit. Aitor Karanka's side broke the deadlock on 26 minutes when Stewart Downing was brought down in the area and Grant Leadbitter hammered the ensuing penalty into the roof of the next, while Rudy Gestede acrobatically cracked home his first goal for Boro just eight minutes later. Despite a comfortable lead at half-time, the visitors clawed their way back with goals during a two-minute span from Harry Maguire and Toni Martinez to bring Oxford level. However, the Teesiders proved resilient as Stuani tapped in from close range on 86 minutes to avoid the shock defeat.
Feb 19 - 3:16 PM

Second-half goals from Perdo and Diego Costa were enough for Chelsea to defeat a resilient Wolverhampton Wanderers to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Antonio Conte made six changes to his squad that drew 1-1 with Burnley in their previous Premier League fixture, but it was first-team constants that made the difference. After a shaky first-half that saw Wolves come closest to scoring, the Blues responded with a confident second-half display. Perdo scored his 10th goal of the season to break the deadlock in the 64th minute, arriving at the far post to head home a stellar Willian delivery, before Diego Costa pounced on a loose ball in the area and swept home his finish to seal the match. The victory for Chelsea sets up an enticing quarter-finals affair with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, marking the 12th time the sides have met in the competition and first time since 2012/13.
Feb 19 - 3:44 PM

Cesc Fabregas and John Terry played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Fabregas and Terry have been relegated to bench roles under Antonio Conte this season, but that didn't stop them from performing up to par at Molineux Stadium. Fabregas, making his 100th Chelsea start, controlled the game with his usual accurate passing and dominated the second half on the ball. Meanwhile, Terry captained the side and lead the Blues with four successful tackles. Speaking on the out-of-favor duo after the match, Conte praised their strong performances. "It is not easy when you don’t play a lot, and John and Cesc and all the players showed me they have good form and it means they are good professionals," Conte said. "It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them."
Feb 19 - 4:05 PM

Arsenal Under-23s lost 2-1 at Leicester on Sunday, but Danny Welbeck came through 70 minutes unscathed as he continues to build fitness.

The England international was tipped to start in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Sutton United on Monday, however, Welbeck revealed via his personal Twitter account that he won’t be risked at Gander Green Lane due to concerns over their artificial surface: ‘Glad to get 70 minutes today to build up my match fitness. Plastic pitch at Sutton isn't the best idea at the moment. #COYG’. The 26-year-old has been managed very carefully since returning to the first-team squad in January after 8 months out due to a meniscus problem in his right knee which required surgery. His four Premier League appearances, totalling a measly 42 minutes, have all come from the bench. But, Welbeck has been afforded a start in the FA Cup while in his second appearance in the same competition he served a perfect reminder of what the Arsenal fans had been missing with two-goals in the 5-0 drubbing of Southampton.
Source: Squawka
Feb 19 - 12:46 PM

Claudio Ranieri confirmed after the FA Cup fifth round defeat to ten-man Millwall that January signing Molla Wague has dislocated his shoulder.

Sitting just one point and one place above the relegation zone, Ranieri made ten changes with Demarai Gray the only player to survive from last weekend’s defeat at Swansea. Leicester were hoping that a change in personnel would provide a change in fortune, and after Jake Cooper was sent off on 52 minutes, the Foxes were handed the perfect opportunity to secure their first win of 2017. But Leicester failed to breakdown their League One counterparts, and it was the home side who grabbed the only goal as the game moved into time added on. To compound matters, Mali international Wague, who was making his full debut, landed awkwardly on 67 minutes and dislocated his shoulder which was put back into place: "I don't know [how long he will be out for]," revealed Ranieri after the game.
Feb 19 - 1:17 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is confident Romelu Lukaku will be fully fit for the upcoming weekend.

The star forward has spent the last week in Belgium, rather than with the club on a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, receiving treatment on a calf injury. But Koeman confirmed this is all according to plan with the star forward set to return for the club's Week 26 match against Sunderland. "We know that for 10 days Rom has had some problems with his calf. He has a lot of confidence in the Belgian doctor and I gave him permission to go to Belgium and recover. We expect him, normally, next Tuesday to be joining in the training session. He will be fit and available for the weekend."
Source: Goal.com
Feb 19 - 4:02 AM

Burnley found itself on the wrong side of history in a 1-0 home loss to National League side Lincoln City.

Lincoln's victory, which came from a last-gasp match-winner in the 89th minute at the Turf Moor, made them the first non-league club to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup since 1914. Despite the crushing loss, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said the Clarets will now refocus on the Premier League following their impressive 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend: "It was a day to forget, rather than one to remember and unfortunately there is no positive today. The only thing is we played our bit part in a fairytale, but that’s not a positive and it isn’t to be swept under the carpet; it’s to be learned from...The key now is to remember that, of course it would have been nice to go through today, but the bigger picture is the league."
Feb 19 - 4:12 AM

Harry Arter was dropped by Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe after the Cherries were defeated by Hull on January 14th.

The Irish international midfielder watched on from the bench after as Bournemouth drew with Watford. Arter before that had started each of Bournemouth's prior 21 league games and had played a starring role as the Cherries rose into the PL's top 10. However, his team and his own form faltered but Arter made a goalscoring return to the side in the 6-3 defeat to Everton. He was tireless and positive too in Monday's defeat to City, where Arter claims Bournemouth relocated their mojo: "Against Manchester City – and during the second-half at Everton – we delivered real Bournemouth performances...There were some key moments in the game that went against us – and moments like that are huge... But if we play like that for the rest of the season, and all it is, is work-rate, I have no doubt we will be fine." On his own dropping, Arter explained: "I used my disappointment as my motivation to try to make sure it doesn’t happen to me again."
Feb 17 - 6:49 PM

Mauricio Pochettino will run late checks on Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen as Tottenham prepare to face Fulham in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Kane took a whack to the knee during the disappointing Europa League defeat in Gent but was quick to allay concerns of a serious injury saying he "should be fine" for the clash at Craven Cottage. However, given Tottenham’s reliance on Kane, and their recent dip in league form, Pochettino may err on the side of caution and hand Vincent Janssen his first start of the year. Vertonghen on the other hand has spent the last month sidelined with an ankle ligament injury and Sunday would be provide the ideal opportunity to gain some much-needed match fitness before the Premier League fixtures resume next weekend. Danny Rose [knee] and Erik Lamela [hip] remain out although the pair are progressing from their respective injuries.
Feb 18 - 8:35 AM

Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of the FA Cup clash with Huddersfield according to Manchester City correspondent for Goal, Sam Lee.

The City captain was expected to start in the fifth-round tie but Lee confirmed via Twitter that Kompany was absent from training on Friday: ‘Kompany didn't train yesterday and won't play today. Unsure of exact extent of injury but told it's not major’. The Belgium stalwart has endured a torrid few years because of injury and his days at the club look to be numbered as his body fails to cope with the physical demands of playing at the highest level. Kompany has been restricted to just 565 Premier League minutes since the beginning of 2016. During which time, the 30-year-old reported six separate muscular injuries, one of which resulted in surgery keeping him out of Euro 2016. A knee ligament injury meant the centre-back was out for almost two months in November, 2016 and with time running out to prove his fitness, Guardiola must be tempted to dip into the transfer market to bolster the Blues defence.
Feb 18 - 9:06 AM

Leon Britton is targeting a return to first-team action at Stamford Bridge next weekend.

The Swansea skipper has been limited to just two appearances on the bench in 2017, neither of which resulted in any game time due to a persistent calf problem which has hampered him since November. But, Britton provided manager Paul Clement with a timely boost this week following his return to full training and the 34-year-old will be available to face the Premier League pace setters. Swansea are on the up, securing 3 wins from a possible four, victories which have helped the Welsh side climb out of the relegation places for the first time since early October. Clement will looking for a similar performance to the one which earned his side maximum points at Anfield last month, while the form of Gylfi Sigurdsson during this period has been key.
Feb 18 - 10:24 AM





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