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Theo Walcott's abdominal injury has been diagnosed and the next step is minor surgery in Germany and missing four matches in all competitions.

The England and Arsenal midfielder will have minor surgery in Germany and rehabilitation will start immediately. Walcott will miss the next two Premier League matches as well as Arsenal's Champions League match with Napoli and England's final two World Cup qualifiers. Serge Gnabry could end up having some value as Walcott's likely deputy.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 09:31:00 AM

Nacer Chadli was back at it for Tony Pulis with a goal but Albion couldn't keep the lead and ended up settling for their second 1-1 draw on the trot away to Sunderland.

Chadli was frequently dangerous and it was his driving run that broke the nil-nil deadlock in the 35th minute. Sunderland's equalizer had something of the unintentional about it. Jan Kirchoff was stretchered off early in the second half and replaced by Patrick Van Aanholt. It was Van Aanholt who scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute to double the Black Cats' points haul for the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 1 - 12:40 PM

Patrick Van Aanholt replaced the seriously injured Jan Kirchoff early in the second half and went on to score the equalizer as Sunderland and West Brom drew 1-1.

It was a surprise omission from the starting line-up for Van Aanholt who has been a regular starter for the Black Cats since Sam Allardyce arrived to manage the club last season. The former Chelsea trainee has been a strong attacker in his time with the club but apparently David Moyes was aiming for more defensive solidity. Down a goal, he brought PVA in for Kirchoff when the latter was hurt and it worked out brilliantly. Van Aanholt didn't exactly get the contact he wanted on Duncan Watmore's cross but it worked and the Black Cats picked up only their second point of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 1 - 12:44 PM

Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are expected to spend the next two-weeks working hard to recover from injury in an attempt to be ready to face Manchester United in game week eight.

Lallana over stretchered in the first half at the Liberty handing Daniel Sturridge an early opportunity, the Liverpool forward has started the last two games on the bench. Meanwhile, the injury to Lovren was less evident and only became apparent after the final whistle. The Croatian defender was back in the Liverpool starting line-up, replacing Ragnar Klavan, following his recovery from a viral infection but he was unable prevent Swansea from scoring to extend Liverpool’s run to 8 games without a clean sheet in the Premier League. Speaking post-match Jürgen Klopp confirmed the injured duo will be assessed to determine the extent of the injuries: "Lallana has a groin problem and Dejan Lovren too. We will see what they have exactly. Hopefully they'll use the break to recover."
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 1 - 11:01 AM

The curse of the West Ham full-back continued against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon after Sam Byram was stretchered off during the opening exchanges.

The young right-back was starting his third Premier League game of the season, in the absence of Havard Nordtveit, who was ruled out after undergoing a ‘small medical procedure’ this week. However, Byram lasted just seven minutes after he pulled up sharply as he attempted to head the ball clear. The defender appeared to be holding his hamstring as he went down before he was lifted on to a buggy and wheeled off the pitch with Alvaro Arbeloa replacing him. Byram joins long-term injured full-backs Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell in the treatment room although the latter could be back after the international break following his recovery from a knee ligament injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 1 - 11:29 AM

Diego Costa produced a goal and an assist to relieve the pressure on Antonio Conte after two league defeats to Liverpool and city rivals Arsenal.

The early proceedings at the KCOM stadium were dominated by Hull, who made the most of Chelsea's new 3-4-2-1 formation. Moses was probably Chelsea's most creative player on the right, but it was Willian who opened the scoring after the interval with a beautiful curling shot from 18 yards. Costa had hit the post minutes earlier and gave Willian the space for his shot by muscling through. A deflected Matic shot fell into the path of Costa on 66', he recreated Willian's goal to put the Blues in the driving seat 2-0. Chelsea continued to dominate, Pedro should have added a third late but 2-0 it ended.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 1 - 11:58 AM

Watford played out a cracking game against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road but Bournemouth will leave the more disappointed having left leads slip twice.

Watford started the game looking more dangerous than their opponents but it was the Cherries who took the lead. Their 5th of the season was scored by Callum Wilson, who headed in a Junior Stanislas cross with the help of a deflection. Gomes should have done better. The Hornets bounced back immediately forcing a fine double save from Boruc but it wasn't until after the break when they broke through. Fantastic work on the wing by Amrabat was finished off by captain Troy Deeney. Wilshere hit the post before sub Josh King scored from outside the box to put Howe's men back on the front foot. Another sub, Isaac Success, returned fire for Watford instantly to head in. 2-2. Wilshere had the best chance to win it but again hit the post, as did Stanislas from a free.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 1 - 12:08 PM

West Ham did on the first day of October what it failed to do in all of September: Earn a single point in a Premier League match.

Dimitri Payet came to the Hammers' rescue right when they needed him most with a spectacular effort in the 57th minute for their only goal of the afternoon and his first of the season. The midfielder took a long pass down the left wing, twirled past his marker, cut by another defender and dribbled more than half the length of the penalty area past three defenders before rolling his shot past Victor Valdes to tie the match at 1-1 and earn the point against Middlesbrough. Slaven Bilic tried to shake things up by adding James Collins, Pedro Obiang and Gokhan Tore to the lineup along with Sam Byram, who was taken off on a stretcher in just the seventh minute of the match.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 1 - 12:14 PM

Aitor Karanka's men put a dreadful September behind them by taking a point from West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.

After their impressive start to the season, which saw them take points from each of their first three Premier League matches following promotion, the Teessiders returned from the September international break and failed to manage a point in three matches. Cristhian Stuani's goal in the 51st minute gave Middlesbrough a lead for all of six minutes before Dimitri Payet's stunning effort knotted the game at 1-1. Stuani headed in a corner from Viktor Fischer that appeared to be cleared off the line, but the referee signaled for the goal after peering at his watch.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 1 - 12:25 PM

Leroy Fer collected his fourth goal of the season but Swansea City squandered an early lead and would eventually fall at the hands of Liverpool in a 1-2 loss.

With a game that many think would decide the fate of manager Francesco Guidolin, his players did him no favors by missing a few big chances to score and allowing a match-winner via a penalty. They took the lead early, when Leroy Fer poached a goal that started from a corner, was headed by Borja, then touched by Mike van der Hoorn before Fer cleaned up. Borja had two good chances at headed goals on either side of the Fer goal but was off target. The Reds then found the fluid attack they've been accustomed to in the second half and scored the go-ahead goal on the 84th minute. Still, the Swans had a chance at the last minute to equalize, but van der Hoorn scuffed a shot from point blank range.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 1 - 9:47 AM

Liverpool found themselves a goal down heading into the second half but they got their attack going again, with Roberto Firmino scoring and drawing a penalty that provided the match-winner as the Reds edged Swansea City, 1-2.

After being kept out of the scoring fun when the Reds put up five goals last week, Firmino grabbed the spotlight today. The Reds defense were questionable once again, conceding the opener inside of 8 minutes and continuing their season without collecting a clean sheet. Things took a turn for the worse when Adam Lallana left on 20 minutes with a groin injury. The Reds attack finally started to click in the second frame though and Firmino leveled the score with a header from a Jordan Henderson free kick. Then, in the 84th minute, Firmino drew a foul in the box, allowing James Milner to score the winner from the spot. Milner has four shots on the season, all from penalties, and has scored them all, including three in the last two games. A big match against Manchester United awaits the Reds next after the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 1 - 9:35 AM

Adam Lallana had to leave the match against Swansea City after only 20 minutes due to a groin injury.

Lallana has been in fantastic form, having as much to do with the success of the Reds high-flying attack as anyone, so to see him make his way down the tunnel after 20 minutes is a major blow to the club. He went to ground once before, picked himself to continue on, but collapsed again a few minutes later. Hopefully, that attempt to play on hasn't further damaged the injury. It would seem he will certainly miss out of international duty for England over the break but we will need to wait for an assessment on his groin before determining if how much, if any, more time he may be out.
Oct 1 - 8:24 AM




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