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Marco van Ginkel's knee injury turned out to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament(ACL) and he will be out for the rest of the season and the World Cup.

The recovery time for a torn ACL is usually around nine months and likely won't give him enough time to recover for the World Cup. Van Ginkel seemed to be earning more and more trust in Jose Mourinho's system and the injury certainly sets him back. Look for Ramires and Lampard to play that position more often with John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien coming in to provide rest.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Jon Walters scored Stoke City's only goal in their home loss to Burnley on Saturday.

Jon Walters may be the least aesthetically pleasing attacking player in the Premier League. That said, he continues to be a Premier League player because his no-nonsense style continues to produce the sort of results that a mid-table team needs from a reserve forward. There is no upside with Walters and even the hardest core Potters supporter will likely never come away from a match excited that they got to watch Jon Walters play but the Ireland international has put up 6, 7, 8, and 5 goals in his four full seasons at Stoke City despite being a substitute on many occasions. He already has three in eight appearances so far this season. He is the very definition of a mid-table squad player and that is in no way intended to be an insult.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 1:34 PM

Victor Moses continues to contribute phantom points just about every week regardless of whether the goals and assists are coming or not.

Against Burnley, Moses was the only Stoke City player not involved in their lone goal to reach double digit fantasy points. The on-loan Chelsea man contributed two shots on target, two corners won and a successful cross on his way to 11 points in the Yahoo format. Given that Stoke City lost to a bad team that's not a bad day's work. Unfortunately, it appears that the winger will likely be out for up to eight weeks through a thigh injury picked up as he was accumulating these statistics.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 1:25 PM

Sergio Aguero's hat-trick - including two goals in the last five minutes - kept Manchester City's Champions League hopes alive in a dramatic victory over Bayern Munich.

The stats tell you all you need to know about Aguero's form this season. 17 goals in 14 starts in all competitions is a remarkable return and the Argentine is - almost single-handedly - keeping Manchester City's title and Champions League aspirations alive. Manuel Pellegrini's men did their best to throw away another lead despite Bayern Munich being down to 10 men for the majority of the match, but Aguero was their saviour, scoring twice in the final five minutes. Win in Rome on 10 December and City should progress to the knock-out stages, but even a draw will be enough if Bayern beat CSKA Moscow.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 26 - 6:34 AM

It hasn't been a very productive second season at Hull City for Jake Livermore so far but Week 12 saw a goal against his former club.

It isn't exactly clear what Jake Livermore is. He isn't an attacking midfielder peppering the net with shots. He isn't a wide creator sprinkling in crosses and making fancy moves on the wing. He isn't a classic number ten dribbling and setting up easy goals for his teammates. He isn't a Makelele-style destroyer from deep or even a Pirlo-like initiator of attacks from a deep lying role. He just sort of "is" without any single outstanding quality. As such, you should probably look at his goal against Spurs as a nicely taken anomaly rather than the start of something.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 12:15 PM

Wayne Rooney led a lackluster Manchester United effort from a fantasy point of view despite the team winning on the field.

You'd have thought that in beating Arsenal at the Emirates and scoring two goals, Manchester United would have accumulated some solid fantasy points somewhere up and down the roster. As it turns out, Wayne Rooney's 18 points in the Yahoo format and David De Gea's 17 were the only double digit efforts. Part of the blame falls to United's first goal being an own goal and the rest falls to the lack of clean sheet points for the defense after Olivier Giroud's stoppage time goal salvaged some pride.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 12:30 PM

David De Gea was where he needed to be for 90+ minutes against a consistent Arsenal attack and his fantasy output reflected that.

Even without a clean sheet, David De Gea had a huge night for Manchester United and fantasy owners in the 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday. His eight saves were the difference in the real match and represented a huge boon for fantasy managers even though he did eventually let in Olivier Giroud's stunning stoppage time strike. United's poor defensive form has held back De Gea's fantasy value for much of the season but he came through big in Week 12.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 12:33 PM

His team may have slumped to an embarrassing home defeat to lowly Burnley but Bojan put together his third consecutive strong fantasy outing in Week 12.

In the Yahoo format, Bojan only has a total of 51 points for the season. It is remarkable that 47 of those points have come in the past 3 weeks. Maybe it is just a run of good form or maybe he's finally shaken the rust off and found his footing. Regardless, an assist on Jon Walters' goal plus a solid two-way performance with three successful crosses, three intercepted passes and two tackles won highlighted a strong effort even in defeat.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 12:38 PM

Alexis Sanchez may not have come out on top against Manchester United but he continued to delivery for fantasy managers.

Even when he isn't scoring goals, Alexis Sanchez is doing things that managers in most fantasy formats will feel good about. With the exception of the PL.com format that is weighted heavily toward goals, assists and clean sheets, Sanchez has been a break out star whether he's scoring in a given match or not. Against United, the Chilean totaled two shots on target, five successful crosses and two corners won on his way to 14 points in the Yahoo format. There aren't many attacking players producing at this level at all, let alone without scoring every week like Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 11:58 AM

Jack Wilshere could be out for anywhere from three weeks to four months depending on what a scan reveals later this week.

What is certain is that the England midfielder will miss a significant chunk of time with ligament damage following Paddy McNair's challenge on Saturday. If surgery is required then he will likely miss a significant portion of the rest of the current season. If a walking boot is all that is required then he may be able to return just before the calendar turns to 2015. Either way, Arsenal will be forced to continue on with the misfiring Santi Cazorla, the struggling Aaron Ramsey and the aging/past-it Mikel Arteta as their midfield wheelhouse. Not good times at the Emirates.
Nov 26 - 12:08 PM

Victor Moses’ roller-coaster of a season has come to a temporary halt after a scan on Tuesday confirmed the on-loan winger would be out for around eight weeks because of injury.

Moses is looking to rebuild his career which has nosedived since he was signed by Chelsea back in 2012 despite a reasonably successful first season at Stamford Bridge. But after a disappointing loan deal to Liverpool and a mediocre World Cup the Nigerian came to Stoke with a point to prove. However despite averaging [3.9] dribbles per game - the second highest in the BPL - and performing consistently Moses’ gamesmanship has been called into question following a number of alleged ‘diving incidents.’ But on Sunday the attacking midfielder suffered extensive fibre damage in his thigh - his fourth of the season – which is expected to keep him out until early 2015 and could hand Marko Arnautovic with an opportunity to cement his place within the first team.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 26 - 10:06 AM

Sean Dyche has heaped praise on the Manchester United loanee Michael Keane following his second half introduction for the injured Michael Duff during Saturdays’ win at the Britannia Stadium.

Keane has been restricted to just two substitute appearances since his summer loan move from United but with ever-present Michael Duff facing a race against time to make the Aston Villa match in game week thirteen the youngster will be hoping his impressive performance will be enough to earn his first start. The England under-21 international is tipped for an exciting future along with twin brother – William – but the defender needs to secure regular playing time if he hopes to establish himself in the United first team next season after loan spells at Blackburn, Leicester and Derby in recent years.
Nov 25 - 10:54 AM





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