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Shinji Kagawa has struggled to secure a place in the starting eleven at Manchester United and his frustration likely grew as he was pulled off at halftime.

With Manchester United level at halftime, Shinji Kagawa was pulled off in favor of young Adnan Januzaj. That United proceeded to lose at home to a mediocre West Bromwich Albion team will add to the Japanese international's misery as well as that of under-fire David Moyes. With Kagawa's role apparently still in question and United's form poor fantasy managers should remove Kagawa from their thinking.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Mesut Ozil faces a race against time to be fit for this weekends Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger was speaking ahead of his sides Europa League second-leg tie versus Ostersunds FK on Thursday night, and the Gunners boss provided a mixed injury update. Aaron Ramsey has made a timely return to the training pitches, and despite reports to the contrary, the Wales international still has a chance of making the squad. "He had a good training session but [his fitness] is a bit short. We’ll see how his evolution goes. I don’t rule him out yet, it depends how well he can improve his intensity," said Wenger. Alexandre Lacazette is also ahead in terms of his recovery from knee surgery which could see him return in early March. Mesut Ozil "should" be okay for the final having just re-joined the squad, the German playmaker was bed-ridden on Monday and Tuesday in what was his 6th reported illness within the past year [the most reported of any Premier League player].
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Feb 21 - 9:08 AM

Alfie Mawson has returned to full training for Swansea City ahead of their weekend match against Brighton, following a knee injury that the club feared would cause the defender to miss significant time.

Mawson has had an ongoing knock in his knee and it flared up on him in the warmups before Swansea's FA Cup tilt against Sheffield Wednesday. The Swans, who are moving in the right direction in the PL table, dodged a bullet though after a visit with a specialist and and MRI revealed no significant damage. Mawson is vital to the cause, having a breakout season and has yet to miss a minute of action. With several fixtures upcoming against sides in the bottom half of the table, he will be raring to get back on the pitch. He still carries a probable tag until Carlos Carvalhal's presser but Mawson owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 21 - 5:13 AM

Sergio Aguero will not face retrospective action from the Football Association following his altercation with a supporter during the aftermath of Mondays FA Cup defeat at Wigan.

Television footage appeared to show the Manchester City striker pushing a supporter as fans descended onto the pitch at the final whistle. Aguero claims he was verbally abused and spat at by the Wigan fan, an incident which is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police, while the Argentine is said to be considering legal action for common assault. Both sides have been charged with failing to control their players after Fabian Delph was sent off, a decision which resulted in a heated argument between Pep Guardiola and opposing boss Paul Cook. However, the Football Association announced on Tuesday that no disciplinary action will be taken against individual players or staff. They have until 6pm on Friday February 23 to respond while both clubs have been asked to provide their observations following the crowd trouble at the end of the game.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 21 - 6:47 AM

Ramiro Funes Mori is closing in on a return to first-team action after stepping up his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The Everton defender has enjoyed a couple of run outs for the under-23s this month and has taken to Instagram to confirm his availability. "Ready to play for the Blues" having missed the last 11 months. The group have just enjoyed a hugely successful warm-weather training camp in Dubai and the return of Funes Mori provides a welcome boost following the news that Manchester City loanee Eliaquim Mangala looks to be sidelined "long term" due to a serious knee ligament injury. Phil Jagielka has also been absent in recent weeks due to an unspecified problem while Sam Allardyce confirmed the Toffees are trying to get Seamus Coleman back as quickly as possible following a minor muscular tweak. Leighton Baines has entered the final phase of his rehab and will be back in contention very soon after spending more than 3 months out due to a calf strain.
Feb 21 - 7:16 AM

Tom Heaton is nearing a return to action after completing 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Gawthorpe on Tuesday.

The Burnley goalkeeper has been sidelined since dislocating his shoulder during the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace back in September – an injury which threatened to end his season after undergoing surgery. Heaton is expected to be back in first-team contention very soon as he enters the final phase of his rehabilitation. However, the 31-year-old, who is still hoping to be included in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, faces stiff competition from his deputy Nick Pope following a string of impressive performances. Midfielder Dean Marney was also included having recovered from a medial knee ligament injury while Chris Wood managed 70 minutes having missed the last nine matches. Nahki Wells and Tottenham loanee Georges-Kevin N’Koudou were given a run out by Sean Dyche as they look to maintain fitness having found their first team opportunities limited recently.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 20 - 4:50 PM

Willian struck first but Lionel Messi scored an equalizer as Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard start as a false No.9 with Pedro and Willian up front in a 3-4-3 formation, as Antonio Conte named strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to the bench. Barcelona controlled the majority of possession while Willian went extremely close to breaking the deadlock twice in the first half, but struck the woodwork on both attempts. With the match goalless after the restart, Brazilian found the breakthrough with a low curled strike from the edge of the penalty area. However, Conte's side were in the lead for just 13 minutes. Andres Iniesta collected an errant pass from Andreas Christensen inside the Chelsea box and feed Lionel Messi, who slotted a clinical strike past Courtois. The result means Barcelona hold an away goal advantage heading into the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 14th.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 20 - 5:21 PM

Fabian Delph will miss this weekend’s Carabao Cup final following his dismissal at the DW Stadium.

The Citizens suffered only their third defeat of the season – all competitions – in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night as League One promotion hopefuls Wigan overcame the odds to book their place in the quarters-finals. City dominated possession throughout, even after they went down to 10 men, but failed to create any clear-cut chances. Delph received a straight red for a tackle on Max Power which will keep him out of the next three domestic matches. "It was an unnecessary action and the referee decided what he decided," fumed Guardiola after the game. "I'm not here to judge. It can be a red. We have to learn." The defeat extinguishes any hope of completing the quadruple while Pep will need to consider his options at left-back with Benjamin Mendy [ACL knee] still on the sidelines. Danilo is best placed deputise.
Feb 20 - 11:50 AM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed that defender Marcos Alonso is fit to face Barcelona on Tuesday.

The Spanish international has missed the last two Premier League games after suffering a hamstring injury followed by an ankle problem in training. But Alonso has been cleared to return to face Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16, a match the former Real Madrid academy product is sure to relish. However, Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is unlikely to face the defending Champions League winners. "Yes, he will be fit," Conte said in a prematch press conference. "I don’t think Bakayoko. Alonso is ready to play."
Feb 20 - 2:08 AM

Manchester United could face Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday evening with up-to eight first-team players missing.

Following his sides FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, manager Jose Mourinho explained that several squad members were forced to miss out at the Kirklees Stadium because of injury. "I brought two kids [Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes] that played 90 minutes yesterday [for the U23s] because I don’t have another player," he said. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, I think they have a chance. Paul [Pogba], I don’t know," although the latter was seen in training on Sunday. However, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will definitely miss the clash due to unspecified knocks while Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimović have not yet recovered from their respective knee injuries.
Source: Goal.com
Feb 19 - 11:47 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Tim Krul has played down the neck injury which forced him off after 45 minutes on Saturday.

The Seagulls stopper fell awkwardly in the first-half of the FA Cup clash with Coventry City which left him needing treatment. However, Krul moved quickly to allay any concerns of a serious injury with the 29-year-old poised to return to the Brighton bench next weekend. "I just stiffened up at half time. I’m a bit of robot now!" he revealed. "They have looked after it and said it was fine. It was just a bad landing." Krul was making only his fourth start since arriving from Newcastle, but despite his impressive performances in domestic cup competition, he has found it difficult to displace Aussie international Matt Ryan who joined for an undisclosed record fee in the summer. Veteran keeper Niki Mäenpää will provide back-up if Krul fails to recover in time for the game against Swansea City.
Source: The Argus
Feb 19 - 12:20 PM

Manchester United progressed into the FA Cup quarter-finals with ease with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium.

United were ahead by the third minute through striker Romelu Lukaku, who latched onto a Mata through ball after initially crating a platform for United's attack with good hold-up play. He held off Schindler and finished at the near post. Tom Ince had two good chances in the first half but failed to convert. Instead Mata thought he had doubled United's lead against the run of play but VAR swooped in to deny the strike for offside minutes later as the first half drew to a close. Lukaku doubled United's lead in the second half to complete a counter-attack by the visitors. A Huddersfield corner was defended and the Belgian broke from his own final third, supplying Sanchez and receiving the ball back in the other half, showing great composure under pressure with his shot. All eleven United players could be seen in their own half at stages, again throwing into question Mourinho's negative tactical outlook.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 19 - 3:33 AM




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