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Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas is delighted by the return to full training of winger Aaron Lennon following a foot injury.

Andro Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson have made the wing positions their own so far this season, but Lennon's return after 11 games out will put pressure on Townsend in particular, while Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela are also pushing for starting roles. This shows the strength and depth for the attacking midfield positions in Tottenham's squad and makes it all the more baffling that the team have managed just 6 Premier League goals so far this season.
Source: BBC Sport
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 04:22:00 AM

Stewart Downing & Cheikhou Kouyate both returned to training on Thursday and are expected to be available for the weekend.

Downing has been stellar this season and his involvement will be key in West Ham's match against Newcastle. Kouyate has missed extended time this season with injuries but has also shown he can make a difference when on the pitch. We would recommend Downing for fantasy teams this week but would be more cautious with Kouyate.
Nov 28 - 3:38 PM

Winston Reid will serve a one-match ban in gameweek 13 for accumulating five yellow cards.

Reid is a major part of West Ham's success on the defensive side and will be missed against Newcastle. James Collins and James Tomkins are expected to start and both make decent options in fantasy leagues. Despite that, our West Ham defender of choice remains Aaron Cresswell.
Nov 28 - 3:44 PM

Ron Vlaar is missing GW13 with a calf issue as he is still dealing with rumors about a transfer.

The rumors about Ron Vlaar are getting stronger and stronger and we may be seeing the defender move to a big club in January. That should make Villa cautious to make sure he doesn't suffer an injury beforehand so we don't expect to see Vlaar out there unless he is at 100%. His value would increase significantly at a bigger club.
Nov 28 - 3:03 PM

Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker has been ruled out for gameweek 13 with a knee injury.

Villa are also missing Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos on the defensive side and that leaves them extremely thin at the position. They were able to scrape by last weekend with Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore starting at center-back, but the duo is not as experienced as Vlaar and Senderos and could prove troublesome this weekend. Aston Villa have an easy matchup against Burnley this week but their defenders are only for the adventurous fantasy manager - consider them high risk, high reward options.
Nov 28 - 2:55 PM

Philippe Senderos has been ruled out for GW13 due to a calf problem.

Senderos has been dealing with the problem for a few weeks now and will miss the weekend's match against Burnley. Senderos is only 29 years old but has been quite injury prone in recent years, making him into a risky player to own in fantasy leagues. With Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark impressing last weekend, we are not sure if Senderos will have a starting spot even when he returns. He will likely be used to provide experience late in games.
Nov 28 - 3:00 PM

Liverpool beat writer James Pearce has repored via Twitter that Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of the Reds match against Stoke City tomorrow.

The news did not offer any information regarding when the enigmatic striker will be expected back, but when you have a limited character restriction on twitter, the lack of detail is understandable. Balotelli has flopped during his chance to lead the line in Daniel Sturridge's absence. Ricky Lambert is next in the pecking order and is a certain lock for Brendan Rodger's XI tomorrow and is available for a budget cost in most fantasy games. With Balotelli nowhere near the pitch tomorrow and a visit from a Potters side that seem to concede within the opening 10 minutes every week, Lambert is a fair shout to score a goal, despite how unappealing the Reds attack has been lately.
Nov 28 - 1:19 PM

Hull City are confident Senegalese midfielder Mo Diame will be available for selection when the Tigers travel to Old Trafford after a scan this week confirmed the player suffered no significant damage in a training ground injury last weekend.

Diame returned from international duty unscathed and his absence against Tottenham was thought to be due to fatigue following his late return after Africa Cup of Nations duty but Steve Bruce confirmed post-match that the midfielder had a problem with the tendon in his knee which required a scan. The news of his potential return is a major boost for Hull who have only won once since their opening day victory over Queens Park Rangers and hover precariously above the relegation zone. Hatem Ben Arfa will once again be pushing for a start while Bruce has a decision to make as Gaston Ramirez is suspended – Stephen Quinn will battle it out with Abel Hernandez for a place in the eleven.
Source: Daily Star
Nov 27 - 6:05 AM

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed Sandro will be out until early 2015 but admits the prognosis could’ve been a lot worse and the player is "lucky" his knee ligament damage was not worse.

Sandro collided with team-mate Yun Suk-Young early during the second half loss to Newcastle last weekend and the club feared the worse for the player who has been blighted by injury over the past 18 months. However a scan earlier this week confirmed the extent damage was only to the medial ligament and not the anterior cruciate as feared. His absence could pave the way for Jordon Mutch to return to the starting eleven having recovered from a recent hamstring problem – Rio Ferdinand is available again following his three game suspension while Adel Taarabt is still "way off fitness."
Nov 27 - 6:44 AM

Kyle Bartley has been the center back of choice to fill in for the injured Federico Fernandez and looks a solid play now that Swansea City is entering a run of easier opponents.

Bartley would have been afforded more fantasy attention when he began deputizing two matches ago, but with Arsenal and Manchester City as opponents, investment in the Swans defense was never in the discussion. Starting this week facing Crystal Palace at home however, it is time to take advantage of the young budget defender.
Nov 26 - 8:08 PM

Massadio Haidara has been solid contributor for Newcastle United as Alan Pardew has managed to do well with a stretched defensive unit.

Haidara has occupied the left back position for the past two matches while Paul Dummett has shifted to a center back role and even with defensive captain Fabricio Coloccini absent from the back line, the Magpies have managed to get the job done. Haidara actually outscored all other Newcastle defenders last week despite being available for a fraction of the cost in the Yahoo game. He is worth stashing and playing if you got him on the cheap, and is worth a play in plus matchups until the defense gets healthier and Pardew has to make some decisions.
Nov 26 - 8:18 PM

Jordan Henderson was amongst the goals in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Bulgarian side Ludogorets, marking his return to fitness and a potential fantasy option against Stoke.

The cat has been out of the bag for a while now when it comes to investing in Liverpool these days, whether in attack or defense, but Henderson should creep onto radars as the Reds host a horrendous Stoke defense this weekend. At under 8m in the Yahoo game, he won't cost you as much as their other attacking options and if the Reds find a way to disappoint again, at least you aren't paying a premium in the process.
Nov 26 - 8:26 PM




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