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Santi Cazorla has returned from the international break ready to resume Premier League action - the only question is whether he will start or come off the bench this week.

The mouth waters at the possibilities for the Gooners with Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil joining forces in the Arsenal midfield. Whether that partnership is on display from the opening whistle against Norwich is a reasonable question as Cazorla recovers his match fitness. Whenever it happens, it is likely to be footballing (and fantasy) magic. The only lingering question is who will make way. Could it be Wilshere?
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:39:00 PM

Jose Mourinho provided an unexpected injury update ahead of the Champions League tie against Benfica.

Marcos Rojo was part of the travelling squad to Portugal, but while the United boss revealed in an exclusive interview with MUTV, that the defender would not be included in the match day squad "he is coming with the team to train," Mourinho did go onto say that in "probably two weeks, Marcos is ready to play," which is a huge bonus given that his initial timeline was early 2018. The Argentina international was considered surplus to requirements at one stage, however he performances at centre-back earned him a regular starting spot in 2016/17 before he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Europa League back in April. The return of Rojo next month will help to bolster the ranks as the team head into a busy period with 13 games scheduled during the six weeks leading up-to Christmas / New Year.
Oct 17 - 12:19 PM

The illness that caused Ben Davies to miss Tottenham's win over AFC Bournemouth this past weekend will keep him out of this week's Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

The timing of Davies' absence is intriguing, as Danny Rose has been working toward a return to action, has been training ahead of Madrid and is in the squad to make his first appearance since last season. However, Spurs are up against one of the best clubs in the world and one wonders if Mauricio Pochettino would want to use this type of matchup to reintroduce the England international. He could opt for Heung-min Son as a wingback as he did over the weekend. Either way, Rose's return calls into question how Tottenham's defense will line up going forward, as Davies has been fantastic thus far.
Source: LiveZone
Oct 17 - 6:17 AM

Nacer Chadli returned to the West Brom starting line-up with a bang as he scored from a set piece for Albion's only goal in their 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Chadli, who has been suffering from a back issue since the summer, finally returned to the starting line-up and the shuffle yielded results for Tony Pulis. Chadli definitely showed some rust after his long layoff but he also showed his quality with a free kick that wrong-footed Kasper Schmeichel. It wasn't enough for the Baggies as Riyad Mahrez equalized past Boaz Myhill who was deputizing for an injured Ben Foster. Despite the result, look for Chadli's stock to rise as he rounds back into form.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 16 - 4:53 PM

Riyad Mahrez came back from a weekend out of the starting line-up with a goal that saved a point at home for Craig Shakespeare's side.

After earning plaudits for his August efforts in the face of transfer rumors, Riyad Mahrez's impact waned through September eventually earning him a place on the bench in Week 7. Craig Shakespeare restored Mahrez to the starting line-up after the international break and he was rewarded with a much-needed equalizer from the Algerian international. It could have been two as Mahrez blazed a solid opportunity high in the early minutes of the second half with the match still scoreless. He eventually came good and repaid his manager's renewed faith with a vital point.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 16 - 4:53 PM

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is expected to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday in Champions League.

The Argentine forward was on the bench in the club's 7-2 rout of Stoke City on Saturday, but was kept off the pitch as he recovers from a broken rib injury suffered in a car accident before Gameweek 7. However, Aguero looks set to be recalled into the starting lineup for the club's Champions League group stage match against Serie A-leading Napoli. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "Day by day he is much better, yesterday (Sunday) he made an amazing training session. The day before Stoke was good but not perfect - yesterday was really good."
Oct 16 - 3:41 PM

Tottenham will have to do without starting left-back Ben Davies for the second straight match due to illness.

The Welsh international missed the club's 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday after being a late scratch due to illness and will now miss the club's Champions League showdown with Real Madrid on Tuesday. However, manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that defender Danny Rose is set to be in the team after recovering from a knee injury suffered in January. "Danny Rose will be on the bench – that’s important, maybe he’s not fit to play from the beginning but to help the team...Mousa Dembele is here as well. Dele wanted to come and stay with the team. We have injured players like (Erik) Lamela, still recovering and (Victor) Wanyama back at the training ground."
Oct 16 - 3:44 PM

Huddersfield Town midfielder Philip Billing will undergo a scan on Monday after suffering an ankle injury in the 2-0 defeat by Swansea City on Saturday.

The Denmark Under-21 started alongside Jonathan Hogg in midfield with regular Aaron Mooy on the bench, but was carried off on a stretcher at the Liberty Stadium after he fell to the ground clutching his right leg at the hour mark. "It was a twist on his ankle and it looks serious," said Town manager David Wagner after the match. "I think we will know more on Monday after we have made a scan." Mooy will be expected to return to the starting XI when the Terriers face Manchester United at home on Saturday, while Danny Williams, who replaced Billing at the weekend, could be in line for more playing time should the scan reveal significant damage.
Oct 16 - 11:34 AM

Andy Carroll is set to be fined by West Ham after he was sent off following successive booking in as many minutes in the 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday.

The striker picked up two bookings inside 99 seconds at Turf Moor, both for leaping and leading with his elbows on center-backs James Tarkowksi and Ben Mee, forcing the Hammers to play with ten men for most of the match. Carroll will be docked a five-figure fine by West Ham, as it is club policy to fine players who are sent off, and miss next weekend's match against Brighton & Hove Albion. Javier Hernandez will lead the line against Brighton, with Diafra Sakho the likely option off the bench. However, Carroll is lucky to have avoid a longer ban, especially considering he could have been issued a straight red for his second booking. "For a player of Andy’s experience and everything, basically you can’t do that," said manager Slaven Bilic after the match. "The first one can happen but the second one cannot happen, especially when you play away, then you are asking for trouble and it was just an unbelievably bad decision to even go there."
Oct 16 - 12:07 PM

Newcastle left St Mary’s with a point on Sunday but the draw was slightly marred due to an injury which meant the Tynesiders had to see out the game with only ten fit players.

Speaking after the match, Rafa Benitez revealed that Dwight Gayle "had a little problem with his calf" which will require a scan on Monday. Last season’s top scorer entered the fray with a quarter of the game remaining in the hope of stretching a tiring Saints defence, but following a lung bursting charge on 80 minutes, Gayle felt his calf stiffen and he was forced to drop a little deeper to help close out the match under increasing pressure. The setback is yet more bad news for the striker who was the subject of intense transfer speculation towards the end of the summer window. Gayle has only started twice in the Premier League this season and is becoming more and more frustrated with his bit part role having fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Joselu.
Oct 16 - 4:31 AM

The latest reports suggest Victor Moses will miss the next month, at least, after limping off at Selhurst Park with a suspected hamstring strain.

The wing-back was handed a recall against the leagues bottom side on Saturday but lasted less than 45 minutes after being forced off before the interval clutching the back of his right thigh. Moses was immediately ruled out of the Champions League tie against Roma, while tests to ascertain the severity of his injury are ongoing. "For sure Moses is out because of his injury," Conte revealed. "I don’t know if it’s serious, I hope not." He joins a growing injury list which includes Danny Drinkwater [calf] and N’Golo Kante [hamstring] while it is hoped that Alvaro Morata can recover in double quick time after he was diagnosed with a grade two myofascial hamstring injury. Former Torino and Italian national team full-back Davide Zappacosta is expected deputise for the hamstrung Moses.
Oct 16 - 8:51 AM

Brighton centre-back Shane Duffy will head for a scan on Monday after limping off during Sundays 1-1 draw with Everton.

The Republic of Ireland international had played in every Premier League minute of the season to date, but was forced off at the AMEX Stadium following a challenge with Oumar Niasse in which Duffy landed awkwardly: "I’m all right, a bit sore at the minute. I’ll get scanned in the morning and see how it is but it feels not too bad. It was like a pop or a shot feeling but it [groin] has calmed down now. I’ve iced it and had treatment and it feels a little bit better but I’ll see tomorrow." The Seagulls travel to West Ham in game week 9, and should further tests rule the defender out, then Chris Hughton may call upon the services of Uwe Hünemeier who has been restricted to just two starts this term – both in the Carabao Cup – and only 17 minutes of league action.
Oct 15 - 3:22 PM




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