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It was a blast back to the start of the millennium: Wayne Rooney leading Everton to victory at Goodison Park.

The Manchester United legend returned to Merseyside this summer and immediately stepped in to help fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku heading the other way. In stoppage time of the first half, Rooney sent a powerful header into the back of the net after finding a cross from Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the middle of the box, which means the forward went 4,869 days between Everton goals. Meanwhile, Micheal Keane and Jordan Pickford both made their Everton debut with a clean sheet as the Toffees worked out of a back-three.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 12 - 12:17 PM

Crystal Palace is expected to have Wayne Hennessey back in goal for the weekend match against Newcastle.

The Welsh keeper returned from the international break with a calf injury that kept him out of the club's first win of the season in a 2-1 upset of Chelsea last weekend. And while Julian Speroni filled in, Hennessey looks set to regain his place in the starting XI for the trip to Newcastle this weekend after being cleared. "Wayne Hennessey has recovered from the kick he received playing against Ireland, so we have a clean bill of health" manager Roy Hodgson said. "We're lucky that we have no further injuries, apart from the two long-term ones in Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham."
Oct 19 - 9:12 PM

Arsenal's Europa League successful campaign continued in Belgrade as the Gunners beat Red Star on a late, spectacular goal from Olivier Giroud.

The France international's chances have been few and far between in the Premier League but he showed in the late going that he still has some magic in his boots. It was no scorpion kick but it was an impressive quasi-bicycle with his left foot from a looping header from just wide of the net. The tally was important as the Gunners were on the verge of leaving the Serbian capital with only a point and at least giving Red Star some hope of topping the group. With the win, the Gunners open a five point lead in the Group H standings. The Gunners took advantage of a red card to Milan Rodic in the 80th minute. Without the dismissal it might have been an uncomfortable nil-nil draw. The win should give the Gunners freedom to play increasingly inexperienced line-ups as the group stage wraps up which will help with their Premier League efforts as the fixture schedule gets clogged up.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 19 - 2:56 PM

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will be assessed after he was forced off during the 1-0 win over Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Jose Mourinho believed the 19-year-old was suffering from cramp when he went down in the 75th minute, but he later confirmed that Rashford was injured: "I thought it was muscular fatigue. But no, he told me he felt something in his knee. It didn't look to me like a big thing but we don't know." Phil Jones will also be checked ahead of the trip to Huddersfield as he continues to struggle due to an ongoing knee problem, although barring any further setbacks, the centre-back will be available. However, "it will be difficult" for Eric Bailly to make the trip while Saturday will come too soon for Paul Pogba [hamstring] and Marouane Fellaini [knee]. Marcos Rojo is said to be a "few weeks" away but his return is likely to be with the under-23s as he builds fitness.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Oct 19 - 5:22 AM

Chelsea were dealt a triple injury blow on Wednesday evening although none are believed to be serious.

Speaking after his sides 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League, Antonio Conte responded to questions about David Luiz, who was enraged following his withdrawal on the hour mark. The Chelsea boss revealed his substitution was more of a precaution due to a calf complaint: "I think it was a good decision to try to protect him. Also, because, I repeat, in this moment it's very important to protect the players. Then I changed the system and I preferred to change." Tiemoue Bakayoko played the full 90 minutes, but Conte confirmed the midfielder has a minor groin issue while Gary Cahill finished the game with his head and chin wrapped in a bandage following a cut, although it’s "nothing serious" and the captain will be okay for Saturday. Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante [both hamstring] will miss the game against 4th placed London rivals Watford at Stamford Bridge.
Source: Daily Mail
Oct 19 - 5:39 AM

As Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson continues to return to first team fitness after a knee injury, he looks forward to playing alongside Jermain Defoe.

Wilson, 25, scored a hat-trick in just 32 minutes for the reserves in a 4-2 win over Southend United in the Central League on Tuesday. Whilst he is yet to get back to the field for the first team, he has been training with the squad, including fellow forward Defoe. Wilson spoke of his admiration for Defoe and his career to date as well as the bond in the striker "department" at Bournemouth. Wilson added: "It would be good to play alongside him... You can learn a lot from him. He has been good in training, which is why the manager has been playing him and Kingy (Joshua King)." Wilson was also happy to report that he is "knocking on the door" and ready to get minutes for the first team once he's called upon.
Oct 19 - 6:34 AM

Brighton centre-back Shane Duffy is surprisingly in with a chance of playing for his club against West Ham on Friday night.

Duffy limped off towards the end of The Seagulls' 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday with a groin complaint. There were fears that the Republic of Ireland defender could miss a number of weeks with the injury. However, Chris Hughton gave a very positive update on Duffy's progress in his pre-match press conference on Thursday: "At the moment we think he'll be okay. He hasn't trained. We're hoping he'll train this morning." If Duffy comes through that session you can expect him to start against the Hammers.
Source: The Argus
Oct 19 - 6:42 AM

Brighton have made a decent start to life in the Premier League, remaining on target to survive with 8 points from their opening 8 games.

However, the Seagulls have just one point from a possible dozen on their travels and scored just one goal away from home, against Bournemouth. Club captain Bruno has publicly called on his teammates to improve on their paltry away returns on Friday when they travel to the London Stadium to meet West Ham: "We need to get some points away. That is so important. We’ve got a big chance on Friday. They (West Ham) have got a big squad and good players. It’s going to be another really tough game." Manager Chris Hughton was also keen to ensure that Bruno is not blamed for his foul which led to Everton's equalising penalty on Sunday insisting that those incidents happen all the time and that Bruno was unlucky not to get away with it. A win on Friday would see Brighton soar into the PL's top half.
Source: The Argus
Oct 19 - 6:56 AM

Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic has claimed that his team are not mentally weak, though he admits that they are suffering from nerves in home games.

The Saints' home form is yet to show on upturn since Mauricio Pellegrino took charge, with just one win in five and few goals scored representing little change from the much-maligned reign of Claude Puel. The manager himself has called for extra aggression and speed against West Brom on Saturday to quieten the boo-boys at St. Mary's. "Sometimes we miss chances and then the opponents score the first goal and we become a bit nervous," explained Tadic. "This is may be one of the problems. I don't know really, but it's true when we're at home and away we need to be more aggressive and play much faster." The Serbian midfielder also spoke of his desire to give frustrated home fans something to cheer about from the first whistle as Southampton fans have continually criticised their side for pedestrian attempts to open opposition defences.
Oct 19 - 7:11 AM

Christian Benteke is poised for an early return to action having been sidelined since September because of injury.

The Crystal Palace striker suffered knee ligament damage at Manchester City in game week six leaving the Eagles without a recognised forward following the departure of Loic Remy and Fraizer Campbell while Connor Wickham is still recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. The news follows quickly on from the return of Wilfried Zaha who helped orchestrate his sides first win on Saturday, a victory which Roy Hodgson hopes can be used as a platform to kickstart their season. Although the trip to Newcastle will come too soon, Benteke is targeting a return within a "few weeks" and could feature before the next international break. "The rehab is going really well and I'm feeling really happy with the way that my ligament is healing. I really want to help the team and do well this year to make sure I'm in the [World Cup] squad."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 18 - 3:17 AM

Craig Shakespeare has been sacked as manager of Leicester City just four months being given the job on a permanent basis.

Shakespeare succeeded Claudio Ranieri as caretaker manager last season and led the club out of the relegation zone and to a 12th-place finish. But less than 24 hours after a 1-1 draw with West Brom, the club decided to part with the 53-year-old. Monday's 1-1 draw with the Baggies dropped the Foxes into the bottom three and marked a run of sixth matches without a win - the same as when Ranieri was relived of his duties nine months ago. Shakespeare, who signed a three-year deal in June, leaves with Leicester having won just once in eight league matches this season. Michael Appleton, who had been working as Shakespeare's assistant, will take caretaker charge for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Swansea City. Among the potential replacement candidates being tipped are Sam Allardyce, Wales manager Chris Coleman, David Moyes and Roberto Mancini.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 17 - 3:06 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





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