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Mathieu Flamini, injured last weekend against Norwich with a concussion returned for eight minutes before leaving the Crystal Palace match with a groin injury.

Mathieu Flamini has arguably been the best value signing of the summer. Coming back to Arsenal on a free from Milan he has slotted into one of the two holding midfield slots and provided energy and aggression that had been missing since he departed. He was particularly invaluable immediately after his arrival when Arsenal's midfield was riddled with injuries. With Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, and Santi Cazorla all back to health, Flamini's absence for parts of the last two matches wasn't as conspicuous but Arsene Wenger will hope the Frenchman is available to help keep Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in check next weekend.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 10:12:00 PM

Slaven Bilic could be tempted to start Andre Ayew against Chelsea as West Ham United will be without Michail Antonio through suspension.

While Ayew has been limited to 13 appearances due to injuries this season, the club-record £20.5million signing came off the bench to score the equalizer as the Hammers drew 1-1 with Watford at the weekend. After a successful substitute cameo on his first appearance since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Ayew appears to be in line for a start with Michail Antonio unavailable for next Monday's clash with Chelsea. The absence of Antonio does however look set to coincide with the return of Andy Carroll, which would give Bilic the option play Ayew as secondary striker behind Carroll.
Source: ESPN FC
Feb 28 - 8:40 PM

Christian Fuchs paid tribute to the Blue Army after Leicester City surged to an all-important 3-1 victory over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

The ex-Austria international was among the top performers on a momentous night for the Foxes. Fuchs won seven tackles, put in two crosses and assisted on Jamie Vardy's second goal as the home side roared to victory in front of their home fans. Speaking to LCFC TV after the match, the left-back hailed Leicester's performance and the club's supporters amid the difficult circumstances: "These fans behind us cheered every action that we did, whenever we won a tackle we fired them up, they were a great support today. You saw the Leicester of last season and we will try to build upon this game," he said. Fuchs also touched on the importance of replicating the intensity shown moving forward. "Every match for us is a final. We can build up on this game and we’re looking forward to the next one," the 30-year-old added.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 28 - 4:54 PM

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes gave a positive update over the injury status of goalkeeper Jack Butland.

The starting goalkeeper has missed the last 11 months after suffering a fractured ankle while on England duty last March. Since, Butland has suffered multiple setbacks that has seen him in and out of training but never back in the Potters' first team. But Hughes said Butland is closing in on a return in the next couple weeks after coming through his rehabilitation without a setback: "He could well be an option in mid-March. The feeling is he’ll be back very soon. He’ll be meeting his consultant in a week or two, that’s when he’ll hopefully be given the green light in terms of full integration. Once he gets that it will be a couple of weeks more maybe when he’ll be available for selection."
Source: The Mirror
Feb 28 - 4:55 PM

Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic said he has no hard feelings over a failed move to Bournemouth last month.

The club reportedly accepted a £12 million bid from Bournemouth in the winter transfer window, but would only let the Bosnian international leave if a replacement could be found to back up Thibaut Courtois. Despite not playing a single minute in the Premier League this season, Begovic said his focus is on winning a title at the club: "It’s no problem. I’ve been around the block so I have experience. If the club count on me and want me to stay here, I will stay and that was obviously the case [last month]. I’m happy with that and hopefully I will lift a couple of trophies at the end of the season."
Feb 28 - 5:04 PM

Jonny Evans started in Albion's Week 26 win over Bournemouth but it may not be a permanent move given the circumstances.

It appears that Jonny Evans' start was a direct result of the unexpected late injury to Matt Phillips. Chris Brunt moved up from full back to midfield to fill in for Phillips opening up a spot for Evans to come into the line-up. Tony Pulis seems to be focused on a more attacking line-up featuring Brunt at the back and Phillips in midfield when both are healthy. Pulis may adjust his attacking bent based on the opponent but Brunt and Ayew seem to be starters in his typical starting eleven these days with Evans likely a reserve.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 28 - 1:34 PM

A brace from Jamie Vardy and a goal from Daniel Drinkwater jolted Leicester City to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in their first match since sacking Claudio Ranieri last week.

Amid the off pitch adversity, Leicester City produced a brilliant performance under caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare. While the Foxes had yet to score a league goal in 2017, Jamie Vardy ended their goal drought on 28 minutes when he ran onto a through ball by Marc Albrighton and finished past Simon Mignolet at the near post. Leicester then extended their lead just before the break when Daniel Drinkwater fired a stellar volley from distance into the bottom right corner of the net. Shakespeare's side continued to push after the break and found another goal on 60 minutes, as Vardy tallied his brace with a header off a Christian Fuchs cross. Despite conceding eight minutes later, the reigning champions held firm to pull off a must-needed victory and move two points clear of the drop zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 27 - 5:22 PM

Jürgen Klopp says "it looks like" Jordan Henderson will miss this weekends’ clash with Arsenal at Anfield.

There were rumours during the build-up to the Leicester game that Henderson had broken a bone in his foot following a training ground challenge with Leiva when the skipper failed to travel to the King Power. However, tests and a scan revealed the 26-year-old, who has been plagued with ongoing foot and Achilles problems, had sustained heavy bruising which would keep him out for between 7-14 days. Speaking after the 3-1 loss to Leicester, Klopp suggested Henderson is a major doubt for Saturday: "It looks like he will not be ready for Arsenal," he said. "That's how it looks but I'm not sure, we will see." Emre Can came in for his first Premier League start in three weeks and it was his pass to Philippe Coutinho which helped to reduce the deficit late on for Liverpool.
Feb 28 - 4:14 AM

Tony Pulis expects Craig Dawson to be okay for the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend despite the centre-back being knocked out cold on Saturday.

Dawson was poleaxed following a sickening clash of heads with Tyrone Mings, but the Baggies boss was able to provide a positive update after his sides 2-1 win over Bournemouth and laughed off any suggestion that the 26-year-old had suffered a serious injury: "He’s got absolutely slaughtered in the dressing room after the game," Pulis said. "He’s got a little bump on the side of his head so he’s got hammered by the players." Those sentiments were echoed by teammate Chris Brunt who added "what goes around comes around" implying Dawson has dished out his fair share of injuries in the past. "If there’s a chance to go and put his head on something he will always do it and sometimes you come off a bit worse for wear."
Feb 28 - 4:37 AM

Manchester United's 24 year old midfielder Jesse Lingard scored United's second as they overcame Southampton 3-2 in a thrilling EFL Cup final.

On Sunday, he became only the third player to score in a League Cup final, FA Cup final and Community shield at the hallowed Wembley Stadium which highlights his big game pedigree in spite of his "class clown" reputation. However, the fact that his three consecutive Wembley goals constitute 30% of all his goals in red perhaps explains why people doubt him. However, it's unfair to compare Lingard to Mkhitaryan, who he replaced in the starting line-up, as the Englishman's role in the team is far more defensive than the Armenian or teammate Juan Mata. Mourinho did not deploy him in the final just to attack, he also pressed Oriol Romeu continuously, earning himself a caution and final warning but ultimately the ploy worked well. His manager was clearly satisfied, as he sacrificed Juan Mata to facilitate a half-time tactical switch as opposed to Lingard.
Feb 28 - 6:41 AM

Manchester United's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he'll "see what happens" with regards to extending his stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

The 35 year old Swede arrived at Old Trafford during the summer window on a one season deal, but his prolific record this season has led to United manager Jose Mourinho wishing to keep him for a further year. Mourinho jokingly encouraged fans to go to the forward's home to get him to stay, but stated that he will not beg a player to sign a contract. Ibra did speak about his strong bond with the manager, as well as his kids' love for United. Ibrahimovic leads United's scoring books this term having scored 26 goals in 38 games. Juan Mata is second best with just over a third of that tally (9).
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 28 - 7:19 AM

Liverpool's top four hopes were dealt another blow after a 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Monday.

It was night to forget at the King Power Stadium for Liverpool as Leicester City looked like the side that won the title last season, while the visitors were sluggish. Liverpool found themselves facing a two goal deficit at half-time as Jamie Vardy and Daniel Drinkwater buried a pair of chances inside 39 minutes, with Vardy adding a third 15 minutes after half-time. Jurgen Klopp's side would pull one back in the 68th minute through Phillippe Coutinho, but his near-post finish was too little too late. The defeat for Liverpool means they stay in 5th place, on 50 points, and remain just one point above 6th placed Manchester United.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 27 - 5:35 PM





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