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Adam Smith will miss next weekends’ game at Crystal Palace after he was controversially booked for diving.

The Cherries defender went down under a challenge from Southampton forward Sofiane Boufal on the half hour mark, but instead of being awarded a spot kick, referee Jon Moss cautioned Smith meaning he is now suspended for game week 16 after collecting his fifth caution of the campaign. "We should have had a penalty," he said. "I got to the ball just before him, jumped to go over it and he took me down. I spoke to him after and he apologised and said it was a penalty. I don't mind him admitting it but the fact that he booked me and can't' get it rescinded." His absence is likely to earn Steve Cook a recall at Selhurst Park - the Bournemouth captain was one of five changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Swansea.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 05:31:00 PM

Fulham have a pretty healthy squad heading into their weekend match with AFC Bournemouth, with only Tom Cairney and Joe Bryan ruled out as they continue to recover from their respective injuries.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who had been out with a dislocated shoulder, is expected to be available for selection against the Cherries, though Slavisa Jokanovic has yet to find any combination of defenders to be effective. After being a central figure in last season's promotion from the Championship, Cairney has been out of action after starting the first three weeks, save for a substitute appearance in Week 7. He and Bryan will aim for a Week 10 return, but neither are oozing much fantasy relevance at the moment.
Oct 19 - 3:40 AM

With Stephen Ward having undergone surgery to repair his damaged knee, Charlie Taylor looks to have an extended chance to impress, but has yet to do so in fantasy terms.

The left back role has been Taylor's exclusively since Week 4, and now that we know Ward is going to be out for quite some time, one has to consider Taylor as a cheap route to the Burnley defense. Burnley have only kept one clean sheet since the opening weekend though, and that was the only game where Taylor scored above two points in the traditional FPL format. There seems to be little to get excited about in terms of attacking returns either. Taylor logged nearly 1,000 minutes last season and between then and now has yet to register an assist. With Johann Berg Gudmundsson on the left flank, all the chances are coming from the foot of the Icelandic international. Still, if you have a draft league that needs a starting defender, Taylor could provide a bit of help.
Oct 19 - 3:54 AM

Christian Eriksen is definitely back in the squad this weekend when Spurs travel to West Ham, but Mauricio Pochettino is not sure whether the Danish playmaker will go straight back into the XI or only make the bench.

There has been plenty of intrigue around Eriksen's stomach muscle injury, which has been referred to as a "chronic" situation by the manager of Denmark, much to the consternation of the club and fantasy owners. One has to wonder how much it will play into his production going forward, as he has already been off to a slow start by his standards before the injury came to light. Draft owners will simply have to hope for the best and should be monitoring the events against West Ham closely.
Source: The Guardian
Oct 19 - 4:02 AM

Danny Rose has been ruled out of contention for Tottenham's match against West Ham this weekend as the full back has yet to fully recover from a groin strain.

The injury was deemed minor enough to allow Rose to join up with the Three Lions over the break but he was scratched from England's two matches. Mauricio Pochettino feels Rose needs another week before getting him back onto the pitch. Ben Davies will almost certainly start this weekend, but these days it looks to be Rose's gig when he is fit. Key players Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli also remains sidelined, though the latter is aiming for a return to training next week ahead of Tottenham's big matchup against Manchester City.
Source: Ham High
Oct 19 - 4:13 AM

Huddersfield Town midfielder Phillip Billing could be fit for this weekend's clash against Liverpool despite suffering an ankle injury while on international duty.

The defensive midfielder returned early from Denmark Under 21 duty because of the ankle injury but could be available for the visit of Liverpool after returning to first-team training on Thursday. Speaking to the press on Thursday, Huddersfield boss David Wagner said: "Phil had treatment over the last few days and worked with our rehabilitation coaches. He will train today with the team and hopefully he’s fine after training. At the minute, all the signs are positive, that he’s available for Saturday." Billing's availability would be a huge boost against the joint league leaders considering he's been one of the first names on Wagner's team sheet so far this season. The 22-year-old is averaging a club-best 3.4 successful tackles per game while his 11 shots are bettered only by striker Steve Mounie.
Oct 18 - 8:09 PM

Many, many times, it appeared that Luke Shaw's Manchester United career was going to come to an end when his contract expired. Today, the left-back signed a new long-term deal with the club.

Shaw, whose old deal was to end at the end of the season, would have been free to talk to other clubs from January. However, the 23 year-old has now committed the next five years of his career to the club. "Since I came to United it's been a whirlwind four years. I am very proud to sign my new contract and continue my stay at this great club," Shaw said. Shaw's time at United has been turbulent to say the least. He arrived from Southampton as one of the world's most expensive teenagers, but failed to establish himself in the team as a series of injuries and fall-outs with José Mourinho blocked him from taking to the pitch. In 2018/19, he has established himself as United's first choice left-back ahead of Ashley Young, starting seven of United eight league games this term.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 18 - 11:33 AM

Winston Reid is "training and pushing harder everyday" but the West Ham United defender still has a long way to go in his recovery following knee surgery.

Reid, 30, damaged knee ligaments in March, but had been confident of a return at the beginning of 2018/19 before suffering a setback on the club’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland. "Winston has been suffering some swelling around the knee," Head of Medical Richard Collinge confirmed. "He is in need of explorative surgery to clean up the area. We have decided that this is the best course of action." Although there has been no definitive timeline on when Reid will be ready for action, he is hopeful of a return in early 2019. "I’m doing gym work, rehabbing the quad and the leg and getting the bulk back," he confirmed. "To be fair, everything after the operation has gone really, really well and there has been no swelling. We’re training and pushing harder every day to get fitter and get my knee better, so I can get back on the pitch as soon as possible."
Oct 18 - 5:49 AM

Liverpool confirm Sadio Mane has successfully undergone surgery after injuring his hand while on international duty.

Speaking ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Sudan on Tuesday, Senegal coach Aliou Cisse revealed Mane wouldn’t be considered for the return game in Khartoum after breaking the first metacarpal [thumb] in his left hand. Although the injury was not thought to be serious, Mane was assessed on his return to Melwood and it was agreed that surgery, conducted at a north-west hospital, was the best course of action. Despite the operation being a success, his involvement at Huddersfield hangs in the balance and his recovery will be monitored over the next couple of days. With Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah [both hamstring] also at risk of missing out on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp could be forced into a tactical switch at the John Smith’s Stadium with Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge pushing to be included in the starting XI.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 17 - 6:00 PM

Stephen Ward is facing a spell on the sidelines following surgery to remedy a niggling knee problem.

The Republic of Ireland international was forced to withdraw from the recent Nations League fixtures after aggravating the injury during the Carabao Cup defeat at Burton Albion last month. Ward met with a specialist who advised that a "tidying-up procedure" would be the best course of action. The 33-year-old has been restricted to just three Premier League starts this term – all in August – having also struggled due to a foot complaint. Charlie Taylor will now look to establish himself under Sean Dyche following a slow start to his Clarets career since arriving from Leeds United in 2017. Elsewhere, there was better news for Burnley as Robbie Brady [knee and hamstring] scored and completed 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday, a match which also saw Steven Defour handed some valuable game time. Ashley Barnes, Tom Heaton, Phil Bardsley and Chris Wood were named in a strong side which cruised to a comfortable 6-3 win over AFC Fylde.
Oct 16 - 4:12 PM

Naby Keita is the latest Liverpool player to pick up an injury during the international break.

The summer signing from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig has enjoyed a promising start to his Premier League career, featuring in all eight games, but the Guinea international is at risk of missing out this weekend after suffering a suspected hamstring strain. Keita was carried off during the first half of Tuesdays Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Rwanda clutching the back of his thigh and his involvement at Huddersfield hangs in the balance. With Mo Salah and James Milner [both hamstring] and Sadio Mane [broken thumb] all doubts for game week nine, Jurgen Klopp could be forced into a major reshuffle. The Reds have a Champions League tie versus Crvena Zvezda four days later and the Liverpool boss won’t want to take any unnecessary risks meaning Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge are in pole position for a starting role at the John Smith’s Stadium. Meanwhile, Fabinho is in line to make his Premier League debut.
Oct 16 - 3:27 PM

Bournemouth's Lewis Cook is determined to keep his starting place for Bournemouth having spent August and September watching on from the bench.

The 21 year-old midfielder played just 29 minutes in the opening two months of the season before returning to the first XI for the recent two victories over Crystal Palace and Watford. "I wasn’t frustrated, you just have to be patient. It’s such a hard league you have to take your chances," he told the Daily Echo. Cook's attitude to the period appears to have been good before and afterwards. He understands his teammates started the season well and Eddie Howe has praised his professionalism. Cook is starting on the bench for England's U-21 side on Tuesday in a European qualifier.
Oct 16 - 12:18 PM




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