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Laurent Koscielny is a major doubt for the game on Wednesday evening due to an ongoing Achilles problem which has flared up again.

The Gunners take on Chelsea at the Emirates with a mounting injury list. Seven players have joined long-term casualty – Santi Cazorla - in the treatment room since the beginning of December, while four players have been added during the festive programme. Koscielny is the latest addition, having limped off at West Brom and Arsène Wenger admitted the early signs are not too encouraging. "He is 30 per cent available, 70 per cent not." Per Mertesacker is the player most likely to step into the breach. It was initially hoped that Nacho Monreal would be back within a fortnight after picking up a knock against Liverpool, but all told, that timeline could be nearer to a month. Sead Kolasinac will miss the next two games [at least]. "It could settle in a week, or two. It is not long term." Aaron Ramsey is targeting his comeback in the Carabao Cup on January 10.
Jan 2 - 1:20 PM

Mark Hughes welcomes Steven Davis back into the fold after more than two months, but the Saints travel to Leicester City without Mario Lemina and Sofiane Boufal.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mark Hughes confirmed Davis "is back in the group" although admittedly he hasn’t trained a great deal and lacks match-fitness. The Northern Ireland international sustained a hamstring strain back in February and was poised for a return in game week thirty-three at Arsenal, when he suffered a setback, injuring his Achilles. Following a couple of decent performances, but not results, Southampton need at least 3 wins from their last five games and can ill afford to lose at the King Power on Thursday with Manchester City still to play. However, they face Leicester without the services of Lemina who has "an issue with his back" affecting his hamstring, and Boufal, who is ill. Following the return of Sam McQueen to the matchday squad on Saturday, Southampton have no other injury concerns.
Apr 19 - 4:13 AM

Jack Wilshere faces a late fitness test after missing the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend because of injury.

Arsenal take on London rivals West Ham at the Emirates and Arsène Wenger will use this game as preparation for Thursday nights Europa League semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid. "I rested some players after the Moscow match, and they will need a game......" That should include the likes of Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin who were omitted from the matchday squad at St James' Park. Henrikh Mkhitaryan [knee] is running again and "he will be assessed over the next 4-5 days." David Ospina has fully recovered from his recent ankle problem but there is some uncertainty over Jack Wilshere who has an ankle injury. Even though Aaron Ramsey [shin laceration] is yet to train with the group, "he will be available" on Sunday. Santi Cazorla continues his rehab in Spain and there is still hope that he can return to the club before the end of the season, although he will not feature during the run-in.
Source: The Mirror
Apr 19 - 5:18 AM

The Belgian forward was 9n the bench to start but came in to put away United's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

With the World Cup looming Lukaku's form was of some concern as the second half of the season hasn't been particularly prolific by his or United's standards. Everyone from Jose Mourinho to Roberto Martinez will be happy to see Lukaku score as the season winds down.
Source: Espn.com
Apr 18 - 6:49 PM

Sergio Aguero's arthroscopic surgery could have more repercussions that just the end of the Premier League season.

Aguero has likely been ruled out for the remainder of the season after sustaining a couple knocks to his knee over the last few weeks, but Argentina's team doctor has his doubts over Aguero's place in the World Cup team this summer, saying that the star striker at least won't be 100 %. Said Homero D'Agostino: "That a player has undergone an arthroscope with 60 days to go before the World Cup is worrying. The recovery process will require at least five weeks...It's never going to be less than three or four weeks, or even more. I imagine that he will not arrive 100 percent fit with the limited time that is left before the World Cup."
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 3:07 PM

Adam Lallana is going global in an attempt to fast-track his recovery from a hamstring related problem.

The Liverpool midfielder has endured an injury ravaged campaign which didn’t start until November after he suffered a thigh muscle strain during the penultimate game of pre-season. Niggling issues and a lack of match fitness have restricted Lallana to a single Premier League start in 2017/18. And after suffering another setback at Selhurst Park earlier this month – an injury which is likely to end any hope of featuring at the World Cup finals – the 29-year-old has travelled to South Africa to receive specialist treatment at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town. The rehabilitation centre was selected by the club’s medical department to aid his return to fitness, as they had done previously, when Lallana attended the world-renowned Aspetar Clinic in Doha. Meanwhile, Liverpool face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and Jurgen Klopp is hoping to have defender Joe Gomez back amongst the ranks following his return to full training this week.
Apr 18 - 9:58 AM

Renato Sanches has returned to South Wales and he is determined to play a part in Swansea’s final push for Premier League survival.

The Bayern Munich midfielder is back after a short-stint of rehabilitation at his parent club and is hoping to end his season on a high following an injury-plagued campaign. Sanches has been hampered throughout his loan spell due to a persistent hamstring problem, the latest of which has kept the 20-year-old out since January. His 12 Premier League appearances drew mixed reviews as he struggled to adapt to the rigours of top-flight football after spending most of 2016/17 watching from the sidelines. The former Young Portugal Player of the Year looks a pale shadow of the explosive and skilful star who first come to the worlds’ attention during Euro 2016. With only five games remaining, Sanches still has a chance of proving his critics wrong by helping Swansea beat the drop. He will be assessed by the clubs’ medical staff at Fairwood training complex ahead of a possible return to action.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 18 - 7:20 AM

Shinji Okazaki and Kasper Schmeichel will be assessed ahead of game with Southampton.

The pair picked up injuries during the 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor last weekend and face a race against time to make Thursday night’s contest. Okazaki was replaced at the break because of an ankle injury, and if he fails to recover, then Claude Puel may look to Kelechi Iheanacho who could come in for only his fourth league start of the season. However, the loss of ever-present Schmeichel will be of cause of greater concern, with Ben Hamer and Eldin Jakupović on standby: "We will see tomorrow [Wednesday]. For the moment, he cannot train with us." Matty James [Achilles] and Vicente Iborra [hamstring] will miss the run-in but midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is back in contention after completing his two-match suspension. Daniel Amartey re-joined the first team on the training pitches today "but it is not enough time to be available," the Leicester boss revealed during his pre-match press conference.
Apr 17 - 5:00 PM

Brighton fought hard against Spurs at the AMEX and emerged with a creditable 1-1 draw.

Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez were given the night off for the London side, who also gave a start to contract rebel Toby Alderweireld. Heung-Min Son was denied brilliantly by Matt Ryan in the first half whilst a Dunk header and Knockaert shot forced Lloris into action too before the interval. Both goals came soon after half-time. Son reacted sharply to an error by Brighton full-back Gaetan Bong before playing in Kane, whose shot deflected off Bruno into the net, placing the Englishman just four goals behind Mo Salah in the race for the golden boot. Pasacl Gross equalised soon after from the spot, after Aurier fouled Izquierdo in the box. Shane Duffy almost scored on own goal too but Albion held on. With four tough fixtures left, they are almost assured safety eight points above the drop zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 17 - 5:38 PM

Sergio Aguero is expected to miss the remainder of the season following a small surgical procedure on his knee.

The Argentine star was injured in training over a month ago but returned for a 15-minute cameo in the Manchester derby, only be caught by a heavy Ashley Young challenge which somehow went unpunished by referee Martin Atkinson. Speaking ahead of the Tottenham clash at Wembley, Guardiola confirmed Aguero would miss the game: "He made a huge effort [to play] in the last 20 minutes [against Liverpool] then said he couldn't run," revealed the City boss. "He had problems with his knee and could not train. Hopefully he will be ready for the last games and the World Cup." However, having clinched the Premier League title on Sunday, a decision was taken for Aguero to go under the knife to remedy a niggling problem. The striker is said to be targeting a return in May. "Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee," he tweeted on Tuesday. "Fully motivated to get back soon to the field."
Apr 17 - 10:56 AM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho is set to drop a number of first team players after Sunday's 1-0 loss to bottom side West Brom.

The Telegraph report that the insipid performances of Paul Pogba (substituted early), Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata have been particularly frustrating for the boss. United face Bournemouth in the league on Wednesday, and it is in this tie that Sunday's squad players will have a chance to stake their claim to start the FA Cup semi-final against Spurs on Saturday. The manager has made it clear that the Cherries game is an opportunity for others, not rotation: "So it is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player that plays against Bournemouth is to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final. So the word is not rotation – it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs.." Mourinho answered in the affirmative when directly asked if West Brom underperformers would not play, saying "the only way [to select a team] is to go with performance".
Apr 17 - 6:40 AM

Substitute Andy Carroll's late equalizer earned West Ham a point in Monday's 1-1 draw against Stoke City.

Stoke City took control of the match in the 78th minute when Peter Crouch was on hand to poke home after Joe Hart fumbled Xherdan Shaqiri's strike from the edge of the area. West Ham had a pair of goals disallowed for offside soon after and manager David Moyes responded by turning to Carroll, who had not featured since January, in the 86th minute. Four minutes later, Carroll made the ultimate impact when he volleyed home an emphatic equalizer from Aaron Cresswell's cross. Chicharito appeared to have won the match when he netted in injury time, but the goal was disallowed for a Carroll handball. The Hammers can breathe a little easier thanks to Carroll, as they now sit seven points clear of the relegation with five matches remaining.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 5:58 PM





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