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Michael Carrick is struggling with an achilles injury. He's already missed Manchester United's thrashing on Fulham, is unlikely to make their Champions League match against Real Sociedad, and will be a doubt for the weekend's match against Arsenal.

Carrick's absence didn't mean a start for Marouane Fellaini as Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones were in center midfield. It wasn't until United suffered injuries on halftime that the Belgian got on to the pitch.
Source: The Guardian
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 09:15:00 AM

James Collins is set for a spell on the sidelines but the news is a lot better than initially feared.

The West Ham defender sustained an ankle injury on Saturday forcing him off just 13 minutes into the second half. Slaven Bilic was preparing himself for the worst "it looked like being a few months" but fortunately, scan results confirm Collins will only miss a couple of weeks. Head of Medical Services Gary Lewin said: "It’s good news for James in the sense that it is not long-term or as serious as it perhaps looked at the time. We will manage him very carefully and ensure he returns when the time is right." The Hammers entertain London rivals Tottenham in the early kick-off this weekend and go into the game on an upward curve following a bad start to the season. Consecutive clean-sheets have helped West Ham move out of the Bottom Three but the injury to Collins could mean a change of formation with Zabaleta and Cresswell dropping in to make a back four.
Sep 19 - 5:53 AM

Jake Livermore missed the 0-0 bore draw with West Ham United but manager Tony Pulis remains hopeful that the midfielder will be back to face Arsenal in game week six.

The Baggies midfielder was given a few days off to help him recover after feeling "mentally tired" following a hectic summer with little down time: "Just to clarify the club (both management and medical) made the decision - it was right to take few days off to rest my body," revealed Livermore through his personal Twitter account: "I hadn't had this time in summer due to international duties and then myself wanting to do a full pre-season with my then new team-mates." Speaking after the game on Saturday, Pulis confirmed after checking Livermore’s running stats and his data that "he had dropped off a bit" so decided to give him a break. "We could have done with his energy against West Ham with the way the game went. He won't play on Wednesday [Carabao Cup] but hopefully he will be ready to face Arsenal on Monday.
Sep 19 - 6:09 AM

Antonio Conte confirmed that Pedro Rodriguez was forced off against Arsenal after sustaining an ankle injury.

The Chelsea winger was on the receiving end of a heavy Nacho Monreal challenge early in the game, which left him requiring lengthy treatment. Although he managed to see out the remaining minutes of the half, he failed to appear after the break and Conte revealed Pedro "wasn’t 100 per cent fit" after taking a kick on his ankle. "For this reason, I decided to make a substitution. We have to check with the doctor, but I hope this problem is not serious." The 30-year-old is certain to miss the Carabao Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, and if he fails to recover for the trip to Stoke on Saturday, then Conte will have a decision to make. Should Eden Hazard comes through tomorrow unscathed, then the Belgium star could be in line for his first Premier League start of the season following his recovery from a fractured ankle.
Sep 18 - 5:43 PM

Initial reports suggest Danny Welbeck will be sidelined for at least a month after limping off with a groin problem during Sundays London derby at Stamford Bridge.

After a solid pre-season, the hapless attacker looked to have put his injury problems behind him after starting the first five Premier League games of the season. Only Cech [450], Bellerin [450], Monreal [450] and Granit Xhaka [439] had played more minutes during the opening weeks but now Welbeck is set for an extended period on the sidelines having suffered a muscular injury: "I don’t know how serious it is," said Arsène Wenger following his sides 0-0 draw. "It looks like a good groin problem, not an easy one." An initial scan on Monday proved inconclusive, and the England international will have further tests to determine the extent of the damage. His absence is likely to open the door for Alexis Sanchez who has been restricted to a place on the bench in recent games as he builds fitness following his late return combined with abdominal and ankle injuries.
Sep 18 - 5:19 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho is set to change up his starting eleven for United's Carabao Cup clash with Championship side Burton Albion on Wednesday.

Luke Shaw has recovered from the foot injury sustained last April against Swansea, only being passed fit by Mourinho last week. He has played three times for United's reserves but is yet to get back in the first team squad. This may be his chance to prove his form and return to the fold. Angel Gomes, who made his debut against Palace in GW38 last season is also potentially in line to start while Scott McTominay and Michael Carrick will both expect to get the nod in the rotated side. Neither man has played a minute for the first team yet in 2017/18.
Sep 18 - 12:28 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho thinks his side's late goals in the PL so far this term have come because of the defensive setup of Premier League sides.

United's 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday followed the general script of a few United games already this term. With United ahead thanks to Valencia's early stunner, Everton pressed looking to get back on level terms and United punished them when they left space in behind. Mourinho says that PL sides often "try to match each other and play in the same system", which leads to a 1-0 or 0-0 scoreline. He added "...in the last part of the game they were losing 1-0 and then 2-0 and they tried to come more, and they gave us more spaces." The Portuguese claimed United's third and fourth didn't reflect the game and he concluded they were the product of a heavy morale shift after the Red Devils' second. Mourinho also credited the stability which Ander Herrera gave his side after his introduction for the final 20 minutes.
Sep 18 - 12:21 PM

Romelu Lukaku continued his stellar start to the season with a goal and assist in a 4-0 win against Everton.

The summer arrival from Everton waited until late to put the dagger into his former side, scoring in the 89th minute after following through on a blocked free-kick opportunity. The goal won't sit well with Everton fans as the Belgian sought out the away section and celebrated in retaliation for their boos earlier in the match. Lukaku also added an assist on Henrikh Mkhitaryan's 83rd minute goal to double the lead while Anthony Martial finished things off with a penalty kick in stoppage time. It was Antonio Valencia who got things started early in the fourth minute with a crackling strike from outside the box that swerved to beat Jordan Pickford. Now the Red Devils find themselves back atop the table once again their fourth clean sheet of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 1:03 PM

It's certainly not the start manager Ronald Koeman envisioned entering this season, and now the whispers are circulating about his future.

Following a debilitating 4-0 loss to Manchester United, Koeman will have some serious soul-searching to do in order to turn things around for Everton. The club has not won since a single match in any competition since the opening week of the season; and this week may have been the worst of all following three successive defeats (3-0 to Tottenham, 3-0 to Atalanta, 4-0 to United) while the Toffees have yet to score a goal in their last four matches. However, Everton can look at the positives from Sunday as it held off United from the first goal in the fourth minute until the second in the 83rd.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 1:12 PM

Chelsea found themselves evenly matched with Arsenal and was held goalless at home for the first time in ages as the rivals played to a 0-0 final at Stamford Bridge.

Considering this match had superstars Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez beginning the day on the bench and with no goals to be had, this was still an intriguing match. Chelsea looked like they might go ahead first, when Cesc Fabregas picked out Pedro with a superb pass and Pedro was 1 v 1 with Petr Cech but could not beat the keeper. Victor Moses offered plenty of threat down the right flank, whipping in crosses, and Alvaro Morata was active in and around the box, but Arsenal would not allow the Blues space when it came time to test the target. Arsenal looked more poised to score as the second half wore on, but they could not take advantage of a straight red card picked up by David Luiz for a rash challenge on Sead Kolasinac. The Blues take a point but lose ground on Manchester City, who are looking the front runners to take the title from London.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 10:43 AM

Arsenal put on a fine defensive display and picked up a rare positive result on the road against a top six side as they played Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

They didn't win, they didn't score, but Arsenal should be very happy with the result today, exorcising a couple of demons by getting a positive result against the Blues and doing it with a clean sheet. Arsene Wenger named an XI that did not include Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez, but they still managed to create some changes,mainly through an impressive shift by Aaron Ramsey, who came closest to scoring for the Gunners, when he broke through the Chelsea defense only to have his shot clang off the far post. Alexander Lacazette had a sitter for a rebound but missed. Sead Kolasinac showed his threat yet again, but no end product. The defense was the story though and is a positive sign going forward for Arsenal.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 10:31 AM

Swansea City held firm against Spurs in the final fixture of Saturday evening to earn a valuable point at Wembley.

The draw means that Spurs have still not won at Wembley in the PL, perhaps denting the hope that the midweek Champions League win over Dortmund had banished the hoodoo. The first half was dominated by Spurs who held possession but failed to create many chances of note. Swansea defended well and hit on the counter but never got a shot on target. Spurs thought they had won a penalty in the second half when Olsson looked to have handled in the area but Spurs' protests were waved away. Kane also hit the crossbar. Fabianski did well to deny a header by the same man later. Yet again, it wasn't Tottenham's day.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 16 - 2:36 PM




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