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Danny Simpson was a surprise omission from the matchday squad on Saturday as Daniel Amartey came in for his first league start in over a month.

Claude Puel insisted the decision to leave the 31-year-old out was planned, and there were no injury concerns, despite Simpson failing to make the matchday squad. "We have two very close players - this was an opportunity for Daniel to play." However, the former Newcastle full-back is expected to make a speedy return after Amartey limped off with a suspected hamstring strain with barely 20 minutes on the clock. Puel felt his withdrawal "destabilised" his players as the injury forced a change of formation with the Foxes switching to three at the back. Leicester snatched a last-gasp point after Riyad Mahrez scored deep into injury time to cap an excellent performance. The Algerian has endured a difficult month having failed to secure a move to Manchester City in January. "I said he will come back with a good attitude, a positive attitude. He has shown that," beamed Puel after the 1-1 draw.
Mar 6 - 5:20 PM

Dejan Lovren has resumed training after recovering from a pelvic injury that has kept him sidelined since this summer's World Cup.

Lovren was spotted participating in drills at Melwood in Liverpool's first training session since defeating PSG in Champions League action this week. After helping Croatia make it to the World Cup final, Lovren looked poised to partner Virgil van Dijk for the 2018/2019 season more often than not, but two factors are going to make things difficult. For one, Joe Gomez, who has been playing Lovren's spot, has been rock solid thus far, and it will be tough to supplant him. Then, Lovren has the distraction of being involved in a criminal investigation in which he and Croatian teammate Luka Modric allegedly provided a false statement - a perjury charge that carries anywhere from six months to five years in prison. Joel Matip, who has made three straight one-minute cameos in league play, remains the primary backup at center back.
Source: Liverpool FC
Sep 19 - 11:41 PM

Antonio Valencia will not be risked in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, but Jose Mourinho confirms Luke Shaw is in line for a recall.

The United manager revealed that the club captain was the only player missing from the squad as he needed to be protected from the Young Boys’ Stade de Suisse surface because of his clinical situation. "His knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch." Despite being medically cleared to play at Watford, Luke Shaw did not travel with the squad to London last weekend, however, Mourinho has confirmed the full-back will feature tonight. Marcus Rashford, who is currently serving a domestic ban, is also pencilled in for a place in the XI while Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial will compete to fill the remaining attacking places. Following 90 minutes for the development side on Friday, Diogo Dalot "has a chance" to play his first competitive game for the club having recently recovered from knee surgery.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 19 - 10:27 AM

Pascal Gross is likely to miss out again this weekend as his recovery from an ankle injury takes longer than initially anticipated.

The Brighton set-piece specialist was a surprise omission from the squad which arrived at Southampton on Monday after he failed to recover from the knock he suffered [vs Fulham] before the international break. "He got a kick in the last game which has ended up a little bit more troublesome than we thought," revealed Chris Hughton. "It’s certainly nothing that is going to be longer term. We’ll look at what progress he makes over the next week but certainly it’s not one that is going to keep him out for a number of games." The Seagulls made a single change at St Mary’s with Mali Bissouma replacing the German, and the Brighton boss may be tempted to stick with the same XI following a 2-2 draw. Florin Andone won’t be too far away after his run out for the under-23s while Jose Izquierdo has also returned to training following a recent knee problem.
Source: The Argus
Sep 19 - 10:29 AM

Sergio Aguero has trained ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Lyon on Wednesday.

The Argentine striker suffered a minor ankle injury during the win over Fulham last weekend and has been receiving intensive treatment in a bid to be fit for the match. On Tuesday, assistant City coach Mikel Arteta, who was speaking in the absence of the suspended Pep Guardiola, confirmed Aguero, along with Benjamin Mendy, would be assessed in training ahead of the tie. "We will see how they react in the next 24 hours, then make a decision." But, following on from the lunchtime press conference, City released a statement via the club website confirming Aguero "looked fit and raring to go" in a session led by Guardiola while Mendy missed out altogether - the defender remains a major doubt for the game against the Ligue 1 side. His absence is likely to see Fabian Delph continue to deputise at left-back.
Sep 18 - 4:55 PM

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that midfielder Dele Alli will not be available for Tuesday.

The star midfielder suffered a hamstring injury prior to the international break and missed the weekend loss to Liverpool, along with Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko, due to injury. Curiously enough, Pochettino also chose to leave Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld behind in London ahead of the Champions League match against Inter Milan on Tuesday. "With a calf injury, Hugo Lloris is still out; Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko are still injured and they are in London. For a technical decision, Kieran Tripper and Toby Alderweireld are there too...You cannot bring 25 players and can only play 11 and seven on the bench. That is the reason."
Source: Football 365
Sep 18 - 12:19 AM

Glenn Murray's stoppage time penalty drew Brighton even with Southampton 2-2 in Monday's south coast derby to close Week 5 in the Premier League.

Glenn Murray is having something of a late-career renaissance at Brighton. The 34-year-old has started the season in fantastic form with his penalty today making it four goals in five matches. Eden Hazard leads the division with five goals in five matches and Murray joins Romelu Lukaku, Sadio Mane, and fellow surprise package Aleksandar Mitrovic in second place in the scoring table with his four. With names like Sergio Aguero, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, and Roberto Firmino in the rearview mirror it is a blistering start. Look for Murray to cool down but a 12-15 goal season doesn't seem out of reach given the fast start and his usual scoring rate stretched out over the rest of the campaign.
Sep 17 - 5:18 PM

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a screamer from 30+ yards out but it and Danny Ings penalty weren't enough to beat rivals Brighton as Albion came back late to secure a 2-2 draw.

The Saints looked the far better side for the first half and into the second half on Monday. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's goal wasn't of the variety that you can expect to be repeated but it was indicative of the Saints' superiority in the first half where they looked likely to score from closer range on multiple occasions. After Danny Ings drew a penalty after dribbling through half the Albion side it looked like the match was over. Not so fast as the Saints defense wilted in the second half allowing goals from Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray (also from the spot). They almost won it at the death on a Ryan Bertrand free kick but it wasn't to be and the honors were split.
Sep 17 - 5:25 PM

The absence of Benjamin Mendy was the cause of much heartbreak on Saturday when the flying full-back failed to make the matchday squad.

Very little was known prior to kick-off, although several media outlets suggested the official reason was tactical, ahead of their clash with Lyon in the Champions League. A move which made sense as Leroy Sane and Fabian Delph were afforded some much-needed game time. The great man himself was also on hand – via Twitter - to offer his apologies to the two million or so managers who had Mendy in their side. "So many broken hearts today 💔😂 sorry for letting you down guys." Post-match the news was overshadowed by an ankle injured suffered by Sergio Aguero, but Pep did offer a update following the win over Fulham. However, fantasy managers were left none the wiser. "It could be weeks or days and maybe longer." Reports from France on Monday suggest the knee injury is only a minor concern, although it could keep Mendy out of the game on Wednesday.
Source: The Metro
Sep 17 - 10:02 AM

Maurizio Sarri is hoping to have Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic available on Thursday despite seeing the midfielder limp off during the win over Cardiff City.

The Chelsea boss revealed that he had spoken to the club doctor who confirmed Kovacic’s injury, which is believed to be a dead leg, is "nothing serious." Sarri may also be able to count on Cesc Fabregas following his return to full training. The Spaniard will use the next few days "to improve his physical condition" and barring a setback, he should be included in the travelling squad which will face Greek outfit PAOK Thessaloniki on Thursday. The availability of Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains uncertain after he suffered an injury to his right tibia when playing for England against Switzerland. "‘I hope he can recover in the next two or three days and maybe there is an opportunity that I can give him a chance [in the Europa League]. I don’t know now because I want to have a very clear picture of the situation."
Source: Daily Star
Sep 17 - 10:44 AM

Everton's defence parted all too easily as West Ham recorded their first win of the season at Goodison Park.

Everton looked composed in the first 10 minutes before their defence malfunctioned and let West Ham in for their first. A direct ball got the better of the whole Toffee's defence and fell to Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian unselfishly teed up Andriy Yarmolenko to score. That sloppy defending dented the home team's confidence, though Tosun should have brought them level before Yarmolenko doubled the lead with a curling effort after cutting inside. Morgan Schneiderlin was hooked late in the first half and his replacement, Bernard, was crucial in teeing up Siggy to make it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time. Everton pushed hard to equalise and ended up conceding again, with Arnie getting his name on the scoresheet. A lack of clinical edge cost Everton whilst a win is a huge boost for West Ham.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 16 - 1:02 PM

They would only find the net once, but it was a one-sided affair as Wolverhampton outplayed Burnley from start to finish in a 1-0 win.

Wolves went with the same XI for the third match running and you could see their chemistry clicking as they gave Burnley trouble all afternoon and were unfortunate to come away with just the single goal. Around the half-hour mark, they created a flurry of chances but somehow came away empty as Ruben Neves had a shot blocked and Jonny had one cleared off the line. One began to wonder if luck was not on their side this day when Raul Jiminez was teed up by Diogo Jota but his shot sailed over. Jiminez would make up for it just after the hour mark, with a one touch finish after feed from the right by Matt Doherty. Doherty was especially impressive in his wingback role and gave his fantasy owners a combo meal, with his clean sheet and assist.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 16 - 10:28 AM




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