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Costel Pantilimon will start for Manchester City against CSKA Moscow and presumably at Sunderland as well.

What Manuel Pelligirini will do after the international break is anyone's guess, but for now it seems that he's decided to go with the Romanian keeper and give Joe Hart an extended time out of the firing line.
Source: The Guardian
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Manchester City will have a fully fit Sergio Aguero available for the weekend trip to Leicester City after a mid-week scare.

The Argentina striker was forced off at half-time of the country's friendly with Nigeria during the week due to a dizzy spell and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. However, manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that Aguero has returned to the club, trained, and has been cleared for the weekend match. "He arrived two days ago and the doctor says he’s perfect," Guardiola said. He was conscious all the time in Argentina and he’s okay. Nothing to be worried about." However, the club will be without another Argetine with Nicolas Otamendi out serving a suspension.
Nov 18 - 4:23 AM

The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Joel Matip is "almost certain" to miss Saturday's match against Southampton as the defender is dealing with a thigh problem.

The news came late in the evening from Merseyside, so fantasy owners who thought Matip was OK following Jurgen Klopp's initial press conference may be waking up to some unfortunate news. Actually, owners of any Liverpool defenders will feel Matip's loss, as the Echo projects Dejan Lovren to take Matip's place. Lovren has had a nightmare season but has a chance to get on the right track against his former club if Klopp indeed turns to him. The manager does have alternatives though. With a solid defensive record at home and playing a Saints side with a struggling attack, this looked to be one of the more bankable clean sheet matchups this weekend. The fact that Matip is "unlikely to be risked" suggests that the Cameroon international will be in contention for next weekend.
Nov 18 - 4:28 AM

Jose Mourinho made a shock announcement on Friday with Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to return today against Newcastle.

Just days after saying he expected Ibrahimovic back before the end of 2017, Mourinho confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that the Swedish legend will be on the bench to face Newcastle today just seven months after suffering an ACL injury that required surgery and a long-term layoff. It's a remarkable turnaround for a 36-year-old who will now put pressure on Romelu Lukaku's starting spot. Said Mourinho: "As a start, I see him on the bench and it's where I see him. It's where he's going to be tomorrow [Saturday], on the bench."
Nov 18 - 4:29 AM

Crystal Palace fans and fantasy owners will be pleased to know another attacking option is back, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek might be ruled out.

The Chelsea loanee suffered a back injury during the international break and will be a late decision ahead of Crystal Palace's match with Everton today. However, Christian Benteke will be a welcome sight on the Palace bench after missing the last two months with a knee injury. Said manager Roy Hodgson: "We are assessing Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has a back spasm, but he hasn’t trained today and we probably won’t know until tomorrow or even on Saturday...We hope Christian can play a big part for us now going forward but it must be remembered he hasn’t played for seven weeks but it’s good because he is physically fit to play and I certainly don’t see it as a risk playing him."
Nov 18 - 4:33 AM

Shkodran Mustafi faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's North London Derby as the German international races to be fit for a crucial match.

It seems unlikely that Mustafi would be rushed back, presumably at least somewhat short of match fitness/sharpness, for such a crucial contest. While, at full fitness, he would be a first choice player in Arsene Wenger's eleven, sharpness will be paramount as Arsenal look to upset their recently dominant north London rivals. Look for Koscielny, Mertesacker, and Monreal to feature in the center with Kolasinac and Bellerin on the flanks. Maybe Mustafi features as a late-match sub if Wenger needs to shut the match down with a narrow lead.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:08 PM

Danny Welbeck is close to being recovered from his hamstring injury but expect him to play no more than a substitute role against Spurs given the uncertainty of his participation.

Given that Arsene Wenger was uncertain enough about Welbeck's status to indicate that he was facing a late fitness check, it is reasonable to expect that the forward will not be in the starting eleven for the match against Spurs on Saturday to kick off Week 12 in the Premier League. If fully healthy, Welbeck would probably have a spot in Wenger's eleven as he has favored high-energy performers like the England international against big opposition. Given the uncertainty though, you should probably hold Welbeck out of fantasy line-ups unless you can make decisions after line-ups are announced an hour ahead of the match starting.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:11 PM

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will miss Arsenal's Saturday clash with Spurs while he recovers from a thigh injury picked up on international duty.

The France international has been infrequently used by Arsene Wenger in the Premier League so, on the face of it, this isn't a big announcement as Arsenal face off with rival Spurs at the Emirates in Week 12 action. The reason it is noteworthy is that Danny Welbeck is also questionable for the match as he recovers from his own injury and Wenger has been reluctant to use Alexandre Lacazette in matches against "big" opponents. This could lead to Wenger starting Alexis Sanchez centrally with Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil flanking him or to Lacazette taking the central post with Sanchez and one of Ozil/Iwobi opposite the Chilean.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:32 PM

Nacer Chadli will definitely miss the Week 12 visit of Chelsea and fears in the West Brom camp are that he could miss a number of weeks beyond that.

Chadli returned to the starting line-up in mid-October after an injury kept him from starting the season in contention for playing time. His return to the line-up was short-lived as he has now been felled by a hip injury that threatens to keep him out for multiple weeks. The injury will likely mean more time for one or both of Salomon Rondon or Matthew Phillips. With Chelsea the opponent in Week 12, expect Tony Pulis to go even more defensive than usual with his line-up so expect only one of the two attackers this time out with Rondon probably favored for his ability as a target man holding up play as Albion's many center backs hoof clearances up the field looking for relief from Chelsea attacks.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:40 PM

Heurelho Gomes has recovered from a head injury and will start against West Ham as the Hornets look to return to form after three consecutive losses in the Premier League.

Gomes' absence at the end of the match against Everton in Week 11 has been blamed to some extent for Watford's late capitulation against the Toffees as they saw a 2-0 lead become a 3-2 defeat in the late going. They will be happy to welcome back their first choice goalkeeper in Huerulho Gomes and will be similarly excited to welcome struggling West Ham who have been a welcome sight for struggling sides all season. Look for a home win to get Marco Silva and his side back on track.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:45 PM

Roberto Pereyra has struggled mightily with injury since his arrival in the Premier League and Week 12 is no exception as he races against the clock to be fit for the visit of West Ham.

Pereyra has been effective in spells since his arrival but he has never been fit (and under the same manager) long enough to really establish a rhythm to his play for the Hornets. His Juventus pedigree speaks to a player who should be able to contribute but the results have been less than inspiring thus far. Perhaps this time, if he can stay healthy, the Hornets can find out what they have in Pereyra.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:49 PM

Sebastian Prodl has been out since late August but could return in Week 12 as he recovers from a significant hamstring injury.

Given how long Prodl has been out, it seems unlikely that he will start for Marco Silva's side against West Ham. If he weren't on a late fitness check then perhaps the chances of a start would be higher but a place on the bench seems far more likely should he come through his test and be passed fit. Look for Week 13 or 14 as a more likely time for Prodl to be reintroduced into the starting line-up.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:52 PM




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