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Billy Jones, who has made West Brom's right-back spot his own this season, is out for an indefinite time with a hamstring injury he picked up against Crystal Palace.

Steven Reid will likely deputize for Jones, but this certainly doesn't help their preparations to play Chelsea this weekend.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Aitor Karanka confirmed that Middlesbrough left-back George Friend is among the injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.

This could be a problem for Boro this weekend as regular right-back Anotonio Barragan has been ruled out and Calum Chambers is also in doubt with a foot injury. On the trio, Karanka said: "We are not 100 per cent with George, Barragan, Calum, and I think the rest are all fit. These three are our concerns." Since neither Friend or Chambers trained this week, this leaves Fabio is the only fit full-back. Given the lack of positional depth, Karanka could be forced to use Ben Gibson or Daniel Ayala at full-back. However, the manager spoke calmly about the injury dilemma: "All of them are full-backs. When something like thinks happens it is not just one, I am calm because we have alternatives."
Feb 23 - 4:28 PM

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney officially put to rest all of the speculation over a move to China.

The United captain has been linked with heavy interest from the Chinese Super League with his agent even engaging in talks with Tianjin Quanjian over a potential move this month that would have made him the highest-paid player in the world. But Rooney released a statement confirming he will not be going anywhere this month despite limited playing time under manager Jose Mourinho: "Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United," declared the Reds' record goalscorer. I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts. It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it."
Feb 23 - 3:25 PM

The dramatic fall of title-defenders Leicester City has resulted in the firing of manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday night.

Less than 300 days ago, Ranieri was lifting the Premier League trophy in an improbable end to an seemingly impossible season. Now the club will look to replace the FIFA Coach of the Year with just 13 games remaining and one point away from dropping into the relegation zone. Said Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha: "This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be...But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games."
Feb 23 - 3:37 PM

Aitor Karanka has revealed Middlesbrough have full-back problems ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.

Middlesbrough are in need of win to separate themselves from the relegation zone but could be shorthanded at full-back this weekend, as Calum Chambers and George Friend will need to pass late fitness tests in order to feature against at Selhurst Park. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Karanka said: "Antonio Barragan is out, and we are not 100% with George Friend and Calum Chambers - they are not training with the team so we need to check." While Chambers and Friend would normally be possible replacements for Barragan, Karanka could be forced to shift Ben Gibson to a wide role if the duo is ruled out.
Feb 23 - 3:42 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed a trio of key players have returned to training after dealing with a series of minor injuries.

Midfielders James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas missed the club's scoreless draw with Middlesbrough in Week 25 while star forward Romelu Lukaku was left out of the club's warm-weather trip to Dubai in order to recover from a calf injury. But the trio has returned to full training and look set to take part in the weekend match with Sunderland: "Romelu had a little calf problem but has been back in training for the last three days. James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas have also trained with the group this week."
Feb 23 - 3:45 PM

Diego Costa will look to extend his exceptional scoring record against Swansea City this weekend.

Costa has scored 15 goals this season, and boasts an impressive track record against Swansea City. After scoring a hat trick in his appearance against the Swans, Costa has scored seven goals in just four matches, including a brace when the sides drew earlier this season. In short, despite a three-match scoring drought, Costa should remain a top play in all formats of fantasy.
Feb 23 - 3:11 PM

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Tottenham left-back Danny Rose is still a number of weeks away from returning to full training as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

This is a concern for Tottenham supporters and owners of Danny Rose in fantasy as recovery timelines out of White Hart Lane have a reputation for being underestimated or, as is the case with Erik Lamela, not estimated at all. Rose is too good to drop in draft leagues, but owners in that kind of format will hope weeks will not turn into months as a player's fantasy value begins to fade quickly as the matches start to run out. Ben Davies should continue to occupy the role in the meantime and makes for a fine plug and play if still available on free agent markets.
Feb 23 - 12:52 AM

Andy Carroll looks to have lost his battle to be fit for this weekend’s trip to Vicarage Road.

Slaven Bilic revealed during the build-up to game week 25 that the injury plagued 28-year-old had been carrying a niggling groin problem which resulted in him missing out against West Brom at the London Stadium. It was envisioned that Carroll would be ready for a return this weekend, but speaking to talkSPORT radio on Wednesday, the Hammers manager confirmed: "He is in good form. The only thing about him is that now he is a little bit injured and he didn't train for 10 days. That is a big blow for us but, saying that, he is going to be back very soon." His absence is likely to see Antonio lead the West Ham attack, although club-record signing Andre Ayew will come back into contention following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 23 - 4:54 AM

Michael Carrick is expected to miss the EFL Cup final at Wembley after he was forced off with a calf injury in France.

Carrick was named in the starting XI for Manchester United’s Europa League second leg tie versus Saint-Etienne, but the 35-year-old only lasted an hour before a calf problem ended his evening. Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho defended his line-up: "You can get hurt when you leave your house, you never know when or where." Mourinho will consider his options ahead of Sunday, but Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger are two potential replacements. United could also be without Mkhitaryan who limped off with a hamstring injury: "I think Henrikh and Michael are both out," said Mourinho. "But, this is based on my experience, not on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow."
Feb 23 - 5:10 AM

Arsenal believe Santi Cazorla will not play again this season following another major setback.

The Spanish midfielder has been limited to just eight Premier League appearances this term after picking up an ankle injury against Ludogorets in the Champions League last October. Following several weeks of rehab, Cazorla wasn’t progressing as hoped, and the Arsenal medical team in conjunction with specialists decided that the 32-year-old would have surgery on the plantaris tendon in his right foot. Cazorla travelled to Sweden for the procedure and was told a full recovery would take around three months, although the player himself was initially confident of a return within two. However, following several setbacks, Cazorla will now focus on being fit for the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
Source: The Mirror
Feb 22 - 5:49 PM

The brief speculation over Adam Lallana's future at Liverpool is over after the club officially announced he has signed a new contract.

The former Southampton midfielder has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham in recent months following a stellar run of form that has seen him record seven goals and seven assists this season. But the 28-year-old has now signed a three-year contract reportedly worth £150,000-a-week to make him one of the highest-paid players at the club. Said Lallana: "Signing for a club like Liverpool is obviously a big thing – but to re-sign shows you’ve obviously contributed enough that the people who make the decisions want you to stay longer. This is a really good place to be at the moment and, for a player who wants to be part of something special, I can’t think of a better club to commit your future to."
Feb 22 - 5:53 PM





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