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Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial look to be winning their race to be fit for this weekends FA Cup final at Wembley.

Lukaku has just returned from a stint of rehab in Belgium after missing the final three games of the campaign with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, concerns over the fitness of Martial have been quashed after he picked a knee problem in training last Friday. Both players were pictured as part of the group travelling to London as they boarded the train at Stockport Station. Marouane Fellaini is also in contention after recovering from a slight muscular strain which forced him off during the 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Sergio Romero is over his recent knee injury and he will provide back-up for David de Gea after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Watford on the final day. There were no notable absentees from the squad and it should mean that Jose Mourinho has a full complement of players to choose from against Chelsea.
Source: The Metro
May 17 - 9:15 AM

Sadio Mane has become the latest injury doubt ahead of game week nine after suffering an injury while on international duty.

The Senegal star went for an X-ray on Monday and left hospital with his thumb in a splint [cast]. Although the specifics of the injury aren’t yet known, the problem is not believed to be serious and Mane should be okay for the trip to Huddersfield on Saturday - although he will be assessed on his return to Melwood. Fortunately, it looks like Mohamed Salah has been cleared following his withdrawal from the national team. Following the win over Swaziland, the Egyptian Football Association confirmed a "primary diagnosis" revealed that there was no apparent tear "but the player will need to undergo [further] scans" back at Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk will be "ready" to face the Terriers. "The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game," said Ronald Koeman. "He is ready to play next weekend."
Oct 15 - 4:06 PM

The Dutch Football Association confirm Virgil van Dijk will not be risked in a friendly against Belgium this week.

The Liverpool centre-back scored his country’s opener in a 3-0 win over rivals Germany in Amsterdam on Saturday, but despite completing 90 minutes, Van Dijk took another knock on his ribs and will return to Melwood as a precaution. There is nothing to suggest that the £75m defender will miss the trip to Huddersfield on Saturday, but given his ongoing issue, it seems needless to risk him after admitting he was managing the problem with painkillers and by "being strong and being a warrior." Injured on the eve of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain last month, Van Dijk completed the match but lasted less than an hour against his old club five days later - he then missed the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea. "You never really play completely pain free. You are always going to have something - you are never going to be 100% totally fit throughout the season."
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Oct 14 - 10:46 AM

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye helped Senegal into a commanding first-half lead over Sudan on Saturday before limping off just before the break.

The 29-year-old, who was recently singled out by club manager Marco Silva following a string of impressive performances, has started seven of the Toffees eight Premier League matches this season, only missing out in game week four because of a knee injury. "He is really important for us because our other midfielders do not have the same profile and we need Gana at a good level to help us in those moments, in our reaction and in our defensive and offensive transition," the Everton boss said prior to the win at Leicester. The form of Gueye has restricted Morgan Schneiderlin to nothing more than a bit part role in recent weeks and Silva will be hoping for a positive injury update after he appeared to take a heavy knock on his ankle following a robust Sudanese challenge in the 44th minute.
Source: Daily Post
Oct 14 - 11:32 AM

All signs point to Gylfi Sigurdsson having a massive comeback year after last year's disappointing debut season with Everton.

Last season, after making a £40 million move from Swansea City, he scored four goals and recorded only four assists, his lowest combined total since his Tottenham days. Siggy has responded well to new manager Marco Silva's system, already matching last year's goal total with four goals in his last four games and back-to-back three-bonus-point performances entering the international break. Even more convincing is that the Icelandic international leads the league in chances created and his second behind David Silva in key passes per game. Given Everton's recent form and upcoming schedule, Siggy looks like a must-have midfielder in FPL.com.
Oct 13 - 6:49 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Christian Benteke will likely miss the next two months due to knee surgery.

The Belgian international's disappointing spell as Crystal Palace's most expensive signing ever only continued after having arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday. Benteke missed the last four games with a a knee issue that never recovered despite the rest, leaving surgery as his only option. Hodgson said he doesn't expect the forward back until after the New Year, leaving Jordan Ayew and Alexander Sorloth to pick up the slack: "We tried the conservative route to put an end to his knee problem, which he has suffered with for a while. That didn't work out. There was always the risk that if it didn't work out an operation would be necessary and I got the bad news that the operation was necessary, had taken place and now he will be out for a long period of time...there's no doubt we won't be seeing much of him this year. I think it will take until into 2019 before we see him, but hopefully earlier than later in 2019."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 13 - 6:58 PM

Scott Dann is closing in on a return to action following his first run out of 2018 on Thursday night.

The Crystal Palace centre-back ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament on New Year’s Eve last year and has spent the last 10 months working his way back to full fitness. Dann played 45-minutes in a friendly against sixth tier side Dulwich Hamlet. "I really enjoyed it, it's been a long time coming," he said after the 5-0 win. "It is nice to be back out there. That has been the plan all along, get myself to the stage where I am ready to play games and then build up the minutes gradually." Dann is expected to feature in a few more behind-closed-doors games before progressing onto the under-23s. "I am guessing in the next few weeks I will get three or four games under my belt and then by November, December I will be ready to get back out there." Connor Wickham also played having been side-lined for almost two years with a similar problem.
Oct 13 - 11:47 AM

Florian Lejeune is back on Tyneside to begin the next phase of his recovery from a serious knee ligament injury.

The Frenchman has spent the last 8 weeks in Rome having undergone reconstructive surgery following a training ground injury which left Lejeune clinging onto his season before a ball had been kicked. Ordinarily, players who rupture their ACL can expect to miss between 9-12 months, but Rafa Benitez is hoping for a much quicker return with Lejeune being put through an accelerated rehab programme. The United boss first used Professor Paolo Mariani while at Napoli – sending forward Lorenzo Insigne – and then in 2016, winger Rolando Aarons flew to Italy to undergo a similar procedure. "In our experience with this surgeon, it takes less ... between four and six months. It depends what is going on and if we have any complications." Following a difficult start to the campaign, and with a limited transfer budget, a return in early 2019 would be much welcomed at St James’ Park.
Oct 13 - 12:44 PM

In a game where he scored a ridiculous corner and Egypt won 4-1 versus Swaziland, Liverpool fans will be left disappointed as Mo Salah went off with a groin injury.

While he has failed to hit the highs of last year, Salah being taken off with a groin injury is a huge blow for the Reds. The extent of the injury is unknown and adds to a mounting injury list for Liverpool that includes James Milner. Moving forward, Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana will play a large part in the plans for Liverpool but depth will be challenged as they look to challenge Manchester City for the title. With games versus Huddersfield and Cardiff on the horizon, Liverpool will be able to live without Salah before they hit tough sledding in a fixture with Arsenal on November third. Salah owners in FPL will likely want to wait to hear the full extent of this but it’s looking like the time is now to own Sadio Mane and Eden Hazard.
Oct 12 - 5:26 PM

Australia will take on Kuwait in a friendly next Wednesday without two of their Premier League stars.

Head coach Graham Arnold confirmed that goalkeeper Matt Ryan will remain on the south coast rather than travel to the Middle East due to an ongoing problem. "Mathew’s managing a minor injury which hasn’t prevented him from playing or performing for Brighton so far this season. He could have travelled, trained with us, and played, but for this window we believe it is best that he remains in Brighton." Fortunately, Australia have three goalkeepers attending the training camp - Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones, and Mitchell Langerak – and Arnold will consider his best option closer to kick-off. Aaron Mooy is also out of match following a scan which revealed he sustained a minor groin strain in Huddersfield’s 1-1 draw against Burnley. "I am disappointed that I won't be able to join my Socceroos teammates," he said. "I enjoyed the camp in Turkey and trust that I will be ready to join the team in Australia [November]."
Oct 12 - 10:40 AM

Following reports that Christian Eriksen maybe set for an extended period on the side-lines, the players agent has been forced to issue a statement clarifying the players status.

The Tottenham play maker suffered a stomach related muscle injury at Brighton in game week six causing him to miss the last three games. Although the club ruled Eriksen out until after the break, Denmark coach Age Hareide was still optimistic he could play some part in the upcoming internationals. However, in the build-up to the Republic of Ireland game, he confirmed that Spurs were reluctant to release Eriksen as the problem could become "chronic." Concerns then began to grow regarding a lengthy absence, so Martin Schoots - Eriksen’s agent – responded by advising that Hareide had been misquoted. "Christian has no chronic injuries — nobody has said that. He just has an injury related to some fatigue and, for that reason, he is having some rest." Although we still have no definitive timeline on a return, the comments do at least suggest that the problem is not long-term like many initially feared.
Oct 12 - 4:49 AM

Scotland were woeful in Haifa on Thursday evening losing 2-1 to a side placed 94th in the FIFA rankings alongside Qatar.

Israel have only beaten Albania and Liechtenstein in recent times but thoroughly deserved all three-points following an abject display by Alex McLeish’s men. Scotland went into the game without several key players and if it wasn’t for an inspired performance by Allan McGregor, the score line would’ve been a lot greater. Ryan Fraser was forced to withdraw after reporting for duty with a slight hamstring issue. "He failed a medical with the doctors and physios and we had no choice but to send him back," revealed McLeish. Scott McTominay was expected to overcome the knee problem he sustained in the win over Newcastle, but failed a late test and Tom Cairney remains side-lined after a setback in his recovery from an ankle ligament injury. "We believe he will soon be close to being back, clinically he is okay, but he still has many pains and is not available," confirmed Slavisa Jokanovic.
Source: The Express
Oct 12 - 9:43 AM





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