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Adam Lallana was a notable omission from the England World Cup squad when it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The attacking midfielder has endured an injury-ravaged campaign but following his brief 16-minute cameo against Brighton on the final day, many believed Gareth Southgate would take a punt on the 30-year old. Lallana is said to be devastated by the decision, but he has been added to the standby list despite only playing 235 minutes in the Premier League which includes a single start. There is no doubting his ability, but fitness concerns ultimately have cost him his place in Russia. That said, the Three Lions still have friendly internationals against Nigeria and Costa Rica to come and rarely do they pass without problems. Lallana is joined by midfielders Lewis Cook and Jake Livermore, and Burnley duo Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski, on the back-up list: "All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity," said Southgate following confirmation of his 23-man squad.
Source: The Mirror
Thu, May 17, 2018 09:41:00 AM

Liverpool have moved to lock down a key defender in left-back Andy Robertson for the next five years.

Robertson is having a breakout year for the Reds and is top defender in FPL.com with six assists and 13 clean sheets this season less than two years after arriving at Anfield from Hull City. The Scottish international has only missed one Premier League game this season . Said Robertson "As I said, delighted and over the moon. Since I came in the door, I obviously had a bit of a frustrating start, but I’ve loved every minute of it. Getting to know the lads and working with all the staff at Melwood has been a pleasure. The best thing about work is when you love coming in every day – and that’s what I do here. I am glad I have extended my stay and hopefully we have a lot of good days ahead."
Jan 21 - 8:15 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he hopes defender Dejan Lovren can return for the next match.

The defender has missed the last two Premier League games due to a hamstring injury sustained against Wolves in the FA Cup third round, which caused a bit of a defensive crisis for the league leaders with Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold also out with injury. However, the Croatian is expected to return against Leicester City next week after the FA Cup weekend. Said Klopp: "It’s slightly different for Dejan; he is much better than he was but that’s a muscle thing and needs time. I’m pretty sure he can be involved again against Leicester."
Jan 21 - 8:23 PM

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie elected to activate his option to return to the Toffees from his loan at Aston Villa.

The winger was expected to remain at Aston Villa after making 21 appearances and scoring two goals for the Championship side, but Bolasie chose to return to Goodison Park without a clear plan for his future. Since arriving in a £30 million move from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2016, Bolasie has made only 32 appearances for the club mostly due to injuries. He arrives back at Everton with plenty of competition in Ademola Lookman, Richarlison, Bernard, and Theo Walcott all on the wing.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 21 - 8:28 PM

Callum Wilson returned to the matchday squad on Saturday and the in-demand striker marked his comeback with a stunning volley to help end the Cherries run of five games without a win.

Wilson is beginning to attract a lot of interest during the January window with Chelsea said to be considering a bid in excess of £50m while West Ham could also splash the cash. The England international was the Hammers main tormentor and were it not for a fine fingertip save from Lukasz Fabianski, diverting a snapshot onto the post, Wilson would’ve made it 11 goals for the season. Despite the niggling hamstring issue which had kept him out of the two previous matches, Bournemouth’s top scorer looked sharp, although he failed to complete the game following another setback. "We brought him off because of a problem with his knee. It was nothing to do with his previous hamstring injury," confirmed Eddie Howe. With a small pause in league proceedings, the squad have 10 days to prepare ahead of a visit from Chelsea.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 21 - 5:49 PM

For the second weekend running, an injury to a Tottenham player has dominated the headlines.

Due the enforced absence of Messrs Kane (injury) and Son (Asian Cup) many gambled on Dele Alli to fill Spurs’ goal scoring shoes and everything looked to be going to plan after he headed his side back on level terms at Fulham. However, his day ended badly, and there concerns he could be missing for several weeks. "I think we all see that during the action he suffered an injury in his left hamstring, but now we need to assess him, [I] hope it's not a big issue," Pochettino said. Alli has been struggling off/on all season, a carryover from the World Cup, with this latest setback being his fourth of the campaign. Having missed most of September and October, Dele then tweaked his thigh at Goodison Park before Christmas although his omission from the squad on Boxing Day was more of a precautionary measure. With limited options, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou could be in line for his first Premier League start in GW24.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 21 - 5:28 PM

Concerns are beginning to grow that Hector Bellerin will miss the remainder of the season after suffering what looks to be a very serious injury.

The Arsenal full-back was making his first start in over a month against Chelsea on Saturday having recently recovered from a calf strain, but the full-back only lasted until the 72nd minute before being stretchered off. Slow-motion cameras appeared to show his knee giving way, a non-contact injury which may indicate damage to the anterior cruciate ligament or a possible patellar tendon rupture. Post-match a worried Unai Emery provided a brief update. "We are going to wait until tomorrow. It is his knee and the first prediction maybe can be an important injury. Tomorrow we will speak with the doctor. I hope not, but it is not very positive, our first impression." Tests will continue with Bellerin scheduled for a scan on Monday, however, he could be required to go for another MRI if those results prove inconclusive due to swelling within the joint which can affect image quality.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 21 - 5:33 PM

Tottenham did not make it look pretty, but were able to score on the final touch of the game with a goal from Harry Winks to edge Fulham, 1-2.

It's never too surprising for a man named Harry to save the day for Spurs, but instead of the injured Kane, it was Winks who provided the heroics. Fulham were pesky all evening and took an early lead courtesy of a Fernando Llorente own goal. The Spanish striker would struggle as Kane's replacement, missing a couple of big chances in front of goal. Tottenham would finally level the score six minutes into the second half, when Christian Eriksen supplied his typical accurate ball into the area for Dele Alli to head home. Bad news would hit late, when Alli was injured and left Spurs a man short as he was receiving treatment. With seconds left in stoppage time, Spurs made one final push and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou crossed one in from the left to find Winks for the diving header. The club escaped happily with three points but the match certainly shed light on the need for Daniel Levy to do some transfer shopping.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 1:05 PM

Ryan Babel was put straight into the starting XI but his debut for Fulham was spoiled as Tottenham would score on the final kick of the game in a 1-2 loss.

Everything was setting up for a special day at Craven Cottage. The crowd was vocal, Babel showed some flash when on the ball and Fulham would go ahead first on 17 minutes. Jean Michael Seri sent a corner into the area and the Cottagers were the recipients of an own goal by Fernando Llorente. It was as good a first half as one could have hoped for Claudio Ranieri, but the intensity began to wane in the second half, and Spurs would get an equalizer in the 51st minute. Ryan Sessegnon, who made way for Babel in the XI, came on as an impact sub, but there was no impact to be had. Thinking a draw was imminent perhaps a moment too soon, Fulham's day was ruined by conceding a last-second winner.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 1:16 PM

After a rocky patch, Manchester City makes it four wins on the bounce after beating Huddersfield to the tune of a 3-0 scoreline.

Playing their first match without David Wagner at the helm, Huddersfield came in and gave everything that they had. Unfortunately, when you're at the bottom of the league, everything you have can't hold up versus City. Danilo would open the scoring in the 18th minute but overall, Huddersfield was able to hold City in check in the first half due to an organized defensive plan. But as they do, after the half, City came out and quickly put this one to bed. Leroy Sane would set up Raheem Sterling in the 54th minutes only to have Sergio Aguero set him up in the 56th minute. Huddersfield would have their chances once Steve Mounie was brought on but he skied the best chance wide of the net with his final touch of the match. City will march on, waiting for Liverpool to slip up, while Huddersfield with count their days until relegation.
Jan 20 - 10:30 AM

The Gunners scored a major victory winning 2-0 over Chelsea at the Emirates.

Unai Emery's side, under pressure after a string of mediocre performances, came through with a massive win over top four rival Chelsea on Saturday. Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored the goals and the Gunners held the Blues to a single shot on target despite conceding the majority of possession.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 19 - 2:46 PM

Mauricio Sarri will be even more eager to bring in a new forward after his Blues were impotent at the Emirates.

The Blues dominated possession against Arsenal but could only muster a single shot on target and no goals. The Gunners are no pushovers at home but if the Blues want to stay in the top four then they will need to get Gonzalo Higuain, or a similarity talented forward, into the fold ASAP to give Eden Hazard the foil he needs to return to the wide role he is most effective in.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 19 - 2:51 PM





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