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Winston Reid is expected to miss a minimum of three months after suffering a setback in his bid to recover from a knee injury.

The 30-year-old has returned from West Ham's pre-season training camp in Switzerland to undergo a follow-up operation to address the fallout of a knee injury he suffered at Swansea City last season. Reid's absence means new signing Issa Diop could be handed a starting role alongside Angelo Ogbonna in central defence, with Declan Rice and Reece Oxford providing additional depth. Speaking on Reid's injury, Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: "Winston has been suffering some swelling around the knee, following the injury that he sustained at Swansea last season, and is in need of explorative surgery to clean up the area."
Jul 12 - 6:00 PM

Stephan Lichtsteiner has proven a valuable reserve for Arsenal and could feature in a third position on Sunday with Arsenal facing a defensive crisis.

The Gunners brought Stephan Lichtsteiner in with the idea that Hector Bellerin could use an experienced deputy/tutor. Lichtsteiner fit the bill coming over from perennial winners Juventus. Unai Emery has gotten more out of his summer signing than expected with the Swiss international deputizing at right back when all three of Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have been unavailable. With a similar issue at center back, Lichtsteiner seems like the odds-on favorite to get a spot start opposite Laurent Koscielny.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 14 - 4:57 PM

Andre Gray will miss the visit of Cardiff City on Saturday with a calf injury leaving Isaac Success and Troy Deeney the burden of scoring the goals.

Gray has been a significant disappointment since arriving at Vicarage Road and looks to have solidified his status as a high end Championship forward who isn't quite good enough to do the business regularly in the Premier League. Gray hasn't started a match in the Premier League since October 6th so his absence shouldn't be too much of a problem for Javi Gracia. Given the upcoming fixture schedule, he will hope to be back soon to help fill in the minutes as the matches come fast and furious.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 14 - 5:02 PM

Jonny has returned to training for Wolves and could be set to feature in Week 17 against Bournemouth.

This is certainly no guarantee that the Spain international is ready to return but it is worth noting because it puts both Jonny and his deputy, Ruben Vinagre, in question for Week 17. Given the extent to which Wolves, with or without Jonny, have conceded fantasy points to opposing midfielders and the excellent record for scoring fantasy points that we've seen from Bournemouth's midfield this season, this probably isn't the weekend to take a risk on a Wolves defender.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 14 - 5:07 PM

Johann Berg Gudmundsson, along with teammate Steven Defour, has been quoted by Sean Dyche as "touch and go" for the weekend trip to Tottenham.

Gudmundsson was forced off just after 70 minutes last weekend while Defour has missed the last two matches entirely. Defour had missed the first eight games of the season through injury, and given comparable options on hand for Dyche in central midfield, would figure to be an outside chance of starting. Gudmundsson, on the other hand, has been vital to the cause so Dyche may be more inclined to play the Icelandic international in a 50/50 call. It is not a matchup that has much fantasy promise for any of the Clarets.
Dec 14 - 2:59 AM

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy is set to return this weekend when the Foxes head to Selhurst Park.

The Leicester City talisman has not featured in the club's last two matches due to a groin injury, although he was enjoying great form with a goal in each of his previous two prior to the injury. But Claude Puel's side could only manage one goal without Vardy, who has been linked to a winter move to Chelsea. Meanwhile, Puel said that Ben Chilwell looks to be a doubt due to a knee injury. "We will see tomorrow about Ben Chilwell," the manager said. "He felt a pain in his knee, so we will see this week whether he can play. Jamie Vardy came back with the squad this morning (Thursday) and I think he will be in the squad this weekend. Harry Maguire was in the squad for the last game [against Tottenham Hotspur]."
Dec 14 - 8:43 AM

Manchester City defender John Stones will be assessed after coming away with a knee injury on Wednesday.

The versatile defender started three games in the course of the last week but was taken off at half-time in the club's Champions League group stage finale against Hoffenheim. While manager Pep Guardiola said he doesn't expect the injury to be serious, the defending champions' injury list grows bigger with Fernandinho, Danilo and David Silva sustaining injuries this week. "John can play [at right back] because he did it against Shakhtar. He can do it but he didn't feel comfortable with his knee. It is not a big issue but he didn't feel comfortable so Kyle started to warm up immediately and we made the change at half-time. John Stones is not a full-back but I admire and appreciate the effort to try to do that."
Dec 13 - 2:02 PM

Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny have both returned to the starting line-up for Arsenal in their final group stage match in the Europa League on Thursday.

Unai Emery started what appeared to be a for more potent line-up than needed for a relatively meaningless Europa League match. Ozil is returning from back spasms and Koscielny is returning from an Achilles tear. With the Gunners already through to the knock-out stages, the inclusion of the duo is probably best described as adding sharpness ahead of the trip to Southampton on Sunday. Koscielny's ongoing health will be particularly important as Arsenal's center back situation is critical with Rob Holding definitely out, Shkodran Mustafi struggling with a hamstring injury, and Sokratis suspended.
Source: Arsenal.com
Dec 13 - 3:27 PM

Manchester City have committed fully to Academy product Phil Foden by rewarding him with a five-and-a-half-year contract.

With already three trophies under his belt, Foden is not committed to the Sky Blues through the summer of 2024. The 18-year-old has already made eight Premier League appearances this season, all off the bench, become a Pep Guardiola favorite in no time. Said sporting director Txiki Begiristain: "We are delighted to have secured Phil for the next five-and-a-half years. He is an outstanding talent and he is Manchester City born and bred, so this is where he wants to play his football. Under Pep and with the players we have here around him, he is in the best place possible to develop as a player."
Dec 13 - 1:47 PM

Mesut Ozil has returned to training and is in contention to face Southampton on Sunday.

Rumors of the Arsenal creative midfielder's video gaming habits have grown to the extent of blaming his injury or at least aggravation of it on the game Fortnight. Ozil's account has been credited with thousands of hours of play and a physio has said it could lead to back issues. Consider Ozil questionable for the weekend.
Source: Football365
Dec 13 - 6:40 AM

Club-captain Tommy Smith has been ruled out until January after a scan confirmed he suffered a hamstring tear at the Emirates.

The Terriers put up a spirited performance before their resolve was finally broken with last than ten minutes remaining. David Wagner praised his side’s fight and admitted he was: "More than excited about the next games that we have in front of us." However, Huddersfield could be without up-to four of his starters from week 16 following a bruising encounter. Following on swiftly from the news that play maker Aaron Mooy will not feature again until February due to a knee ligament injury - Philip Billing could return to the side after his ban – right back Smith looks set to miss between 4-6 weeks with a muscular strain. The injury could see Wagner switch to a 3-5-2 formation with Florent Hadergjonaj coming in as a wing-back. Terence Kongolo (knee) and Jonathan Hogg (groin) are also being monitored day-to-day after picking up knocks last time out.
Dec 12 - 5:15 PM

Laurent Koscielny will make his first senior start in more than seven months following his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Frenchman’s timely return will be welcomed by boss Unai Emery after seeing his defensive options decimated in recent games. Rob Holding is expected to miss up-to 9 months after suffering a serious knee ligament injury at Old Trafford while Shkodran Mustafi is struggling to shake off a niggling hamstring complaint. The German defender must also serve a one-match after accumulating five yellow cards. Dinos Mavropanos (groin) has been sidelined since August, although it is hoped that he could be back before the end of December. Arsenal travel to Southampton this weekend and with Stefan Lichtsteiner and Nacho Monreal the only fully fit, and experienced central defenders, Koscielny needs game time to improve sharpness. "We are going to decide after tomorrow’s match," Emery said on selecting his side for Sunday. "As it’s [Koscielny’s] first match with us, we are going to look also if he can play 90 minutes or less."
Dec 12 - 4:30 PM




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