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Despite all of the controversy surrounding the offseason, Manchester United started the season with a 2-1 win over Leicester.

Paul Pogba’s future has been the centre of speculation this summer after reports of infighting between Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward, but without Romelu Lukaku in the starting lineup, Pogba scored the first goal of the season after Daniel Amartey was penalised for a handball in the box following a shot from Alexis Sanchez. Then, a resurgent Luke Shaw secured what turned out to be the game winner in the 83rd minute after taking a pass from Juan Mata, giving United the three points despite a watered-down lineup to start the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 10 - 5:42 PM

Newcastle supporters can breathe a collection sigh of relief following the news that DeAndre Yedlin has not been seriously injured.

The club confirmed on Wednesday that the problem is not considered long-term and the US international is "likely" to resume training with his team-mates "shortly". Although there has been no definitive timeline, the update will be welcomed as fans initially feared Yedlin had suffered the same fate as Florian Lejeune – ruptured ACL – which could have ended his season. Newcastle take on Cardiff City in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday and Rafa Benitez will consider his options prior to the trip to south Wales. The injury leaves United with only two fully fit out-and-out full-backs – Paul Dummett – and Javier Manquillo, understudy to Yedlin. However, Rafa may look to utilise Jamie Sterry from the under-23s or call Isaac Hayden in from the cold. Frederico Fernandez is another option, as one three centre-halves with Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie playing as wing-backs.
Aug 15 - 12:50 PM

Wilfried Zaha has moved beyond the transfer rumors and has signed a new long-term contract with Crystal Palace.

The winger was linked with a move to Chelsea and Spurs, among other clubs this summer, but instead opted to stay at Crystal Palace by signing his second bumper contract in as many years, with this one keeping him at Selhurst Park through the summer of 2023. Zaha has scored 44 goals for Crystal Palace and his goal over the weekend against Fulham puts him one away from breaking the club record for Premier League goals. Said Zaha: "I’m very pleased. Obviously, I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I can just focus on the season. I’m buzzing that we managed to get it sorted."
Aug 15 - 1:06 PM

Kevin de Bruyne could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following the news that the City star has suffered a setback in training.

Although there has been no official update, respected journalist Kristof Terreur, who seems to have a good grasp of all things Belgium, confirmed that De Bruyne was injured on Wednesday. While tests to determine the full extent of the damage continue, Terreur does indicate that it could be serious, side-lining the playmaker for more than two months. Independent Manchester City fan account [@City_Watch] go as far as stating the injury is similar to the one which De Bruyne suffered in January 2016. During a Capital One Cup game at the Etihad, he appeared to catch his studs in the turf as he twisted, damaging his lateral collateral knee ligaments which kept him out until April [66 days]. De Bruyne had been working his way back to full fitness following his late return from international duty but is now walking with the aid of crutches and will travel to Barcelona over the coming to see Dr Ramon Cugat.
Source: Goal.com
Aug 15 - 11:36 AM

Summer signing Stuart Armstrong impressed on his Southampton debut until injury forced the midfielder off on the hour mark.

The 26-year-old, who arrived from Scottish Premiership outfit Celtic for £7m, pleased manager Mark Hughes with his overall performance and link-up play in the attacking third. "He made good runs and the longer he’s with us, we will be able to exploit them on more occasions and more readily." But, his afternoon was cut-short after taking an unspecified knock, although the Saints boss was quick to allay any concerns of a serious injury. "I saw him walking around in the dressing room and he looks fine. He just got a bang, so I imagine he’ll be okay, but we will check him tomorrow." Southampton travel to Goodison Park this weekend and Hughes must decide whether to stick with the three centre-halves which started in a 3-4-2-1 against Burnley or switch to a more orthodox [and familiar] flat back four in an attempt to stifle the attacking threat of Richarlison
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 15 - 10:44 AM

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal participated in full team training over the last few days as he looks to be ready for the weekend.

The Spanish international returned from the World Cup but suffered a knee injury that has kept him out of much of the preseason. But after being one of three starting defenders to miss the season-opening loss to Manchester City on Sunday (the other two being long-term absentees in Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny), Monreal is expected to return to the team this weekend for another big matchup, this time against Chelsea. But with an injury to Ainsley Maitland-Niles this weekend, Monreal could slot right back into the starting lineup in no time. Said manager Unai Emery: "Today we are going to do the medical analysis with the doctor [for Maitland-Niles]. Nacho is starting with the group, working yesterday and maybe he can come in, maybe, for the next match. I think every day is important to know how they are."
Aug 14 - 1:39 PM

Tim Ream failed to recover from a knock in time for Fulham's return to the top flight, as he was out of the squad in the Cottagers' 0-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

Slavisa Jokanovic opened the season with Cyrus Christie and brand-new signing Joe Bryan at the full back positions, while recently-acquired loanee Calum Chambers partnered summer acquisition Maxime le Marchand in the middle. Question marks abound once Ream is fully fit. One has to think Alfie Mawson, who is due back next month, is a strong first-choice candidate when he is healthy and Timothy Fosu-Mensah is also in the mix. Ream may very well be trading starts with le Marchand, making both undesirable fantasy options.
Aug 13 - 12:04 AM

Heung-min Son is off to join his South Korean teammates as they get set to participate in the Asian Games tournament taking place in Indonesia.

As if there isn't enough pressure to perform for one's national team, Son's situation has even more on the line than the average footballer. South Korea require military service for their male citizens that must be served by the age of 27. Son has avoided this due to his football career up until now but he is about to hit that age. However, there is a way out of service for him. If he helps lead the country to a tournament win, he will be exempt from service. In the meantime, his absence should give Lucas Moura a few more weeks in a starting role.
Source: Goal
Aug 13 - 12:24 AM

Both Eric Dier and Lucas Moura left Tottenham's win over Newcastle United early with knocks, but Mauricio Pochettino expects both will be back in training for the coming week.

Pochettino chalked up Dier's situation as a result of a fatigue, pulling the midfielder after he began to experience minor cramping. Lucas was spotted icing his leg down after his exit, but the manager said after the match that it was "nothing". Moussa Sissoko was given a start against the Magpies, with Mousa Dembele beginning the season on the bench, but Dembele will push to join Dier in the middle of the park for next weekend's match against Fulham.
Source: Sports Mole
Aug 13 - 12:34 AM

Tottenham Hotspur took all three-points at St James’ Park, but the win may have come at a cost after Lucas Moura and Eric Dier were forced off.

The Spurs squad is already a little stretched - Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose both missed out on Saturday due to a lack of match fitness - while the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen featured against Newcastle after just 4 days training. The club have also confirmed that Heung-Min Son could be absent for up-to a month due to his participation in the upcoming Asian Games. With so many doubts heading into week two, Mauricio Pochettino can ill-afford to add further numbers to the treatment room. Fortunately, it looks like the withdrawal of Moura, who was seen icing his thigh, was more of a precaution and Dier, who was substituted late on, was due to fatigue. "No, no they are ok. I hope that Monday they will start to train with the team. Eric was so tired. He felt in the end cramp, but Lucas nothing," the Tottenham boss confirmed.
Aug 13 - 4:40 AM

Bruno Saltor is an early doubt for the visit of Manchester United next weekend after limping off during the 2-0 defeat to Watford.

The veteran full-back was replaced within half-an-hour at Vicarage Road to compound a truly miserable afternoon in London. Manager Chris Hughton said his side were outclassed in "most departments" and he had no complaints about the result. "We never had anywhere near enough of an effect on the game. No excuses." Bernardo was the only summer signing to start on Saturday, and the left-back was forced to switch flanks following the loss of Bruno to a muscular problem. "He felt his hamstring," Hughton said. "As with all muscle injuries you don't really know the extent." If tests reveal a strain, it is likely to keep him sidelined for at least a fortnight and Gaetan Bong could come into the side. Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone are also pushing for their inclusion after missing the opener while Jurgen Locadia, who was an unused substitute, will compete with Glenn Murray to lead the Seagulls attack.
Source: The Argus
Aug 13 - 5:00 AM

Dejan Lovren is set for a short-spell on the sidelines after aggravating a pelvic injury in Russia.

Jurgen Klopp revealed the centre-back could return before the end of the month after he played through the pain-barrier to help Croatia reach the World Cup final. "He is not fit. Last year he already had a few problems with that, but recovery days were always enough," mused the Liverpool boss. "Now in the World Cup, [playing] three times [for] 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks. In the end, it is serious but not that serious, so it’s not that we need to be afraid." But, speaking to Croatian news outlet Sportske Novosti, Lovren revealed he will meet with a specialist in Holland to help find the root cause of the problem. "I cannot train at all because of stomach muscle issues," he said. "I am suffering a lot of pain and will see a doctor in the Netherlands."
Aug 12 - 2:01 PM




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