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Rickie Lambert is expected to play some part for England against Germany on Wednesday.

Lambert missed England's match against Chile last week, but will likely split time with Daniel Sturridge against the Germans.
Source: Daily Echo
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:03:00 PM

Chris Brunt continues to be a difficult player to get a handle on between a current calf issue and where Kieran Gibbs fits into the picture.

Chris Brunt has been something of a Swiss Army Knife for Tony Pulis over the past year or so. Sometimes deployed as a left back, sometimes deployed further up the pitch, and sometimes excluded entirely. Since Gibbs' arrival toward the end of the transfer window Brunt has been an unused substitute once (Brighton) and started and come off after 71 minutes once (West Ham). Given the calf injury and alternatives, it may well be that Brunt will miss out entirely on Week 6. Despite West Brom's status as a less-than-glamorous side, Brunt's status will be interesting to fantasy managers as his health returns and Tony Pulis is forced to figure out how and how often to use the Northern Ireland international.
Sep 22 - 12:19 PM

Geoff Cameron's continuing hamstring issues piles on the misery for Mark Hughes who is going to struggle to field a defense against visiting Chelsea.

The Potters looked deep at the center back position coming out of the summer with Kurt Zouma, Geoff Cameron, and Kevin Wimmer joining returning starters Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi. Six weeks into the season and it's looking a bit threadbare as Shawcross and Cameron are definitely out, Zouma can't face his parent club and Wimmer is doubtful as well. With Martins Indi the only regular who is healthy heading into the weekend it might be down to Josh Tymon to partner the Dutch international if Wimmer can't go. Not a good look with Chelsea coming to the Bet365 Stadium.
Sep 22 - 11:58 AM

Kurt Zouma won't be able to play against parent club Chelsea in Week 6 action per the terms of his loan deal.

Missing Zouma for a week wouldn't be a terrible thing for the Potters if they were healthy elsewhere but they are far from it. Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron are both out and Kevin Wimmer is a significant doubt after picking up an injury in the Potters' mid-week Carabao Cup match. Mark Hughes has been playing a three-man center back group recently but it is reasonable to wonder if he'll even have two healthy recognized center backs to face Chelsea.
Sep 22 - 12:01 PM

Marco Silva's defense gets a boost with the return of Kiko Femenia after the right back was taken off in Week 5 due to a head injury.

With Daryl Janmaat back from his own injury issues, it may well be that Femenia will be on the bench for the trip Wales to face Swansea. When starting, Femenia has been a strong fantasy option but the uncertainty over his place in the pecking order reduces his value significantly. For those having to make a decision on him before line-ups are released for this match the presumption should be that Femenia will not be starting.
Sep 22 - 12:07 PM

Tyrone Mings has been ruled out for "at least a month" due to an ongoing back issue.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s trip to Goodison Park, the Cherries boss confirmed Mings would be out "for a period of time" after plans to manage his back problem with treatment had failed: "He'll see a specialist and it has been recommended that he has [at least] a month on the sidelines. It will be interesting to see how that rest affects his back, he has pain in one area so hopefully the rest should cure it." Fortunately, Bournemouth were able to welcome Steve Cook back into the ranks this week and the defender came through 90 minutes unscathed [against Brighton] in the Carabao Cup. Apart from Callum Wilson [ACL] and Adam Federici [knee surgery] who remain long-term absentees, the squad is okay. Junior Stanislas' return to action on Tuesday was a "big boost" and there are no other injury problems.
Sep 22 - 5:10 AM

Stoke City are "struggling a little bit defensively" ahead of their clash with Chelsea after Mark Hughes revealed Kevin Wimmer is a "major doubt" because of injury.

The summer signing from Tottenham damaged his hamstring on Tuesday night and is considered a doubt for Saturday. "We will have to have a look and see how he is today [Friday]," revealed the Potters boss who is missing a several key players. Ryan Shawcross [back], Geoff Cameron [hamstring] and Kurt Zouma [ineligible] won't be available, and, as it stands "of the senior centre-halves that I've got, I've only got one. We are a little bit stretched to say the least. I'm keeping my fingers crossed [but] I am hoping [Wimmer] injury won't stop him playing - clearly at the moment he's a big risk." Mame Diouf is also managing a knee problem but the versatile Senegalese star is expected to feature.
Sep 22 - 5:29 AM

Huddersfield Town could potentially be without all three of their top forward for Saturday's trip to Burnley.

Town will definitely be without leading scorer Steve Mounie, who remains sidelined after missing the last two matches with a heel problem, and long-term absentee Collin Quaner (knee) for this weekend's trip to Turf Moor. The absence of Mounie would normally result in a start for Laurent Depoitre, who scored on his full debut last weekend, but manager Steve Wagner revealed the Belgian is a doubt with a minor muscle strain. If Depoitre is ruled out, Elias Kachunga could move from his wide right position to fill the Number 9 role. Wagner's other alternatives would be Abdelhamid Sabiri, who started and assisted from the Number 10 role against Leicester City, or winger Ravij van La Parra.
Sep 21 - 5:08 PM

Everton will have to wait a little bit longer than expected for the return of Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie.

The duo has missed much of the past year recovering from long-term injuries, and while the club is reluctant to put a timeframe on their respective returns, manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that they are not expected back until November. "I think it will be November, instead of October. They are both working hard, going in the right direction but it's long-term injuries. Seamus is out a long time, but they are doing well, going well on their schedule to come back but it's not up to me, we expect them back in full training in November."
Sep 21 - 6:01 PM

Manchester City confirmed that midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has avoided another serious injury after Tuesday's scare.

Said the club in a statement: "It is too early at this stage to give an exact time-frame on his absence but he is expected to be back on the training field in the coming days."The German international was subbed off before the hour mark in his first start since last December in the club's League Cup win against West Brom. Gundogan has missed the last nine months with a knee injury before returning over the weekend, but concerns were alleviated after scans revealed he only suffered a minor sprain.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 21 - 6:14 PM

Pedro Obiang was rested for Tuesday's 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Bolton but won't be available for Saturday's Premier League clash against Tottenham.

Manager Slaven Bilic revealed in his pre-match press conference that Obiang picked up an injury at West Brom last weekend and won't be fit to face Spurs. However, Bilic insisted that the Spanish midfielder's injury wasn't serious and added he could be back in contention for the game against Swansea City next Saturday. The absence of Obiang should see Cheikhou Kouyate and skipper Mark Noble, who made his return from a knee knock in the midweek cup win, resume their partnership in central midfield for the crucial clash at the London Stadium. Meanwhile, Saturday will come too soon for the return of James Collins (ankle) and Manuel Lanzini (hamstring).
Sep 21 - 3:52 PM

Chelsea have announced they have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, who will complete the move in January when the La Liga club's transfer ban comes to an end.

The 28-year-old has finally gotten his move back to Atletico, where he spent four years before joining Chelsea in July 2014 after Chelsea activated his £32m buy-out clause. The Spain international scored 58 goals in 120 appearances during his stay at Stamford Bridge and played a integral role in two Premier League titles. But despite scoring 20 goals in 35 league appearances last season as Chelsea cruised to the Premier League title, Costa was deemed expendable by manager Antonio Conte in the summer following multiple spats during the campaign. A statement on Chelsea's website said: "Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa. The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical."
Sep 21 - 12:55 PM




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