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Yaya Toure scored twice as Manchester City saw off West Brom 3-2 to clinch only their second away Premier League win of the season.

It had looked comfortable as Sergio Aguero gave City the early lead, before Yaya Toure added a brace, including a penalty (as Aguero has been subbed by then) to put his side 3-0 ahead. West Brom staged a late fightback with two goals in the final five minutes - one an own goal by the unlucky Costel Pantilimon - but it was too little too late and City move in to 3rd place in the Premier League.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 06:30:00 PM

Craig Cathcart's return will be delayed again as he picked up a new knee injury during his return from a longer-term layoff.

Injuries are everywhere at the back for Watford as Cathcart's regression has him back with Younes Kaboul, Kiko Femenia, and Miguel Britos among the walking wounded. Look for the Hornets to persist with Christen Kabasele and Sebastian Prodl at the back while waiting to see how they might line-up with all of their defensive options actually healthy.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:17 PM

Tom Cleverley is dealing with a hamstring injury that could see him miss out on Watford's trip to Leicester City on Saturday.

Marco Silva's midfield has been particularly hard-hit with injuries with Cleverley potentially joining Will Hughes and Nathan Chalobah in missing the match. While none of those are star names they, along with Abdoulaye Doucoure, represent Watford's best chances of creating chances from the center of the park. Those wondering why the Hornets have fallen off in recent months can look at the injury list that also includes a number of key defenders. The margins are thin in the middle of the table and the rash of injuries seems to have pushed the Hornets from surprise package to strugglers.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:12 PM

Ryan Shawcross leads a list of recently injured Stoke City players who have returned to training ahead of the visit of Huddersfield Town in Week 24.

Shawcross is joined by injury-returnees Glen Johnson, Erik Pieters, and Geoff Cameron as Paul Lambert must figure out who among his defensive options is best suited to stem the tide of goals the Potters have allowed this season. Given the process of returning to full match fitness and uncertainty of how the new manager has evaluated his new charges attempting to divine a starting line-up for Saturday is a challenge if not entirely impossible. What is reasonable is that Huddersfield Town at least represent an opponent who could, plausibly, be had. It is unfortunate that fantasy managers don't have more insight into who might start outside of obvious candidates like Shaqiri, Allen, and Fletcher.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 11:50 AM

It has been an on-again, off-again (but mostly off-again) season for Glen Johnson but he is back from a knee injury and could feature in Paul Lambert's debut as Stoke City manager.

Johnson last featured in late-October and that was only a 58 minute attempt to return after missing out on the previous three weeks. Overall, he has only managed to start two Premier League matches out of the first 23 and come off the bench in a further one. Given the Potters' lack of a proven alternative at right back, the presence of a Premier League veteran is, at the very least, some insurance against the development of newly arrived Moritz Bauer. Who Paul Lambert ultimately favors remains to be seen but Bauer's initial participation has been more down to lack of alternatives rather than him making the spot his own.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 11:58 AM

Newly arrived Kostas Stafylidis will not figure against Huddersfield Town as he spends time improving his fitness against a future debut.

With Erik Pieters returning from injury, it was unlikely that Stafylidis was going to start even if fully fit but the Augsburg loanee isn't fully fit and will, therefore, have to wait to prove himself to his new manager and teammates. The Greece international is a left back and the Potters need depth at the position with Pieters having been in and out of the line-up without an experienced deputy. For now though, Stafylidis should be considered unlikely to make much of an impact.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:01 PM

Craig Dawson, fresh off scoring on his return to the starting line-up, faces a late fitness check ahead of West Brom's trip to Goodison Park.

The center back is expected to pass his test but it is worth pointing out that he is not a certain starter for Alan Pardew. It would be a shame if he weren't able to participate as Pardew is presumably eager to retain the same line-up that saw him pick up his first win as West Brom manager and the club's first win since August. Ahmed Hegazi faces a similar situation where he is expected to feature but isn't 100% certain with a minor injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:05 PM

Jordan Henderson is back training for Liverpool after missing a month with a hamstring injury.

Henderson went down a few days before Christmas, missing a busy stretch of the season where the Reds have also been making personnel moves. Emre Can has started regularly in the absence of the England international, doing well in the process. Can is linked with a move away from Anfield this month which would clear a path for Henderson, but Can may have the upper hand for now until he gives Jurgen Klopp a reason to make the switch. Odds are, Henderson will be back in the XI, but it may take a few games beforehand.
Jan 19 - 7:20 AM

Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are both available again after missing out on Arsenal's initial matches in 2018.

Whether Arsene Wenger brings both first choice center backs immediately into the line-up to face Crystal Palace on Saturday at the Emirates is the only real question here. Both Koscielny and Monreal have trained ahead of the match and should be healthy. Rob Holding and Calum Chambers, the two deputies leaned on in the absence of Wenger's first choice options, were both shaky at times so unless Wenger feels like one or both of his main men are short of match fitness or risk for re-injury, the expectation should be that both will start.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 10:47 AM

Nacho Monreal has returned to the Arsenal squad from the ankle injury that kept him out since late December.

Monreal's ascension as a first choice center back has certainly been one of the surprises of the past year-plus of the Premier League. Despite the unexpected nature of the switch, Monreal has been an important cog in Arsenal's move to a 3-man center back formation allowing more freedom to the wing backs and relying less on Granit Xhaka to be a defensive stalwart. Monreal's return should aid the Gunners as they look to rebound from a difficult start to 2018.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 10:51 AM

Mesut Ozil had a strong run of form interrupted by a knee injury but could be back for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday but the words Wenger used in his press conference were hardly unequivocal.

Whereas the language used to discuss Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal indicated a strong likelihood that both would be available on Saturday and likely starting, the language around Mesut Ozil was slightly less certain. This may be splitting hairs to some extent but the feeling coming out of the press conference is that if the two center backs are 90% likely to feature, Ozil might be something more on the order of 75% likely. If you're playing the odds then expect all three to start. If you are risk averse or have other options (from a fantasy point of view) then maybe be a bit more conservative with Ozil.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 10:54 AM

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been coming on strong for Arsenal but could miss out on the Week 24 match with Crystal Palace due to an illness.

There is certainly a reasonable question as to who, between Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac, would have started on Saturday if both were healthy. Given the speed that Palace possess on the wings the insertion of Niles over the more powerful but slower Kolainac wouldn't have been unreasonable. The fact that Maitland-Niles has come down with an illness tilts the probability in favor of Kolasinac assuming that he is fully healthy.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 10:56 AM





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