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Manchester City have fired manager Roberto Mancini and assistant David Platt has left the club.

Mancini was fired after a disappointing campaign that saw his club exit the Champions League group stages, in a tournament they notably had tactical issues, and finish behind Manchester United in the BPL table. Platt has decided to follow Manicini wherever his next stop is, as indicated by a statement from the team: "David was offered the opportunity to continue his work with us but has declined the invitation. He has decided to leave his role with his close friend Roberto Mancini."
Tue, May 14, 2013 05:48:00 PM

David Luiz will return to the Chelsea squad for Saturday's trip to West Brom after his surprise omission from the win over Manchester United before the international break.

Andreas Christensen started against Manchester United and shined alongside Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta. While manager Antonio Conte reiterated his decision to drop the Brazilian defender was for 'tactical reasons', it remains to be seen if Luiz will be in the starting XI against West Brom. When asked about Luiz, Conte said: "Luiz is in the squad. It was a tactical decision and every single player has to react well and accept the decision." Meanwhile, Charly Musonda will not be available for selection and Danny Drinkwater faces a late fitness test.
Source: Daily Mail
Nov 17 - 3:14 PM

Both Vicente Iborra and Ben Chill have recovered from knocks ahead of Saturday's match against Manchester City, but Robert Huth and Matty James remain out for the clash at the King Power Stadium.

Iborra scored his first goal for the Foxes in the 2-2 draw with Stoke City, but picked up an ankle injury and was forced midway through the second half. However, the Spaniard has since been declared fit and should resume his role in central midfield alongside Wilfred Ndidi. Chilwell will also be in contention after recovering from a minor knee injury sustained against Everton in October, yet this weekend will come too soon for both Huth (ankle) and James (Achilles) to return. Leicester boss Claude Puel, speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, said: "Iborra is available. Ben Chilwell also; it was a little injury for the last game...Otherwise Robert Huth and Matty James need a little more time. They have little injuries."
Nov 17 - 2:01 PM

Southampton will have to do without midfield linchpin Mario Lemina in Gameweek 12 when they travel to Anfield.

This will be Lemina's third consecutive PL game on the sidelines due to an ankle injury though he is likely to be fit for Gameweek 13 as he is back in training. The Gabonese midfielder's absence means that skipper Steven Davis will continue to partner Oriol Romeu in the holding midfield berth unless Pellegrino decides to keep him further forward or rest him entirely after his World Cup qualifying heartbreak. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg would deputise in the role beside Romeu if either occurs. Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: "Mario Lemina was training well, much better than before, but I think will not be ready to play Saturday. We think about his problem a few weeks ago and he has improved a lot but still already it is too soon to put him again on the pitch."
Nov 16 - 6:47 PM

Martin Cranie will start at center-back for Huddersfield Town against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Manager David Wagner has revealed Cranie will partner Mathias Jorgensen at the center of defense with Christopher Schindler suspended following his red card in the 1-0 victory over West Brom. When speaking about the 31-year-old filling in for the ever reliable Schindler, Wagner spoke confidently about the deputy: "Christopher Schindler has been a stand-out player for us, but Martin Cranie has shown he is capable to help us in the Premier League," said Wagner. "I have every trust and belief in him; he’s a very reliable player, that’s what he’s shown me over the last two years." Cranie has been limited to just two appearances this season because of a hip flexor, starting in the Carabao Cup against Crystal Palace and coming off the bench in the win over West Brom after Schindler's dismissal.
Nov 16 - 3:14 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has publicly criticised the England national team for fielding Phil Jones against Germany last Friday.

The United manager said that the centre-back, who went off after 25 minutes in that encounter, will not be fit to face Newcastle at Old Trafford in GW12. Jones, who has been a mainstay in United's first choice XI this season, had been hampered by a thigh complaint prior to the international break which had forced him off early in the loss to Huddersfield. Mourinho said that Jones was still carrying that injury when he played an hour against Chelsea in GW11. Mourinho was cynical in his own self-appraisal for allowing Jones go on duty, bemoaning the fact that he was "naive" and "too pure" compared to other managers who had many key men withdraw.
Nov 16 - 6:51 AM

Marcos Rojo took a major step in his recovery from a 7 month absence due to a knee injury by playing the first half of an U-23s game on Wednesday.

The Argentine centre-back has been sidelined since he was forced off on April 20 in Manchester United's tight Europa League win over Anderlecht at Old Trafford, coincidentally the same night Zlatan suffered a knee injury too. Original forecasts indicated that Rojo would not play again in 2017 though it looks like he may confound expectations and return to action in the next few weeks. Rojo became one of Mourinho's first-choice centre-backs as 2016/17 unfolded and it was there that he was deployed for the reserves against Spanish side Athletic Club. His withdrawal at half-time for Tyrell Warren was pre-planned but the outing should give his manager cause for optimism that he will have his player back soon.
Source: manutd.com
Nov 16 - 8:47 AM

Brighton shot-stopper Mathew Ryan is adamant that his "keeping has gone up a level" since arriving in the Premier League.

The Australian 'keeper was speaking ahead of The Seagulls' game with Stoke on Monday. In the international break he helped his national team qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russia after the Aussies beat Honduras in a play-off. "To be playing regularly against some of the best teams and players in the world can only improve you as a player. I'm in a good spot at the moment," he said. In spite of the arrival of Tim Krul, Ryan has not missed a minute of Brighton's Premier League season thus far, making a name for himself with some fine performances in the process. He is thankful that he has two days rest before his next Premier League outing after a long return journey so air miles are unlikely to force Chris Hughton to blemish his attendance record in GW12.
Source: The Argus
Nov 16 - 9:29 AM

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser pleaded to Eddie Howe successfully to let him play for the club's U-23s in the Central League just a couple of days after coming off the bench for Scotland for his second cap.

Due to a hamstring injury and indifferent performances early in the season, Fraser has fallen down the Cherries' pecking order - not playing a minute in the Premier League since coming off the bench in September versus Leicester and not starting since the earlier clash with Brighton. In the mean time he did get minutes in two Carabao Cup wins. "I asked the gaffer after the Scotland game if I was allowed to play because I hadn’t played for so long," explained Fraser. "Straight away, he said no so I came in on Monday and did a bit of training before doing the full session yesterday. The gaffer then phoned me after training and told me I was playing, my legs were in bits!" Fraser seems to be reacting in a constructive way to his absence, saying himself that the confidence of playing in matches will help him return to his best.
Nov 16 - 9:38 AM

Bournemouth's Josh King is a unlikely to feature against Huddersfield in GW12 as he continues to struggle with a persistent back issue.

The Norwegian was unable to set off on international duty but was also unable to train during the two week break as the injury which he sustained en route to scoring a hat-trick over West Ham in March has flared up. When quizzed on the status of the doubtful trio of King, Benik Afobe, and Junior Stanislas, Eddie Howe said that last season's club top-scorer is "more of a worry" than the other pair. Afobe is on the mend after suffering a muscle strain against Chelsea just before the break whilst Stanislas' chances of playing this weekend are touch-and-go. He will be subject to a late fitness test.
Nov 16 - 9:48 AM

Marouane Fellaini has rejected a contract offer from Manchester United and is demanding a pay increase.

The Belgian midfielder has again reminded fans of his importance to José Mourinho's set-up in recent weeks with a string of decent performances in the absence of Paul Pogba. The chance of losing the player on a free next summer is sure to upset Mourinho who certainly won't sanction a sale to recoup a cut-price fee in the January transfer window. From the start of 2018, Fellaini would be free to agree a pre-contractual agreement with any club outside the PL. He turns 30 next week and wants a raise from a reported weekly wage of £120,000.
Source: The Guardian
Nov 16 - 9:54 AM

Manchester United fans will be thrilled with the latest news surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic's recovery from long-term injury.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that the forward is on track to return before the end of the year with Ibrahimovic even eyeing a return for the club's December 10 matchup with Manchester City. That would put the 36-year-old's recovery at less than eight months despite suffering a serious knee injury in April. Said Mourinho: "He is a lion, he is a fighter. I think that is a good description of him, he has the anger all the time and that's the reason why he's almost coming back. As we expect, he's reduced the timing of his recovering and, as we were saying a few weeks ago, he will be back in 2017, which is a magnificent recovery."
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 16 - 10:35 AM




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