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Maourane Chamakh had scored in his three previous Premier League matches, but against Newcastle United he drew a blank. The yellow card he earned for a foul of Fabricio Coloccini will keep him out of the Eagles' trip to Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

In Chamakh's absence, Cameron Jerome may be partnered with Dwight Gayle, or he may lead the line on his own, with support from midfield in the likes of Barry Bannan, Jason Puncheon, and Yannick Bolasie.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 04:35:00 PM

Slaven Bilic will welcome Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell back into his squad for Sunday's trip to Liverpool.

Antonio and Cresswell returned to training this week after recovering from groin injuries and are set to rejoin the West Ham squad for their trip to Anfield. The pair missed last weekend's 5-1 defeat by Arsenal but will be fit for this weekend, according to Slaven Bilic: "Antonio and Cresswell are training with us today after the press conference and according to the medical reports they are fit and they are OK." The return of Antonio and Cresswell is a huge boost for West Ham as they go in search of their first Premier League win since October.
Dec 9 - 1:51 PM

Cheikhou Kouyate sat out last weekend's defeat to Arsenal with a groin problem that will again keep him sidelined for Sunday's match with Liverpool, Slaven Bilic confirmed on Friday.

While Slaven Bilic will welcome back Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell, the manager will be without Kouyate for West Ham's trip to Anfield this weekend. Bilic said: "With Cheikhou Kouyate, it is a little bit different. We were hoping he would be OK for Sunday’s game, but unfortunately he will have to miss it." Bilic did however add that Kouyate's injury is "not a big one" and has a "great chance" to make his return ahead of next Wednesday's match with Burnley.
Dec 9 - 2:20 PM

Alvaro Negredo, Gaston Ramirez and Jordan Rhodes are all doubts for Middlesbrough's trip to Southampton this Sunday.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has confirmed that Negredo, Ramirez and Rhodes all missed training on Friday and are doubts for this weekend's fixture. "I need to check tomorrow with the doctors," Karanka said. "The main thing for me is the players who are ready to play are ready to take that chance." While this doesn't necessarily mean any or all won't feature, the loss of Nergredo and Ramirez would be major blows to Karanka's side ahead of Sunday's fixture. If the duo is rule out then Cristhian Stuani and Viktor Fischer could be handed starting roles, while David Nugent would likely replace Rhodes on the bench.
Dec 9 - 1:38 PM

Watford return to something resembling their full squad for the visit of Everton on Saturday.

The Hornets were significantly understaffed last weekend with Daryl Janmaat, Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul, Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami all missing for one reason or another. This week sees most of that group back with Cathcart definitely still out and Kaboul questionable. Still, the return of Behrami along with Janmaat and Britos will help Walter Mazzarri return the Hornets to the defensive solidity that served them well from mid-October until last weekend when, outside of the destruction at Anfield, they gave up only a single goal across five matches (4 wins and a nil-nil draw).
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 1:05 PM

Daryl Janmaat will be available to Walter Mazzarri again in Week 15 after missing Week 14 with a minor injury.

The Dutch international missed last weekend's match after suffering a minor head injury in training in the week leading up to the match. With a week to recover he should be expected to not only be back and available but starting. Janmaat hasn't been quite as effective for Watford as he was for Newcastle from a fantasy point of view but he is certainly a worthy starter most weeks in draft/auction formats.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 12:49 PM

Walter Mazzarri will welcome back Miguel Britos after he had to sit out last weekend's loss suspended.

The Hornets defense was decimated by absences last weekend contributing to a resounding loss for the club. They will welcome back Miguel Britos and Daryl Janmaat to the back line as well as Valon Behrami (also coming back from suspension) to the base of midfield. The returning solidity could see the Hornets give Everton a tough match as the Toffees haven't been playing very well in recent weeks.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 12:56 PM

After recovering from an elbow to the face last weekend, Bruno Martins Indi will be fit for Stoke City's Week 15 trip to Arsenal.

The Potters will be happy to have Martins Indi back because Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron are unlikely and definitely unable to participate respectively. Shawcross' continued absence means that Marc Muniesa is likely to get a second consecutive start for Mark Hughes' side. Expect the Potters to line up with Pieters, Muniesa, Martins Indi, and Johnson across the back in front of Lee Grant. Despite the strong results over the past month, expect the trip to the Emirates to be a little less successful for the Stoke City defense. Any fantasy interest in them should be based on the expectation that tackles won, interceptions and aerial duels won will have to more than make up for the likelihood that they will concede more than the odd goal.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 12:32 PM

Marko Aruautovic came out of the 2-0 win over the Clarets last weekend with a minor knock. He will overcome that knock and be available to start against Arsenal on Saturday.

Stoke City have come on in recent weeks as their squad has returned to something at least resembling full fitness. Integral to that is the opportunity to have Joe Allen, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri all available at the same time along with first choices at right and left back. All of the above should be available for the match against Arsenal with Joe Allen boasting a crucial goal against the Gunners last season while in a Liverpool uniform. Expect the Potters to be tougher competition than their early season efforts might lead you to believe.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 12:35 PM

George Friend will miss Sunday's visit to Southampton through injury but is progressing well in his recovery process, says Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.

Friend will remain sidelined with a knee injury for Middlesbrough's trip to the St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday. However, Aitor Karanka said he was pleased with Friend's recovery process and hopeful the defender could train with the squad on Saturday. "Hopefully tomorrow he will train with us, as it’s not a hard session," he said. "Hopefully he can be with the team on Monday." While Friend is expected to return to full fitness this month, potentially available for clashes with Liverpool (December 14) and Swansea (December 17), Fabio will continue to start in his absence.
Dec 9 - 12:36 PM

James Morrison has apparently suffered an unspecified knock and faces a late fitness test ahead of Albion's Sunday trip to Stamford Bridge.

Tony Pulis is rapidly becoming the Bill Belichick of the Premier League. More frequently than any other manager he refers only vaguely to injuries to specific players or, even more frustratingly, vague injuries to unnamed players. This makes anticipating a likely starting line-up difficult. If Morrison doesn't go then Nacer Chadli will almost certainly rejoin the starting line-up against the Blues. Either are fringe starters given the roll Chelsea have been on recently.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 12:39 PM

Gareth McAuley has been identified as facing a late fitness test ahead of Albion's Sunday match with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been extremely potent attacking this season and the absence of McAuley would be a big blow for Tony Pulis heading into a match he probably wouldn't expect a great deal from even if fully healthy. He is certainly well-stocked with options behind McAuley but either of Jonas Olsson or Brandon Galloway would certainly be a step down.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 12:41 PM




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