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Mamadou Sakho pulled up short with a clear hamstring injury trying to defend Chelsea at the weekend. There's no confirmation yet on the extent of his injury, but surely he'll miss a few weeks.

Sakho has been a valuable defender for Liverpool who, thankfully, have cover in the return of Daniel Agger. With Jon Flanagan suffering from his own hamstring injury, this opens up a return for Aly Cissokho against Hull City.
Source: Liverpool FC
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 11:58:00 AM

Amid rumors of a transfer, Marko Arnautovic has tied himself to Stoke City for another four years after signing on renewed terms at the Britannia.

Stoke City continue to remake their image but Marko Arnautovic perhaps best represents the transition from the old (Pulis) Stoke to the new (Hughes) Stoke. Arnautovic blends physicality and a take-no-prisoners style with enough class to lead the Potters in goals from a wide attacking position. His loss would have been a significant blow as Mark Hughes continues to try to assemble the sort of squad that can regularly finish in the top half and entertain supporters at the same time.
Source: @StokeCity
Jul 27 - 11:00 AM

Arsenal are hoping to bring in some defensive cover after Arsene Wenger confirmed Per Mertesacker will be side-lined for "a few months" due to injury.

The German defender was injured during last Fridays’ pre-season friendly with Lens and although initial reports suggested the knock was only minor, further tests have revealed the extent of the damage and Mertesacker immediately went under the knife. Wenger was reluctant to give a definitive timeline at this stage although he did admit that he was hoping to sign cover during the interim. "We have to look for an option to get a bit more experience," said the Gunners boss. "With Per being out, we are a bit short on the experience front and we are looking to bring somebody in." One player who has been linked, is Valencia’s centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, and with the Spanish club looking to balance their books, the German international could be an ideal replacement.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 27 - 10:30 AM

Ashley Barnes is set for an extended period on the sidelines after tests revealed his hamstring injury was more serious than originally thought.

Barnes limped off before half-time at Bradford on Saturday, but manager Sean Dyche was quick to allay growing concerns by suggesting the problem was only minor and his withdrawal was more of a precaution. However, it now looks like the striker is at risk of missing the start of the new Premier League campaign after a scan confirmed the extent of the damage. "Ashley is unfortunately going to be a bit longer than we hoped. We are not sure exactly how long yet but he’s tweaked a hamstring muscle," revealed the Clarets boss. "We are hoping it will settle down quickly. It’s nothing untoward but it could be a bit of time yet." There was better news regarding teammate Lukas Jutkiewicz, who was also forced off during the same game after complaining of muscular tightness, he trained on Tuesday and should come back into contention this weekend.
Jul 27 - 5:00 AM

Fantasy owners will have to look elsewhere for an attack-oriented left-back after defender Aaron Cresswell suffered a knee injury.

West Ham confirmed the left-back will miss around the next four months after sustaining ligament damage in his knee following a harsh challenge in a preseason friendly over the weekend against a second-division German side. Without Cresswell, Slaven Bilic could turn to Michail Antonio at the position while rumors swirled of a potential summer move for cover at the position. Meanwhile, midfielder Manuel Lanzini will also miss the start of the season due to injury.
Source: BBC
Jul 26 - 5:53 PM

The Argentina Football Federation [AFA] have confirmed that West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of this summer’s Olympic Games after suffering a knee injury during last week’s warm-up game against Colombia.

In a statement by the AFA they confirmed: "The West Ham man will remain in Miami from where he will leave for London." Lanzini was expected to miss to opening matches of the new Premier League season with the Olympic tournament due to run until August 20, but now the 23-year-old could make the trip to Stamford Bridge in game week one depending on the severity of his injury. Lanzini becomes the second West Ham player within a matter of days to be struck down, after Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for around four months, leaving Slaven Bilic without a naturally left-sided full-back until November.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 26 - 4:16 PM

Arsene Wenger is expected to provide an update on Per Mertesacker this evening amid concerns that the German defender has been ruled out for the remainder of 2016.

Mertesacker was part of the side which drew 1-1 with Lens last Friday in Arsenal’s first preseason game of the summer, but despite playing 90 minutes, the club announced yesterday that the 31-year-old would not be a part of the travelling squad to America after sustaining a knee injury. No specifics were given although rumours began to surface suggesting Mertesacker may miss up-to five months due to ligament damage. If confirmed, the Arsenal boss could be forced into the transfer market to provide defensive cover. Laurent Koscielny is expected to miss the opener against Liverpool due to his involvement at the Euros which would leave Calum Chambers to partner Gabriel Paulista [currently suffering from tonsillitis] in the heart of the Gunners defence.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 26 - 3:56 PM

Chelsea are reportedly interested in defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Chelsea are obviously shopping this summer after the disappointment of last season and they've already added reinforcement with Michy Batshuayi and N'Golo Kante. They are now trying to reinforce defensively, and with John Terry getting old, they have eyes set on Koulibaly. Koulibaly will likely start and be a solid pick in late rounds of fantasy leagues if he ends up at Chelsea.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 26 - 3:59 PM

Idrissa Gueye could be headed to Everton after the club have triggered his release clause of £7.1m.

The clause has also been triggered by Marseille, so Gueye could be playing outside of the Premier League this season. Gueye was average with relegated Aston Villa last season and is unlikely to be a fantasy option regardless of where he ends up. You can safely avoid him in all formats.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 26 - 3:28 PM

Erik Lamela, looking to fend off a potential challenge to his spot in the line-up, scored Spurs' lone goal in their 2-1 loss to Juventus on Tuesday.

Spurs, traveling to Australia for their part in the International Champions Cup, lost their initial match to Italian Champions Juventus on Thursday. While they lost, their lone goal was promising with new arrival Victor Wanyama who won the ball as Juve attempted to clear their own end. He passed up to youngster Shayon Harrison who fed Lamela for a fine finish low to the far corner. A solid effort from a predominantly second team and youth squad for Spurs.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 26 - 9:47 AM

Arsenal have reportedly made a €35million bid for Alexandre Lacazette and had it turned down by Lyon.

Lacazette makes all the sense in the world for Arsenal and reportedly has a release clause in the €42million range. Despite the clause, Lyon has stated in no uncertain terms that Lacazette is not for sale. If there is a release clause then they don't really get to decide that but it does seem clear from their posturing that Arsenal will have to meet that release clause if they want to land their target.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 26 - 9:53 AM

Joe Allen has officially moved from Liverpool FC to Stoke City FC for a reported £13 million fee.

The Wales midfielder had an outstanding Euro2016 tournament that reaffirmed (or perhaps created) the value of Allen in the transfer market. Marginalized to varying degrees since his move to Anfield, the feeling is that his ceiling is as a mid-table player. That the slight player arrives at the Potteries, that once boasted one of the roughest and toughest squads in the division, is perhaps the biggest nod yet to the changes that Mark Hughes has instilled at the club. Don't expect a great deal in the way of statistics that show up in the box score but Allen will be a steadying presence linking defense and attack that the Potters have lacked.
Source: @StokeCity
Jul 25 - 5:10 PM




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