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John Heitinga signs with Fulham FC, ending a four and a half year stint with Everton.

With Phillipe Senderos departing for Valencia CF just moments ago, Heitinga comes in to replace him, providing a veteran presence while Dan Burn continues to develop. Heitinga could not crack the starting XI all season long, making just one appearance as a substitute. Hopefully he can give Fulham a much needed boost in the middle of defense.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 05:39:00 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Kevin Mirallas and John Stones will be assessed after the pair were substituted against Villareal due to ankle injuries.

However the Toffees boss didn’t seem overly concerned post-match "I don’t expect it to be anything too serious" suggesting there withdrawal was more of a precaution. Romelu Lukaku was missing from Sundays’ testimonial [for Duncan Ferguson] but the striker was rested after feeling discomfort in his hamstring midweek while Gerard Deulofeu was another absentee despite early optimism that the Spanish winger would be fine following his recent thigh problem. Everton are already struggling with Tony Hibbert, Aidan McGeady, Mo Besic, Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson out of the opener although they have been boosted by the return to fitness of Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo.
Aug 3 - 6:48 AM

Peter Odemwingie scored a headed goal between two Koln goals as Stoke City dropped their final pre-season tune-up in advance of the start of the Premier League season.

Ibrahim Afellay got his first start for the Potters but couldn't help them get a pre-season win as Koln took home the title in their pre-season tournament. Peter Odemwingie, who came on as a substitute for Afellay, got a goal that will help propel him into the start of the new season but the Potters weren't as lucky. Stoke City started Butland, Johnson, Marc Muniesa, Teixeira, Pieters, Sidwell, van Ginkel, Walters, Ireland, Afellay, and Joselu for the affair.
Aug 2 - 9:01 PM

News broke on Sunday morning that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere would miss the Community Shield game as a precaution after injuring his ankle during a training ground session on Saturday.

Wenger confirmed soon after that the injury was not a "concern" and the England international was expected to be available for GW1 as the initial prognosis suggested 2-5 days. However following the win over Chelsea the Arsenal boss appeared to contradict himself "We have no big injuries at the moment apart from Jack Wilshere." Now interpret that how you may but BIG could refer to ‘a key first team squad member’ or he may be referencing the injury itself. The latter certainly fits with reports this evening implying Wilshere is a major doubt for the opening weekend. The good news though – the problem occurred to Wilshere’s right ankle and not his troublesome left.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 2 - 5:37 PM

Sam Gallagher has joined MK Dons on a season-long loan.

The Southampton striker isn't getting any playing time with the Saints due to Graziano Pelle, Shane Long, and the returning Jay Rodriguez so this is a very good move for the youngster. He needs experience at this stage of his career and he'll have every opportunity to prove himself at MK Dons.
Aug 2 - 3:28 PM

Jordy Clasie's hamstring injury doesn't seem serious and the Southampton midfielder "may be available for gameweek one".

Clasie suffered the injury in Southampton's 3-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday and was initially doubtful for week one. The Saints are reporting that his injury "looks positive" now and he has a realistic chance of playing in week one. We've upgraded his status to questionable, although it may jump to probable throughout this next week.
Aug 2 - 2:02 PM

West Ham lost their final pre-season friendly to Werder Bremen by a score of 2-1.

The Hammers took the lead through Diafra Sakho but couldn't hold on as they let Werder Bremen come back and win through a brace by Anthony Ujah. With Enner Valencia injured, West Ham will be relying on Diafra Sakho a lot at the start of the season. Sakho was a great fit the Hammers last season while he was healthy and he should be drafted in fantasy leagues in the middle rounds. He is definitely an option in the game at a price of 6.5.
Source: WHUFC
Aug 2 - 1:17 PM

Diego Costa has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring and is questionable for week one.

Jose Mourinho cleared Diego Costa to play in today's Community Shield match yesterday but the striker has apparently suffered a setback since he was left out of today's squad. Mourinho is "unsure" if Costa will be ready for week one, which is a huge concern for Chelsea. Costa has had hamstring issues for a few years now and could be dealing with this problem all season long. Loic Remy gains a lot of fantasy value with these news and managers should be looking to draft him in the later rounds. As for Costa, he should be avoided as he is bound to bring headaches all season long, especially with Mourinho's secretive "injury reports".
Aug 2 - 1:32 PM

Arsenal have defeated Chelsea in the Community Shield, giving Arsene Wenger his long awaited win over Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal won the trophy through a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goal in the 24th minute. The Gunners then held on for deal life as Chelsea pushed back in the second half, without any results. The irony of the match was that Arsenal parked the bus against Chelsea after going up 1-0, and won with the same way Arsene Wenger has criticized in past seasons. Mourinho will surely be disappointed with losing, but there is no doubt the manager has his sights set on another Premier League title.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 2 - 12:12 PM

Jay Rodriguez put in a full shift and got on the score sheet late with a long-range strike to help Southampton earn a 1-1 draw with Espanyol.

With a couple of exceptions, Ronanld Koeman unsurprisingly named a much different XI than the one that took on Vitesse in Europa action on Thursday, and it was another chance for Rodriguez to show the ACL injury is completely behind him. The Saints conceded a goal in the first half but the defense were mistake free from then on. In the 85th minute, Espanyol were dispossessed in midfield and Rodriguez casually strolled toward the box before unleashing a well-struck blast from 25 yards out. It remains to be seen how soon Rodriguez can challenge for pitch time and with European competition, there is risk of rotation throughout the Southampton attack. He is certainly worth monitoring though. Cuco Martina and Steven Caulker were handed debuts today. Maya Yoshida is looking the favorite to partner Jose Fonte in Week 1, but be wary of Caulker. He will likely get a crack at some point.
Aug 2 - 12:34 PM

Robert Huth scored in Leicester's comeback from 2-0 down to lead the Foxes to a 3-2 win against Birmingham City.

Leicester looked good in the second half of the friendly and deservedly scored three goals in the comeback. Huth was one of their best players down the stretch last season and he seems to be going into this year with the same form. The other two Leicester goals came from Shinji Okazaki and Danny Drinkwater, who are both competing for a starting spots this season.
Source: LCFC
Aug 2 - 11:55 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists that Romelu Lukaku will be fit for the big kick-off next weekend, despite leaving the pitch holding his left leg in a friendly this week…

The one thing that Roberto Martinez doesn’t need at the moment is an injury to Romelu Lukaku. With the futures of center-back John Stones and midfielders Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy still in the balance, plus no much of adding to his squad before next weekend. You could forgive him for wanting to wrap Lukaku in cotton wool until moments before kick-off against Watford next weekend. Everton need to start well and that means Romelu Lukaku firing on all cylinders, so seeing him leaving the pitch clutching his hamstring after just 30 minutes of the match v Dundee doesn’t bode well. But Martinez insists that it is merely a bit of muscle fatigue and he fit be fit. Although he won’t take part in the Duncan Ferguson testimonial…
Aug 2 - 8:04 AM

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