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Chelsea scored the game's only goal in added time, when a free kick landed in front of Tim Howard and the US international deflected it in, slapping him with an own goal in a tough 1-0 defeat for Everton.

A very bitter ending to an otherwise fantastic performance from Howard. The goal came from a Frank Lampard free kick that was sent into the box, when it appeared to the naked eye that John Terry slid in between defenders to get the scoring touch, but upon review, Terry never contacted the ball, and it actually got a piece of Howard before trickling in. Everton were expecting to see Lacina Traore start, but he came up limp in the warm-ups and was a late scratch. The Toffee defense looked solid despite the loss, and Howard's unfortunate scoreline today should at least see his price in fantasy dip to a very attractive figure.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 10:04:00 AM

West Ham United skipper Mark Noble missed last Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Leicester City but is expected to be fit for the club's match with Hull City on April 1st.

Noble suffered a knock that forced him to miss the match with Leicester but resumed training with the first-team this week and will be fit face Hull City, according to Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke. The news is a big boost for the Hammers with defensive midfielder Pedro Obiang, who underwent ankle surgery on Tuesday in London, ruled out for the remainder of the season. Without Obiang, manager Slaven Bilic will likely move Cheikhou Kouyate into a central midfield role alongside Noble for the rest of the season.
Mar 24 - 2:29 PM

Angelo Ogbonna is progressing well after his knee surgery in late January and could potentially be back in action before the end of the term.

Back in January, manager Slaven Bilic said Ogbonna was expected to miss the rest of term after the center-back underwent knee surgery. However, in the club's most recent report from the treatment room, it was revealed that the Italian international could be back in action before the end of the season. "If his rehab remains on schedule, he will return to training with the first team in around four to five weeks," wrote Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke. Should Ogbonna continue on pace with his recovery, there is an outside chance he could be match fit come May.
Mar 24 - 2:12 PM

Winston Reid is expected to be out for five weeks due to a muscle injury he suffered during last Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Leicester City.

Reid was withdrawn from the New Zealand squad after suffering the injury at weekend, which will keep him sidelined through at least the end of April. Reid has been a vital cog at the heart of the West Ham defense this campaign, starting 26 of their 29 league matches. With the 28-year-old expected to miss significant time, James Collins is in line to slot into the starting XI. Collins has made 14 appearances for the Hammers this season.
Mar 24 - 1:57 PM

Erik Lamela may have kicked his last ball for Tottenham as the Argentinian struggles to overcome a persistent and ongoing hip problem.

The 25-year-old play maker is said to be at loggerheads with the club over whether he requires surgery, a disagreement which has left Lamela in limbo as he enters the final year of his current deal. Tottenham, feel they have been more than accommodating over the past few months, allowing Lamela to return home to Argentina to spend time with his family, before granting him permission to be treated at his former club, Roma, by Italian physiotherapist Damiano Stefanini. But, Spurs are becoming increasingly frustrated at his lack of progress, and with only ten Premier League games remaining, Lamela is unlikely to feature again in 2016/17.
Source: The Times
Mar 24 - 6:15 AM

Manchester City could still have injured forward Gabriel Jesus back for the final weeks of the season if all goes according to plan.

Gabriel Jesus sustained a broken foot in mid-February, and the initial diagnosis was that he would miss up to three months with the injury. While there is no return date set, the Brazilian forward said he still plans to return to help the club in the final weeks of the season: "It’s my first injury. Not muscle injury, but it’s the first time something happens that leaves me out of games. So it was not easy. But I saw that, of course, no one wants this to happen, but it could be worse. So we operated soon, I decided to operate and give it time...I don’t know, I have no return prediction. But I hope I can still play some games this season."
Mar 23 - 9:21 AM

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said he is targeting the summer for his return from knee surgery.

The summer signing from Borussia Dortmund sustained a cruciate ligament injury in December that required surgery, with an expected recovery time of up to nine months. But Gundogan, on tour of the United States promoting the club's friendlies this summer, said he is hoping to take part in preseason training ahead of next season: "It is getting better. It is a little bit frustrating but injuries are part of football. Unfortunately my injury is a long-term injury, it takes quite a few months to recover, but I am okay with that. That is fine for me, I work hard. I just try to do the best every day and try to come back as soon as possible on the field. Hopefully I can start pre-season."
Source: Daily Mail
Mar 23 - 9:25 AM

Xherdan Shaqiri denies his lifestyle and poor diet are at the root of his ongoing calf problems.

The Swiss international was quizzed ahead of his sides World Cup qualifier with Latvia on Saturday having missed the last seven games domestically, despite being passed fit twice [GW27 vs Middlesbrough and GW29 vs Chelsea]. On both occasions, Shaqiri was withdrawn prior to kick-off after complaining of muscular discomfort. In response to questions raised about his diet, Shaqiri said: "I am a professional enough to know what I have to do. Just because I work with Coca-Cola does not mean I drink cola every day. I know how to behave." Pierre Etienne Fournier [team physio] suggested scar tissue was the cause of his ongoing issues but national coach Vladimir Petkovic only served to add fuel to the fire by saying Shaqiri must be analysed to find a solution: "Every player is responsible for his fitness. No one is with him for 24 hours, so no one knows if he stretches at twelve o'clock at night, or is eating popcorn or mince."
Source: Clubcall
Mar 23 - 10:03 AM

The Republic of Ireland squad received an unexpected boost in the wake of what Martin O’Neill described as his worst injury crisis in three years.

Already without the suspended Robbie Brady for the Group D qualifier against Wales, O’Neill’s squad has been decimated by injury after Wes Hoolahan, Harry Arter, Shane Duffy were confirmed absentees along with Newcastle trio Ciaran Clark, Rob Elliot and Daryl Murphy. However, after all but ruling James McCarthy out earlier this week, the Everton midfielder could make a surprise appearance at the Aviva Stadium. "He is improving very quickly," O’Neill said during Thursday afternoons press conference. "He's done some work. He's feeling much better so we'll assess it." Ireland currently top the group and another victory, against the unbeaten Welsh, would see them move seven-points ahead of their rivals at the midway point of this qualification campaign.
Source: RTE.ie
Mar 23 - 10:36 AM

Phil Jones has arrived back at the Carrington Training Complex following his release from the England squad.

Gareth Southgate confirmed on Tuesday that Jones had sustained a foot injury in training and would be returning to his club for further tests. "It was an innocuous tackle and he caught the bottom of somebody's foot. We'll know more over the next 24 to 48 hours," the Three Lions manager confirmed. Initial reports suggest that the Manchester United centre-back suffered a broken toe in a challenge with club and international teammate Chris Smalling, and if confirmed, Jones is likely to miss around six weeks ruling him out of key FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League matches. With nine games scheduled for April, Jose Mourinho can ill-afford to lose a key member of his squad, but at least United are well-stocked in this area with the aforementioned Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly all capable of playing in the heart of defence.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 22 - 2:19 PM

Alexis Sanchez is expected to line-up against Argentina in the early hours of Thursday morning after being cleared to play in the World Cup qualifier.

The Arsenal supremo was rated as a major doubt on Saturday after he was forced off because of an ankle problem at West Brom, an injury which manager Arsène Wenger described as "terrible" amid fears that he had sustained ligament damage. However, following ongoing tests in Chile, it now looks like Sanchez is ready to be patched up for the decisive game in Buenos Aires: "The last news I have is that it was only the kick. I don't know if his ligament was damaged or not - it was swollen so hard to assess after the game - but it looks positive," Wenger told beIN Sports. The news will come as huge relief for Arsenal supporters who had feared that their talismanic attacker would miss the remainder of the season, although they must now contend with Sanchez playing another 180 minutes before the Premier League fixture against Man City on April 02.
Source: The Mirror
Mar 22 - 2:42 PM

Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King could all take part in European World Cup qualification during the fourth international break of the 2016/17 season.

Almost a year to the date since Vardy scored his first international goal in a 3-2 victory over the current World Cup champions in Berlin, City's No.9 will look to make his 15th appearance for England when they face Germany on Wednesday. The trip to Germany will then be followed by a 2018 World Cup qualifier clash with Lithuanina at Wembley on Sunday. While England will aim to kept their place atop Group F, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will look to extend his stellar form onto the international stage with Denmark in Group E when they host Romania on Sunday at Telia Parken Stadium. Meanwhile, Welshman Andy King could make club history when his nation faces the Republic of Ireland on Friday. An appearance for King in the WCQ in Dublin would break John O'Neill's record of 39 international appearances as a Leicester City player.
Mar 21 - 3:37 PM




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