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Roberto Martinez indicated in his most recent press conference that Ivorian striker Lacina Traore's hamstring injury will require treatment that "is going to take a long period of time."

Martinez was also quoted with giving a rough "weeks, not months" timetable, which would have one assume Traore will likely be sidelined until at least April, leaving about a month to contribute something during his loan spell barring any setbacks. By then, it will be up to the status of Romelu Lukaku as to whether Traore will see any significant pitch time.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 06:09:00 PM

The agent of Manchester City's Joe Hart has reportedly confirmed to Italian media that the goalkeeper is set for a medical at Torino.

Said agent Jonathan Barnett: "Yes, Joe Hart will play with Torino. It's done. The player said yes to the club and also Manchester City have given the green light. It is all true. Tomorrow [Tuesday] Hart will have a medical in Turin." The 29-year-old keeper quickly fell out of favor under Pep Guardiola in the final weeks of the preseason and now looks to be the No. 3 keeper after the arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona. Hart has reportedly received permission to leave England camp today to complete the season-long loan to the Serie A side, who finished 12th in the league last season.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 4:49 AM

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers looks set for a season-long loan to Middlesbrough with a medical planned for Tuesday.

With the impending £35 million arrival of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding ahead of him in the pecking order, Chambers' playing time looked to be extremely limited. But the 21-year-old appears to be headed to Middlesbrough, who sit in fifth place after an undefeated start through the opening three games. But the big news out of the Arsenal camp today concerns the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere. The Arsenal star has reportedly talked to Arsene Wenger about his future at the club and wants more playing time after being left out of the England team with a loan move being considered.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 30 - 4:56 AM

Sergio Aguero is facing the prospect of a ban although his enforced spell on the sidelines could not have been timed better after picking up an injury.

The Argentine was at the centre of a media storm on Sunday when cameras at the Etihad spotted Aguero thrusting an elbow in the face of West Ham defender Winston Reid. The incident, which was missed by referee Andre Marriner, carries an automatic three-game suspension and an FA review panel will analyse video footage today before deciding on whether to charge the City striker with violent conduct. However, the news that Aguero picked up a calf injury during the same game may help to soften the blow. The Argentina FA confirmed on Monday that the 28-year-old had withdrawn from the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay and Venezuela. Aguero will undergo further tests to determine the severity of the problem.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 30 - 5:29 AM

Jack Wilshere has found opportunities hard to come by at Arsenal following his recovery from injury.

Wilshere suffered a fractured fibula on the eve of the 2015/16 season and spent most of it on the sidelines, before returning in late April. However, after just 141 minutes of Premier League football, he merited [in the eyes of Roy Hodgson] a place in the Euro 2016 squad. With a full summer of training behind him, many expected the injury-plagued midfielder to hit the ground running. But, following a niggling tendinitis problem which delayed his comeback, Wilshere once again found himself stuck on the peripheries of the squad and he is now considering a loan move away. Arsenal are believed to be willing to let the England midfielder go, but will his chequered injury record put off any potential suitors?
Source: The Mirror
Aug 30 - 5:50 AM

Wayne Rooney will retain the England captaincy following an announcement by Sam Allardyce on Monday.

Allardyce had refused to comment on whether Rooney would continue to skipper his country since taking over in July, but revealed as part of yesterdays’ media briefing that the Manchester United player would lead the Three Lions. "Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me to ask him to continue," Allardyce told the Football Association's official website. "Wayne's record speaks for itself. He is the most senior member of the squad and he is hugely respected by his peers. All of these factors point towards him being the right choice to lead the team." Rooney took over from Steven Gerrard in 2014 and will become England’s most-capped outfield player [116th appearance] on Saturday if he is selected for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 6:05 AM

Chelsea have sent striker Patrick Bamford to Burnley FC on a season-long loan spell.

This deal was reported yesterday but becomes official today, as Bamford is loaned out to a third Premier League side since last summer. His previous two stints, half-seasons at Crystal Palace and Norwich City were entirely disappointing, making only thirteen combined appearances for two sides that did not have top-level strikers to block him from playing time, but he failed to score a single goal and it was a year that surely stunted his development. He is still only 22-years-old though and had an excellent campaign two seasons ago when loaned to Middlesbrough, so there is still hope for a breakout. He is firmly behind Andre Gray in the pecking order but could challenge Sam Vokes for starts at some stage in Sean Dyche's 4-4-2 system. He is only worth adding in fantasy draft leagues if you are desperate for a striker that might eventually be of use.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 30 - 6:48 AM

West Bromwich Albion have acquired Nacer Chadli from Tottenham for a transfer fee believed to be £13m and signed the Belgian to a four-year deal.

The Baggies official website are reporting it as an "undisclosed fee" but other sources have the figure at £13m. A couple of days ago, it looked as if Chadli might head to The Hawthorns on a loan deal but Tottenham have successfully sold a player that no longer had a future with the club. West Brom get an immediate upgrade as Chadli will likely leapfrog James McClean for the regular spot on the left flank, opposite Matt Phillips. That pushes Callum McManaman even further down the pecking order but he is rumored to be sold before the transfer window closes, along with Ricky Lambert. Chadli is definitely worth an add in draft leagues for those needing help in midfield and should give the Baggies a bit more of a cutting edge on the outside that they sorely need.
Aug 29 - 10:41 AM

Claudio Ranieri is confident Kasper Schmeichel will be ready for action when play resumes in the Premier League on September 10.

Ranieri was speaking following his sides’ 2-0 victory over Swansea, their first win of the season, and a game which saw Schmeichel replaced after an hour due to injury. The 29-year-old reacted quickly to thwart Fernando Llorente and prevent the on-rushing Swansea forward from latching onto a through-ball, but hurt himself in doing so. "He has a little hernia [problem] and Monday he will have an operation," the Italian said post-match. "It will take four of five days and he will be ready for the next match. He wanted to play today, but he felt something and wanted to change." Summer recruit [from Hannover 96] Ron Robert Zieler came on for the final half-hour.
Aug 29 - 6:49 AM

James McCarthy could require surgery to remedy an ongoing groin problem with Everton likely to make a decision this week.

McCarthy has had an indifferent start under the stewardship of Ronald Koeman. Having played in the opener against Tottenham, he was then restricted to just 38 minutes at the Hawthorns after the Toffees boss opted for a change of tactics following a poor start. Named in the starting XI for the midweek cup game versus Yeovil Town, McCarthy lasted an hour before he was forced off with what Koeman initially described as a minor knock. However, speaking the press on Saturday, the Dutchman revealed that McCarthy’s injury was a lot more serious than first thought: "He has a groin problem. We need to decide if it is operation, yes or no." The 25-year-old has struggled because of injury since late 2015, spending over three-months on the sidelines, but following his involvement at Euro 2016, McCarthy was believed he was over the niggling issues which have hampered his year.
Aug 29 - 7:35 AM

Jose Mourinho is sweating on the fitness of Marouane Fellaini who has become an unlikely mainstay of the United midfield.

Fellaini has played a prominent role in this seasons’ opening fixtures, playing every minute in helping his side to take maximum points. "Special" is not how we would have imagined Mourinho to describe the Belgian, but his performances have changed his relationship with the Old Trafford faithful. "Maybe a simple phone call can make a difference," he said and now that Fellaini is feeling the love - his confidence is beginning to grow which is why this setback will be a concern: "He has an injury in his back. It's not good." Although Fellaini will join up with Belgium [to be assessed by the national team doctors] he is expected to miss the upcoming fixtures against Spain and Cyprus.
Aug 29 - 8:20 AM

Southampton's new record signing Sofiane Boufal is likely to cause major changes among Southampton's attacking unit.

The midfielder plays more forward than his position suggests, but is not a like for like replacement for Sadio Mane. Boufal tends to rely on his skill rather than his physical prowess to get past opposition players. He does however have a keen eye for goal, notching up 12 in 35 appearances last term. He plays on the left wing or in the no. 10 role and should replace Shane Long, Nathan Redmond or Charlie Austin for a place in the starting line up. Who he will replace is likely to be subject to many managerial experiments which will cause headaches for fantasy managers. Indeed, his arrival will create the chance for last weekend's goalscorer Jay Rodriguez to go out on loan. The Moroccan is currently recovering from a knee injury and is likely to be introduced to the team slowly to build both fitness and chemistry.
Source: Eurosport
Aug 29 - 9:43 AM




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