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Sunderland's summer recruitment drive is set to continue with the purchase of Lazio full-back Luis Pedro Cavanda.

Cavanda is highly regarded in Italy and is a right-back, so he would be brought in as a direct replacement for Phil Bardlsey. Lazio value the player at £4.5million but Sunderland will be hoping to force a deal through for less than £3million. Any move would allow Craig Gardener to return to midfield next season after covering the right full-back slot for much of the season.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 05:44:00 AM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel faces a selection dilemma at center-back as both Wes Morgan and Aleksandar Dragovic are fit for Saturday's match against Stoke City.

Morgan returned from a hamstring injury and completed the full 90 minutes in last Friday's 1-0 FA Cup Fifth Round victory over Sheffield United following a six-week spell on the sidelines. Morgan was the first-choice partner for Harry Maguire during the first-half of the season, and while he could retain his place this weekend, Dragovic has done well enough to make the decision a tough one. "We have a squad with good competition between players," said Puel. "All this competition pushes the players to bid for their place and it is a good thing." Meanwhile, the absence of Shinji Okazaki (knee) is likely to result in a start for either Fousseni Diabate or Kelechi Iheanacho.
Feb 23 - 6:37 PM

Huddersfield Town will be without midfield anchor Aaron Mooy on Saturday against West Brom as he recovers from a knee injury.

The Australia international is currently sidelined by a knee infection and will miss at least this weekend's match before he returns. Without Mooy for the trip to The Hawthorns, manager David Wagner will be forced to assess his options and starting XI. Wagner has preferred a 4-3-3 formation away from home this season, while the 4-5-1 formation used in the win over Bournemouth is another viable choice. Wagner has two defensive-minded options in Phil Billing and Danny Williams, while attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard is back in contention after being ineligible for last week's FA Cup defeat at Manchester United.
Feb 23 - 7:51 PM

Peter Crouch will miss Week 28 as he recovers from a foot injury. Lack of depth means that Tyrese Campbell, all of 18-years-old, may feature at some point against the Foxes.

Crouch has remained surprisingly effective into his late 30s but the fact that he's been hit with some minor injuries as the season has worn on. Ultimately, the fact that Crouch is still considered a key member of the Stoke City attack is more an indictment of their efforts to build their squad than Crouch playing at a super-human level for someone clearly on the back half of his career. Crouch will miss at least Week 28 if not a little more and the Potters will have to look elsewhere for an attacking spark. Maybe the returning Jese.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:25 PM

Jake Livermore is back from a hamstring injury and is joined by Kieran Gibbs who is back as well and Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry and others who will apparently not face any club-mandated suspension after their roles in the incident in Barcelona.

Good news for Allan Pardew as he will have a side that is close to full strength available to him for the visit of fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs return from minor injuries and are both likely to feature in the starting eleven. Jonny Evans will be restored to his role as captain despite his unseemly participation in the incident with a car in Barcelona. Only Nacer Chadli, James Morrison and Daniel Sturridge will be absent from the squad of likely contributors.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:30 PM

Heurelho Gomes has recovered from his back injury and should be available to start for Watford against Everton on Saturday in Week 28 Premier League action.

The Hornets' number one has been missing for the better part of a month with a back injury and Watford have continued to struggle without him. In fairness, the Hornets had been struggling before the Brazilian went out injured and his return may not offer a significant change of fortunes as they still have a long list of other injury-enforced absences. The visit of a struggling Everton side is likely more important than whether Gomes returns in net or not.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:33 PM

Will Hughes was magical for his brief period of good health earlier this season and Watford will hope that he is both ready to participate in Week 28 and prepared to reprise his starring role.

Hughes came to Watford over the summer with the reputation for being both talented and brittle. He has lived up to the former label briefly and the latter for most of the season. Hughes may return against Everton but his injury history may cause the Hornets to be conservative with his playing time until he proves that he can stay on the pitch. Look for a substitute appearance at most in Week 28 with his participation increasing in the coming weeks. Definitely one to watch as a late-season fantasy waiver wire addition in draft-style leagues if he can stay healthy.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:36 PM

David Moyes has revealed Manuel Lanzini could return to action when West Ham face Liverpool on Saturday.

Lanzini returned to training with the first team this week after missing the last four matches as a result of a hamstring injury he sustained against Bournemouth at the end of January. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder is expected to be recalled to the squad when the Hammers travel to Anfield this weekend, but after a month layoff, it's unclear if he will be thrust straight back into the starting XI. "Manu Lanzini could [return this weekend]," said Moyes in his pre-match press conference. "I would be tempted to start him, but I’m certainly not going to give my team news out." Lanzini has three goals and six assists this season and is arguably West Ham's best player. Once fully match fit, he will likely displace Joao Mario from the starting XI.
Feb 23 - 4:37 PM

Miguel Britos and Kiko Femenia are close to their returns from injury and will hope to ease Watford's injury crisis by participating against Everton.

The Hornets injury list has been something to rival peak Arsenal. The walking wounded are slowly returning to health and the arrival of Everton on Saturday may see the Hornets welcome the returns of Heurelho Gomes, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia, and Miguel Britos. It is hard to imagine that all of the above will start or even participate but the good news is that the state of the squad is steadily improving as Watford look to stay out of the relegation fray.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:39 PM

Manchester City could be boosted by the return of Gabriel Jesus for the League Cup final this weekend.

The Brazilian phenom has not played for the league leaders in 2018 since suffering an MCL injury at the end of December, but is ready to return ahead of schedule in the next week, just in time as Raheem Sterling has just sustained a minor injury. While manager Pep Guardiola is playing it cautious with Gabriel Jesus' return, all signs point to a return against Arsenal this weekend. "We will see tomorrow [whether Jesus is fit enough]. He made the third training session and every day he is better. [Jesus’ return to fitness is] so important. When the people say the four titles can you do it, you have to have everything going for you."
Feb 23 - 4:40 PM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be allow to help his new club lift the League Cup trophy on Sunday against Manchester City as he is cup tied after participating with Manchester United before his transfer.

Arsenal will have Mkhitaryan for the match against Manchester City in the League on Thursday but he will not be available on Sunday for Arsenal's chance at domestic glory against favored Manchester City on Sunday. The Armenian international will likely give way to an attacking group of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, and Aaron Ramsey with some combination of Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny behind them.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:44 PM

Winston Reid is contention to return to the starting XI for West Ham against Liverpool on Saturday after recovering from a throat infection.

The New Zealand international missed the majority of January with a groin injury and was absent for the win over Watford in GW27 due to illness, but is ready to return to action for the trip to Anfield. "Winston Reid is back training and is back in the squad," manager David Moyes said. "We had a practice match at the training ground over a week ago and he got some minutes in that, so hopefully it did him some good." Reid hasn't featured since January 7th, but with the Hammers facing a potent Liverpool attack, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back in the starting XI. His availability will allow Aaron Cresswell to shift back to his natural position on the left side of defense and Michail Antonio to be move into an advance role.
Feb 23 - 5:33 PM




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