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After receiving a red card against Crystal Palace last weekend for denying a goalscoring opportunity, Chico will be ineligible for Swansea City's next match, serving a one-match ban.

Chico is set to miss out on Swansea's hosting of a struggling West Brom this weekend, creating a nice budget prospect for this weekend in Jordi Amat. Amat has deputized at center back for both Chico and Ashley Williams before and there is no reason to expect Garry Monk to turn to someone else. Chico will be back for the double gameweek, but Amat for 5.3m this weekend looks a good bargain.
Source: Wales Online
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Santi Cazorla has vowed to return to first-team action "at my best level" and dismissed any suggestion that he could be forced to retire through injury.

The Arsenal playmaker has endured eight operations since suffering an Achilles injury 9 months ago. Several setbacks and a bacterial infection is likely to mean Cazorla will not play again this year, but the 32-year-old insists, he will be back stronger than ever having recently started his rehabilitation programme. "Do not pay attention to that [rumours]," he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero. "I do not know how far I am [off returning] but I am convinced that I am going to play football again and at my best level. I started my recovery two weeks ago. I’m still far [from playing]. I do not have strength in my tendon or muscle mass. I need time [to regain it] but I am very happy my recovery in this 15 days."
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jul 28 - 4:29 AM

West Ham centre-back Winston Reid faces a race against time to make the Premier League opener at Old Trafford on August 13.

The New Zealand international is yet to play a part in pre-season following surgery two months ago to rectify a "rare and chronic knee condition." However, speaking to WHUTV, Reid confirmed he is closing in on a return and "hopefully [with]in the next week or so I should be back." The 29-year-old endured a difficult season finale before finally succumbing to the injury, but now Reid is looking forward to getting out there and playing "pain-free" following his successful operation. Elsewhere, Michail Antonio [hamstring] will miss the first match, although Slaven Bilic is confident of his availability in game week two However, the news is not so good on Andy Carroll who is currently sidelined due to an ongoing hip / groin problem with no timeline on his recovery.
Source: Stuff.co.nz
Jul 28 - 5:06 AM

Junior Stanislas looks set to miss the start of the new Premier League season due to ongoing groin and hip pain which has hampered the winger since March.

The 27-year-old went under the knife to remedy a hernia issue in May but further complications were evident following his return to pre-season: "He had an operation on his groin in the summer and although it may have fixed a particular problem he had, he has now developed more groin and hip pain," revealed Eddie Howe who confirmed Stanislas will be referred to see another specialist. "I don’t know on a timescale, it’s very difficult to say. I don’t think it will be long term but whether he makes the first game of the season, we will have to wait and see." The Cherries boss also confirmed Brad Smith [hamstring] and Adam Smith [thigh] were close to making a comeback but Hyndman still has a little way to go: "Emerson's is a difficult injury because you have to manage his loads. He has trained with us but isn’t ready to play yet."
Jul 27 - 5:21 PM

Chelsea have sent goalkeeper Jamal Blackman out on loan to Championship side Sheffield United for the coming season.

Blackman, who extended his Chelsea contract until 2021 prior to the move, will spent the 2017/18 campaign at Sheffield United having been allowed to leave after the arrival of Willy Caballero. The 23-year-old shined as the first-choice stop-stopper on loan at Wycombe Wanderers last, where he made 52 total appearances and as named the club's Young Player of the Year. On the arrival of the 6ft 6in goalkeeper, Blades manager Chris Wilder said: "Jamal has been our number one target right the way through the summer. There was a situation with his new contract at Chelsea so we've had to be patient but we are delighted that he is with us now because there were a few clubs in for him."
Jul 27 - 5:07 PM

West Ham forward Andy Carroll looks set to miss the start of the upcoming season because of a groin injury.

Speaking during West Ham's pre-season trip to Germany, manager Slaven Bilic revealed the 28-year-old forward won't be ready for the start of the Premier League campaign. "Andy is still not able to train with the team but he is working hard at Rush Green with the physios," the manager said. "I am frustrated he cannot play, now he is still injured and it is a big loss for us." Carroll's prolonged absence means he Chicharito will likely be handed his debut when the Hammers open the term against Manchester United on 13 Aug.
Jul 27 - 4:48 PM

Slaven Bilic has confirmed Michail Antonio will miss West Ham's first match of the Premier League season against Manchester United.

The 27-year-old's 2016/17 campaign came to an early end in April when he suffered a significant hamstring, and subsequently underwent surgery. While the winger has been rehabbing with a view to be fit for the season opener, he wasn't included in the squad for pre-season trips to Austria and Germany, and won't be fit for the season opener on August 13th. Though Bilic did not reveal an exact timeline for Antonio's return, he said the England international is ahead of schedule in his recovery. As for the trip to Old Trafford, Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli will be in contention to fill in on the right flank.
Jul 27 - 4:07 PM

After a summer of rumors of a high profile departure from Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez will arrive in London to begin training with the club in advance of the upcoming season.

After featuring for Chile in the Confederations Cup, Arsene Wenger held with his tradition and gave Alexis some extra time off to ensure that he is rested for the season. Sanchez's absence from the Arsenal camp has done nothing to curb the flow of rumors connecting him with big money moves to Manchester City, PSG, and other high profile destinations. Where Sanchez ends up remains to be seen but Arsenal have continued to tow the party line that he will remain at the Emirates at least through the end of his current contract which runs through the end of the upcoming season.
Source: arsenal.com
Jul 27 - 12:34 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri scored the Potters' only goal and was a consistent bright spot for Mark Hughes side as they fell 2-1 to Sheffield United on a 90th minute winner.

Shaqiri's issues with minor injuries and inconsistency are well-documented. No one disputes that, on his day, he is a rare talent of the sort that mid-table clubs rarely attract let alone retain. As the season nears, Shaqiri put on a great performance at Brammell Lane but supporters and fantasy managers should be wary because we've seen brilliant flashes before from the Swiss international only to be disappointed at his inability to sustain excellence. He may be worth picking up late in a draft as a reserve/lottery ticket but he isn't someone you should depend on for production despite his name and outrageous bursts of talent.
Jul 27 - 12:44 PM

Nathan Chalobah appears to have assumed at least some set piece duties for the Hornets in pre-season action.

You certainly can't judge a season by how pre-season goes but one interesting note from Watford's training ground friendly with Glasgow Rangers on Wednesday was that Nathan Chalobah took at least one set piece in the attacking third. With a free kick positioned just outside the penalty area, Chalobah forced a save from the Rangers goalkeeper. He was also involved in the Hornets only goal as a long range shot from the former Chelsea academy man rebounded off the cross-bar to Stefano Okaka to score from close in. Watford certainly need more in the center of the park so Chalobah's progress is definitely worth watching.
Jul 27 - 12:51 PM

Jon Walters has ingratiated himself to his new manager and supporters by scoring in both of his first two pre-season matches with the latest coming against Preston North End on Tuesday.

Walters is likely to be a reserve behind Andre Gray and Sam Vokes who scored the winner on Tuesday but knowing that there is some effective depth available to him will be great news for Sean Dyche. The arrival of Stoke City veteran Walters to a fairly thin Burnley squad isn't a sexy addition but might be exactly the sort of move that insulates them from being one injury away from near-certain relegation.
Jul 27 - 12:55 PM

Mohamed Salah scored but it was Philippe Coutinho who dazzled as Liverpool beat Leicester City to capture the pre-season Premier League Asia Trophy 2-1.

Apparent Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho was eager to show off his best with an impressive opener from distance against the Foxes. He capped his evening and the match with an excellent pass that found newcomer Mohamed Salah for a headed winner. Despite his massive transfer fee, Salah faces a battle to win playing time in a crowded Liverpool midfield where Adam Lallana seems to be his direct competition. Scoring early in pre-season certainly won't hurt his cause.
Jul 27 - 1:00 PM




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