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Southampton took a tough defeat at the hands of Tottenham, squandering a two goal advantage on the road in a 3-2 final.

It was a magical opening half hour for the Saints as they took advantage of errors and cracks in the Spurs defense. The opening goal came when Artur Boruc sent a deep goal kick toward midfield. The ball bounced precariously past Kyle Naughton and into the path of a sprinting Jay Rodiguez who finished nicely and has now scored in three straight. Then, in the 28th minute, Ricky Lambert would hook up with Lallana, and the midfielder would continue his fine season, scoring his 8th league goal of the campaign. It would all fall apart there though, as Spurs slowly began to control possession and would break through three successive times. Rodriguez and Lallana especially continue to be dependable sources of points in fantasy.
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 11:53:00 AM

Bristol City loanee Tammy Abraham has returned to Chelsea after being ruled out for "two to three weeks" with a thigh injury.

The 19-year-old suffered the injury in Bristol City's 2-1 defeat at Leeds last week and has return to his parent club for treatment, City manager Lee Johnson has confirmed. Abraham has scored 21 goals in 21 matches for the Championship outfit this season, and will resume his season-long loan once he recovers. On the injury, Johnson told Bristol City Player HD: "It’s the best case scenario because at one point we thought it could be six to eight weeks. Tammy is hoping it’s nearer two than three weeks. Chelsea are looking after him at the moment and we’ll get him back in around a week to ten days to start getting him back on the [training pitches]."
Source: www.bcfc.com
Feb 21 - 5:12 PM

Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter is hopeful the club's FA Cup success will be a confident boost ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace.

Leadbitter scored a penalty at the weekend as Middlesbrough advanced to the FA Cup quarter-finals with 3-2 win over Oxford United, putting them one step closer to a trip to Wembley. While Boro currently sit just two points above the drop zone and are winless in their last eight league matches, Leadbitter is looking for the club to carry the confidence of their cup run into this weekend's trip to Selhurst Park. Speaking ahead of Saturday's pivotal fixture at Crystal Palace, who currently sit three points below in the table, Leadbitter said: "At the end of the day we have to start winning a lot more football games and we need to win games to stay in the division. So we’re happy to be in the next round and hopefully it gives the boys confidence going into the next game against Palace."
Feb 21 - 3:55 PM

Arthur Masuaku says he is ready to win back his place in the West Ham United squad ahead of this weekend's trip to Watford.

The left back is fit again after an extended period on the sidelines because of a knee ligament injury that forced him to miss the last 11 Premier League matches. While his return to fitness might not result in a start this weekend, the 23-year-old will be eager to make amends for the club's 4-2 home defeat against Watford in September. Speaking ahead of Saturday's match, Masuaku said his team-mates will have a major point to prove at Vicarage Road. "I remember the game and we played so well in the first 40 minutes and should have killed the game off," he said. " We were unlucky not to get the three points in the last game against West Brom and we could have got the victory if certain decisions had not gone against us. Hopefully we will have more luck in the next game."
Feb 21 - 4:27 PM

Leicester City striker Islam Slimani is not fit to play in Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 first-leg at Sevilla.

Claudio Ranieri is hopeful that Leicester City can turn this season’s fortunes with a positive result at Sevilla on Wednesday evening. However, the club with have to do so without Slimani. Speaking on on Tuesday, Ranieri said the Algerian international is not fit play the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan because of an ongoing groin problem. Despite the club's £30million summer signing having traveled with the squad and trained lightly ahead of the match, will not be included in the match-day squad. This means Jamie Vardy will start alongside Shinji Okazaki or Ahmed Musa at forward, while Slimani will have seven days to recover before their next Monday's Premier League fixture with Liverpool.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 21 - 3:17 PM

Dejan Lovren is at risk of missing this weekend’s trip to Leicester after travelling to Germany to meet with a knee specialist.

It was hoped that the Croatian centre-back would rejoin the main group in training this week following their return from a warm weather training camp in La Manga, but his availability for Monday night looks to be in doubt as he struggles to shake off a persistent knee problem. Lovren has been playing through pain barrier in recent weeks and it was hoped that rest and treatment during the Premier League break would help. However, a decision has now made the decision to send Lovren to Germany in an attempt to find the underlying cause. Joel Matip will line-up in a flat back four while Jürgen Klopp could look to Lucas Leiva or Ragnar Klavan to partner the former Schalke 04 in the heart of the Liverpool defence.
Feb 21 - 4:49 AM

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois missed a television appearance in France because of illness and reports claim that the Belgium stopper is now a doubt for this weekend’s clash with Swansea.

The 24-year-old was due to appear on "Telefoot" last Sunday but the broadcasters were left fuming when Courtois cancelled at the last-minute after contracting gastroenteritis. The bug can be particularly unpleasant and symptoms normally subside within a week but The Sun newspaper claim his availability hangs in the balance due to the severe stomach virus. If Courtois fails to recover in time, then Antonio Conte will look to Asmir Begovic with Eduardo providing back-up from the bench. The Bosnian international is yet to start in the Premier League this season but he is the designated goalkeeper for all domestic cup competitions.
Source: Daily Star
Feb 21 - 5:04 AM

Nacho Monreal is back in the Arsenal starting line-up for their FA Cup match against Sutton United.

Monreal, who seems to have lost his starting spot to Kieran Gibbs but he returns along with a number of other reserves for Arsenal's trip to Sutton. The Gunners will start Ospina, Gabriel, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide and Lucas.
Source: Espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 2:25 PM

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are injury doubts for the week.

The Red Devils manager has ruled out the duo for the club's Europa League second leg match with St Etienne on Wednesday and even expressed doubt that they would be available for the League Cup final on Sunday against Southampton. However, Mourinho said there are no issues with Antonio Valencia and David De Gea, who were each rested in the FA Cup win against Blackburn over the weekend: "De Gea was rested. Rooney is injured. Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover [to face Saint-Etienne on Wednesday]. Valencia was rested but Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday."
Feb 20 - 3:51 PM

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany will play no part in the club's round of 16 match on Tuesday.

It seems the unlucky captain has picked up another leg injury, which kept him out of the club's scoreless draw against Huddersfield in the FA Cup this weekend, and now will miss the Sky Blues' Champions League first leg match against Monaco on Tuesday. However, manager Pep Guardiola said he expects Gael Clichy to return to face one of Europe's top-scoring clubs: "Vincent is not ready for tomorrow. I think it won't be longer. Hopefully, for the Huddersfield game he will be ready. More or less the rest are okay. We will see after the session tomorrow. Gael had a problem in his back. He is much, much better. Maybe he will be back tomorrow. Tomorrow we will also decide which goalkeeper will play."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 20 - 3:55 PM

It looks as though we'll never get to see what Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke is capable of at Stamford Bridge.

This comes from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who said he doesn't think Solanke will re-sign with the club once his contract expires in the summer. The 19-year-old is being linked with a free transfer to Liverpool and Bayern Munich, although Chelsea would receive compensation for losing an academy player, with the 19-year-old reportedly demanding £50,000-a-week in wages: "I think this is his will [to leave]," Conte said. "I have spoken with him to try to understand his will. But we must have great respect for every decision that the player can take. His contract expires in June and he has the full will to stay in Chelsea or to go away."
Source: The Guardian
Feb 20 - 4:00 PM

Theo Walcott became an Arsenal centurion scoring the Gunners' second goal as they ended Sutton United's Cinderella story in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

It has been a long time coming for Walcott who started the season on fire only to be stalled by a familiar foe, injuries. The Southampton youth product caused a distraction that helped Lucas Perez's drive from the corner of the 18-yard box find the net for the opener. It was then Walcott's turn to take a bow as he scored his 100th goal in an Arsenal uniform. The Gunners' reward for beating Sutton United is a date at the Emirates with another non-league opponent in Lincoln City. It should be clear sailing to the semi-finals for the Gunners.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 4:55 PM





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