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Juan Mata, who started slowly at Manchester United, came up big with two goals and an assist as United beat Newcastle 4-0 at St. James' Park.

With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both missing due to injury, Juan Mata stepped into the starring role with a brace and an assist on Saturday. The Spanish maestro was joined on the score sheet by Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj. The scoreline may have flattered United slightly as Newcastle weren't very good but Mata's assist on Januzaj's goal was certainly worthy as he back-heeled a pass against his momentum to give Januzaj an easy score.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 12:54:00 PM

Andy Carroll won't be on the move during the January transfer window following the news that the striker may need an operation to correct his ankle injury.

As expected, West Ham boss David Moyes confirmed in his Evening Standard column that Carroll's injury is serious enough to rule him out for at least the rest of this month. The 29-year-old will be assessed by specialists in the coming days to decide the correct course of action. "We only found out yesterday when he went for a scan," said Moyes. "It showed up that he’s got a problem and we’re not quite sure yet if it’s going to need an operation or not." While the loss of Carroll is a blow for the Hammers, Moyes did reveal Javier Hernandez has recovered from the flu and will be available for Saturday's match against Bournemouth. Elsewhere, Cheikhou Kouyate is back in contention but Winston Reid is still out.
Jan 19 - 2:21 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that top scorer Mohamed Salah is expected to be fit for the weekend.

The Egyptian international, who has been linked to Real Madrid over the last week, has missed some training this week due to illness. However, Salah returned to training today ahead of the Swansea City match and is likely to feature, along with newcomer Virgil van Dijk. Said Klopp: "Virgil was back yesterday and completely fine. We have a few problems with players feeling ill or unwell. [Ragnar Klaven] was out but hopefully back today. Dejan was out. Mo Salah was out but hopefully back today. Mo and Raggy are on the good side of it already, but with Dejan we are not 100% sure."
Jan 19 - 2:28 PM

Manchester City may have to jump into action in the transfer window with an injury to full-back Fabian Delph.

The knee injury, which saw him leave the club's loss to Liverpool over the weekend, is set to rule Delph out for the next few weeks, at the very least. With Benjamin Mendy also injured, that leaves Danilo and Kyle Walker as the club's only healthy full-backs. At least for manager Pep Guardiola, Vincent Kompany looks to be on the mend. Said Guardiola: "He [Delph] will be out for a while but we don’t know how long for yet. [Vincent is] much better. We don’t know right now [if he will be fit to face Newcastle] but hopefully for the next games, he will be ready. We decided to start the season with just one full-back. We knew about the problem with Delph but in this kind of situation, we will see the reaction of the players, as it may not be their natural position [they are required to play in]."
Jan 19 - 2:41 PM

Chelsea will be without injured duo Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill for Saturday's match against Brighton.

Fabregas and Cahill, who missed Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Norwich City, are still sidelined with hamstring injuries and join Alvaro Morata and Pedro as absentees. "Cahill and Fabregas are out. I have to check a couple of other situations for tomorrow’s game," manager Antonio Conte confirmed in his pre-match press conference. With four regulars unavailable for the trip to the Amex, Conte will be forced into a few changes. Danny Drinkwater is likely to start in midfield and Andreas Christensen should return to the starting XI, while Michy Batshuayi could come in for Morata. Elsewhere, Ross Barkley will be in the squad and could make his debut off the bench. "I don't know if during the game I will decide to give him the chance to play a part of the game or if I want to wait," Conte added.
Jan 19 - 1:43 PM

Antonio Conte has confirmed Gary Cahill will miss Saturday's match against Brighton at the Amex.

The England central defender went off injured during the goalless draw with Leicester City last Saturday and missed the FA Cup replay against Norwich on Wednesday. Conte revealed prior to the FA Cup match that Cahill's hamstring problem was not serious, though the manager did not provide a potential return date in his pre-match press conference. Look for Andreas Christensen to replace Cahill in the starting XI, especially considering David Luiz played 120 minutes in the penalty-shootout win over Norwich.
Jan 19 - 12:54 PM

Craig Cathcart's return will be delayed again as he picked up a new knee injury during his return from a longer-term layoff.

Injuries are everywhere at the back for Watford as Cathcart's regression has him back with Younes Kaboul, Kiko Femenia, and Miguel Britos among the walking wounded. Look for the Hornets to persist with Christen Kabasele and Sebastian Prodl at the back while waiting to see how they might line-up with all of their defensive options actually healthy.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:17 PM

Tom Cleverley is dealing with a hamstring injury that could see him miss out on Watford's trip to Leicester City on Saturday.

Marco Silva's midfield has been particularly hard-hit with injuries with Cleverley potentially joining Will Hughes and Nathan Chalobah in missing the match. While none of those are star names they, along with Abdoulaye Doucoure, represent Watford's best chances of creating chances from the center of the park. Those wondering why the Hornets have fallen off in recent months can look at the injury list that also includes a number of key defenders. The margins are thin in the middle of the table and the rash of injuries seems to have pushed the Hornets from surprise package to strugglers.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:12 PM

Ryan Shawcross leads a list of recently injured Stoke City players who have returned to training ahead of the visit of Huddersfield Town in Week 24.

Shawcross is joined by injury-returnees Glen Johnson, Erik Pieters, and Geoff Cameron as Paul Lambert must figure out who among his defensive options is best suited to stem the tide of goals the Potters have allowed this season. Given the process of returning to full match fitness and uncertainty of how the new manager has evaluated his new charges attempting to divine a starting line-up for Saturday is a challenge if not entirely impossible. What is reasonable is that Huddersfield Town at least represent an opponent who could, plausibly, be had. It is unfortunate that fantasy managers don't have more insight into who might start outside of obvious candidates like Shaqiri, Allen, and Fletcher.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 11:50 AM

It has been an on-again, off-again (but mostly off-again) season for Glen Johnson but he is back from a knee injury and could feature in Paul Lambert's debut as Stoke City manager.

Johnson last featured in late-October and that was only a 58 minute attempt to return after missing out on the previous three weeks. Overall, he has only managed to start two Premier League matches out of the first 23 and come off the bench in a further one. Given the Potters' lack of a proven alternative at right back, the presence of a Premier League veteran is, at the very least, some insurance against the development of newly arrived Moritz Bauer. Who Paul Lambert ultimately favors remains to be seen but Bauer's initial participation has been more down to lack of alternatives rather than him making the spot his own.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 11:58 AM

Newly arrived Kostas Stafylidis will not figure against Huddersfield Town as he spends time improving his fitness against a future debut.

With Erik Pieters returning from injury, it was unlikely that Stafylidis was going to start even if fully fit but the Augsburg loanee isn't fully fit and will, therefore, have to wait to prove himself to his new manager and teammates. The Greece international is a left back and the Potters need depth at the position with Pieters having been in and out of the line-up without an experienced deputy. For now though, Stafylidis should be considered unlikely to make much of an impact.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:01 PM

Craig Dawson, fresh off scoring on his return to the starting line-up, faces a late fitness check ahead of West Brom's trip to Goodison Park.

The center back is expected to pass his test but it is worth pointing out that he is not a certain starter for Alan Pardew. It would be a shame if he weren't able to participate as Pardew is presumably eager to retain the same line-up that saw him pick up his first win as West Brom manager and the club's first win since August. Ahmed Hegazi faces a similar situation where he is expected to feature but isn't 100% certain with a minor injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:05 PM





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