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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Kieran Gibbs all trained ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final tomorrow.

While not immediately relevant for Premier League purposes it seems reasonable to expect that all three players will be available for Arsenal's remaining league matches barring further injuries. With Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere still out the return of the two midfielders will be critical to the club's depth.
Source: @BenDinnery
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is confident Romelu Lukaku will be fully fit for the upcoming weekend.

The star forward has spent the last week in Belgium, rather than with the club on a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, receiving treatment on a calf injury. But Koeman confirmed this is all according to plan with the star forward set to return for the club's Week 26 match against Sunderland. "We know that for 10 days Rom has had some problems with his calf. He has a lot of confidence in the Belgian doctor and I gave him permission to go to Belgium and recover. We expect him, normally, next Tuesday to be joining in the training session. He will be fit and available for the weekend."
Source: Goal.com
Feb 19 - 4:02 AM

Burnley found itself on the wrong side of history in a 1-0 home loss to National League side Lincoln City.

Lincoln's victory, which came from a last-gasp match-winner in the 89th minute at the Turf Moor, made them the first non-league club to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup since 1914. Despite the crushing loss, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said the Clarets will now refocus on the Premier League following their impressive 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend: "It was a day to forget, rather than one to remember and unfortunately there is no positive today. The only thing is we played our bit part in a fairytale, but that’s not a positive and it isn’t to be swept under the carpet; it’s to be learned from...The key now is to remember that, of course it would have been nice to go through today, but the bigger picture is the league."
Feb 19 - 4:12 AM

Harry Arter was dropped by Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe after the Cherries were defeated by Hull on January 14th.

The Irish international midfielder watched on from the bench after as Bournemouth drew with Watford. Arter before that had started each of Bournemouth's prior 21 league games and had played a starring role as the Cherries rose into the PL's top 10. However, his team and his own form faltered but Arter made a goalscoring return to the side in the 6-3 defeat to Everton. He was tireless and positive too in Monday's defeat to City, where Arter claims Bournemouth relocated their mojo: "Against Manchester City – and during the second-half at Everton – we delivered real Bournemouth performances...There were some key moments in the game that went against us – and moments like that are huge... But if we play like that for the rest of the season, and all it is, is work-rate, I have no doubt we will be fine." On his own dropping, Arter explained: "I used my disappointment as my motivation to try to make sure it doesn’t happen to me again."
Feb 17 - 6:49 PM

Mauricio Pochettino will run late checks on Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen as Tottenham prepare to face Fulham in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Kane took a whack to the knee during the disappointing Europa League defeat in Gent but was quick to allay concerns of a serious injury saying he "should be fine" for the clash at Craven Cottage. However, given Tottenham’s reliance on Kane, and their recent dip in league form, Pochettino may err on the side of caution and hand Vincent Janssen his first start of the year. Vertonghen on the other hand has spent the last month sidelined with an ankle ligament injury and Sunday would be provide the ideal opportunity to gain some much-needed match fitness before the Premier League fixtures resume next weekend. Danny Rose [knee] and Erik Lamela [hip] remain out although the pair are progressing from their respective injuries.
Feb 18 - 8:35 AM

Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of the FA Cup clash with Huddersfield according to Manchester City correspondent for Goal, Sam Lee.

The City captain was expected to start in the fifth-round tie but Lee confirmed via Twitter that Kompany was absent from training on Friday: ‘Kompany didn't train yesterday and won't play today. Unsure of exact extent of injury but told it's not major’. The Belgium stalwart has endured a torrid few years because of injury and his days at the club look to be numbered as his body fails to cope with the physical demands of playing at the highest level. Kompany has been restricted to just 565 Premier League minutes since the beginning of 2016. During which time, the 30-year-old reported six separate muscular injuries, one of which resulted in surgery keeping him out of Euro 2016. A knee ligament injury meant the centre-back was out for almost two months in November, 2016 and with time running out to prove his fitness, Guardiola must be tempted to dip into the transfer market to bolster the Blues defence.
Feb 18 - 9:06 AM

Leon Britton is targeting a return to first-team action at Stamford Bridge next weekend.

The Swansea skipper has been limited to just two appearances on the bench in 2017, neither of which resulted in any game time due to a persistent calf problem which has hampered him since November. But, Britton provided manager Paul Clement with a timely boost this week following his return to full training and the 34-year-old will be available to face the Premier League pace setters. Swansea are on the up, securing 3 wins from a possible four, victories which have helped the Welsh side climb out of the relegation places for the first time since early October. Clement will looking for a similar performance to the one which earned his side maximum points at Anfield last month, while the form of Gylfi Sigurdsson during this period has been key.
Feb 18 - 10:24 AM

Southampton have officially completed the signing of Uruguayan centre-back Martin Caceres on a free transfer.

The 29 year old former Barcelona man left Juventus last summer after his contract expired. At Juve, he won 4 Serie A titles across three spells for the club in 77 appearances. He has not made a competitive appearance since last February, when he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Caceres said he is delighted to become a Saint for the rest of the season, where he will cover for the injured Virgil Van Dijk: "I am very happy to have signed for what is an important club in English football... Of all of the options that I had, I think that the best option for me was to come to Southampton."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 17 - 4:20 PM

Manchester United have a relatively clean bill of health going into Sunday's FA Cup fifth round clash at Ewood Park.

After Thursday's Europa League success against Saint Etienne, United go into this clash as firm favourites to progress. United manager Jose Mourinho has asserted on a number of occasions this season that he wants his side to compete on all fronts, including the FA Cup. He ominously predicted that he can see trouble brewing due to the oncoming fixture congestion for the team, but for now he need not worry too much. Phil Jones is hoping to be fit for the weekend clash after a minor foot injury, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back in training but remains doubtful after missing the Thursday match through illness. Both Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are major doubts as they continue their comeback from muscular problems.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 17 - 4:08 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was unsure whether Gabriel Jesus would be able to return this season.

The Brazilian phenom suffered a broken metatarsal in his foot and underwent surgery in Barcelona today under renowned specialist Dr. Ramon Cugat. "I don't know if Gabriel Jesus will play again this season. They say [he could be out for] two or three months," Guardiola said. "Last night he had an operation, it was good, really good. The most important thing now is a good recovery and he is going back when he will be fit, I don't know if it will be the end of the season or next season." The 19-year-old has three goals in four Premier League matches since arriving in January and now looks set to make way for Sergio Aguero's return.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 17 - 11:46 AM

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell is a minor injury doubt to face Watford next weekend due to a knock.

The left-back sustained an injury in the club's 2-2 draw with West Brom last weekend and has not trained with the Hammers during their warm-weather training in Dubai this week. However, the club said in a statement that he is expected to recover with a week still to go before the next match: "Aaron Cresswell did not train for most of last week with an injury, trained on Friday and was made available for selection on Saturday. Unfortunately, he took another knock which took him out of the game at half-time, so we will see how he progresses over the next few days. We anticipate that he will be available to face Watford."
Feb 17 - 11:48 AM

George Friend will be available but Antonio Barragan will miss out on Saturday's FA Cup fifth round tie with Oxford United, says Aitor Karanka.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Karanka revealed that Friend will available for this weekend's FA Cup encounter at the Riverside Stadium. While the 30-year-old has recovered from a calf injury that forced him to miss the last three Premier League matches, the manager also revealed that Antonio Barragan won't be available. With Barragan ruled out, Karanka could slide Fabio to the right flank and recall Friend at left back.
Feb 16 - 8:47 PM





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