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Papiss Cisse suffered a broken knee-cap yesterday against Swansea, and is done for the season. Indeed, he's an early doubt to make next season's opener.

Newcastle's season couldn't end any worse. They're now winless in seven matches since beating Hull and risk being dumped out of the top ten by surging Crystal Palace. Cisse led the line for the Magpies in Loic Remy's absence, and the Frenchman's return eases the blow of Cisse's injury. However, it won't lift the darkening gloom around the club.
Source: Daily Mail
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 09:42:00 AM

Jack Colback has been training all week according to Steve McClaren and is available for selection when Newcastle United travel this weekend to take on Chelsea.

McClaren announced that Emmanuel Riviere is available as well, but the French striker is far behind the pecking order at Newcastle with Aleksandar Mitrovic, Seydou Doumbia and Ayoze Perez all ahead of him, though Perez can play elsewhere. The boost comes from Colback's return. While normally deployed in central defensive midfield, he may line up at left back, where he has experience. Rolando Aarons was the latest emergency fill-in at the position and to be fair the Magpies kept a clean sheet in the process. But that was West Brom without a true striker and this is Chelsea up next, so expect Colback to find himself in the back four this weekend.
Feb 12 - 5:05 AM

Max Gradel has returned to the club and is beginning the early stages of training as he looks to regain his fitness after a lengthy layoff following knee surgery.

Gradel was the big summer signing for the Cherries in their promotional season and was highly influential straight away, notching three assists in the first four matches of the season. It was in the fourth match that his knee was damaged though and has been sidelined ever since. Bournemouth have done well to stay above the relegation zone after losing Gradel and Callum Wilson so early in the season and now with Benik Afobe leading the line, having Gradel back could really improve the attack enough to stave off the drop. It will be a while before we see him starting again, but once he has match fitness, it is likely that he will jump ahead of Junior Stanislas and Marc Pugh in the pecking order.
Feb 12 - 5:26 AM

Jurgen Klopp revealed that Dejan Lovren will be left out of action this weekend when Liverpool travel to play Aston Villa.

Earlier in the week, Lovren's chances of being fit against Aston Villa were looking favorable, as Klopp had indicated that the center back was taken out of last weekend's match against Sunderland as a precaution. Unfortunately, the manager indicated that Lovren "has a strange feeling in his muscle" but hopes to have the Croatian available for the Reds next game. It looks like it will be a Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure partnership at center back once again on Sunday.
Feb 12 - 6:31 AM

Joe Allen will be "out for a while" according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as the midfielder has to recover from a hamstring injury picked up last weekend.

Allen, along with Dejan Lovren, were removed early during the eventual draw with Sunderland in Week 25. The prognosis for both looked as though the injuries were minor and both would be available in a week's time. However, Lovren has been ruled out for at least the weekend clash with Aston Villa while it sounds as though Allen will be sidelined for even longer. The Reds will likely line up with Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and James Milner playing between the back four and the attacking three.
Feb 12 - 6:46 AM

Manchester City will finally see the return of its captain after Vincent Kompany was cleared to make his first appearance of 2016 after a persistent calf injury.

Kompany has only made one appearance since the end of November, which lasted only nine minutes before suffering a setback in his recovery from injury. But with Kompany's return comes another injury on the back-line as Bacary Sagna has been ruled out due to a knee injury, said Manuel Pellegrini: "Vincent has worked for three weeks with no problems. He played 45 minutes in a friendly game against the under-21s and I think he’s ready to play. Bacary had last week a problem in his knee - some liquid in his knee. He needs an injection and one week at least to return to work." It may not be time just yet to add Kompany back to the lineup. Even if he starts, City will be going up against a streaking Spurs attack, meaning it might be best to wait until Week 27 following Champions League and FA Cup action.
Feb 12 - 8:41 AM

Manchester City have avoided an injury crisis in midfield for at least this weekend after David Silva was passed fit to face Spurs this weekend in a matchup of No. 2 vs. No. 3 at the Etihad.

Silva was in danger of missing the weekend and more after sustaining a knock to his ankle in the 3-1 loss to Leicester City last week, but will provide City fans with some relief. However, Fabian Delph has been ruled out for the next six to seven weeks after picking up an Achilles injury this week, joining Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus Navas as recent injury casualties in midfield. It's a bit risky to go with Silva this week in your fantasy team as his production rate has suffered mightily this season due to a series of knocks. For his price, he's too inconsistent to start with better attacking options around.
Feb 12 - 8:56 AM

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink confirmed Diego Costa suffered a broken nose in training on Thursday and is currently being assessed ahead of the weekend.

Chelsea play Newcastle on Saturday and Costa is facing a race against the clock to be ready as the club's lone healthy forward. However, the club confirmed the Spanish international is having a protective mask fitted and will train separately today before being considered for the matchday squad. As a fantasy manager, the risk to play Costa may be worth it considering Newcastle's spotty defensive record and the club's lack of forwards (although Eden Hazard can play as a false No. 9).
Feb 12 - 9:15 AM

Sunderland have terminated the contract of Adam Johnson after he plead guilty to two charges related to sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Johnson has been at the center of a controversy surrounding this incident for some time. The club gave him ample time to exonerate himself but with news that he had plead guilty, they have moved to terminate his contract with immediate effect. Johnson scored the first goal in the Black Cats' late comeback against Liverpool on Saturday but that will apparently be his last contribution at the club.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 11 - 3:10 PM

Despite on-field frustrations, Bojan Krkic has signed a contract extension at Stoke City that will take him through the 2020 season.

Despite his name having been around at big clubs seemingly forever, Krkic is still only 25-years-old. From that point of view, the contract extension certainly makes sense for Stoke City. What is less clear is why they are doing it now given that Mark Hughes has left Bojan out of his starting line-up twice in Stoke City's past three Premier League matches. With the two parties married for the foreseeable future, we have to assume Bojan will get back to starting soon.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 11 - 2:41 PM

West Ham came through a bruising 120 minutes of football this week to guarantee their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Liverpool. However, the win came at a cost having picked up a number of injuries on the night.

Winston Reid and Joey O'Brien look set for a spell on the sidelines after the pair were forced off with hamstring related problems. A scan on Thursday will confirm the extent of the damage. Sam Byram is likely to come in at right-back while Angelo Ogbonna is poised for a recall. Slaven Bilic confirms James Tomkins (calf) "is out for five weeks" but Enner Valencia plus one / two others who suffered knocks "will be okay." Cheikhou Kouyate "is doing well" but because of the concussion guidelines the West Ham midfielder will not available for the trip to Carrow Road. Alex Song is back while Manuel Lanzini will re-join the group on Sunday. Diafra Sakho though, will be slightly longer "maybe five days after."
Source: London 24
Feb 11 - 5:53 AM

Roberto Martinez will make a late decision on Oumar Niasse who has been granted international clearance following his arrival from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow on deadline day.

The attacking midfielder has been working on his fitness and Martinez remains hopeful that Niasse will start training with the team on Friday in order to make a decision on his involvement. The Toffees boss will also run the rule over Tim Howard (knee) and John Stones (hamstring) who have stepped up there rehab for past three-days. They "should" be with the first team from today. Saturday will be too early for Mo Besic though, however, the midfielder is close. He should be ready for the FA Cup next weekend.
Feb 11 - 6:07 AM




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