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West Brom, who have a Romelu Lukaku-sized hole to fill up top, have been linked to Wigan forward Arouna Kone.

It is unlikely that West Brom will be able to adequately replace everything that Lukaku provided during his loan spell from Chelsea. The more realistic alternative will be to bring in two players who, combined, can replace or improve upon what the Baggies got from Peter Odemwingie and Lukaku last season. Kone showed in his debut season in the Premier League that he has the potential to be part of that solution. This would be a strong move for Steve Clarke if it comes through.
Source: TeamTalk.com
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed in his pre-match press conference that forward Sergio Aguero is fit to start.

The Argentine international has been limited over the last three weeks after sustaining a broken rib injury during Gameweek 7. However, while being in the side for the club's last three matches, including Tuesday's Champions League win against Napoli, the club's leading scorer has not started. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "The game against Stoke, he [Aguero] had done just one training session. The game against Napoli he was ready and, of course, he’s ready for tomorrow." However, it remains to be seen whether the striker will get the start with the club coming off a seven-goal performance against Stoke last weekend. A start for Aguero would mean the bench for in-form attackers Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling after contributing a combined four goals and three assists last weekend.
Oct 20 - 3:32 PM

Huddersfield Town midfielder Phillip Billing is facing the prospect of surgery and eight to 12 weeks on sidelines due to the an ankle injury suffered in the 2-0 defeat at Swansea City.

The Danish Under-21 international was stretched off after he fell to the ground clutching his ankle at the Liberty Stadium. While Billing was already expected to miss Saturday's match against Manchester United, manager David Wagner revealed even less encouraging news in his pre-match press conference. "Phil Billing has a serious injury," the Town boss said. "We aren’t 100% sure if he needs surgery or not. The final investigations will be on Monday." With Billing facing an absence of eight to 12 weeks, Danny Williams could see an significant role increase . Meanwhile, Aaron Mooy could return to the starting XI against Manchester United having fully recovered from international duty.
Oct 20 - 3:38 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman announced five players are fit to face Arsenal on Sunday after a string of injuries.

The under-fire manager confirmed that Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka are all in contention to face the Gunners after being rested in the club's Europa League loss to Lyon yesterday. Said Koeman about Rooney: "He’s working hard to get it right for himself and also for the team. I admire the way he is a professional on the pitch and in training." The manager also confirmed that midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy are expected to be available for the weekend match.
Oct 20 - 3:40 PM

Huddersfield Town have been handed a boost with top scorer Steve Mounie set to make his return from injury against Manchester United on Saturday,

While Mounie may have to start from the bench after missing the last four matches, his availability is a major plus. The Terriers have managed just one goal and failed to score in their last three without the Benin international. If Wagner exercises caution with Mounie this weekend and opts to name him to the bench, Laurent Depoitre could be handed a five successive start. Mounie has scored two in four appearances this season but hasn't found the net since his memorable brace on his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace on opening weekend. However, he will return to the starting XI once fully fit.
Oct 20 - 2:35 PM

Danny Welbeck, still recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up against Watford, will miss the trip to Merseyside to face Everton on Sunday.

The England international appears to have a starting spot in the Arsenal line-up when healthy. The "when healthy" part has been the challenge. After returning from one injury after the international break he didn't last a full 90 minutes before going down with his latest injury, this time to his hamstring. It doesn't appear to be a long-term injury and Arsene Wenger will hope to have Welbeck back as soon as Week 10.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 1:58 PM

Laurent Koscielny has trained with Arsenal ahead of their Week 9 trip to Everton and should be available to participate.

Whether Arsene Wenger calls on the France international as he returns from his latest injury is another question but after the disappointment against Watford last weekend, you have to expect that he'll pull out all of the stops to get a win. Expect a trio of Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Nacho Monreal to start at the back flanked by Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal for the match against Ronald Koeman's mightily struggling Toffees early on Sunday.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 2:01 PM

Aaron Ramsey is back in training and Arsene Wenger will have the choice to deploy him against Everton on Sunday.

With the option of playing it cautious, both with selection and Ramsey's injury status, you'd never want to predict what Wenger will do here but after Arsenal struggled to generate an attack with Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny at the base of midfield, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Ramsey right back in the starting line-up. The alternative would be Wenger giving Jack Wilshere a first Premier League start after a couple of Europa League run-outs. As always, Wenger's choices will be highly scrutinized regardless of which player he chooses this weekend.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 2:06 PM

West Ham will be without defender James Collins for Friday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 34-year-old has missed the last three matches after he suffered an ankle injury during a goalless draw with West Brom in mid-Sept. His absence on Friday should see Winston Reid and Jose Fonte continue at center-back, while Angelo Ogbonna will be available off the substitute's bench. However, manager Slaven Bilic suggested in his pre-match press conference the Wales international and striker Diafra Sakho could both be back for next Wednesday's Carabao Cup match against Tottenham. "James Collins is out for a matter of days and Sakho has back pain," said Bilic. "They could both be back for the Spurs game."
Oct 20 - 1:13 PM

Troy Deeney has only started one match so far this season but after a goal, albeit from the penalty spot, in the win against Arsenal he will hope he gets the call against Chelsea.

After two strong seasons as a Premier League target man, the benching of Troy Deeney has been almost as surprising as Watford's start to the season. If Andre Gray were hitting the back of the net regularly you might understand but the summer signing from Burnley has been merely OK replacing Deeney. With Deeney dispatching a strong penalty to draw the Hornets even with Arsenal last weekend, it will be interesting to see if he is given a chance to reclaim his place in the starting line-up.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 1:42 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri is unlikely to be available as the Potters host struggling Bournemouth at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday after suffering an ankle sprain against Manchester City last weekend.

The Swiss international has been enjoying a healthy and productive start to the 2017-18 season but that may grind to another temporary halt due to a minor injury. This will renew the frustrations that Stoke City supporters and fantasy managers alike endured last season wondering when Shaqiri might actually feature. Here's hoping that this is just a random blip and not a return to the perpetual state of being questionable.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 1:47 PM

Joe Allen missed the 7-2 loss to Manchester City last weekend due to a concussion suffered on international duty but is healthy enough to return for the Week 9 clash with Bournemouth.

With Xherdan Shaqiri likely absent with an ankle injury, Mark Hughes will be happy to get another one of his starting midfielders back from injury. While not a like-for-like replacement by any means, the visit of the Cherries is a rare opportunity where the Potters should be solid favorites to win and between missing center backs and the absent Shaqiri, missing Allen as well might have tipped things back to more of a coin flip. Look for Allen to be an integral part of an attack that should have significant opportunities.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 1:50 PM





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