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Romelu Lukaku ended his loan spell at Everton by scoring his 15th goal of the season and the Toffees kept Hull City down all afternoon in a 0-2 win.

While parent club Chelsea struggled to find a reliable striker more often than not, Everton are forever grateful for the Blues' gift of a loan. The Toffees made a push for a Champions League spot and certainly experienced no regrets in the post-David Moyes era as Roberto Martinez did a superb job in securing wins throughout the year. James McCarthy scored the Toffees opener today, fed by Steven Naismith. Then in the opening moments of the 2nd half, Leon Osman found Lukaku who shrugged off a defender and got the ball round the keeper. Where Lukaku will be playing next season is up in the air but if he is still in the PL, he will be a coveted fantasy asset.
Sun, May 11, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Mark Hughes will assess several members of his squad ahead of a tricky trip to the Emirates in game week 15.

Speaking after a bruising encounter with Burnley, the Stoke City manager revealed that Bruno Martins-Indi may have a "crack in his cheekbone" after he was caught by Ashley Barnes’ swinging elbow. The central defender will be fully assessed over the coming days, once the swelling has begun to subside. One potential replacement is Ryan Shawcross, but even though Hughes insists his skipper is not "far away," he is still feeling discomfort and has not re-joined the group in training. "The injury is right in the belly of the calf and these can be a little bit difficult to really shake off quickly because that's clearly where you get your power and you push off from." Marko Arnautovic is also managing an ongoing hip problem which stiffened up during the second half of Saturdays game following a crunching tackle from full-back Jon Flanagan.
Dec 5 - 4:58 AM

David Moyes admits the early signs "do not look great" after Duncan Watmore was stretchered off during the home win over Leicester City.

The Sunderland forward was carried from the field late on following a heavy collision with Christian Fuchs. Watmore fell awkwardly, and now the 22-year-old looks set to join long-term injury absentees Lynden Gooch and Paddy McNair after suffering what looks to be serious knee ligament damage. Moyes also revealed that his half-time double substitution was enforced, and not "tactical genius" as the returning Jan Kirchhoff helped Sunderland on the way to a valuable three-points. "Steven [Pienaar's] eye closed over and he had blurred vision and Jason [Denayer] felt ill." Both players should return for the trip to Swansea but Watmore will be lucky to play again this year, although a scan will confirm the full extent of his injury.
Dec 5 - 5:30 AM

Sunderland was dealt another injury blow with manager David Moyes confirming a serious ankle injury to Lynden Gooch.

The American winger has seen substantial time in Moyes' first team setup this season, starting four of the nine Premier League games he has appeared in this season. But the 20-year-old sustained ligament damage to his ankle in a U23 match last week and could need surgery, which will keep him out for two to three months. Said Moyes: "Unfortunately Lynden was taken off for the reserves and it looks like damage to one of his ligaments. He is seeing the surgeon today to see if he needs an operation but he will be out for somewhere between eight and 12 weeks, depending on what the surgeon says. It is a terrible blow for Lynden, we like him, he is infectious."
Dec 5 - 6:03 AM

Arsenal fans will be pleased to hear attacking reinforcements are on the way with Danny Welbeck back in first-team training.

The former Manchester United forward has missed the past seven months after suffering a knee injury in May, that was expected to rule him out for up to nine months. But Wenger said Welbeck could be back within the next four weeks as he looks to regain fitness in time for the New Year. The Gunners have been plagued by a series of injuries up top, which has led to Alexis Sanchez being used as a central forward. Lucas Perez only just returned from injury while Olivier Giroud continues to be bogged down by a series of minor injuries. Meanwhile, Wenger revealed that Yaya Sanogo is out indefinitely as he works through a confidential health problem related to a long-standing calf injury.
Dec 5 - 6:09 AM

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew confirmed starting goalkeeper Steve Mandanda will miss the next six weeks following knee surgery.

Mandanda originally suffered a minor knee injury while with France during the international break three weeks ago, which was only expected to keep him out for a matter of weeks. But Pardew said the problem worsened last week and will now require minor surgery: "Steve Mandanda's going to have an operation on his knee this week. We think he's out for six weeks. His knee locked up in training." The club's depth at keeper prevents the injury from causing major problems at the position, with last year's starter Wayne Hennessey starting the last three games with former No. 1 Julian Speroni serving as his backup.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 5 - 6:15 AM

Yannick Bolasie could miss the Africa Cup of Nations next month after he suffered what appeared to be a serious looking knee injury against Manchester United.

The former Crystal Palace winger overstretched for a ball midway through the second half, and following lengthy treatment on the touchline, Bolasie lasted another four minutes before dropping to the Goodison turf once again. Following an impressive start to his Everton career, Bolasie has struggled in recent games, a dip in form which has coincided with the Toffees’ downturn. Today’s 1-1 draw ensures Ronald Koeman’s men have just one win from their last 9 Premier League encounters, although they did take a point from the Etihad. The absence of Bolasie, could open the door for West Ham loanee Enner Valencia who has been restricted to nothing more than a bit part role since his arrival in July.
Source: Daily Mail
Dec 4 - 5:04 PM

Jordan Henderson was booked for a foul on Junior Stanislas, his challenge saw the Cherries winger helped from the pitch, but the substitution proved to be a game changer.

Trailing 2-0, Ryan Fraser was introduced on 55 minutes, and within 30 seconds the young Scot had lured James Milner into committing a clumsy foul in the box. Bobby Madley awarded the penalty and Callum Wilson confidently dispatched the spot kick. Emre Can restored Liverpool's two-goal lead, but it was that man Fraser who drilled home a loose ball to peg back the visitors once again. Then, just three minutes later, Fraser turned provider to tee up Steve Cook for a grandstand finish. Bournemouth had momentum, and were finally rewarded deep into time added on when Nathan Ake grabbed a dramatic winner. Fraser deservedly took the Man of the Match award for his part in the turnaround and the 22-year-old is expected to make his third Premier League start of the season at Burnley next weekend with Stanislas [ankle] set for a period on the sidelines.
Dec 4 - 4:28 PM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan got a rare start against Everton but it didn't make a great deal of difference as United could only muster a draw at Goodison Park.

Manchester United were the better team for most of the match without actually being particularly good. It wasn't a very fluid affair but it was one that the Red Devils had the better of for most of the match. In the early going United had more possession and the better of the few chances on offer with Zlatan scoring just before halftime to give Jose Mourinho's men a 1-0 lead despite little contribution worth mentioning from Mkhitaryan. They kept the lead until late substitution Marouane Fellaini fouled Idrissa Gueye in the box leading to a Leighton Baines equalizer from the spot. United continue to fall further and further off the pace.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 4 - 1:09 PM

Marouane Fellaini came on to "close the door" on a 1-0 United lead only to concede the penalty that led to the eventual 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.

It was turn back the clock day as Marouane Fellaini was once again the toast of the Goodison Park faithful. Unlike when he starred for David Moyes at Everton, today's cheers came for a massive mistake from the big Belgian in a Manchester United uniform that allowed Everton to draw even. It's hard to say the result was deserved as Everton struggled to create chances for most of the afternoon. They did finish strong irrespective of the penalty and it was enough to earn them a solid point.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 4 - 1:16 PM

At half-time the script was being followed at the Vitality stadium. Liverpool were cruising, 2-0 up. Then, the Cherries fought back to win 4-3.

In a dominant first half performance, 'Pool took the lead through Mané who held off Ake and slotted past Boruc with ease after a Can through ball. Origi made it two only two minutes later. Boruc rushed out but failed to win the ball, leaving Origi to run around him and finish from a tight angle. Bournemouth came out in the second half and stopped sitting back, with Ryan Fraser introduced in the 52nd for Stanislas. He won a penalty with his first touch, with Wilson providing the finish. Mane and Can combined again to swot down Bournemouth's challenge. Can powered in after a Mane drag back on the right. Fraser scored after a counter attack in the 75th minute to give the Cherries a way back into the game and Steve Cook grabbed it. He pivoted in the box to lash in a volley set up by who else... sub Ryan Fraser! The drama wasn't over though, it was end to end as both teams sniffed a winner but Ake got it for Howe's men, benefitting from a Karius fumble.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 4 - 10:38 AM

All eyes were on Arsenal's hat-trick hero Alexis Sanchez in a 5-1 win against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.

The Chilean playmaker contributed to four of the club's five goals with an assist on the Gunners' opening goal from Mesut Ozil in the 24th minute to go with his second-half hat-trick to bring him even with league leaders Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa with 11 goals. Sanchez scored his hat-trick in a 14-minute stretch, starting in the 72nd minute when he worked past two defenders to beat Darren Randolph to the far post. He followed that up in the 80th with a curling effort before capping the night after being sent through by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who added a goal in the 84th to bury the Hammers.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 3 - 2:45 PM




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