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Goalkeeper Brad Friedel has signed a one-year contract extension with Tottenham and will take on a new ambassadorial role.

He may be 43 years old, but Friedel has no plans to retire and will continue to back-up Spurs number one Hugo Lloris. In addition to his playing role, the keeper will become a Club Ambassador with a particular focus on work in his native United States, including involvement in the club's Global Coaching programme and engaging with Supporters Clubs from across North America.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 03:48:00 PM

Hull City have confirmed in a statement on the club's website Ryan Mason is awake and speaking about the incident which injured him in yesterday's match with Chelsea.

Mason was involved in an aerial clash of heads with Gary Cahill as he tried to clear the ball from his own box on Sunday which left him sprawled on the Stamford Bridge turf for several minutes before he could be moved safely by medics. The club also confirmed that Club Captain Michael Dawson, Club Doctor Mark Waller, Head of Medical Rob Price and Club Secretary Matt Wild all visited Mason this on Monday morning. The club also relayed the appreciation of Mason's family for all the support which has been expressed for the midfielder: 'Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours.'
Jan 23 - 1:04 PM

Hull City have announced the surprise loan signing of Lazar Markovic from Liverpool until the end of the season.

The Serbian forward has been away from Anfield on loan in recent times. Last season he was in Turkey with Fenerbahce, while this term he has been at Sporting Lisbon. He had originally joined the Portuguese club until the end of the season but this agreement was cut short by the mutual consent of the two clubs. He played a paltry 14 times (2 goals) for Sporting and played for more than 60 minutes just once. Hull manager Marco Silva is familiar with 22 year old Markovic, who he managed for one season at Benfica before the forward moved on to Liverpool for £20 million. Markovic is best suited to playing on the right wing, but has experience in the middle of the front line too.
Jan 23 - 12:54 PM

Sunderland face the prospect of losing Papy Djilobodji for the games against Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Everton after he was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday.

Referee Craig Pawson missed the incident at the Hawthorns, but video replays show Djilobodji raising his hands to West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher in the 86th minute which has resulted in the player being charged retrospectively. In a statement released by the FA, they said: ‘Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite officials. Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.’ Djilobodji has until 6pm GMT on Tuesday to reply to the charge but David Moyes is likely to be without his centre-back for the next four matches as he has already been sent off this season. The Black Cats could face Tottenham in game week 23 with up-to 13 players missing from their squad.
Source: The Mirror
Jan 23 - 12:16 PM

Mauricio Pochettino has played down injury fears after Toby Alderweireld was replaced midway through the second half of Saturdays draw at the Etihad.

The Tottenham manager insisted his withdrawal was "more of a precautionary measure" despite Alderweireld saying post-match that he felt as if his "hamstring was going to snap". Pochettino confirmed the Belgium centre-back felt muscular tightness "but I don’t believe it’s a big issue," those sentiments were echoed later by the player who advised "I didn’t want to risk being out for 6-7 weeks, it feels fine now". Alderweireld will be assessed over the coming days but the early signs look positive which is good news given that teammate Jan Vertonghen has been side-lined for around six weeks after damaging ankle ligaments recently. Tottenham do have options. Kevin Wimmer came in for his first league start since New Year's Day but endured a difficult opening forty-five against City while Ben Davies could be considered in a slight formational change. Victor Wanyama is able to provide defensive cover if needed, although it’s not an ideal solution.
Jan 23 - 8:24 AM

Hull City has confirmed that midfielder Ryan Mason is in stable condition after fracturing his skull in Sunday's game.

The former Spurs midfielder left the club's 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the 21st minute after a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, which saw Mason taken off on a stretcher and fitted with an oxygen mask following a significant delay. Said Hull City in a statement: "The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days."
Jan 23 - 7:02 AM

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic confirmed that defender Angelo Ogbonna will require season-ending knee surgery.

The Italian defender played a full 90 minutes in a 3-1 win against Middlesbrough on Saturday, but Bilic said he has been playing through the injury due in part to the club's lack of cover in defense. But with the arrival of Jose Fonte this past week, Bilic confirmed Ogbonna will have surgery on a lingering knee injury after making 19 league appearances this season: "I have to praise Angelo Ogbonna, because he has played the whole season with an injury. He needs an operation on his knee to be fit long-term, and it was supposed to be a couple of weeks but we asked him to play. He will now have surgery which will rule him out until the end of the season."
Source: Goal.com
Jan 23 - 7:10 AM

Hull City have released a club statement confirming Ryan Mason has undergone surgery after tests reveal he sustained a fractured skull.

Mason was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill on Sunday which left him sprawled on the Stamford Bridge turf for several minutes before he could be moved safely by medics. Speaking after the game, new Hull manager Marco Silva wasn’t able to provide an update but he did confirm that Mason was being assessed in hospital. However, the club did provide further details later that evening: ‘He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days. Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.’
Jan 23 - 7:49 AM

Bottom-dwellers Hull City gave league-leading Chelsea a fight, but that's all it was in a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Hull City couldn't break out from the prison of the bottom three and build on the momentum of a 3-1 win against Bournemouth last weekend despite matching Chelsea shot-for-shot on Sunday evening. The upstart Tigers went with a new look under new manager Marco Silva, starting new signings in Evandro and Omar Elabdellaoui. But an injury to Ryan Mason will surely hurt following the sale of Jake Livermore to West Bromwich Albion. Mason was taken off on a stretcher in the 21st minute with a head injury after a collision with Gary Cahill. The injury caused such a delay that Diego Costa was able to score seven minutes into stoppage time in the first half, while Cahill added an insurance goal in the 81st minute to put Hull away for good.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 22 - 1:58 PM

Granit Xhaka was sent off for the second time in his debut Premier League season and it almost cost Arsenal as they needed a late goal to win 2-1 over Burnley at the Emirates.

Xhaka was supposed to be the combination of style and steel that would finally replace Patrick Vieira. While he has proven adept at crunching tackles, he is proving to be more of a liability than an asset as he again left Arsenal short-handed after being sent off for a rash tackle early in the second half. A controversial late stoppage time penalty call converted by Alexis Sanchez rescued the Gunners from a stoppage time penalty committed by Francis Coquelin. The Gunners will take the three points but the issues at the base of midfield continue.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 11:22 AM

Andre Gray scored a stoppage time penalty to draw Burnley level with Arsenal but the Clarets couldn't hold on and dropped a 2-1 decision in the 8th minute of stoppage time.

The officials didn't get all of the calls right but the missed calls, like the one where Andre Gray fouled Shkodran Mustafi at the edge of the penalty area that went uncalled, made up for the big mistake at the end of the match. In-between, Grant Xhaka was sent off and Francis Coquelin committed and was called for a legitimate foul in the box. The result was a 2-1 Clarets away loss that leaves their season total of away points stuck at a dismal one. Burnley's home form, third best in the Premier League, has them safely in mid-table but at some point they have to produce on the road if they expect to stay in the Premier League long term.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 11:26 AM

Southampton let two first half goals help this coast to an eventual 3-0 win over Leicester City, though key defender Virgil van Dijk had to limp off early with an ankle injury.

The Saints put on a professional display today, especially in the area of defense, collecting their first clean sheet in their last six league games. The attack was on point as well though with James Ward-Prowse opening the scoring, finding the far corner after being teed up by Cedric. Thirteen mimutes later, Jay Rodriguez would get on the board, scoring close in on a ball set up by a Ward-Prowse free kick. The scoring wrapped up in the second half with a successful penalty conversion by Dusan Tadic after Shane Lone had been fouled in the area. Still, with the very positive scoreline, much to worry in regards to van Dijk's status, especially with the position thin following the recent sale of Jose Fonte.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 22 - 9:04 AM




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