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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge, and Steven Gerrard all trained today ahead of England's next World Cup match with Uruguay on Thursday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed England's 2-1 defeat to Italy as he recovered from a minor knee injury picked up in the Three Lions' friendlies leading up to the tournament. He trained Monday and should be available for England's 2nd group stage match against Uruguay on Thursday. Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge both left the Italy match with minor knocks and should join the Ox in being fit for Thursday.
Jun 16 - 5:22 PM

Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin have resumed full training and could be called upon for the Week 19 trip to West Ham United.

With Arsene Wenger forced to employ makeshift defensive line-ups for much of the past few months, he will be excited at the prospect of having Koscielny back to start and Bellerin back as a reserve right back who might be able to keep pace with some of the Premier League's faster left wingers. Koscielny's status as a starter for the Week 19 trip to Upton Park is uncertain but he seems likely to at least be on the bench with a start possible.
Dec 27 - 1:51 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who missed the Boxing Day visit of QPR, will be assessed ahead of the Sunday trip to West Ham.

Tomas Rosicky played well and scored a goal in his first Premier League start of the season but the Czech international's injury history would lead you to believe starting him twice in two days isn't a great idea. Arsene Wenger will likely revert to Oxlade-Chamberlain in the same role if he is fit enough to go. Unfortunately, the news on the Ox isn't definitive enough to select him in any fantasy format that has a deadline that passes before line-ups are announced.
Dec 27 - 1:55 PM

With Olivier Giroud suspended for Arsenal's next three matches Yaya Sanogo could get a start between Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.

Arsene Wenger will have multiple options to replace Giroud. Danny Welbeck could revert to a more central role where, truth told, he was more effective than he has been in Theo Walcott's wide right role. Wenger could also choose Yaya Sanogo who has recently returned from a hamstring injury suffered against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Welbeck seems certain to start either way but where he plays will be very influential on his potential value.
Dec 27 - 1:59 PM

Ryan Shawcross will be assessed for concussion issues to determine if he will be able to participate in the Potters' Week 19 match with West Brom.

Ryan Shawcross painted quite a picture in the Week 18 win over Everton after having his head bandaged after a clash with Romelu Lukaku. With Lukaku's old team West Brom arriving at the Britannia on Sunday, Shawcross will have to pass concussion protocols before being allowed to play. It is likely that the results of these protocols won't be known until after fantasy transfer deadlines for Yahoo.com and PL.com have passed.
Dec 27 - 2:03 PM

It has been a frustrating season so far for Luke Shaw with injuries but he is close to a return and could make the squad for the Week 19 trip to Spurs.

Ashley Young has been playing well in Shaw's absence and it sounds like Shaw isn't QUITE ready but it seems plausible that Shaw will make the bench ahead of a potential New Year's Day return. With Young playing well in his absence and Shaw having yet to show the sort of form that led to a huge transfer fee over the summer, it will be interesting to see how Louis Van Gaal utilizes the two players once both are healthy.
Dec 27 - 2:08 PM

Ander Herrera is reportedly close to full health again ahead of United's Week 19 trip to White Hart Lane and could make the bench.

Herrera is unlikely to start regardless of his health given the form of Mata and Rooney as United's attacking midfielders. Despite a big money move over the summer, Herrera has been injury-prone and not necessarily a first choice when he has been fit. With full fitness still a few days away, the question in Week 19 is whether he even makes the squad. With Juan Mata playing better it might be a short stay for Herrera at Old Trafford unless he's content with a reserve role and United are content to pay him to play one.
Dec 27 - 2:11 PM

Crystal Palace Football Club can today confirm that Neil Warnock has been relieved of his duties and is no longer first-team manager.

And so we have out first Premier League managerial casualty of the season. Warnock joined Crystal Palace for a second time in August 2014, following the departure of Tony Pulis, but won just three of his 16 Premier League games in his second spell in charge, giving a win percentage of 18.8%. The 3-1 home defeat to Southampton put the Eagles in to the relegation zone and forced the club to act before things got any worse. Assistant manager Keith Millen will be in charge for the trip to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday but it is understood that Palace will begin their search for a permanent successor immediately. Tim Sherwood is one of the early favourites to take the role, with Pulis himself also mentioned, although the latter seems extremely unlikely.
Dec 27 - 7:18 AM

With a trip to the Etihad 48 hours after a home loss to Liverpool, there is nothing attractive about investing in any Burnley players for Week 19.

Even Kieran Trippier, who is leaps and bounds ahead of the next best player from a fantasy perspective has quieted down some, averaging a pedestrian six points over the past couple of matches in the Yahoo game. The only player that should even cross one's mind is Arfield, and that is purely to serve as a fifth midfielder on one's bench who can at least be counted on to start, or as counted on as one can be in a 48 hour turnaround. He goes for just 3.43m and actually outscored Trippier in the 0-1 loss to the Reds.
Dec 27 - 8:27 AM

Samuel Eto'o looks primed to get a start for Everton's trip to Newcastle tomorrow, making him an interesting budget forward option for Week 19.

An interesting stat, Eto's has alternated between starting and not starting league games going all the way back to Week 11. Yesterday, he did not start, so if this pattern were to continue, and it makes more sense to tomorrow more than ever with the quick turnaround, then Eto' should be in the XI. Newcastle have conceded nine goals in their last three league games and Eto'o is still capable of bagging a brace any given day. For 7.34m, he can act as a third forward and be a very sneaky play. The question is: will tomorrow mark the beginning of a turnaround for the Toffees.
Dec 27 - 8:39 AM

Fresh off a road clean sheet, Liverpool head back to Anfield where they host Swansea City and Leicester City over the next two gameweeks, putting a player like Martin Skrtel on our short-term radars.

Swansea are no guarantee of being easy to keep out when you have talents like Wilfried Bony and Gylfi Sigurdssson capable of magic at any moment, but they have managed to average under a goal a game on the road, so the attack is noticeably not as potent. The better of the two matches is of course Leicester, who can make even an inconsistent Reds defense look like a sound buy. Skrtel has been Brendan Rodgers' most dependable option in the back, and should start both matches. He is coming off a nice 18 point haul yesterday.
Dec 27 - 8:49 AM

Adnan Januzaj became the second United - and Belgium - player to be struck down with a virus which has affected a number of Manchester United squad members to varying degrees.

Januzaj joins Marouane Fellaini on the sidelines and the pair will miss Sundays' trip to White Hart Lane as they struggle to shake off the effects of the 'Belgium Virus'. Januzaj has fell down the pecking order this season following a number of new arrivals - Angel di Maria / Radamel Falcao / Daley Blind - and despite a host of injuries to key personnel the youngster has been restricted to just four starts this campaign only completing 90 minutes twice. Januzaj may look for a loan move in 2015 to help continue his development and gain some valuable game time / experimence with Newcastle reportedly interested.
Dec 26 - 4:39 PM




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