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Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football.

Drogba was part of Ivory Coast's golden generation but failed to leave the group stages of the World Cup during his career. The Ivory Coast suffered a lot of bad luck in the past three World Cups and should have made it out at least once. The retirement from international football should allow Drogba to focus on staying fit for Chelsea and providing an important spark off the bench. If Diego Costa was to go down with an injury, Drogba can be a great fantasy choice.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 01:31:00 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed that Namplays Mendy will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

Mendy has not played since the 1-0 defeat to Millwall in the the 5th round of the FA Cup in mid-February and will now miss the rest of the term after having an ankle operation to resolve his long-term ankle problem. The French defensive midfielder, a £13million signing from Nice last summer, was limited to just eight appearances in all competitions after injuring his ankle on his Premier League debut against Arsenal back in September. The prolonged absence of Mendy should see Wilfried Ndidi hold a firm place in the starting XI for the rest of the campaign, with Andy King also seeing an increase in minutes. "Unfortunately Papy Mendy had to have an ankle operation in France," Shakespeare said on Monday. "He’s going to be back with us doing his rehab. He had a floating bone in there that needed looking after and he’s out now until the end of the season."
Apr 24 - 3:20 PM

Manchester United face the prospect of playing against their City rivals without several key players as their injury problems continue to grow.

Fresh from Thursdays double whammy, which saw Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimović ruled out for the rest of the season, and potentially, the remainder of 2017. Jose Mourinho was dealt another blow with the news that Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba face a race against time to make the Manchester derby. Although Herrera was able to complete 90 minutes at Turf Moor, the Spaniard took a heavy ankle knock and limped through the latter stages of the game. Pogba on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky, and the France international was helped off as the game went into time added on: "Dead he is for sure, if he’s injured or if it’s just the super accumulation of fatigue in the muscles, I don’t know," said Jose Mourinho after the game. "But as I was saying, if he cannot play Thursday he cannot play Thursday, we play another one and we don’t cry, like we didn’t today." Both players will be assessed during the build-up to the match.
Source: ESPNFC.co.uk
Apr 24 - 2:17 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimović has vowed to come back "even stronger" after Manchester United confirmed he suffered a serious knee ligament injury during Thursdays Europa League win over Anderlecht.

Although he continues to be assessed, initial reports suggest Ibrahimović has torn his anterior cruciate ligament while he also sustained damage to his meniscus, potentially ruling him out for around 12 months. Stories on Sunday indicated that the out-of-contract 35-year-old may not play again, but a post from his personal Instagram account poured cold water on the very notion by stating he is not ready to give up just yet: "I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far, I played with one leg so it shouldn't be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when it's time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon." Jose Mourinho will step up his search for a replacement this summer with the latest reports linking United with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Source: Reuters UK
Apr 24 - 1:50 PM

N'Golo Kante has seen his hard work recognized across the league after taking home the PFA Player of the Year award.

The French international has enjoyed a stellar last two seasons as he looks to become the first player since Eric Cantona to win consecutive Premier League titles with two different clubs. After arriving in a £32 million move from Leicester City, Kante has been the engine of a revamped Chelsea side under manager Antonio Conte. Said Kante: "To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me. It means the world to be chosen and it's been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it's a great honour."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 24 - 11:33 AM

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has added another PFA Young Player of the Year award to his growing trophy case.

The emerging superstar has seen no signs of a sophomore slump, recording 16 league goals and seven assists for second-place Spurs this season after winning the award last season since arriving from MK Dons. And at 21 years old, they may as well name the trophy after Alli with three more years of eligibility for the Young Players Award, which saw him beat out Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku among others. "I'm extremely proud. It's a great honour for me - obviously the second year in a row - but I've still got a lot to do, I've got to keep working hard. I've got to keep improving."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 24 - 11:42 AM

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is hopeful that he will be fit for selection before the end of the season.

The Spaniard underwent surgery on a groin injury in March, and manager Jose Mourinho had ruled him out for the remainder of the season. However, in his weekly blog, Mata posted a more upbeat prognosis, revealing that he will be back with the team soon: "But the truth is I’m feeling much better now and I hope to be back with the team soon, to try to help in the last spell of the season. I hope so, because that’s all I want: being always available to help and to contribute as much as I can, both on and off the pitch," he explained. This will come as welcome news to Man Utd, who are struggling with a mounting injury list as they continue to fight on two fronts for Champions League qualification.
Apr 24 - 9:55 AM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has stated that he will rotate his side again for Thursday's Manchester derby.

United's squad is depleted from injuries and struggling with fatigue, according to Mourinho, which means he is forced to spread out the game time across his squad. Hence, he made eight changes last weekend for the win over Burnley after the victory over Anderlecht three days previously in the Europa League. Eric Bailly is the only Man Utd player to have completed both games. Mourinho emphasised that United are aiming to win the Europa League, and he views rotation as to achieving that feat: ""We cannot give the club the Premier League, we have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League and we have to put everything on it... So I will rotate players again, I will give rest to some players again and let's see what we can do.
Apr 24 - 10:07 AM

Southampton will have Spanish defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu available for their match against Chelsea on Tuesday.

Romeu, 25, has been hugely important to Southampton's defensive strength this season in spite of losing Jose Fonte to West Ham and Virgil Van Dijk to injury. He has been very effective in controlling the space in front of the back four, making tackles and interceptions at a higher rate than any of his teammates. Romeu will presumably retake his place in the starting XI on Tuesday when the Saints visit Stamford Bridge after serving a two match suspension for accumulating ten yellow cards this season. His manager has lauded him in his pre-match press conference, comparing him to PL Player of the Season N'Golo Kanté: ""I think he’s not far off Kante," Puel said. "If we see the quality of his games since the beginning of the season, for me, he [Romeu] is not far off Kante because he’s very consistent and every game he gives good performances, with consistency and quality."
Apr 24 - 7:56 AM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the man of the match as Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley to advance to the FA Cup final.

Arsenal started slowly against Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's men had the better of the possession and chances in the first half. As Arsenal tried to assert themselves it was Oxlade-Chamberlain, switching between the center of the park and a right wingback role, who was their brightest performer. After City went up 1-0 on a lightning-fast breakout it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who got them back in it with an excellent cross that found Nacho Monreal whose odd man rush saw him unmarked in the penalty area. While The Ox had been substituted by the time Alexis Sanchez pounced on a loose ball in the six yard box for the winner, it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who stood out the most for the Gunners as they booked their third FA Cup finals appearance in the past four seasons.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 23 - 12:52 PM

There was nothing Burnley could do against an in-form Manchester United in a 2-0 loss to the Red Devils on Sunday.

Despite facing a Manchester United defense down three starters, one that has played three games in the last seven days, Burnley couldn't even manage a shot on target against Jose Mourinho's stalwart side. The Clarets have only one win in their last 10 Premier League matches, but they still kept their distance with a five-point lead over the bottom three. Defender Ben Mee left the match at half-time with an injury while striker Daniel Agyei came on late as Sean Dyche looks to get the youngster more playing time as he enters the final year of his contract with rumors linking him to Everton.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:00 PM

Burnley's penchant for results at home hit a wall today, as they conceded two unanswered goals to Manchester United in a 0-2 final.

The match began in typical Turf Moor style, with Tom Heaton making a couple of big saves in the first 20 minutes while the Claret attack were creating chances, mainly by Robbie Brady, who delivered several crosses over the contest. Andre Gray look the likeliest to finish one of those chances, but the Clarets failed to find an end product. Meanwhile, the fortress that is Turf Moor was penetrated, first on a swift counter-attack and then a second goal was conceded after a loose ball in front of Heaton was smashed in by Wayne Rooney. That put the match out of reach as United were in cruise control throughout the second half. Five points above relegation, one imagines Burnley may need at least one more positive result in their final four matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:34 AM




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