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New Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic is battling to make next weekend's opener at Anfield because of a hamstring injury suffered during the Reds' preseason tour.

Lazar Markovic has been ruled out of Liverpool's final preseason match against Borussia Dortmund casting a doubt on whether one of Europe's brightest young talents can recover in time to face Southampton a week from today. Arriving for a fee in excess of $30 million the attacking midfielder is blessed with rapid acceleration and pace and can pay down either flank or through his more traditional central role. Markovic adds to a list of growing concerns for manager Brendan Rodgers who is already without Adam Lallana because of a knee ligament strain while Daniel Sturridge, Jon Flanagan and Fabio Borini have all suffered injuries during the build-up to the start of the British Premier League season.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 07:00:00 AM

The Press Association is reporting that Scott Sinclair's long-rumored loan move to Aston Villa is on and will be completed in the next 24 hours.

The move has been the definition of on-again-off-again but it appears that good sense will prevail in the form of a move that appears to benefit all parties. Sinclair hasn't played much since his move the Manchester City and Aston Villa need somebody, anybody, who can help them score a few more goals. Sounds like a match made in heaven to us. Maybe Villa's matches will be something closer to watchable as a result. It certainly takes Sinclair's value from zero to at least something in the same way that Joleon Lescott's move from City to West Brom did for Lescott.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jan 29 - 3:34 PM

After protesting that any move might be happening, Wolfsburg appear to be on the verge of signing Andre Schurrle on a permanent deal.

With Juan Cuadrado reportedly about to finalize his move from Fiorentina to Chelsea, the Blues had to find a way to balance the financial books. Their answer appears to be the long-rumored sale of out-of-favor winger Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg. The German club have been denying that a move would happen for days but kicker is reporting that the move is now imminent.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 29 - 3:39 PM

Steve Bruce's striker crisis could be easing a little earlier than expected with the news that both Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez could return earlier than expected this week.

Both Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez were ruled out for 4 to 6 weeks in early January but today comes news that both are close to being fit enough and could participate in Hull City's Week 23 match against Newcastle at the KC Stadium. Hull City have been in rotten form but the visit of struggling Newcastle represents an opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone. Bruce will probably push as hard as he can to get both forwards cleared for action.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 29 - 3:52 PM

Steve Bruce has indicated that Abel Hernandez may be fit to play a role against Newcastle in Saturday's early kick-off.

Hernandez had initially been ruled out for four to six weeks taking his lay-off well into February but apparently he has recovered faster than expected and might be fit enough to play a part on Saturday. Hull City certainly need the goals if Hernandez can get fit but it is no sure thing. For fantasy managers trying to figure out your strategy, you may have time to add Hernandez in salary cap leagues before the transfer deadline expires because this is the first match of the weekend. Regardless, he is only a fringe starter to be considered if he is particularly cheap and playing weak opposition.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 29 - 4:00 PM

Swansea have agreed to terms with Southampton for the purchase of defensive midfielder Jack Cork.

More shrewd and probably wise dealings from the brass at the Liberty Stadium as they were able to acquire Cork for a discount as his contract with the Saints was to run out this summer. Cork was always battling for pitch time but found himself third in the pecking order behind Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama. He should eventually unseat veteran Leon Britton to partner Ki Sung-Yueng in the double pivot behind Gylfi Sigurdsson. Southampton actually host Swansea on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see if Cork will be available or if Southie may make the deal with the caveat that Cork can not be used against them on Sunday.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 29 - 1:42 PM

ESPNFC.com is reporting that Chelsea will land transfer target Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina with Mohamed Salah headed in the opposite direction.

Reports of Cuadrado's arrival had been making their rounds for a couple weeks without ever feeling like they were going anywhere but that changed Thursday as club sources told ESPNFC.com that the move would happen in the next 48 hours. Cuadrado will replace the disappointing combination of Salah and Andre Schurrle who have both been in Jose Mourinho's doghouse this season. The arrival of Cuadrado may force Chelsea to sell Schurrle sooner rather than later to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jan 29 - 1:02 PM

Paul Dummett has been formally ruled out of action for Newcastle United when they face Hull City on Saturday.

Tough break for anyone looking at Dummett as a sneaky bargain pick against an abysmal Tigers attack. There is no timetable regarding his hamstring to accompany the news of his absence this weekend but one would expect that to mean he will be in contention to return next weekend. Meanwhile, Davide Santon is fit again and will be pushing for his first league start of the season.
Jan 29 - 1:06 PM

Brendan Rodgers had some very positive things to say regarding the return of Daniel Sturridge to his XI.

According to the boss, "He has looked outstanding in training. He looks in top class condition." That quote should give fantasy managers reason to watch carefully this weekend to see if the striker can make the bench. If he does, then he looks poised to start Week 24, perfect timing as the Reds travel crosstown to Goodison Park for the reverse fixture of this year's Merseyside derby. With a few days left in the transfer window, perhaps now would be a good time to cut losses on Mario Balotelli.
Jan 29 - 1:17 PM

Tottenham survived a strong fightback from League One side Sheffield United to set up a League Cup final with Chelsea after another late goal from Christian Eriksen.

After Spurs had won the first leg 1-0 they appeared to be in cruise control when Eriksen's magnificent first-half free-kick put them 2-0 up on aggregate. The score stayed that way until the final 15 minutes, when Sheffield United's 18-year-old substitute Che Adams struck twice in three minutes, bringing the prospect of extra time into focus. However, Eriksen saved Spurs once again, controlling a fine through-ball from Harry Kane and finishing smartly to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory. It was the fourth time this season that the Danish star has scored decisive goals in the 87th minute or later.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 29 - 5:40 AM

Branislav Ivanovic is an early doubt for Saturdays’ top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge after the Capital One goalscoring hero picked up a nasty foot injury against Liverpool.

Ivanovic grabbed the all-important winning goal on Wednesday night to secure a Wembley appearance - Capital One cup final – and after 120 gruelling minutes the defender revealed he had been playing through the pain-barrier as his lacerated foot seeped blood through his boots. It’s unclear whether Ivanovic will need stitches but Mourinho did confirm the player would be assessed ahead of the game along with Fabregas [hamstring] and Luis [calf]. Diego Costa is also facing a three game ban – violent conduct – for his ‘alleged’ stamp on Emre Can – the Spanish international has until 6pm GMT to lodge an appeal.
Jan 29 - 6:27 AM

Sam Allardyce will need to check on a number of players ahead of the trip to Anfield after last weekends’ bruising encounter against Bristol City in the FA Cup.

Alex Song, Carl Jenkinson and James Tomkins have all been in the treatment room this week and both defenders are rated as ‘touch & go’ although there was better news as regarding James Collins [back] who will join the main group today. However the Hammers’ are unlikely to welcome back Cheikhou Kouyate despite his elimination from the African Cup of Nations – the whereabouts of the holding midfielder is currently unknown. Diafra Sakho is expected to be available although the Senegalese FA are considering a formal complaint for his non-appearance in Equatorial Guinea because of a back injury – the proposed punishment would suggestion a domestic ban for the West Ham striker but Allardyce "is unconcerned" adding the club has done nothing wrong.
Jan 29 - 6:45 AM




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