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Sergio Aguero will target a return in week two after failing to recover into form due to injuries suffered during the World Cup.

Aguero has suffered a series of injuries last season and during the World Cup and the team has stated time and time again that they will be extremely caution in getting Aguero back to full fitness. That means fantasy managers are to stay away until they see Aguero playing 90 minutes. Chances are, he will first make a few appearances off the bench until eventually being eased into playing a full match. Stay away for now.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Jesus Gamez is nearing a return to action after stepping up his recovery from ankle surgery.

The Spaniard has struggled since his arrival from Atletico Madrid two seasons ago starting just three league games, while his time on Tyneside has been hampered by injury. The latest being a setback in November, which left Gamez requiring surgery to remedy an ankle complaint. However, the 32-year-old is not far away of being in contention having stepped up his recovery over the past few days. "We have Florian Lejeune, Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrovic all running," said Rafa Benitez. "Mitro is getting close and we will see [but] Gamez will take more time." This weekend will come too soon for the injured trio, however, with Newcastle due to travel to either Chelsea or Norwich in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the end of this month, the United boss may take the opportunity to give some of his fringe players some much-needed minutes ahead of the relegation dogfight.
Jan 16 - 4:37 PM

Antonio Conte confirms Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas will miss the FA Cup replay against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea captain was forced off during the 0-0 draw with Leicester on Saturday, and although Cahill won’t be available tomorrow, he could be ready for the early kick-off this weekend. "He has a muscular problem, but not a serious problem," said Conte. "I don’t know how much time he needs to recover but the doctor told me it’s not serious." While David Luiz is expected to get a run out in the cup, the Chelsea boss may opt for Andreas Christensen in the league, if the England international remains sidelined. Elsewhere, Danny Drinkwater is the likely benefactor of Farbegas’ injury [on Wednesday], although a recall for Brazilian Willian at Brighton could be the call should the Spaniard fail to recover. Ross Barkley’s involvement has been delayed as his registration was not completed in time for him to feature in the third-round.
Jan 16 - 5:11 PM

Kelechi Iheanacho scored in each half as Leicester City overcame Fleetwood Town 2-0 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday.

The Nigeria striker has had a rough time since his £25m summer switch from Manchester City, having played just 403 minutes for the Foxes prior to starting against Fleetwood Town. However, Iheanacho made the most of his chance. The 20-year-old opened the scoring when he converted a pass from Islam Slimani just before half-time and completed his double with a historic goal in 77th minute. Iheanacho's goal was initially disallowed for offside, but referee Jonathan Moss then allowed the goal after confirming with the video official that the striker was actually kept onside. The win means the Foxes will face Peterborough United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Source: BBC Sports
Jan 16 - 5:22 PM

Manchester City players reported for a post-match debrief on Monday - having lost for the first time domestically this season - and the news on Fabian Delph was much better than initially feared.

The makeshift left-back was pictured leaving Anfield on crutches with his knee in a brace on Sunday due to a suspected ligament problem. Delph endured a torrid opening half hour, before he was forced off through injury having twisted awkwardly making a challenge. "He will be out, I think, for a while," Pep Guardiola said. "I don’t know if it will be a lot of time but he will be out for a while. It is his knee, he turned his knee." However, respected City correspondent for Goal – Sam Lee – understands the injury may not be as bad as first feared with Delph expected to be missing for around two weeks due to a muscle strain. With Benjamin Mendy out until at least April, former Real Madrid defender Danilo will deputise at full-back.
Jan 15 - 6:15 PM

Manchester United cruised to victory on a 3-0 scoreline as Stoke's new manager Paul Lambert watched on from the stands.

United took control early in the tie, with Paul Pogba integral to their best moves. The Frenchman surged forward and set Antonio Valencia free as the defender scored United's first after beating Stoke full-back Josh Tymon. That came just minutes after Anthony Martial could have earned the Red Devils a penalty. However, Martial wasn't left ruing that as he scored United's second with a great curling effort, again assisted by the sublime Pogba. Romelu Lukaku added some late gloss to the scoreline late on. Stoke had their chances but Stephen Ireland missed the target with a big chance and De Gea was a match for attempts from Diouf and Shaqiri. A good result for José Mourinho as United gain on City but the result highlights how much work Paul Lambert has to do if he is to save The Potters from the drop.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 15 - 5:31 PM

Jose Mourinho provided a mixed team news update ahead of his sides game with managerless Stoke on Monday evening.

Following a 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup ten days ago, United were whisked off to a warm weather training camp in Dubai to escape the bite of the British winter. "Very good – unbelievable facilities, the prince’s private facilities are better than any football club in the world," Mourinho said when asked how it was. "Unbelievable conditions to work, nice weather, three days of really, really good training. Hopefully we can improve our level because I really think it was good." Antonio Valencia, absent since December 17 due to a hamstring strain, was part of the group and following a full week of training he is "ready to play" although there are doubts over the availability of Anthony Martial who is "not ready, but I hope he can play." Ashley Young serves the final game of his three-match ban and Eric Bailly is not due to return until early February following ankle surgery.
Jan 15 - 4:16 AM

Carlos Carvalhal is hoping the injury suffered by centre-back Mike van der Hoorn at St James’ Park on Saturday is not too serious.

The Dutchman was used as a makeshift right-back on Tyneside with Kyle Naughton [suspended] and Angel Rangel missing due to a calf strain. And the 25-year-old put in a solid performance before his injury on the hour mark. "Mike felt something in the muscle [suspected hamstring]," Carvalhal said. "We will have to see how bad the injury is. We have to wait 48 hours at least to try to see what he has done." Van der Hoorn is certain to miss the FA Cup replay with Wolves this week while a Monday night Premier League fixture [vs Liverpool] allows for a few additional days recovery. Carvalhal can call upon Kyle Bartley, to partner Alfie Mawson in the heart of defence, following his recovery from a long-term knee injury. Naughton is also available after completing his three-match ban.
Jan 14 - 4:55 PM

Liverpool condemned Manchester City to their first domestic defeat of the season despite the absence of new centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Talk ahead of the late kick-off on Sunday suggested the £75 million defender would not be making his Premier League debut due to a problem with his hamstring. News which was confirmed officially by Jurgen Klopp when the team line-ups were announced. "[He is] a little bit injured – not really serious," he explained. "It was immediately after the [Everton] game he felt [his hamstring] a little bit. We made an assessment. If it’s the last game of the season maybe you take the risk." The former Southampton defender watched on from the stands as his new teammates edged a seven-goal thriller, a match described as "historical" by Klopp and one "you will talk about in 20 years." The Reds have the luxury of an 8-day break before their next match which should ensure that van Dijk is back in contention.
Jan 14 - 4:17 PM

In one of the season's most dramatic affairs, Liverpool were able to hand Manchester City their first defeat, winning 4-3 in a nail-biter.

Goals continue to fly in the post-Coutinho era and it was Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain's performance that stood out the most. He would get the Reds on the board first, finishing a counter with a low drive, assisted by Roberto Firmino. City would level as the sides were 1-1 at the break but the Reds attack had a customary attacking explosion with three goals in nine minutes. The Ox would first pay Firmino back, setting up the Brazilian who finished with a sweet chip. Minutes later, Sadio Mane would fire a beauty from the edge of the box into the top corner, with Mo Salah teeing up the goal. Salah then had Anfield rocking, lobbing a ball over the keeper whose clearance attempt fell right to the Egyptian. City would score twice late to turn a rout into a narrow win but the Reds defense had done well up until then, despite the absence of Virgil van Dijk.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 1:03 PM

Manchester City's bid for an undefeated season ended today, as a late bid to comeback fell short in a 4-3 loss to Liverpool.

City may run away with this season's title but showed today that they are indeed mortal, failing to keep up with Liverpool's high-powered attack. The Reds were helped by an early goal which gave them a confidence boost from the Anfield crowd. City would equalize five minutes before halftime though, when Leroy Sane beat the keeper at his near post after being assisted by Kyle Walker. The defense was exposed drastically near the hour mark though, conceding three in a nine minute span. Looking done and dusted, Ilkay Gundogan made a game of it. He set up substitute Bernardo Silva for a goal to make it 4-2, then scored himself just as the game entered stoppage time, slotting home a ball from Sergio Aguero. It was too little, too late however but Pep's men are still way out in front at the top of the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 1:15 PM

Arsenal wasted a 1-0 lead against struggling Bournemouth as the Cherries came back to win 2-1 on Sunday as the Gunners were without want away attacker Alexis.

The news was pretty much all bad for the Gunners. Ozil, Ramsey, Koscielny, and Kolasinac were all out of action. Sanchez was left at home as a move to Manchester United seems all but done. Then, after dominating play for much of the first half they broke through in the second half through Hector Bellerin. Even that good news didn't last for long as goals from Jordan Ibe and Callum Wilson reversed the scoreline and gave the Cherries a 2-1 victory. Not the day that Arsene Wenger needed but perhaps the day he deserved after repeated missteps in handling inevitable squad turnover due to the expiring contracts of Sanchez and Ozil.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 14 - 10:29 AM





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