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Jon Flanagan has been ruled out of Liverpool's opener against Southampton, joining a list of names which includes Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Daniel Agger.

With so many new toys at fullback for Liverpool, the absence of Flanagan should only help make Brendan Rodgers selection easier. Agger is trying to get back to fitness before the window closes as it appears his days of starting at Anfield are over. We will have to wait another few weeks to get a look at Lallana but Markovic hopes to be in contention as early as Week Two.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has declared that midfielder Francis Coquelin has recovered sufficiently from his pre-season ankle injury to be included in the side for the Week 2 match against Stoke City.

Coquelin picked up a relatively minor ankle injury during the pre-season but appears to have recovered from that injury. It seems that, regardless of his health, he is currently considered a reserve at the base of midfield behind Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey. He may be behind Mohamed Elneny in the pecking order as well but that is less clear. The expectation should be that Coquelin only starts in the event of an injury to either Xhaka or Ramsey and that he will likely be used to close out matches where Xhaka has picked up a yellow card heading into the final 20 or 30 minutes.
Source: arsenal.com
Aug 17 - 1:39 PM

Arsene Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal's Week 2 match against Stoke City, declared that Shkodran Mustafi will be in the squad after missing out on the opening weekend.

The Germany international has been slow to get up to speed after his summer exertions for his country at the Confederations Cup. Only recently back at full training, Mustafi has now been declared fit enough to be in the squad for the match-up against the Potters. Whether "in the squad" ends up meaning starting or on the bench remains to be seen. With Laurent Koscielny still serving the final match of his suspension and Gabriel off to Valencia, Wenger might be inclined to push Mustafi a little harder than he otherwise would, especially in light of the three goals conceded to Leicester City in Week 1.
Source: arsenal.com
Aug 17 - 1:34 PM

Arsenal are set to start trimming their squad with Gabriel poised to join Valencia on a permanent deal for a transfer fee of £10m.

It never quite worked out for Gabriel at the Emirates. He had his chances to establish himself as injuries to Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Shkodran Mustafi opened the door. As Gabriel failed to capitalize on those opportunities he was passed in the center back pecking order by Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, and even Nacho Monreal who seems to be moving infield after playing most of his career as a left back. The move will allow the Gunners to salvage approximately 2/3rds of the fee they spent on the player two and a half seasons ago.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 17 - 11:32 AM

After months of rumors and negotiations, Everton got its man in a move for Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The 27-year-old joins the Toffees on a five-year contract in a club-record £45 million move after seeing their original bid of £40 million rejected. The move for Sigurdsson brings the club's summer spending total to £145 million, much of it funded by the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. The Icelandic playmaker is coming off one of the best seasons of his career after recording nine goals and 13 assists for the Swans. Said Sigurdsson: "Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the Club. This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table - and does that throughout the season. For myself, I would like to score as many goals as possible and create as many goals for my teammates as I can."
Aug 17 - 3:41 AM

Manchester City is close to having its full side back and healthy with Ilkay Gundogan nearing a return from injury.

The German international has not played a single game in 2017 after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury in December. But Gundogan played 20 minutes against Girona in a friendly on Tuesday as he nears his return. The former Borussia Dortmund signing is targeting the September international break as his full return, which would be a massive boost for Pep Guardiola's side: "I was out for eight months so there is no reason to rush now. When I feel good, ready and safe, I'm ready to play and try - as today. That's also the target for the next weeks. "There's an international beak in the next two weeks so plenty of time still to use that for training and maybe more games if that's possible. Hopefully after that break I will be ready to join the team fully. I want to be there when my manager and my teammates need me."
Aug 17 - 3:54 AM

Eddie Howe wouldn’t be drawn on whether Bournemouth would be dipping into the transfer market again after Simon Francis pulled up with a hamstring problem during the 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

Speaking after the game, Howe said "we need to see how bad [the injury] is" before deciding on whether to bring in reinforcements. The Cherries do have cover with Adam Smith expected to come in at right-back, although Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Tyrone Mings, Marc Wilson and Baily Cargill all capable of playing at centre-back if the gaffer fancies a change of formation. However, with only two weeks of the summer window remaining, Howe may look to bring in extra cover. Elsewhere, Callum Wilson is making "good progress" following a spell with world-renowned rehabilitation expert Bill Knowles in America. "He will begin to start his work with our fitness coaches very soon, so we can move away from the physios, which will be a really nice step for Callum to take and shows he is on the road to coming back to full training."
Aug 17 - 5:07 AM

Sandro has emerged as a doubt for Everton’s Europa League playoff clash with Hadjuk Spilt.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Ronald Koeman revealed his summer signing from Malaga could miss the European game after picking up a heel injury in the win over Stoke, although his involvement at the Etihad this weekend is not in doubt: "He did not train on Wednesday and if it is not better, he will not play. It is not really serious, the question is more yes or no for tomorrow - but, normally, there will be no question for Monday’s game against Manchester City." However, the news wasn’t so good regarding teammate Ross Barkley with some reports now suggesting that the wantaway star could go under the knife after suffering a serious hamstring injury. It could mean up-to 3 months on the sidelines and scupper any potential move during this transfer window. Koeman wouldn’t be drawn on speculation revealing the player would undergo further tests to determine the extent of the problem.
Aug 17 - 5:52 AM

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is waiting for an injury update on Izzy Brown after the Chelsea loanee returned to his parent club for further tests.

The 20-year-old pulled up sharply grabbing his right hamstring midway through the first half on Saturday as he tried to thwart a Manchester City counter-attack, and as is normal procedure for loan players, he has returned to SW6 to be assessed. Brown has settled well since his arrival on the south coast and to lose the attacking midfielder for any period of time at this stage of the season would be a massive blow for Hughton. On a more positive note, Anthony Knockaert continued his recovery from an ankle ligament injury by playing 15 minutes and the Brighton boss maybe tempted to throw the winger back into his starting XI following another week of training. Beram Kayal is expected to miss around 2 months after fracturing his fibula on the eve of the new campaign while Sam Baldock is taking much longer than originally anticipated to recover from calf surgery.
Aug 16 - 5:10 PM

Watford offered a positive injury update on Tuesday after Daryl Janmaat, Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra picked up injuries during last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Vicarage Road.

Janmaat started brightly in the opener but lasted barely 15 minutes before he was forced off with a suspected groin problem, and the defender was followed soon after by Pereyra, who looks to have suffered a similar fate. Tests since the game confirm the pair sustained "low-grade" muscle injuries, and despite starting their recovery, neither will make the trip to Bournemouth. New signings Kiko Fementia and Richarlison could come in for their first competitive starts while Sebastian Prodl is favourite to replace Kaboul who finished the match with his leg heavily strapped. Tommie Hoban [ACL] has been ruled out for the season while Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele are both sidelined due to knee and hamstring injuries respectively.
Aug 16 - 4:39 PM

The Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer saga finally appears to be over with Everton set to land one of its top summer targets.

Swansea City accepted a £45 million bid from Everton after the two clubs met in the middle of their valuations. The Swans were originally holding out for £50 million after rejected bids of £40 million from Leicester City and Everton earlier this summer. But with cash to splash following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, the Toffees upped their offer that will now see Sigurdsson take a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday. Swansea is set to make a hefty profit on the Icelandic international after buying him just £6.8 million in 2014.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 16 - 4:54 AM

Premier League journeyman Gareth Barry has officially completed a move to West Bromwich Albion from Everton.

The midfielder has made 154 appearances for the the Toffees since arriving from Manchester City in 2013, and will now join West Brom needing just five Premier League appearances to break Ryan Giggs' all-time record of 632 top-flight appearances. But Barry was buried on the depth chart under Ronald Koeman with Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies all fighting for a spot. Said Barry: "I've had four great years at Everton. The fans have been brilliant with me from the day I signed until the day I left. I'm proud that the Club will always be a big part of my career. There are too many people to thank but I'd like to mention a few of them - the Chairman, Bill Kenwright, Roberto Martinez who brought me to Goodison, Ronald Koeman whom I've enjoyed working with, the staff at the Club and some great teammates. And of course the fans."
Aug 16 - 5:00 AM





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