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Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway claims he will not attempt to re-sign Wilfried Zaha on loan.

It has been suggested across the media that Palace might ask Manchester United for a loan deal for Zaha to assist them in their first season back in the Premier League, but Holloway denies the rumours. "I don't think it's fair to the boy. He's got to have a go at United" said the ex-Blackpool manager, so it appears Palace will be looking elsewhere to fill the creative void left by Zaha.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 10:19:00 AM

After accepting the charge of violent conduct, Mousa Dembele has been suspended by the FA for the next six games, ending the midfielder's season and carrying into the beginning of next season.

Dembele wanted to appeal for a lesser punishment but he gets a ban that is somewhat predicatable - one that is longer than the typical three match ban but one not as long as the ban Luis Suarez received for biting. So now we know where eye-gouging falls in the punishment spectrum. Dembele will miss Tottenham's final two matches this season and the first four next season. Depending on scheduling with league and cup play, he may only miss the first three league games of 2016/2017. Regardless, it is a major blow for Spurs as the Belgian has been an integral part of the club's success. Ryan Mason figures to fill in for the last two games this season against Southampton and Newcastle.
Source: The FA
May 6 - 11:59 AM

Eddie Howe revealed in his press conference ahead of AFC Bourenmouth's match against West Bromwich Albion that center back Sylvain Distin is out with an injured back and is likely finished playing for the season.

How also confirmed that Adam Smith will not be playing again this season as he continues to see specialists for treatment of his hernia. Max Gradel's status is unchanged from last week. He has made progress with a calf issue but remains a doubt for this weekend. Distin had a run in the side where he started nine consecutive games from mid-September through late November but he has not started before or since, making three appearances in which two were one-minute cameos. This could turn out to be an unceremonious end to the 38 year old veteran's playing career.
May 6 - 11:43 AM

Rafa Benitez announced that right back Daryl Janmaat is available for Newcastle United's trip to Aston Villa tomorrow, while Fabricio Coloccini remains out.

Vurnon Anita was also declared fit as he shook off a minor injury during the week. This will be an interesting call for Benitez when he names the XI against Villa. Janmmaat's spot in the team was arguably safer than anyone's during the majority of the season and in his career with the Magpies, but when he last played the team were hitting rock bottom with the loss to Southampton. Since Anita has filled the role, Newcastle has been getting results and Anita has been impressive. Janmaat owners in draft leagues should not expect their man to start and continue to look elsewhere for defensive coverage.
May 6 - 9:48 AM

Speaking ahead of Arsenal's Sunday match with Manchester City, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Mikel Arteta would be leaving the club after the season.

It is no secret that Mikel Arteta has been declining rapidly as a player for a couple of seasons. With his contract expiring this summer his time as a player at the Emirates is coming to a close. Rumors have him joining Pep Guardiola when he takes over the reins at this weekend's opponent Manchester City.
May 6 - 7:53 AM

Swansea City will not have regular starters Gylfi Sigurdsson or Neil Taylor available this weekend against West Ham United as they are suffering from shoulder and groin injuries, respectively.

While the Swans have not enjoyed what they would consider a productive season, they have been very fortunate in the injury department for the past nine months. This weekend will test their mettle as they take on a focused West Ham side while missing their top goal scorer and their ever-present left back. While they offered an encouraging showing in last week's win over Liverpool at home, it looks to be tough sledding from a fantasy perspective when they travel to Boleyn Ground. Kyle Naughton will like start in place of Taylor with Angel Rangel the opposite full back. Modou Barrow could be in line for a recall to help bolster the attack in the absence of Sigurdsson.
May 5 - 1:30 PM

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew confirmed that he won't risk Wilfried Zaha this weekend as the winger recovers from a knock.

The priority for the Eagles appears to be the FA Cup final against Manchester United on May 21, although Pardew said the focus remains on finishing out the league season: "We are trying to go into that game (Stoke) with our full force, like we did last weekend. Wilf still has a slight problem which I think is going to keep him out for this game and Southampton. Hopefully he'll be fine for the final, if selected." Zaha missed last weekend's loss to Newcastle with Pardew opting for a three-man central midfield. But with Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie both doubts, Bakary Sako and Joe Ledley could have a bigger role to play this week against Stoke.
May 5 - 3:04 PM

Mark Hughes will check on Bojan Krkic after he took a bang on his foot today: "He probably won't train tomorrow but we hope he will be OK this weekend."

Bojan was an unused substitute last time out as Hughes made a number of changes to help freshen his side against Sunderland. Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam did well: "I was delighted," said Hughes who confirms "both are in my thoughts for the game." Glen Johnson "is training" but this weekend will come too soon for the full-back. He should be available for the final game "we hope." Marc Wilson’s domestic campaign is over as he won’t be fit enough to play in either of the two remaining games. However, he should be available for the Republic of Ireland. A decision on Marko Arnautovic will be made closer to kick off while a groin problem continues to hamper Shay Given.
May 5 - 10:24 AM

Alan Pardew will make a late decision on Yannick Bolasie who is struggling due to sickness: "We’re waiting on him." Meanwhile, the Eagles boss also confirms Mile Jedinak "has a slight knock."

If one, or both players miss out against Stoke then Palace do have options, although Chung-Yong Lee is unlikely to be considered after he was fined this week following his comments about Pardew in the South Korean Press. Bakary Sako and Joe Ledley are poised to come in. Wilfried Zaha "still has a bit of a problem" which means he’ll miss the remaining league games "but he should be fine by the (FA Cup) final" in a little over two weeks. "He is a naturally fit guy. He did the injury before the semi-final. We monitored him afterwards and saw there was a slight tear." Sullay Kaikai was brilliant during his loan spell at Shrewsbury and young midfielder will be play a part during the run-in: "I'm not sure I'll involve him this weekend, but I will involve him at Southampton. He's earned that."
May 5 - 9:29 AM

The FA have formally charged both Chelsea and Tottenham with failing to control their players during Monday night's match and Mousa Dembele looks to face an extensive ban for his eye-gouging of Diego Costa.

Both clubs will have fines levied upon them for three separate infractions in which they failed to control their players. These incidents occurred during the 45th and 87th minute of the match as well as a third disruption after the final whistle. The only individual called out in the FA's declaration on their website is Dembele, and they go on to imply that the action he took deserves a heavier penalty than the typical three match ban for violent conduct. There is no reason, in fantasy or reality, to believe that Dembele will step onto the pitch again this season. The question is how much time will he miss at the beginning of next season.
Source: The FA
May 4 - 10:58 AM

Liverpool welcome Emre Can back to training and the defensive midfielder is in contention to start for the Reds in the second leg of the Europa League semifinal on Thursday.

Can was initially thought to have been lost for the rest of the season with an ankle injury he picked up in the second leg quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund. He has made an earlier-than-expected return to training though and, if he can prove his fitness, could be picked by Jurgen Klopp to start on Thursday. The Reds desperately need to keep Villareal from scoring to have a shot at advancing to the final and the presence of Can would only improve their chances. If he does start, he would most certainly partner James Milner in the middle of the formation, allowing someone like Lucas to make the XI this weekend against Watford. After seeing that area of the pitch struggle against Swansea in the last round with inexperienced youngsters, it would be yet another boost for the clash with the Hornets.
May 3 - 12:40 PM

James Morrison is hoping to play some part in the season run-in after spending most of the calendar year side-lined following a hamstring injury.

The 29-year-old was forced off during the opening exchanges at Stamford Bridge back in January and hasn’t kicked a ball competitively since. But after undergoing surgery to correct a tendon problem, Morrison is closing in on a return to action and pushing to be involved at Bournemouth or on the final day against Liverpool. "It’s been a really frustrating spell for me because I didn’t imagine it would take this long to get back," Morrison said speaking to the club website. "But I was desperate to play I had a little setback early on. So I’ve taken things very carefully since then to make sure I was 100 per cent recovered." Morrison came through 45-minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly unscathed last Tuesday and hopes to complete the final phase of his recovery with a return to the first team.
May 4 - 4:13 AM




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