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Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini from European giants Juventus.

Attacking midfielder Giaccherini has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light for a £6.5million fee, which is a bargain, and will allow home-sick Stephane Sessegnon to leave. Giaccherini is Sunderland's 9th signing of the summer following El Hadji Ba, Vito Mannone, Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Jozy Altidore, Duncan Watmore and David Moberg Karlsson.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Sean Dyche confirmed in his press conference leading up to Burnley's match against Bournemouth this weekend that Tom Heaton should be in contention.

Heaton has missed the past two league games with a calf injury but it sounds as though, barring a setback, the first choice keeper will be back between the sticks versus the Cherries on Saturday. Veteran Paul Robinson has been starting in Heaton's place and, while showing himself well against the Citizens two weekends ago, he looked a bit shaky against Stoke this past weekend, so Heaton's return would be a welcome one both for Burnley and for many fantasy managers.
Dec 9 - 1:09 AM

Bob Bradley announced that he has a fully fit squad as Swansea City prepare to take on Sunderland this weekend with the exception of Federico Fernandez and Ki Sung-yueng who are both out with a broken toe.

There are not many positive vibes coming out of South Wales these days as the Swans are coming off another lopsided loss where they were the vastly inferior opponent. Bradley has just one win at the helm, and that was a wacky 5-4 result against Crystal Palace. Ki has missed time through injury already and has only made five starts in Swansea's fourteen league games thus far while Fernandez has started just three of Bradley's seven games in charge. With Mike van der Hoorn and Jordi Amat the center back partnership that allowed Spurs to score five goals last week, there's a good chance one will drop for Alfie Mawson, but there is little to be excited about for fantasy purposes and perhaps even less excitement for Swansea supporters at present time.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 9 - 1:23 AM

Southampton failed to beat Hapoel Beer Sheva and knocked themselves out of the Europa League in doing so tonight at St Mary's.

Southampton needed a win or 0-0 draw to go through to the knock-out rounds of the competition and played for the latter option for the vast majority of the game. They successfully limited the Israeli outfit beyond the 75th minute without a shot on target before Maor Buzaglo scored for the visitors from the edge of the box. Earlier in the match, Southampton's chances were too limited by their compact defensive style with their only efforts of note being a Redmond curler which was batted away and a wide Van Dijk header. As they chanced the game in the dying moments, seeking two goals desperately, the Dutch centre-back did score with a prod in stoppage time but it was too little, too late. To compound Claude Puel's bothers, Charlie Austin was also forced off in the first half with a shoulder injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 8 - 6:39 PM

Southampton talisman Charlie Austin was forced off in the first half of their 1-1 Europa League draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva with a shoulder injury.

Doubts are now being cast over the Englishman's ability to play in this weekend's Premier League encounter with Middlesbrough. Austin has been Southampton's main provider of goals this term, supplying nine. That's three times more than their second best goalscorer, Nathan Redmond, on three. Their over-reliance on Austin has been to their detriment already this season and now that issue is going to raise itself again. More should be known about about Austin's issue by press conference time on Friday but it can probably be assumed he is out of GW15 and maybe beyond.
Dec 8 - 6:48 PM

One of Arsenal's two biggest injury concerns could be alleviated with Hector Bellerin pushing for a Week 15 return against Stoke City.

While the Gunners haven't lost in a competition where they fielded their first team since Bellerin went out in early November, they will be excited to get their superstar right back in the line-up soon. With Carl Jenkinson failing to re-establish himself and Gabriel a questionable fit at right back, Bellerin's return will be welcomed, especially as the fixtures start coming fast and furious in late December/early January. If Bellerin doesn't pass his fitness test for Saturday then expect him back in mid-week at Goodison Park on Tuesday.
Source: arsenal.com
Dec 8 - 5:52 PM

Diego Costa, Pedro and David Luiz are all just one yellow card away from a one-match ban due to card accumulation.

Be aware if you have one (or more) of the starting trio, who are all sitting on four yellow cards at the moment, in your team as Chelsea still have five Premier League games before the December 31 cut-off, meaning the quota extends to 10 yellow cards by April starting on New Year's Day. Make sure to plan accordingly by adding depth to your squad during the festive period to ensure that you're not caught without a backup in case of a yellow card, not to mention the squad rotation expected to take place throughout the Premier League during the packed fixture list.
Dec 8 - 5:58 PM

Seamus Coleman is expected to be in the Everton lineup against Watford this weekend, according to Ronald Koeman.

The right-back only just returned to training on Thursday after sustaining a knock that saw him leave the club's 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday. But Koeman said the Irish international came through training without an issue and is set to be available for the weekend:"Seamus is okay. He did a normal first training session today. In the beginning of the week he still had some pain but it looks positive. Normally I’d expect him to be available for the match."
Dec 8 - 5:31 PM

Arsenal center-back Per Mertesacker said he is hoping to return to match action early in the New Year following knee surgery.

Mertesacker suffered a knee injury in July in a preseason friendly that required surgery, which has kept him out for nearly six months now. But the veteran defender is nearing a return which the New Year on the horizon. Said Mertesacker: "I'm able to run now, painless, and it's what it's all about. When you are able to run again after such a long time it makes you feel happy. I'm hopeful that I can join the team properly and be available to the team next year. That's my resolution. I want to be back on the pitch and with the ball."
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 8 - 5:46 PM

Leicester City ended their Champions League group phase on a sour note after they were thumped 5-0 by FC Porto, the heaviest defeat for an English side in the competitions history.

In a much-changed Foxes line-up, only captain Wes Morgan kept his place in the XI from the loss on Wearside four days earlier. Having already qualified for the knockout phase, Claudio Ranieri saw this game as an opportunity "to see something different" and to give those players on the fringe of the first team an opportunity to prove their worth, but some "missed their chance." Danny Drinkwater came in for his first game in a fortnight, the midfielder is currently serving a three-game domestic ban, but the sight of him limping off with a knee injury after 76 minutes is a concern although Ranieri played down fears post-match: "It doesn't look serious," he said. "He is suspended for Saturday anyway, but he should be ok."
Dec 8 - 5:00 AM

Dusan Tadic is closing in on a return to action after missing almost a month due to a broken nose.

The Serbian attacker was injured while representing his country in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in November. Despite his initial optimism that he would play in a mask [versus Liverpool] just a week later, Tadic has missed Southampton’s last five matches. But, after re-joining the group, Claude Puel will consider Tadic for their Europa League contest with Hapoel Be’er Sheva: "He has come back into the training sessions for a few days and we will see if he can come back into the group for Thursday's game, or perhaps for Sunday. I don't know at the moment. It's important he continues to work, because he had three weeks without training sessions. It's a long time and it's important he can come back with a good physical level to help the team." Matt Targett and Alex McCarthy [both hamstring] remain on the sidelines.
Dec 8 - 5:31 AM

After almost two months on the sidelines with an injured knee, Toby Alderweireld made his return to action last night in Tottenham's final Champions League group stage match.

While Tottenham put together a disappointing Champions League campaign, they ended on a positive note with a win last night that gives them a spot in the knockout stage of the Europa League and, in the 68th minute, ALderweireld was brought into the match for his first taste of action in nearly two months. Perhaps his pitch time and some training over the next couple of days will give him enough fitness to start for Spurs this weekend when they face Manchester United. Tottenham's entire preferred back line is healthy now and it couldn't have come at a better time as they enter a congested festive period. They should continue to be one of the tougher defenses in the league.
Source: The Guardian
Dec 8 - 12:07 AM




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