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Championship side Wigan are close signing James McClean after Sunderland accepted an undisclosed fee for the Republic of Ireland winger.

After an impressive debut campaign in 2011-12 McClean was extremely disappointing last season and struggled to hold down a place in the side - often not making the bench. There had been reports that Paolo Di Canio was going to give him another shot for the coming season, but after in huge influx of new midfield players at the Stadium of Light it seems the 24-year old was deemed surplus to requirements. Charis Mavrias could be the man to replace him, with Sunderland linked to the young Greek winger throughout the summer.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 09:39:00 AM

Fabian Delph will miss this weekend’s Carabao Cup final following his dismissal at the DW Stadium.

The Citizens suffered only their third defeat of the season – all competitions – in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night as League One promotion hopefuls Wigan overcame the odds to book their place in the quarters-finals. City dominated possession throughout, even after they went down to 10 men, but failed to create any clear-cut chances. Delph received a straight red for a tackle on Max Power which will keep him out of the next three domestic matches. "It was an unnecessary action and the referee decided what he decided," fumed Guardiola after the game. "I'm not here to judge. It can be a red. We have to learn." The defeat extinguishes any hope of completing the quadruple while Pep will need to consider his options at left-back with Benjamin Mendy [ACL knee] still on the sidelines. Danilo is best placed deputise.
Feb 20 - 11:50 AM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed that defender Marcos Alonso is fit to face Barcelona on Tuesday.

The Spanish international has missed the last two Premier League games after suffering a hamstring injury followed by an ankle problem in training. But Alonso has been cleared to return to face Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16, a match the former Real Madrid academy product is sure to relish. However, Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is unlikely to face the defending Champions League winners. "Yes, he will be fit," Conte said in a prematch press conference. "I don’t think Bakayoko. Alonso is ready to play."
Feb 20 - 2:08 AM

Manchester United could face Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday evening with up-to eight first-team players missing.

Following his sides FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, manager Jose Mourinho explained that several squad members were forced to miss out at the Kirklees Stadium because of injury. "I brought two kids [Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes] that played 90 minutes yesterday [for the U23s] because I don’t have another player," he said. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, I think they have a chance. Paul [Pogba], I don’t know," although the latter was seen in training on Sunday. However, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will definitely miss the clash due to unspecified knocks while Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimović have not yet recovered from their respective knee injuries.
Source: Goal.com
Feb 19 - 11:47 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Tim Krul has played down the neck injury which forced him off after 45 minutes on Saturday.

The Seagulls stopper fell awkwardly in the first-half of the FA Cup clash with Coventry City which left him needing treatment. However, Krul moved quickly to allay any concerns of a serious injury with the 29-year-old poised to return to the Brighton bench next weekend. "I just stiffened up at half time. I’m a bit of robot now!" he revealed. "They have looked after it and said it was fine. It was just a bad landing." Krul was making only his fourth start since arriving from Newcastle, but despite his impressive performances in domestic cup competition, he has found it difficult to displace Aussie international Matt Ryan who joined for an undisclosed record fee in the summer. Veteran keeper Niki Mäenpää will provide back-up if Krul fails to recover in time for the game against Swansea City.
Source: The Argus
Feb 19 - 12:20 PM

Manchester United progressed into the FA Cup quarter-finals with ease with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium.

United were ahead by the third minute through striker Romelu Lukaku, who latched onto a Mata through ball after initially crating a platform for United's attack with good hold-up play. He held off Schindler and finished at the near post. Tom Ince had two good chances in the first half but failed to convert. Instead Mata thought he had doubled United's lead against the run of play but VAR swooped in to deny the strike for offside minutes later as the first half drew to a close. Lukaku doubled United's lead in the second half to complete a counter-attack by the visitors. A Huddersfield corner was defended and the Belgian broke from his own final third, supplying Sanchez and receiving the ball back in the other half, showing great composure under pressure with his shot. All eleven United players could be seen in their own half at stages, again throwing into question Mourinho's negative tactical outlook.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 19 - 3:33 AM

Brighton have secured an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Manchester United as a reward for beating League Two side Coventry City at the weekend.

Brighton started with a second string side, giving a debut to record signing Jurgen Locadia and a first start to Ulloa on his return to the south coast. Only Stephens and March were retained from their league draw with Stoke City 7 days earlier. Locadia opened up his Brighton account after just a quarter of an hour having already hit the woodwork. He finished well after some poor marking left him with a lot of space to finish a low cross from deep by Knockaert. Dale Stephens headed home in the second half to double the lead from a corner by Suttner - he seemed to be the target man for crosses by the Seagulls at set pieces. Again light marking could be blamed for Brighton's third. This time Ulloa was there to head home a Bruno cross. Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a consolation goal to give the travelling support something to cheer but Coventry couldn't mount an unlikely comeback.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 19 - 3:46 AM

Southampton beat West Brom 2-1 on Saturday to book a place in the last eight of the FA Cup and will face the winner of Manchester City's encounter with Wigan.

In a week packed with off-field turmoil for their opponents, Southampton were tested by a decent second half performance from the Baggies. They had taken a 1-0 lead into the interval courtesy of Wesley Hoedt. The centre-back was left unmarked by very poor defending for a JWP corner and calmly finished past Ben Foster. Serbia playmaker Dusan Tadic made it two on 56', completing a counter attack with a fine chip. WBA pushed on thereafter and Solomon Rondon pulled them back into the tie. Unfortunately for them they couldn't find a second to force a replay even though Hegazi did go close when he hit the bar with a volley and Rondon's follow-up was cleared off the line. Alan Pardrew could be satisfied with the commitment shown by his players in defeat, but they'll need to convert those efforts into league results soon if they are to avoid the drop.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 19 - 5:44 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has given a fitness update ahead of his side's Champions League Round of 16 first leg at Sevilla on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mourinho said that he will have to do without Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some [injury] problems." However, Mourinho is a lot more hopeful about the return of a number of players, including Paul Pogba. The Frenchman missed the FA Cup win over Huddersfield with illness but has trained since. Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia, and Ander Herrera are also likely to be fit, with Mourinho surmising that they have a "chance".
Source: @BenDinnery
Feb 19 - 5:54 AM

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has returned to full team training, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

The Manchester City forward has missed the last month-and-a-half due to a knee ligament injury, but could return as soon as Monday's FA Cup match with Wigan. "Gabriel Jesus will be in training today. It’s good news. I don't know when he'll be ready to play – the first step was to make one or two weeks of training alone – but today will be his first training for the team." If anything, the Brazilian international looks likely to face Arsenal, either in the League Cup final next Sunday or in GW28, which could mean a well-deserved break for Sergio Aguero.
Feb 18 - 1:12 AM

Everton veteran Leighton Baines has returned to team training this week in Dubai as he eyes his return from injury.

The left-back suffered a calf injury in Gameweek 13 against Southampton at the end of November and has not seen any action since Sam Allardyce took over as manager. While he still doesn't have a return date in mind, Baines said he has his eyes on being a valuable contributor to the Toffees in the last third of the season: "That will probably be determined by the fitness staff and the technical staff. Between them everything is very bespoke now and they’ll look at the numbers and see how my condition correlates to the other lads when I’m doing the same sessions as them, and obviously get my feedback as well. Hopefully I’ll be available to the manager sooner rather than later.
Feb 18 - 1:21 AM

There are growing concerns at Goodison Park that centre-back Eliaquim Mangala may have played his last game for the club.

The Manchester City defender joined Everton on a six-month loan deal in January but was forced off last weekend against Crystal Palace following an awkward fall. Although Mangala had a scan scheduled before the team flew out to a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, it’s believed that those results were inconclusive, and tests remain ongoing. However, reports do indicate that there is knee ligament damage, but the precise details and nature are currently unknown. Depending upon the severity, a tear to either collateral ligament – medial or lateral – is likely to result in 2/3 months out while a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament could keep Mangala sidelined for the remainder of 2018. Fortunately, Ramiro Funes Mori is on the comeback trail having missed the previous 11 months and following a couple of appearances for the development side, the Argentine will be back soon to help bolster the ranks.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 17 - 10:23 AM




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