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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

Tottenham were quickly eliminated from Champions League competition this season but a 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow in their final group match earns Spurs a place in the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Despite a major disappointment in this year's Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino made it pretty clear that his aspirations for a European trophy have not waned as he named a very strong XI against CSKA. What he got was Spurs most positive performance in their group stage and the club finally found success at Wembley Stadium. Dele Alli was at the center of the action for most of the evening and scored the equalizing goal on 38 minutes after CSKA has opened the scoring five minutes earlier. Harry Kane kept his consistent scoring up with the go-ahead strike just before halftime. The match was put out of reach as CSKA's keeper was the culprit in an own goal that came when Alli headed the ball on target. Perhaps the most important event of the evening, Toby Alderweireld made his first appearance back from injury as a second half substitute.
Source: The Guardian
Dec 7 - 11:59 PM

Raheem Sterling could come back into contention at Leicester City on Saturday after missing the last two games because of injury.

The 21-year-old sustained a kick to the knee at Turf Moor in game week 13, and despite training ahead of the clash with Chelsea, Sterling was not 100 percent and Pep decided to err on the side of caution. But, speaking after the 1-1 draw with Celtic, Guardiola revealed Sterling was "much better," and although he was not ready for the Champions League tie, he could return this weekend. The Citizens have three games over the next 8 days, and given the depth of Guardiola’s squad, plus his penchant for rotation, no-one is guaranteed a starting place and Sterling may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Dec 7 - 10:00 AM

Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare said he does not know whether he will be able to make a full return from injuries sustained in a car accident.

The fullback was involved in a serious wreck in September that left him with a broken thighbone and a fractured jaw. Intially, manager Alan Pardew said the defender would miss around six months, but Souare said he is taking his recovery by the day and doesn't know fully whether he can return: "I don't know about my injury. I don't know if I can get back or not. I just put everything in the hands of God and we will see. "I got my leg broke, and my jaw, and I couldn't eat for the first month, but now I can eat, I can try to eat a little bit. The thing about my leg, it's getting there. I'm trying to do the work to make it stronger with the physio at the club."
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 7 - 8:12 AM

Southampton defender Jose Fonte set the record straight regarding talk of his future at the club and a rumored contract standoff.

Speculation over his future at the club with his current contract due up in the summer of 2018 was confirmed when the Saints captain confirmed he did no reject a new contract, because there wasn't an offer to begin with: "There's no contract on the table. There was in the summer, they offered me a pay rise. They didn't offer me a new contract. They offered me a pay rise which I'm entitled to discuss with my agent and entitled to say no to as well. I'm entitled to have my own opinion, so apart from that that's it." Everton and Manchester United have been linked in recent weeks with a transfer in the upcoming two windows looking very likely.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 7 - 8:06 AM

Hull City will have to continue to skimp by at the forward position with Abel Hernandez set for hernia surgery.

The striker was set to return this week from a groin injury that has kept him out for the last month, but Hull City manager Mike Phelan confirmed Hernandez will need a minor operation to repair a hernia: "Abel will be out for three weeks. He has recovered from the groin problem but he needs a hernia operation and he’ll have that this week." Without Hernandez and Will Keane, who is ruled out for the season, Phelan can't even turn to the first team's only fit striker as Dieumerci Mbokani is serving a three-match ban for violent conduct, which means Adama Diomande looks to be the club's only option for the next two matches.
Dec 7 - 7:57 AM

Lucas Perez scored a hat trick within 47 minutes and the Gunners topped their group as PSG could only draw with Ludogorets in Paris as Group A play concluded on Tuesday.

It didn't look like Arsenal had much of a chance to win their group with PSG hosting their final group stage match against a Ludogorets team that Arsenal thrashed at the Emirates. The Bulgarian side did them a favor and drew 2-2 with the Ligue Un champions. Arsenal took advantage of the situation with an easy win against Basel who looked a step slow all night. Lucas Perez got the first three and then Alex Iwobi finished the scoring for the Gunners who top their Champions League group for the first time since the 2011/12 campaign.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 6 - 4:51 PM

Vincent Janssen will miss Wednesdays Champions League encounter with CSKA Moscow at Wembley Stadium because of injury.

The summer acquisition from Dutch outfit AZ was not part of the side which romped to a 5-0 victory over Swansea after sustaining an ankle injury during the build-up to game week 14. There has been no official update from the club to confirm how serious the problem is, but speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, Mauricio Pochettino once again revealed Janssen would be absent from the squad. Toby Aldeweireld is expected to make his long-awaited return, but even though Ben Davies is back in training, the game will come too soon for the Wales international. A hip injury rules Erik Lamela out, although the Argentine would not be available anyway after he returned to his homeland because of a "problem with his brother".
Dec 6 - 4:25 PM

Liverpool have received a double injury boost as Joel Matip and Sadio Mane trained with the first team on Tuesday.

Matip missed Sundays 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth after picking up an ankle injury during the home win over Sunderland in game week thirteen. The absence of the Cameroonian defender handed Lucas Leiva his third Premier League start of the season, but despite a decent performance, Jürgen Klopp will be glad to have Matip back amongst the ranks. Matip has been the pick of the Liverpool back four this season and from his 11 Premier League appearances, the 25-year-old is yet to taste defeat [8 wins and three-draws]. The Reds have travelled to Barcelona for warm weather training, and the group included Mane who picked up a knock at the Viatality. However, Daniel Sturridge remains a doubt ahead of the West Ham game as he continues his recovery from a calf injury. The England international did not travel with the rest of his teammates and will carry on his rehab at the clubs training ground [Melwood].
Source: Daily Post
Dec 6 - 4:03 PM

Nathan Ake insists that he would rather finish out the season on loan at Bournemouth from Chelsea rather than be recalled.

The young Dutchman has grabbed his opportunity to break into the Cherries first team in recent weeks due to an injury to Charlie Daniels at cleft back and because of Adam Smith's suspension a few weeks ago at right back. He has scored twice in three league games, the memorable late winner last weekend against Liverpool and the decider in the 1-0 win over Stoke. His recent goals tripled his PL tally, having notched up one during his loan spell at Watford last season too.
Dec 6 - 1:59 PM

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has eased fears that the club could lose playmaker Jack Wilshere back to Arsenal in January in a recall as part of the loan agreement between the teams.

After the news about Santi Cazorla's lengthy layoff until March emerged, heads of many swivelled to the England midfielder rebuilding his career on the south coast. Wilshere has played well for the Cherries this term, usually in an attacking midfielder role however he is yet to find the net. He is the team leader in terms of shot assists on 18 but is yet to register an assist either.
Dec 6 - 1:50 PM

Manchester United's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be charged by the FA after catching Everton full-back Seamus Coleman with a boot to the head on Sunday.

Republic of Ireland international Coleman had to be substituted soon after the incident which match referee Michael Oliver saw according to his match report. Because Oliver saw no need to take action, the FA will not be investigating the matter further. Zlatan will be available for the Gameweek 15 clash with Spurs.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 6 - 1:35 PM

Southampton's England Under 21 full back has signed a new contract with the club to keep him there until 2021.

The news caps off a fine year for McQueen, who made his Premier League debut to acclaim in October against Burnley and first senior start against Inter Milan at the San Siro in the same week. McQueen has 5 PL appearances in all this season, most coming off the bench as a replacement for attackers as the Saints close out games. He has started each of their last 3 Europa League games too as Claude Puel heavily rotates his squad who have as yet not been eliminated from any cup competition.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 6 - 1:31 PM

Southampton's long-serving centre-back Jose Fonte has been given permission to leave the club in the January transfer window.

Fonte, who arrived at the club in 2010 from Crystal Palace has failed to reach an agreement to sign a new contract after negotiations opened in the summer. His Euro 2016 winning performances with Portugal and PL consistency attracted interest from the likes of Man Utd and Everton in the summer but both parties persisted with trying to agree new terms on his current deal which runs for another 18 months. Reports in Portugal state that Southampton will accept offers in excess of £5m for Fonte. Leading the charge in rumours are Man Utd, as they previously expressed interest and Mourinho shares the same agant, Jorge Mendes, with the 32 year old.
Source: The Guardian
Dec 6 - 1:19 PM

Hull City centre-back Curtis Davies has pleaded for reinforcements in the January transfer window to save the Tigers from the drop.

Hull now sit 19th in the league table, just above Swansea, after a poor patch of form which has included 8 defeats in ten league games. Their defeat to Middlesbrough was one of the most dour affairs of the season, with Hull only mustering up 2 shots on target and 39% possession at the Riverside in the 1-0 loss. They held off and stayed in their own half for most of the game, seemingly looking for a draw from the first whistle. Davies and Dawson were commanding and strong in defence throughout the game, ensuring that only Ramirez's moment of quality decided the tie. However going forward, Hull had no ability to hold possession and couldn't create anything of note until their late rally. Hull's first shot on target came in the 92nd minute -that's how subdued the Tigers were. Davies needs knows that the Hull squad enters the festive period paper-thin, he says they need to add to their 3 deadline day acquisitions in August in order to survive.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 6 - 1:10 PM



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