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Bakary Sako is closing in on a return to action after the Crystal Palace winger confirmed he is back on the training pitches following a muscle strain.

Injuries have limited Sako to just four substitute appearances in the league, and while the Africa Cup of Nations was seen as the ideal opportunity for the former Wolves player to regain his match fitness, the 28-year-old returned from the tournament with yet another hamstring problem. But, Sako is hoping to be involved over the coming weeks after stepping up his recovery. The winger posted an update for his followers via Instagram: ‘Glad to back’ accompanied by a picture of him training. Palace currently occupy one of the relegation places and the return of Sako will help boost Sam Allardyce’s attacking options with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha struggling for form.
Mar 1 - 1:25 PM

Hull City have been rocked by the news that Dieumerci Mbokani has been sidelined for up-to six weeks after suffering a hamstring strain during Saturdays 1-1 draw with Burnley.

The DR Congo striker has struggled to settle since his arrival on-loan from Dynamo Kiev in the summer. Injury, suspension and recently his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations has restricted Mbokani to only 10 appearances [8 starts] while the 31-year-old is yet to score for the Tigers. This latest setback is likely keep Mbokani out until April, and with several players already sidelined, the injury couldn’t have arrived at a worse time with Hull battling to remain in the top flight. Will Keane [ACL] has already been ruled out for the season which means attacking responsibilities could fall to either Abel Hernandez, who was introduced from the bench last weekend having just recovered from his own hamstring injury, or Everton loanee Oumar Niasse who joined in January.
Mar 1 - 1:03 PM

Slaven Bilic could be tempted to start Andre Ayew against Chelsea as West Ham United will be without Michail Antonio through suspension.

While Ayew has been limited to 13 appearances due to injuries this season, the club-record £20.5million signing came off the bench to score the equalizer as the Hammers drew 1-1 with Watford at the weekend. After a successful substitute cameo on his first appearance since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Ayew appears to be in line for a start with Michail Antonio unavailable for next Monday's clash with Chelsea. The absence of Antonio does however look set to coincide with the return of Andy Carroll, which would give Bilic the option play Ayew as secondary striker behind Carroll.
Source: ESPN FC
Feb 28 - 8:40 PM

West Ham United have reportedly turned down three offers for Andy Carroll from Chinese Super League clubs.

Sky Sports is reporting that Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng were all serious suitors ahead of Chinese transfer window deadline on Tuesday, but the Hammers have told them Carroll is not for sale. Despite the string of injuries the forward has suffer since joining West Ham permanently from Liverpool for a fee of £17.5m in 2013, it does not come as a surprise the club resisted the lure of the reported lucrative offers. The 28-year-old has been limited to 12 appearances this season but has been the main man when healthy, having scored six goals with four coming in his last for matches. Although currently sidelined with a groin problem, Carroll appears to be winning the race to recovery in time for Monday's clash with Chelsea.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 28 - 6:33 PM

Wilfred Ndidi may have just a handful of Premier League appearances under his belt but the Leicester City midfielder showed N'Golo Kante-esque potential against Liverpool.

On Monday, Ndidi put in a performance that validated his €17 million move from KRC Genk to the King Power Stadium. The 20-year-old shined as he won seven aerials, dispatched six clearances and made nine tackles - more than any other player on the pitch. While this was by far the Nigerian's most noteworthy performance given the 3-1 victory, the Kante-esque statistical product has been seen in each of his appearances since signing with Leicester in January. In six leagues matches, Ndidi has averaged 4.2 tackles, 4.2 clearances and 43.7 passes per match. It might be early to draw a like-for-like comparison, however, he's demonstrated the potential to fill the void left by Kante's summer departure to Chelsea.
Feb 28 - 6:12 PM

Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic said he has no hard feelings over a failed move to Bournemouth last month.

The club reportedly accepted a £12 million bid from Bournemouth in the winter transfer window, but would only let the Bosnian international leave if a replacement could be found to back up Thibaut Courtois. Despite not playing a single minute in the Premier League this season, Begovic said his focus is on winning a title at the club: "It’s no problem. I’ve been around the block so I have experience. If the club count on me and want me to stay here, I will stay and that was obviously the case [last month]. I’m happy with that and hopefully I will lift a couple of trophies at the end of the season."
Feb 28 - 5:04 PM

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes gave a positive update over the injury status of goalkeeper Jack Butland.

The starting goalkeeper has missed the last 11 months after suffering a fractured ankle while on England duty last March. Since, Butland has suffered multiple setbacks that has seen him in and out of training but never back in the Potters' first team. But Hughes said Butland is closing in on a return in the next couple weeks after coming through his rehabilitation without a setback: "He could well be an option in mid-March. The feeling is he’ll be back very soon. He’ll be meeting his consultant in a week or two, that’s when he’ll hopefully be given the green light in terms of full integration. Once he gets that it will be a couple of weeks more maybe when he’ll be available for selection."
Source: The Mirror
Feb 28 - 4:55 PM

Christian Fuchs paid tribute to the Blue Army after Leicester City surged to an all-important 3-1 victory over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

The ex-Austria international was among the top performers on a momentous night for the Foxes. Fuchs won seven tackles, put in two crosses and assisted on Jamie Vardy's second goal as the home side roared to victory in front of their home fans. Speaking to LCFC TV after the match, the left-back hailed Leicester's performance and the club's supporters amid the difficult circumstances: "These fans behind us cheered every action that we did, whenever we won a tackle we fired them up, they were a great support today. You saw the Leicester of last season and we will try to build upon this game," he said. Fuchs also touched on the importance of replicating the intensity shown moving forward. "Every match for us is a final. We can build up on this game and we’re looking forward to the next one," the 30-year-old added.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 28 - 4:54 PM

Burnley received a mixed bag of team news in manager Sean Dyche's latest injury update following the weekend.

The club was without winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson and midfielders Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick for the 1-1 draw against Hull City on Saturday. However, Hendrick will return this weekend to face Swansea City after serving a three-match ban for a red card. However, Dyche said he doubted Gudmundsson would return while remaining hopeful for Defour: "Not Johann, maybe, but I doubt it. Steven has an outside chance, we’ll see how he does this week. He’s back out on the grass and active."
Source: Club Call
Feb 28 - 4:48 PM

Jonny Evans started in Albion's Week 26 win over Bournemouth but it may not be a permanent move given the circumstances.

It appears that Jonny Evans' start was a direct result of the unexpected late injury to Matt Phillips. Chris Brunt moved up from full back to midfield to fill in for Phillips opening up a spot for Evans to come into the line-up. Tony Pulis seems to be focused on a more attacking line-up featuring Brunt at the back and Phillips in midfield when both are healthy. Pulis may adjust his attacking bent based on the opponent but Brunt and Ayew seem to be starters in his typical starting eleven these days with Evans likely a reserve.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 28 - 1:34 PM

Manchester United's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he'll "see what happens" with regards to extending his stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

The 35 year old Swede arrived at Old Trafford during the summer window on a one season deal, but his prolific record this season has led to United manager Jose Mourinho wishing to keep him for a further year. Mourinho jokingly encouraged fans to go to the forward's home to get him to stay, but stated that he will not beg a player to sign a contract. Ibra did speak about his strong bond with the manager, as well as his kids' love for United. Ibrahimovic leads United's scoring books this term having scored 26 goals in 38 games. Juan Mata is second best with just over a third of that tally (9).
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 28 - 7:19 AM

Manchester United's 24 year old midfielder Jesse Lingard scored United's second as they overcame Southampton 3-2 in a thrilling EFL Cup final.

On Sunday, he became only the third player to score in a League Cup final, FA Cup final and Community shield at the hallowed Wembley Stadium which highlights his big game pedigree in spite of his "class clown" reputation. However, the fact that his three consecutive Wembley goals constitute 30% of all his goals in red perhaps explains why people doubt him. However, it's unfair to compare Lingard to Mkhitaryan, who he replaced in the starting line-up, as the Englishman's role in the team is far more defensive than the Armenian or teammate Juan Mata. Mourinho did not deploy him in the final just to attack, he also pressed Oriol Romeu continuously, earning himself a caution and final warning but ultimately the ploy worked well. His manager was clearly satisfied, as he sacrificed Juan Mata to facilitate a half-time tactical switch as opposed to Lingard.
Feb 28 - 6:41 AM

Tony Pulis expects Craig Dawson to be okay for the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend despite the centre-back being knocked out cold on Saturday.

Dawson was poleaxed following a sickening clash of heads with Tyrone Mings, but the Baggies boss was able to provide a positive update after his sides 2-1 win over Bournemouth and laughed off any suggestion that the 26-year-old had suffered a serious injury: "He’s got absolutely slaughtered in the dressing room after the game," Pulis said. "He’s got a little bump on the side of his head so he’s got hammered by the players." Those sentiments were echoed by teammate Chris Brunt who added "what goes around comes around" implying Dawson has dished out his fair share of injuries in the past. "If there’s a chance to go and put his head on something he will always do it and sometimes you come off a bit worse for wear."
Feb 28 - 4:37 AM

Jürgen Klopp says "it looks like" Jordan Henderson will miss this weekends’ clash with Arsenal at Anfield.

There were rumours during the build-up to the Leicester game that Henderson had broken a bone in his foot following a training ground challenge with Leiva when the skipper failed to travel to the King Power. However, tests and a scan revealed the 26-year-old, who has been plagued with ongoing foot and Achilles problems, had sustained heavy bruising which would keep him out for between 7-14 days. Speaking after the 3-1 loss to Leicester, Klopp suggested Henderson is a major doubt for Saturday: "It looks like he will not be ready for Arsenal," he said. "That's how it looks but I'm not sure, we will see." Emre Can came in for his first Premier League start in three weeks and it was his pass to Philippe Coutinho which helped to reduce the deficit late on for Liverpool.
Feb 28 - 4:14 AM

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic expects Andy Caroll to be fit for next Monday's clash with Chelsea.

Carroll has scored four goals in his last four appearances but missed the last two games with a groin injury. Speaking on Carroll's injury, Bilic was optimistic over the chances of his star striker making fitness ahead of the clash with the league-leaders. "The guys from the medical department have told me he's going to start training Tuesday or Wednesday," Bilic said. "Then hopefully four or five days of training, that is always enough for Andy to shine in the next game. So hopefully he is going to be able to play against Chelsea."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 27 - 6:19 PM




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