Roberto Martinez confirmed that midfielder James McCarthy will need a scan after limping off during the draw with AFC Bournemouth because of a suspected groin strain.
Martinez was speaking after his side were denied three-points at Dean Court by a late Junior Stanislas header deep into stoppage time, just moments after Ross Barkley had seemingly won the game for Everton. The Spaniard revealed "McCarthy over-extended his groin and couldn’t carry on. It’s a concern for us because he is not the kind of player who would come off for anything. We will assess him and make a decision about Tuesday." His withdrawal at least marked the return of Tom Cleverley for the first time since August. The former Man United midfielder has spent the last 3-months sidelined after suffering ankle ligament damage at White Hart Lane. Still no Leighton Baines for the Toffees though. The defender has been involved for the under-21s, but Martinez is not prepared to take any risks with his defender who is recovering from ankle surgery.
Heurelho Gomes travelled back with his Watford teammates on Saturday evening after the goalkeeper was given the all-clear having been stretchered off at Villa Park.
More than ten minutes of time were added as Gomes received lengthy treatment following a collision with Craig Cathcart. The defenders knee caught Gomes in the head and the veteran goalkeeper was left motionless on the Villa turf as his neck was carefully placed inside a protective brace before being carried off on a stretcher. Initial post-match reports indicated that Gomes may have been knocked unconscious with the possibility of concussion, however, a Watford official later confirmed that scan results were clear. Gomes also provided an update via social media. "Hi everyone, thanks for the messages, really appreciate. I'm much better now, my neck still very stiff, but I will be fine! On my way home!" His replacement, Giedrius Arlauskis, came on for his first Premier League appearance having signed from Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in the summer.
Manual Pellegrini was quick to allay any injury fears regarding Sergio Aguero after the Argentine limped off during Saturdays’ win over Southampton at The Etihad.
The Chilean boss confirmed that he had spoken to Aguero pre-match and had agreed to take the 27-year-old off as the club carefully manage the striker following his recent recovery from a hamstring strain. Aguero trudged gingerly to the sidelines as the returning Wilfried Bony was being prepared but Pellegrini revealed "Kun came off as a precaution. I spoke with him before the game and we said he would play 65 minutes. He has a kick in his heel, but nothing important." The player himself also responded jokingly to reporters who watched Aguero hobble to his car with no sock on his right foot. "Tomorrow," he said with a smile when asked if he would be available for next weekends’ game at The Britannia.
Bastian Schweinsteiger finally opened his account with Manchester United, scoring an equalizer at the end of the first half to help the Red Devils grab a point against Leicester City in a 1-1 final.
United should feel lucky to grab a point today. Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial provided very little threat and they would get beaten by Jamie Vardy to fall behind the Foxes. Then, just as the clock struck 45 minutes, Daley Blind whipped in a corner kick that was headed home by Schweinsteiger. That would level things and the two sides finished out the second half without finding a game winner. They haven't been convincing most of the season, but United are still in good shape table-wise, just one point off the league leaders.
Jamie Vardy scored in his 11th straight league game, breaking the Premier League record, as Leicester City played to a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Congratulations Mr. Vardy. The Leicester striker takes his deserved place in the record books and he did it against a Manchester United defense that can be tough to crack. The magical moment occurred in the 24th minute, when Christian Fuchs sprinted down the right flank and sent a perfect through ball to Vardy, who slipped through the defense and beat David de Gea with a low strike. The Foxes were a bit unlucky to come away with only a draw as they were easily the better of the two sides. Still, it is hard to do anything but respect what Leicester have done this season. The draw drops them behind Manchester City for top of the table but the club will be celebrating with a Vardy party tonight regardless.
Stoke City suffered the club's first loss of November in a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland after playing with 10 men for much of the second half due to Ryan Shawcross' sending off.
Shawcross saw his second yellow card of the afternoon in just the 50th minute after a 50/50 challenge just after the break. Stoke City did well to deal with the disadvantage, subbing on Geoff Cameron, until the last 10 minutes when Sunderland tacked on two goals thanks to Patrick Van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore. The loss broke a three-game unbeaten streak as now Shawcross will miss the next week due to his suspension. Like Saturday, Geoff Cameron is expected to fill in and regain his starting spot.
Goals from Patrick Van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore led Sunderland to victory in a 2-0 win against Stoke City that led the club out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Van Aanholt scored his first goal of the season to give Sunderland a lead the club would never relinquish in the 82nd minute after he gathered a free kick and beat Jack Butland for his first goal of the season. Then Duncan Watmore added a second minutes later to down 10-man Stoke City, who were burdened with Ryan Shawcross' sending off in the 50th minute for earning a second yellow card. With the win, Sunderland earned its third win of the season and second in a row to give the club 12 points as Sam Allardyce continues to turn around the Black Cats.
Newcastle manager Steve McClaren could be in danger of losing his job after Newcastle dropped yet another match in a 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
Newcastle has only recorded 10 points in 14 matches this season, putting them in the relegation zone in 19th place. The Magpies have only scored two goals in their last five matches with Papiss Demba Cisse adding the latest tally early against Crystal Palace. Daryl Janmaat created the goal with a beautiful chipped pass to Cisse for the lone Newcastle goal of Saturday afternoon. Cisse started in place of Alexander Mitrovic while Jack Colback returned to the lineup after an injury spell following an injury to Cheick Tiote last weekend, but it was not enough to stop Alan Pardew's men.