Steve Bruce has indicated that Abel Hernandez may be fit to play a role against Newcastle in Saturday's early kick-off.
Hernandez had initially been ruled out for four to six weeks taking his lay-off well into February but apparently he has recovered faster than expected and might be fit enough to play a part on Saturday. Hull City certainly need the goals if Hernandez can get fit but it is no sure thing. For fantasy managers trying to figure out your strategy, you may have time to add Hernandez in salary cap leagues before the transfer deadline expires because this is the first match of the weekend. Regardless, he is only a fringe starter to be considered if he is particularly cheap and playing weak opposition.
Steve Bruce's striker crisis could be easing a little earlier than expected with the news that both Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez could return earlier than expected this week.
Both Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez were ruled out for 4 to 6 weeks in early January but today comes news that both are close to being fit enough and could participate in Hull City's Week 23 match against Newcastle at the KC Stadium. Hull City have been in rotten form but the visit of struggling Newcastle represents an opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone. Bruce will probably push as hard as he can to get both forwards cleared for action.
After protesting that any move might be happening, Wolfsburg appear to be on the verge of signing Andre Schurrle on a permanent deal.
With Juan Cuadrado reportedly about to finalize his move from Fiorentina to Chelsea, the Blues had to find a way to balance the financial books. Their answer appears to be the long-rumored sale of out-of-favor winger Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg. The German club have been denying that a move would happen for days but kicker is reporting that the move is now imminent.
The Press Association is reporting that Scott Sinclair's long-rumored loan move to Aston Villa is on and will be completed in the next 24 hours.
The move has been the definition of on-again-off-again but it appears that good sense will prevail in the form of a move that appears to benefit all parties. Sinclair hasn't played much since his move the Manchester City and Aston Villa need somebody, anybody, who can help them score a few more goals. Sounds like a match made in heaven to us. Maybe Villa's matches will be something closer to watchable as a result. It certainly takes Sinclair's value from zero to at least something in the same way that Joleon Lescott's move from City to West Brom did for Lescott.
Swansea have agreed to terms with Southampton for the purchase of defensive midfielder Jack Cork.
More shrewd and probably wise dealings from the brass at the Liberty Stadium as they were able to acquire Cork for a discount as his contract with the Saints was to run out this summer. Cork was always battling for pitch time but found himself third in the pecking order behind Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama. He should eventually unseat veteran Leon Britton to partner Ki Sung-Yueng in the double pivot behind Gylfi Sigurdsson. Southampton actually host Swansea on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see if Cork will be available or if Southie may make the deal with the caveat that Cork can not be used against them on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers had some very positive things to say regarding the return of Daniel Sturridge to his XI.
According to the boss, "He has looked outstanding in training. He looks in top class condition." That quote should give fantasy managers reason to watch carefully this weekend to see if the striker can make the bench. If he does, then he looks poised to start Week 24, perfect timing as the Reds travel crosstown to Goodison Park for the reverse fixture of this year's Merseyside derby. With a few days left in the transfer window, perhaps now would be a good time to cut losses on Mario Balotelli.
Paul Dummett has been formally ruled out of action for Newcastle United when they face Hull City on Saturday.
Tough break for anyone looking at Dummett as a sneaky bargain pick against an abysmal Tigers attack. There is no timetable regarding his hamstring to accompany the news of his absence this weekend but one would expect that to mean he will be in contention to return next weekend. Meanwhile, Davide Santon is fit again and will be pushing for his first league start of the season.
ESPNFC.com is reporting that Chelsea will land transfer target Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina with Mohamed Salah headed in the opposite direction.
Reports of Cuadrado's arrival had been making their rounds for a couple weeks without ever feeling like they were going anywhere but that changed Thursday as club sources told ESPNFC.com that the move would happen in the next 48 hours. Cuadrado will replace the disappointing combination of Salah and Andre Schurrle who have both been in Jose Mourinho's doghouse this season. The arrival of Cuadrado may force Chelsea to sell Schurrle sooner rather than later to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.