West Ham United are hoping to have Andy Carroll available for their next Premier League match.
Carroll missed out on the 2-2- draw with West Brom but could make his return when the Hammers face Watford on February 26th. Despite the injury, the forward traveled with the West Ham squad to Dubai for their five-day warm weather training camp last week and looks on track ahead of their trip to Vicarage Road. Speaking on Carroll's injury last week, Head of Medical and Sports Scince Stijn Vandenbroucke said: "We got Andy fit enough to face Middlesbrough and then also to face Southampton, but the West Bromwich Albion game came too quick and Andy is now working towards the Watford game." Elsewhere, Vandenbroucke revealed that fellow forward Diafra Sakho started running last week, but will need some time before he is fully recovered from back surgery.
West Ham United forward Andre Ayew believes he is now ready to play his part to close out his debut season at the London Stadium.
Ayew has been limited to 12 appearances for the Hammers, due to injuries, since his club-record move from Swansea City in the summer. Fresh off the back the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana, where he played every game and scored twice, the 27-year-old is currently building his fitness with the side who are in Dubai for some warm weather training camp ahead of their next league match at Watford. Speaking to West Ham TV, the forward said he's ready to make an impact and return to Slaven Bilic's first-team. "I’m happy to be back, getting fitter and training and hopefully be ready to go again," Ayew said. "I’m fitter and though I need a few games to get to my top still, I know football is all about confidence and we are playing well now and scoring goals. So we need to get back into that and I can join the squad and add my bit."
Cesc Fabregas and John Terry played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Fabregas and Terry have been relegated to bench roles under Antonio Conte this season, but that didn't stop them from performing up to par at Molineux Stadium. Fabregas, making his 100th Chelsea start, controlled the game with his usual accurate passing and dominated the second half on the ball. Meanwhile, Terry captained the side and lead the Blues with four successful tackles. Speaking on the out-of-favor duo after the match, Conte praised their strong performances. "It is not easy when you don’t play a lot, and John and Cesc and all the players showed me they have good form and it means they are good professionals," Conte said. "It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them."
Second-half goals from Perdo and Diego Costa were enough for Chelsea to defeat a resilient Wolverhampton Wanderers to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Antonio Conte made six changes to his squad that drew 1-1 with Burnley in their previous Premier League fixture, but it was first-team constants that made the difference. After a shaky first-half that saw Wolves come closest to scoring, the Blues responded with a confident second-half display. Perdo scored his 10th goal of the season to break the deadlock in the 64th minute, arriving at the far post to head home a stellar Willian delivery, before Diego Costa pounced on a loose ball in the area and swept home his finish to seal the match. The victory for Chelsea sets up an enticing quarter-finals affair with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, marking the 12th time the sides have met in the competition and first time since 2012/13.
Middlesbrough advanced into the FA Cup quarter-finals after a nervy 3-2 win over League One Oxford United on Saturday.
Substitute Cristhian Stuani tapped home at the back post just four minutes from time to book Middlesbrough's place in the next round, after Oxford fought back from 2-0 first half deficit. Aitor Karanka's side broke the deadlock on 26 minutes when Stewart Downing was brought down in the area and Grant Leadbitter hammered the ensuing penalty into the roof of the next, while Rudy Gestede acrobatically cracked home his first goal for Boro just eight minutes later. Despite a comfortable lead at half-time, the visitors clawed their way back with goals during a two-minute span from Harry Maguire and Toni Martinez to bring Oxford level. However, the Teesiders proved resilient as Stuani tapped in from close range on 86 minutes to avoid the shock defeat.
Claudio Ranieri confirmed after the FA Cup fifth round defeat to ten-man Millwall that January signing Molla Wague has dislocated his shoulder.
Sitting just one point and one place above the relegation zone, Ranieri made ten changes with Demarai Gray the only player to survive from last weekend’s defeat at Swansea. Leicester were hoping that a change in personnel would provide a change in fortune, and after Jake Cooper was sent off on 52 minutes, the Foxes were handed the perfect opportunity to secure their first win of 2017. But Leicester failed to breakdown their League One counterparts, and it was the home side who grabbed the only goal as the game moved into time added on. To compound matters, Mali international Wague, who was making his full debut, landed awkwardly on 67 minutes and dislocated his shoulder which was put back into place: "I don't know [how long he will be out for]," revealed Ranieri after the game.
Arsenal Under-23s lost 2-1 at Leicester on Sunday, but Danny Welbeck came through 70 minutes unscathed as he continues to build fitness.
The England international was tipped to start in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Sutton United on Monday, however, Welbeck revealed via his personal Twitter account that he won’t be risked at Gander Green Lane due to concerns over their artificial surface: ‘Glad to get 70 minutes today to build up my match fitness. Plastic pitch at Sutton isn't the best idea at the moment. #COYG’. The 26-year-old has been managed very carefully since returning to the first-team squad in January after 8 months out due to a meniscus problem in his right knee which required surgery. His four Premier League appearances, totalling a measly 42 minutes, have all come from the bench. But, Welbeck has been afforded a start in the FA Cup while in his second appearance in the same competition he served a perfect reminder of what the Arsenal fans had been missing with two-goals in the 5-0 drubbing of Southampton.
Burnley found itself on the wrong side of history in a 1-0 home loss to National League side Lincoln City.
Lincoln's victory, which came from a last-gasp match-winner in the 89th minute at the Turf Moor, made them the first non-league club to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup since 1914. Despite the crushing loss, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said the Clarets will now refocus on the Premier League following their impressive 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend: "It was a day to forget, rather than one to remember and unfortunately there is no positive today. The only thing is we played our bit part in a fairytale, but that’s not a positive and it isn’t to be swept under the carpet; it’s to be learned from...The key now is to remember that, of course it would have been nice to go through today, but the bigger picture is the league."