Aitor Karanka confirmed that Middlesbrough left-back George Friend is among the injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.
This could be a problem for Boro this weekend as regular right-back Anotonio Barragan has been ruled out and Calum Chambers is also in doubt with a foot injury. On the trio, Karanka said: "We are not 100 per cent with George, Barragan, Calum, and I think the rest are all fit. These three are our concerns." Since neither Friend or Chambers trained this week, this leaves Fabio is the only fit full-back. Given the lack of positional depth, Karanka could be forced to use Ben Gibson or Daniel Ayala at full-back. However, the manager spoke calmly about the injury dilemma: "All of them are full-backs. When something like thinks happens it is not just one, I am calm because we have alternatives."
Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed a trio of key players have returned to training after dealing with a series of minor injuries.
Midfielders James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas missed the club's scoreless draw with Middlesbrough in Week 25 while star forward Romelu Lukaku was left out of the club's warm-weather trip to Dubai in order to recover from a calf injury. But the trio has returned to full training and look set to take part in the weekend match with Sunderland: "Romelu had a little calf problem but has been back in training for the last three days. James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas have also trained with the group this week."
Aitor Karanka has revealed Middlesbrough have full-back problems ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.
Middlesbrough are in need of win to separate themselves from the relegation zone but could be shorthanded at full-back this weekend, as Calum Chambers and George Friend will need to pass late fitness tests in order to feature against at Selhurst Park. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Karanka said: "Antonio Barragan is out, and we are not 100% with George Friend and Calum Chambers - they are not training with the team so we need to check." While Chambers and Friend would normally be possible replacements for Barragan, Karanka could be forced to shift Ben Gibson to a wide role if the duo is ruled out.
The dramatic fall of title-defenders Leicester City has resulted in the firing of manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday night.
Less than 300 days ago, Ranieri was lifting the Premier League trophy in an improbable end to an seemingly impossible season. Now the club will look to replace the FIFA Coach of the Year with just 13 games remaining and one point away from dropping into the relegation zone. Said Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha: "This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be...But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games."
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney officially put to rest all of the speculation over a move to China.
The United captain has been linked with heavy interest from the Chinese Super League with his agent even engaging in talks with Tianjin Quanjian over a potential move this month that would have made him the highest-paid player in the world. But Rooney released a statement confirming he will not be going anywhere this month despite limited playing time under manager Jose Mourinho: "Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United," declared the Reds' record goalscorer. I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts. It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it."
Diego Costa will look to extend his exceptional scoring record against Swansea City this weekend.
Costa has scored 15 goals this season, and boasts an impressive track record against Swansea City. After scoring a hat trick in his appearance against the Swans, Costa has scored seven goals in just four matches, including a brace when the sides drew earlier this season. In short, despite a three-match scoring drought, Costa should remain a top play in all formats of fantasy.
Jamie Vardy's scored a vital away goal to give Leicester City a chance at qualifying for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, despite a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday night.
Claudio Ranieri's side managed just 33 percent of possession and two shots on target at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but keep their UEFA Champions League hopes alive thanks to Jamie Vardy. Despite a two-goal deficit with 17 minutes to go, Vardy showed his class as he finished a low cross from Daniel Drinkwater to secure the all-important away goal. The goal has given Leicester a lifeline going into the return leg and ended Vardy's nine-match drought ahead of Monday's pivotal Premier League fixture against Liverpool. While last season's top scorer has scored just five league goals in 22 appearances this season, he did score a brace when Liverpool traveled to the King Power Stadium last campaign.
Michael Carrick is expected to miss the EFL Cup final at Wembley after he was forced off with a calf injury in France.
Carrick was named in the starting XI for Manchester United’s Europa League second leg tie versus Saint-Etienne, but the 35-year-old only lasted an hour before a calf problem ended his evening. Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho defended his line-up: "You can get hurt when you leave your house, you never know when or where." Mourinho will consider his options ahead of Sunday, but Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger are two potential replacements. United could also be without Mkhitaryan who limped off with a hamstring injury: "I think Henrikh and Michael are both out," said Mourinho. "But, this is based on my experience, not on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow."