Sean Dyche admits the knee injury sustained by Dean Marney at the Emirates on Sunday "is a worry" although there's no indication currently on the extent of his problem.
The Burnley midfielder landed awkwardly and hurt his right knee when he was booked for a challenge on Mesut Ozil with less than 20 minutes remaining. Marney spent more than nine months on the sidelines in 2015 after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and there are fears he may have suffered a similar fate which would effectively end his season. Only four Clarets outfield players have seen more game time than the 32-year-old in 2016/17 and Marney has become an integrate part of Sean Dyche's side. His absence could hand Joey Barton his opportunity after signing on a short-term deal earlier this month.
Southampton manager Claude Puel today discussed the possibility of signing a new defender to replace former club captain Jose Fonte.
As it stands, Yoshida and Van Dijk appear to be Puel's preferred two in the heart of defence, with Gardos and Stephens held in reserve. However, Puel has not ruled out the possibility of signing a new centre-back if the right option becomes available: "We will study possibilities to replace him... I am happy with these players and if one or two come into the squad then I think it will be important they can bring something more than the players for the moment in the squad."
Southampton youngster Josh Sims has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2020.
Sims is a product of the Southampton academy, and broke into the first team in November when they played Everton. He has gone on to make eight senior appearances for the club, including four in the Premier League. Sims, 19, also represents England at underage level. Sims' reaction was quotes on the club's website: "I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new contract with the club. I’m really happy that the club have put faith in me to offer me a new contract... I can’t really put into words how good it has been recently, but I just need to push on now and continue my progress."
Hull City have confirmed in a statement on the club's website Ryan Mason is awake and speaking about the incident which injured him in yesterday's match with Chelsea.
Mason was involved in an aerial clash of heads with Gary Cahill as he tried to clear the ball from his own box on Sunday which left him sprawled on the Stamford Bridge turf for several minutes before he could be moved safely by medics. The club also confirmed that Club Captain Michael Dawson, Club Doctor Mark Waller, Head of Medical Rob Price and Club Secretary Matt Wild all visited Mason this on Monday morning. The club also relayed the appreciation of Mason's family for all the support which has been expressed for the midfielder: 'Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours.'
Hull City have announced the surprise loan signing of Lazar Markovic from Liverpool until the end of the season.
The Serbian forward has been away from Anfield on loan in recent times. Last season he was in Turkey with Fenerbahce, while this term he has been at Sporting Lisbon. He had originally joined the Portuguese club until the end of the season but this agreement was cut short by the mutual consent of the two clubs. He played a paltry 14 times (2 goals) for Sporting and played for more than 60 minutes just once. Hull manager Marco Silva is familiar with 22 year old Markovic, who he managed for one season at Benfica before the forward moved on to Liverpool for £20 million. Markovic is best suited to playing on the right wing, but has experience in the middle of the front line too.
Sunderland face the prospect of losing Papy Djilobodji for the games against Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Everton after he was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday.
Referee Craig Pawson missed the incident at the Hawthorns, but video replays show Djilobodji raising his hands to West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher in the 86th minute which has resulted in the player being charged retrospectively. In a statement released by the FA, they said: ‘Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite officials. Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.’ Djilobodji has until 6pm GMT on Tuesday to reply to the charge but David Moyes is likely to be without his centre-back for the next four matches as he has already been sent off this season. The Black Cats could face Tottenham in game week 23 with up-to 13 players missing from their squad.
Mauricio Pochettino has played down injury fears after Toby Alderweireld was replaced midway through the second half of Saturdays draw at the Etihad.
The Tottenham manager insisted his withdrawal was "more of a precautionary measure" despite Alderweireld saying post-match that he felt as if his "hamstring was going to snap". Pochettino confirmed the Belgium centre-back felt muscular tightness "but I don’t believe it’s a big issue," those sentiments were echoed later by the player who advised "I didn’t want to risk being out for 6-7 weeks, it feels fine now". Alderweireld will be assessed over the coming days but the early signs look positive which is good news given that teammate Jan Vertonghen has been side-lined for around six weeks after damaging ankle ligaments recently. Tottenham do have options. Kevin Wimmer came in for his first league start since New Year's Day but endured a difficult opening forty-five against City while Ben Davies could be considered in a slight formational change. Victor Wanyama is able to provide defensive cover if needed, although it’s not an ideal solution.
Hull City have released a club statement confirming Ryan Mason has undergone surgery after tests reveal he sustained a fractured skull.
Mason was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill on Sunday which left him sprawled on the Stamford Bridge turf for several minutes before he could be moved safely by medics. Speaking after the game, new Hull manager Marco Silva wasn’t able to provide an update but he did confirm that Mason was being assessed in hospital. However, the club did provide further details later that evening: ‘He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days. Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.’