Team News - Week 8

Team News - Week 8
All the starting XI's, substitutes and lineup changes for Week 8 in the Premier League can be found here, updated as news is released.
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Newcastle defender Paul Dummett gave the club a boost in defense by returning to training this week.

The oft-injured Magpies veteran has missed the last two Premier League games due to a hamstring injury but is expected to return to the 18-man squad ahead of this weekend's match against Brighton. Newcastle is still searching for their first win of the season as they sit second bottom on just two points through eight matches. But Dummett's return would provide a much-needed presence on the back-line after conceding five goals in the last two games, with Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark filling in for the Welshman. But a remarkably light schedule through Boxing Day provides a make-or-break opportunity for Rafa Benitez and company.
Oct 15 - 9:38 PM

Netherlands national team manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that Virgil van Dijk is fit despite leaving the team.

The former Everton coach said there was a previous agreement with Liverpool to allow Van Dijk to play against Germany before being sent back to the club to rest after playing through the pain of a niggling rib injury. It comes as welcomed news to Liverpool fans as Sadio Mane's status is up in the air after suffering a broken thumb while Mohamed Salah has also suffered an injury during the international break. Said Koeman: [Van Dijk] "He's back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week. He's taken a rest. He spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool. He is ready to play next weekend."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 15 - 9:31 PM

Victor Wanyama is expected to be available for Tottenham this weekend despite limping off for Kenya on Sunday.

The Spurs powerhouse has endured a poor start to the season – just three substitute appearances – after suffering a setback while on the clubs US tour. Wanyama aggravated a longstanding cartilage problem in his knee, the same one [left] which had hampered his involvement during the first half of 2017/18. The injury means Wanyama is not yet fully match fit, a likely contributing factor to his injury in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia. He was replaced because of a hamstring related problem in the 73rd minute having not played a full match since May. However, Wanyama’s withdrawal appears to be more of a precaution and the 27-year-old should be okay to face London-rivals West Ham United. Mauricio Pochettino is also hoping to have Christian Eriksen [abdominal] back amongst the ranks after missing the last four games while Mousa Dembele could overcome the thigh issue which kept him out of Belgium’s recent internationals.
Oct 15 - 5:52 PM

Huddersfield Town midfielder Ramadan Sobhi says his knee is "fine" after being sidelined for the majority of the season thus far.

The Egypt international has made just one appearance for Huddersfield since arriving from Stoke City for £5.7m this summer, coming off the bench in the lopsided defeat to Manchester City in August. However, the 21-year-old is confident he is ready to return to action after overcoming a knee injury over the international break. "I am fine," he told HTTV. "In first training today. I am happy. I ran today. I am happy my knee is good now. Everything is okay." Once entirely fit, Sohbi will compete with Rajiv van La Parra, Adama Diakhaby and Elias Kachunga for minutes on the wing.
Oct 15 - 4:23 PM

Sadio Mane has become the latest injury doubt ahead of game week nine after suffering an injury while on international duty.

The Senegal star went for an X-ray on Monday and left hospital with his thumb in a splint [cast]. Although the specifics of the injury aren’t yet known, the problem is not believed to be serious and Mane should be okay for the trip to Huddersfield on Saturday - although he will be assessed on his return to Melwood. Fortunately, it looks like Mohamed Salah has been cleared following his withdrawal from the national team. Following the win over Swaziland, the Egyptian Football Association confirmed a "primary diagnosis" revealed that there was no apparent tear "but the player will need to undergo [further] scans" back at Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk will be "ready" to face the Terriers. "The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game," said Ronald Koeman. "He is ready to play next weekend."
Oct 15 - 4:06 PM

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye helped Senegal into a commanding first-half lead over Sudan on Saturday before limping off just before the break.

The 29-year-old, who was recently singled out by club manager Marco Silva following a string of impressive performances, has started seven of the Toffees eight Premier League matches this season, only missing out in game week four because of a knee injury. "He is really important for us because our other midfielders do not have the same profile and we need Gana at a good level to help us in those moments, in our reaction and in our defensive and offensive transition," the Everton boss said prior to the win at Leicester. The form of Gueye has restricted Morgan Schneiderlin to nothing more than a bit part role in recent weeks and Silva will be hoping for a positive injury update after he appeared to take a heavy knock on his ankle following a robust Sudanese challenge in the 44th minute.
Source: Daily Post
Oct 14 - 11:32 AM

The Dutch Football Association confirm Virgil van Dijk will not be risked in a friendly against Belgium this week.

The Liverpool centre-back scored his country’s opener in a 3-0 win over rivals Germany in Amsterdam on Saturday, but despite completing 90 minutes, Van Dijk took another knock on his ribs and will return to Melwood as a precaution. There is nothing to suggest that the £75m defender will miss the trip to Huddersfield on Saturday, but given his ongoing issue, it seems needless to risk him after admitting he was managing the problem with painkillers and by "being strong and being a warrior." Injured on the eve of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain last month, Van Dijk completed the match but lasted less than an hour against his old club five days later - he then missed the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea. "You never really play completely pain free. You are always going to have something - you are never going to be 100% totally fit throughout the season."
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Oct 14 - 10:46 AM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Christian Benteke will likely miss the next two months due to knee surgery.

The Belgian international's disappointing spell as Crystal Palace's most expensive signing ever only continued after having arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday. Benteke missed the last four games with a a knee issue that never recovered despite the rest, leaving surgery as his only option. Hodgson said he doesn't expect the forward back until after the New Year, leaving Jordan Ayew and Alexander Sorloth to pick up the slack: "We tried the conservative route to put an end to his knee problem, which he has suffered with for a while. That didn't work out. There was always the risk that if it didn't work out an operation would be necessary and I got the bad news that the operation was necessary, had taken place and now he will be out for a long period of time...there's no doubt we won't be seeing much of him this year. I think it will take until into 2019 before we see him, but hopefully earlier than later in 2019."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 13 - 6:58 PM
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