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West Brom officially announced that veteran midfielder Claudio Yacob has signed a new two-year contract through the summer of 2018.

Yacob has been a critical part of Tony Pulis' setup in midfield, starting every Premier League match but five for the past year. The Argentine was on the verge of leaving the club before Pulis became manager, and now the Argentine will remain at the Hawthorns for the next two years. Said Yacob: "I'm pleased to sign a new deal with the Club. It wasn't a difficult decision because everyone working at the Club, the fans and the players have all made me feel very comfortable since I've been here. Hopefully I can continue to play in the team. I'm happy."
Sep 30 - 7:16 AM

Alan Pardew confirmed Crystal Palace will welcome winger Wilfried Zaha back into the lineup Friday night against Everton.

The former Manchester United man missed last weekend's come-from-behind win against Sunderland with a hamstring injury, as Yohan Cabaye came back into the lineup next to Joe Ledley and James McArthur. The news wasn't all good as the manager revealed Jonathan Benteke will miss the next three months with a knee injury. "Wilfried Zaha is back in the frame after missing the game at Sunderland but we have had a serious knee injury this week to Jonathan Benteke which is going to keep out of action for around three or four months. In training his knee locked when he was doing a finishing drill and he unfortunately needs an operation. It’s a shame for him and us but the group that travelled last week will go up to Everton plus the addition of Wilf."
Sep 30 - 6:56 AM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed a bit of bittersweet injury news ahead of Friday night's matchup with Crystal Palace.

The Toffees will be without Baines for a second straight week after he missed the loss to Bournemouth last weekend with a hamstring injury. Bryan Oviedo is set to fill in again at left-back after starting last weekend. Said Koeman: "It’s too risky and after tomorrow we have the international break, so we don’t want to take that risk." Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku will start against Palace despite continuing to fight off a toe injury that has bothered him for the past two weeks. "It’s still painful but he did this week’s sessions and will start," Koeman said.
Sep 30 - 6:52 AM

Jurgen Klopp revealed in his press conference ahead of Liverpool's trip to Swansea City that Divock Origi may not make the squad as the forward copes with a minor foot injury.

It would not put much of a dent in Liverpool's attacking plans should Origi miss out, as the trident of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are fit and locked into the XI, while Klopp is still finding ways to get minutes to Daniel Sturridge before he looks to Origi. We have seen the Reds face an injury crisis a couple of times during Klopp's tenure though, so Origi could be an important piece in the future. The good news is, the foot issue is a minor one, so the Belgian should be back to 100% after the international break.
Sep 29 - 11:22 PM

Francesco Guidolin pulled no punches when asked about his future with Swansea City ahead of their match with Liverpool, accepting the fact that, if he fails to win, he could be out of a job.

Swansea are just one point clear of the relegation zone and have not won since opening day, but to be fair, they have had a very rough run of fixtures since Week 3 and it will continue through Week 8, as they travel to Arsenal after playing the high-flying Reds this weekend. Another factor to consider is just how well the brass at Swansea expected the club to perform when they sold away two of their three key players, Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew, without finding replacements who are anywhere near adequate. Add to that, they broke their signing record with the acquisition of Borja and he has only played a total of 21 minutes on the season. The odds seem grim for Guidolin to find a win against the Reds but perhaps his players will step up for him and pull off the upset.
Source: The Guardian
Sep 29 - 11:09 PM

Kasper Schmeichel returned from injury in Leicester City's UEFA Champions League victory over FC Porto on Tuesday night.

Schmeichel regained his spot in the starting XI after he missed the Foxes' last three matches, due to a muscle injury. The Danish international recorded his second consecutive clean sheet in UEFA Champions League play in a match that saw him stop all three shots he faced. The 29-year-old will be in contention to make his Premier League return this Sunday when Leicester play Southampton at the King Power Stadium.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Sep 29 - 7:36 PM

Islam Slimani's solo strike propelled Leicester City a 1-0 win over FC Porto in their first-ever UEFA Champions League home victory on Tuesday night.

Slimani continued his hot start for Leicester when he headed in Riyad Mahrez's cross in the 26th minute on their home UEFA Champions League debut. Slimani's goal was his third in four appearances for the Foxes' and his seventh in nine, across all competitions, against FC Porto. The Foxes' victory sits them top of Group G and two points clear of second-placed FC Copenhagen, who Leicester will face in their next Champions League fixture on October 18.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Sep 29 - 7:19 PM

Fabio Da Silva and James Husband have returned to training for Middlesbrough while skipper Grant Leadbitter is also progressing well in his bid to return to fitness, according to manager Aitor Karanka.

Fabio, signed from Cardiff City last month, has been sidelined since he sustained a knee injury in his debut at Fulham in the EFL Cup in August. There was also good news provided on fellow defender Husband, who returned to training after rehabbing from a dislocated shoulder, and the club's captain Grant Leadbitter. Karanka said: "Grant is improving a lot, which is good news. It’s all very positive and he could be back sooner than we thought."
Sep 29 - 7:01 PM

John Terry has returned to training and will be ready to play on Saturday when Chelsea play Hull City.

Terry had missed the Blues' last three matches with an ankle ligament injury, but is set to make his return in GW7. The 34-year-old will be welcomed back to the starting XI after Chelsea conceded five goals over the course of their last two league matches, which saw them suffer a pair of defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal. The skippers' return will allow Antonio Conte to use either a back three or, pair Terry with Gary Cahill, in a back four.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 29 - 6:33 PM

West Ham's defensive injury crisis has only gotten worse with the news that Havard Nordtveit won't be available this weekend.

While Aaron Cresswell and his replacement Arthur Masuaku recover from knee injuries, Nordtveit has been ruled out just for the week after undergoing an unspecified operation, meaning he will miss the club's weekend match with Middlesbrough. Nordtveit has started the last two matches at right-back, but Sam Byram is expected to return to the lineup while James Collins is also waiting in the wings with Alvaro Arbeloa having received his first start for the club at left-back last week.
Sep 29 - 8:02 AM

Bournemouth will be happy to see the return of forward Joshua King this weekend against Watford, barring any injury setbacks.

The forward has missed the past week, including a League Cup match and the 1-0 win against Everton this weekend, with a knock, but manager Eddie Howe confirmed he is back in training ahead of the weekend trip to Watford. The Cherries have only scored four goals this season in six matches, without scoring more than one goal in a single game. Meanwhile, winger Marc Pugh is still recovering from a knock that will keep him out until after the international break. Said Howe: "Joshua King has done some light training this week. It's not too bad, while Marc Pugh is improving, but is still a couple of weeks away. Other than that we don't have many concerns."
Sep 29 - 7:57 AM

Manchester United is close to arriving at full strength following the return of Anthony Martial with Henrikh Mkhitaryan close as well.

Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Marital has recovered from an ankle injury that caused him to miss the club's last two matches last weeks to be fit to face Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk on Thursday in the Europa League group stage: "He has now recovered from the contusion in his calf and in his ankle. He has recovered and is ready for tomorrow." Meanwhile, Martial could have some competition soon with Mkhitaryan close to a return from a thigh injury. The summer signing could possibly return this weekend, but will surely be available after the international break, barring an injury setback.
Sep 29 - 7:39 AM

Bournemouth is already making their hopes to sign Jack Wilshere to a permanent deal known at the end of his season-long loan.

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn said he wouldn't rule anything out at the end of the season after the former Arsenal prodigy arrived on Deadline Day. He has gone on to play in five of the club's Premier League matches to start the season. "The best we can do is integrate Jack into the team and help him fulfill what he wants. Whether or not we will go beyond a season, I think everything is possible. You have to be realistic and Jack may well consider his home to be back at Arsenal...But if there is a possibility and Eddie Howe decides that he's somebody he wants to keep it will be up to him."
Sep 28 - 6:43 PM

Hull City expects defender Michael Dawson to make his long-awaited return from injury after the international break.

The former Tottenham veteran suffered ligament damage in a preseason friendly in July, but he is working to be back for the club's Week 8 fixture against Bournemouth, which would likely move Jake Livermore back to midfield. "Although Michael missed a lot of last week with a virus, the plan remains for him to start training with the rest of the team next week and then hopefully, with some sessions under his belt, he’ll be available from the Bournemouth game after the international break onwards," Head of Medical Services Rob Price said. "He’s done really well in his recovery from this injury."
Sep 28 - 6:38 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defender Vincent Kompany has not suffered a massive injury setback.

The Manchester City captain sustained a groin injury in the late stages of the club's win against Swansea City, minutes after he asked to stay on instead of being subbed off. But the club expects Kompany to return for the next Champions League match with Barcelona after the international break. "They are injured, unfortunately they are not here but we are going to do our best to recover them as soon as possible," manager Pep Guardiola said. "It's not a big, big injury, so I think in a short time -- two, three, three-and-a-half weeks -- both will be ready to be with us."
Source: ESPN
Sep 28 - 6:30 PM



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