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Shane Long scored in the Republic of Ireland's 4-0 win over Gibraltar.

Ireland played well and Long came off the bench to score the final goal for his country. Despite the positive note, it's hard to trust Long in fantasy right now as he's being rotated with Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic and it's hard to predict who will start any given week. Avoid him in leagues where rosters lock at the beginning of the gameweek.
Sep 4 - 4:44 PM

Enner Valencia's rehab is going as planned and David Gold expects him to return in October.

West Ham United have confirmed that Valencia is still on track to return in October after the striker had made some rash comments about the club's treatment of him a week ago. It seems the two sides have patched up their differences but West Ham have signed a number of new attacking additions once again this off-season and Valencia will face a challenge for playing time once he returns to action.
Sep 4 - 1:54 PM

Dimitar Berbatov almost completed a deal to Aston Villa in the transfer window but ended up joining Greek side PAOK.

Berbatov failed to agree to terms with Aston Villa, who seem to be obsessed with bringing in Bulgarian players. The striker has gone overseas now and doesn't figure to ever be a Premier League player again. He can safely be dropped in all fantasy leagues, if he was for some odd reason owned already.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 4 - 10:59 AM

David de Gea wants a new deal with Manchester United after the transfer to Real Madrid fell through in the last minutes of the transfer deadline.

David de Gea was headed towards Real Madrid when what has been termed a computer malfunction led to the transfer not going through on time. The goalkeeper is now reportedly keen on fighting for the number one job at Manchester and his agent has begun negotiating a long term deal for him at United. de Gea is the best goalkeeper on Manchester's roster and despite Sergio Romero's great start to the season, we expect de Gea to be starting sooner rather than later.
Source: ESPN FC
Sep 4 - 10:43 AM

Riyad Mahrez is expected to return in gameweek five after missing the second half of week four with a minor injury.

Mahrez was withdrawn as a precaution in week four and it seems he's fully expected to return to week five. He disappointed managers by doing almost nothing last weekend, but that shouldn't discourage you from playing him in week five. Leicester City face a weak Aston Villa team at home next weekend, and Mahrez will be one of the best midfielder options available.
Sep 4 - 10:31 AM

West Ham United are hopeful Andy Carroll will return to the bench in week five after a prolonged injury absence.

Carroll is back at training and the club is hopeful he can return to the bench against Newcastle in week five. The striker has once again missed a number of games in a row and hasn't been healthy for more than a month for more than two years now. He is only a fantasy option in the deepest of fantasy leagues as we don't expect him to be able to stay on the pitch for more than a few weeks.
Sep 4 - 10:15 AM

Tyrone Mings will miss the rest of the season as further tests showed he has ruptured his ACL.

This is a huge blow for Bournemouth, who've suffered two big injuries early on in the season with Mings and Max Gradel. Both players have been left out of the 25-man squad and with Mings, it seems the reason was the gruesome knee injury. The youngster never got a chance to impress in the Premier League this season, but if Bournemouth find a way to stay up, he will certainly get his chance next season.
Sep 4 - 10:10 AM

Mark Hughes will be hoping that the international break will provide enough time for full-back Glenn Johnson to recover from injury with a trip to the Emirates in game week five.

Johnson has started all four PL games since joining the Potters during the summer following his release from Liverpool and the former England international has been a solid performer on the right-hand side. Following injuries to skipper Ryan Shawcross [back] and Marc Wilson [ankle], Hughes has been forced into playing an unfamiliar back four and despite results Stoke have been playing well. Their two defeats [this season] came at the hands of a Philipp Coutinho wonder strike [Liverpool] and West Brom having been reduced to 9-men. Geoff Cameron could move across if Johnson fails to recover in time with either Wollscheid or Wilson coming in centrally.
Sep 3 - 4:11 PM

Summer signings Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings have been omitted from the Cherries’ 25 man Premier League squad list after the pair suffered serious knee injuries last weekend. Charlie Daniels however - who was also injured during the draw with Leicester – has been included.

Gradel will undergo surgery after rupturing his ACL for the second time in his career and will miss a minimum of 6-months. Mings [MCL] is expected to be sidelined for at least 3-months although the full-back is still being assessed. Daniels was forced off at half-time after suffering a muscular problem – believed to be his hamstring – and should be back within 3-4 weeks. All three deadline day signings – Glenn Murray / Tomas Andrade / Joe Bennett - were included along with Everton loanee Christian Atsu. Harry Arter also made the cut despite not featuring this season due to hip and groin problems.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 3 - 3:50 PM

A training ground hamstring injury means that Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley was not fit enough to start on Thursday as Wales take on Cyprus in a Euro 2016 qualifying game.

News broke shortly before kick-off that Ledley was one of three changes made by Chris Coleman from the side which defeated group favourites Belgium last time out. Ledley has been nothing more than a bit part player for the Eagles this season playing just 8 minutes of Premier League football although the 28 year-old was afforded a run-out against Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup nine days ago. Ledley had been linked to a number of Championship sides during the transfer window but co-chairman Steve Parish insisted "he was never going anywhere" and was delighted to see Ledley remain at the club along with captain Mile Jedinak who was a target for Stoke City.
Source: Wales Online
Sep 3 - 3:24 PM

An injury that was supposed to be "minor" when it happened in April has turned into September knee surgery and "months" of further recovery.

The word from the Arsenal camp is that Welbeck just wasn't responding to treatment and it was decided that knee surgery would be necessary. While there wasn't a specific return date provided, the word "months" was used rather than days and weeks which had been the prognosis last season, over the summer, and into the early stages of this season. November or December seems like the earliest that Arsenal are likely to see any further contribution from the England man.
Sep 3 - 1:20 PM

Christian Benteke is expected to miss Belgium’s Euro qualifier against Bosnia on Thursday after going for a scan following complaints of tenderness in his thigh.

Fortunately further tests revealed only minor damage and the injury should be short-term. Benteke is yet to train since joining the Red Devils – Belgium National Team – but could yet feature if the striker proves himself on Wednesday. The news will concern Liverpool who have only just welcomed Daniel Sturridge back to the club following an injury plagued year in which Rodgers called into question the handling of his striker while on international duty. Benteke is expected to be okay for GW5 but Danny Ings is available along with Divock Origi if the big Belgian fails to recover in time.
Sep 2 - 10:30 AM

Bryan Oviedo has withdrawn from the Costa Rica squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Brazil and Uruguay.

Oviedo has just returned to the Everton starting line-up following injuries to Leighton Baines [ankle] and Brendon Galloway [knee]. The left-back made his first start since February at Oakwell [Barnsley] in the Capital One Cup last week but aggravated an existing knee problem as the game went into extra-time. However Oviedo was able to travel – and subsequently play the full 90 minutes – at White Hart Lane last Saturday but the 25 year-old irritated the niggle and will not be risked over the break. Everton remain hopeful that Oviedo will be available to face Chelsea in the early kick off in game week five otherwise the Toffees are struggling. Luke Garbutt is on loan at Fulham - but also injured - while first-choice U21 defender Antonee Robinson has a knee problem. Seventeen-year-old Callum Connolly - who played at left-back for the second string on Monday - is available or Tyias Browning could provide emergency cover.
Sep 2 - 9:49 AM

Summer signing Max Gradel has been ruled out until 2016 after the AFC Bournemouth winger suffered a serious knee injury during Saturdays’ draw against Leicester City.

The Cherries’ endured a terrible afternoon at Dean Court losing three players to injury but the loss of Gradel for a least 6-months is the most significant by far. Although the precise nature of the injury is not yet known Gradel has damaged his cruciate ligament – believed to be anterior – and will undergo surgery to repair the tear. Gradel suffered a similar injury back in 2013 while training with the Ivory Coast and spent almost 7-months sidelined. Tyrone Mings [medial] knee ligaments is expected to miss around 10-12 weeks while Charlie Daniels who was also injured in the same game may is out for up-to a month with a hamstring strain.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 2 - 8:18 AM

Matt Jarvis will look to re-start a floundering career at Carrow Road where he will join a Norwich City attack that could use some help.

West Ham have been busy all summer adding players who are now presumably ahead of Jarvis in the queue for playing time. In Victor Moses, Dimitri Payet, Mickail Antonio, Alex Song, and Angelo Ogbonna the Hammers have an entire new midfield's worth of players to add to the ones remaining from last season. Jarvis hasn't been very good since his move to East London and maybe a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. He's probably not worth a waiver claim in draft leagues at this point but he's at least worth looking at to see if his new surroundings help get things moving once he returns from his thigh injury.
Sep 1 - 3:40 PM

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