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Winston Reid is contention to return to the starting XI for West Ham against Liverpool on Saturday after recovering from a throat infection.

The New Zealand international missed the majority of January with a groin injury and was absent for the win over Watford in GW27 due to illness, but is ready to return to action for the trip to Anfield. "Winston Reid is back training and is back in the squad," manager David Moyes said. "We had a practice match at the training ground over a week ago and he got some minutes in that, so hopefully it did him some good." Reid hasn't featured since January 7th, but with the Hammers facing a potent Liverpool attack, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back in the starting XI. His availability will allow Aaron Cresswell to shift back to his natural position on the left side of defense and Michail Antonio to be move into an advance role.
Feb 23 - 5:33 PM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be allow to help his new club lift the League Cup trophy on Sunday against Manchester City as he is cup tied after participating with Manchester United before his transfer.

Arsenal will have Mkhitaryan for the match against Manchester City in the League on Thursday but he will not be available on Sunday for Arsenal's chance at domestic glory against favored Manchester City on Sunday. The Armenian international will likely give way to an attacking group of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, and Aaron Ramsey with some combination of Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny behind them.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:44 PM

Manchester City could be boosted by the return of Gabriel Jesus for the League Cup final this weekend.

The Brazilian phenom has not played for the league leaders in 2018 since suffering an MCL injury at the end of December, but is ready to return ahead of schedule in the next week, just in time as Raheem Sterling has just sustained a minor injury. While manager Pep Guardiola is playing it cautious with Gabriel Jesus' return, all signs point to a return against Arsenal this weekend. "We will see tomorrow [whether Jesus is fit enough]. He made the third training session and every day he is better. [Jesus’ return to fitness is] so important. When the people say the four titles can you do it, you have to have everything going for you."
Feb 23 - 4:40 PM

Miguel Britos and Kiko Femenia are close to their returns from injury and will hope to ease Watford's injury crisis by participating against Everton.

The Hornets injury list has been something to rival peak Arsenal. The walking wounded are slowly returning to health and the arrival of Everton on Saturday may see the Hornets welcome the returns of Heurelho Gomes, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia, and Miguel Britos. It is hard to imagine that all of the above will start or even participate but the good news is that the state of the squad is steadily improving as Watford look to stay out of the relegation fray.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:39 PM

David Moyes has revealed Manuel Lanzini could return to action when West Ham face Liverpool on Saturday.

Lanzini returned to training with the first team this week after missing the last four matches as a result of a hamstring injury he sustained against Bournemouth at the end of January. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder is expected to be recalled to the squad when the Hammers travel to Anfield this weekend, but after a month layoff, it's unclear if he will be thrust straight back into the starting XI. "Manu Lanzini could [return this weekend]," said Moyes in his pre-match press conference. "I would be tempted to start him, but I’m certainly not going to give my team news out." Lanzini has three goals and six assists this season and is arguably West Ham's best player. Once fully match fit, he will likely displace Joao Mario from the starting XI.
Feb 23 - 4:37 PM

Will Hughes was magical for his brief period of good health earlier this season and Watford will hope that he is both ready to participate in Week 28 and prepared to reprise his starring role.

Hughes came to Watford over the summer with the reputation for being both talented and brittle. He has lived up to the former label briefly and the latter for most of the season. Hughes may return against Everton but his injury history may cause the Hornets to be conservative with his playing time until he proves that he can stay on the pitch. Look for a substitute appearance at most in Week 28 with his participation increasing in the coming weeks. Definitely one to watch as a late-season fantasy waiver wire addition in draft-style leagues if he can stay healthy.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:36 PM

Heurelho Gomes has recovered from his back injury and should be available to start for Watford against Everton on Saturday in Week 28 Premier League action.

The Hornets' number one has been missing for the better part of a month with a back injury and Watford have continued to struggle without him. In fairness, the Hornets had been struggling before the Brazilian went out injured and his return may not offer a significant change of fortunes as they still have a long list of other injury-enforced absences. The visit of a struggling Everton side is likely more important than whether Gomes returns in net or not.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:33 PM

Jake Livermore is back from a hamstring injury and is joined by Kieran Gibbs who is back as well and Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry and others who will apparently not face any club-mandated suspension after their roles in the incident in Barcelona.

Good news for Allan Pardew as he will have a side that is close to full strength available to him for the visit of fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs return from minor injuries and are both likely to feature in the starting eleven. Jonny Evans will be restored to his role as captain despite his unseemly participation in the incident with a car in Barcelona. Only Nacer Chadli, James Morrison and Daniel Sturridge will be absent from the squad of likely contributors.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:30 PM

Peter Crouch will miss Week 28 as he recovers from a foot injury. Lack of depth means that Tyrese Campbell, all of 18-years-old, may feature at some point against the Foxes.

Crouch has remained surprisingly effective into his late 30s but the fact that he's been hit with some minor injuries as the season has worn on. Ultimately, the fact that Crouch is still considered a key member of the Stoke City attack is more an indictment of their efforts to build their squad than Crouch playing at a super-human level for someone clearly on the back half of his career. Crouch will miss at least Week 28 if not a little more and the Potters will have to look elsewhere for an attacking spark. Maybe the returning Jese.
Source: espn.com
Feb 23 - 4:25 PM

Islam Slimani will have to wait a little bit longer before making his Newcastle debut after suffering an injury setback.

The Newcastle forward was given the last 10 days to build fitness ahead of his expected return this weekend against Bournemouth, but manager Rafa Benitez confirmed that Slimani has suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury and will need the next couple of weeks to recover before making his Newcastle debut. Said manager Rafa Benitez: "We have good news. Almost everybody is available apart from (Jesus) Gamez. Slimani had a setback the other day, so he will not be available. It will at least be a couple of weeks. We have to be careful with him, because he had a problem when he arrived."
Feb 23 - 3:28 PM

James Tarkowski (knee) and Phil Bardsley (hamstring) have a chance at returning from their respective injuries this weekend, though both are rated 50/50 at best.

Tarkowski has missed the last three matches with Kevin Long deputizing in the meantime while Bardsley has missed one league game since leaving at halftime of Burnley's draw with Manchester City. Tarkowski owners will be pleased to see him back in contention but should plan to use another option this weekend. Bardsley's situation may not be that simple. He took the right back job from Matt Lowton midseason and he may not get it back. Speaking of getting their job back, Stephen Ward is chomping at the bit to see league action again. He is healthy and looking to supplant Charlie Taylor this weekend.
Source: EuroSport
Feb 23 - 12:24 AM

Chris Wood, who has been out of action since December, is in contention to make Sean Dyche's squad this weekend when Burnley play Southampton.

Wood last played just before Christmas, injuring his knee in a loss to Tottenham. The ligament damage he sustained took longer to heal than initially expected and his return will be a welcome one. The New Zealand international was Sean Dyche's first-choice striker when he was fit, but after a two month layoff, one would not be surprised to see Wood eased back into that role. Fantasy owners in draft leagues in need of forward help should scoop him up if he is available for a potentially productive run-in.
Feb 23 - 12:05 AM

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said he does not expect Tom Heaton to be ready to return to the first team this weekend.

The 31-year-old keeper has missed the last five months after suffering a dislocated shoulder in September, but recently returned to play for the U23s this week in his first match action. However, given Nick Pope's form since taking over in Gameweek 5 (nine clean sheets) and Heaton's lenghty layoff, Dyche said he prefers to take his time with reincorporating Heaton back into the first team: "Tom’s not there yet to worry about that. Tom’s main thing is to get fit...Now it’s about true fitness and as a keeper it’s about timing, getting your eye in and about reminding yourself about game awareness and game management and all the different things that add into a goalkeeper’s performance. He’s not under any pressure to be considered at the moment because we want him to be right, not just on what you see, but right in himself and that’s an important factor for us."
Feb 22 - 5:25 PM

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is hoping to be available for the League Cup final on Sunday against Manchester City.

The Welsh international has been in good form of late, most recently scoring a hat-trick against Everton in Gameweek 26. But Ramsey suffered a minor groin injury in training soon after and has been sidelined for the past two weeks with his eyes on the final at Wembley. Said manager Arsene Wenger: "He had a good training session but he's a bit short for tomorrow [against Ostersunds]. We'll see how his evolution goes from now until Sunday, I don't rule him out yet, it depends how well he improves."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 22 - 5:19 PM

Eddie Howe has been very complimentary about Nathan Ake in the media this week, labelling the central defender as "a model of consistency" owing to his recent form.

The Dutchman has been ever present for the Cherries this term since returning to the south coast club in a £20 million deal in the summer, playing a part in all of Bournemouth's PL games this term with just one of those coming off the bench. Aside from his usual critical defensive contributions, Ake has found his way onto the scoresheet in recent weeks, scoring 2 PL goals in his last 8. However he is not a prolific shooter by any means, having taken just five shots in that whole period and three of those came against West Ham. The Cherries' great run of form came to a shuddering halt at Huddersfield in GW27 when they were thrashed 4-1 though they have a good chance to put things right in GW28 when they play Newcastle, fresh after a week-long training camp in Portugal.
Feb 22 - 7:28 AM


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