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Elmander ruled out

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Bolton striker Johan Elmander is out of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Spurs at the Reebok Stadium.Elmander sustained a hamstring injury in Monday's reserve game that will keep him sidelined for at least 10 days, thereby also probably ruling him out of Sweden's World Cup qualifiers with Denmark and Albania next week.Manager Gary Megson has no other concerns as his side seek a thir...Full Story »

Santa Cruz set for City bow

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Roque Santa Cruz could make his Manchester City debut in Monday's encounter with West Ham at Eastlands.The Paraguay international has been consigned to the sidelines since his #17million summer move from Blackburn after a knee operation. However, he came through a reserve team encounter with Wrexham unscathed on Wednesday and should be on the bench for the Blues.Michael Johnson played in the sam...Full Story »

Campbell warns striking rivals

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Fraizer Campbell has warned Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones he will not be content to live in their shadow.The 22-year-old, whose summer move to Sunderland from Manchester United could eventually cost the Black Cats #6million, opened his goalscoring account for the club in Tuesday night's 2-0 Carling Cup third-round victory over Birmingham.It was his third successive start after manager Steve Bruc...Full Story »

Martinez considers his options

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has hinted he may make changes for the visit of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea tomorrow.Last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Arsenal was the worst performance of the Spaniard's short reign and, with a fully-fit squad at his disposal, a few players could be left out.On-loan Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair is ineligible against his parent club.Wigan's players have to ...Full Story »

Bassong's fitness check for Spurs

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Tottenham centre-back Sebastien Bassong will have a late fitness test ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash against Burnley following head and knee injuries against Chelsea last week.Fellow defenders Ledley King (hamstring) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are sidelined for the match at White Hart Lane but Michael Dawson (Achilles) is available after playing at Preston in midweek.Giovani dos S...Full Story »

Van Persie - We must win these games

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Robin van Persie has billed the clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage as a true test of Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title credentials.Playmaker Andrey Arshavin returns from a groin injury while England winger Theo Walcott has recovered from a side strain and is available again - but goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is still troubled by the chest infection so Vito Mannone could continue in his pl...Full Story »

Pulis relishing united visit

Posted Saturday, September 26, 2009 by PA

Stoke manager Tony Pulis admits a date with Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium is the stuff of dreams.The Potters have made a decent start to their second season in the top flight and have a home record that is the envy of many.And the Welsh boss, while respectful of United, expects his side to continue in positive mode against the Barclays Premier League champions on Saturday.Strikers ...Full Story »

Benitez points to players` belief

Posted Saturday, September 26, 2009 by PA

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insists it is belief among his players and not a change in tactics which has made his side more attacking this season as he prepares to welcome Hull to Anfield.The Spaniard has a reputation for being a defensively-minded coach and certainly his teams in recent years have been well organised and difficult to score against.There were both positive and negative effe...Full Story »

Fabregas misses Celtic clash

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Arsenal will be without captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) for the Champions League second-leg clash with Celtic at Emirates Stadium, but he could return for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Manchester United.Both Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey are in contention as the Gunners look to defend a 2-0 lead, with manager Arsene Wenger set to rotate his side.Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring...Full Story »

Villa wait on Carew

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Striker John Carew could return for Aston Villa for Thursday night's Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna at Villa Park.Norway international Carew has yet to feature for Villa this season because of injury.He missed the first game against Wigan with an infected toe and sat out the 1-0 defeat against Vienna in the first leg and Monday's 3-1 win against Liverpool with a virus.But he has been a...Full Story »

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