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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 »

Hodgson set for late team decision

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has a host of injury concerns ahead of Thursday's Europa League play-off second leg away to Amkar Perm.The Cottagers, already without Andy Johnson, will also be missing Danny Murphy, Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky as they seek to defend a 3-1 first-leg lead.Striker Johnson suffered a broken collarbone in that encounter last Thursday at Craven Cottage, while captain Murph...Full Story »

Moyes targets four new signings

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Everton striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu has been included in the squad to face Sigma Olomouc in the Europa League play-off second leg in the Czech Republic on Thursday.Manager David Moyes named the Nigerian in his travelling party after watching the striker mark his comeback on Tuesday night with a goal after only 31 seconds in the reserves 3-0 victory against Burnley.It was his first game since last N...Full Story »

Hearts welcome back Driver

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Andrew Driver will return to the Hearts squad for Thursday night's Europa League play-off round second leg against Dinamo Zagreb.The winger has missed the start of the season with a heel injury but will be on the bench at Tynecastle.Defender Marius Zaliukas returns in the midst of his domestic ban, captain Michael Stewart is also available after suspension, but Laryea Kingston (knee) is still mi...Full Story »

Martinez ponders changes

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is likely to make wholesale changes for the Barclays Premier League trip to Everton.The Spaniard was furious after the midweek Carling Cup defeat to Blackpool when the nine squad players he brought in failed to perform.Only defender Paul Scharner and midfielder Moham d Diame from the starting line-up at Bloomfield Road are likely to survive the cull.Following the g...Full Story »

Blues duo return

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Chelsea will welcome back Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa for the home clash with Tottenham.The pair were suspended for the midweek Champions League win over Porto but are available for domestic games.Joe Cole (knee), Yuri Zhirkov (knee) and Paulo Ferreira (knee) are all out with coach Carlo Ancelotti saving their return for next week's Carling Cup tie with Queens Park Rangers.Defender Alex is s...Full Story »

Ferdinand doubt for United

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Rio Ferdinand is a major doubt for Manchester United's derby clash with local rivals City at Old Trafford on Sunday.Ferdinand sat out Tuesday night's Champions League win over Besiktas with a groin injury and Sir Alex Ferguson is not convinced the England defender will recover in time.If Ferdinand does miss out, Jonny Evans will retain his place, while Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Fletcher are li...Full Story »

Johnson set for Toffees reunion

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Fulham striker Andrew Johnson returns for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with former club Everton after recovering from his collarbone injury.Midfielders Danny Murphy (calf) and Simon Davies (foot) and striker Bobby Zamora (Achilles) are also expected back for the clash at Craven Cottage.Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is a doubt because of a stiff neck so Pascal Zuberb|hler is on standby to d...Full Story »

McLeish ponders Benitez option

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is weighing up whether to hand a full Barclays Premier League debut to striker Christian Benitez in the derby with Aston Villa at St Andrews.Benitez has impressed as a substitute since his summer move from Santos Laguna after slowly building up his fitness following a shoulder operation.It may depend on Benitez's physical condition after returning from two World Cup ...Full Story »

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is likely to make wholesale changes for the Barclays Premier League trip to Everton.

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

The Spaniard was furious after the midweek Carling Cup defeat to Blackpool when the nine squad players he brought in failed to perform.Only defender Paul Scharner and midfielder Moham d Diame from the starting line-up at Bloomfield Road are likely to survive the cull.Following the game at Goodison Park there will be a 13-day period before their next fixture and Martinez is keen to avoid spending...Full Story »

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