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Mirallas boost for Everton
Scans of Everton forward Kevin Mirallas's injured ankle have revealed no major damage, manager Roberto Martinez revealed on Thursday. The Belgium international was stretchered off after being fouled by Jordon Mutch in the latter stages of Everton's 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Monday.
"We have great news as we were very worried after the game because it was an action where you feel the ankle is definitely damaged," Martinez said. "The damage is the least it could be. It is an external ligament in his ankle and the way he is as a quick healer, I don't expect him to be out for too long. I wouldn't rule him out for any of the fixtures over the Christmas period."
Newcastle face goalkeeper crisis
Newcastle United are facing a goalkeeper crisis ahead of Sunday's derby with Sunderland after Jak Alnwick sustained a shoulder injury. The third-choice stopper has been deputising for injured duo Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, but is now a doubt himself after picking up a problem during Wednesday's League Cup defeat at Tottenham. Alan Pardew could now be forced to play 17-year-old Freddie Woodman. However, the Newcastle manager is hopeful the Premier League will allow him to make an emergency loan signing outside of the transfer window.
Lovren suffers groin injury
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could miss Saturday's clash with Arsenal due a groin problem. The former Southampton man limped off at half time of the Reds' victory over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup last night and didn't emerge for the second period. A groin injury is the diagnosis and that could leave Brendan Rodgers short at the back, with his new system of three central defenders already looking down to the bare bones.
Almeria goalkeeper out with dislocated shoulder
Almeria goalkeeper Ruben Martinez will miss the next six to eight weeks after suffering a dislocated shoulder after colliding with a teammate in Wednesday's training session. Ruben was rushed to Clinica Virgen del Mar in Almeria, where he underwent X-Rays. Almeria's lead physician Dr. Antonio Rios confirmed that Ruben would be put in a cast for two weeks which will completely immobilise the arm, after which he will wear a hinged elbow pad to limit movement.
Sissoko fit to face Sunderland
Moussa Sissoko will be fit to face Sunderland despite giving Newcastle United an injury scare. Sissoko needed treatment during 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. "I was a little bit scared," said manager Alan Pardew. "Moussa's important to us. He's got a heavy challenge, and at that point in the game I couldn't risk any swelling. He looks fine, if I'm honest."
Pardew will also have striker Papiss Demba Cisse and Steven Taylor available, while Daryl Janmaat has now served a one-game suspension for five bookings. Midfielder Cheik Tiote, however, remains doubtful.
James ready for Club World Cup final
James Rodriguez has returned to full training for Real Madrid to thrust himself into contention for a starting place in Saturday's Club World Cup Final. The Colombian star has been out of action since injuring his calf injury during a La Liga victory over Celta Vigo ten days ago.
With German international Sami Khedira also fit again after injury and Jese Rodriguez being eased back into action following a long-term lay-off, manager Carlo Ancelotti has the luxury of nearly a full squad at his disposal, with midfielderLuka Modric the only noticeable absentee.
Petev takes over Bulgaria
Bulgaria have appointed Ivaylo Petev as their new coach, the 39-year-old succeeding Luboslav Penev who left the post last month. Petev will officially take charge on 1 January having signed a three-year deal. Petev led Ludogorets Razgrad into the top flight for the first time in 2011 and then guided the club to the league title in both 2012 and 2013. He takes over a side who are fourth in Euro 2016 qualifying Group H with four points from four games.
Allegri suspension overturned
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has successfully appealed against his one-match ban. The 47-year-old was handed the sanction on Tuesday following an altercation with match officials after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Sampdoria. Juve swiftly lodged an appeal against the suspension, which would have seen their coach absent from the touchline for Thursday's Serie A clash with Cagliari. The former Milan coach will now pay a fine of €10,000, but will be on the Juve bench at Stadio Sant'Elia.
Schaars out for a "few months"
PSV will be without Stijn Schaars for a "few months" after the midfielder underwent surgery on a knee injury. Schaars has not featured for Phillip Cocu's side in 2014-15 following another knee problem, but was on the road to recovery. The 30-year-old had made two appearances for the club's reserve team in November, but suffered a further problem prior to a clash with Waalwijk and PSV have confirmed he faces further time on the sidelines.
Balotelli left out of Liverpool squad
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will not feature against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup quarter-final as he has not travelled with the squad. The Italy international was a second-half substitute in Sunday's defeat at Manchester United, where he made his comeback after more than a month on the sidelines with a groin problem. Balotelli has stayed behind to receive further treatment on the injury at the club's Melwood training ground with a view to him being fit for Sunday's visit of Arsenal.
Lions put Waddle on IR
The Detroit Lions placed offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday. The 23-year-old suffered a partially torn ACL in his left knee during the Lions' victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Texas Tech product has played in 22 games (18 starts) over his two pro seasons.
Trevathan's season over
The season is officially over for Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan. The Broncos placed Trevathan on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he suffered a dislocated left kneecap in his return from a two-month absence. Trevathan, who led the Broncos with 129 tackles last year, suffered the injury during Sunday's win over San Diego after playing just 42 snaps.
Blues put Schwartz on injured reserve
The St. Louis Blues placed forward Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve Wednesday. Schwartz's status is week-to-week after suffering a right foot injury in Tuesday's victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The 22-year-old has posted 11 goals and 27 points over 31 games this season.
Trouba out until February
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba is expected to be sidelined until February because of an upper body injury. Jets coach Paul Maurice made the announcement Tuesday, saying the injury is not related to the neck problem he suffered last year. Trouba is Winnipeg's leading scorer among defensemen with 12 points in 31 games. He has four goals and eight assists this season after producing 10 goals with 19 assists in 65 games during his rookie campaign of 2013-14.
Jabari Parker has torn ACL
Milwaukee Bucks rookie Jabari Parker is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, according to multiple media reports. Parker left Monday's win over the Phoenix Suns after suffering the injury on a drive to the basket. At the time, team officials confirmed a left knee sprain for Parker.
Parker has not disappointed in 24 games so far as a rookie. He is second in scoring among rookies with 12.5 points on 49.2 percent shooting, and second in rebounding with 5.6 per game.
Lopez breaks hand
Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez suffered a broken right hand in Monday's victory over the Spurs. Lopez suffered the injury in the third quarter but stayed in the game for several plays before exiting. No timeline was given as to how long Lopez would be sidelined, but he said there are two fractures in the hand and further tests are scheduled for Tuesday.
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