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Baines faces late fitness test
Roberto Martinez says Leighton Baines is Everton's only injury concern ahead of their trip to Stoke City in the Premier League on Wednesday. The left-back has missed last two games with a thigh problem, and faces a race to be fit for the visit to the Britannia Stadium. "We're going to assess him today and make a final decision. It is a difficult one," Roberto Martinez said in a press conference on Tuesday. "Apart from Leighton, there are no other injury worries. It is the same squad which went to Arsenal."
Sandro back in QPR squad
Midfielder Sandro is in line to return to the QPR squad for Wednesday night's clash against Arsenal. The former Spurs ace has been put through an intense rehabilitation programme in recent weeks following a knee ligament injury sustained in late November.
Nedum Onuoha (hamstring) and Mauricio Isla (knee) are also closing in on a return, but Richard Dunne and Leroy Fer remain long-term absentees owing to their respective knee injuries, whilst Adel Taarabt is still working his way back from a niggling groin injury.
Chelsea lose Mikel until April
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel will be out of action until April after undergoing minor knee surgery. The Nigeria international has been absent for Chelsea's past four matches. Manager Jose Mourinho has subsequently confirmed that Mikel has had an operation to correct the issue on his meniscus and expects him to be absent until April.
Jedinak handed four-match ban
Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak will serve a four-match suspension after admitting a charge of violent conduct. Jedinak was retrospectively punished by the FA after he elbowed West Ham striker Diafra Sakho in the face towards the end of Palace's 3-1 win at Upton Park on Saturday. The punishment for violent conduct is a three-match ban but Jedinak's red card against Sunderland in November means his suspension has been lengthened to four.
Brady sidelined up to six weeks
Hull City winger Robbie Brady is set to miss up to six weeks of action after suffering a calf injury in training. "Robbie Brady faces a spell on the sidelines after an MRI scan revealed the Republic of Ireland international suffered a significant muscle injury to his right calf in training last week," read a statement on Hull's official website. "The club's medical staff have estimated that the injury will take 5-6 weeks to heal."
Arsenal receive double injury boost
Arsenal have received a double boost ahead of their visit to Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday, as Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin could reportedly be available after recovering from separate knocks. Coquelin was a doubt after breaking his nose during on Sunday, but the report claims that the midfielder could recover in time for their visit to Loftus Road.
Ramsey has missed last four games after picking up a hamstring injury against Leicester two weeks back. Wenger had indicated ahead of the game against Everton that the midfielder was close to making a return and it is now expected that the Welshman will be in Arsenal's squad to face QPR.
Jelavic set for return
Nikica Jelavic should be back for Hull to face Sunderland after the Croatian striker missed the defeat at Stoke on Saturday with a flare-up of his nagging knee problem. Robbie Brady will also be out after picking up a calf injury in training that is likely to keep him out for some time. Long-term absentee Mohamed Diame (knee) remains missing from the Tigers squad along with James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee).
Vlaar doubt for Aston Villa
Ron Vlaar is a major doubt for Aston Villa's derby against West Brom with a calf problem. The Dutch defender was suspended for Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle and could sit out again with an injury. Kieran Richardson and Philippe Senderos are sidelined with Aly Cissokho and Alan Hutton remains a doubt for manager Tim Sherwood's strugglers.
Johnson suspended by Sunderland
Sunderland suspended England winger Adam Johnson after he was arrested on suspicion of having sex with an under-age girl. Johnson is in custody after his arrest and, with police saying he is continuing to help them with their enquiries, the 27-year-old was suspended by the Premier League club pending the outcome of the investigation. Johnson, 27, has played for Sunderland since 2012, when he joined from Manchester City. He has scored four goals in 24 Premier League games this season.
Gerrard could return vs. Burnley
Steven Gerrard is in contention to make his return from injury against Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated. Gerrard, 34, is back in training after missing five matches since limping off with a hamstring injury during the 3-2 victory over Tottenham on February 10.
Giordano done for season
The season is over for Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano. The team announced Monday that the 31-year-old defenseman needs surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon, a potential crippling blow for a Flames team battling for a playoff spot. He sustained the injury in the third period of Wednesday's game against New Jersey after taking a hit from Devils forward Steve Bernier.
Jets acquire Stempniak
The Winnipeg Jets acquired forward Lee Stempniak from the New York Rangers in a trade Sunday. The Rangers received minor league forward Carl Klingberg in return. Stempniak has nine goals and nine assists in 53 games this season. He signed with the Rangers as a free agent last summer and also played for St. Louis, Toronto, Arizona, Calgary and Pittsburgh. The 32-year-old veteran has 159 goals and 200 assists in 690 career NHL games.
Harden suspended 1 game
The NBA has handed Houston Rockets guard James Harden a one-game suspension for kicking LeBron James in the groin during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Harden, whose 27.1 points per game scoring average leads the NBA this season, will be forced to sit out when the Rockets visit Eastern Conference leader Atlanta on Tuesday.
Butler injures elbow
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler left Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with what the team said is a sprained left elbow. Butler was hurt early in the third quarter when he ran into a pick set by Clippers center DeAndre Jordan as he was guarding Chris Paul at the point. Butler grabbed at the elbow and was attended to by trainers on the bench before heading back to the locker room.
Alonso ruled out of Australian GP
Fernando Alonso will not race in next week's season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors' advice after a heavy crash in testing, McLaren team says. "Fernando has understood and accepted that advice, and the two McLaren-Honda cars will therefore be driven in Australia by Fernando's team-mate Jenson Button and the team's test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen," the team said in a statement.
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|Feb 15||Dame N'Doye to Hull City||€ 4m|
|Feb 15||Andy Kellett to Manchester United|
|Feb 15||Darren Fletcher to West Brom|
|Feb 15||Chung-Yong Lee to Crystal Palace|
|Feb 15||Lucas Ocampos to Marseille|
|Feb 15||Gilles Sunu to Evian|
|Feb 15||Afriyie Acquah to Sampdoria|
|Feb 15||Anastasios Donis to Sassuolo|
|Feb 15||Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea||€ 33.4m|
|Feb 15||Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg||€ 32m|
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