Watford squad hit by stomach virus
Watford manager Javi Gracia has revealed the club have been hit by a stomach virus with four players struggling for Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace. Gerard Deulofeu, the forward on loan from Barcelona, and defender Sebastian Prodl have both been absent from training due to the illness sweeping the camp. Gracia refused to reveal the names of the other two players who were affected, but hopes all four will be fit for the visit of Roy Hodgson's side.
Lovren back in training
Dejan Lovren has handed Liverpool another huge defensive injury boost after returning to training on Thursday. The Croatian centre-back was forced off during Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth after suffering what was described as muscle tightness in his leg.
Lovren's withdrawal was another scare to manager Jurgen Klopp who has seen his defensive options deplete on a weekly basis over the past month. Joe Gomez pulled up with an injury on international duty before Joel Matip's season ended by a ruptured thigh muscle. Ragnar Klavan has also struggled with illness, but Klopp's defensive options have been given a welcome couple of boosts this week. After Gomez made his own return to action on Tuesday, Lovren followed on, training with the rest of his team-mates at Melwood on Thursday.
Alonso banned for three games
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been handed a three-match ban following his challenge on Southampton's Shane Long last weekend. The left wing-back appeared to stand on the back of Southampton forward Shane Long's leg during their Premier League game on Saturday and the incident went unpunished by referee Mike Dean. Alonso will now miss Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with the Saints and Premier League games against Burnley and Swansea.
Man. City 18.4.18
Aguero unlikely to be fit for World Cup
Manchester City and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero is likely not to recover from his knee injury according to an Argentina national team doctor. The striker underwent keyhole surgery on a knee problem which has troubled him for a number of week, having not started a game since March 4. But Argentina doctor Homero D'Agostino predicts a five-week recovery with the World Cup under two months away and expects Aguero to be in a race to regain match fitness ahead of facing Iceland on June 16.
Arsenal handed quadruple injury boost
Arsene Wenger has been given some much-needed good news ahead of the most important week of Arsenal's season. Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and David Ospina are all expected to be fit for the upcoming clashes with Atletico Madrid as well as Man United. While their status for this weekend's London derby with West Ham remains questionable, the trio have returned to training and are in line to face Atletico in just over a week.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan could also be involved for the semifinals or against his former club despite fears that his recent knee injury would cause him to miss the rest of the season. Laurent Koscielny is expected to be rested on Sunday for the visit of the Hammers as the Frenchman continues to deal with a chronic Achilles problem.
Man. City 17.4.18
Aguero undergoes knee surgery
Manchester City's top scorer Sergio Aguero is unlikely to play again this season after undergoing a knee operation. Aguero went under the knife on Monday to address cartilage damage. The striker made a return to the City fold during the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United 10 days ago having missed four matches with a knee injury. He felt severe discomfort and claimed he "couldn't run" after a 23-minute substitute appearance in the Champions League against Liverpool three days later. Initial reports suggest that Aguero could be sidelined for up to a month, which would bring his 2017-18 domestic campaign to a close.
Kasper Schmeichel is a huge doubt for Leicester City's game against Southampton. The City goalkeeper picked up an ankle injury during the defeat at Burnley and has been unable to train since. The Denmark international will be assessed to see if he can recover in time for the visit of Saints to the King Power Stadium on Thursday night.
Shinji Okazaki will also need assessing on an ankle injury following the defeat at Burnley. The Japan international was withdrawn at half-time at Turf Moor to be replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho. Daniel Amartey will not be ready in time for the visit of Saints after he returned to training after a hamstring injury.
Klopp hopes Lovren injury is not serious
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp faces a nervous wait to find out the extent of Dejan Lovren's injury he picked up against Bournemouth on Saturday. The Croatia centre back hobbled off late on at Anfield as Liverpool ran out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
"I didn't see the knock. I would love if it would be because of a 'knock' [rather than] a strain or tear or whatever. I have no clue," Klopp said. "He felt something but I didn't speak to him afterwards, I only saw that he was limping."
Klopp reveals Firmino injury
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Roberto Firmino has been suffering from a neck injury ahead of Liverpool's clash with Bournemouth on Saturday. The Brazilian was substituted in the final stages of Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Tuesday evening after scoring the winning goal. But despite suffering from a neck injury this week, Klopp believes the 26-year-old will be fit to face Bournemouth at Anfield. Klopp also revealed that Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne are major doubts to be fit for the match against Bournemouth.
Man. City 14.4.18
Mendy plays for Man City development squad
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has made significant progress in his return from long-term injury by turning out for the team's Under-23s in their home match against their Manchester United counterparts. The France international, who has been missing for seven months with a knee problem, played 45 minutes. City spent big on Mendy, paying £52m to bring him to the club from Monaco in the summer, but he has not featured for them since damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in September's 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Liverpool rocked by triple injury blow
Emre Can, Joel Matip and Adam Lallana are unlikely to feature again for Liverpool this season. Defender Matip's campaign is definitely over after his struggle with a thigh injury while Can has yet to recover from his back strain. The latter is unlikely to play for the club again with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign. Adam Lallana is also likely to be missing for the final weeks of the season with a hamstring injury.
Man. City 13.4.18
Aguero ruled out of Tottenham match
Manager Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's trip to Tottenham Hotspur is now the most important game of the season but he will again be without striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero sustained a knee injury from a challenge by Manchester United's Ashley Young last weekend. He came on as a second half substitute in the second leg defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday but has not started a game in six weeks. Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho is suspended while John Stones is also ruled out through injury.