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  • Injuries and Suspensions

    Today is normally the Monday Morning Manager's domain but with nothing but international matches at the weekend it's more appropriate that we get caught up on who is healthy and who isn't.

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    Arsenal

    Adebayor,
    who netted an impressive 30-goal haul during the previous campaign, had
    been sidelined since the start of February with a hamstring problem,
    but returned to action for Togo at the weekend scoring in the 1-0 World
    Cup qualifier victory over Cameroon.

    Captain Cesc Fabregas is
    expected to be in contention following his serious knee injury when
    domestic action resumes against Manchester

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  • The Week Ahead

    Remind me again who ever said that mid-week football was dull? What, you say Jeremy and I have been saying that all year? Well, to cover ourselves in light of Wednesday's (and to a lesser extent Tuesday's) goal-scoring outbursts we're going to go with this week being the exception that proves the rule. I may not be a professional pundit in the traditional, big newspaper pedigree sense of the term but that sounds like the sort of thing that a professional would say to cover themselves when they've been forwarding a premise that goes horribly wrong.

    Fortunately, despite my general lack of

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  • Injuries & Suspensions

    For what it is worth, here's a round-up of the Boxing Day team news. In addition, we're getting the first of next month's transfer news with Spurs dipping back into the Welsh teenage left-back pool for Chris Gunter. He doesn't come as higly-regarded as Bale and he's not the "play in midfield and take kicks" fantasy stud. But if Spurs are turning things around, a transfer priced starter is certainly worth a look.

    1. Injury fears ease for Chelsea keeper Cech
    2. Speed Makes Blades Switch
    3. Cech only suffering bruising
    4. Spurs confirm Gunter signing
    5. Trio missing for City tussle
    6. Premier League team news
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  • Getting the Band(s) Back Together

    Sunderland have signed former Leeds and Republic of Ireland left-back Ian Harte.

    The 29-year-old recently left Spanish club Levante and has signed a one-year contract with the Wearsiders.

    Keane was an international team-mate of Harte, and has made him the ninth Irishman on the club's playing staff.

    ...Harte is extremely dangerous with his set-piece delivery, but question-marks remain over his pace and defensive ability.

    Sunderland also hope to complete the signings of Stoke captain Danny Higginbotham and Southampton's Kenwyne Jones before the end of the transfer window on Friday, having been

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  • Injuries and Suspensions

    [Updated with all the team news below.]  

    Well, so much for bringing Nery Castillo into your side - talk about your all-time bad luck.  Welcome to England, your shoulder is broken - see you in six weeks.  Looks like Citeh better hold on to Bianchi and fantasy managers can continue to assume he'll get regular starting work.

    In other striker news, it looks like Faddy's move has been completed in time and he is eligible to face Chelsea this weekend.  I'm suggesting putting him on Barn Door Watch rather than drafting him straight in to your squad given the match-up but know he's available for

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  • Blogging the Opening

    You're looking live at a (presumably) sold out Stadium of Light (and what a great name for a stadium that is).  Here we go with the first match of the season, it's Martin Jol's Tottenham and Roy Keane's Sunderland.  We'll get our first indication as to whether Spurs are ready to seriously take a run at the Top Four and whether the Black Cats have a snowball's chance in hell of staying up.  People (myself included) have given them a reasonable chance based on Keano but certainly no one is assuming that Sunderland's talent will win the day.

    Line-ups News...Huh, Robbie Keane captaining the sid -

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  • Window Shopping, Part Two

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Fergie has made his move, getting two Serbian youngsters.  Tosic looks to be an immediate option on the wing, well at least after he builds up his fitness.  "As Tosic has not played a competitive game since December 10, Ferguson
    feels it will be at least a month before the winger is ready to make
    his senior debut."  He is evidently something of a free-kick specialist as well.  So something to look out for.  Maybe a move near the end of the season.

    If things stand as they are, though, there's still the CRon or not CRon debate.  Especially as ManU have make up matches against

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  • This Just In…

    Since the Premier League's dreaded 39th round has been such a hot topic over the past week, I thought I'd share this tidbit that came across the wires today... NBA (that's National Basketball Association) Commissioner David Stern today announced that he intends to not only have games in Europe but have TEAMS based in Europe that would participate as full members of the league. 

    A few interesting notes...

    1) If you think playing one round of matches across the globe would be disruptive imagine trying to integrate teams across 9 or 10 time zones.

    2) Basketball is quietly moving up the

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  • Mailbag and (Brief) Injury Update

    Thanks for sending in so many comments, here are my thoughts as well as an update on injury news....

    Injuries - the big news is from Liverpool where it looks like all three mid-week injuries will keep Alonso, Gonzo, and Pennant out for at least the first of this week's two matches.  This means that Garcia, Bellamy, Kuyt, and Crouch are all likely to get even more time than they might have already.

    Honestly, not too much else to report from the injury front given that the only teams we care about are the two-gamers.  On to your questions and comments

    Just so we're clear the format for answering

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  • Manchester United Can Cope – Giggs

    Stand-in skipper Ryan Giggs is confident Manchester United can cope with a growing injury list.

    With over half a dozen internationals already sidelined, including Gary Neville, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick and Louis Saha, the Red Devils suffered a double blow in the Ukraine this week, losing first Paul Scholes in training, and then Patrice Evra in the warm-up prior to the 4-2 Champions League triumph over Dynamo Kiev.

    Although there has been no official confirmation about the extent of
    the latest injuries, rumours were circulating around the Olympic
    Stadium on Tuesday that Scholes could be

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