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Updated below.

The injury news seems to be late coming into the the major news outlets this morning so we'll be running a little late as well - my apologies. 

Here is some initial information to get you going and we will update over the course of the day as the latest and greatest comes in from the clubs.

Looks like Guthrie and Given are both going to be missing but the big news at NUFC is that they have landed Kevin Nolan.  Wasn't it just a few years ago when people were suggesting that he was going to be the next Paul Scholes at ManYoo?  How the mighty have fallen.  All of NUFC's strikers are out as well (Owen, Viduka, Martins, and Amiobe).  Barton is also injured but I'm not sure why you'd care as a fantasy manager.  The only real news here is that Carroll becomes an interesting pick.

ManYoo is starting to get healthy again but it looks likely that Rooney still has another week on the shelf so the Berbs/Tevez partnership looks to continue uninterrupted - will they maintain their momentum?  Rio is back as well meaning ManYoo are likely to revert to O'Shea - Vidic - Rio - Neville across the back until Evra/Rafael force changes to that preferred starting quartet.

KRich is still out.  Everton still don't have any stikers. Gomes still out for Spurs so Cudicini is the undisputed #1 until Gomes recovers. Valencia appears to be doubtful for Wigan.

On the suspension front, Ashley Young, Richard Dunne, Nadir Belhadj, and Glen Johnson are the relevant suspensions with Belhadj's suspension likely meaning that Armand Traore will likely be featured in midfield for Pompey (that said, he's done nothing as either a defender or a midfielder this season so I'm not sure you should care).  

Finally, it took a lot longer than I expected but after exceptional performances in December and January we have finally started seeing the Kris Commons and Giles Barnes rumors making the rounds.  Commons has been linked to NUFC as a replacement for Damien Duff/Charles N'Zogbia while Barnes has been mentioned as a possible Jummy replacement at Fulham.  Both seem like they'd be reasonable moves although I think Derby could get more for Barnes if they give him the rest of this season to show that he is recovered and that he really is that good (of course, he could also get hurt again and  diminish his value so there's definitely some risk).

Check back for updates as they come in.  I am interviewing a couple people at work shortly and then have a couple back-to-back meetings so the updates may take a little longer than we'd hope for.

Good luck this weekend - Neal

Team News

  1. Carew ready to rumble against Latics
  2. Owen, going, gone for six weeks
  3. Premier League - Team news: Palacios debut
  4. Deadline denies Diouf a debut
  5. Toffees boosted by Cahill prognosis
  6. Magpies complete swoop for Nolan
  7. Carvalho absent for Anfield clash
  8. Banned Belhadj misses Fulham trip
  9. Kirkland set for Villa Park start
  10. Tainio doubtful for derby trip
  11. Riverside bow for King v Rovers
  12. Trotters without departing skipper
  13. Lawrence and Fuller may face City
  14. Silvestre misses Hammers visit
  15. Baggies rocked by Olsson setback
  16. Nsereko could make Hammers start


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