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Premier League team news – April 27-29

All the Premier League team news ahead of the weekend

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07:16 GMT, 26 April 2013

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08:52 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news on every Premier League team as it breaks throughout Friday.

Simply click on your team (when it appears in blue) in the fixture list below to find out who is injured and who is back in action…

Premier League team news: Everything you need to know

SATURDAY

Manchester City v West Ham (12.45pm)

Everton v Fulham (3pm)

Southampton v West Brom (3pm)

Stoke City v Norwich City (3pm)

Wigan v Tottenham (3pm)

Newcastle United v Liverpool (5.30pm)

SUNDAY

Reading v QPR (1.30pm)

Chelsea v Swansea (3pm)

Arsenal v Manchester United (4pm)

MONDAY

Aston Villa v Sunderland (8pm)

Steven Gerrard to be sidelined with shoulder operation – EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool and England blow with Gerrard set for shoulder op

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

21:41 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:06 GMT, 24 April 2013

Steven Gerrard faces an operation on a shoulder injury that could rule him out of England's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Sportsmail revealed this morning that the England captain, 32, has been advised to have surgery after Liverpool's final Barclays Premier League game of the season against QPR on May 19.

Gerrard's ongoing problem with his shoulder will come as a massive blow to England's manager, Roy Hodgson, ahead of the two glamour games.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

Blow: Steven Gerrard is expected to miss England's game against Brazil in June with his shoulder injury

He is expected to play in Liverpool's final four games of the season against Newcastle, Everton, Fulham and QPR before using the summer to recover.

The news has since been confirmed by Reds first team coach Mike Marsh.

'It's looking more and more likely that he might require surgery,' Marsh told Liverpoolfc.com.

'He has been playing with a shoulder injury for quite a while now. We'll try to find the right time for him to get it fixed properly.

'It's not ideal timing, it's going to take quite a while for him to heal. It's a funny injury – it's pretty similar to Joe Allen (who has already had surgery which has ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign).

'If it needs repairing, it needs repairing and when he's back fit, he's back fit. There's not much we can do about it.'

If, as expected, he undergoes an operation Gerrard is likely to miss internationals against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29 and Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on June 2.

England play the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29 and then travel to Rio de Janeiro to play Brazil in the Maracana on June 2.

Hodgson insisted after last month's disappointing draw against Montenegro in the World Cup qualifiers that he would pick his strongest squad for the two friendlies and he wants Gerrard, who has 102 caps, for both matches.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

International duty: Gerrard is still expected to play in Liverpool's remaining four games of the season

England's manager is reluctant to pick young or inexperienced players for the games because he doesn't expect them to be selected for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Despite Gerrard's commitment to his country, the Liverpool captain has been urged to have the operation at the end of the Premier League season.

Gerrard has played in all 34 games for Liverpool this season and scored nine goals.

He remains a crucial part of Brendan Rodgers' planning and is scheduled to return from the operation in time for pre-season.

Show: The Liverpool skipper is hopeful of being fit for his testimonial at the beginning of August

Show: The Liverpool skipper is hopeful of being fit for his testimonial at the beginning of August

Gerrard also hopes to be fit for his testimonial game against Olympiakos, which has been scheduled for August 3 at Anfield.

Hodgson already has an eye on the end-of-season fixtures and sent his assistant Ray Lewington to Old Trafford on Monday to watch a number of players.

Rio Ferdinand was a substitute for Manchester United as they beat Aston Villa and secured the Barclays Premier League title.

Road to Rio: Roy Hodgson could hand Ferdinand a recall to the England setup despite turning his back on his country

Road to Rio: Roy Hodgson could hand Ferdinand a recall to the England setup despite turning his back on his country

Ferdinand turned his back on his country last month and went to Qatar to work as an analyst for Al Jazeera.

Incredibly, Hodgson is preparing to offer the Manchester United defender another chance to resume his England career next month.

Arsenal"s Theo Walcott says he was abused by fans

Abuse from Arsenal fans wasn't fair but now I know how to deal with it, says Walcott

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

10:03 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

10:04 GMT, 20 April 2013

Winger Theo Walcott has revealed that he has received plenty of abuse during his time at Arsenal, but that he has learnt to avoid it all as he continues to mature.

The 24-year-old's future was in doubt at the beginning of the season, but he signed a new 100,000-a-week deal in January to end speculation he might leave the Emirates.

His form has varied over the past few season between being at the fore of the Gunners' attack and going missing in games.

Why bother Theo Walcott says that he avoids message boards and Twitter criticism

Why bother Theo Walcott says that he avoids message boards and Twitter criticism

Bruised: Walcott got a battering on the pitch against Everton as he felt the force of their midfield

Bruised: Walcott got a battering on the pitch against Everton as he felt the force of their midfield

Walcott says he didn't feel like the criticism he got was justified: 'Last year against Tottenham in the first half, I got a lot of abuse from the fans, which wasn't fair,' he said to The Times.

'I'm sure they would be nice to my face. People always are nice when they meet you. They would come up to me and say, ''We hope you stay, but respect your decision.''

His desire to play a more central role in Arsenal's front three is no secret, and Arsene Wenger has used him to spearhead the attack on several occasions, most notably when they beat Newcastle 7-3 and Walcott scored a hat-trick.

Taking the full force: Walcott has had his fair share of knocks against Spurs

Taking the full force: Walcott has had his fair share of knocks against Spurs

He has learnt to take the good with the bad, however, and says he now knows to keep his distance from some fans' opinions.

'It's only on message boards or Twitter and stuff – or when it's in a crowd – that it turns nasty, and that's why I avoid all that stuff.'

Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott has been injured for the past month, and is raring to get back into the thick of the action.

He started their 0-0 draw with Everton and will hope to feature again as Arsenal travel across london to play Fulham.

Incensed: Arsene Wenger was angry with what he felt was over-physical play from Everton

Incensed: Arsene Wenger was angry with what he felt was over-physical play from Everton

But it's not always been so easy for Walcott to muster the confidence that he deserves to be on the pitch.

After being thrown into the spotlight in 2006 when Sven-Goran Eriksson picked him for England's World Cup squad, he found it hard to live up to early expectations.

'At times, with myself maybe, I haven't believed how good I am. People around me, my agent, my dad, say that to me sometimes. I think that might be the case.'

Just as with Gareth Bale, another former Southampton youngster, it took Walcott several years to justify his big money move.

But now a regular in the side, and with Wenger saying he will spend in the summer, both his and the club's future may be going in the right direction.

Recovering: Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott is just getting back to full fitness after several weeks out

Recovering: Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott is just getting back to full fitness after several weeks out

Joleon Lescott wants Manchester City to treat him with respect

Sign me up, or let me leave, says Lescott as City defender urges club to show him respect

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

07:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 20 April 2013

Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect when it comes to deciding his future.

The England defender is close to entering the last year of his contract with the FA Cup finalists and has yet to fix up a new deal.

He has told the Daily Telegraph that he wants to stay, but claims he is not naive enough to think that is assured.

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

And, with the World Cup on the horizon, the former Everton man wants a first-team place to show national boss Roy Hodgson that he is up to the job.

He said: 'If someone said when I signed here “you're going to win the Premier League, get to two FA Cup finals and represent your country in the Euros” I'd have snapped their hand off.

'So now to go into the final year of my contract uncertain about my future is quite strange. I'd love to stay. My wife's pregnant, we've just moved house, the kids are happy at school. But I'm not naive. When you've achieved all that and you're going into the last year of your contract your future might be elsewhere.

'I can't afford to go into a World Cup year being uncertain of whether I'm going to play [regularly] here.

England ambition: Lescott wants to be a regular in World Cup year

England ambition: Lescott wants to be a regular in World Cup year

'I feel I've done enough for the club to demand a bit of respect in terms of they come and tell me what they want, whether it's a new deal, which I would be delighted to sign, or [to go] elsewhere.

'I'm very respectful of the club with what they've done for me, how they were persistent when Everton were digging their heels in to keep me. I owe a lot to the club. I also feel I've done enough to demand a bit of respect to not see speculation about my future.'

Premier League team news – April 20-22

All the Premier League team news ahead of the weekend

PUBLISHED:

08:23 GMT, 19 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:09 GMT, 19 April 2013

Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news on every Premier League team as it breaks throughout Friday.

Simply click on your team (when it appears in blue) in the fixture list below to find out who is injured and who is back in action…

Premier League team news: Everything you need to know

SATURDAY

Fulham v Arsenal (3pm)

Norwich v Reading (3pm)

QPR v Stoke (3pm)

Sunderland v Everton (3pm)

Swansea v Southampton (3pm)

West Brom v Newcastle (3pm)

West Ham v Wigan (3pm)

SUNDAY

Tottenham v Manchester City (1.30pm)

Liverpool v Chelsea (4pm)

MONDAY

Manchester United v Aston Villa (8pm)

Gareth Bale injury latest: Tottenham to use blood-spinning technique to speed up Welshman"s return

Spurs banking on blood-spinning remedy to get star man Bale back in double-quick time

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

22:02 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:41 GMT, 9 April 2013

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Tottenham are putting their faith in the once controversial blood-spinning technique to speed up Gareth Bale's recovery from an ankle injury.

Bale's season looked to be over last Thursday after the Welshman sustained a serious looking ankle injury in Spurs' 2-2 draw against Basle.

But after a scan on Friday, it emerged
that Bale would only miss two games – Sunday's 2-2 draw against Everton
and the Europa League quarter-final second leg clash in Switzerland on
Thursday night.

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Scare: Gareth Bale was stretchered off against Basle at White Hart Lane

Scare: Gareth Bale was stretchered off against Basle at White Hart Lane

Crucial: Bale has scored 17 league goals for Tottenham this season

Crucial: Bale has scored 17 league goals for Tottenham this season

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is understandably keen to have Bale fit again as quickly as possible and club doctors will use the blood-spinning method to aid his recovery from injury as Tottenham look to get their star man back on the field for the visit of Manchester City on April 21.

The technique, which was also used on Jermain Defoe earlier in the season as he struggled to overcome a pelvic injury, involves a small sample of a person's blood being injected out of the body before it is spun to increase the concentration of the growth hormone.

The blood sample is then injected into the athlete's problem area which can help an injury heal five times faster.

Blood-spinning first came under the spotlight in 2005 when Chelsea, then managed by Jose Mourinho, were warned by the World Anti-Doping Agency that their use of the method to speed up Arjen Robben's recovery from injury may be illegal – but it is now more commonly used in sport.

Meanwhile, there was better news on the injury front for Tottenham on Monday night as Younes Kaboul made his long-awaited return from a knee injury.

The French defender has not played since the opening-day defeat by Newcastle, but he is on course to play a part in Spurs' crucial Premier League run-in after making his return to action against West Ham Under 21s on Monday.

Back: Younes Kaboul (right) made his long-awaited return from injury on Monday night

Back: Younes Kaboul (right) made his long-awaited return from injury on Monday night

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Premier League team news for April 6-8

All the Premier League team news ahead of the weekend

PUBLISHED:

07:51 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 5 April 2013

Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news on every Barclays Premier League team as it breaks ahead of another action-packed weekend.

Simply click on your team (when it appears in blue) in the fixture list below to find out who is injured and who is back in action…

Resistance: Heavy rain this winter will be no problem for the Maxim

SATURDAY

Reading v Southampton 12.45pm

Norwich v Swansea 3pm

Stoke v Aston Villa 3pm

West Brom v Arsenal 3pm

SUNDAY

Liverpool v West Ham 1.30pm

Tottenham v Everton 2.05pm

Chelsea v Sunderland 3pm

Newcastle v Fulham 3pm

QPR v Wigan 4.10pm

MONDAY

Manchester United v Manchester City 8pm

David Moyes: We"re contenders in the race for Champions League after Stoke victory

We're contenders in the race for Champions League, insists Moyes with rivals firmly in his sights after victory over Stoke

By
Carl Markham, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

21:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 30 March 2013

Everton manager David Moyes believes his side are still well in the reckoning for Champions League qualification after a 1-0 victory at home to Stoke.

The match was decided by Kevin Mirallas' scintillating 70-yard run and finish in the first half and built on the morale-boosting win over champions Manchester City a fortnight ago.

It lifted the Toffees to within four points of fourth-placed Chelsea and, with Tottenham in third to play next week, there is further opportunity to put a dent in their rivals' chances.

Form: David Moyes' side recorded their third straight league win on Saturday

Form: David Moyes' side recorded their third straight league win on Saturday

'I am nearly as pleased with that result as I was with the one against Manchester City a fortnight ago,' said Moyes, whose side had not beaten the Potters since October 2010.

'We have not got a great record against Stoke so it was great to get over the line.

'It is great that we are going into April and people are still talking about Everton having a chance of a Champions League spot.

'Okay, it is a big call and a long way away but we are in with a chance and what we will try to do is finish as high up the table as we can.

'We believe we are in there. I don't think we have ever been out of it.

Stunning: Kevin Mirallas ran 70 yards before slotting the ball past Asmir Begovic to give Everton the lead

Stunning: Kevin Mirallas ran 70 yards before slotting the ball past Asmir Begovic to give Everton the lead

Congratulations: Mirallas celebrates his wonder goal with team-mate Victor Anichebe

Congratulations: Mirallas celebrates his wonder goal with team-mate Victor Anichebe

'We are hanging in there and are underdogs in terms of getting it, but we have those teams to play and we will go and give it a go.

'We have been close all season, we have matched most teams this year so we will try to do it again.
“Spurs are in a much stronger and healthier position than us, but we have been there or thereabouts most of the season and we'll not be too far away.'

Moyes was grateful to Mirallas' sixth goal of the season, but only his third in the league, for securing the three points.

'It was a great individual goal,' added the Scot.

Sublime: Kevin Mirallas (centre) was praised after his 'great goal secured all three points for the Toffees

Sublime: Kevin Mirallas (centre) was praised after his 'great goal secured all three points for the Toffees

'Sometimes against Stoke that is what you need, an individual who can take on people and thankfully he did it from about 70 yards out.'

Stoke have now won just once in 12 league matches and are only four points above the relegation zone despite their 13th-place position.

'I thought the last two away games, Newcastle and here, we have deserved something out of the game and it is just disappointing,' he said.

'You can't fault the players' commitment. I thought we played some good football at times and I don't think the players get the credit for the football we do play.

'We had chances but the disappointing thing is we haven't put them in the back of the net.

'I have been managing for a long time. I know for a fact, in our fifth year in the Premier League, our performances have been much better than the previous four years away from home but we haven't got the results.

'It has been that sort of season for us where we've been closer to winning games and being in games than we have before.

'What we need more than anything is a break – or to play badly and win a game.'

Rafa Benitez urges Chelsea to catch Manchester City ahead of Southampton visit

Get City! Benitez urges Chelsea to reel in champions for second spot and forget about Tottenham and Arsenal

PUBLISHED:

13:00 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:50 GMT, 28 March 2013

Rafa Benitez insists Chelsea won't be looking over their shoulders and instead believes Manchester City can be caught in the final games of the season.

The Blues are four points adrift of City ahead of their trip to Southampton on Saturday.

Southampton meanwhile are engrossed in their survival battle. four points above the drop, with just nine games of the season remaining.

Strike: Fernando Torres and Demba Ba train ahead of Chelsea's Easter Saturday clash against Southampton

Strike: Fernando Torres and Demba Ba train ahead of Chelsea's Easter Saturday clash against Southampton

'I would like to see us reduce the
gap,' said Benitez. 'They (City) will be concerned like we are with
Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton.

'The
main things are that you are a team. We are playing very good football,
so if you keep the momentum going I won't be worried about the other
teams but watching Manchester City.'

The Chelsea manager confirmed that captain John Terry would be available for selection this weekend.

Case for the defence: John Terry, seen here with David Luiz, has impressed manager Rafa Benitez

Case for the defence: John Terry, seen here with David Luiz, has impressed manager Rafa Benitez

'He has been training and doing well.
I am very pleased with him,' Benitez added. 'He is training every day
and improving his fitness.

'But we’ve got nine games in four days, he can’t play every game. That goes for all the players.'

Fernando Torres was among the Chelsea players left behind in international week after he missed out on selection to the Spain squad for their qualifiers against Finland and France.

'He has been training harder,' said Benitez. 'Spain has a lot of good players so it’s normal he can be left out of the list.

'He has been working very hard. Not just Fernando, but all the players want to prove themselves. Strikers want to score goals, but for me it is also what he does for the team.'

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Everton target Alvaro Negredo says he will play in England

Sooner or later I will be playing in England! Everton target Negredo encourages bids

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

07:15 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:15 GMT, 25 March 2013

Everton will be encouraged by the news that 13million rated Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is open to a move to England.

David Moyes tried to procure the striker in the summer but could not match the La Liga side's valuation of their Spain international.

The 27-year-old hitman who has 15 goals
in 26 league games this season, claims that he likes English football and he
will play in the country at some point.

One day: Alvaro Negredo wants a move to England and Everton are interested in him

One day: Alvaro Negredo wants a move to England and Everton are interested in him

'It is a league that I like and sooner or later I will play in it,' he said.

'President Jose Maria del Nido received some offers in January, but decided not to consider them.

'We’ll see what is going to happen in the future.'

Bad times: Negredo could not help as Spain stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Finland

Bad times: Negredo could not help as Spain stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Finland