Out since Swansea’s Nov. 15 trip to Norwich, Swans’ forward Michu is facing another month and a half on the sideline after it was determined the Spanish international needs ankle surgery. According to reports out of England, Michu will miss the next month-and-half once undergoing a procedure next week, with the 27-year-old’s absence leaving the League Cup holders looking for forwards in the January transfer market.
After missing most of November with the injury, Michu appeared on Dec. 9 (against Hull) and Dec. 15 (at Norwich), scoreless outings that left him with two goals in 10 starts. Last season, the former Rayo Vallecano midfielder scored 18 times in 35 league games. In February, Michu scored Swansea’s second goal as Swans claimed their first major piece of silverware, defeating Bradford City in the League Cup final.
But with Swansea already struggling to replicate last year’s success, the loss of the team’s biggest goalscoring threat represents a major loss. Whereas last season ended with the Cup-winning Swans cruising to a ninth place finish, Swansea currently sit 11th in the Premier League (albeit with a higher scoring rate than last season).
“It’s not good news,” Laudrup said (with England’s Press Association report available here). “Unfortunately it has been confirmed that he will need an operation. It can be done in the next week and he should be back playing in around a month and a half.”
With Nathan Dyer (the team’s co-leading scorer) out until February and summer signing Wilfried Bony yet to forge his way into the starting lineup, Laudrup’s set to dip into the transfer market in January, hoping to compensate for Michu’s loss.
“What has happened in the last couple of weeks has changed things.” Laudrup said, referring to Dyer and Michu’s injuries. “We will probably do something now in January and try to add something that we don’t have in certain positions.
“The numbers are a bit down and that is risky for the last four months of the season.”
Manchester City aims to extend its record Premier League win streak to 16 matches when it hosts Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).
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There will be no David Silva for Man City, with Pep Guardiola inserting Ilkay Gundogan into the starting lineup. Eliaquim Mangala will start next to Nicolas Otamendi at center back.
Spurs have Erik Lamela, Fernando Llorente, and Serge Aurier on the bench.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Delph, Fernandinho (c), Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Bravo, Yaya Toure, Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Danilo.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembele, Winks, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Aurier, Davies, Foyth, Sissoko, Lamela, Llorente.
Only four of the Premier League’s five scheduled 10 a.m. ET kickoffs have started, and goals are at a premium.
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Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle United
Mesut Ozil’s left-footed side volley off a popped clearance has the Gunners on top at the Emirates Stadium.
Watford 0-2 Huddersfield Town
Elias Kachunga and Aaron Mooy had the visitors up a pair before the match was 25 minutes old, and Troy Deeney complicated Watford’s comeback hopes when he saw straight red after 32 minutes.
Stoke City 0-0 West Ham United (delayed)
A power outage pushed kickoff back 60 minutes at the bet365 Stadium.
Burnley 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Not much cooking so far at Turf Moor, where James Tarkowski conceded a penalty to Glenn Murray only to see the PL veteran send his effort over the bar.
Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
The Blues are having trouble without Alvaro Morata up top at Stamford Bridge, so defender Marcos Alonso just whipped a free kick past an out-of-sorts Fraser Forster to make it 1-0.
A major power outage at the bet365 Stadium means West Ham United’s visit to Stoke City won’t start on time.
An update will come around the regularly scheduled kickoff time of 10 a.m. ET.
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As it stands, ex-Stoke attacker Marko Arnautovic is set to start against his former club.
Stoke City: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wimmer, Pieters, Shaqiri, Fletcher, Allen, Ramadan, Diouf, Crouch. Subs: Grant, Berahino, Choupo-Moting, Tymon, Adam, Ngoy, Edwards.
West Ham United: Adrian, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Noble, Obiang, Lanzini, Arnautovic, Antonio. Subs: Hart, Rice, Makasi, Haksabanovic, Chicharito, Sakho, Ayew.
Five Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and you can watch them all live online.
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Chelsea host Southampton, Arsenal welcome Newcastle to the Emirates Stadium and Stoke clash with West Ham, while Burnley head to Brighton and Watford lock horns with Huddersfield.
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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.
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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.
The schedule for all five games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.
10 a.m. ET: Chelsea vs. Southampton – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Newcastle – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Brighton vs. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Stoke City vs. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM] (Kick off delayed due to a power outage at stadium)
10 a.m. ET: Watford vs. Huddersfield – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]