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USMNT’s Yedlin set for Newcastle return; Benitez struggling

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DeAndre Yedlin has yet to appear for Newcastle United this season but that may change on Sunday against Swansa City (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

Yedlin, 24, injured his hamstring in preseason and has missed the last month of action.

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However, good news arrived on Friday as Newcastle’s assistant boss Francisco de Miguel Moreno (standing in for the injured Rafael Benitez, more on that below) confirmed that Yedlin has been back in full training and is likely to be in the squad for the trip to Swansea.

“DeAndre is working very well – he is working hard to get to the game. He has been training fully in the last three or four (sessions), so I think he has a good chance to come to the game,” Moreno, commonly known as ‘Paco’ said.

Yedlin was injured in a July friendly against Mainz 05 and missed the USA’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras last week. News of his return will be welcomed by USMNT boss Bruce Arena.

As for his manager at Newcastle, Rafael Benitez, it is not great news for the Spaniard.

Newcastle confirmed that Benitez is recovering from an operation on his groin on Monday and he has been unable to travel to training all week from his home just outside Liverpool.

“We are a very close team behind the scenes so everyone is always happy to step in and help out wherever it’s needed,” Paco said. “We have all been in constant contact with Rafa as always and while he is very keen to be back on the training pitch, he is in good spirits. He is feeling better each day and we are looking forward to seeing him back shortly.”

The operation took place to clear up a groin issue Benitez had two years ago but it is believed he has been left with an infection.

Given his current state, Benitez may not even make the trip to Swansea on Sunday with a helicopter potentially lined up on Sunday morning for him if he is feeling comfortable enough to make the journey.

Following the lack of transfers at Newcastle in the final days of the window, many had questioned how much longer Benitez would remain in charge at Newcastle.

Their 3-0 win against West Ham before the international break calmed things down and the Magpies now have three points from their first three games back in the Premier League.

They may not have their manage on the sidelines on Sunday though.

Manchester United to seek out those who continue offensive Lukaku chant

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Some Manchester United supporters persisting in singing a chant glorifying Romelu Lukaku which has been deemed racist by many for its depiction of the player’s penis size.

Lukaku was among those to ask that fans stop singing the song, as did the club, but it was heard from the away end at St. Mary’s during Manchester United’s 1-0 win on Saturday (where Lukaku scored the winner).

[ WATCH: Coutinho’s gorgeous free kick ]

United responded with vigor after the match, releasing a statement claiming it would request closed circuit footage of the fans in attempts to ban those singing the song based on The Stone Roses’ “Made of Stone.”

WATCH: Coutinho spins gorgeous free kick past Schmeichel

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Minutes after setting up Mohamed Salah for a back door header for a 1-0 lead at Leicestwer City, Liverpool wizard Philippe Coutinho tacked on a goal of his own.


Coutinho scored a beauty in the 23rd minute, as the Brazilian lorded over a free kick before spinning a goal just off the top of the wall and past a flying Kasper Schmeichel.

It looked like it was headed for the upper 90 even had it not taking its tiny deviation. The kick was a masterful effort from Coutinho.

Everton’s comeback win puts Koeman “in a totally different world”

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A quiz for you. Oumar Niasse‘s two goals:

  • A) Saved Ronald Koeman‘s job
  • B) Led Everton’s come back win
  • C) All of the above

Koeman admitted “there were a lot of emotions” in Everton’s 2-1 home win over Bournemouth on Saturday, as the Toffees got off the mat to post their first Premier League win since Aug. 12.

[ RECAP: Everton 2-1 Bournemouth ]

After a summer of spending, the Toffees were expected to compete for another berth in a European competition. Instead, a murderer’s row of early fixtures had Everton very low on the PL table.

Was Koeman able to stay calm as his team struggled at home against Bottom Three side Bournemouth?

“Calm after the game, yes. There were a lot of emotions. It was a difficult game, we did not create many chances and we took the right decision after 1-0 down to try something different – play two strikers and go more direct.

“It is a totally different world after winning. You have key moments during the season and this was a big win that will give everyone a boost.”

Apollon Limassol is next for the Toffees, followed by matches against Burnley and Brighton.

Jose Mourinho responds to sending off, Man United win

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho saw his side battle to a 1-0 win away at Southampton on Saturday as they kept their unbeaten start to the Premier League season going.

Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal of the game after 20 minutes and although Saints had the better of the play in the second half, United’s defense held firm.

Towards the end of the game Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson for encroachment as he stepped onto the pitch during the action.

What happened?

“I don’t know, you have to ask the referee,” Mourinho said.

He then wasted more time by shaking the hands of every member of Southampton’s coaching staff before he briefly went into the stands before the final whistle was blown.

It remains to be seen if he will face a touchline ban or fine for his actions but speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho focused on the performance of his team.

“It is not always possible to operate at high quality but fought hard. We did what many teams in the Premier League do for 90 minutes, which was play with five defenders at the back. Credit to Southampton, they tried to play. Pellegrino changed the team and sent on another striker to play more direct.

“It was a hard game but I am really happy. Romelu Lukaku’s work is so important for us. He scored his goal and worked hard like everybody else. Nobody feels the pressure to play always attacking football because so many teams play always defensively. I felt some of the boys were not sharp. I didn’t feel like we could score three or four goals like we sometimes do so the option was to make sure we got the points.”