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Injury updates: Man United, Chelsea, Man City latest

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Several Premier League managers were speaking to the media on Friday ahead of their games this weekend.

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The injury status of several star players were discussed and here’s a roundup of the key injury news to keep yourself in the loop and/or to plan last minute changes to your PL Fantasy lineups this weekend…

Here we go.


Chelsea

Both Alvaro Morata and Andreas Christensen have been ruled out of Chelsea’s trip to Watford on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Morata has been out since Jan. 17 with a back problem, while Christensen limped off in the first half of Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

“Alvaro is still out. He has a problem in his back, he’s missing a lot of games and that’s not a good situation for him, for me or for the team,” Conte said. “But I hope in the future we can solve this problem and I hope to have him back soon. For Christensen, his first exam on his injury was positive but we have to wait, but for sure he’s out against Watford.

Conte said he also has to “check a couple of situations before the game” regarding a few other players with new signings Emerson Palmeri working his way back to full fitness following a long-term injury for the left back and Olivier Giroud potentially fit enough to start on the bench.


Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini is out with the knee injury he suffered during his seven minutes on the pitch at Wembley vs. Tottenham on Wednesday, with Jose Mourinho also confirming that he hopes to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly back by the end of February.

“They are working on the pitch but not yet with us as a group so they are not very close to a return,” Mourinho said. “But I want to believe that by Champions League time, around the end of the month, they will be back.”


Tottenham Hotspur

Serge Aurier and Harry Winks are both back in full training as Mauricio Pochettino‘s men were handed a big boost ahead of their trip to Liverpool on Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN online via NBCSports.com).


Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Adam Lallana is back in training but he may not play against Tottenham on Sunday: Adam trains today. In an ideal world he shouldn’t be involved at the weekend. He wasn’t out too long. It would be better for him to train for next 10 days before Southampton game.”

The other big injury line from Klopp was that long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne will return to training soon following several months out with a back injury and he’s been included in their UEFA Champions League squad for the knockout rounds.


Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has said that Benjamin Mendy, a long-term absentee with his ACL injury, is in New York City and will continue his rehab and be back with the team hopefully by March.

As for immediate team news, David Silva remains a doubt for City’s trip to Burnley on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN online via NBCSports.com). after he came off early on in the win against West Brom on Wednesday.

“Yesterday David Silva could not train – he was recovering. He has a painful kick in the side. We will see today how he feels,” Guardiola said.


Arsenal

Arsene Wenger confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is suffering from illness and may not play on Saturday against Everton(Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC online via NBCSports.com).

Jack Wilshere is also a slight doubt due to illness, while Danny Welbeck is definitely out.


Leicester City

Claude Puel has confirmed that Riyad Mahrez will not play for Leicester against Swansea City on Saturday.

The Algerian winger has reportedly failed to turn up for training over the past few days after Man City had a late bid turned down by Leicester for him on transfer deadline day.

Puel wouldn’t go into too many details as to if Mahrez had been fined and where he is right now, saying “we will deal with his side and the club, not in public” and the Frenchman added the following.

“The club took the decision for the best interest of Leicester, we needed to respect this decision. It is the best decision for our squad,” Puel said. “The position with Riyad, we will assess. After the transfer window, it is a tough decision for us to mange now. It is important now to move on and to keep our focus on the pitch. I hope Riyad can clear his head and come back with us as he is a valuable player for us and crucial in our play.

Rochdale 2-2 Tottenham: Davies stuns Spurs late

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A valiant effort from a League One side has rewarded the minnows with a replay set to be played at Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur looked on its way towards the FA Cup sixth round on Sunday, but a late finish by Steven Davies gave Rochdale a 2-2 draw with the Premier League club at the Spotland Stadium.

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Harry Kane — who scored his 34th goal on the season in all competitions — converted from the penalty spot in the 88th minute, however, Davies had the final say deep into stoppage time to send the two sides towards a replay.

Ian Henderson’s finish in the 45th minute gave Rochdale a gift at the conclusion of the first stanza, after the hosts capitalized on a Spurs giveaway near midfield.

Meanwhile, Tottenham managed to level the match at 1-1 on the hour mark when Lucas Moura calmly slotted his close-range shot past goalkeeper Josh Lillis after a timely through ball from Moussa Sissoko picked out the former PSG man.

The visitors began pressing on in the second half, with Mauricio Pochettino‘s side having trailed at the halftime break.

The two sides will now meet on either Feb. 27 or 28 in the reverse fixture to decide which team advances. The winner will either meet Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City in the quarterfinals.

Scholes: Pogba didn’t earn Man United spot in 2012 before Juve stint

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Paul Pogba‘s young career has been bright, but a former Manchester United legend suggests that there was a time where the Frenchman struggled to find his way at Old Trafford.

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The 24-year-old Pogba is now in his second stint with the Red Devils, after spending four seasons in Italy with giants Juventus.

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes says though that back in 2012 — prior to Pogba’s move to Juve — that the physical player wasn’t pleased with the fact that he wasn’t getting regular minutes with the first team.

“Ferguson wanted me initially to come back and coach the reserve team with Warren Joyce,” he told BT Sport. “I said in September I’d come back. So I started helping Joycey, and I was training with the reserves.

“I was training every day with the likes of Pogba, Lingard, all these types of players. They were a really good side and I was really enjoying training. I was getting fit, I felt great, and it got to December time and the team was struggling a bit.

“They had a load of injuries, no central midfield players were fit. They ended up playing Phil Jones and Fabio da Silva in central midfield in a game against Blackburn at Old Trafford.

“Funnily enough that was the end of Pogba, because he thought he should have been playing instead of them. But he wasn’t doing well enough.”

Scholes, who had retired briefly in 2011, came back after just six months for the Red Devils, and ended up playing a year-and-a-half more following the decision to end his playing career.

It is widely believed that Pogba’s decision to head to Juventus was largely due to the impact of Scholes in the United squad.

Video: Rochdale puts Tottenham on upset alert at the half

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It’s been a tremendous season for Ian Henderson, particularly in the FA Cup, and now he and his side are one half away from upsetting one of the Premier League giants.

Henderson’s finish on the brink of halftime has put League One side Rochdale up 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur, as the minnows aim to become the first non-PL side to advance to the quarterfinals in this season’s tournament.

A sloppy giveaway from Spurs near midfield created the attack for the hosts, and allowed Rochdale to capitalize on one of its few attacks during the opening stanza.

Benfica routs Boavista 4-0 to take lead in Portugal

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Benfica routed Boavista 4-0 to move ahead of FC Porto at the top of the Portuguese league on Saturday.

Benfica is one point in front of Porto, which has two games to play.

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Ruben Dias opened the scoring for Benfica in the 18th minute when he headed in a pass from Jardel.

Jardel added a goal just before halftime. Boavista’s Nuno Henrique also scored an own goal before Raul Jimenez polished off the victory in the 90th.

Jonas had a penalty saved by Boavista goalkeeper Vagner with the score 0-0.

Porto hosts Rio Ave on Sunday. Sporting Lisbon is three points behind Benfica before visiting Tondela on Monday.