When Danny Welbeck landed awkwardly against Chelsea, many Arsenal fans feared another long absence from the English striker.
Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be too bad.
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The 26-year-old forward is set for at least three weeks out with a groin injury. Arsene Wenger says his status will be reassessed after the international break ends in mid-October, which doesn’t bode well for his England availability either.
Welbeck had started all five Premier League matches for the Gunners, scoring on Opening Day against Leicester City and posting a two-goal, one-assist day versus Bournemouth.
The Gunners sit 12th with seven points after five match days.
The league cup is back this week, now known as the Carabao Cup, and there are several intriguing matchups that will take place when the third round picks up on Tuesday.
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Leicester City hosts Liverpool in the game of the afternoon as the Premier Leaguers do battle at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes enter the match winless in their last three, while Jurgen Klopp‘s side has suffered similar fate recently, including this weekend’s 1-1 draw against Burnley.
Overall, three of Tuesday’s matches include all Premier League clashes, with Bournemouth-Brighton and Crystal Palace-Huddersfield the other two meetings.
Outside of the PL, Championship leaders Leeds United travels to the Turf Moor to meet Burnley, who has started out strong in their opening five matches in England’s top flight.
Here’s the breakdown of all of Tuesday’s third-round matches.
2:45 p.m. ET kick off
Bournemouth vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Aston Villa vs. Middlesbrough
Brentford vs. Norwich City
Bristol City vs. Stoke City
Burnley vs. Leeds United
Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield Town
Leicester City vs. Liverpool
West Ham United vs. Bolton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Bristol Rovers
3 p.m. ET kick off
Reading vs. Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Barnsley
England and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore has been given a break from his club due to fatigue.
Livermore didn’t play in this weekend’s 0-0 home draw with West Ham United and will not return to training until Thursday.
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Manager Tony Pulis said the club analyzed Livermore’s numbers from the past few matches, and noted that they weren’t up to the player’s standards.
“We checked all of Jake’s running stats and his data and he had dropped off a bit. So we giving him a couple of days off. … I think for the first time going away with England during the summer and then having these two call-ups, I think playing all the time has really, really taken it out of the boy.”
The headline on West Brom’s piece is “Livermore Recharges His Batteries,” which rings nicely for the midfielder.
The break caused some concern from supporters, who remember his failed drug test following the death of his child. Here’s what Livermore says about the break, via his Twitter:
“I hadn’t had this time in summer due to international duties and then myself wanting to do a full pre-season with my then new team-mates. All is good in the Livermore house hold but thanks for those who showed concerns.”
The Baggies had taken seven points from their first four matches before Saturday’s nil-nil.
There appears to be good news on the Ederson front after the goalkeeper’s terrible head injury on Saturday.
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The Manchester City shot stopper was in training for the Premier League side on Monday, after his horrid collision with Sadio Mane during City’s 5-0 win over Liverpool this weekend.
Ederson, who joined the Citizens over the summer from Benfica, could be in line to start on Wednesday when the English side travels to Holland to face Dutch champions Feyenoord in the UEFA Champions League.
Manager Pep Guardiola also has Claudio Bravo available at the goalkeeper position, with Joe Hart currently on loan at West Ham.
West Ham United needed something positive on Monday after the way the club started the 2017/18 Premier League season, and the Hammers delivered at home.
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The Hammers picked up a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium, snapping the team’s three-match winless run to start the season.
Meanwhile, the defeat for Huddersfield is the club’s first since joining the PL. David Wagner‘s side sits on nine points through its first four matches.
The Hammers midfielder broke the deadlock with 18 minutes remaining after a wicked deflection from Zanka sent Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lössl the wrong way.
Then, second-half substitute Andre Ayew doubled the West Ham lead five minutes later to seal the match for the hosts.
Philip Billing provided the Terriers with the squad’s first real chance of the match in the 53rd minute, when the midfielder unleashed an effort from distance that required Joe Hart to get down to make the save.
The Hammers provided much of the early pressure, and nearly found a breakthrough on 13 minutes when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez blasted a close-range shot off the crossbar.
Jonas Lössl kept the game scoreless prior to the half-hour mark after James Collins‘ header safely rolled into the Huddersfield goalkeeper’s arms in the 26th minute.
The Terriers struggled to mount any significant build up in the attack as West Ham carried out most of the pressure in the Huddersfield half during the opening stanza.