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  1. Manchester City defender John Stones has been ruled out for up to five weeks with a muscular injury, says Pep Guardiola. The England centre-back suffered the problem in training ahead of City's Champions League opener against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
  2. Week 6 20 September Southampton v Bournemouth 21 September Leicester v Tottenham Burnley v Norwich Everton v Sheffield United Man City v Watford Newcastle v Brighton 22 September Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton West Ham v Man United Arsenal v Aston Villa Chelsea v Liverpool
  3. Week 5 Standings 1 Whispered Secret (6) 43 2 DarknessandHope (7) 35 3 Green Fox (7) 34 4 Mission Man in AZ (3) 32 5 Jimmy James (6) 31 5 Tacitus (6) 31 7 Stevie54uk (3) 30 7 JimCT (5) 30
  4. Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out until October with an ankle injury. The club revealed the news on their website and confirmed the France international had been playing with the problem for the last few weeks but now needs to "rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness."
  5. Sept 13 (Reuters) - Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker will be out until after the next international break in mid-October but midfielder Naby Keita should return to training with the first team next week, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday. Brazilian Alisson injured his calf in Liverpool's Premier League opener against Norwich City last month and the European champions have kept only one clean sheet in all competitions in his absence so far. Keita, who suffered a groin injury last month, has missed Liverpool's last three matches. "Alisson looks good and he is improving, but we cannot put any pressure on it," Klopp told reporters ahead of Saturday's home game against Newcastle United. "It was a really serious injury in the calf. "It is now much better and that's good for us and good for him, but we don't know exactly (how long it will take). The target was always after the next international break. "Naby is close. He could be in training when we come back from (Liverpool's Champions League group stage match against) Napoli next week." Newcastle are 14th in the table under new manager Steve Bruce but Klopp is not taking them lightly after they beat Tottenham Hotspur away last month. "They are very difficult to play against," the German said. "The style is similar to last season. They defend with a big heart. It won't be easy. "I'm really impressed by the things they have done so far. Newcastle had something like 20% possession against Tottenham but they deserved the three points. They will fight like crazy." Liverpool are seeking their fifth victory of the season and a club record-extending 14th straight top flight win. Klopp's side are also unbeaten at Anfield in their last 40 league matches. "It was clear we had to change things," he said. "We had to make Anfield a fortress again. We created a proper basis together, it became more difficult for teams to get something."
  6. Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out for five to six months after undergoing knee surgery. The 25-year-old was stretchered off in City's win against Brighton before the international break and Pep Guardiola confirmed the extent of his injury.
  7. Alan Shearer blames Michael Owen for Newcastle's Premier League relegation back in 2009, according to former team-mate Michael Bridges. Owen's new autobiography, Reboot - My Life, My Time, has lifted the lid on a 10-year spat between the pair since their time together at St James' Park. In the book, former Liverpool and England forward Owen describes joining Newcastle from Real Madrid in 2005 to partner Shearer up front as a 'downward step' Bridges, who played with both during his career, believes Owen has not only "disrespected the club massively" but also claims Shearer, who was interim manager at the time of their 2009 relegation, blames Owen's attitude and lack of effort for the club's demise. When Alan (Shearer) got the job, he kind of held Michael Owen accountable for part of the relegation," Bridges told Optus Sports. "And that also comes from a guy called Paul Ferris, who was the physio at the time. "He said for a man that has played only 58 Premier League games for Newcastle - scored 26 goals, taken $22m in wages out of the club - to say he didn't want to be there, didn't enjoy it ... I think he's disrespected the club massively. "Ferris said in the last six months of Owen's contract they couldn't even get him to play in games because he was more worried about the next deal that was coming. So, his heart wasn't in it and Alan has never spoken about it but he holds him accountable. "And now it's going to be coming out in the book and he's really upset a lot of Newcastle fans."
  8. The EFL has agreed to discuss the matter of Bury's potential re-entry into the Football League following their expulsion last week. The Shakers were expelled from the league, losing their place in League One, after C&N Sporting Risk pulled out of a proposed takeover of the club However, there are calls for the governing body to reconsider its decision, with an alternative option being the club are re-admitted into League Two for the 2020/21 season. An EFL statement released on Tuesday has said the organisation will consult the remaining 71 clubs in the coming weeks regarding Bury's situation. There is no precedent for a club to enter the EFL directly through an application for admission or readmission following withdrawal of membership with it a "complex situation that raises questions of due process, precedent and fairness as well as financial implications". However, it goes on to say any such move would be dependent on "clear evidence being required of the club's financial viability and its ability to fulfil its ongoing commitments". Bury insist a £7m takeover bid by another party had been submitted prior to the second deadline on August 27. The club's general manager Scott Johnson said after Tuesday's announcement: "We think this is common sense. We think it's very positive and we welcome the news. "What we'll do now is prepare and move forward and assist Bury Football Club's application to the Football Association. "If we were to be relegated to League Two we would obviously still have the football league status and my understanding is that one of the buyers would still be prepare to purchase the club." "Of course, if we are re-admitted it does set a precedent, not just for Bury Football Club but any other club that does get into difficulty "Football is very reciprocal, you can get promoted or relegated and fall into difficulties and it is important that everyone is looked after in the football family going forward."
  9. Week 5 14 September Liverpool v Newcastle Brighton v Burnley Man United v Leicester Sheffield United v Southampton Tottenham v Crystal Palace Wolverhampton v Chelsea Norwich v Man City 15 September Bournemouth v Everton Watford v Arsenal 16 September Aston Villa v West Ham
  10. Week 4 Standings 1 Whispered Secret (8) 37 2 Mission Man in AZ (11) 29 3 DarknessandHope (12) 28 4 Stevie54uk (8) 27 4 Green Fox (7) 27 6 Jimmy James (7) 25 6 Tacitus (4) 25 6 Jim CT (9) 25
  11. Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is close to joining Roma on a season-long loan for a €3m (£2.7m) fee, according to Sky in Italy. The 29-year-old visited United's headquarters on Thursday to define his exit and is expected to fly to Italy in the evening to undergo a medical.
  12. An international consortium has £7m in the bank and is ready to complete a takeover of Bury, if the EFL agrees to reinstate the club, Sky Sports News understands. The consortium says it has shown the EFL proof of funds and was in negotiations to buy the club on Tuesday night, before Bury were removed from the Football League. The EFL made the decision to expel Bury after a proposed takeover by C&N Sporting Risk fell through on Tuesday afternoon, just hours before the 5pm deadline. Bury were unable to fulfil any of their fixtures at the start of this season after owner Steve Dale failed to prove he could pay off creditors and show adequate operational funding.
  13. Week 4 31 August Southampton v Man United Chelsea v Sheffield United Crystal Palace v Aston Villa Leicester v Bournemouth Man City v Brighton Newcastle v Watford West Ham v Norwich Burnley v Liverpool 1 Sept Everton v Wolverhampton Arsenal v Tottenham