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Where we bring you up to speed with what is going on around the Premier League and the news that will impact your decision making come the week's trading deadline.

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Arshavin aiming high with Gunners

"Arshavin has returned home to await the formality of a work permit before returning to London. While Gunners fans are likely to have to be patient for the debut of the playmaker, given the Russian domestic season finished in November, Arshavin is in no doubt of the expectations which await him."

[Wheels grind slowly in all UK bureaucracies, be they government or tech companies.  Unfortunately, Arshavin is listed as a striker on his player profile and on Arsenal's squad page as we were hoping he'd be a middie in the fantasy game.]

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Harry vows to make pairing work

"I don't see a problem. Robbie and Jermain can play together," Redknapp insisted.

"I wanted them both, I know them and they are good players - good players can always play together."

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Keane has been installed as the new Spurs team captain, and looks set to go straight into the side partnering Roman Pavlyuchenko against rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

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Albion boss has injury worries

West Brom are sweating over the fitness of three players ahead of Saturday's Premier League relegation clash with Newcastle at The Hawthorns.On-loan Arsenal striker Jay Simpson and the midfield duo of James Morrison and Robert Koren are all giving Baggies manager Tony Mowbray cause for concern.

Simpson suffered a hamstring strain during Wednesday's 3-1 defeat at Burnley in the FA Cup while Morrison and Koren are troubled by groin and hamstring niggles.

Mowbray already has eight other players on the injury list while defender Gianni Zuiverloon is suspended for the visit of Joe Kinnear's side after incurring five bookings during the campaign.

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Anichebe In Hot Water

Victor Anichebe's future at Everton - and more immediately his place in Wednesday night's FA Cup derby with Liverpool - could be in doubt following a bust-up.

The 20-year-old Nigeria international is believed to have had a row with manager David Moyes during training on Tuesday as the Toffees were preparing for the 211th Merseyside derby, when Everton face a fourth-round replay with Liverpool at Goodison Park.

But sources at the club maintain there was no face-to-face swearing match and the player was escorted from the training ground by physios.

[see also, Moyes ready to go with Jo's flow]

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Sbragia Warning For Gordon

Hungarian Marton Fulop has deputised for his Scottish counterpart, and Sbragia has warned Gordon he is no longer guaranteed a starting berth.

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"Marton has done extremely well and is keeping the others out and long may it continue.

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Lampard wins red-card appeal

An independent regulatory commission hearing today upheld Lampard's claim, resulting in the withdrawal of his three-match suspension.

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Bullard Blow Not Too Serious

[C]hairman Paul Duffen told the Hull Daily Mail: "Jimmy is completely stable.

"It is not the same injury as 18 months ago, and the worst-case scenario is that he will be out 10 days to two weeks. That means he will be available to return in time to play Tottenham.

"Even if he does need an operation, it will only be to trim a ligament - like Bernard Mendy had earlier in the season."

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Fergie monitoring Rooney progress

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will keep a close eye on Wayne Rooney's progress before this weekend's match against West Ham.The indications are that Rooney is nearing full fitness again after a five-match absence with a hamstring injury.

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But he could be in line to face the Hammers on Sunday, providing he puts in the minutes on the training ground in the coming days.

French defender Patrice Evra is also set to be fit for the trip to Upton Park, following an ankle injury suffered against Chelsea a month ago.

Nani is another player who could come into contention, after suffering a groin injury against Derby in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg victory.

 

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