TIEMOUE Bakayoko will be available for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Stoke despite being involved in a minor car crash on Thursday (UK time).
The French midfielder reportedly didn’t suffer any serious injuries when he crashed his $250,000 Mercedes G63 AMG SUV after he left the Blues’ training ground at 4:40pm.
The 23-year-old, who completed a £40m from Monaco in the summer, crashed five minutes away from Chelsea’s training complex.
Bakayoko’s brother, Namory, has previously said that Tiemoue was worried about driving on the left side of the road in England instead of the right side (like in the rest of Europe).
“Tiemoue told me he wasn’t allowing himself to drive because he thinks it’s too crazy driving on the left! But he’ll get round to it,” Namory has said.
Chelsea reportedly expect Bakayoko to be ready to face the Potters, and teammate Michy Batshuayi tweeted he is fine, but coach Antonio Conte will provide more details during his press conference on Friday (UK time).
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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan received an injury boost on Thursday as tests showed he hasn’t suffered serious damage to his left knee.
Gundogan limped off after an hour of City’s League Cup win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday following a strong challenge from Claudio Yacob.
The Germany international was making his first start since last December after recovering from surgery on his right knee and it was feared he had sustained another major problem.
But Gundogan was examined by City’s medical staff on Thursday and no significant damage was revealed.
The problem was diagnosed as a sprain and the 26-year-old could soon be back in action.
“It is too early at this stage to give an exact time-frame on his absence but he is expected to be back on the training field in the coming days,” a statement on City’s website read.
Gundogan was in good spirits after the fitness update and he tweeted: “Hi all, thank you for all your messages!
“I’m happy to tell you my injury is nothing serious and I hope to be back soon on the pitch!”
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Meanwhile, coach Pep Guardiola has promised that Yaya Toure will be playing more minutes for City after making his first appearance of the season in the 2-1 League Cup win over West Brom.
The 34-year-old’s 300th appearance for the club was his first since signing a new one-year deal in June, and Guardiola said more game time will follow.
“We are going to use him,” he said.
“We need him and of course it’s not easy for the players who didn’t play in the last games.
“But he showed his personality because it’s not easy for him to play in these type of games at West Brom but he did it well and that’s why we’re happy for him to come back.”
Liverpool’s bid to end a four-game winless run will be boosted by the return of Emre Can, according to Liverpool Echo.
The German midfielder sustained a knock in the goalless draw with Burnley last round, but returned to training on Thursday ahead of a crucial clash with Leicester.
Can will reportedly take his place in the Reds’ midfield, but Jurgen Klopp still has headaches in defence.
They have conceded 10 goals in their last four matches, and have not been helped by Dejan Lovren’s late withdrawal from their last two games with a sore back.
Lovren was selected in the starting line-up for both the Burnley match and the midweek cup tie at Leicester, before pulling out.
Last weekend, Ragnar Klavan took his place, while on Tuesday, Joe Gomez moved across to centre-half as Jon Flanagan was recalled to play at full-back.
Lovren and Joel Matip both missed the latest training session, with Lovren set to miss a third consecutive match.
Klopp is reportedly hopeful that Matip will overcome a hamstring problem to face the Foxes, but the double absence could see Gomez partner Klavan partner again.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino could be set to hand Virgil van Dijk his first start of the season.
Van Dijk made a surprise return to the Southampton squad for last weekend’s win at Crystal Palace, making a late appearance off the bench.
The centre-back had been training alone in the run up to the transfer deadline after making it clear he wanted a move away.
Southampton stood firm despite interest from Liverpool and Chelsea and with the matter settled at least until January, Pellegrino is now ready to include the Holland international in his plans.
“We’ll decide tomorrow (Friday), but every single week Virgil is important because he is getting better,” said Pellegrino.
“After a long period of time without playing a game he is training well. It’s good news for us, because we need Virgil, like every single player in our squad.
“Virgil is a very important player for us. I think every single week he will improve, but at the same time he needs to train and play, because for me the best training session is playing games.”
Burnley have signed Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard until the end of the season after a shoulder injury to first choice Tom Heaton.
The Premier League club announced the deal on Thursday.
Former Manchester United gloveman Lindegaard was a free agent after being released by Preston North End in May.
Free agents can be signed by a club at any time during the season if they were released by their previous club before the end of the transfer window. “I’ve had a good week here and I’ve had a very good impression of the whole club and all the people here. It’s not hard to fit in nicely here,” the 33-year-old told Burnley’s website.
“It seems like an honest place and a very hard-working place and I appreciate being a part of it… I am here to try and sharpen up the competition in the goalkeepers’ department and we’ll see what happens down the line.” Club captain Heaton dislocated his shoulder against Crystal Palace on September 10 and had surgery last week.
Nick Pope came on as a substitute for Heaton in the 1-0 win over Palace and kept his place for the 1-1 Premier League draw at Liverpool last weekend and Tuesday’s penalty shootout League Cup defeat by Leeds United. “I have seen the first two games Nick has played and he’s done very well. I have a lot of respect for that,” Lindegaard said.
Burnley, who have started the season strongly with two wins and two draws in their first five games, host Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Originally published as Chelsea scare with star’s $250k car crash
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