Both Fernandinho and Pep Guardiola have provided brief updates on the Brazilian midfielder’s fitness, on the back of Manchester City’s derby victory.
Silva and Sane on target
City travelled to Old Trafford last night, for a crunch meeting with Manchester rivals United.
The clash marked a crucial one in both the race for the Premier League title, and the battle for a spot in the English top-flight’s top-4.
But, when all was said and done, there could only be one winner, with visitors City having eventually emerged victorious by means of a 2-0 scoreline.
A superb team performance on the part of the Citizens saw Bernardo Silva open the scoring 10 minutes into the second-half, before substitute Leroy Sane made sure of all 3 points for Pep Guardiola’s men with a breakaway strike in the 66th-minute.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 24, 2019
One negative on an otherwise stellar night’s work for City, however, came in the form of a major blow on the injury-front.
Just 5 minutes into the second-half, Sky Blues’ midfield linchpin Fernandinho was forced off with a muscular problem.
The Brazilian, who was this morning named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, would mark a telling absence in the middle of the park for City over the coming weeks, with the champions now just 3 fixtures away from retaining their English top-flight crown.
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As such, speaking in the aftermath of his side’s crucial win at Old Trafford, Pep Guardiola was questioned on Fernandinho’s well-being.
And the Spanish tactician had the following to say:
‘Fernandinho had a little problem at half-time. And when he went down, I thought he would not be able to continue. So we brought on Leroy.’
‘We will see…’
Fernandinho himself, meanwhile, also provided an update on his injury problem, confirming that he is set to undergo tests today to determine the seriousness of the issue:
‘We will see on Thursday. We are going to make the scan and we will see. I will talk to the doctor and he will make the best decision for everybody.’
‘When I blocked the shot from Paul I felt my knee. It twisted a little bit. I could continue playing but I came off. That’s what it is.’
Quotes via Sky Sports
Manchester United have this evening provided early team news for the club’s meeting with Southampton this weekend.
Man United 1-2 Crystal Palace
The Red Devils welcomed Crystal Palace to Old Trafford last weekend, for their 3rd Premier League clash of the campaign.
United headed into proceedings hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance, having followed their opening day drubbing of Chelsea with a lacklustre 1-1 draw with Wolves.
However, things only went from bad to worse for the Manchester giants versus Palace.
A dismal display on the part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men looked as though it was set to result in the shares being spoiled, after Daniel James cancelled out Jordan Ayew’s first-half strike.
Incredibly, however, Palace went on to bag a late winner against the run of play, as Patrick van Aanholt slammed home at David De Gea’s near post.
90 – Patrick van Aanholt has become only the second ever player to score a 90th minute winner vs Man Utd in the Premier League, after Thierry Henry with Arsenal in January 2007. Van Aanholt is the first to do so in a match at Old Trafford. Incredible. #MUNCRY pic.twitter.com/uITm70IWZV
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 24, 2019
Martial & Shaw ruled out
An altogether miserable afternoon’s work for United, meanwhile, was compounded by a pair of blows on the injury front.
First off, Luke Shaw was forced off with a hamstring problem on the stroke of half-time.
And this was followed by Anthony Martial also pulling up with an issue, shortly before the full-time whistle.
Speaking in a press conference following his side’s defeat, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down the pair’s respective fitness concerns:
‘We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully they won’t be too bad and maybe we can have them training during the week.’
However, the days since have seen the news on both United stars prove far from encouraging.
As such, in anticipation of their upcoming meeting with Southampton, Manchester United have this evening provided an update on the fitness of Shaw and Martial.
As was expected, Shaw’s hamstring issue has seen the stopper ruled out.
While some hope had remained for Martial, though, the French attacker’s chances of featuring at St. Mary’s have also been officially shut down:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 29, 2019
Reliable injury expert Ben Dinnery, meanwhile, has since provided further updates on all of Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah:
Diogo Dalot will also miss the trip to St Mary’s, but it is hoped that the Portuguese defender would be in line to return after the international break. Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah remain long-term absentees. #MUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) August 29, 2019
Footage of Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes’ emotional celebrations following his side’s victory versus Crystal Palace has emerged online this afternoon.
Watford vs Crystal Palace
Javi Gracia’s men welcomed Palace to Vicarage Road a short time ago, for an FA Cup quarter-final showdown.
The Hornets secured their place in the tournament’s final-8 courtesy of a 1-0 win at QPR last month.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, meanwhile, put League One outfit Doncaster Rovers to the sword by 2 goals to nil in their own last-16 outing.
Watford march on
This afternoon’s clash saw Watford come out of the traps on top, with the hosts having been rewarded for their positive start when Etienne Capoue stabbed home to open the scoring following a corner in the 27th-minute.
Palace grew into proceedings as the matchup wore on, though, before deservedly pulling level just past the hour-mark, courtesy of a superb finish from Michy Batshuayi.
The closing half-hour saw both sides threaten to bag a winner, with the tie-clinching strike having eventually come 10 minutes from time, when a typically-classy piece of work from Roberto Pereyra saw the Argentine pick out substitute Andre Gray for a volleyed finish.
Andre Gray! 🐝
Watford are 11 minutes from the FA Cup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/2GvbYWLDJz
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 16, 2019
Gomes brought to tears
The final-whistle sounding this afternoon unsurprisingly led to frantic celebrations among the home crowd, with Watford now set for a memorable trip to Wembley on the 6th of April.
However, no individual inside Vicarage Road appeared more emotional on the back of the Hornets’ victory than shot-stopper Heurelho Gomes.
38-year-old Gomes is set to call time on his career this summer, following 5 years on Watford’s books.
However, with the Brazilian sitting firmly behind Ben Foster in the club’s goalkeeping pecking order, today’s appearance may very well have marked Gomes’ last in front of the Hornets’ faithful at Vicarage Road.
And the significance of the occasion was certainly not lost on the former Spurs star, who, as he made his way around the pitch following the full-time whistle to take in the adulation of the home fans, couldn’t help but let the tears flow:
In probably his last game at Vicarage Road, Heurelho Gomes soaks up the applause of the home faithful.
What a servant he has been for Watford, they love him 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/mD3fglRZqT
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 16, 2019
Look at what this means to Heurelho Gomes 😢💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/8HgT6NYSkl
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 16, 2019