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Premier League Roundup: Manager Dean Smith confirms Jonathan Kodjia's ankle injury

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Premier League Roundup: Manager Dean Smith confirms Jonathan Kodjia's ankle injury

We're less than two weeks into Premier League Season and things have already shaken up. Between dramatic draws, undeserved penalties and raucous fans, saying there's excitement going into Matchday 3 would be an understatement. 

Here's the latest news and notes surrounding the Premier League:

Team/Player News

Aston Villa: In lieu of opening weekend, Jonathan Kodjia's "high ankle sprain" has been confirmed by manager Dean Smith. This prevented the forward from any involvement At Villa Park, and could leave him sidelined until the end of August. But Kodjia's not alone: manager Smith proved himself to be the bearer of bad news yet again after confirming Kortney Hause's ankle injury that he picked up in Leipzig. The defender is still recovering.

Arsenal: It looks like the Gunner's busy pre-season ride was worth it. Winning both games this season, Dani Ceballos played an integral role in their second victory, setting up both Arsenal goals and leading the team to a 2-1 home win. 

Burnley: The Clarets were humbled this weekend (refresher: their matchday 1 game resulted in a 3-0 victory for Burnley), after the Gunners got the best of them and won 2-1. However, Ashley Barnes has been a consistent positive attribute to the team despite their rollercoaster of a start. Barnes has completed three goals in two matches, and his hot streak is expected to continue. 

Norwich City: The team dominated Newcastle in a 3-1 victory in their home opener, and they gave their fans quite the show in the process. Teemu Pukki recorded a hat-trick to loud and supportive home support, and the striker now leads the Premier League with four goals in two games. Between a stunning volley, and teaming up with midfielder Todd Cantwell for two goals/assists in the course of 12 minutes to finish off the Magpies, Pukki has risen to the top of everybody's fantasy team wish lists. 

Liverpool: Sadio Mane's start to the season was an exciting one. With the game tied, the Senegalese international made a move to his right before unleashing a deadly right-footed blast to give the Reds the lead. Liverpool continued to hold their own and finished victoriously 2-1 over Southampton, giving them six points within just two games.

Southampton: Maybe dropping Danny Ings from the starting XI wasn't the Saints' best idea. Following a drastic loss during week 1, Southampton entered their match against Liverpool hoping to shake things up. The team fell flat, losing 2-1, forward Danny Ings was able to make an impact once he was let off the bench. The forward scored the Saints' only goal in two games and the team is hoping for their first positive result next weekend against Brighton.

Manchester City: City have spent the entirety of this season so far crushing statistics. The team registered 32 shots to Tottenham's three, had 34 crosses to Tottenham's seven and took 13 corners to Tottenham's two. But these sweet plays weren't enough: the Spurs held their own and Manchester City ended their match on August 17th with a 2-2 tie. Kevin De Bruyne was the focal point for both goals.

Tottenham Hotspurs: Forward Erik Lamela can be accredited for both goals, assisting one and scoring another, and allowing the team to just barely escape The Etihad and end with a tie. Not long after City scored the opening point, a pass from Tanguy Ndombele set Lamela up with a bending effort from 20 yards out for his first goal, and the forward later landed an unstoppable corner.

Leicester City: Wilfred Ndidi was on both sides of the coin last game: both giving up and scoring a goal as Leicester City and Chelsea drew 1-1. In the first, Mason Mount picked Wilfred Ndidi’s pocket and coolly shot the ball by Kasper Schmeichel for his first Chelsea goal and the 1-0 advantage. Later in the game, Chelsea’s zonal marking broke down as Maddison found Ndidi on a corner for the second goal of the game.

Everton: Left-back Lucas Digne limped off with a suspected hamstring injury on Saturday, but fears were squashed after Everton boss Marco Silva alluded to the injury being "nothing special." But beware of wishful thinking: a trip to Villa Park doesn't seem likely (or realistic) for Digne.

Wolverhampton: Man United spent much time hosting a crowded box, but it wasn't enough to keep Wolves' Raul Neves from shooting through the defense, leading to a 1-1 draw. Neves' goal was followed by a Paul Pogba miss on an undeserved penalty, and the match ended in a tie.

Source: NBC Sports Rotoworld

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Premier League Roundup: Arsenal youngster Joe Willock takes on leadership role

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Premier League Roundup: Arsenal youngster Joe Willock takes on leadership role

The top teams in the league have now begun to balance European competitions with the Premier League slate, adding a bit of flavor to some lineups.

Whether in the Champions League or the Europa League, there are some balancing acts to be played. In Arsenal's case, they've turned to one of their homegrown prospects, Joe Willock, to take on a more veteran role in the middle of the pitch.

Here's the latest news from around the Premier League:

Player notes

Arsenal: Manager Unai Emery sent a handful of Arsenal Academy graduates onto the pitch Thursday as the Gunners opened Europa League group play against Eintracht Frankfurt, and the move paid off. Midfielder Joe Willock scored the game's first goal, inspiring Arsenal to secure a 3-0 win. Willock controlled possession for the Gunners throughout the match and was lively defensively. But Bukayo Saka, another Gunner youngster, scored a highlight-reel goal before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a third.

West Ham United: The Hammers will be faced with a decision this weekend as their first-choice left-back Arthur Masuaku picked up two red cards Monday night and a subsequent suspension for the next match.

Chelsea: After months of speculation, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi inked a new five-year deal with the club. He's the latest homegrown product to sign a long-term deal with the club, joining Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Newcastle United: American international Deandre Yedlin will return to action and compete for a starting spot on the Magpies' backline after recovering from groin surgery. 

Source: Rotoworld

Premier League Roundup: Everton's André Gomes sidelined indefinitely

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Premier League Roundup: Everton's André Gomes sidelined indefinitely

As teams around the world prepare for the start of Champions League play, the Premier League continues to ramp up play.

Here are the latest updates from the Premier League:

Player Notes

Everton: Marco Silva said midfielder André Gomes was unable to practice due to a rib injury he sustained in week four. Gomes' status is uncertain for the near future.

Chelsea: 21-year-old forward Tammy Abraham scores a hat trick in Chelsea's 5-2 win over Wolves. Abraham has established himself as Chelsea's top forward, as he has now scored 7 goals on 11 shots over the past three games.

Norwich City: An extensive injury report could not stop the Canaries against Manchester City, as striker Teemu Pukki tallied a goal and an assist. Norwich City now finds itself with two wins and three losses after the historic 3-2 victory over the reigning Premier League champions.

Tottenham Hotspur: Forward Son Heung-min scored twice as the Spurs scorched Crystal Palace for four goals in the first half, blanking Crystal Palace the rest of the way. The well-balanced offensive attack saw six different Tottenham players contribute at least one point.

Liverpool: Midfielder Roberto Firmino impresses off the bench with a late assist to forward Mohamed Salah as Liverpool pulls off the comeback win against Newcastle United. 

Source: Rotoworld