Federico Fernandez is available to play for Swansea City in a crunch Premier League clash against Bournemouth, Carlos Carvalhal has confirmed.
Fernandez missed last week’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea, during which full-back Kyle Naughton was forced to play out of position in the middle of defence.
Winger Luciano Narsingh is also available after recovering from an ankle injury, but Kyle Bartley, Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony remain unavailable.
“Fede has recovered,” Carvalhal told reporters on Thursday. “He is training with the team with no problems so he is available.
“At this moment we just have Bartley who has not recovered yet and the two long-term injuries, Fer and Bony.
“Angel Rangel, Leon Britton, Renato Sanches, Fede Fernandez and Luciano Narsingh are all training and available.”
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Swansea sit a point and a place above the drop zone with three matches remaining, two of which are at home to relegation rivals Southampton and Stoke City.
The Sydney-born attacker proved a big hit in the blue half of Merseyside after leading Millwall to the 2004 FA Cup Final, spending eight seasons at Goodison Park and netting 56 Premier League goals.
He has remained a dedicated member of the Socceroos squad, breaking their all-time scoring record in 2014 – fittingly at The Den – and could set a new appearance record if he features at the World Cup.
But Cahill admits that the frequent to-ing and fro-ing from Asia to Europe meant he sometimes turned out for the Toffees still feeling jetlagged from the long flight back from international duty.
Speaking in the June 2018 issue of FourFourTwo, out now, he says: “Have I ever played while jetlagged? One hundred per cent. When you play for Australia and in the Premier League, it’s a recipe for disaster.
“You’ll finish a game on a Saturday, fly Sunday, get there Monday and train Tuesday, then play on Wednesday and fly back as you’ve got a game on Sunday. I did that so many times with Everton – that’s why you have to make better decisions later in your career. It’s a big reason why I left Everton.
“A few players were shocked [when I signed for New York Red Bulls in 2012] as I hadn’t told anyone about it – it was done so quickly and quietly, because that’s the way I like to do business.
“I remember going into the treatment room and Joleon Lescott, Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman were there. I told them: ‘I’m off.’ They said: ‘What?! Where are you going?’ I said: ‘New York – it’s being announced in an hour.’ They were like, ‘What?!’ I think Jags [Phil Jagielka] turned around and half-slapped me. He said: ‘Nothing ceases to amaze me about decisions with you!’ because one week I was playing and the next week I was off to MLS. But I wanted to experience a new adventure.”
Cahill is also quick to hail former Toffees boss David Moyes, and believes Everton have missed the authenticity of the Scot – now in charge of West Ham – since he left to join Manchester United in 2013.
“He was a massive influence on my career,” says the 38-year-old. “He’s like a father figure to me in football – someone I always call on for all of the big decisions. He believed in me from day one.
“What he did for Everton goes beyond being a great coach: they miss how much he really loved the club. You’ve got to be careful what you wish for when you want money and change, as you lose a little bit of authenticity. I love him just as much for the way he took care of his players off the park.”
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The Football Association (FA) has confirmed Islam Slimani has been given a three-match ban, ruling the Newcastle United striker out of the rest of the season.
Slimani will be unavailable for Newcastle’s remaining matches against Watford, Tottenham and Chelsea, bringing an unproductive loan spell from Leicester City to an end.
The suspension was handed down after Slimani kicked out at defender Craig Dawson towards the end of West Brom’s 1-0 win at St James’ Park, with the incident not seen by the officials.
“He accepted the charge but argued the suspension was excessive,” an FA statement said. “This was rejected by an independent regulatory commission.”
The Algeria international made a single Premier League start for Newcastle after having his stay interrupted by injury, while he failed to score for the club.
Slimani has struggled to make an impact since arriving at Leicester in a €30million deal from Sporting CP in August 2016 that made him the Foxes’ club-record signing.
To celebrate the FA Women’s Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday, two longstanding institutions – the FA and Hasbro – have come together to create a limited edition of the classic finger-flicking table-top game.
Every Arsenal and Chelsea player has been specially hand-crafted, and six substitutes for each team have been included.
The bad news is that this edition can’t be bought, and will only be winnable via the FA’s social media pages in due course.
Marzena Bogdanowicz, the FA’s head of marketing and commercial for women’s football, said: “This new, all-female Subbuteo set is a reflection of the rapid growth that women’s football is seeing in the UK right now.
“We aspire to greater equality all the way from board games to boardrooms, and every day we are striving to transform the future of the women’s game on and off the pitch.”
Hasbro senior vice president James Walker added: “We are incredibly excited to work with the FA to place focus on female footballers in this special edition of Subbuteo.
“Subbuteo has a rich heritage that reflects the nation’s love of football and this all-female playset is recognition of the vital role that women’s football has in our culture.”
Please, though, competition winners: don’t accidentally kneel on Fran Kirby – nobody deserves to go the way of FFT‘s poor Alan Shearer England model.