HUDDERSFIELD’S Premier League survival bid has been boosted by the return to full fitness of Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy in time for the visit of Swansea.
Mooy has missed the last three games due to an infected cut on a knee and his club manager, David Wagner, left little doubt as to the impact he thinks the Aussie can have on his side’s relegation battle.
“He’s back and has been back in full training for the whole week without any issues,” Wagner confirmed.
“He’s looked very sharp and very good this week in training and of course he’s a very important player for us.
“This is what he’s shown in the past, that he usually, in the middle of games, is able to dictate the speed of the game and we’re very happy that we have him back.”
Mooy, who has scored four goals and made three assists in the top flight this season, returned to somewhere near his best form in last month’s 4-1 home win against Bournemouth.
He had looked tired during Huddersfield’s eight-game winless run in the top flight prior to that match and Wagner expects him to be refreshed for the run-in.
“He played so many minutes in so many games and I think it was beneficial for him that his body has taken a break now,” Wagner said.
Mooy’s return was offset by news Michael Hefele will be out for up to eight weeks following knee surgery, while Wagner also confirmed fellow defender Terence Kongolo is expected to miss the next two games due to a hip injury.
Town sit three points above the bottom three after winning two of their last three top-flight matches and the clash with relegation rivals Swansea is followed next week by the visit of fellow strugglers Crystal Palace.
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A minute into the second-half, Minamino had his second, but League One Lincoln responded to get two goals to remember the night by.Tayo Edun finished off a great team move and Lewis Montsma headed home a corner.
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But Liverpool continued to find the net at the other end as Marko Grujic briefly made it 6-1 before Divock Origi rounded off the scoring.
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Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring 11 minutes in before Traore showed why Villa spent £17 million ($A31 million) to sign him from Lyon last week with a cute finish from a narrow angle.
Another Villa new boy Ollie Watkins then grabbed his first goal for the club 17 minutes from time as Dean Smith’s men set up a last 16 clash with Stoke.
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Liam Delap, son of former Stoke midfielder Rory Delap, took just 18 minutes to score on his City debut with a fine finish into the top corner from Foden’s pass.
However, the lead lasted just four minutes as Bournemouth’s Sam Sturridge spun inside the City box before firing into the far corner.
Guardiola introduced the artillery he had on the bench after half-time in Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, but it was another first-team regular in Foden who made the breakthrough after Riyad Mahrez’s shot came back off the post. City will travel to Burnley in the last 16.
He fell out of favour last term after a series of high-profile errors before the lockdown.
And while the Spaniard regained his place at the outset of Project Restart, he lost it again to Willy Caballero for the FA Cup semi-final and final.
Chelsea spent much of the summer seeking to land Mendy and any chance of Arrizabalaga keeping his position as first choice evaporated with his performances in the club’s opening two Premier League games.
He was badly at fault for Brighton’s goal in the 3-1 defeat at the Amex before a disastrous blunder gifted Sadio Mane Liverpool’s killer second in Sunday’s win at the Bridge.
Mendy, who has signed a five-year deal, said: Mendy said: “I am so excited to be joining Chelsea.
“It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad. I can’t wait to get started.”