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'Swansea is the perfect club for me'


Some quotes from 20-year-old Ginacarlo Gallifuoco, who has joined Swansea on a one-year deal.

The Australia-born midfielder was released by Tottenham in the summer after his contract expired.

"I'm very excited," he said. "It's the perfect club for me to take the next step in my career and I can't wait to get started. I had a brief chat with Garry Monk and he said that there are opportunities at this club if I work hard and that's what I intend to do."

Swansea signing


Swansea sign midfielder Giancarlo Gallifuoco on a one-year contract.

Premier League team news

Leicester v Arsenal (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Leicester could hand a debut to former Inter Milan and Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso if he receives international clearance in time. Definitely unavailable for the Foxes are midfielder Matty James and Matthew Upson, who have shin and foot injuries respectively.

Arsenal are without injured trio Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud. The game may come too soon for David Ospina but Aaron Ramsey returns after serving a one-game European ban.

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Cricket: India batsman Rohit Sharma has been ruled out for the rest of his side's tour of England with a broken finger.

Equestrian: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro win their first freestyle dressage world title for Great Britain in France.

Formula 1: A group of ex-Caterham employees have issued employment tribunal proceedings against the team claiming unfair dismissal, their lawyer says.

Rowing: Great Britain win silver and bronze in the non-Olympic class events on day six of the World Rowing Championships.

Premier League team news

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to recall the senior players who were rested in Thursday's Europa League win against AEL Limassol. Spurs will assess Roberto Soldado, who was unavailable in midweek because of neck and back problems, while new signing Federico Fazio is available.

Liverpool could hand debuts to Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana. The Reds will assess injured defenders Glen Johnson, Alberto Moreno, Martin Skrtel and Jose Enrique.

Premier League team news

Aston Villa v Hull City (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

Aston Villa defenders Ron Vlaar and Aly Cissokho return for Sunday's visit of Hull, having missed the midweek League Cup defeat by Leyton Orient because of minor injuries. Jores Okore is still sidelined with a knee injury but should be fit after the international break.

Hull's new signing Michael Dawson could make his debut in place of James Chester, who is suspended. Manager Steve Bruce has no new reported injury concerns.

Premier League team news

Everton v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Everton striker Samuel Eto'o could make his debut against his former club if he can prove his fitness in training. Fellow former Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku may feature despite picking up an injury against Arsenal, but Steven Pienaar is out with a groin problem.

Didier Drogba is on standby to start for Chelsea because Diego Costa is nursing a minor hamstring injury suffered in training. Forward Andre Schurrle is available after overcoming a foot problem.

Premier League team news

West Ham v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

West Ham could be without six first-team players, with midweek goalscorer Diafra Sakho potentially among them because of a back complaint. Matt Jarvis, Carl Jenkinson and James Collins have all joined long-term injury absentees Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has a near fully fit squad available to him. The only likely absentee is midfielder Lloyd Isgrove, who lasted just 30 minutes against Millwall on Tuesday.

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Premier League team news

Swansea v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Defender Federico Fernandez made his Swansea debut against Rotherham on Tuesday and could replace Jordi Amat against West Brom. Knee injuries have sidelined Marvin Emnes and Leon Britton, with the latter out for at least three more weeks.

West Brom defender Joleon Lescott is training again after a knee injury but will not face Swansea. Fellow new arrivals Georgios Samaras and Silvestre Varela are lacking match fitness and will not play.

Premier League team news

QPR v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

QPR's Alejandro Faurlin has suffered his third anterior cruciate ligament injury in the last three years and will be sidelined for much of the season. New signing Eduardo Vargas is again unavailable as he is still awaiting a work permit, but Charlie Austin could return after a hamstring strain.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has a fully fit squad available. A host of players are set to return after sitting out the midweek League Cup win over Birmingham.


Newcastle v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


Neil Warnock managed Crystal Palace from October 2007 to March 2010 and returned to the club this week.

Premier League team news

Newcastle v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Newcastle will again be without midfielder Cheick Tiote and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who have hamstring and ankle problems respectively. Summer signing Siem de Jong is in line for his first start at St James' Park.

Wilfried Zaha is expected to play for Crystal Palace after returning to the club on a season-long loan deal. Jason Puncheon returns after a one-match ban but Scott Dann remains doubtful with a hip problem and Joe Ledley is out with a groin strain.

Premier League team news

Manchester City v Stoke City (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko has recovered from a thigh injury sustained against Liverpool on Monday. Central defender Eliaquim Mangala is not ready to play.

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic should be involved, having returned to training on Thursday following a rib injury. Phil Bardsley is a doubt with a knee problem and fellow defender Geoff Cameron could be out for a two weeks because of an injury.

Premier League team news

Burnley v Manchester United (Saturday, 12:45 BST)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche will restore a host of players rested for the League Cup defeat by Sheffield Wednesday. Apart from Sam Vokes, Dyche should have a fully fit squad available to him.

Midfielder Angel Di Maria is set to make his debut for Manchester United following his £59.7m British transfer record signing from Real Madrid. Fellow new recruit Marcos Rojo is still awaiting clearance on a work permit so will have to wait until after the international break to make his first appearance for Louis van Gaal's side.