Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Crystal Palace
Fosu-Mensah and Crystal Palace were unfortunate to conceded a late goal to in-form Harry Kane when Tottenham Hotspur visited Selhurst Park on Sunday. The young defender was given the difficult task of stopping the striker, who seemed to venture to Fosu-Mensah more than the physical presence of James Tomkins. However, the Dutch international stuck to his task diligently, only for Kane to score off a late header from a corner.
Fosu-Mensah is unable to play in the Eagles’ next fixture, a home match-up against his parent club Manchester United.
Andreas Pereira – Valencia CF
Great news came from Valencia earlier this week as Andreas Pereira returned to training after almost a month on the sidelines. It is yet to be confirmed if the playmaker will be fit to face Athletic Club Bilbao on Wednesday night.
Pereira has a big second half of the season ahead of him. With Scott McTominay’s recent success in the starting squad, the Brazilian faces stiff opposition in the midfield position back at Old Trafford.
Sam Johnstone – Aston Villa
Aston Villa returned to winning ways after a thrilling 4-2 away win at Sheffield Wednesday. The visitors made it hard work for themselves, coming from behind twice, before eventually running away with all three points.
Johnstone was a busy man throughout the game and made some key saves in the second-half that kept his team in the match. One save in particular was superb, making use of his big frame to prevent a certain goal on the line after a scramble in the box.
Steve Bruce’s side are nipping at the heels of Cardiff City who sit a place above them in second. Villa will look to shorten the gap when they host Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa
Axel Tuanzebe was not in the squad for Aston Villa’s away win at Sheffield Wednesday. Manager Steve Bruce confirmed that the defender had injured his hamstring in training.
There have been no reports on his fitness ahead of Villa’s clash against Queens Park Rangers this coming Saturday.
James Wilson – Sheffield United
As expected, Wilson missed Sheffield United’s loss against Hull City because of an ankle injury. It was predicted that because of his teams quick turnaround, manager Chris Wilder would not risk any further damage to the striker’s injury.
Wilson unfortunately did not pass his late fitness test before tonight's away trip to Reading. The Blades ran out 3-1 winners.
Demetri Mitchell – Hearts
Demetri Mitchell got another 90 minutes of action as Hearts fell to a 2-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday. Hearts never got going in the game and were consistently on the back foot in a match-up that the hosts controlled from the first whistle.
Off the field, Mitchell has echoed his full commitment to Hearts for the remainder of the season.
“I am just worried at the moment about achieving as much as possible and doing well with Hearts,” he told Edinburgh Evening News.
“It is nice to hear the manager say I’m a good signing but I have only played eight games and there is a lot more to come.”
Mitchell also spoke of his former team-mate and good friend, Scott McTominay.
“He has really grown up and he is playing some excellent football right now. We have played together since I was eight and we have grown up together.”
The fast-paced full-back returned to action this evening, playing 80 minutes in Hearts‘ 1-1 home draw against Kilmarnock.
Dean Henderson – Shrewsbury Town
Dean Henderson put in a solid performance as Shrewsbury Town continued their push for promotion with a 2-0 away win at Charlton Athletic in League One. The young shot-stopper made some important early saves denying Josh Magennis and Joe Aribo. The visitors struck early in the second-half before sealing the game 20 minutes before time with a second goal.
Henderson was quieter in the second-half, but was alert when called upon to ensure his team grabbed all three points. Shrewsbury Town sit second in League One, but third-place Wigan Athletic are just two points behind and have three games-in-hand. They will look to build on that win when they host Peterborough United this weekend.
Matty Willock – St. Johnstone
Matty Willock was absent for St. Johnstone’s 2-0 home win against Ross County last weekend. Willock missed the game through illness but managed to make the starting line-up against Rangers on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for Willock, the visitors ran out 4-1 winners in a dominant display.
Regan Poole – Northampton Town
Regan Poole is still injured and hasn’t played since the start of February. There has been no diagnosis from either club to the extent of the injury.