Jagielka to replace Barry, Sigurdsson snubs United and Hazard confirms move to London
Roy Hodgson's fears over the health of Gareth Barry were confirmed yesterday as it was revealed that the central midfielder tore a stomach muscle during his brief appearance for England against Norway at the weekend.
Barry, who scored nine fantasy football points on his way to helping Manchester City win the title last season, is now certain to miss out on Euro 2012.
Quoted in The Guardian , Hodgson said: "I'm very disappointed to lose Gareth.
"Not only was he a member of my original 23-man squad but he has featured prominently in the England team over the last few years.
"I know how much he wanted to be part of the tournament but I'm sure he will still have a part to play with England after the Euros. I wish him a speedy recovery."
Phil Jagielka has been called up to the squad to replace Barry and has been publicly backed by his club manager David Moyes.
The Everton man joined former Toffees team-mate Joleon Lescott in central defence on Saturday, having picked up a total of 25 fantasy football points over the course of last season.
In transfer news, Swansea City are on the brink of making their loan deal for Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson permanent after having a bid of around £6.8million accepted by Hoffenheim.
It was reported in the Daily Mail that Manchester United were looking to scupper any potential deal at the Welsh club.
However, it now seems that Sigurdsson is to undergo a medical at The Liberty Stadium having already agreed personal terms.
The midfielder picked up 29 Fantasy League points in just 18 games last year.
Finally, further to our report yesterday, Metro has confirmed that Eden Hazard will be heading to Stamford Bridge next season.
The Lille playmaker wrote on his Twitter feed: "I am signing for the Champions League winner".
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