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Gareth McAuley

35-Year-Old Defender     West Bromwich Albion  Premier

Northern Ireland

Birthdate:  December 5, 1979    Birthplace:  Larne, United Kingdom    Nationality:  Northern Ireland    Height:  6' 3"    Weight:  154 lbs    

September 10, 2014    Gareth McAuley News

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McAuley (ankle) is not seriously injured after returning from international duty with ankle damage, reports the official club website.

Medical staff assessed the injury that was sustained in Northern Ireland’s 2-1 win in Hungary and reported that it’s “not thought to be serious”. McAuley has yet to start a game so far this campaign due to a preseason dogged by injuries and is another that will help to shore up what is a leaky defence right now.

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Gareth McAuley: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

August 26, 2014

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McAuley came back from a calf injury to play the entire 120 minutes of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup second round win over Oxford United.

McAuley spent preseason on the sidelines with a calf injury and manager Alan Irvine will be pleased the centre back came through the 120 minutes unscathed. McAuley has been a mainstay of West Brom’s defence since promotion in 2011/12 with a solid clean sheet total in each season. Fantasy owners would be cautious to note he is now 34 plus manager Irvine recruited Joleon Lescott earlier this summer thus putting his starting position under considerable threat.

August 23, 2014

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McAuley returned to the squad as an unused substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Southampton.

McAuley spent preseason out with a calf injury and the centre-back’s return is a boost for manager Alan Irvine’s plans. Craig Dawson has been deputising for McAuley in the first two games alongside Jonas Olsson. Manager Irvine is thinking about employing three centre-backs when Joleon Lescott (knee) reaches full-fitness and until then McAuley represents a solid option in the clean sheet column for fantasy owners.

August 20, 2014

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McAuley (calf) played 90 minutes for Albion’s Under-21 side and is close to recovering in time for Saturday’s game at Southampton, manager Alan Irvine told the club website.

McAuley could be employed as part of a central defensive trio this season by Irvine, alongside Joleon Lescott and Jonas Olsson, depending on his preferred formation. McAuley usually chips in with a couple of goals every season yet fantasy owners should be wary of the change in system and West Brom’s poor defensive record last season.

May 4, 2014

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McAuley, who has been dealing with a calf injury, is available off the bench Sunday against Arsenal.

It wasn't a great fantasy matchup anyway for McAuley, and he's unlikely to provide much value off the bench.

April 26, 2014

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McAuley (calf) was unable to pass fit ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham and he is unavailable for the match.

McAuley misses a decent clean sheet opportunity, and could return next week at Arsenal, a less than ideal defensive situation.

April 24, 2014

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McAuley (calf) has not trained this week and will face a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham, the club's official web site reports.

McAuley was held out of Monday's match against Manchester City due to the ailment and he hasn't trained since. Manager Pepe Mel specifically noted that he wants McAuley back to cover West Ham striker Andy Carroll, who could wreck havoc on the Baggies' back line.

April 21, 2014

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McAuley is out for Monday's match against Manchester City after pulling a calf muscle in training Thursday, according to Chris Lepkowski of the Birmingham Mail.

An away trip to the Etihad was probably not the best fantasy matchup anyway, so McAuley's absence Monday shouldn't harm too many fantasy teams. The severity of the injury wasn't made public, other than he would miss Monday's game, so it is possible he could return next weekend at home against West Ham, certainly a more favorable matchup.