Lunchtime Football Round-up 15th April

Afternoon all,

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is currently waiting to find out whether the FA will ban him for an atrocious two-footed lunge on Chelsea defender David Luiz in yesterdays FA Cup semi-final. Luiz appeared to catch Aguero with a flailing elbow as the pair chased after the ball. Aguero retaliated by diving in two-footed on the Blues defender. Manchester City went on to win the game 2-1, with Aguero scoring what turned out to be the winner just after half time

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that on loan striker Andy Carroll's wages would be a huge dent in the club's hopes of signing him from Liverpool. Carroll has been in impresive form for the Hammers this season and has scored six goals in 20 appearances for the London based club. However, their chances of signing Carroll on a permanent deal would seem slim as they can't match the contract Caroll currently has at Liverpool

Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to see striker Robin Van Persie back on the scoresheet in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Premier League strugglers Stoke City yesterday. Van Persie had previously gone 10 matches without scoring before he scored a penalty mid-way through the second half in yesterdays victory. The Dutch striker has now netted 20 times this season and is currently the second top scorer in the Premier League, only behind Luis Suarez of Liverpool who has 22 goals to his name

Swansea City defender Neil Taylor is closing in on a return to first team action, after he has spent just over seven months out with an ankle injury that he picked up at the start of the season against Sunderland. Taylor looks set to feature in Swansea's U21 side tonight when they play Millwall. And Swans boss Michael Laudrup believes that Taylor will be in contention for the first teams game against Southampton at the weekend

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio feels like his side performed like warriors in their 3-0 victory over Newcastle at the weekend. Goals from Stephane Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan saw the Black Cats secure the much neded three points. Victory against ther Tyneside rivals was Di Canio's first as Sunderland manager and has since admitted that he couldn't have asked for much more from his squad in that game

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is most likely going to have to undergo surgery at the end of the season to fix a persistent thigh problem that has been bugging him throughout his career. Gibson has missed much of the season because of this injury, but in recent weeks has returned to the starting line-up and scored his second ever goal for the club in the 2-0 win over QPR a tthe weekend

Cardiff City striker Heidar Helguson looks set to miss the clubs match against Charlton tomorrow due to a hamstring injury he picked up at the weekend. If Cardiff win against Charlton this weekend, then they will be promoted to the Premier League for the first time in the clubs history

Crystal Palace have recalled midfielder Jason Banton from his loan spell with League Two side Plymouth