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Liverpool owner, John Henry, has offered Luis Suarez the use of his private jet to get the star striker back after Wednesday's World Cup playoff against Jordan as soon as possible ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby.

With a 5-0 lead going in to the second leg, it remains to be seen what part Suarez plays in the match. But the club will look to get him back and ready for Saturday's early kickoff against Everton.
Source: The Guardian
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 10:47:00 PM

Michy Batshuayi has been given every chance to prove his fitness after Roberto Martinez included the Chelsea striker in his 28-man squad for Russia.

The 24-year-old was enjoying a highly productive loan spell at Borussia Dortmund [7-goals + one assist] from nine Bundesliga starts before suffering a serious injury last month. The club confirmed that Batshuayi had rolled his left ankle following a challenge from Schalke 04 midfielder Benjamin Stambouli causing ligament damage. Although no official timeline was proposed, Roberto Martinez always maintained it was "possible" that he could be fit for the Red Devils World Cup campaign. Belgium face Portugal in a pre-tournament friendly on June 02 before the squad will be cut to 23 two days later. Fellow Premier League players Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne [Man City], Eden Hazard [Chelsea], Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku [Man United] and Christian Benteke [Crystal Palace] also make the squad but Divock Origi [Liverpool] and Kevin Mirallas [Everton] miss out.
May 22 - 5:39 AM

The Football Association confirm Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named as the England captain for the World Cup finals in Russia.

In a meeting at St. George’s Park on Monday evening, manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Kane will be skipper for the tournament: "Harry has some outstanding personal qualities," he said. "He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day." Despite being pipped to the Golden Boot by Player of the Year Mo Salah [32-goals], Kane managed to win the most Premier League points for his side [22] scoring 30-goals for the first time in his career. On hearing the news, Kane said: "To be captain is that little bit more," he said. "I’m so excited for the World Cup, I can’t wait to be there and experience it. To lead the lads out, it’s going to be special." England kick-off their campaign on June 18 against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Source: Sky Sports
May 22 - 6:04 AM

Leicester City have announced the signing of Portugal international defender Ricardo Pereira from FC Porto on a five-year contract.

Pereira’s move to Leicester City, worth a reported £22 million (roughly $30 million), will be completed when the summer transfer window officially opens on 9 June. The arrival of Pereira is Leicester’s first move of the summer to fix the lack of depth at fullback, as the club have had just one out-and-out right-back in Danny Simpson. The 24-year-old made 43 appearances for the Portuguese champions this season, and was named alongside new teammate Adrien Silva in Portugal’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Pereira will be reunited with manager Claude Puel having played under his stewardship during a loan spell at French side Nice in 2015/16. Speaking to LCFC TV, Pereira said: "I feel very happy to be here and I can’t wait to do my best to help the team. The atmosphere, the fans and the football of the Premier League makes it the best in the world. I am here to support the team and to help the Club to achieve its goals."
May 21 - 6:25 PM

Marcos Alonso will not feature at the World Cup finals after he was axed from Spain’s World Cup squad.

The Chelsea defender had been widely tipped to be included in the group travelling to Russia after another solid season at Stamford Bridge, but Alonso was one of four Chelsea players to be snubbed by Julen Lopetegui. The Spain coach instead elected to take Arsenal full-back Monreal: "Nacho has come with us many times," he said during Mondays press conference. "We know him well and we are convinced he will help us." There was no place for Alvaro Morata either who had been a regular up until March, but injury and a lack of form ultimately cost the former Real Madrid striker despite his five-goals during the qualification campaign: "It's not easy and the doubt always exists. In the case of Morata, he's had a complex season but he could have come. He hasn't because another player has convinced us more." Cesc Fabregas and Pedro Rodriguez complete the Chelsea contingent missing out this summer.
Source: Eurosport
May 21 - 4:04 PM

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been named in Iceland’s 23-man World Cup squad despite missing the last two months of the Premier League campaign due to injury.

It was initially hoped that Sigurdsson would be back for the season run-in after suffering knee ligament damage during the 2-0 win over Brighton back in March, but in the build-up to final game, former Toffees boss Sam Allardyce confirmed the playmaker was "still a way off, unfortunately." However, his absence from domestic football did not prevent manager Heimir Hallgrímsson from calling up the Everton star and Sigurdsson will have two friendly internationals against Norway and Ghana to prove his fitness. Iceland begin their World Cup campaign on June 16 against the 2014 runners-up Argentina in Moscow and they will do well to qualify for the knockout phase. They then take on Nigeria before Group D concludes against Croatia, who comfortably edged out Greece 4-1 on aggregate in a play-off.
Source: Sky Sports
May 21 - 4:35 PM

Santi Cazorla could be on his way out of Arsenal after reportedly agreeing a deal to rejoin his former employers Villareal.

Cazorla played for the La Liga outfit between 2003-2011, although he did spend a year on-loan at Recreativo Huelva in 2006. After 181 league appearances [25-goals], El Submarino Amarillo cashed in on their prized asset for a reported fee of €19 million. "It is hard to express the feelings I have because we are talking about many years and many experiences at this club," he said at the time. "The change is important and also exciting, but it is hard to assimilate that I am leaving after seven years." Following 16 months of injury hell, Cazorla returned to full training in April and was hoping to play a part during the run-in, although a lack of match fitness ended his chances. With his current deal set to expire on June 30, he will become a free agent and Villareal would like Cazorla to spend pre-season with them with a view to signing on a permanent basis.
Source: The Metro
May 20 - 3:50 PM

French outlet L’Equipe are linking midfielder Jack Wilshere with a potential move to Ligue One winners Paris Saint-Germain.

The newly crowned Champions are said to be keen on the injury-plagued 26-old-year who is out of contract this summer. Wilshere has an offer on the table from Arsenal, but it is believed that his representatives met with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique to discuss a potential move, although the final decision would rest with new manager Thomas Tuchal. The news comes at the end of a frustrating week for Wilshere who was omitted from England’s 23-man World Cup squad and overlooked for a place on the standby list: "I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!" he posted on his personal Twitter account. "Given the chance I could have made a real impact. However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament."
May 20 - 3:17 PM

Just days after shrouding his Chelsea future in doubt, Eden Hazard fired home the penalty to ensure Chelsea's season did not end trophyless with the 2018 FA Cup adding to their accolades.

José Mourinho tried to nullify the threat of Hazard with a tactic which had previously been successful: using Ander Herrera in a man marking role. However the Belgian Number 10 outsmarted his former boss by dragging Herrera further back the pitch, removing the Spaniard from the three man midfield which unlocks Paul Pogba. Perhaps that was the reason behind United's lack of drive in the first half. They failed to reply to Chelsea's penalty earnt and scored by the same player until after the interval. Sanchez thought he had levelled proceedings but his goal was correctly adjudged to have been offside thanks to VAR, whilst Courtois was equal to a Marcus Rashford effort. Pogba had United's best opportunity late on, but his free header failed to hit the target.
Source: BBC Sport
May 19 - 3:02 PM

Harry Winks has been scheduled for surgery in an attempt to cure a longstanding ankle injury.

The 22-year-old was stretchered off at Turf Moor 13 months ago and has been hampered ever since. It was hoped that a recent stint at the world-renowned Aspetar Clinic in Qatar would help, but a decision has now been taken for Winks to go under the knife with a view to him being ready for pre-season. Having recently signed a new long-term deal, Winks maintains he is "determined to go forward positively" following a stop-start season which saw the promising youngster make just 16 Premier League appearances, while the problem ended any hopes of featuring at this summers World Cup finals. "It’s easy to dwell on the negatives but all I can do really is to focus on the positives. The most important thing is to get myself fit, get my ankle right and hopefully I can have a long, injury-free campaign next year, contribute to a lot of games and we can go on and win a trophy."
May 19 - 5:07 AM

David de Gea will start in this weekends FA Cup final because Sergio Romero is not fully match fit following his recent knee injury.

Jose Mourinho confirmed during Fridays press conference: "De Gea plays, because [Romero] was injured for a long, long time. He was injured for two and something months," he said, before adding: "It’s not about trust, it’s not about confidence in him." And despite the rumour mill going into overdrive, there is no reason to doubt his reasoning behind the decision. In 2016/17, Mourinho backed his Number Two throughout United’s Europa League campaign, he started every game, including the final, which was arguably a much bigger fixture and ultimately meant qualification to the Champions League competition. Elsewhere, Anthony Martial has been cleared after recovering from a minor knee injury but a decision on Romelu Lukaku, who missed the last three games of the season will be a late call. "I don't want to lie to you and say he doesn't play and then he plays, so we have to wait."
May 19 - 5:38 AM

Barring injury, Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette will not feature at this summers World Cup in Russia.

The French Football Federation announced their 23-man squad on Thursday, a group which did not include the likes of Lacazette or Martial, although both have been added to the standby list. However, given the wealth of attacking talent at Didier Deschamps disposal - Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud – the decision should not come as a great surprise given that the pair have been fairly mediocre over the course of 2017/18. Lacazette had surgery to remedy a niggling knee complaint in February and was hoping to finish the season strongly, but the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the run-in meant he often played second fiddle to the £56 million January arrival. Martial on the other hand has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford and despite a decent first half of the season, faded badly and did not register another Premier League goal following his winner at Burnley back in January.
Source: Reuters UK
May 18 - 4:56 AM





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