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Phil Jones and Jonny Evans will not miss a match this weekend but are both still on the road to recovery with Evans about a week away and Jones closer to two weeks away.

David Moyes will be very happy that Manchester United don't face rivals City this weekend as scheduled. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have looked lost when playing together at center back in recent days and neither Evans nor Jones are ready to replace either veteran defender in the starting eleven. One can only imagine how bad the scoreline might get if City's attacking force were to play the defensive unit that allowed Olympiokos to score twice.
Source: @Physioroom
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Hector Bellerin is one of several players being touted to replace Dani Carvajal after the Real Madrid defender picked up an injury during the Champions League final win over Liverpool.

The full-back was left in tears on 37 minutes when he was replaced due to a suspected hamstring strain, and given his reaction, there are serious concerns over his availability for the upcoming World Cup finals. Reports suggest Carvajal complained of a muscular problem in the warm-up, but started the game nevertheless, a decision which is likely to cost him his place in Russia. If he does fail to recover, then Spain boss Julen Lopetegui will look to his standby list which includes Bellerin, although he faces stiff competition from Sergi Roberto [Barcelona] and Juanfran [Atletico Madrid] who were also omitted from the initial 23-man squad. The pacey Arsenal right-back only has three caps to his name despite making his debut in 2016. Strangely enough, after being called into the European Championships squad as a late replacement for the hapless Carvajal who had picked up another muscular injury.
May 27 - 4:35 PM

The Football Association confirm James Tarkowski has been withdrawn from the England standby list due to injury.

The Burnley defender has been managing a niggling groin complaint since January and surgery had been scheduled for this summer. However, after joining the Three Lions training camp earlier this week, a decision was taken to bring the operation forward to ensure that Tarkowski will be ready for when the squad reconvenes in July for pre-season. Gareth Southgate named Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, John Stones and Harry Maguire as his central defenders for Russia, but while there are no plans currently to call up a replacement, any further issues could see the England boss turn to Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles who many considered very unfortunate not to be included in the 23-man squad. Tarkowski was one of two Burnley players on the standby list after Tom Heaton lost his place to teammate Nick Pope following a shoulder injury which ended his season back in September.
Source: talkSPORT
May 27 - 5:02 PM

Mohamed Salah has vowed to play at this summer’s World Cup finals despite suffering a "really serious injury" in the Champions League final.

The Egyptian superstar fell awkwardly following a tussle with Sergio Ramos, and although he tried to continue following a lengthy spell of treatment, Salah left the field in tears on the half hour mark. Speculation at the time suggested he had dislocated his shoulder with a proposed recovery timeline of 2-3 months, but an X-ray and further tests confirmed the injury is not as bad as initially feared. Salah damaged [stretched] the ligaments in his shoulder joint, but while it looked bad on camera, a return within a matter of weeks is possible, although he may need a cortisone injection to ease the pain and swelling. On Sunday, Salah took to Twitter to help calm fears over his fitness: "It was a very tough night, but I'm a fighter. Despite the odds, I'm confident that I'll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need."
May 27 - 5:26 PM

Liverpool had to cope with an injury to Mo Salah in the first half and Real Madrid eventually found their scoring touch in the second half, scoring three times to win their third consecutive Champions League Final, 3-1.

Jurgen Klopp needed a heroic performance from his players in order to beat the favored Spanish side, and that is what he got in the opening half-hour of the match, as the Reds looked evenly matched with Real. But then, the critical moment happened. Mo Salah had to exit the game after dislocating his shoulder. His loss took the wind out of Liverpool's sails and Real would finally open the scoring shortly after the second half began, as Loris Karius made a mess by having a toss that was meant to begin a counter attack hit the leg of Karim Benzema and the ball found its way into the net. There was a moment of hope when Sadio Mane equalized a few minutes later but Real had a big weapon on their bench in the form of Gareth Bale and the ex-Spur would come in to score twice, once via a dazzling overhead kick, the second from 30 yards out that Karius should have easily collected, but it slipped from his grasp and found the net.
Source: The Guardian
May 26 - 8:43 PM

Mohamed Salah's chance to shine on a global stage in this summer's World Cup is in question after the superstar damaged his shoulder in the Champions League Final loss to Real Madrid.

The incident occurred just before the half hour mark, when Salah's arm got tangled up with Real's Sergio Ramos and Salah got the worst of it as the two went to ground. Early reports are that the Egyptian international dislocated his shoulder, but it is possible that there could be ligament damage. Expect a timetable for recovery in the next 24-48 hours. Jurgen Klopp did not sound too optimistic when asked about Salah's status, saying "It doesn't look good." It would be a huge blow for the sport if Salah were to miss big event.
Source: Telegraph
May 27 - 5:10 AM

Manchester United are keen to complete the double signing of Toby Alderweireld and Brazilian midfielder Fred before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia.

Reports suggest that United have already opened talks with Alderweireld in a deal said to be worth in the region of £55 million, although chairman Daniel Levy would like closer to £75 million. Alderweireld helped form the mainstay of the Tottenham defence under Pochettino, but after suffering a serious hamstring injury in November, he has struggled to nail down regular game time since his recovery. Discussions over a new deal have been ongoing for a while, but the club are not prepared to match Alderweireld’s wage demands and they will now look to cash-in. Due to a clause in his current contract, he can leave next year for £25 million meaning the club will push to off-load him in the summer. Elsewhere, Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov has already confirmed Fred will be sold to "a good and strong club" with United in pole position to land him for around £52 million.
Source: The Times
May 25 - 4:27 AM

Salomon Rondon is attracting a lot of interest following West Bromwich Albion’s relegation from the top-flight.

Earlier this week the Venezuelan international was said to be a target for new West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini following their time together at La Liga side Malaga. Meanwhile, the latest news also suggests that Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and newly promoted Cardiff City have entered the race for his signature. Rondon has spent three seasons at The Hawthorns scoring 24 league goals [plus seven assists] from 94 starts and he would be available for £16.5 million due to a release clause in his contract. The striker could be one of several stars to leave the club as new permanent boss Darren Moore looks to rebuild his squad in the hope of a quick return to the Premier League. Jake Livermore, Jonny Evans, Jay Rodriguez and Ahmed Hegazi are among those who will attract a lot of interest and they could move on in cut-price deals to help balance the books.
Source: Wales Online
May 25 - 4:50 AM

Bournemouth defender Rhoys Wiggins admits he is "absolutely gutted" after confirming he has been forced to retire due to injury.

The 30-year-old has endured three operations, numerous injections and countless hours of rehabilitation having suffered a serious knee injury while on-loan at Birmingham City in October 2016. "I have been battling for the last two years, doing everything possible to get back out there, but my knee just won’t allow me to do so," he wrote in an emotional open letter to the club’s supporters. Wiggins signed on a permanent basis for the Cherries following a successful loan spell back in 2009/10 and was a regular starter before he left to join Championship side Charlton Athletic where his spent three-years plying his trade. Then, after a brief spell at Sheffield Wednesday, Wiggins came full circle and returned to the south coast although he was unable to break into the first-team. He joined Birmingham on a short-term loan deal but was injured in his first start for the club, a setback he never recovered from.
May 25 - 6:19 AM

Laurent Koscielny is targeting a return to action within six months following surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Arsenal centre-back said he felt like he had been tackled by Diego Costa after falling to the turf during the opening minutes of the Europa League semi-final tie in Madrid earlier this month. But in the moments that followed, Koscielny suddenly realised he was all alone and his dreams of playing at the World Cup finals in Russia were over: "My first reaction was to say: 'It's done - my tendon has snapped.' I was screaming on the pitch. I remember hitting my hand on the ground several times. It was an atrocious pain. At that exact moment, I knew that it would be at least six months before I could play again." Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said at the time: "You will not see him now before the beginning of December at least." But Koscielny is hoping to be back in the first-team by November.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 24 - 5:13 PM

Spurs fans will be relieved to see that manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new long-term contract.

Amid links this summer to Chelsea among other big-club vacancies, the Argentine manager signs on for five more years with Spurs after leading the club to back-to-back top-three finishes in the Premier League. Said Pochettino after the deal was announced: "I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium. This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years."
May 24 - 5:52 PM

Liverpool were handed a major boost on Thursday as both James Milner and Emre Can were deemed fit for the weekend.

The Reds will already be without starting midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and were preparing to go without Emre Can due to a back injury that has limited him since March and kept him out of the German national team for the World Cup. But manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Can and Milner have come through full training this week without a hitch and will now be available for selection against back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid in the final on Saturday night: Millie was clear [he would be fit] and Emre is a surprise. He told me he would come back, try this and that and then we would talk to people...Now he trains completely normal. He's a nice option and that's why he is with us."
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 5:57 PM




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