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Kudus: Ajax manager Ten Hag assesses Ghana midfielder’s big comeback
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Kudus: Ajax manager Ten Hag assesses Ghana midfielder’s big comeback

The Lancers boss shared his thoughts on the Black Stars attacker’s return to action after an injury setback Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has expressed delight with the return to action of Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus after some time in the treatment room. In his first Eredivisie game of the season, the 21-year-old capped a fine substitute outing with a goal as the Lancers beat Fortuna Sittard 5-0 in matchday five clash on Tuesday. He had been on the sidelines since sustaining an injury during a pre-season fixture against Belgian fold Anderlecht in July.  
Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo
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Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has insisted he does not have to prove himself in another league, after picking up the award for winning the 2020/2021 European Golden Shoe. The last campaign proved to be Lewandowski’s best in terms of his overall contribution in the final third. The Poland international scored 41 goals in 29 league matches for Bayern, despite missing a whole month of action due to injury. The 33-year-old also surpassed Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season and won the European Golden Shoe for the first time in his career, finishing 11 ahead of ex-Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Lewandowski was finally presented with the award on Tuesday and said: “I don’t have to prove myself in another league. “I can com...
Messi knee injury gives PSG concern as Argentina star ruled out of Metz game
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Messi knee injury gives PSG concern as Argentina star ruled out of Metz game

The former Barcelona superstar was taken off on his last outing against Lyon, with it confirmed that he is nursing a slight knock Lionel Messi has handed Paris Saint-Germain an untimely injury headache, with the Ligue 1 giants revealing that the Argentine forward has undergone a scan on a knee problem. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was surprisingly taken off in his latest appearance against Lyon, with Mauricio Pochettino having to fend off plenty of questions as to why the all-time great was withdrawn. There were suggestions at the time that the 34-year-old Argentine had taken a slight knock, with that now confirmed by PSG ahead of their midweek outing against Metz.
‘Superman’ Van Dijk must be rotated by Liverpool, explains Milner
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‘Superman’ Van Dijk must be rotated by Liverpool, explains Milner

The commanding Dutch defender remains a talismanic presence for the Reds, but he is still working his way back from a serious knee injury Virgil van Dijk remains "Superman" in the eyes of many at Liverpool, but James Milner has pointed out that even players of that stature have to be rotated when working their way back from serious injuries. That is the case for the commanding Dutch centre-half at Anfield, with the 30-year-old Netherlands international sitting out much of the 2020-21 campaign with knee ligament damage. He has returned to Jurgen Klopp's plans this season, but was rested for a Champions League group-stage opener against AC Milan before returning to the fold for a 3-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.  
Tottenham vs Chelsea: Why Tuchel started Kepa instead of Mendy for EPL clash
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Tottenham vs Chelsea: Why Tuchel started Kepa instead of Mendy for EPL clash

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named Kepa Arrizabalaga in his starting XI for Sunday’s Premier League game at Tottenham. Kepa replaced Edouard Mendy in goal for the London Derby. Mendy has been left out of the squad altogether, because of an apparent injury. The 29-year-old Senegales clashed with Artem Dzyuba during Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Zenit in the Champions League in midweek. He needed treatment on the field on hip, but managed to see out the rest of the game. However, he has been forced to sit out the game against Spurs. Marcus Bettinelli has been given a place on the bench in Mendy’s absence.
Arsenal’s Arteta reveals Partey’s new role after impressive display at Burnley
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Arsenal’s Arteta reveals Partey’s new role after impressive display at Burnley

The 28-year-old Black Star played a crucial role in the midfield as the Gunners recorded their second top-flight win at Turf Moor Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed the role he has asked midfielder Thomas Partey to play after returning from injury. The Ghana international was influential throughout on his return to the starting line-up as the Gunners registered their second win in the Premier League this season after downing Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday. It was midfielder Martin Odegaard who scored the lone goal from a well-curled free-kick to hand Arteta and Arsenal a second straight win, coming after they had beaten Norwich City 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium last week.  
LaLiga: Real Madrid suffer major injury blow ahead of first El Clasico
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LaLiga: Real Madrid suffer major injury blow ahead of first El Clasico

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has said he can’t put a timeframe on Gareth Bale’s latest injury, with reports suggesting the player could miss up to two months of action. Bale picked up a muscle problem in his right leg during a training session last week. The Welshman has missed both of Madrid’s wins over Celta Vigo in LaLiga and Inter Milan in the Champions League. He now looks set to sit out the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona on October 24. “We don’t know how much time he needs, the injury is pretty serious and it is hard to give a time. “He was doing quite well, he was working hard, we have to wait,” Ancelotti explained to reporters on Saturday.
Burnley vs Arsenal: Arteta to be without three key players for EPL clash
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Burnley vs Arsenal: Arteta to be without three key players for EPL clash

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, will be without three key players when they take on Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday due to injury and suspension. The players are Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding and Granit Xhaka. Arsenal disclosed this in a statement via their website on Thursday. The Gunners head to the game following a 1-0 victory against Norwich City in their last Premier League encounter. The statement read, “Mohamed Elneny – Left hamstring. Mo has worked hard with the medical team after suffering a hamstring strain and is aiming to be back in full training next week. “Rob Holding – Right knee. Rob sustained heavy bruising to his right knee during training ahead of the Norwich City match last weekend. Rob has progressed his rehabilitation back into training but wil...
‘It’s wrong’ – Elliott supports Struijk after Leeds lose red-card appeal over tackle on Liverpool midfielder
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‘It’s wrong’ – Elliott supports Struijk after Leeds lose red-card appeal over tackle on Liverpool midfielder

  The teenager suffered a serious injury after a strong challenge from the Whites defender, but he has moved to try and absolve him from any blame Liverpool's Harvey Elliott has come out in support of Pascal Struijk after Leeds United lost their appeal against his red card in Sunday's Premier League clash between the two teams. Struijk was sent off for a strong challenge on Elliott in the second half of Leeds' 3-0 defeat at Elland Road, which left the midfielder with a dislocated ankle. Replays showed that the defender won the ball, but the Whites have seen their bid to get the red card overturned rejected, which has prompted an empathetic reaction from Elliott.      
Young Boys vs Man Utd: Solskjaer’s squad for Champions League opener confirmed
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Young Boys vs Man Utd: Solskjaer’s squad for Champions League opener confirmed

Manchester United have named a 22-man squad to face Young Boys on Tuesday, as they begin their Champions League campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo is included in the Red Devils’ travelling party, while Edinson Cavani misses out due to injury. Anthony Elanga makes the trip along with young goalkeeper, Matej Kovar. Injured England forward Marcus Rashford is also missing. Full Squad: Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Matej Kovar Defenders: Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek Forwards: Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Cristiano Ronaldo.
USMNT’s Sargent suffers hamstring injury as Norwich boss Farke hopes for swift return of ‘key player’
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USMNT’s Sargent suffers hamstring injury as Norwich boss Farke hopes for swift return of ‘key player’

  The Canaries head coach remains optimistic the injury is not too serious Norwich boss Daniel Farke says Josh Sargent has suffered a hamstring injury but remains hopeful the forward will be able to make a swift return. The USMNT star suffered the injury on international duty and sat out the Canaries’ 1-0 defeat against Arsenal on Saturday. However, Farke says the injury is not too serious and he could be back in action sooner rather than later.
Police Academy star, Art Metrano is dead
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Police Academy star, Art Metrano is dead

Art Metrano, who played the role of Officer Ernie Mauser in two Police Academy films is dead at the age of 84. Metrano died of natural causes on Wednesday September 8 at his home in Aventura, Florida, 32 years after he suffered a serious injury that derailed his career. Metrano's son, Harry Metrano shared the news on Instagram on Thursday September 9. He wrote; It’s with a heavy heart that I write this caption. Yesterday I lost my best friend, my mentor, my dad. He was and will always be the toughest man I know. I have never met someone who has over come more adversities than him. He’s fought and won so much over the years that I always viewed him as indestructible, but the truth is we don’t live forever on earth, but a person’s spirit can live forever within you. Dad, you ...
Klopp addresses Van Dijk’s ‘scary moment’ with the Netherlands and gives Firmino & Elliott fitness update
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Klopp addresses Van Dijk’s ‘scary moment’ with the Netherlands and gives Firmino & Elliott fitness update

The Liverpool boss has offered news on three key players ahead of his side's trip to Leeds United this weekend Jurgen Klopp has addressed Virgil van Dijk's "scary moment" with the Netherlands over the international break while giving an update on the fitness of Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott. Van Dijk has slotted straight back into Klopp's plans at the start of the season after missing the majority of Liverpool's 2020-21 campaign through injury, starting in wins over Norwich and Burnley as well as a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. There were some fears that he could miss the Reds' next Premier League clash with Leeds United on Sunday after a nasty collision in the Netherlands' latest World Cup qualifier, but Klopp has now confirmed that the defender has assured him that he suffered n...
Arsenal team news: White & Partey set to return for Norwich clash as Gunners seek Tomiyasu work permit
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Arsenal team news: White & Partey set to return for Norwich clash as Gunners seek Tomiyasu work permit

Mikel Arteta is welcoming an England international defender back from quarantine, while an all-action midfielder has shaken off an ankle injury Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Ben White and Thomas Partey will come back into contention this weekend for a crunch clash with Norwich. The Gunners, who remain without a point or a goal in the Premier League this season, are due to play host to the Canaries at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Mikel Arteta desperately needs to find inspiration from somewhere, and two big-money signings are set to aid his cause by returning to the fold from enforced absences
Bronze, Walsh and Roebuck miss out as Wiegman names first England squad
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Bronze, Walsh and Roebuck miss out as Wiegman names first England squad

  The Lionesses begin their qualifying campaign for the next World Cup with matches against North Macedonia and Luxembourg Sarina Wiegman has named her first England women's team ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches this month. The Lionesses will begin their campaign to qualify for the 2023 tournament with a home match against North Macedonia on September 17 before an away game in Luxembourg four days later. But England will have to make do without Manchester City stars Lucy Bronze, Keira Walsh and Ellie Roebuck, who are unavailable due to injury.  
Tottenham given injury scare as Son ruled out of South Korea’s latest World Cup qualifier
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Tottenham given injury scare as Son ruled out of South Korea’s latest World Cup qualifier

The forward picked up a knock in training while away on international duty and will play no part in his country's clash with Lebanon Tottenham have been given an untimely injury scare after seeing Son Heung-min ruled out of South Korea's latest World Cup qualifier. Son was included in South Korea's squad for the first international break of the new season and played the full 90 minutes of their 0-0 draw with Iraq last week. The experienced forward was also due to line up against Lebanon in his country's next Group A qualifying fixture, but he picked up a knock in training on Monday that will prevent him from featuring.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Lukaku, Kante emerge injury doubts
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Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Lukaku, Kante emerge injury doubts

Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku, has confirmed he will undergo a scan on a thigh injury this week. The 28-year-old has scored once in two appearances for the Blues, since returning to Stamford Bridge in a £97.5 million deal from Inter Milan last month. During the international break, Lukaku scored twice in Belgium’s 5-2 win over Estonia last Thursday and once in a 3-0 victory over Czech Republic on Sunday evening. He is suspended for their World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Wednesday and will now fly to London ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on Saturday. “I’ll have a scan of my thigh first,” Lukaku told HLN after Belgium’s win against Czech Republic. “I have been struggling with a minor issue for a while. And then I will return to Chelsea.”...
McKennie out of USMNT squad for team policy violation as Reyna is ruled out due to injury
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McKennie out of USMNT squad for team policy violation as Reyna is ruled out due to injury

The U.S. will be without two starters for Sunday's clash with Canada Weston McKennie has been left out of the U.S. men's national team squad against Canada due to a "violation of team policy", U.S. Soccer confirmed, while Gio Reyna is set to miss the team's next two matches with a hamstring injury. McKennie and Reyna both started the team's 0-0 draw with El Salvador, with Reyna now ruled out for Sunday's match against Canada and Wednesday's visit to Honduras. With Reyna out for both games, McKennie's status is uncertain heading into the final game of the international break.
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Barcelona star Dest forced out with ankle injury in first half of USMNT’s clash with Canada

The Turkey-based striker did not make his Lone Star debut against the Super Eagles having left the camp a few hours before kick-off Coach Peter Butler has disclosed why Mohammed Kamara left the Liberia camp before Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria. Thanks to his impressive displays at Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor, the 23-year-old earned his maiden Lone Star call-up for the fixtures against the Super Eagles and the Central African Republic. However, the striker absconded from the team’s base in Victoria Island and subsequently did not play any role in his team’s 2-0 defeat to the Super Eagles at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Giving an account of why Kamara left without permission, the Englishman claimed the player must have been upset by his decision to exclude him ...
Minamino adds to Firmino injury headache for Liverpool after withdrawing from Japan squad
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Minamino adds to Firmino injury headache for Liverpool after withdrawing from Japan squad

The 26-year-old forward has picked up a knock on international duty that is forcing him to return to Anfield ahead of schedule Liverpool have been handed another attacking injury headache with the news that Takumi Minamino has been forced to withdraw from the Japan squad. The Reds lost Roberto Firmino to a hamstring problem during their last Premier League outing against Chelsea. That knock could have seen a door open for Minamino, as he looks for his first domestic minutes of the season, but he has also been forced onto the treatment table.        
Injured Mbappe withdrawn from France duty following calf complaint
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Injured Mbappe withdrawn from France duty following calf complaint

The PSG forward will not be available for his nation in their next World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Finland France and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is heading home after sustaining an injury while on international duty, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Thursday. The striker played almost all of his nation's 1-1 draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina before being taken off in injury time. But subsequent examinations revealed he had suffered a calf problem and will not be available for Les Bleus' next World Cup qualifiers.  
Mane sets ambitious goal target at Liverpool after being ‘so disappointed’ in 2020-21
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Mane sets ambitious goal target at Liverpool after being ‘so disappointed’ in 2020-21

The Senegalese forward found the target on 16 occasions last season, with his intention being to double that tally this time around Sadio Mane is setting himself the target of hitting 30 goals for Liverpool this season, with the Senegalese forward "so disappointed" with his return of 16 in 2020-21. In what was a testing campaign at Anfield last time out, a 29-year-old posted his lowest tally in the final third since 2017. He was not the only one to see standards slip as injury issues blighted the Reds' efforts, but the intention is to respond by setting a new personal best in 2021-22.
Mannion Ready for new Season After Crossing Manchester Divide
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Mannion Ready for new Season After Crossing Manchester Divide

Peter Schmeichel. Carlos Tevez. Abbie McManus. In either the men's or women's game, it's always a slightly controversial decision to switch sides in Manchester, but that is just the move defender Aoife Mannion made this summer. Having signed for Manchester City in 2019 from Birmingham City, Mannion was unable to make her mark on the blue side of the city. A serious ACL injury in October 2019 - just three months and 10 days after joining the club - saw her out of action until February this year, keeping her off the field for 458 days. She made just 11 appearances for City before leaving at the end of her contract last season. "It was a struggle two-fold - just the length of the injury lay-off and also that the rehab straddled the pandemic," Mannion explained ahead of Friday's B...
Britney Spears won’t be Charged with Battery after Dispute with her Housekeeper
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Britney Spears won’t be Charged with Battery after Dispute with her Housekeeper

Singer Britney Spears won't face charges after her housekeeper accused her of a physical altercation that involved slapping a phone out of her (housekeeper) hand. A complaint was filed against 39-year-old Spears by her housekeeper, who alleged that the singer slapped her cellphone out of her hands. There was no injury to the housekeeper or significant damage to the phone, a review by the sheriff’s office concluded. Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko said on Wednesday September 1, that the investigation found “insufficient evidence that a crime had occurred".  According to the district attorney's office, the housekeeper had told deputies the phone's screen protector had been damaged, however this was not the case after an investigation was carried out. Spears' lawy...
W’Cup qualifiers: Egypt beat Angola, Libya snatch late winner against Gabon
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W’Cup qualifiers: Egypt beat Angola, Libya snatch late winner against Gabon

Egypt and Libya recorded home wins on Wednesday night in Group F Matchday 1 of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers. The Pharaohs scored early to beat Angola 1-0 in Cairo, while the Mediterranean Knights needed a stoppage-time goal to beat Gabon 2-1 in Benghazi. At the June 30 Stadium in Cairo, Egypt had a penalty kick awarded after four minutes for a foul on Ahmed Aboul Fetouh inside the visitors’ area. From the penalty kick spot, Mohamed “Afsha” Magdy made no mistake to put the Pharaohs ahead. In spite of being hot favourites to win, the Pharaohs survived numerous scares from Fabio Abreu and his teammates. However, goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy stood tall to thwart all Angolan scoring chances. In the second half, chances were rare for both sides, as H...
Konta pulls out of US Open due to Injury
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Konta pulls out of US Open due to Injury

British number one Johanna Konta has pulled out of the US Open due to injury. The news broke just hours before the 30-year-old was set to play her opening match in New York on Monday against France’s Kristina Mladenovic. The withdrawal marks a further instalment on a frustrating summer for the Sydney-born player. She also missed Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, as she deals with a long-term knee problem. Konta was unable to play at the All England Club after being deemed a close contact of someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. She then contracted the virus herself and was unable to travel to Tokyo. Her return to action in Montreal had been going well earlier this month as she reached the third round of the National Bank Open. But she then had to pull ou...
Football ‘just too easy’ for Van Dijk, says ex-Liverpool man Lawrenson
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Football ‘just too easy’ for Van Dijk, says ex-Liverpool man Lawrenson

The Netherlands international has recovered from long-term injury and is already showing signs of being back to his best Football is “just too easy” for Virgil van Dijk, says former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, who believes the “Rolls-Royce” of a centre-back is also bringing the best out of his defensive team-mates. Van Dijk is back at the heart of the Liverpool defence after recovering from a serious knee injury that caused him to miss the majority of last season. The 30-year-old looks to be back to his best form already after helping the Merseysiders to an unbeaten start to the campaign as they look to reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester City.
‘Arteta knows how I love him’ – Guardiola defends Arsenal boss after Man City thrash Gunners
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‘Arteta knows how I love him’ – Guardiola defends Arsenal boss after Man City thrash Gunners

Three losses in three matches have put the red contingent of north London on edge Pep Guardiola defended managerial counterpart Mikel Arteta after Manchester City thrashed Arsenal 5-0 on Saturday. Guardiola, who had Arteta on his coaching staff for several years, said "Arteta knows how I love him" and pointed out the Gunners are competing without numerous first-choice players amid an injury crisis. However, the lopsided result has cast further doubt on Arteta's job security at Emirates Stadium as Arsenal are now without a win in their opening three Premier League matches this campaign.
Gay man, 50, Battered to Death in ‘Homophobic attack’
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Gay man, 50, Battered to Death in ‘Homophobic attack’

A man who was battered to death in a suspected homophobic attack inside a cemetery has been pictured for the first time. Ranjith Kakanamalage was attacked and left for dead in Tower Hamlets, East London, on August 16. The 50-year-old, also known as Roy, was a gay man who had lived in the area for many years, cops said. They added that the incident is being treated as a homophobic hate crime. Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service following reports of a man found unresponsive. Police found Mr Kakanamalage with a head injury and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to have been blunt force trauma to the head. Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett said:...
Venus Williams Joins sister Serena Williams in Withdrawing from US Open
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Venus Williams Joins sister Serena Williams in Withdrawing from US Open

Venus Williams has announced she will be missing the upcoming US Open due to injury, becoming the third American female to withdraw after her sister Serena and Sofia Kenin. Two-time US Open champion and former world No 1 Venus made the announcement in a video posted on social media. "Not the best news from Serena and I today. I am joining @serenawilliams @RafaelNadal and @rogerfederer on the injured list, she said. "I, too, am unable to play the US Open. It's super, super, super disappointing, having some issues with my leg all this summer and just couldn't work through it." The 41-year-old, who has seven Grand Slam titles to her name, added that she would miss competing at her "favourite slam" and wished all the other players good luck. Earlier on Wednesday, younger...
Cristiano Ronaldo injured, leaves Juventus training
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Cristiano Ronaldo injured, leaves Juventus training

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, had to leave training early today after sustaining an injury to his right arm. Ronaldo’s future at the Serie A side remains uncertain. The 36-year-old asked to be left on the bench for their league opener on Sunday, amid speculation he is trying to engineer a move away. With just one week remaining in the summer transfer window, interested clubs must act quickly, but any injury may derail the possibility of a transfer. Ronaldo was in training on Wednesday but had to be accompanied off the pitch by medics after damaging his right arm following a challenge from defender, Alex Sandro. If the injury requires further treatment, then it could jeopardise any potential exit for the player.
Boxing: Pacquiao beaten by Ugas on return to ring at 42
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Boxing: Pacquiao beaten by Ugas on return to ring at 42

Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas sent Manny Pacquiao spinning to a dramatic upset defeat on Saturday, outclassing the Filipino boxing icon with a composed unanimous points victory at the T-Mobile Arena. In his first fight after a two-year absence from the ring, Pacquiao was made to look every bit of his 42 years as the younger Ugas dominated with a stinging jab and cleaner punching to retain his WBA welterweight belt. Ugas, 35, had only been drafted in to face Pacquiao earlier this month after the eight-division world champion’s original opponent Errol Spence Jr. suffered an eye injury in training. But the defending champion seized his opportunity brilliantly to win on all three cards, with one judge scoring it 115-113 and two others 116-112. “That’s boxing,” a deflated Pacquiao said aft...
Rashford ‘very happy’ with shoulder surgery as Man Utd star returns to training gym
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Rashford ‘very happy’ with shoulder surgery as Man Utd star returns to training gym

The attacker has been sidelined since the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley but has now successfully undergone an operation and is on the road to recovery Marcus Rashford is "very happy" with how his shoulder surgery has gone, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as the Manchester United forward makes his return to training with the club. The attacker has been sidelined since the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley after opting to undergo a procedure to correct the long-standing issue, ruling him out of the opening weeks of the new term. But with the operation a success, the England man has now returned to the club's facilities as he continues to step up his rehabilitation, with his manager noting that he is "chomping at the bit" to make his return.
Amartey: Leicester City boss Rodgers praises Ghana star ahead of West Ham United clash
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Amartey: Leicester City boss Rodgers praises Ghana star ahead of West Ham United clash

The Foxes trainer assesses the output of the 26-year-old defender so far early into the season Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the performance of Ghana defender Daniel Amartey as the club continues to battle with the fitness of centre-back options Jannik Vestergaard and Jonny Evans. In the absence of first choice right-centre-half Wesley Fofana, who has been ruled out of action until the New Year following an injury in pre-season, Amartey has emerged as the preferred partner for Caglar Soyuncu in the heart of the Foxes’ defence. His chances for first-team football was also boosted by the late arrival of new signing Vestergaard and injury to Evans.
Rangers boss Gerrard takes blame for Sakala’s injury ahead of Ross County trip
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Rangers boss Gerrard takes blame for Sakala’s injury ahead of Ross County trip

The Zambia international suffered a groin injury during the Gers' Champions League home loss to Malmo on August 10 Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has accepted the blame for Fashion Sakala’s injury which will make him miss his third game in a row on Sunday. Sakala is yet to return to action since he played 18 minutes in their Uefa Champions League qualifiers against Malmo, over a few weeks ago. Ahead of the Gers’ league trip to Ross County, Gerrard faulted his decision to rush the Zambia striker into his squad after he missed their full-preseason training.
BBNaija: Pere’s handler Debunk Claims he was Violent in his Previous Marriage
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BBNaija: Pere’s handler Debunk Claims he was Violent in his Previous Marriage

The handlers of BBNaija ''Shine Ya Eye'' housemate, Pere Egbi, have released a statement denying social media claims that he was violent to his ex-wife while they were married. A twitter had shared a tweet some days ago claiming Pere beat his ex-wife till she had a miscarriage. In a statement released on his Instagram page, Pere’s handlers said the reality TV star has never been violent all his life. The statement reads; “Over the past week, a number of media outlets published materials containing false allegations that aim to damage the reputation of Pere. In those publications, he was falsely accused of being abusive in his personal life. They attached a false image of an individual just to make their case look legit. The said materials ...
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Tuchel names player to miss EPL derby, gives update on Kante, Ziyech
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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Tuchel names player to miss EPL derby, gives update on Kante, Ziyech

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that winger, Christian Pulisic, will miss the Blues’ Premier League derby against Arsenal on Sunday evening. Tuchel said the US international would miss Chelsea’s clash against Arsenal after he contracted COVID-19 ahead of the tie at Emirates Stadium. The German also provided the latest update on Hakim Ziyech and N’Golo Kante. The former PSG manager stated this on Friday during his pre-match press conference. Chelsea head to the game following a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace in their last fixture, while Arsenal lost 2-0 against Brentford. Recall that both Ziyech and Kante missed Chelsea’s clash against Crystal Palace due to injury. “With Christian, it’s unfortunately very easy to explain,” Tuchel said. “He had a positive...
Man City star Gundogan to undergo tests on shoulder injury, confirms Guardiola
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Man City star Gundogan to undergo tests on shoulder injury, confirms Guardiola

The Germany midfielder was hurt in the closing stages of the Premier League champions' 1-0 defeat away at Tottenham Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan is set to undergo tests on a shoulder injury, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. Gundogan played the full 90 minutes of City's 1-0 loss away at Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, but was seen heading down the tunnel with strapping on his shoulder. The Germany international appeared to pick up the injury during a collision with a Spurs player late on, and Guardiola provided an update on his condition.
Kante & Lukaku fit for Chelsea’s game at Arsenal but Loftus-Cheek tests positive for Covid-19
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Kante & Lukaku fit for Chelsea’s game at Arsenal but Loftus-Cheek tests positive for Covid-19

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed mixed news ahead of his side's trip to face the Gunners next weekend Thomas Tuchel is ready to throw Romelu Lukaku in for his Chelsea debut against Arsenal and expects N'Golo Kante to return from a minor injury. However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been part of Tuchel's squad in pre-season, is out of the game on Sunday, August 22 after testing positive for coronavirus on Thursday. After his side's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Tuchel offered an update on the health and fitness of several of his players.  
Man United vs Leeds: Why I benched Martial, Sancho in EPL 5-1 win – Solskjaer
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Man United vs Leeds: Why I benched Martial, Sancho in EPL 5-1 win – Solskjaer

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has explained why he benched Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho during the Red Devils’ Premier League 5-1 victory against Leeds United on Saturday. Solskjaer said it is too early to start Sancho, while Martial still lacks match fitness after his long injury lay-off. Mason Greenwood started ahead of Martial and Sancho at Old Trafford as Man United defeated Leeds, thanks to three goals from Bruno Fernandes, a goal each from Mason Greenwood and Fred. Speaking on why he benched Martial and Sancho, Solskjaer told BT Sport, “He [Martial] has been training well, he looks like he really wants to get back in, but he’s only played 45 minutes since March. So it’s not fair on him to start the first game today. On Sancho, Solskjaer added: “It ...
Arsenal midfielder Partey makes provisional Ghana squad despite injury concerns
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Arsenal midfielder Partey makes provisional Ghana squad despite injury concerns

The former Atletico Madrid man has been included on the roster for upcoming games against South Africa and Ethiopia Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has been included in Ghana’s provisional squad for their upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia despite currently nursing an injury. The 28-year-old headlines a 30-man Black Stars roster unveiled at a press conference on Friday. The list also includes Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who is also recovering from an injury picked up while in pre-season action against Red Bull Salzburg last month.
Dele-Bashiru: Reading complete loan signing of Watford midfielder
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Dele-Bashiru: Reading complete loan signing of Watford midfielder

The Nigeria youth international has returned to the Championship to secure regular playing time with the Royals Reading have announced the signing of Tom Dele-Bashiru on a season-long loan from Watford. The 21-year-old will be looking to revive his career in the Championship this season after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last October that ruled him out of action for the rest of the 2020-21 campaign. Dele-Bashiru played just two matches last season before he picked up the injury against Reading at Vicarage Road.
Tuchel confirms serious Chelsea injury ahead of Crystal Palace clash
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Tuchel confirms serious Chelsea injury ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech has suffered a “serious” injury. Ziyech opened the scoring for the Blues, as they went on to defeat Villarreal on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday night. Shortly after his goal, the Moroccan playmaker was taken off after falling on his shoulder. When asked about Ziyech’s injury, Tuchel said: “If you take a player out during the first half, it’s serious and unfortunately he was a very decisive player.” The former Ajax star will definitely miss Chelsea’s opening Premier League fixture on Saturday. Tuchel’s men welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge, as the German begins his first full season in charge.
Chelsea star Ziyech subbed off due to injury after scoring against Villarreal in UEFA Super Cup
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Chelsea star Ziyech subbed off due to injury after scoring against Villarreal in UEFA Super Cup

The Morocco star appeared to hurt his shoulder while defending a corner kick against the Spanish side Chelsea goalscorer Hakim Ziyech was forced off with a shoulder injury in the first half of Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup against Villarreal. Ziyech gave the Blues the lead in the 27th minute, converting a cross from Kai Havertz from close range. Just minutes later, the Moroccan star had to be taken off after a painful-looking incident during a Villarreal corner kick.
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Real Madrid midfielder Ceballos suffers ankle ligament injury amid transfer rumours

The midfielder looks set to miss some time after suffering an injury during the Olympics while on duty with Spain in Tokyo Real Madrid have confirmed Dani Ceballos has suffered an ankle ligament injury amid rumours the midfielder could leave the club this summer. Ceballos suffered the injury during the start of Spain's run in the Olympics, ruling him out for what ended up being the entirety of the tournament. The injury news comes amid links with a move away from Madrid, with AC Milan among the clubs said to be interested in the midfielder, who spent last two seasons on loan at Arsenal.
Liverpool’s Robertson insists injury is ‘nothing too major’ but will miss start of Premier League season
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Liverpool’s Robertson insists injury is ‘nothing too major’ but will miss start of Premier League season

The Reds defender will miss the opening weeks of the campaign after suffering a knock in a pre-season friendly Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is expected to miss weeks rather than months as the full-back says he'll work hard to come back from his recent injury. Robertson has been diagnosed with some ligament damage that will take time to heal, keeping him out of the first few games of Liverpool's season. But the Scotland international also says that scans revealed that the injury was "nothing too major" as he looks ahead to being back on the field soon.
Lampard Names Chelsea’s biggest title rivals this season
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Lampard Names Chelsea’s biggest title rivals this season

Former Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has named Manchester United and Liverpool as the club’s Premier League biggest title rivals this season. Lampard stated this ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Super League final tie against Villarreal on Wednesday. Chelsea finished in the fourth position in the Premier League last season behind Liverpool, Manchester United and champions Manchester City. Speaking on Chelsea’s rivals this season, Lampard was quoted by Football London as saying on Monday: “I think you can’t discount Manchester United. They were not far off last year and they have gone again and brought in really impressive signings. “I think Liverpool will be the same, they missed huge players through injury for a big part of last season and the year before, they were one of the best ...
Nadal makes Triumphant return after two-month layoff
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Nadal makes Triumphant return after two-month layoff

Rafael Nadal made a triumphant return from a two-month injury layoff on Wednesday but needed a third-set tie-breaker to outlast American Jack Sock and advance at the ATP Citi Open. The 35-year-old Spanish left-hander, a 20-time Grand Slam champion making his Washington debut, dispatched 192nd-ranked Sock 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/1) in a three-hour thriller before about 7,000 spectators at the US Open hardcourt tuneup event. Top seed Nadal, chasing his 89th career title, will face 50th-ranked Lloyd Harris of South Africa on Thursday for a quarter-final berth. Third-ranked Nadal had not played since losing to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in June’s French Open semi-finals, skipping Wimbledon and the Olympics due to a foot injury. Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer all enter the US Ope...
Moses a doubt for Spartak Moscow clash against Benfica
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Moses a doubt for Spartak Moscow clash against Benfica

The former Chelsea player could miss the Red and Whites’ match against the Primeira Liga side due to injury concerns Victor Moses is an injury doubt for Spartak Moscow’s Champions League encounter with Benfica, manager Rui Vitoria has confirmed. The former Chelsea wing-back suffered a knock during the Red and Whites’ league game against Krylya Sovetov on Friday. Moses was named in the starting XI, albeit, he was substituted for Reziuan Mirzov in the 59th minute.
Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Ese Brume dedicates medal to Bishop Oyedepo
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Ese Brume dedicates medal to Bishop Oyedepo

  Ese Brume, Tokyo Olympics Bronze medalist has dedicated her Bronze medal to Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church. Brume won Nigeria’s first medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the long jump event on Tuesday. Brume’s 6.97m jump came just short of 0.3 of Germany’s Malaika Mihambo’s 7.00m and American Brittney Reese’s 6.97m. The African Record holder leapt to a distance of 6.76m, 1cm more than the required mark to seal her place in the final. Speaking at the mixed zone of the Olympic Stadium Tokyo, Brume said she was dedicating her first Olympic medal to Bishop Oyedepo, her coach Kayode Gaya and her family. Brume said, “This medal means a lot to me. It doesn’t matter the colour. First, I dedicate it to Bishop Oyedepo and I plan to decorate him w...

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