Lionel Messi ruled out of clasico with fractured arm in Barcelona win

Lionel Messi will miss next week’s clasico against Real Madrid with a fracture in his right arm, Barcelona have announced. Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half of Saturday’s 4-2 win over Sevilla, and the Argentinian now faces three weeks out. Barcelona said on Twitter: “Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. FuerzaLeo.” ❗ [INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out on…

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10-man Monaco suffer defeat on Henry managerial debut

Thierry Henry suffered defeat in his first match as a head coach when his 10-man Monaco side slumped to a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg on Saturday to drop into the Ligue 1 relegation zone. The principality club have failed to win in 11 games in all competitions since the opening weekend of the French top-flight season, and are only above bottom team Guingamp on goal difference. Monaco, who were runners-up to PSG last season, are now 24 points adrift of the reigning champions after they cruised to a 5-0 thrashing…

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Lopetegui ‘encouraged’ despite historic Real Madrid loss

Julen Lopetegui has said he his not worried about losing his job after his Real Madrid side slumped to a surprising 2-1 defeat at home to Levante. The loss was Real’s fourth in five games and the result has put further pressure on coach Lopetegui, whose side remain fifth in La Liga, three points behind leaders Alaves and a point behind Barcelona, who have yet to play. “Right now that is the last thing that I’m thinking about,” said Lopetegui when asked if he was worried about losing his job. “I…

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Luke Shaw backs Manchester United improvement after inking new deal

Luke Shaw says “it is only a matter of time” until Manchester United thrive again after signing a new five-year deal worth a reported £150,000 a week. The 23-year-old’s current contract was set to expire next summer, with poor form and injury limiting him to 75 appearances for the club. Shaw admits a new deal looked “impossible” at times in the last year. However, the left-back has been a regular this season with his form prompting an international recall. “I can’t wait to continue my progress under Jose Mourinho,” Shaw…

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‘Forget it, it’s over’: Mourinho accepts apology after touchline fracas

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accepted an apology from Chelsea second assistant coach Marco Ianni following the touchline line row that greeted the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho, a former Chelsea manager, was left incensed as he leapt from his seat and had to be held back by stewards after Ianni celebrated wildly when Ross Barkley scored a last gasp equalizer for the home side. Mourinho raised three fingers to the Chelsea faithful to indicate the number of Premier League titles he won at the club as tensions…

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Real Madrid make contact with Antonio Conte – reports

Real Madrid contacted Antonio Conte this week as the Italian is their first choice to replace Julen Lopetegui if he fails to turn his side’s fortunes around, according to reports in his native Italy. The club’s directors have held initial talks with Conte to see if the former Chelsea boss would be keen on taking over the reins. Italian publication Corriere dello Sport suggest current Real Madrid boss Lopetegui has just three games to save his job after a topsy-turvy start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu. Lopetegui will reportedly be sacked if…

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Koscielny returns to Arsenal training as injury rehabilitation continues

Laurent Koscielny has returned to training with Arsenal as he continues his long rehabilitation back from the Achilles injury he suffered against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final in May. The injury ruled Koscielny out of France’s World Cup campaign which they ultimately won, and the defender has since announced his retirement from international football this week after complaining of the treatment he received at the hands of many, most notably France manager Didier Deschamps. Koscielny was expected to return in about six months following the injury, and although he…

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Manchester United can’t win league with Lukaku, says Scholes

Manchester United may never win the league with Romelu Lukaku as their main striker, according to former midfielder Paul Scholes. Lukaku joined United in 2017 for £75m and has since scored 31 goals in 62 games for the club. The Belgium international has already netted four times in eight games this season, but Scholes is not convinced by the former Chelsea and Everton forward, insisting that he does not have the all-round game to truly be considered an elite forward. “I’m just not sure you are ever going to win…

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‘Germany needs Ozil’ – Wenger hopes playmaker makes international return

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Mesut Ozil can be convinced to return to the Germany team after his retirement following the World Cup. Ozil cited the “treatment he received from the DFB” in his statement following the tournament, in which Germany flopped. Joachim Low’s team were unable to qualify from their group, and suffered humiliating defeats to Mexico and South Korea in Russia. Their poor form has only continued after the Russian showpiece, losing to both the Netherlands – who did not qualify for the World Cup – and world…

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Usain Bolt offered professional football deal by Maltese champions

Usain Bolt has been offered a two-year contract to play for Maltese club Valletta FC and spearhead their charge to the Champions League. Valletta managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen told ESPN on Monday that they hope to sign the eight-time Olympic sprint champion in time for him to participate in their Maltese Super Cup match on Dec. 13 against Balzan. “A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible,” said Slimen, adding that he hoped Bolt could pave the way for more athletes to…

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Jose Mourinho charged with improper conduct after Newcastle match

José Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on 6 October, the Football Association has announced. The United manager spoke into a camera after his side came from behind to triumph 3-2 at Old Trafford. “It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper,” read a statement. “He has until 6pm on 19 October 2018 to respond to the charge.” Mourinho could potentially face a touchline ban if…

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Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen ruled out for six weeks with hamstring injury

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is set to miss six weeks of action with a hamstring injury he suffered while on international duty with Belgium, the club has confirmed. The centre-back was forced off during Belgium’s 2-1 win over Switzerland on Friday and now faces yet another spell on the sidelines. The news comes as a blow to Barcelona with Samuel Umtiti also sidelined curently with a knee problem. There have been different reports over the severity of the French defender’s injury, and it’s still unclear when he will return to…

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Laurent Koscielny criticises Deschamps and retires from international football

France and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has retired from international duty after criticising manager Didier Deschamps for his treatment while recovering from injury. The defender ruptured an Achilles in the Europa League semi-final in May and missed out on France’s World Cup-winning campaign in Russia. Koscielny, 33, said “lots of people disappointed him” during his lay-off. “It feels like a hit on the back of the head,” he said. “When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured… after a certain period of time,…

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Thierry Henry appointed as Monaco coach on three-year contract

Thierry Henry has been appointed by AS Monaco as the Ligue 1 club’s new head coach, replacing Leonardo Jardim. Henry has signed a three-year contract until 2021 at the club where he began his professional career. The former Arsenal and Barcelona forward will officially begin work on Monday, the club said in a statement. Henry, who won the Ligue 1 title at the Stade Louis II in 1997, told the club’s official website: “In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team…

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French authorities investigate whether PSG game against Red Star was fixed

French authorities are investigating whether a Champions League game involving Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade was fixed. Both clubs have strongly denied wrongdoing after L’Équipe reported that a Red Star official was suspected of betting €5m (£4.4m) on the team losing by five goals in a match PSG won 6-1. It is understood, Uefa passed on suspicions to the French authorities after the 3 October game at the Parc des Princes in Group C, which also includes Liverpool and Napoli. France’s financial prosecutor’s office confirmed an investigation had been…

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Usain Bolt scores brace in second Central Coast Mariners trial

Usain Bolt scored twice in his second trial match for the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners to boost his chances of realising his dream of becoming a professional footballer. The world’s fastest man struck in a 20-minute second-half period as the Mariners eased to a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United; the first was a coolly-taken individual effort while a defensive mix-up gifted him a second in the pre-season friendly in Campbelltown. “I think I made some slight mistakes but I’m just happy to get the chance and I’m proud…

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Aaron Ramsey: I thought I had agreed new contract with Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey has revealed he thought he had reached an agreement with Arsenal over a new contract only for the club to perform a U-turn but he has promised to make what stands to be his 11th and final season in north London a memorable one. The 27-year-old, whose deal expires next June, made it clear it was the club’s decision to withdraw the offer of fresh terms rather than his own to walk away from the talks. “Everything has been going great with the club – we thought we…

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Bayern blocked Lewandowski sale after ‘several offers’

Robert Lewandowski claims he received “several offers” in the close-season but never expected Bayern Munich to sell him, even after he criticised the club’s hierarchy. The Poland striker made public his unhappiness at the Allianz Arena in August as he accused Bayern of failing to provide adequate support during a brief slump in form last season. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were reportedly interested, but Bayern held firm in their stance against a sale, despite the 30-year-old’s insistence on airing his grievances. Lewandowski admits he never anticipated he would be…

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Real Madrid sue over claims club forced Ronaldo to settle in rape case

Real Madrid have taken legal action against a Portuguese newspaper that reported the club forced Cristiano Ronaldo to settle with the woman who accused him of rape. Real said the information published by Correio da Manhã is “categorically false” and was printed in an effort to “seriously damage the image of this club”. Real said they have “absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which…

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Leonardo Jardim leaves Monaco after poor start to Ligue 1 season

Leonardo Jardim has departed his post as Monaco manager by mutual consent after a run of 10 winless games left the French club third-bottom of Ligue 1 and bottom of their Champions League group. The 44-year-old, who joined Monaco in June 2014 and took the club to a league title in 2017, told their website: “I’m grateful and proud to have been AS Monaco coach for more than four years. I’ve always given my very best and worked with passion. We achieved some great victories together and I’ll always keep…

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Eden Hazard torn between new Chelsea contract and ‘dream’ Real Madrid move

Eden Hazard has admitted he is undecided between signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge and a “dream” move to Real Madrid. The Belgium forward has two years remaining on his contract with the Blues, but was linked with a move to the European champions in the summer. Hazard has scored seven times in the Premier League already this season. “I don’t want to say, ‘yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing,” the 27-year-old told the media. “I want what’s…

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Gareth Bale out of Wales friendly with Spain, doubtful for Ireland clash

Gareth Bale is out of Wales’ friendly against Spain on Thursday and is “50-50” for the Nations League match with the Republic of Ireland on 16 October. The 29-year-old forward was replaced in the 80th minute of Real Madrid’s 1-0 La Liga loss at Alaves on Saturday. “Gareth has got a little bit of muscle fatigue and he won’t be involved against Spain,” Wales manager Ryan Giggs confirmed. “We don’t want to take any risks and we are monitoring it every day.” Bale sat out training with the Wales squad…

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Aston Villa appoint Dean Smith as Head Coach with Terry as assistant

Aston Villa have named Dean Smith as their new head coach, with ex-Chelsea defender John Terry as his assistant. Smith, 47, leaves Brentford, who he led to top-10 finishes in the Championship in each of his three seasons as boss. Former England captain Terry, 37 retired on Sunday after leaving Villa in the summer, while Jesus Garcia Pitarch joins as sporting director. Villa sacked Steve Bruce on 3 October after a run of one win in nine Championship games. Former centre-back Smith – whose first managerial role was with Walsall…

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Thierry Henry on manager shortlist to replace Leonardo Jardim at Monaco

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is being considered as a replacement for manager Leonardo Jardim at Monaco. The French club are expected to sack their Portuguese boss, 44, with the team third from bottom in Ligue 1 with six points from nine games. Henry, 41, who is on the shortlist for a similar role at Aston Villa, began his professional career at Monaco and helped them win Ligue 1 in 1997. Jardim led the club to another French title in 2017, their first since 2000. The former Sporting Lisbon manager…

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Christian Eriksen could have chronic abdominal problem, says Hareide

Denmark manager Åge Hareide has suggested that Christian Eriksen’s stomach problem could be a chronic condition in what would be a major blow to an already injury-hit Tottenham Hotspur squad. The 26-year-old has not played since his club’s 2-1 Premier League win at Brighton on 22 September. Spurs had expected Eriksen to return after the international break this week but Hareide said it was unlikely the midfielder would travel for the Nations League match against Ireland on Saturday. “Christian has an abdominal problem … Such an injury can be chronic,…

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