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  • The extent of N’Golo Kante’s hamstring injury will become clearer on Friday when Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte speaks ahead of the Premier League clash at Crystal Palace.Chelsea declined to comment on reports midfielder Kante, who came off in the first half of France’s 1-0 win over Bulgaria last Saturday, could be out for the rest of October.The health of Kante and Alvaro Morata is sure to be on the agenda at Friday’s pre-match media conference. Striker Morata missed international duty with Spain with a hamstring injury sustained against Manchester City on September 30, but after initial fears of a long lay-off he then targeted the Palace contest.Two days… pic.twitter.com/I5EaD9mZt8— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 12, 2017It is more realistic that, if fit, Morata will be kept in reserve for next Wednesday’s Champions League tie at home to Roma, where the Blues will be seeking a third win from three Group C games. That could give striker Michy Batshuayi, who has five goals this..

    Antonio Conte set to provide clarity on N’Golo Kante injury

    The extent of N’Golo Kante’s hamstring injury will become clearer on Friday when Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte speaks ahead of the Premier League clash at Crystal Palace.Chelsea declined to comment on reports midfielder Kante, who came off in the first half of France’s 1-0 win over Bulgaria last Saturday, could be out for the rest of October.The health of Kante and Alvaro Morata is sure to be on the agenda at Friday’s pre-match media conference. Striker Morata missed international duty with Spain with a hamstring injury sustained against Manchester City on September 30, but after initial fears of a long lay-off he then targeted the Palace contest.Two days… pic.twitter.com/I5EaD9mZt8— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 12, 2017It is more realistic that, if fit, Morata will be kept in reserve for next Wednesday’s Champions League tie at home to Roma, where the Blues will be seeking a third win from three Group C games. That could give striker Michy Batshuayi, who has five goals this..
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  • Liverpool fans may be feeling anxious about Saturday’s Premier League clash against in-form Manchester United, with the Reds, who have lost Sadio Mane to injury, having won just one of their last seven games in all competitions.However, the Merseysiders can take encouragement heading into the match at Anfield from the club’s record under boss Jurgen Klopp against fellow ‘big six’ outfits – United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.Last month Klopp’s team lost 5-0 at City after being reduced to 10 men, but that was only the second defeat they had suffered in 20 league meetings with other ‘big six’ sides since the German took charge in October 2015.The Reds step up their preparations for the meeting with Manchester United today.Here's who's back at Melwood: https://t.co/T0sqpxD34J pic.twitter.com/bzl4rCS9Xy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 12, 2017And they have nine victories from those games, giving them a win percentage of 45 – which is considerably higher tha..

    Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lead the way in ‘big six’ battles

    Liverpool fans may be feeling anxious about Saturday’s Premier League clash against in-form Manchester United, with the Reds, who have lost Sadio Mane to injury, having won just one of their last seven games in all competitions.However, the Merseysiders can take encouragement heading into the match at Anfield from the club’s record under boss Jurgen Klopp against fellow ‘big six’ outfits – United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.Last month Klopp’s team lost 5-0 at City after being reduced to 10 men, but that was only the second defeat they had suffered in 20 league meetings with other ‘big six’ sides since the German took charge in October 2015.The Reds step up their preparations for the meeting with Manchester United today.Here's who's back at Melwood: https://t.co/T0sqpxD34J pic.twitter.com/bzl4rCS9Xy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 12, 2017And they have nine victories from those games, giving them a win percentage of 45 – which is considerably higher tha..
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  • Barcelona are preparing to launch a fresh attempt to sign Philippe Coutinho during the winter transfer window after being thwarted by Liverpool over the summer.Coutinho handed in a transfer request in an effort to engineer a move to the Catalan giants, who had three bids rejected as the Reds made clear they were unwilling to part with their star man at any price. The 25-year-old has since been eased back into the first-team picture following a back injury and has underlined his importance to Liverpool with goals in each of his last three outings.Soon…#MyLFCMatchdayImage pic.twitter.com/aZ5UYFx78c— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 11, 2017Barca are unwilling to concede defeat in their pursuit of the Brazil midfielder and are set to test Liverpool’s resolve in January – although any new arrivals must be offset by departures.Chief executive Oscar Grau said in quotes reported in several national newspapers: “We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market or any player the technical sta..

    Barcelona ‘ready to buy’ Philippe Coutinho in January

    Barcelona are preparing to launch a fresh attempt to sign Philippe Coutinho during the winter transfer window after being thwarted by Liverpool over the summer.Coutinho handed in a transfer request in an effort to engineer a move to the Catalan giants, who had three bids rejected as the Reds made clear they were unwilling to part with their star man at any price. The 25-year-old has since been eased back into the first-team picture following a back injury and has underlined his importance to Liverpool with goals in each of his last three outings.Soon…#MyLFCMatchdayImage pic.twitter.com/aZ5UYFx78c— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 11, 2017Barca are unwilling to concede defeat in their pursuit of the Brazil midfielder and are set to test Liverpool’s resolve in January – although any new arrivals must be offset by departures.Chief executive Oscar Grau said in quotes reported in several national newspapers: “We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market or any player the technical sta..
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  • Talks over extending Mesut Ozil’s contract at Arsenal are “going in a positive way”, according to the agent of the German midfielder.Ozil could be back in contention for the Gunners’ trip to Watford on Saturday after recovering from a knee injury which kept him out of international duty as Germany secured their place at the 2018 World Cup.The 28-year-old joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in a then club-record £42.5million deal in September 2013, but as yet has not penned a new contract.When in doubt sweat it out …???????????? #YaGunnersYa #KeepPushing #gymtimeagain pic.twitter.com/1KiDJmsy7a— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 6, 2017There had been suggestions, though, the German playmaker could be sold in January to avoid him leaving on a free transfer in the summer.Inter Milan, Besiktas and Manchester United, now managed by his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, have all been touted as possible destinations for a player said to be seeking a salary in the region of £300,000-p..

    Mesut Ozil’s agent reveals positive contract talks with Arsenal

    Talks over extending Mesut Ozil’s contract at Arsenal are “going in a positive way”, according to the agent of the German midfielder.Ozil could be back in contention for the Gunners’ trip to Watford on Saturday after recovering from a knee injury which kept him out of international duty as Germany secured their place at the 2018 World Cup.The 28-year-old joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in a then club-record £42.5million deal in September 2013, but as yet has not penned a new contract.When in doubt sweat it out …???????????? #YaGunnersYa #KeepPushing #gymtimeagain pic.twitter.com/1KiDJmsy7a— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 6, 2017There had been suggestions, though, the German playmaker could be sold in January to avoid him leaving on a free transfer in the summer.Inter Milan, Besiktas and Manchester United, now managed by his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, have all been touted as possible destinations for a player said to be seeking a salary in the region of £300,000-p..
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  • Jonathan Walters has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off games, Press Association Sport understands.The 34-year-old Burnley forward is currently sidelined by a knee problem. It is understood he will not have recovered in time for the play-offs, the first legs of which will be staged between November 9 and 11, with the return fixtures then taking place over the following three days.According to reports, Walters will be out of action until at least Christmas.So you're saying there's a chance ???????? pic.twitter.com/A0oklIWcAm— Jonathan walters (@JonWalters19) October 9, 2017As well as sitting out the Republic’s matches against Wales on Monday and Moldova last week, Walters, who Burnley signed from Stoke over the summer, has not been involved in the Clarets’ last two Premier League games.Burnley boss Sean Dyche said ahead of the October 1 victory at Everton: “Jon won’t make it as we are still letting his knee calm down.“The knee has flared up a..

    Jonathan Walters ruled out of Republic of Ireland’s play-off games

    Jonathan Walters has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off games, Press Association Sport understands.The 34-year-old Burnley forward is currently sidelined by a knee problem. It is understood he will not have recovered in time for the play-offs, the first legs of which will be staged between November 9 and 11, with the return fixtures then taking place over the following three days.According to reports, Walters will be out of action until at least Christmas.So you're saying there's a chance ???????? pic.twitter.com/A0oklIWcAm— Jonathan walters (@JonWalters19) October 9, 2017As well as sitting out the Republic’s matches against Wales on Monday and Moldova last week, Walters, who Burnley signed from Stoke over the summer, has not been involved in the Clarets’ last two Premier League games.Burnley boss Sean Dyche said ahead of the October 1 victory at Everton: “Jon won’t make it as we are still letting his knee calm down.“The knee has flared up a..
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  • Hat-trick hero Lionel Messi believes Argentina deserve to go to Russia next summer after he saved their World Cup dreams. Jorge Sampaoli’s side beat Ecuador 3-1 in their final must-win qualifier on Wednesday despite going behind to Romario Ibarra’s first-minute goal. But Barcelona’s Messi, who came out of a brief international retirement last year, scored three times to send Argentina to next year’s tournament after they eventually finished third in South American qualifying. #YoAmoAMiSelección Puños apretados y brazos en alto: postal de una noche de 10. pic.twitter.com/LZaxeaVxQl— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) October 11, 2017“We deserve to be there after what we have gone through during qualifying,” Messi told Marca. “We did not deserve to miss out and our place at the tournament is merited.“Of course things were made even more difficult for us when we went a goal behind.“It isn’t easy to play here with the unique conditions (the high altitude in Quito) but fortunately for ..

    Lionel Messi says Argentina’s World Cup place is merited

    Hat-trick hero Lionel Messi believes Argentina deserve to go to Russia next summer after he saved their World Cup dreams. Jorge Sampaoli’s side beat Ecuador 3-1 in their final must-win qualifier on Wednesday despite going behind to Romario Ibarra’s first-minute goal. But Barcelona’s Messi, who came out of a brief international retirement last year, scored three times to send Argentina to next year’s tournament after they eventually finished third in South American qualifying. #YoAmoAMiSelección Puños apretados y brazos en alto: postal de una noche de 10. pic.twitter.com/LZaxeaVxQl— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) October 11, 2017“We deserve to be there after what we have gone through during qualifying,” Messi told Marca. “We did not deserve to miss out and our place at the tournament is merited.“Of course things were made even more difficult for us when we went a goal behind.“It isn’t easy to play here with the unique conditions (the high altitude in Quito) but fortunately for ..
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  • Harry Kane will stay at Tottenham but only if the club are ready to match his ambition and reject bids of up to £200million, according to former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton.Tottenham have shown a willingness to sell star players in recent years, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick all departing for just over £150million combined.Kane alone would likely top that in today’s market but Spurs are adamant their prized asset, born in Walthamstow and reared through the club’s academy, is not for sale.ICYMI – @HKane has been nominated for the 2017 Ballon d'Or! ????#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/SaE1speVRi— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 9, 2017The 24-year-old was the only Englishman named on a 30-man shortlist to win the Ballon d’Or on Monday, having scored 43 goals in 37 matches this year. He also has 15 goals in his last 10 for Tottenham and England.Real Madrid took Modric and Bale in 2012 and 2013 respectively and will get a closer l..

    Anderton: Tottenham must match Kane’s ambitions to keep him at the club

    Harry Kane will stay at Tottenham but only if the club are ready to match his ambition and reject bids of up to £200million, according to former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton.Tottenham have shown a willingness to sell star players in recent years, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick all departing for just over £150million combined.Kane alone would likely top that in today’s market but Spurs are adamant their prized asset, born in Walthamstow and reared through the club’s academy, is not for sale.ICYMI – @HKane has been nominated for the 2017 Ballon d'Or! ????#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/SaE1speVRi— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 9, 2017The 24-year-old was the only Englishman named on a 30-man shortlist to win the Ballon d’Or on Monday, having scored 43 goals in 37 matches this year. He also has 15 goals in his last 10 for Tottenham and England.Real Madrid took Modric and Bale in 2012 and 2013 respectively and will get a closer l..
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  • Arsenal are set to be without Shkodran Mustafi for Saturday’s Premier League match against Watford as the defender’s thigh injury continues to be assessed, Press Association Sport understands.Mustafi suffered the muscle problem while on international duty with Germany during the first half against Azerbaijan as the holders secured their place at the 2018 World Cup on the back of 10 straight qualifying wins in Group C.Following the 5-1 victory in Kaiserslautern, Germany manager Joachim Loew suggested it was a ‘torn ligament’, which if confirmed would rule the 25-year-old out for a substantial spell.While Mustafi will be absent when the Gunners resume Premier League action in Saturday’s late kick-off at Vicarage Road, Press Association Sport understands the full extent of the diagnosis is still being assessed.Arsene Wenger will have a selection dilemma against Watford (John Walton/Empics)Whenever the German is available again, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has something of a defensi..

    Shkodran Mustafi set to miss Arsenal’s return to action against Watford

    Arsenal are set to be without Shkodran Mustafi for Saturday’s Premier League match against Watford as the defender’s thigh injury continues to be assessed, Press Association Sport understands.Mustafi suffered the muscle problem while on international duty with Germany during the first half against Azerbaijan as the holders secured their place at the 2018 World Cup on the back of 10 straight qualifying wins in Group C.Following the 5-1 victory in Kaiserslautern, Germany manager Joachim Loew suggested it was a ‘torn ligament’, which if confirmed would rule the 25-year-old out for a substantial spell.While Mustafi will be absent when the Gunners resume Premier League action in Saturday’s late kick-off at Vicarage Road, Press Association Sport understands the full extent of the diagnosis is still being assessed.Arsene Wenger will have a selection dilemma against Watford (John Walton/Empics)Whenever the German is available again, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has something of a defensi..
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  • Gordon Strachan’s future as Scotland manager is to be discussed at a Scottish Football Association board meeting on Thursday.The Scotland boss is out of contract next month but is facing mounting pressure from fans to call time on his five-year reign after the nation’s latest qualifying failure.Sunday’s draw with Slovenia killed off hopes of making it to next year’s World Cup in Russia.With no competitive action until the new UEFA Nations League kicks off next September, SFA chief Stewart Regan said the board will not be rushed into making a decision on Strachan’s future.But despite insisting there will be no ‘knee-jerk reactions’, Regan and other Hampden chiefs are due to discuss the direction of the national team at a board meeting on Thursday.Gordon Strachan has been in charge of Scotland since January 2013 (Adam Davy/PA)Regan told the Scottish Sun: “Everyone is disappointed with how the campaign ended.“But we now need time to reflect on the campaign and discuss it as a board..

    SFA board to discuss Gordon Strachan’s Scotland future on Thursday

    Gordon Strachan’s future as Scotland manager is to be discussed at a Scottish Football Association board meeting on Thursday.The Scotland boss is out of contract next month but is facing mounting pressure from fans to call time on his five-year reign after the nation’s latest qualifying failure.Sunday’s draw with Slovenia killed off hopes of making it to next year’s World Cup in Russia.With no competitive action until the new UEFA Nations League kicks off next September, SFA chief Stewart Regan said the board will not be rushed into making a decision on Strachan’s future.But despite insisting there will be no ‘knee-jerk reactions’, Regan and other Hampden chiefs are due to discuss the direction of the national team at a board meeting on Thursday.Gordon Strachan has been in charge of Scotland since January 2013 (Adam Davy/PA)Regan told the Scottish Sun: “Everyone is disappointed with how the campaign ended.“But we now need time to reflect on the campaign and discuss it as a board..
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  • Chelsea could be without N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata at Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Premier League champions are waiting to learn the full extent of midfielder Kante’s hamstring injury sustained while on international duty with France.And, while the Blues are optimistic Morata’s hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared, head coach Antonio Conte could opt to give the Spain striker and Kante additional rest ahead of next week’s Champions League clash at home to Roma.Congratulations to @nglkante, who has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or! ????More ????https://t.co/lOLG1xtnrv pic.twitter.com/7HW5U7xpEl— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 9, 2017Kante came off in the first half of France’s 1-0 win in Bulgaria on Saturday and withdrew from Les Bleus’ squad to face Belarus on Tuesday night.The former Leicester midfielder is expected to return to Chelsea’s Surrey training base on Tuesday or Wednesday for assessment on the injury.No further injury update is expected before Con..

    N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata doubtful for Crystal Palace clash

    Chelsea could be without N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata at Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Premier League champions are waiting to learn the full extent of midfielder Kante’s hamstring injury sustained while on international duty with France.And, while the Blues are optimistic Morata’s hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared, head coach Antonio Conte could opt to give the Spain striker and Kante additional rest ahead of next week’s Champions League clash at home to Roma.Congratulations to @nglkante, who has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or! ????More ????https://t.co/lOLG1xtnrv pic.twitter.com/7HW5U7xpEl— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 9, 2017Kante came off in the first half of France’s 1-0 win in Bulgaria on Saturday and withdrew from Les Bleus’ squad to face Belarus on Tuesday night.The former Leicester midfielder is expected to return to Chelsea’s Surrey training base on Tuesday or Wednesday for assessment on the injury.No further injury update is expected before Con..
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