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Koscielny back in training
Central defender Laurent Koscielny was back in training with Arsenal today despite worries he could miss Sunday's North London Derby with Tottenham due to a knee injury. The France international was reported to have picked up the knock in the Gunners' midweek win over Leicester City, but he appears to have made a full recovery. Defender Shkodran Mustafi was still missing and isn't expected to return to first team action for another two weeks.
Iniesta ruled out
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will miss Saturday's game against Espanyol with a groin problem. Luis Enrique wanted to leave it as late as possible before making a decision on the midfielder's fitness, but was finally forced to leave him out of his 18-man squad for the game at Cornella-El Prat. The Blaugrana have not revealed how long they expect to be without Iniesta, with just three league games and the Copa del Rey final to come after this weekend.
Barca are also without injured trio Rafinha, Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal at Espayol, but Neymar returns from a three-game ban.
West Brom duo out for two games
West Brom manager Tony Pulis says Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu are set to miss the next two matches due to injury. The duo both pulled up with hamstring problems in training on Tuesday and will definitely not be involved against Leicester on Saturday. James Morrison or James McClean are the leading contenders to replace Phillips while Salomon Rondon will come in for Robson-Kanu up front, as West Brom look to break a four-game duck without a goal.
Iniesta doubtful for Espanyol match
Barcelona has Neymar back from suspension but captain Andres Iniesta is in doubt for the local derby against Espanyol this weekend in the Spanish league. Iniesta is bothered by a right leg muscle injury and did not practice on Friday. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he will wait as long as possible to see if the midfielder will be available. If Iniesta can't play, his likely replacement will be Andre Gomes.
Thiago extends Bayern contract
Midfielder Thiago Alcantara has extended his contract with Bayern Munich by two years to 2021. The 26-year-old Spanish midfielder has agreed to a two-year extension of his deal, which will now run until June 2021. Thiago joined Bayern from Barcelona in 2013 and has established himself as a key member of the first team. He has made 39 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring eight times and registering nine assists.
Fellaini sent off for head butt
Marouane Fellaini was sent off during Manchester United's goalless draw with Manchester City for a headbutt. The Belgium international was booked for a foul on the Argentine in the second half, but 19 seconds after the previous challenge the midfielder was shown a straight red for headbutting the Citizens forward. Fellaini has made 42 appearances for United this season, scoring three goals, and he has become a key figure for Jose Mourinho. United are now unbeaten in 24 successive Premier League matches, equalling their longest such run in a single season.
Braga appoint Ferreira as new coach
Braga have appointed Abel Ferreira as their new coach just one day after parting ways with Jorge Simao. A string of poor results ended Simao's reign that started last winter and last weekend's 3-1 loss against Pacos Ferreira was the last straw. Ferreira, 38, who coached the Braga B team from 2015, has signed a contract until 2020.
Bravo could be out for season
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could miss the remaining five games of the season after sustaining an injury in Thursday's 0-0 Premier League draw with rivals Manchester United. The Chilean was carried off on a stretcher in the 79th minute and replaced by Willy Caballero. "Of course he has an injury, probably [out] for some weeks," manager Pep Guardiola said after the game. "I don't know if he will be available again this season."
Mourinho reveals Fosu-Mensah injury
Manchester United starlet Tim Fosu-Mensah suffered an injury in the dying moments of his side's goalless draw with Manchester City on Thursday, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The versatile Dutchman seemed to land awkwardly when jumping for a corner. "Tim Fosu-Mensah is really injured in the last action of the game. He's also an important injury," the Manchester United boss said in his press conference. "The team is in trouble and has a lot of problems, to play the way we did shows resilience and character."
Enyeama ruled out for the season
Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury. The 34-year old was injured in Lille's 0-2 defeat to Rennes on April 15. "Vincent Enyeama will be having surgery next week and he will not be able to play (again) until the end of the season," interim manager Franck Passi said. "This is because the period for recovery will be for about three weeks or upwards."
Hagelin a game-time decision
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Carl Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night after being out since March 10 with a lower-body injury. The lightning-quick wing took part in a full-contact practice Friday and has progressed far enough in his recovery to be an option to play.
Fiala leaves on stretcher with leg injury
Nashville forward Kevin Fiala was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he hurt his left leg during Game 1 of the Predators' second-round series against St. Louis on Wednesday night. Fiala was hit by Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and went hard into the boards behind the St. Louis net at 1:46 of the second period. The injury led to a 17-minute delay while Fiala received medical attention. Fiala was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. The team says he is "alert and in stable condition."
injuriesNBA : Washington Wizards : 28.4.17
Jason Smith cleared to play
Jason Smith is playing for the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. The front-court reserve left the previous game with a sprained left knee and did not return. After getting extensive treatment over the last two days, he's been cleared to play. Smith's return ensures that starting center Marcin Gortat won't be forced to play additional minutes, allowing the Wizards to stay in their normal rotation.
Rajon Rondo out for Game 6
If the Chicago Bulls are to extend their postseason, they almost certainly will have to do it without Rajon Rondo. Rondo has a fractured right thumb, and coach Fred Hoiberg says the veteran guard is a "long shot" to play Game 6 against the Boston Celtics on Friday. Since Rondo injured his hand in Game 2, Boston won three straight. Rondo was a standout at both ends in the first two games, both Chicago victories on the road. He averaged 11.5 points, 10.0 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
injuriesMLB : San Francisco Giants : 29.4.17
Bumgarner out 3 months
San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break following injuries sustained in a dirt-biking accident. The 27-year-old suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in the April 20 crash on the team's day off in Colorado. Bumgarner started rehab Friday focused on improving his range of motion, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Syndergaard scratched from start
Star Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his start Thursday against the Atlanta Braves because of what manager Terry Colins said was minor discomfort in his biceps. Collins said Syndergaard was expected to be available against Washington this weekend and likely will not go on the disabled list. Collins cautioned any decision will be made after Syndergaard was evaluated by doctors. Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings.
F1 : 29.4.17
Vettel on pole in Sochi
Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, as Ferrari locked out the front row for the first time since 2008.
Mercedes again struggled to live with the Scuderia's pace, ending up third and fourth. Bottas got closest to the Ferrari pair, finishing 0.095s off Vettel, and just 0.036s away from Raikkonen. Hamilton squabbled with Hulkenberg for track position in the early stages of Q3 and was unable to find a rhythm, ending up half a second back in fourth.
Vandoorne to get 15-place grid penalty
McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne will take a 15-place grid penalty at the Russian Grand Prix, after a precarious engine situation got even worse in FP1. Vandoorne reported "no power" in the closing stages of Friday's first session, after which Honda outlined a suspected MGU-K issue. In the interest of time, mechanics are completing a full power unit change, with the hope of sending Vandoorne back out on track during the second practice session. Vandoorne, having already moved on to his fourth MGU-H and TC elements, will now take on fifth elements, meaning he will collect 10- and five-place grid penalties.
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