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Andre Ayew is an injury doubt for Olympique de Marseille's final game of the season against Bastia this weekend. Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that the 25-year-old may miss Saturday night's fixture. As reported by L'Equipe, the player has a "pain in the arch of his foot." The news will come as a major blow to the Phoceens, who remain in the hunt for a Champions League place.
Benzema suffers torn muscle
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema's season at club level is over after the La Liga side confirmed on Thursday that he had torn a thigh muscle in his right leg. French international hobbled off after an hour of Madrid's 4-1 win at Espanyol last weekend. The 27-year-old is also a major doubt for two friendlies for France, against Belgium on June 7 and Albania six days later.
Hazard likely to miss final match
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is a doubt for the team's final game of the season on Sunday after having emergency dental surgery. The Football Writers' Association announced today that Hazard, who was named their Footballer of the Year, will miss tonight's ceremony after he had three wisdom teeth removed.
Xavi confirms Al Sadd transfer
Xavi Hernandez will leave Barcelona at the end of the season to join Qatari club Al Sadd, the veteran midfielder confirmed on Thursday: "I'd like to announce that I'm leaving Barca after this season. The decision is definitive yet difficult. I've been at the club for almost 25 years but this is the time for me to leave. I have a thrilling project in Qatar - I will play for Al Sadd the next two seasons. I also have an enthusiastic project in the Aspire academy [a sporting academy based in Qatar]. I will be able to work towards becoming a coach or a sporting director in the future."
Drobny ruled out
Hamburg will be without first-choice goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny for the final match of the Bundesliga season this weekend. The Czech has made 23 appearances in another tough campaign for HSV, with Bruno Labbadia's side fighting to stay in the division for a second successive season.
"A bitter diagnosis before the season finale," the club announced on Thursday. "At yesterday's training Jaroslav Drobny suffered an acromioclavicular injury in a fall. This resulted in tests in Hamburg and the keeper will be out for 10 weeks."
Fabregas suspension reduced to one game
Cesc Fabregas's suspension has been reduced from three matches to one, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. Chelsea midfielder was shown a straight red card during 3-0 Premier League loss at West Brom on Monday after drilling the ball at a crowd of players and hitting Chris Brunt in the face during a break in play in the 29th minute. The standard three-game ban would have forced Fabregas to miss the champions' final game at home to Sunderland on Sunday and the first two games of next season, but he will now only sit out this weekend's fixture.
Gomes sidelined for three months
Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes will be sidelined for the next three months after undergoing successful surgery on a quadriceps injury suffered in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo. Gomes will soon begin his lengthy recovery as he hopes to be fit in time for next season's opener, but may still be out of action for Valencia Champions League play-in game, should they finish fourth this Saturday.
David Alaba returns to training
David Alaba trained with his Bayern Munich teammates on Wednesday as they prepare for their final match of the season against Mainz. The 22-year-old has missed the last seven weeks with a cruciate tear in his knee he sustained playing for the Austrian national team. Alaba did not return to full team activities, and Juan Bernat will likely start at left back in his place.
Farnerud faces six months out
Torino midfielder Alexander Farnerud is expected to be sidelined for at least six months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Sweden international suffered the injury during training on Saturday and his worst fears were confirmed after an MRI scan revealed he had ruptured his ACL. He has made 21 league appearances since for Torino.
Carrick ruled out of upcoming internationals
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has ruled himself out of England's upcoming games. Carrick, who was ruled out for the rest of the season by United boss Louis van Gaal after suffering a calf injury in April, has revealed he won't be fit in time for England's friendly with Ireland and Euro qualifier away to Slovenia.
Speaking at United's Player of the Year Awards, Carrick said: "I thought I might have got involved (with England). But it doesn't look like that's going to be the case."
Ryu to undergo shoulder surgery
The Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo left shoulder surgery on Thursday, a procedure that could end his season. The 27-year-old left-hander last pitched during spring training and tried to avoid surgery, but no progress was made with conservative treatments. The Dodgers already lost Brandon McCarthy for the season due to a torn UCL in his right elbow, and Brandon Beachy is still working his way back from a second Tommy John procedure.
Drew Pomeranz placed on DL
The Oakland Athletics placed pitcher Drew Pomeranz on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left AC joint. Pomeranz left in the fifth inning of Monday's 2-1 win at Houston with left shoulder tightness. He is 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA in eight starts this season.
Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll suffered a left knee injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's loss to Cleveland in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Carroll was driving to the basket when his left leg buckled awkwardly as he planted to jump. He remained on the floor for several minutes and did not put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the court. Head coach Mike Budenholzer said the initial diagnosis was a left knee sprain but that the team will know more after Carroll has an MRI on Thursday.
Aldridge has surgery on left thumb
Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge underwent successful surgery Monday to repair the injured radial collateral ligament of his left thumb. Aldridge is expected to be able to return basketball activity in approximately eight weeks. The 29-year-old was ruled out for 6 to 8 weeks in late January after suffering the injury. However, he missed just two games after deciding against surgery.
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