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Suarez out for a month
Barcelona have suffered a blow on the eve of the new La Liga season after Luis Suarez was ruled out for a month with a knee injury. The 30-year-old striker was hurt during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid, which La Liga champions won 2-0 to clinch a 5-1 aggregate victory. A statement published on Barca's website on Thursday afternoon said medical tests on Suarez had revealed damage to the back of his right knee.
Defender Gerard Pique, meanwhile, has injured an adductor muscle and could also miss Sunday's meeting with Betis.
Coutinho to miss Palace game
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is to miss Saturday's game against Crystal Palace with a back injury as speculation continues about his future. Barcelona have said they are "close" to signing the 25-year-old Brazilian. He submitted a transfer request last week, days after the club rejected a 100m euros bid from Barcelona. Liverpool are adamant that Coutinho will not be sold in this transfer window.
Everton seal club-record deal for Sigurdsson
Everton has signed Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea for a club-record fee. One of the Premier League's most drawn-out transfers this summer was completed on Wednesday, with the 27-year-old Sigurdsson signing a five-year deal for a transfer fee that British media reported to be 45 million pounds. Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen are other attacking players to have joined Everton since the end of last season, as part of an outlay of around 135 million pounds on new players.
Gradel joins Toulouse on loan
Bournemouth winger Max Gradel has joined Toulouse on loan until the end of the season. The Ivory Coast international could make his debut for Toulouse against Neymar's Paris St-Germain on Sunday. Former Leeds United player Gradel, 29, joined the Cherries from French side St Etienne in 2015 and signed a new four-year contract the following year. He made just 13 appearances last season - and did not start any Premier League games - though he did feature for his country at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Behrami completes Udinese move
Valon Behrami has left Watford to sign for Udinese. Behrami, 32, has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A club who, like Watford, are owned by the Pozzo family. The Switzerland midfielder made 44 appearances in all competitions for the Hornets, having joined from Hamburg in July 2015. Udinese become Behrami's sixth Italian club, following stints with Genoa, Hellas Verona, Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli.
Fiorentina sign Simeone on five-year contract
Fiorentina have signed striker Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego, from Genoa. Simeone, 22, scored 11 Serie A goals for Genoa last season and helps reinforce the forward line at the Stadio Artemio Franchi following the sale of Federico Bernardeschi to Juventus. A statement published on Fiorentina's website on Wednesday evening said Simeone had committed to the Tuscans until 2022.
Luis Suarez picks up injury
Barcelona have been dealt another blow with the news Luis Suarez picked up a knee injury in the Spanish Super Cup. The Uruguayan played as Barca fell to a devastating 5-1 aggregate loss courtesy of a 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid on Wednesday night in the second-leg of their encounter. Suarez pulled up with an injury in the latter stages of the game and struggled to see out the match at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Nou Camp club's official Twitter account wrote: 'Luis Suarez has a problem with his right knee. More tests on Thursday'.
Ronaldo fails with appeal
Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Barcelona after the Spanish Football Federation appeals committee confirmed that it turned down Real Madrid's attempt to overturn his five-game ban. Ronaldo was shown a second yellow card in Real Madrid's 3-1 first-leg win at the Camp Nou on Sunday after a referee ruled that he had dived to try to win a penalty. Ronaldo will also miss La Liga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valenica, Levante and Real Sociedad.
Bacca joins Villarreal on loan
Colombia striker Carlos Bacca joined Spanish club Villarreal on a one-season loan from Milan. The 30-year-old returns to a Spanish league where had a highly successful two-year spell with Sevilla, winning two Europa League titles and scoring 49 goals in 108 games before joining Milan for €30m. Bacca scored 14 goals for the Seria A club last season.
Brooks out with thigh injury
United States centre-back John Brooks will miss at least three months with a right thigh injury. Brooks suffered this injury in his competitive debut for his new club Wolfsburg, a 1-0 win over fourth-tier club Eintracht Norderstedt in the German Cup. Brooks joined Wolfsburg in the offseason for a reported fee of €20m from Bundesliga rivals Hertha in a record transfer for an American player.
Nationals place Goodwin on disabled list
The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left groin strain. Goodwin left Sunday's first game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants with tightness in his groin after stealing a base in the eighth inning. The move is retroactive to Aug. 14.
The 26-year-old Goodwin joins a list of Nationals outfielders currently sidelined with injuries - Bryce Harper (hyperextended knee), Ryan Raburn (trapezius strain), Jayson Werth (foot contusion) and Adam Eaton (torn ACL).
Mesoraco sidelined 3-6 weeks
Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco will be out three to six weeks after he broke a bone in his left foot Monday. Mesoraco, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, was hit by a pitch from Chicago Cubs starter Jose Quintana in the second inning of a 15-5 loss at Wrigley Field. Mesoraco is hitting .213 in 56 games with six homers and 14 RBI.
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