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Ramsey limps out with groin injury
Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Aaron Ramsey after he limped out of Wales' 3-0 win over Israel in their European Championship qualifier. Ramsey was enjoying an excellent game as he opened the scoring shortly before half-time with a close range header. However, Arsenal's injury curse looks to have struck once again as Ramsey limped off just three minutes from full time with an apparent groin injury. There's no word yet on how serious the injury is but even a minor groin tweak could rule him out for at least a week which would make him a serious doubt to take on Liverpool next Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool handed fitness boost
Liverpool star Raheem Sterling will be fit to feature against Arsenal next weekend despite injury concerns, The Daily Mail report. He scored in England's 4-0 victory over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday night but has since pulled out of the Three Lions squad ahead of a friendly clash against Italy.
Sterling has had a painkilling injection in his toe and was initially a doubt for the Reds' clash with Arsene Wenger's men at the Emirates Stadium. However, Brendan Rodgers looks set to be able to count on Sterling with reports that he will be ready to play in North London.
Pepe will miss the game against Serbia
Pepe will not be able to play for Portugal against Serbia tomorrow. Real Madrid centerback has spent the whole week trying to recover from a minor trauma but, after completing the last training session, has been ruled out for the game as his condition is not optimal yet. Pepe will continue to work with Portuguese National Team until Wednesday, when he might have some minutes in a friendly match against Cape Verde.
Barca lose Alba for 10 days
Barcelona defender Jordi Alba will be out for around 10 days after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty. The 26-year-old will miss the La Liga trip to Celta Vigo next Saturday and is also doubtful for the home game against Almeria three days later. The defender was forced off during Spain's 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Ukraine on Friday.
A statement on Barcelona's official website read: "Tests performed by the FC Barcelona medical services on Saturday morning revealed that Jordi Alba has a grade 1 injury to the adductor muscle in his right leg. This hamstring injury means he'll be out of action for approximately 10 days."
Schweinsteiger back for Georgia tie
Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his first start for Germany since the World Cup final last year when his team take on Georgia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday. Schweinsteiger, who took over from Philipp Lahm as skipper following the team's World Cup triumph in Brazil, has yet to feature after nursing a long-time injury that caused him to miss much of the first half of the season.
"Bastian Schweinsteiger will start tomorrow. Our overall formation will be an attacking one," the coach Low told reporters on Saturday after resting Schweinsteiger for the 2-2 friendly draw against Australia on Wednesday. "Our overall formation will be an attacking one"
Marchisio injury not as bad as first feared
Juventus have played down the extent of the knee injury suffered by Claudio Marchisio after Italy medical staff claimed the midfielder would not play again this season. Marchisio was ruled out of Italy's European Qualifier away to Bulgaria on Saturday after undergoing an MRI scan which was said to have revealed a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament injury that would keep him out of action for up to six months.
However, he could now be back playing within a matter of weeks after Juventus announced the injury is not as bad as first thought. The tests, supervised by Dr Carlo Faletti at Turin's Fornaca Clinic, ruled positive, excluding the possibility of a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament.
Jordi Alba injured
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque revealed Jordi Alba will miss Tuesday's friendly against Netherlands after limping off in Sevilla with a hamstring injury. Alba was replaced with 11 minutes remaining in Spain's 1-0 triumph over Ukraine in Euro 2016 qualifying on Friday. "Our doctors are in touch with Barcelona's medical team, he's leaving the national team for now, and tomorrow he will be in Barcelona for the correspondent medical check-ups," the veteran coach said.
Welbeck and Sterling to miss Italy friendly
England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will miss Tuesday's international friendly against Italy with injury, while Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will also be excused from the game in Turin. Hodgson revealed that Sterling delayed treatment on an existing injury to play in England's 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Lithuania on Friday, in which he scored. Meanwhile, Welbeck picked up an injury in the Lithuania game that will not only be a concern to England, as Arsenal will hope their forward is not ruled out of next weekend's vital Premier League match against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.
Montenegro - Russia abandoned
The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia was abandoned in the 67th minute following crowd disturbances at the Gradski Stadion in Podgorica. In the first minute of the Group G fixture, Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev appeared to be struck by an object thrown from the crowd. He was subsequently carried off the field on a stretcher and the referee took the players off for a first time.
Play resumed after a 33-minute delay and there was no score at half-time. The start of the second half was delayed by 18 minutes due to further disturbances and the match was abandoned in the 67th minute, shortly after Russia's Roman Shirokov had a penalty saved by Vukasin Poleksic. UEFA will wait to receive reports from the delegate and referee to open disciplinary proceedings.
Manuel Pasqual to miss Italy matches
Fiorentina captain Manuel Pasqual has reportedly pulled out of training with Italy's national team due to a rib injury. The 33-year-old was set to be included in coach Antonio Conte's squad for the upcoming matches against Bulgaria and England but he will likely remain in Florence in order to recover from a knock he picked up prior to the international break.
Letang taken to hospital
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was taken to the hospital after getting hit in Saturday's game against the Arizona Coyotes. Late in the second period, Coyotes forward Shane Doan shoved Letang, who went into the air and crashed into the boards. After staying on the ice for a couple of minutes, Letang was helped off the ice and taken to a hospital.
"(Letang) did go to the hospital to be checked out," said Pittsburgh head coach Mike Johnston. "We'll get an evaluation as to where everybody thinks he's at in the morning."
Jared Boll suspended 3 games
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll was suspended three games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head. Boll delivered the illegal hit to the head of Anaheim forward Patrick Maroon during the second period of Tuesday's game in Columbus. Boll will miss games tonight at Chicago, Saturday at St. Louis and Tuesday against New Jersey at Nationwide Arena.
Durant won't return this season
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant won't return this season because of a foot injury and will instead undergo a bone graft procedure that will keep him sidelined for up to six months. Durant hasn't played since Feb. 19 and underwent a procedure a few days later in an effort to alleviate soreness from a screw that was inserted when the reigning NBA MVP had surgery in October to repair a fracture in the foot.
Last Friday, the Thunder said Durant hadn't progressed as hoped and wouldn't participate in any basketball activities. He visited specialists this week and it was determined that another operation was necessary.
Beverley may have torn wrist ligament
Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday that Patrick Beverley's recent wrist injury will sideline the point guard between 7 to 10 days before he's reevaluated. Yahoo! Sports reported that Beverley tore a ligament in his left wrist during Monday's game at Indiana and that the team is currently determining whether the injury will require season-ending surgery. The Rockets have yet to disclose any specifics about the injury.
Hamilton secures pole in Malayasia
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole for Malaysia GP following a rain-hit qualifying session. Thunderstorms closed in on the Sepang International Circuit during Q1, prompting frantic scenes at the start of Q2 as the 15 remaining drivers rushed to complete a hot lap. Hamilton only just made it through to Q3 after getting stuck towards the back of the queue of cars, while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was also held up and missed out on the final session.
However, Hamilton had no such trouble when Q3 began following a delay, posting a time of 1:49:834 to take pole ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes while Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo qualified fourth.
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