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Liverpool duo close to return
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Daniel Sturridge is doubtful for Monday's Premier League matc against Leicester City, but Dejan Lovren is likely to miss out despite being on the road to recovery. The Croatian defender has missed the past two matches with a swollen knee, while Sturridge is finally over his illness. The pair are set to return to full training on Saturday.
Stoke handed Shaqiri boost
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed Xherdan Shaqiri has recovered from injury in time to face Tottenham on Sunday and he is close to a fully fit squad. The Swiss midfielder has recovered from a muscle strain ahead of the game at White Hart Lane. Geoff Cameron and Jon Walters are back in training after being out with injury, while Phil Bardsley and Wilfried Bony are also available for selection.
Bonucci back for Juventus
Massimiliano Allegri has welcomed back Leonardo Bonucci for Juventus' clash with Empoli on Saturday after the centre-back apologised for an outburst toward his coach. Bonucci was left out of the matchday squad for the Champions League win over Porto in midweek following a heated argument with Allegri during last week's Serie A win over Palermo. But Allegri has made it clear everything is forgiven following Bonucci's apology.
Varane out for up to six weeks
Real Madrid have confirmed that defender Raphael Varane has suffered a hamstring injury. The France international was substituted in the second half of Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Valencia. Initial reports in Spain suggest the 23-year-old could be out for up to six weeks, making him a serious doubt for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Napoli. Varane, who has started in 18 La Liga games and made seven Champions League starts this season, could return for the Athletic Bilbao match on March 19
Ribery ready for Bayern return
Franck Ribery is ready to make his Bayern Munich comeback in Saturday's Bundesliga encounter with Hamburg after shaking off a thigh injury. The France international has not featured for Bayern since their hard-fought 2-1 win over Werder Bremen in late January, but has been given the green light to feature against Hamburg. Xabi Alonso, however, will miss this weekend's clash at the Allianz Arena due to a minor adductor problem.
Manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City, nine months after leading them to the Premier League title. The Foxes are one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left. His departure comes less than 24 hours after a 2-1 defeat at Spanish side Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
The Foxes took the Premier League title by 10 points but have won just five top-flight games this season, and could become the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938. They have lost their past five league matches and are the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017.
Balotelli gets suspended ban for insulting referee
Nice's Mario Balotelli was handed a suspended ban on Thursday for insulting a referee in last weekend's Ligue 1 win over Lorient. The forward will be suspended for Nice's Ligue 1 encounter with Montpellier on Friday, and the Ligue de Football Professionnel said he will receive a ban for an additional game for any further incidents.
Meanwhile, Bastia received a suspended one-point deduction and partial stadium closure for three games following alleged racist abuse aimed at Balotelli during the teams' 1-1 draw on Jan. 20.
Real Madrid were hit by a further blow during the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Wednesday night after Zinedine Zidane revealed that Raphael Varane suffered an injury during the game. The 23-year-old centre-back was forced off and replaced by Nacho Fernandez in the 73rd minute of the game at the Mestalla. The defender is expected to undergo a scan to learn the severity of the injury - with initial reports suggesting he could be out of action for between two and three weeks due to a torn thigh muscle.
Lukaku passed fit
Everton will have Romelu Lukaku fit to face Sunderland after the striker recovered from the calf injury which prevented him going on the warm weather training trip to Dubai. The Blues top scorer flew instead to Belgium where he spent last week receiving specialist treatment on his leg. He will be welcomed back along with James McCarthy, who has also recovered from a niggle, and Kevin Mirallas.
Mascherano misses training
Javier Mascherano remains a major doubt for the Barcelona trip to Atletico Madrid on Sunday after the Argentina international didn't appear in the Thursday's training session. However, Arda Turan and Sergio Busquets are expected to be available, after the duo missed the last win over Leganes due to injury and suspension respectively. Mascherano, 32, is yet to play a game since picking up a hamstring injury during the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid on 7 February.
Hjalmarsson to be re-evaluated
The Chicago Blackhawks lost defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to an upper-body injury against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. It's unclear what happened to cause the injury, but Hjalmarsson appeared to pull up lame during the end of his last shift of the game. Coach Joel Quenneville said Hjalmarsson will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Gibson misses game
Goalie John Gibson is missing the Anaheim Ducks' game against the Boston Bruins with a lower-body injury. The Ducks recalled Jhonas Enroth from their AHL affiliate in San Diego to back up Jonathan Bernier on Wednesday night. Gibson is 23-15-8 with a 2.24 goals-against average while starting 45 of the Ducks' first 61 games in his first season as their No. 1 starter. He has posted five shutouts and a .922 save percentage.
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Noel Traded to Mavericks
The Philadelphia 76ers agreed to trade power forward Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in exchange for a package that includes Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a first-round draft pick. Noel holds career averages of 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.6 blocks and 28.3 minutes per game in 171 games with Philadelphia.
Thunder acquire Gibson from Bulls
The Oklahoma City Thunder got some help for Russell Westbrook by acquiring forwards Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott from Chicago just before the NBA trade deadline. The Bulls also sent a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder. Oklahoma City sent Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to Chicago. Gibson averaged 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds this season in 55 starts for the Bulls this season.
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football: latest transfers
|Jan 17||Manolo Gabbiadini to Southampton||€ 17m|
|Jan 17||Robbie Brady to Burnley||€ 15.1m|
|Jan 17||Leon Bailey to Bayer L.||€ 13.5m|
|Jan 17||Luka Milivojevic to Crystal Palace||€ 12.8m|
|Jan 17||Walace to Hamburger SV||€ 9.2m|
|Jan 17||Kamil Grosicki to Hull City||€ 9m|
|Jan 17||Anwar El Ghazi to Lille||€ 7m|
|Jan 17||Ashley Westwood to Burnley||€ 5.8m|
|Jan 17||Younousse Sankhare to Bordeaux||€ 3m|
|Jan 17||Robin Quaison to Mainz||€ 2.5m|