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Neuer returns to Bayern training
Bayern Munich have received a boost with Manuel Neuer taking part in team training for the first time in seven months. The Germany goalkeeper, 32, has broken his foot three times since March 2017 and has made only three Bundesliga appearances this season, the last coming on September 16. However, he won't be available when Real Madrid visit Germany next Wednesday. Back-up goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has impressed following Neuer's injury-enforced absence.
Defrel undergoes knee surgery
Roma forward Gregoire Defrel could be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee, which had originally been scheduled to take place this summer. However, after the 26-year-old sustained an ankle injury last week, the decision was taken to accelerate the process in the hope that both problems will heal at around the same time. Whilst Defrel has not been a regular starter for Eusebio Di Francesco's side, he has still made 20 appearances in all competitions.
Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has announced that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League. "After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season," the 68-year-old said in a statement. Arsenal's majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, paid tribute to Wenger and hailed his influence on the club as one of the key reasons that he bought into the club in the first place, with the American billionaire admitting that he hopes to build on the Frenchman's legacy.
Besiktas coach injured
The Turkish Cup semifinal between Fenerbahce and Besiktas was abandoned on Thursday after visiting coach Senol Gunes was injured by an object thrown from the stands. The Istanbul derby had been briefly halted several times before the incident occurred in the 58th minute. Gunes fell to the ground after being hit by the object and was taken to hospital where he needed five stitches. Assistant coach Erdinc Gultekin was left with a bloodied face after a tunnel bust-up between both sets of players and staff.
Watford squad hit by stomach virus
Watford manager Javi Gracia has revealed the club have been hit by a stomach virus with four players struggling for Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace. Gerard Deulofeu, the forward on loan from Barcelona, and defender Sebastian Prodl have both been absent from training due to the illness sweeping the camp. Gracia refused to reveal the names of the other two players who were affected, but hopes all four will be fit for the visit of Roy Hodgson's side.
Lovren back in training
Dejan Lovren has handed Liverpool another huge defensive injury boost after returning to training on Thursday. The Croatian centre-back was forced off during Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth after suffering what was described as muscle tightness in his leg.
Lovren's withdrawal was another scare to manager Jurgen Klopp who has seen his defensive options deplete on a weekly basis over the past month. Joe Gomez pulled up with an injury on international duty before Joel Matip's season ended by a ruptured thigh muscle. Ragnar Klavan has also struggled with illness, but Klopp's defensive options have been given a welcome couple of boosts this week. After Gomez made his own return to action on Tuesday, Lovren followed on, training with the rest of his team-mates at Melwood on Thursday.
Season over for Sidibe
France international Djibril Sidibe is a doubt for the World Cup after being diagnosed with a knee injury. The Monaco full-back suffered the injury during Sunday's defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain. "In the most serious cases it is seven weeks; in the less serious, four weeks," coach Leonardo Jardim told reporters. "Will we be seeing him again this season? I think not."
Rakitic cleared to return
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been cleared to return to action after undergoing surgery on a broken finger. The Croatia international sustained a fractured metacarpal in the first finger of his left hand during Barcelona's stunning 3-0 loss to Roma in the Champions League last week. Rakitic underwent a procedure to rectify the issue last Wednesday and missed fixtures against Valencia and Celta Vigo as a result.
Alonso banned for three games
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been handed a three-match ban following his challenge on Southampton's Shane Long last weekend. The left wing-back appeared to stand on the back of Southampton forward Shane Long's leg during their Premier League game on Saturday and the incident went unpunished by referee Mike Dean. Alonso will now miss Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with the Saints and Premier League games against Burnley and Swansea.
Gagliardini's season could be over
Inter manager Luciano Spalletti is at risk of losing Roberto Gagliardini for the rest of the season according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who report the muscle injury could be serious. Gagliardini came off on a stretcher during the game against Cagliari, visibly sore, with his hands on his face. The former Atalanta player remained in the locker for the rest of the evening and left the stadium limping. The 24-year-old suffered two minor knocks to the ankle and groin beforehand.
Aguero unlikely to be fit for World Cup
Manchester City and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero is likely not to recover from his knee injury according to an Argentina national team doctor. The striker underwent keyhole surgery on a knee problem which has troubled him for a number of week, having not started a game since March 4. But Argentina doctor Homero D'Agostino predicts a five-week recovery with the World Cup under two months away and expects Aguero to be in a race to regain match fitness ahead of facing Iceland on June 16.
Koln appoint Anfang as head coach
Koln have announced the appointment of Markus Anfang as their head coach for the 2018/19 season. It was confirmed last week that Stefan Ruthenbeck's contract with Koln would not be extended, with the club bottom of the Bundesliga and seemingly destined for relegation, but they have moved early to install a new boss for the coming campaign. Anfang arrives from Holstein Kiel, who he has guided to third place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Vatanen day to day with injury
The New Jersey Devils are not sure whether top defenseman Sami Vatanen is going to be available for Game 5 of their first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vatanen is listed as day to day with an upper-body injury after being hurt on a big hit by Nikita Kucherov in a 3-1 loss Wednesday that put the Devils within a game of elimination. The 26-year-old Finn did not make the trip to Florida on Thursday, but he might join the team there.
Bergeron late scratch vs. Thursday
Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was sidelined against the Toronto Maple Leafs for Game 4 of their playoff series with an upper-body injury. The team made the announcement minutes before warmups Thursday, adding that Bergeron is day-to-day. The 32-year-old forward has five assists through the first three games of Boston's first-round matchup against the Leafs, which the Bruins lead 2-1.
NBA : San Antonio Spurs : 19.4.18
Wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies
The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. "We mourn the loss of Erin," Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us." Gregg Popovich has coach San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Popovich ran the Spurs' practice Wednesday. They Warriors lead the series 2-0.
Mitchell uncertain for Game 2
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has a left foot bruise and his status is uncertain for Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City. Mitchell left Oklahoma City's 116-108 win in Game 1 on Sunday after stubbing his toe in the third quarter, and he played sporadically the rest of the way. A team spokesman said Mitchell had an MRI on Monday, and the team will provide a status update on Tuesday. When asked if he was concerned about missing Game 2 on Wednesday, Mitchell said, "Not at all."
injuriesMLB : Arizona Diamondbacks : 19.4.18
Walker out for season with UCL tear
Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker is headed for season-ending surgery to repair a partial elbow ligament tear. The 25-year-old pitched just two innings in his last start Saturday at Los Angeles before departing due to discomfort in his right arm. He had an MRI on Tuesday, then sought a second opinion and was headed back to Arizona on Wednesday after speaking with a doctor in New York.
Walker went 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA in 28 starts last season, helping Arizona make the playoffs as a wild card. He had no record and a 3.46 ERA in three starts this year.
Harrison out 6 weeks with broken finger
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed second baseman Josh Harrison on the 10-day disabled list after he broke the pinky finger on his left hand for a second time in a year. The team said Tuesday that Harrison fractured the fifth metacarpal in the finger when he was hit with a pitch by Miami's Jose Urena in the third inning of Pittsburgh's 7-3 win Sunday over the Marlins. He is expected to miss six weeks.
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