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10th October 2022

PAULO DYBALA could miss the World Cup after a freak injury when scoring Roma's penalty winner against Lecce.

Roma boss Jose Mourinho believes the Argentina striker has a "very bad" muscle problem that might sideline him until 2023.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are leading the race for Jude Bellingham amid interest from the Premier League.

The midfielder is set to be one of the most in demand players in European football next summer.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the England midfielder but it Real Madrid are currently leading the race according to reports.

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  • Jon Boon

    Dybala World Cup injury woe

    Tearful Paulo Dybala could miss the World Cup after a freak injury when scoring Roma's penalty winner against Lecce on Sunday.

    Roma boss Jose Mourinho believes the Argentina striker has a "very bad" muscle problem that could keep him out until 2023.

    Ex-Juventus hero Dybala, 28, pulled up clutching the left leg he had used to stroke home his 48th minute spot-kick.

    Team-mates who had rushed to congratulate him soon showed their concern as he grimaced and continued to hold his thigh.

    He hobbled off and was immediately substituted.

    Mourinho said: "The injury looks very bad. I'd say bad, but honestly after speaking with Paulo… I think very bad".

  • Jon Boon

    Diet of Haaland

    Premier League scoring sensation Erling Haaland has taken the game by storm by feasting on a diet of hearts and liver.

    The Man City striker, who bagged his 20th goal of the season at the weekend, lifts the lid on his Hannibal Lecter-style routine in a documentary.

    The Norwegian series also reveals he only drinks water through a complicated filter system and tries to look at sunshine as soon as he wakes.

    Showing off huge chunks of heart and liver from his butcher, he says:

    “You (other people) don’t eat this, but I am concerned with taking care of my body.

    “I think eating quality food that is as local as possible is the most important.

    “People say meat is bad for you but which? The meat you get at McDonald’s?

    “Or the local cow eating grass right over there? I eat the heart and the liver.”

  • Jon Boon

    No Foo-ling around

    Chelsea have hired Dave Grohl's personal physio Freddie Murray, according to reports.

    The Blues have been on the lookout for a new medical team after sacking former head physio Thierry Laurent and medical director Dr Pablo Biosca last month.

    Chelsea will work with Murray and his clinic Remedy on a consultancy basis and they will advise the club on its medical team and structures, report the Daily Mail.

    In fact, Remedy have reportedly already begun to work with Chelsea stars and have been helping out the likes of N'Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana and the other Blues players currently out injured.

    Murray, 40, is a former footballer turned physio and has helped out some big stars in and out of the game.

    After retiring aged 28 he trained as a physiotherapist and worked for the QPR academy under Harry Redknapp.

  • Jon Boon

    Man Utd hold on

    Man Utd did just enough to hold on against Everton – winning 2-1 at Goodison Park.

    It was Ronaldo with his 700th career goal to end the Toffees' winning run.

    A nervy finish, but United will take it.

  • Jon Boon

    Saved by VAR

    Everton have been saved by VAR.

    Marcus Rashford appeared to have scored to put the game to bed and Man Utd 3-1 up.

    However, Rashford was adjudged to have handled the ball.

    Correct decision, in fairness, it ricocheted off Rashford’s home in a tackle with James Tarkowski, before the England star went round Jordan Pickford to score.

  • Jon Boon

    Griezmann deal complete

    Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany has confirmed Antoine Griezmann's move to Atletico Madrid has finally been made permanent.

    The forward has been with Diego Simeone's side since the start of last season after securing a two-year loan.

    A bizarre clause meant Atletico would have to buy Griezmann permanently for £35million if he played 30 minutes or more in over half their matches.

    To get around it, Atletico have often sent the 31-year-old on as a sub after the hour mark.

    Then reports emerged last week that Barcelona had accepted a fee of £17.5m – half the agreed figure – to put an end to the stand-off.

    And today Barca chief Alemany confirmed at a shareholders' meeting that Griezmann is now an Atletico player for good.

  • Jon Boon

    2-1 United

    It's that man Cristiano Ronaldo. Never write him off.

    And it's a goal made in Real Madrid – Casemiro sends a through ball to the Portugal man and he fires home at the near post.

    It's his 700th career goal. Nuts.

  • Jon Boon

    Liverpool injury blow

    Jurgen Klopp has confirmed both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz have suffered significant injuries in today's loss to Arsenal.

    Diaz was seen leaving the Emirates on crutches with his knee in a leg brace.

    Klopp told BBC Sport: "He (Alexander-Arnold) is injured unfortunately. Like Luis Diaz as well, it doesn't look good for both. That is the icing on the cake".

  • Jon Boon

    United on top

    United equalised through Anthony and have been the better team now.

    Taking control of the possession, they’ve fashioned a couple of opportunities to take the lead.

    Everton wobbling.

  • Jon Boon

    Toffees lead

    Alex Iwobi has fired Everton into an early lead after just five minutes.

    It's the in-form ex-Arsenal man with a stunning finish from 25-yards, after Casemiro lost the ball in midfield.

    Ten Hag didn't look happy.

  • Jon Boon

    Peep peep

    We’re underway at Goodison Park.

    Can United keep up with the chasing pack for a top four finish.

    They’re coming up against an in-form Everton team – unbeaten in their last six.

    Let’s see how it goes.

  • Jon Boon

    Everton team is in

    Everton face off against Man Utd at Goodison with this starting eleven.

    Six unbeaten, they will fancy their chances.

  • Jon Boon

    Zakaria talks

    Denis Zakaria is heading for talks over his Chelsea future after failing to play a single minute under Thomas Tuchel OR Graham Potter.

    The summer loanee from Juventus insists "I believe in myself 100 per cent" but has not even made the bench since Potter took over four weeks ago.

    And transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Zakaria's predicament will soon be discussed within the club.

    The Switzerland anchorman, 25, was linked with Manchester United and Arsenal when he was with Borussia Monchengladbach but instead joined Juve in January this year.

  • Jon Boon

    European Super League

    European heavyweights Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are reportedly set to launch ANOTHER bid to create a Super League.

    Controversial plans for a European Super League first came to light in April 2021 until backlash from fans quickly put an end to the project.

    But rebel clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have always remained keen on reviving the failed plot.

    And they are set to speak to clubs across Europe regarding a potential new format for their tournament after axing the idea of having permanent members, according to the Telegraph.

  • Jon Boon

    Palace 2-1 Leeds

    Crystal Palace came back from a goal behind to beat Leeds on Sunday.

    Eberechi Eze scored the winner in the 76th minute – as the Eagles completed the turn-around.

    Pascal Struijk had given Leeds an early lead, but his strike was cancelled out by Odsonne Edouard.

  • Ian Tuckey

    It's the Dwight time to face Utd

    Everton winger Dwight McNeil believes that now is a good time for his side to face Manchester United following their defeat to fierce rivals Man City last weekend.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, McNeil said: “We look at the players rather than their transfer fees, we try to assess their strengths and weaknesses and how we can exploit what they are not good at. There won’t be any feeling of inferiority.

    “Every team in the Premier League has top players. United do, so do we. We know the outcome we want.

    “It’s a good time for us to play United. At the weekend, they had a hard game obviously.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    What a Scam!

    Fulham are up in arms after West Ham were awarded a goal despite Gianluca Scamacca appearing to handle the ball.

    The Italian scored to put the Hammers 2-1 up and despite a check with VAR the goal stood.

    With the scores level at 1-1 Lucas Paqueta found Scamacca with a clever through ball, but the Italian seemed to use his hand to bring the ball under control.

    He did not hesitate though and beat onrushing goalkeeper Bernd Leno with a delicate chip.

    Interestingly, Scamacca did not celebrate his goal – perhaps thinking it would be ruled out.

    And Leno immediately began protesting, as did defender Tim Ream with the pair pointing to their arms to indicate a handball had been committed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal vs Liverpool: Today's teams

    Takehiro Tomisayu finally returns for Arsenal – albeit at left-back -while playmaker Martin Odegaard returns for the 4.30pm home clash with Liverpool.

    And they face an extremely attacking-looking Reds side: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Diaz, Nunez.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Kahn't help slipping over in fury

    Fuming Oliver Kahn slipped off his chair as he watched Borussia Dortmund score a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser.

    The exasperated Bayern Munich CEO, 53, sat in the stands helpless as his side were unable to hold on against their Bundesliga rivals.

    Anthony Modeste sent the Yellow Wall wild with his back-post header to make Der Klassiker 2-2 in the Bundesliga.

    But as the home fans erupted into huge celebrations, legendary goalkeeper Kahn slumped into his chair in the posh seats like any emotional fan.

    He could be seen furiously shouting and banging the glass in front of him in anger.

    But on the pitch, Modeste was mobbed by his team-mates while the substitutes and manager Edin Terzic ran across the turf.

  • Ian Tuckey

    More on Ronaldo to Miami

    Manchester United would want around £10million to let Cristiano Ronaldo go in January but there’s still no guarantee he’ll get his wish.

    Ronaldo still wants to leave United behind, especially with the former Juventus and Real Madrid star set to stay behind Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in Erik ten Hag’s pecking order.

    The Red Devils boss may still be unwilling to let the Portuguese leave as there is a risk he will not be given funds to replace him.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal predicted line up for today

    Here is how the Gunners could line up against Liverpool this afternoon.

    Arsenal will be hoping to continue their fine form of scoring three in their last three games.

    And Mikel Arteta will surely not make too many changes to the usual side after resting some in the Europa League win over Bodo/Glimt.

    The team will be confirmed in an hour’s time.

  • Alex Cole

    All is Cress-well for the Canaries

    Norwich City are checking on Leeds centre-half Charlie Cresswell during his loan spell at Millwall, writes Alan Nixon.

    The Canaries are keen on the powerful defender, who has dropped to the Championship for game time.

    Cresswell, 20, is still part of plans at Leeds but Norwich are hanging around in case that changes in the long term.

    The centre-back made his Premier League debut against West Ham last season and went on to make four more top-flight appearances.

    But his last game came in March and Jesse Marsch allowed him to join Millwall – he has also represented England Under-21s on six occasions.

    The Lions have had a difficult start to the season with just five wins in 13 games.

  • Alex Cole

    Wigan face FA rap with one goal BIGGER than the other

    Cardiff's 3-1 Championship victory at Wigan faces an FA probe after it was played with one goal BIGGER than the other.

    Bluebirds caretaker boss Mark Hudson revealed two of his coaching staff spotted one crossbar was TWO INCHES taller than the permitted eight feet.

    But Hudson claimed referee James Bell insisted it would take “two hours” to investigate the problem so the match took place with different-sized goals.

    To add to the farce, Cardiff’s third goal – scored by Ryan Wintle – went in off the underside of the taller crossbar at the North End of the Latics’ DW Stadium.

    Wigan boss Leam Richardson said: “It just summed our day up – if he’d had the free kick at the other end, it would have bounced off the crossbar and not into the goal.”

    The EFL confirmed to SunSport that goal-line technology was recalibrated before kick-off, but FA Law 1, regarding the field of play, stipulates goals must by eight foot tall by eight yards wide.

  • Alex Cole

    Casillas comes out

    Spain and Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas has come out as gay.

    The former goalkeeper tweeted: "I hope you respect me: I'm gay."

    Casillas becomes one of the most high-profile male footballers in history to confirm their homosexuality.

  • Alex Cole

    More on Ronaldo to Miami

    Manchester United would want around £10million to let Cristiano Ronaldo go in January but there’s still no guarantee he’ll get his wish.

    Ronaldo still wants to leave United behind, especially with the former Juventus and Real Madrid star set to stay behind Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in Erik ten Hag’s pecking order.

    The Red Devils boss may still be unwilling to let the Portuguese leave as there is a risk he will not be given funds to replace him.

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