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Virgil van Dijk: Southampton centre-back could return at Crystal Palace

Virgil van Dijk has missed all five of Southampton’s competitive games this season Virgil van Dijk could make his first appearance for Southampton this season at Crystal Palace on Saturday, says manager Mauricio Pellegrino. The Netherlands centre-back, 26, handed in a transfer request in August and had said he wanted to move to Liverpool. He has not played first-team football since sustaining an ankle injury in January but featured in the Under-23s’ 4-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Monday. “Hopefully he will be getting better every single week,” said Pellegrino….

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Bolton Wanderers out of transfer embargo, says chairman Ken Anderson

Bolton are bottom of the Championship table and without a win this season Championship club Bolton Wanderers are no longer under a transfer embargo, chairman Ken Anderson has said. Bolton were initially punished in December 2015 after failing to submit their required accounts. The sanction prevented Wanderers from paying fees for players on full-time or loan deals, but Anderson said talks with the EFL had been positive. “I am delighted to be able to tell you all that we are now out of the transfer embargo,” he said in a…

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Isco: Real Madrid midfielder agrees new five-year deal

Isco has won three Champions League titles at Real Madrid since his move in 2013 Real Madrid midfielder Isco has agreed a new five-year deal with the club until the end of the 2021-2022 season. The Spain international, 25, was once a transfer target for Manchester City, and has scored 34 goals in 197 games after signing from Malaga for £23m. Since moving to the Bernabeu, he has won three Champions League titles, one La Liga and one Copa del Rey. Isco is the second Real player to agree a…

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FC Cologne fans bring West End to standstill ahead of Arsenal match

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Germans are playing Arsenal in the Europa League this evening Thousands of German football fans brought parts of central London to a standstill ahead of their team’s Europa League match against Arsenal tonight. Some 20,000 FC Cologne supporters have come to London, briefly bringing the West End to a halt as they marched down Oxford Street. It is the first time in 25 years Cologne has played in an international club competition. The Met Police said they were unaware of any…

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Tom Heaton: Burnley keeper has shoulder surgery

Tom Heaton was one of four goalkeepers in the recent England squad to face Malta and Slovakia Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has had surgery on a shoulder injury he sustained in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. The 31-year-old was replaced after landing awkwardly following a collision with his own defender, Ben Mee, during the first half at Turf Moor. Clarets boss Sean Dyche said Heaton’s absence “won’t be weeks, it will be a longer period”. “We’re happy the surgery went well but we won’t rush Tom back,” Dyche added….

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Gareth Bale: Casemiro defends team-mate after boos from fans

Gareth Bale was substituted after 82 minutes of Real Madrid’s Champions League win Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has defended forward Gareth Bale after he was booed for the second game in a row. Wales international Bales, 28, was jeered by some of the Bernabeu crowd in Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League win over Apoel Nicosia. “He was a very strong player for us and I hope he continues to be so,” Casemiro told Marca. “We try to protect the players we have. We are always defending our own. It shows that…

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Northampton Town loan: Arrests in ‘missing millions’ probe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Northampton Town Football Club was loaned £10.25m for a stand redevelopment Seven people have been arrested in connection with a missing £10.25m loan to Northampton Town Football Club. A statement from Northamptonshire Police said it was investigating “allegations of theft and fraud, bribery, misconduct in public office and electoral offences”. The Northampton Borough Council loan was made in 2013 to redevelop the Sixfields stadium. Nine other people have also been interviewed under caution, police said. Detectives would not be drawn on the “nature of…

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Craig Shakespeare: First Leicester City press conference was toughest career moment

Craig Shakespeare tells Gary Lineker his first press conference as Leicester boss was the toughest moment of his career, after taking over from Premier League title winning-manager Claudio Ranieri in February. Watch the full interview on The Premier League Show, Thursday at 22:00 BST on BBC Two. WATCH MORE: How Vardy is helping others to ‘do a Vardy’ Source link

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Champions Germany replace Brazil at top of Fifa world rankings

Germany move top of the rankings after World Cup qualifying wins over Czech Republic and Norway World champions Germany have replaced Brazil at the top of the Fifa world rankings after the latest round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. England have fallen two places to 15th, with Wales moving up five places to 13th, replacing Gareth Southgate’s side as the highest-ranked UK team. Northern Ireland have reached their highest ever position of 20th, while Scotland have risen 15 places to 43rd. Portugal, Argentina and Belgium complete the top five. England…

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Footballers’ freak injuries: Can you match the play to the injury?

Marco Asensio might think again about shaving his legs Marco Asensio missed Real Madrid’s Champions League game on Wednesday with a bizarre injury. The 21-year-old midfielder had an infected pimple caused by shaving his legs, which prevented him from pulling his sock up. But that is not even close to being one of the strangest injuries in football. Can you match the player to their freak injury in our quiz? Source link

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