Daily Archives: October 4, 2017

Gareth Bale to miss World Cup qualifiers and Champions League fixtures

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Gareth Bale is set to miss out on fixtures for Wales and Real Madrid after sustaining a calf injury that rules him out for up to four weeks.

Bale, 28, discovered the extent of the injury on Monday after flagging up discomfort in his calf after a scan on the hamstring while in Spain. However, Real had been content for the player to link up with the Wales international squad, despite leaving him out of Sunday’s La Liga game against Espanyol.

Club coach Zinedine Zidane said afterwards that Bale had a “small complaint” but added that the player as “fine” and suggested leaving him out was a precautionary measure. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

However, the calf problem that Bale mentioned after arriving in Cardiff prompted fresh concerns and led to Wales sending him for a scan on that area as well as the hamstring, and results show a tear within the calf muscle.

The discovery meant that Bale would had no chance of playing for Wales and faces the prospect of missing key games for real, including the Champions League fixtures against his former club Tottenham Spurs on 17 October and 1 November.

Still, Welsh would take the brunt of the impact of Bale’s absence as they are second in Group D of the UEFA region qualifiers for the World Cup — and just one point ahead of Ireland with two games remaining.

With Serbia expected to finish top of the group, Wales’s hopes of reaching their first World Cup since 1958 hang on pipping Ireland to the runners-up spot and securing a play-off berth by being one of the eight best second-placed teams which,as things stand they are ninth.

To do so, they need to secure points from potentially tricky away games, first against Georgia this Friday before hosting Ireland on Monday.

Chelsea wants new diagnosis of Alvaro Morata injury

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Chelsea is intent on making their diagnosis on the extent of Alvaro Morata’s injury after the striker was taken off the pitch during their match against Manchester City last weekend.

The Blues had initially substituted him as a precaution in the game, hoping they had averted a serious injury, even as the 24-year-old forward travelled to Madrid to link up with the Spanish international squad the following day.

However, after undergoing an MRI scan at the city’s Sanitas University hospital of La Moraleja, it was reportedly revealed that the player has sustained a grade two myofascial injury to his hamstring muscles.

Morata subsequently withdrew from the Spain squad and return to London, with Chelsea’s medical department keen on conducting their own scans on the injury later this week. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Their hopes was that their diagnosis will reveal that the damage is not as extensive as that suggested in tests undertaken by the Spanish Football Federation over the weekend, which suggests that Mortata could take four to eight weeks to heal.

The suggestion was reinforced by Morata himself, as the striker took to social media to post a photograph of him in the club’s training gear and declaring: “I have no time to lose! Working hard towards recovery! [Target] Crystal Palace.” only to subsequently delete it.

This can be conjectured that the Palace game would be considered too early for the player to return. In addition to missing World Cup qualifying fixtures against Albania and Israel, Morata’s absence in Chelsea creates a void up front for the Blues after their record £60m summer signing scored six goals and brought two assists after just seven Premier League games. – Apart from international fixtures, Morata could also be absent from two Champions League ties with Roma, a League Cup tie against Everton — in which Morata would have been unlikely to start — and Premier League matches against Watford, Bournemouth and, most critically, Manchester United on Guy Fawkes’ night.

Carlo Ancelotti open for return to coaching by next season

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Carlo Ancelotti is open for a return to coaching but considers himself under a break before he does so.

Ancelotti, 58, had been sacked by Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga Champions suffered one of their worst defeats in Europe at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the Italian remains open for a return to coaching in a top-flight football club, but only after taking a 10-month break.

“I want to manage,” the Italian said. “Not this season, maybe next season (either) in the Premier League or at another club. The only think I want to do is to train.”

“I will rest for the next 10 months, so no other teams.” – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Amongst the factors that led to Ancelotti’s prompt dismissal from the helm of Bayern Munich was a rare dip of results in his managerial career. He faced accusations of losing the support of senior players from Bayern president Uli Hoeness, while winger Arjen Robben has been forced to refute suggestions that he was critical of the training methods of the ousted coach.

But as a coach who had managed other European giants such as Milan, Juventus, Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG, it remains that Ancelotti still boasts an illustruous CV that links him with many potential suitors.

Amongst them include Everton and West Ham, as their respective coaches Ronald Koeman and Slaven Bilic have seen their positions being questioned on the back of disappointing starts to 2017-18.

Ancelotti, also long described as an admirer of Arsenal, would also possibly welcome the opportunity to work at Emirates Stadium if Arsene Wenger is ever moved through the exits.