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Man United striker Romelu Lukaku expected to be fit for Chelsea game

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Romelu Lukaku had a scan on his injured ankle on Monday, with the hope being that the Manchester United striker should be fit for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 19 May.

The Belgian is expecting the scan results on Tuesday, although the initial diagnosis from the club’s medical department allowed optimism that the problem is minor and Lukaku can recover in time to face Antonio Conte’s team.

Lukaku, 24, is usually a quick healer and as he came off as soon as suffering the problem in the 50th minute of the 2-1 win against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday it was not unduly aggravated.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said after the game: “When a player is injured I’m not immediately going for good or bad news.”

If Lukaku does recover as expected it will be a major boost for the United manager as he aims to claim a third major trophy in two seasons in charge. Lukaku is the club’s top scorer with 27 goals in all competitions, 16 of which have been in the Premier League.

United require four points from their three remaining matches to be sure of a second-place finish, which would a highest since the title win of five years ago.

Harry Kane injury brings concerns to World Cup availability

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane could face a long period out of action and could miss the World Cup after sustaining in Spurs’ 4-1 victory over Bournemouth yesterday.

Kane, 24, was substituted just 35 minutes into the match after injuring his right ankle in a collision with home keeper Asmir Begovic, with the striker then leaving the field immediately and going straight down the tunnel.

The player had since received treatment but was unable to continue and will undergo a scan today to assess just how bad the damage is.

“I hope it is not a big issue,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “We are concerned but need to wait.”

“We hope it is not a massive issue. We need to wait until [the scan]. Harry has a great character and is positive. We are, of course, disappointed with his problem but, if you are positive, you start the recovery now.”

“It’s the same ankle he suffered with before. He landed and twisted his ankle. He’s positive, he’s happy with the victory for the team.”

The Argentinian manager also declined to put a time limit on how long Kane will be absent, but it would concern both England and Tottenham given that the player missed 14 matches last season having hurt the same joint on two separate occasions.

But for Tottenham, they have another injury concern after Dele Alli sustained a groin strain, although Pochettino insisted that it was not a “big problem” but also admitted the player would have to be “managed” in the upcoming weeks.

With Tottenham having only 11 games left and England having two upcoming international friendlies, England coach Gareth Southgate would most likely feel concern that Kane would miss out on Russia 2018.

Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid wants Bale to play regularly

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he was now looking for “regular games” from Gareth Bale after the player was absent for four months from injury.

Bale, 28, marked his first start in four months with a converted penalty in Thursday’s 3-0 Copa del Rey last 16 first leg win at Segunda side Numancia.

When Lucas Vazquez was tripped in the area near the hour mark — after Numancia had their own penalty claim turned down — Bale grabbed the ball and calmly slid home the spot kick.

After Numancia midfielder Pape Diamanka deservedly picked up a second yellow soon after half-time, Madrid sealed the win late on with a late penalty again won by Lucas Vazquez and converted by substitute Isco, and an added time far post header by Borja Mayoral.

Although by that stage Bale had been substituted, he presumably will start in Madrid’s La Liga trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday evening.

“It was important to see how [Bale] felt,” Zidane told the post-game news conference.

“In the end he played an hour, without problems, feeling physically well. He had played four games with 20 or 30 minutes [off the bench], this was his first start. So we will continue like this. We want him to play regularly now.”

Although a team including mostly youngsters and squad players did not really sparkle, Zidane said he was happy with how the game had gone.

“I am very happy as we got a good result in the end,” he added. “This was not an easy place to come, they have been playing well and made it tough for us, but we got a good result.”

“Many of these are players who do not play so often. In the second half we had some problems, above all when they were down to 10. But in general I am happy. We managed to get three goals, kept a clean sheet, so I am happy for those who played.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: long-term injury was ‘more severe than revealed’

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that the career threatening injury he sustained in April was more than the “significant knee ligament damage” that had been revealed.

Ibrahimovic, 36 made his comeback in Manchester United’s 4-1 Premier League win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday after 77 minutes as a replacement for Anthony Martial.

It was his first action since sustaining the injury on 20 April playing against Anderlecht in the Europa League, and his re-appearance was welcomed with a rousing reception by the home hands.

“It was an amazing reaction from fans but I felt it from day one,” the former Swedish international said. “From the first step in the warm-up, with people singing and cheering for you, it’s what keeps you going. This was not a one-man work, it was everyone’s and thanks to them that I am back on field and can play.”

While his injury was considered grave enough for United to consider foregoing an extension of his contract with the club, Zlatan revealed that it was actually more dire than previously announced.

“If people knew the real injury, they would be in shock that I was even playing,” he added. “It was more than the knee but I will keep it personal – that’s why I choose not to talk of it.”

“In my recovery I have not rushed anything; I have been out for six and half months. I have been following protocol and my schedule day by day. The only secret has been working hard. Those close to me know what I have been doing. I was working five, six hours a day.”

“When it happened I said giving up was not an option. My only focus was on coming back and coming back better. I know it’s my head playing, not my knee; my knee has to follow. With my experience and career I know what I have to do but I feel good. I am very proud of the moment to play again and for everyone around me because I wouldn’t have done it alone. Thanks to the supporters for keeping me motivated, the coach who’s trusted me, the club that believes in me and my family obviously.”