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Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace winger to switch international allegiance to Ivory Coast

Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace winger to switch international allegiance to Ivory Coast

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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has submitted a request to Fifa to swap his international allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast. Abidjan-born Zaha grew up in England and won two caps for the Three Lions, but because they were in friendly games he is allowed to switch. Zaha, 24, would be eligible to feature in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament in Gabon, which starts on 14 January, could see Zaha miss up to six weeks of the season for Palace. An Ivorian Football Federation statement said Zaha had sent a letter to Fifa on Sunday requesting a nationality change. Wilfried Zaha won the second of his two England caps in a friendly against Scotland in August 2013 Palace boss Alan Pardew said on Friday that Zaha had been "pushed forward, probably b
Philippe Coutinho ruled out until January

Philippe Coutinho ruled out until January

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Liverpool have been dealt an injury blow with the news that Philippe Coutinho will miss around six weeks with an ankle injury. The Brazilian was stretchered off during the Reds’ 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, having collided with Black Cats midfielder Didier Ndong. It was feared that the 24-year-old playmaker could have been facing even longer on the sidelines, but the good news is that he will not require surgery. The news was reported on Monday afternoon by the Daily mail– although none of the usual Liverpool press reporters have yet commented or reported it. It means he will miss the league matches against Bournemouth (Dec 4th), West Ham (Dec 11th), Middlesbrough (Dec 14th), Everton (Dec 19th), Stoke City (Dec 27th), Man City (Dec 31st) and Sunderland (Jan 2nd).
Gareth Bale of Real Madrid ruled out till 2017

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid ruled out till 2017

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will miss next week's El Clasico against Barcelona after being ruled out up to three months with an ankle injury. Bale sustained the injury during Madrid's 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Scans have shown that Bale has damaged the peritoneal tendon in his right ankle and will be out for two to three months. The European champions confirmed the winger will undergo an operation next Tuesday at the King Edward VII Hospital in London. "The Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services have decided that Gareth Bale will undergo an operation following the traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons of his right ankle," read a statement released by Real Madrid on Thursday. Most importantly, however, the Wales forwa...
Steven Gerrard: Liverpool great retires after a 19-year career

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool great retires after a 19-year career

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Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has retired, ending a 19-year playing career. Gerrard, 36, played 710 times for the Reds, winning eight major trophies, but joined MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015. He is England's fourth most-capped player with 114 appearances and captained the side at three of the six major tournaments he played at. "I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career," said Gerrard. "I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. "As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then...
Bale remains a doubt for El Clasico

Bale remains a doubt for El Clasico

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale faces a wait to see if he will be fit for El Clasico against Barcelona. The Wales star, 27, hobbled out of Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League win at Sporting Lisbon with an ankle injury. "He suffered more of a twist than a knock, but we will have to wait and see what the problem is," said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. La Liga leaders Real, who have a four-point advantage over Barca, go to the Nou Camp on Saturday, 3 December. Zidane added: "On Wednesday, he will be examined by our medical staff and after that, we will find out more." The Champions League holders booked their place in the last 16 by beating Portuguese side Sporting with a late goal. France defender Raphael Varane put them ahead, but Adrien Silva's 81st-minute penalty appeared to...
Jurgen Klopp will drop any Liverpool player showing signs of complacency

Jurgen Klopp will drop any Liverpool player showing signs of complacency

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Jurgen Klopp says he will drop any Liverpool player showing signs of complacency but is confident it is not an issue in his squad. The Anfield side are well placed to challenge for the Premier League title after a positive start to the season and sit just a point behind leaders Chelsea after 12 matches. Liverpool, who are looking for their league title since 1990, were top until their 0 - 0 draw with Southampton at the weekend, but Klopp says he would not stand for any celebrating at this stage of the season. "If somebody is a character and wants to celebrate position one in November then he will not play in December anymore because I see it pretty quickly," he said. "But these things usually don't happen. The players are here in this situation because their character is re
Genk star Leon Bailey responds to reported Man Utd interest

Genk star Leon Bailey responds to reported Man Utd interest

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Genk’s teenage sensation Leon Bailey has warned Manchester United he would only consider moving to Old Trafford if he is guaranteed first-team action. The 19-year-old Jamaican, who also qualifies to play for Belgium, has reportedly been watched by United's scouts this season. Bailey, who primarily plays on the left wing for Genk but is also comfortable on the right flank, has scored six times in 18 league games this season. Leon Bailey admits his dream is to play in the Premier League but he will not consider a move unless he can get the playing time he needs to continue his development. "I've always dreams of the Premier League," Leon Bailey said, in an interview with HLN Sport, "But if, let's say, Man United can't guarantee me minutes, I will stay at Genk. "The
Didier Drogba plays last game in the MLS

Didier Drogba plays last game in the MLS

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Didier Drogba will leave Montreal Impact at the end of the MLS season. The 38-year-old told reporters he had played his last home game for the club following their 3-2 win against Toronto FC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals. The ex-Chelsea striker came on as a 71st-minute substitute in front of a sell-out crowd of 61,000. Kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes after it was discovered the 18-yard boxes were too narrow. The white lines had to be repainted and fans cheered as each new line was drawn. Montreal led 3-0 after 53 minutes, but two late goals by Toronto may prove crucial in the second leg, which will be played on 30 November. The winner will progress to the MLS Cup final in Seattle or Colorado on 10 December. Former Ivory Coast international Drogba...
Neymar to serve two-year prison sentence

Neymar to serve two-year prison sentence

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Spanish prosecutors have called for Barcelona forward Neymar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a corruption case over his transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. Judge Jose Perals also called for a five-year sentence for former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and a fine of 8.4million euros (£7.2m) for the club. It asked to drop charges against current president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Rosell, Neymar and his father are set to stand trial. The case stems from a complaint by Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned 40% of Neymar's transfer rights and alleges it received less money than it was entitled to from transfer fee. Rosell resigned as the club's president in 2014 for his role in the affair and testified in court in February alongside Bartomeu, Ne
Steven Gerrard turns down MK Dons, could return to Liverpool

Steven Gerrard turns down MK Dons, could return to Liverpool

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Steven Gerrard could rejoin Liverpool as an academy coach after he rejected the chance to manage Milton Keynes Dons, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. ESPN FC sources revealed on Saturday that League One outfit MK Dons, who are searching for a new manager after the departure of Karl Robinson last month, were set to fail in their bid to tempt Gerrard into his first managerial role at Stadium:mk. Gerrard, who is in the process of earning his UEFA A coaching license, has yet to make a decision on his next move after confirming he is leaving LA Galaxy when his contract expires in December, but it is reported he is open to a return to his former club in a coaching role which could be combined with a similar position with the England senior squad. He is also conside