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Real Madrid suffer major injury blow ahead of Man City Champions League clash

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Real Madrid have suffered a major injury blow ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash with Manchester City on May 9.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric suffered a hamstring injury in his left leg.

The Croatia international came off against Girona on Tuesday and immediately had ice applied to his thigh after experiencing significant pain.

Real Madrid released a statement regarding Modric’s injury, saying, “Following tests carried out on Luka Modrić by the Real Madrid Medical Services, an injury to the back of his left thigh has been diagnosed. His progress will be monitored.”

Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said at his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Almeria on Saturday: “Luka Modric is injured. We don’t know when he will be back, we will see for the Copa del Rey final — we don’t know.”

It is still unclear if Modric will return in time to feature in Real Madrid’s next four fixtures against Almeria, Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Manchester City.

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Chelsea part ways with Pochettino with immediate effect

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Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea have reportedly parted ways with immediate effect on Tuesday.

Sport reporter, Fabrizio Romano, announced on Tuesday via X.

“Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea part ways with immediate effect. Chelsea and Pochettino have already agreed on terms, as @Matt_Law_DT reports.

“Chelsea will consider a young manager as a priority to replace Pochettino,” he wrote.

Details later…

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JUST IN: Liverpool name Arne Slot new coach

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Liverpool Football Club has announced that Arne Slot has agreed to become the club’s new head coach.

The club disclosed that Slot will resume duty on January 1 after a work permit.

This was disclosed in a statement on the club’s website on Monday.

“Liverpool Football Club can announce Arne Slot has agreed a deal to become the club’s new head coach, formally taking up the position on June 1, 2024, subject to a work permit.

“The 45-year-old will join the Reds from Feyenoord ahead of the 2024-25 season after a deal was reached with the Eredivisie club for his services,” it read.

Slot will replace Jürgen Klopp at the helm following his decision to step down from the post at the end of the current campaign.

“The Netherlands-born coach will arrive after three highly successful seasons with Feyenoord, during which he led them to the league title in 2023 and was named Eredivisie Manager of the Year on two occasions.

“More recently, he helped the Rotterdam club to victory in the KNVB Cup in April after they defeated NEC Nijmegen 1-0 in the final.

“Before moving to Feyenoord, Slot held the position of AZ Alkmaar head coach, and he had led them to second place in the table, trailing leaders Ajax only on goal difference, when the Dutch season was cancelled due to COVID-19 in 2019-20.

“During his playing career, he operated primarily as a midfielder, turning out for FC Zwolle, NAC Breda, Sparta Rotterdam and PEC Zwolle before hanging up his boots in 2013,” it further read.

He will now soon become the first head coach of Liverpool FC from the Netherlands – with his first pre-season in charge of the squad set to get underway in July.

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WAFU U-17: 10-man Golden Eaglets secure their first win against Niger

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The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria secured their first win at the WAFU B U-17 Championship in Ghana, edging out the Niger Republic 1-0 at the University Stadium in Accra.

Rapha Adams’ 31st-minute goal separated both teams on the night.

Manu Garba’s side were reduced to 10 men after Chibuike Okorie was sent off three minutes after the hour mark.

The Golden Eaglets moved to second place on the Group B table with four points from two games.

Burkina Faso, who defeated Togo earlier in the day, top the group with the same number of points but with a superior goal difference.

Niger Republic is third with three points.

The Golden Eaglets will face already-eliminated Togo in their last group game on Wednesday.

A draw will be enough for the former World champions to earn a place in the semi-finals.

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