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  • Atlanta’s Martinez injured on internatio...

    Atlanta United will have a nervous couple of weeks while it awaits the return of striker Josef Martinez. Martinez was substituted off in the 59th minute of Venezuela’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw Peru. He appeared to take a bad step on the turf, leading to an injury. Pulisic ...

    Atlanta’s Martinez injured on international duty

    Atlanta United will have a nervous couple of weeks while it awaits the return of striker Josef Martinez. Martinez was substituted off in the 59th minute of Venezuela’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw Peru. He appeared to take a bad step on the turf, leading to an injury. Pulisic remains unfazed as spotlight grows @TotalMLS pic.twitter.com/WKPQBpK3WQ — Plevla (@Plevla1985) March 24, 2017 Venezuela head coach Rafael Dudamel suggested Martinez will need 10 days to recover adding that it was not safe for the striker to travel at the current time. That would rule Martinez out of Venezuela’s next match against Chile on March 28. Atlanta’s next contest is March 31 against the Seattle Sounders. If the 10-day timetable is accurate, Martinez would be a longshot for that game. A likelier target date is April 8’s match against Toronto FC. The in-form striker had bagged five goals in the two games prior to the international break for the expansion side. While he originally joined Atlanta on loan, the MLS side made the move permanent this week.   Kenwyne Jones, who is currently on international duty as well with Trinidad and Tobago, would be appear to be Martinez’s likely replacement if the striker cannot return in time.

  • Carrick worth another year at Manchester...

    Michael Carrick is worthy of a new contract to extend his stay at Manchester United into a 12th season, according to club legend Bryan Robson. Carrick will turn 36 before the start of the 2017-18 campaign and will in June be honoured with a testimonial, having moved to Old Traff...

    Carrick worth another year at Manchester United – Robson

    Michael Carrick is worthy of a new contract to extend his stay at Manchester United into a 12th season, according to club legend Bryan Robson. Carrick will turn 36 before the start of the 2017-18 campaign and will in June be honoured with a testimonial, having moved to Old Trafford from Tottenham in 2006. Messi comes to Aguero's rescue But Robson, who won two Premier League titles with United, believes Carrick would still have plenty to offer Jose Mourinho's side if he is afforded an extended stay. "Michael's 35 – for me, the way he's played this season and the influence he's had on the team has been pretty good," Robson told Omnisport. "I'm not bothered about the age, it's about the desire of a player and how he looks after himself. "So for me I think Michael deserves maybe another year and I can see Man United doing that." Carrick, who has started 12 league games this season, said this month that he would consider retiring if he is not offered fresh terms.

  • Perisic will cost Man Utd €35-40m as Int...

    Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic wants to quit Inter this summer and would command a transfer fee of €35-40 million, Goal has learned. United manager Jose Mourinho hit the headlines on Friday after he was spotted in Zagreb ahead of Croatia’s World Cup 2018 qualifie...

    Perisic will cost Man Utd €35-40m as Inter shortlist Alexis as replacement

    Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic wants to quit Inter this summer and would command a transfer fee of €35-40 million, Goal has learned. United manager Jose Mourinho hit the headlines on Friday after he was spotted in Zagreb ahead of Croatia’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Ukraine. Mourinho is a big fan of the 28-year-old winger, who is determined to leave the Serie A club this summer. Top 50 teenagers in world football Goal understands that only Champions League football could potentially convince Perisic to remain at San Siro, but that seems unlikely with Inter eight points off a playoff place with just nine games to go. Perisic recently changed his representative to Fali Ramadani in a bid to facilitate a move to the English Premier League, a competition the wideman has never hidden his desire to play in. The former Wolfsburg star’s contract at Inter expires in 2020 and he would cost Manchester United a transfer fee of €35-40m were a deal to be agreed. Chelsea have also been linked to the Euro 2016 star in recent months. Inter are open to letting Perisic leave in order to fund a big-money transfer of their own – with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Fiorentina’s Federico Bernardeschi and Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi on the shortlist to replace the Croatian. Mourinho is also keeping an eye on Perisic’s Inter and Croatia team-mate Marcelo Brozovic, whose future at San Siro past the summer is also in doubt.  

  • Tabarez: Uruguay hurting after Brazil ro...

    Coach Oscar Tabarez conceded he and his Uruguay side were left hurting following their crushing 4-1 defeat to Brazil in World Cup qualifying. Uruguay opened the scoring in the top-of-the-table clash on Thursday but the hosts were unable to stop a rampant Brazil, who were led by ...

    Tabarez: Uruguay hurting after Brazil rout

    Coach Oscar Tabarez conceded he and his Uruguay side were left hurting following their crushing 4-1 defeat to Brazil in World Cup qualifying. Uruguay opened the scoring in the top-of-the-table clash on Thursday but the hosts were unable to stop a rampant Brazil, who were led by Paulinho's hat-trick and Neymar's stunning lob. The result saw Brazil move seven points clear of second-placed Uruguay in the CONMEBOL standings as Tabarez's men lost a World Cup qualifying match at home for the first time since 2009 - a run of 14 games. Suarez and Iniesta want Isco at Barca "It hurts, although we are professionals we have passion for this and when we do not get what we want, it hurts," Tabarez said post-match after being without suspended duo Luis Suarez and Fernando Muslera. "Sometimes these hard knocks give us a clearer picture of where we are. "You never know what you're going to find in a football game. [The result] was not one of the possibilities I considered to be more likely. "There is nothing to say, Brazil defended very well and were very forceful." Uruguay are back in action on Tuesday, travelling to Peru.

  • Sergi Roberto backs Unzue for Barcelona ...

    Sergi Roberto has backed Juan Carlos Unzue to succeed Luis Enrique at Barcelona and predicted he would be a "great coach" for the La Liga champions. Luis Enrique will stand down at the end of the season with his current assistant Unzue, Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde and ...

    Sergi Roberto backs Unzue for Barcelona job

    Sergi Roberto has backed Juan Carlos Unzue to succeed Luis Enrique at Barcelona and predicted he would be a "great coach" for the La Liga champions. Luis Enrique will stand down at the end of the season with his current assistant Unzue, Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde and Real Sociedad coach Eusebio Sacristan leading the race to take over at Camp Nou. Roberto, the Barca hero in their dramatic 6-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, came through the ranks at La Masia and believes Unzue's ascent to the top job would be good for continuity purposes. Wenger: Suarez wanted to join Arsenal! The Spain midfielder told TV3: "It would be a great way of maintaining Barcelona's philosophy. We have a great relationship with him. "Even though he is technically in charge of strategy, he always gives us very good tips overall. "He would be a great coach for Barcelona." Barca will face Juventus in the Champions League last eight after their 6-5 aggregate defeat of PSG and Roberto accepts it is another tough assignment. "As your typical Italian side, they are a stout defensive team," he said. "Moreover, their attacking players are incredibly skilled, so we know that advancing to the semi-final will be far from easy. "Winning another Champions League would be very exciting, there is no doubt about it. "I wouldn't say it is a priority for us, but it would mean a lot to win it after the comeback."

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