& # 39; It is not as serious as we thought. It is not a hamstring & # 39 ;: Brendan Rodgers & # 39; Jamie Vardy can play in Leicester's Carabao Cup semi-finals against Aston Villa after injury during victory over West Ham
- Jamie Vardy damaged a glute during Leicester & # 39; s midweek win over West Ham
- The 33-year-old will not play a role in their FA Cup tie at Brentford on Saturday
- However, he was able to appear in the Carabao Cup semi-final second stage of Tuesday
- Leicester went into battle with Aston Villa with the score 1-1 of the first stage
Vardy damaged a glute during the 4-1 win over West Ham on Wednesday and will not occur in Saturday FA Cup fourth round draw in Brentford – although he would not have played even if fit with Leicester would certainly rotate.
Yet Rodgers refused to rule out that Vardy was involved in Villa Park, with the winner guaranteed to continue to Wembley after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
& # 39; He can't play on the weekend and becomes a question mark for Tuesday & # 39 ;, said R Odgers. & # 39; It's not as serious as we thought; no hamstring.
& # 39; We hope to be on Tuesday, but there is a bit of work to do in the course of the coming days. He will work with the medical team on the weekend. & # 39;
Vardy turned 33 earlier this month, but Rodgers believes the Premier League top scorer has many fruitful years ahead of him.
He only entered the League League after joining Leicester from Fleetwood Town in 2012 – unlike the majority of top strikers who have played high-level football since their teens.
Rodgers added: & # 39; He may not have as many miles on the clock as other players who are at the age of 16 or 17.
& I can only judge what I see now. Looking at him, his condition, his speed and his understanding means that if he can stay fit, he can play at a very high level for a number of years.
& # 39; He is 33 and has a good lifestyle, caring himself. Some players can be written off after the age of 30, but between 30 and 35 they can be a great asset as long as they lead the right lifestyle. & # 39;
& # 39; Figures are incorrect & # 39 ;: LaLiga boss Javier Tebas calls on UEFA to punish Manchester City for alleged infringements of the Financial Fair Play
- Manchester City becomes investigated by UEFA about Financial Fair Play infringement
- LaLiga president Javier Tebas wants the Premier League club to be severely punished
- Thebes stood that both Man City and Paris Saint-Germain had questions to answe
Manchester City must be punished by UEFA for financial & # 39; doping & # 39; because their & # 39; figures are incorrect & # 39 ;, LaLiga president Javier Tebas has repeated.
Tebas has previously accused City and Paris Saint-Germain of & # 39; ruin the entire system & called for them to be thrown out of the European league.
City is currently being investigated for possible violations of the rules of Financial Fair Play, with the threat of Champions League expulsion still being a possibility.
They are ready to play in next year's competition, even while awaiting their fate, but, speaking ahead of those developments, Tebas claimed: & # 39; Of course, a sanction must be imposed … I know the numbers from Manchester City, where their income comes from, and those numbers don't match to a certain extent. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; One of the most important problems in European football is related to (financial) doping. Because if we have clubs that are funded by states, that has an impact on salaries. & # 39;
Both Abu-Dhabi-managed City and Qatari-supported PSG have been examined with regard to FFP rules, which are designed to prevent clubs from spending more than their means.
& # 39; I think in some cases (UEFA) some FFP cases have been handled appropriately and for that they have to be congratulated, but there are two specific cases, Manchester City and PSG, which I believe not be handled correctly, & Tebas said.
& # 39; That is not only my opinion, it is also members of the UEFA financial committee who thought it was a good idea to case reopen. & # 39;
At the launch of LaLigaTV, Tebas also accused UEFA of not enforcing & # 39; of compliance.
PSG was freed from misconduct in 2018, but City was referred to UEFA's Club Financial Control Body after allegations they blew up the value of a sponsorship deal in what was claimed as an attempt to enforce FFP rules bypass and mislead.
City strongly denies the accusations.
Both she and UEFA refused to comment.
LaLigaTV, the special 24/7 channel with all LaLiga competitions, is available for SKY residential and commercial subscribers on Channel 435 and Virgin TV customers on Channel 554 via Premier Sports.
Matthijs De Ligt says Giorgio Chiellini tells him to play with his head & # 39; trying to cement the regular first team position in Juventus
Bruno Fernandes was able to play on Tuesday in the semi-finals of Sporting Lisbon's League Cup as Manchester United stall in the chase of the midfielder
& # 39; If he is one of the best he should be & # 39 ;: sporting boss Silas admits that Bruno Fernandes deserves & # 39; to play in the Premier League at £ 60m Manchester United goal edges closer to Old Trafford switch
- Silas will not stand in the way of the 25-year-old because he has a movement & # 39; earns & # 39;
- He doesn't know if Fernandes will be available for his next game on Tuesday
- Sports demand £ 60 million but are not satisfied with the United's bids so far
The 25-year-old is strongly associated with a move to OId Trafford this month with Ed Woodward said to offer around £ 60 million for international Portugal.
And Silas, 43, who has been at the helm of Sporting CP since September, said he will not stand in the way of the talented midfielder if he is in the best competition in the world.
He said at a press conference last night after a 2-0 defeat to Benfica, according to Goal : & # 39; He is a player who wants to play in a league that is superior to ours. Which player would not like to play in the English league? It is hard to tell him: "Do not go"
& Bruno deserves to play in such competitions and the best thing is that. If he is one of the best, he must be there. & # 39;
But Silas said that Fernandes could still be available for Sporting's upcoming Taca da Liga semi-final clash against Sporting Braga on Tuesday.
The manager said he will prepare for the game with the midfielder in mind but may need to adjust his plans if United plunges in advance.
The Portuguese club reportedly claims £ 60 million for their captain, but remains frustrated with the package that United offers
The deal would mean that United paid an initial fee of £ 34 million in addition to a potential £ 25.5 million in add-ons.
However, as reported by The Sun Sporting may not see the full £ 60 million because some bonuses report to events that are unlikely to take place.
Some payments are dependent on United winning the Premier League and the Champions League and Fernandes winning the Balloon d & # 39; Or.
On Friday-evening, the midfielder played in the 2-0 defeat of Sporting against Benfica, but his all-round display made the fans of Manchester United spin.
Playing on the right side of a Sporting trio, he buzzed for a minute on the left in the game and was not afraid to put a foot in it.
His doggedness, hold-up play and long-distance course were all visible, Solskjaer can finally solve his midfield riddle.
Manchester City plays in next season's Champions League while investigating Financial Fair Play on
- Manchester City is accused of breaking the rules of Financial Fair Play
- ] Should they be found guilty, a prohibition from the Champions League is likely
- But an appeal would not be dealt with or decided before August
UEFA & # 39; s watchdog investigates the Premier League champions and – if found guilty – a ban on competition is likely.
However, no statement has yet been made. And it can be announced that a meeting will take place next week at which City will be present, but no decision is expected.
Next Season's Champions League
The timeframe means that even if City is found guilty and banned at a later date, a subsequent club appeal – which would almost certainly be certain – is unlikely to be heard and decided before August when the 2020 Champions League starts.
The city was referred to the UEFA Financial Control Authority after the publication of hacked documents in the German newspaper Der Spiegel, which claimed that the club in Abu Dhabi had inflated the value of a sponsorship agreement in a attempt to circumvent FFP rules and deception.
City strongly denies the allegations and appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to have the case thrown away.
In November, however, CAS said the appeal was inadmissible at that stage because no penalty would have been established if it were found guilty. That appeal will not have accelerated the process.
A verdict was expected before Christmas, but the probe continues. just like questions from the Premier League, which is also looking at the issue.
City, which was fined £ 49 million in 2014 for violating FFP rules, kept a close eye on the issue but in May claimed the decision to refer their case included & # 39; errors, misinterpretations and confusion fundamentally caused by a fundamental lack of appropriate process & # 39 ;.
Both UEFA and City refused to comment.
Marcus Rashford & # 39; will play through the pain barrier & # 39; during the journey from Manchester United to rivals Liverpool after & # 39; respond well to the first treatment & # 39; after an injury to Wolves
- Marcus Rashford staggered away with a back injury in the FA Cup wins Wolves
- The 22-year-old fights to be fit Rashford is reportedly willing to move through the pain barrier to play
- He has responded well to the game against Liverpool
- initial treatment and can take analgesic injections
- Christian Wade produced another sensational piece in his NFL career on Friday
- The former rugby star walked through five defenders towards a 45-meter win
- He was taken down from the end zone, showing his speed and dexterity
- Wade is in the NFL International Player Pathway Program and is looking for a deal
Marcus Rashford is preparing to play through the pain barrier for Manchester United crunch collision with Liverpool on Sunday after the star attacker responded to initial treatment after a worrying injury.
United & # 39; s 1-0 win over Wolves in the FA Cup on Wednesday night was marred by scenes from Rashford who were battling with what looked like a back injury after being in the second half on Old Trafford arrived.
The Englishman, who is at the top of the American charts with 19 goals this season, seemed to have had a spell on the sidelines, but The Mirror reports that the 22-year-old is making himself available for selection for the trip from his side to Anfield.
United medical staff works tir elessly to ensure that the striker is in the best possible shape to face the Premier League champions, although the club is reluctant to rush him back and cause further damage to the injury.
However, Rashford has responded well to treatment far and the early signs are encouraging for a start on Sunday, with the Englishman willing to take painful injections to play his part.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be in two minds as to whether he is playing his star-shaped man on Anfield. His side looks all the stronger with the 22-year-old involved, but he will be aware of the consequences of forcing a player to play when they are not completely finished. Paul Pogba was played too fast and has been out for a longer period of time.
Solskjaer has recently labeled United Captain Harry Maguire a & # 39; warrior & # 39; who comes back sooner than expected from a hip injury and it seems that Rashford is channeling that same spirit.
United is the only team to score points from Premier League leaders this season, with the side of Jurgen Klopp coming from Old Trafford with a point after a 1-1 draw back in October.
Tuesday's game saw former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova ended her match in the Kooyong Classic against Laura Siegmund during the second set, which both players struggled to breathe properly while Eugenie Bouchard a medical took time out during the qualification for the Australian Open when she fell ill in the smoky conditions.
Forest fires destroyed Australia in the run-up to the tournament, which starts on January 20, with 27 dead and more than 2,000 homes destroyed.
IMPACT OF SMOKE ON OTHER EVENTS
19 December : A race meeting in Tamworth was held by poor guilty organizers of the forest fires in New South Wales
December 22 : Canberra & # 39; s smoke-filled air force players off the ground in a Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers. The game is finally stopped.
3 January : Events in Canberra are still influenced by the poor air quality of the fires, because the air quality in the city is the worst in the world. Tennis Australia decides to move the Canberra International to Bendigo.
The W-League football match between Canberra and Newcastle is also postponed, while a match between the Canberra Capitals and Perth Lynx in the indoor AIS Arena is also canceled due to concerns about air quality.
January 4, : The Karkarook Parkrun, an annual event in southeast Melbourne, is canceled due to air quality concerns. Meanwhile, the Bridport triathlon in Tasmania is abandoned after smoke from nearby fires
Men's World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is a member of the ATP Player Council, has expressed concern about player safety and has suggested that the tournament be canceled if the smoke levels & # 39; dangerous & # 39; stay.
& # 39; When it comes to those circumstances that affect the health of players, I think we should definitely consider it, & # 39; Djokovic said on January 6, with what happened on Tuesday at multiple events, probably not to relieve pressure on organizers.
The Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who is preparing to appear in the main table, condemned the organizers on social media for putting players in a dangerous position.
& # 39; I keep reading that it's dangerous to play, to read messages from players who say it's outrageous to play, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I cannot judge that I am not there. but my question is this. Why are you going to court? & # 39;
Elina Svitolina added: & # 39; Why do we have to wait until something bad happens to take action? #Melbourne. & # 39;
Reports in Australia say that an insurance policy would yield a nine-figure payout in the event of a cancellation tournament due to extreme weather conditions.
World number 82 Dalila Jakupovic was forced to leave her qualification competition after she & # 39; scared & # 39; and had remained troubled during a coughing suit that was in line with her decision to withdraw from the game while focusing on her opponent.
The decision to allow the game saw the organizers come under heavy criticism and then escalated with the controversial players of Sharapova and Bouchard to see their health in danger.
& # 39; More than two hours of playing and I actually started to feel a cough coming up at the end of the second set, & # 39; Sharapova said after her game was stopped.
& # 39; But I thought maybe because I felt sick the last couple of weeks, it had something to do with it.
& # 39; When I heard Laura (Siegmund) talk to the referee about it and said she was having a hard time too, I had something like & # OK, luckily I'm not the only one.
& # 39; The referee came down and said to play another game, but we were there for two hours and I think it was the right call from the officials for my health position. & # 39;
Bouchard, determined to see her qualifying match through her beat You Xiadodi 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, found it & # 39; hard to breathe & # 39; in the second set.
& # 39; I started to feel absolutely unwell & # 39 ;, said Bouchard.
& # 39; No cough, only heavy air, a bit difficult to breathe and when you are out of breath after a long, heavy point, I felt that I could not breathe properly and that feeling made me feel kind of nauseous. & # 39;
Craig Tiley, Australian Open Tournament Director, has insisted that all precautions be taken to protect players and that smoke delays be treated as rain or heat that delayed qualifications one Tuesday on Tuesday morning.
Players were not aware of the mist that descended over Melbourne 
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& # 39; "Whenever it is hot or when it rains, the game is suspended if the above measures deem it necessary," Tiley said.
& # 39; We also consult closely with the WTA and the ATP and the decision we made this morning, both tours supported and advised that, & # 39; said Tiley. "This is a new experience for all of us, how we manage air quality, and that is why we have to rely on those experts who advise us on how to proceed."
The Victoria environmental protection authority is used in conjunction with a dedicated on-site team to determine air quality and whether it is safe to put players on the pitch.
The EPA uses five categories ranging from good to dangerous to determine air quality and Melbourne is currently at the dangerous level.
The Australian Open medical team and the Bureau of Meteorology also perform their own checks to determine the safety of the game.
Air quality is calculated by measuring the average concentration of a pollutant in the air for one hour.
That figure is then compared to the guide value or standard for individual categories from one to 10. The Air Pollution Index currently has Central London at 30 and falls into the & # 39; good & # 39; air quality.
Government advice for citizens in Melbourne and the surrounding areas is to minimize the time spent in smoky conditions as much as possible & # 39; and it further suggests that they do & # 39; do no exercises & # 39 ;.
Tennis Australia was already forced to relocate a tournament in Canberra due to the damage smoke levels that make the facility unusable for players and spectators.
The Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers on December 22 was stopped and eventually abandoned due to smoke levels.
The organizers of Formula 1 would monitor air quality in the coming days as fears grow during the opening race season in Melbourne on March 15.
Non-sporting events, including Day on the Green music festival in northeastern Victoria, are forced at the last minute to cancel the dangerous air quality and build on the Australian Open to delay the start of the tournament set.
He did it again! Former rugby star Christian Wade AGAIN enlightens the NFL with another sensational game as he comes on a roster with the Buffalo Bills
Former England rugby star Christian Wade continued his sublime start in the NFL by scoring almost a sensational touchdown in a preseason game for the Buffalo Bills.
The bills ran against the Carolina Panthers 24-6 in the fourth quarter on Friday night when Wade collected quarterback Tyree Jackson's ball just inside half of the opponent and ran 45 yards.
Wade, 28, who played for Wasps before quitting rugby to pursue an American football career, then avoided the first defender with a neat side step.
Wade was then confronted with three Panthers defenders but somehow exploded through their tackles when they all fell to the ground.
He then showed his raw pace to shoot through space before avoiding another diving gear from the defense that was just not fast enough.
] Wade was eventually only a few meters away from the end zone, but the accounts failed to convert the touchdown because they had 27-14 winners at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
The game again led to wild partying among his Bills teammates on the sidelines, while coach Sean McDermott later greeted his performance.
& Great. Great, & he said. & # 39; I felt the sidelines like a tidal wave coming over me. Another special moment for him and for this team. & # 39;
Wade joined the Bills in April as part of the International Player Pathway Program of the NFL and remains to be seen whether he secures a long-term future in the US
The seven players this year the International Player Pathway program hopes to be signed as a free agent or selected for a exhibition squad for the coming season.
Wade has more chances to impress the horizon while trying to win a contract with the bills. The Detroit Lions play on August 24 before completing the preseason at home on the Vikings on August 30.
It was the 12th Premier League triplicate that brought him above Alan Shearer in the all-time list of hat-trick scorers.
And Aguero is now the most productive overseas player in English football after raising his City goal in the league to 177.
So this makes him the biggest attacker ever in the Premier League? It is certainly an intense debate and we have asked the same question to our reporters.
Yes. It's hard to put someone above players like Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Ruud Van Nistelrooy, but it's not just the weight of Aguero's goals that gives him my vote.
Aguero not only scores goals, but also scores important goals that matter.
For example, so many of his goals were the first of a game or an equalizer. It is one of many things that sets it apart.
Maybe it's because there was time to the highlights, the goals, stopping and replaying, the moments of intuitive and extraordinary brilliance that Thierry Henry stands head and shoulders above everyone else, for me.
Yes, of course we have all those Sergio Aguero goals, but Henry played as someone who had arrived from another planet, instead of Juventus.
Match of the day seemed like a weekly exercise stop trying to figure out why he was so good.
& # 39; Striker & # 39; didn't really define him, right? The penalty area was part of his ambition. He ran, he passed, he linked, he scored and hardly seemed to breathe.
Never has a footballer seen life-confirming. Aguero seems to be mechanically compared.
Alan Shearer remains the best No. 9; he has won the Premier League Golden Boot three teams in a row for Blackburn and Newcastle who have not been a patch for the Man City teams in which Sergio Aguero has played.
All round, Thierry Henry and Cristiano are the best attackers in the Premier League, although Mo Salah may come close if he lingers.
Aguero is a fabulous finisher, but has never been considered good enough by successive Argentinian managers to be a normal choice.
Yes, if you judge the ability of a striker to score goals and score them for his team Aguero is now above rest.
He does not have the majesty of Thierry Henry or the presence of Alan Shearer, but he has contributed so many vital goals to the success of City that he deserves recognition.
Why he has not received more of the years is a mystery.
I would tend to Thierry Henry. The competition is blessed with great strikers and Shearer, Rooney and Aguero are at the top of that list – devastating finishers and nuance players.
But at some point in these discussions, numbers are not enough because they have all scored so much.
Then it becomes subjective and what you prefer to see – for me there was no beating Henry & # 39; s acceleration away from the last man, the serenity when he cut into the target (mostly from the left) and the inevitability of what would follow.
It was all so graceful, which in my opinion is the only thing that elevates him about Shearer and the Premier League scorecord that would never be defeated.
No, Alan Shearer is the greatest striker in the history of the Premier League and that's why I still follow him with 83 goals.
Aguero played in a better team than Shearer ever did, remember, and attackers should score 20+ goals per season in that City side.
That is perhaps a bit facetious and Aguero is an excellent player and goal scorer who would be a star in a team.
But the question was – is he the biggest Premier League he has seen? – and I don't think so. However, I will give him the second best.
No. Aguero is a finisher like no other, but at best, Thierry Henry was untouchable – certainly the best the competition has ever seen.
Henry had pace, skill, creativity, finish and panache, and was an important member of the Arsenal side who remained unbeaten for an entire season in 2003-04.
On the basis of that, the Frenchman simply sums it up for Aguero, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer.
Personally, I prefer Alan Shearer, mainly for nostalgic reasons to grow up in the Northeast and watch him turn away with an arm in the sky during the celebration.
He was just as ruthless as Sergio Aguero is today. He was never satisfied with just one goal, or two. He wanted to take that ball himself.
Yes. For each one-off game, you may prefer Thierry Henry's genius, or Ruud van Nistelrooy's ruthlessness.
But no one is delivered with such constant consistency as Aguero. For many years, under various managers, and Man City has been playing golf around him, he has remained a constant source of goals. Many of them also at the greatest moments.