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George John injury may only be a bad sprain

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FC Dallas’ playoff fate, about 25 seconds from being sealed last night before Julian de Guzman’s volley somehow found its way through about 30 legs crowded around Vancouver goal, may now be in the doctor’s hands.

Such is the tenuous state around FC Dallas Stadium.

Imposing center back George John was stretchered off after 74 minutes, having fell hideously on his left ankle while stretching to block a shot. John’s obvious pain and frustration (not to mention that stretcher ride that took him immediately into the locker room, never a good sign) had everyone around FC Dallas thinking the worst.

Dallas’ offense has been better over the last two months with the return David Ferreira, and the more recent return of Blas Perez is a big lift, too.

But no one has been more important than John to Dallas’ re-introduction into the playoff race lately. He’s been a wall back there, not just winning everything coming his way but also communicating and helping cover for rookie Matt Hedges, who is doing OK but somewhat stretched in trying to fill the shoes of veteran Ugo Ihemelu. (Ihemelu has been out since early summer with concussion-related symptoms, and is all but certainly done for the season.)

It now looks like John’s injury may only be a bad sprain. What manager Schellas Hyndman said after Saturday’s late, dramatic win.

A sprained ankle and we don’t know what that means. We’re off next weekend, we had all our games earlier in the year and unfortunately that’s when we had most of our injuries. With George it could be two weeks, four weeks or six weeks, all I know is that it’s a sprain.

Dallas may fight its way into the playoffs. But realistically, without its top two center backs, there’s precious little chance that Schellas Hyndman’s team would have enough defensive cover to pull off any upsets from there.

What Dallas does have going in its direction: Because the schedule was so front-loaded, Hyndman’s team has just one match over the next 21 days.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

Men In Blazers - Sept. 22
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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).