The nightmare summer continues for Liverpool as Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out for up to four months after suffering an ankle injury in England’s 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland last week.
Sturridge suffered the injury during the first half of the match and was replaced in the 33rd minute by Jermain Defoe. Sturridge has since undergone scans that revealed ankle ligament damage, an injury that typically takes anywhere from three to four months to overcome.
Since arriving at Anfield from Chelsea in the January transfer window, Sturridge provided Liverpool with a goal scoring option to compliment Luis Suarez. Sturridge managed an impressive 11 goals in 16 appearances following his $18.4 million (£12m) move, prompting many to believe that the England striker could provide cover for Suarez this fall when he serves the remaining six matches of his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
The loss of Sturridge and Suarez – who has announced his intent to leave Liverpool in favor of a move to Real Madrid – leaves Brendan Rodgers’ team incredibly thin up top. Looking ahead to the start of the season only the oft-injured Fabio Borini and new-boy Iago Aspas, who signed from Celta Vigo on a $11.8 million (£7.7m) deal last week, are available for selection.
Normally, Liverpool could include Andy Carroll in that group but the big man went down with a heel injury during his final match of the season while on loan at West Ham and he too faces four months on the trainer’s table.
. Liverpool have not yet placed a time frame on Sturridge’s recovery but there are concerns he will be out for between three and four months, meaning it could be September before the England international is available.
Rodgers expects to add to his striking options this week by completing a €9m (£7.7m) deal for Iago Aspas, who helped Celta Vigo earn a final-day reprieve from relegation from La Liga with victory over Espanyol on Saturday, but the news on Sturridge and Suárez’s discontent represent a serious setback for the Liverpool manager.
Christian Pulisic sat out Friday’s 2-1 Dortmund defeat against Stuttgart. Coincidence? Perhaps.
However, the club’s struggles are apparent as Dortmund’s winless run extended to four matches and their gap from Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich could be up to nine points by the end of the weekend.
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BVB was without several of its top talents for the match, including U.S. Men’s National Team star Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it’s Dortmund’s defending that continues to be the side’s biggest issue.
Stuttgart struck after five minutes when Chadrac Akolo broke the deadlock off of an embarrassing blunder by Marc Bartra and the Dortmund defense.
Bartra attempted a routine back pass to goalkeeper Roman Burki during the early moments of the match, but his ball back proved to be way too strong and deflected off of Burki and into the path of Stuttgart forward Akolo (video below).
Dortmund atoned for the former Barcelona man’s mistake just prior to halftime when Maximilian Philipp equalized, but it took just six minutes into the second stanza for Josip Brekalo to restore the Stuttgart advantage.
David Moyes has given Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez assurances that he’ll have the opportunity to compete for a starting role with the Hammers, but the Mexican international will have to wait a bit for a chance.
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Hernandez, 29, is currently nursing a hamstring strain, leaving his status for this weekend against Watford in doubt.
“I think everyone knows he [Chicharito] has got a hamstring injury,” Moyes said during Friday’s press conference. “It could take a week, it could take two weeks.”
Moyes didn’t mince words recently when speaking about Chicharito and other players within the squad, essentially pointing out that no player will be awarded a starting role simply because of their stardom.
Hernandez has scored four goals in 13 matches this season for West Ham, who currently sits 18th in the Premier League. The Hammers have won just two matches to start the 2017/18 campaign and sit on nine points.
Miami FC quickly put itself on the U.S. soccer map in two short seasons, and much of the club’s success can be attributed to manager Alessandro Nesta.
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The former Serie A defender has managed the club in its first two years of existence, but Nesta’s time in South Beach is coming to an end.
Nesta revealed on Friday that he won’t be returning to the NASL club in 2018, as he prepares to fnd a “new challenge” in his managerial career.
With NASL’s future as a league very much up in the air, Nesta could be seeking a more stable position entering 2018, especially given that his name has been thrown around with several MLS jobs over the last few months.
It isn’t always the score at the end of the match that matters, and Orlando City proved that with its recent friendly to benefit those affected by hurricanes in Puerto Rico.
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Orlando City faced off with the Puerto Rico national team on Nov. 4, which the Lions won 6-1, but it was the club’s humanitarian efforts that proved to be the real story from the event.
The club announced that it raised $327,530 from the match, with all proceeds from the event going directly to the Puerto Rican people.
“I’m very proud of what our Club and our partners were able to accomplish,” Orlando City SC owner Flavio Augusto da Silva said in a team statement. “What we did meant more than just raising funds for Puerto Rico. Once again, we came together as a community to rally behind something bigger than us all.”