Fernando Torres’ knee injury only a strain, likely out three weeks

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When Fernando Torres went down a mere 36 seconds into Chelsea’s 4-0 victory at Steaua Bucharest, it didn’t look good for the Spaniard.

Torres appeared to open up the joint in his left leg as he got stuck in with Steaua’s Cristian Tanase during his side’s impressive impressive Group E performance in Romania.

Initially, many feared the worst – a cruciate ligament rupture. Soon thereafter fears subsided that it was a medial, rather than cruciate, ligament damage.

And now, following a scan at Chelsea’s Cobham training facility earlier today, the news is even better for Chelsea supporters as the MCL has been revealed only to be strained, not ruptured. That means Torres, who was already banned from this Sunday’s Premier League match at Norwich City due to the red card he received in last weekend’s Tottenham match, will be sidelined for about three weeks.

The injury means that Torres will not feature for the Spanish National Team when international fixtures start up in two weeks. The striker is expected to return to play on October 19th when Chelsea host Cardiff City.

“[The injury is] a pity for the guy because, physically, he was in a very good moment,” Jose Mourinho said following Tuesday night’s triumph. “He played fantastically against Tottenham and deserved to start this game. That’s the bad news.”

Despite not having scored in any of the five Premier League matches he’s played this season, Torres has enjoyed a strong start to the season, appearing quick and determined. He was impressive in the 2-2 penalty kick loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup and had a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory over Swindon Town in the League Cup.

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.

Premier League vet Scott Parker calls quits on playing career

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Scott Parker has announced his retirement from soccer after a stellar 20-plus year career in England.

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The 36-year-old spent almost the entirety of his career in the Premier League, and played with seven teams during his time on the pitch.

“I believe now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Parker said in a statement.

“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.”

Parker began playing with Charlton after coming up through the team’s youth academy, before completing a move to Chelsea in 2004.

Throughout his career, Parker also spent time at Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before finishing up at Fulham this past season.