Mapou Yagna-Mbiwa clattered Samir Nasri to the ground in what at first glance appeared to be a frustrated challenge, and nothing more.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew thought so, and he initially called for Nasri to quit his acting and get up.
But as the French winger writhed in pain on the ground, the replays churned, and the stretcher came out, it was clear there was much more to this injury.
Nasri ended up substituted off, leaving the pitch on the stretcher in the 80th minute in tears, and now Manuel Pellegrini will be sweating on the health of his electric winger.
According to France Football’s Philippe Auclair, Nasri will know the extent of his injury tomorrow after thorough tests.
His manager, however, is expecting the worst. Pellegrini told Sky Sports he fears the injury is “serious,” telling media it’s the 26-year-old’s knee ligaments he’s worried about.
The City boss was also furious with the decision to simply issue Yanga-Mbiwa a yellow card, calling the challenge “absolutely a direct red card,” a mantra which he repeated twice.
Thankfully for Pellegrini, he received a bit of good news from goal hawk Sergio Aguero, who announced he will return to action against Cardiff City next weekend at the latest. He did say he could see minutes midweek in the FA Cup replay as well.
Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.
The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.
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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.
From the BBC:
No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.
There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.
This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.
It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.
Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.
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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.
From the BBC:
Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.
“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.
Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.
Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.