It all seemed so bizarre this morning. Sure, there are tussles between teammates at training grounds all the time but a threat involving a brick as a weapon? Where on the training ground do you find such loose bricks?
Then again, if this entire incident between former Swansea captain Garry Monk and current teammate Chico Flores only serves to give us the following quote then it’s probably all worth it.
From a statement on the Swansea City site:
“I have been playing in the professional game for 20 years and training rows are nothing new in a competitive and pressurized environment.
“Recent media reports have blown everything out of proportion. Yes, we had words, but at no time was I threatened with a brick by anyone.
“Chico is a team-mate and we stick together for the betterment of Swansea City and the fans.”
Something happened but, people, there were no bricks. Police officers? Maybe. But bricks? No. Flores weighed in:
“It was just an argument between team-mates as can happen sometimes in a training session or in any changing room of any football team… nothing more!” said the Spaniard.
“I did not threaten anybody in any moment and even less with a brick. I consider myself a respectful person and a good team-mate who likes unity and closeness and I help create a good atmosphere around my team-mates. My relationship with Garry Monk has always been fantastic and still is.”
So to recap: no denial of police being called and there certainly was some sort of problem but no bricks were harmed in the making of this non-rift between teammates.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.