Jay Rodriguez’s World Cup dream in ruins after knee injury

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In the first half of Manchester City’s match against Southampton on Saturday, a sickening sight came in the 25th minute.

England hopeful Jay Rodriguez has been in fine form this season, scoring 15 Premier League goals and has five goals in his last four games.

But midway through the first half, Rodriguez jumped in the air to control a chipped pass but twisted his right knee as he landed. Saints’ star forward writhed on the floor in agony, and could be seen saying “please, no” before he was stretchered off the field, as his World Cup hopes hang in the balance.

National team manager Roy Hodgson was a nervous onlooker at the Etihad Stadium, as his most in-form option up front could miss out on representing the Three Lions in Brazil. Rodriguez has been included in Hodgson’s last two England squads, as the Lancashire born striker made his debut against Chile last November.

Rodriguez, with 15 league goals, is the second highest Englishman in the PL as only Daniel Sturridge has the net more times than Southampton’s hotshot. Now he faces an anxious wait, as more injury woe continues to plague World Cup hopefuls across the globe. Earlier this week Belgium’s Christian Benteke was ruled out for six months after an Achilles injury, while Kevin Strootman and Theo Walcott also saw their World Cup hopes ended earlier this season. Add to that list Radamel Falcao, who is racing against time to be fit, and this curse keeps on striking.

Our thoughts go out to Rodriguez, as we hope his injury isn’t as severe as initially expected.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.

Celtic secures trophy treble, ends Scottish season unbeaten

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.

Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.

No China for Costa: It’ll be Chelsea or Atletico Madrid

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Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.

Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.

Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following:

More Messi wizardry leads Barca to Copa del Rey title (video)

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Sometimes, a match recap needs just a couple keywords instead of paragraphs.

For example: Messi, Barcelona, Cup Final, the best.

The greatest player on Earth was at it again on Saturday, scoring a deft goal before assisting a Paco Alcacer offering as Barcelona won another Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday.

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It’s a third-straight Copa del Rey for the Blaugranas, their 29th crown in the tournament’s history. Barca has also lost 10 Copa finals, the last in 2014 against Real Madrid.

Here’s the goal:

And the pass: