Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo out for three months after metatarsal woe

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Manchester City have been dealt a huge blow heading into the new season.

Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo will be out for up to three months after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Negredo, 28, broke the bone in his foot in Man City’s 2-1 friendly win over Scottish side Hearts on Friday. Negredo limped off just before half time and will now be out of action until at least November.

The man known around the Etihad as ‘The Beast’ posted a short message to City’s fans on his Instagram account, complete with a picture of his right foot in the dreaded plastic boot, as he aims to come back stronger despite missing a large chunk of the 2014-15 Premier League season.

“I want to let you know that its going to be hard for the next few months, I fractured my 5th metatarsal and will be out a few months. I will be back stronger than ever.”

Negredo banged in 26 goals for City in his debut season at the Etihad last year following his move from Sevilla. The striker was red-hot early on in the campaign, as all 26 came before January 11. Then he suffered a massive drought in front of goal, with the powerful forward going 16 games without scoring to close out the season. That barren spell ultimately cost Negredo a spot on the Spanish national team roster for the World Cup and now this injury has come at a time when some reports had him linked with a move away from the Citizens.

Now City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini will have to think about potentially replacing Negredo, as he has Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero up top. Pellegrini will likely refrain from buying another forward over the summer, as Stevan Jovetic and John Guidetti could stake their claim to become regulars.

Anyone who has broken a metatarsal (unfortunately I have past experience with this) can tell you that it is a long road to recovery and stepping up the rehab too early can cause plenty more damage. Get well soon, Alvaro.

Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.