Following Everton’s 2-2 draw at Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League season, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez was hounded in the post match press conference.
Not because Everton threw away three points later on, but journalists wanted an update on Ross Barkley’s knee injury. The England international, just 20, was hurt in practice on the eve of the new PL season and the extent of the damage done is not yet known.
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However, in his press conference Martinez did confirm that Barkely’s injury is serious and according to journalists at the King Power Stadium the powerful midfielder could miss ‘anything from seven weeks to four or months’ in what would be a damaging blow to Everton’s top four hopes.
Martinez also confirmed it is an injury to Barkley’s MCL in his right knee and the club have since Tweeted out the following message as they wait to see results of a scan Barkley had on the injury.
Everton’s manager didn’t seem too hopeful that Barkley will be back anytime soon.
“Ross is a phenomenal footballer and we are going to miss him,” ,Martinez said. “But the squad should be big enough to cope. Ross has been through periods of adversity before and he will know how to cope with this injury.”
The Toffees certainly didn’t miss Barkley going forward against Leicester as both Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith stepped up to the plate in his absence by scoring superb goals. However with Everton set to embark on their Europa League campaign in the next few weeks and their squad already paper thin as it is, losing one of their main attacking talents isn’t ideal. Not at all.
Sloppy defending cost Martinez’s side all three points away at Leicester on Saturday, but he has bigger problems right now as the anxious wait to find out the extent of Barkley’s knee injury continues.
Here he comes.
When Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United in the summer big things were expected.
It’s taken him a while to settle but now the Armenian playmaker has scored his first goal for United with a stunning superb solo effort against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League.
Watch the video below to see Mkhitaryan put United 1-0 up.
What a goal.
You truly have to see this a few times to believe it is possible.
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Stunning footage from a game between National Vatera and Makedonikos Kozanis in Greece’s four-tier last weekend has emerged as Kozanis striker Thanasis Takidis goes clean through on goal, gets one yard out but then somehow delays his shot and is blocked on the line by a defender, then the ball gets away from him.
Watch the clip above to see probably the worst miss you will ever see.
I mean, come on man…
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) Japanese champion Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.
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Kim Dae-wook headed Auckland ahead five minutes after half time, but substitute Shuhei Akasaki equalized for the J-League champions in the 67th minute.
Fellow sub Mu Kanazaki then completed the comeback in the 88th, heading home from close range after Shoma Doi nodded a deep Shuto Yamamoto cross from the left back.
Kashima advanced to a quarterfinal against African champion Mamelodi Sundowns in Osaka on Sunday.
The winner of that game will face Copa Libertadores winner Atletico Nacional in the semifinal Wednesday. European powerhouse Real Madrid also enters the tournament from the semifinal stage.
The use of video replays was available during the match but there were no official reviews. The technology is there to be used only for correcting clear errors in game-changing decisions.
Week 15 of the Premier League season has arrived with Manchester United hosting Tottenham, Liverpool welcoming West Ham and Leicester City and Manchester City clashing at the King Power Stadium.
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With some intense relegation battles between Swansea City and Sunderland and Hull City and Crystal Palace, there is plenty on the line as the festive season really starts to heat up.
Below are previews, score predictions and everything else you need to know about all 10 games this weekend.
Chelsea vs. West Brom
Leicester City vs. Manchester City
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Arsenal vs. Stoke City
Southampton vs. Middlesbrough
Swansea City vs. Sunderland
Watford vs. Everton
Hull vs. Crystal Palace
Burnley vs. Bournemouth