How bad is Gundogan’s latest injury for Man City?

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Ilkay Gundogan is one unlucky man.

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The Manchester City and Germany midfielder went down with a suspected knee ligament injury in the 44th minute of the 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday and despite playing on before later being substituted, he is expected out for a long time.

Sadly, that’s nothing new for 26-year-old Gundogan to deal with as the deep-lying playmaker has spent much of the last six years of his career battling through various injuries. Gundogan injured his knee cap last May before joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer and didn’t make his City debut until September.

Since then he’s been influential whenever he’s featured in City’s midfield, scoring five goals and he came up big in the UEFA Champions League group stage win against Barcelona in November.

Speaking after City’s win against Watford, which keeps them fourth in the Premier League but still seven points off leaders Chelsea, manager Pep Guardiola fears Gundogan will be out for some time.

“We are going to miss him I think for a long time,” Guaridola said. “It is the worst news of the day… He’s sad. So sad. We spoke with him and he said I want to try but when he hangs up and says he cannot follow him we expected it was not good.”

With Gundogan seemingly out for the majority of the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, his absence will leave a huge hole in City’s midfield.

His ability to drop deep and shield the three-man central defense alongside Fernandinho has been a key feature of whenever Guardiola’s City have been at their best this season.

Gundogan has that extra quality on the ball to help Guardiola’s philosophy flourish at City and he struck up an instant partnership with David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to feed them the ball and provide a link between midfield and attack. Now that link is gone.

Sure, City has plenty of players such as Fernando, Fabian Delph and Aleix Garcia who can slot in for Gundogan but Guardiola will be bemoaning his luck as one of the key parts of his jigsaw will miss the majority of the season.

France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.

Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.

The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.

Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Report: Fellaini eyes MLS, China after shooting down Man United terms

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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.

The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.

Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.

Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.

Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium

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The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.

For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.

SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.

Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.

The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.