Roberto Firmino’s planned rest ahead of a UEFA Champions League match against Napoli at midweek lasted all of 37 minutes.
The in-form Brazilian is into Saturday’s Premier League home match against Newcastle United with the score level at 1 following an injury to Divock Origi (Sadio Mane would complete a brace moments later to make it 2-1).
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The Belgian striker was clipped by Miguel Almiron on a freak early play, but played on another half hour.
It seemed to only get worse, and Origi limped off the field for Firmino in the 37th minute.
Firmino has two goals and two assists in four matches for the Reds this season, so it’s not exactly something Newcastle was hoping to see in its bid for a surprise point.
After months of transfer speculation and the final completion of said transfer, Philiipe Coutinho will still have to wait a few weeks to make his Barcelona debut.
During Coutinho’s medical, Barcelona discovered that the Brazilian maestro has a right thigh injury, keeping him out for three weeks.
Even with the injury, Coutinho is still scheduled to be introduced on Monday as a Barcelona player, with a contract signing, photo shoot at the Camp Nou and then press conference on the agenda.
Coutinho has battled a number of minor injuries this season with Liverpool, but despite this, he’s managed 12 goals and eight assists in 20 games in all competitions.
It’s reported that Coutinho’s transfer is worth more than $190 million, with Coutinho reportedly paying $15.5 million of it himself.
Nicolai Mueller has gone full Gramatica, in doing so putting extra pressure on American teammate Bobby Wood.
Muller scored the lone goal in Hamburg’s season-opening win over Augsburg, but his celebration recalled memories of an injury to former Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica.
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Muller’s “helicopter” goal celebration, a staple for the midfielder, saw him tear his ACL upon landing near the corner flag. He’s set to miss seven months.
That means even more of the scoring burden will fall on Wood, whose nine goals last season led the team in its race to avoid relegation. Muller’s five goals were tied for second with Austrian forward Michael Gregoritsch.
Here’s the Hamburg hierarchy, from Bundesliga.com:
“The diagnosis comes as a huge shock to us, it’s a big blow at the start of the season and obviously is really tough on Nicolai,” said Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt. “We wish him all the best for his recovery and, of course, will support him as best we can.”
“It’s bad news,” added HSV head coach Markus Gisdol. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Muller has thrice scored eight or more Bundesliga goals, and is a huge loss for Hamburg. Though it’s tempting to chasten a player who’s hurt while celebrating a goal, there’s always a part of us that wants to point out that the ligament probably wasn’t in the finest shape if it earned a tear on such a non-explosive landing.
Manuel Neuer would’ve been one of the heroes should Bayern Munich have triumphed over Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Instead, it may be his final time in a Bayern shirt this season.
Neuer made a number of fantastic saves in the late stages of Bayern’s ill-fated comeback bid at the Bernabeu.
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To add injury to insult, Neuer broke a bone in his foot on Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal of the 6-3 aggregate loss.
You can see Neuer pull up in pain as he adjusts to Marcelo’s choice to pass across to Ronaldo.
Sven Ulreich is Neuer’s back-up, and has made seven appearances the past two seasons. The 26-year-old arrived from Stuttgart in 2015, and will likely be backed up by veteran Tom Starke.
Bayern has an 8-point lead on RB Leipzig with five matches to play and will likely still win the Bundesliga title, regardless of whether Neuer returns this season.
The injury that cost Lionel Messi the final 30 minutes of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday will keep him out of the lineup for at least three weeks.
Barcelona’s upcoming schedule includes Sporting de Gijon on Saturday and Borussia Monchengladbach on Sept. 28.
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The following league game is at Celta Vigo, and Messi could return for Barca’s UEFA Champions League game against Manchester City if the timetable is correct.
Messi missed time at a similar point in the year last season.