Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic: Giving up is not an option

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First of all, thank you for all the support and love. It's no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger.

So far, I played with one leg so it shouldn't be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when it's time to stop and nothing else.

POLL: Which injured player would you most like to return first?

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Manchester United are currently enduring an injury crisis. It couldn't be worse timing, given the build up of fixtures and important games ahead.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were predicted to return in May, while Juan Mata has the potential to return for the very end of the season. Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't play again this season.

Zlatan out for the rest of the season?

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Following his substitution last night, during Manchester United's 2-1 win over Anderlecht in the Europa League, reports today suggest Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for the rest of the season.

With the shoreline still at 1-1 and United needing a goal to prevent a penalty shoot-out, Ibrahimovic looked to lock his knee and go down in some pain.

No Rashford, Rooney, Martial or Zlatan for Chelsea game

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Reports today claimed that Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford didn't travel to London with the rest of the squad today ahead of Monday night's FA Cup game against Chelsea.

Further stories now suggest that Rooney picked up an injury after colliding with Phil Jones in training, while the cause of Martial's injury is unknown.


Bournemouth: Agony For Jack Wilshere As Scan Reveals Midfielder Suffered Broken Ankle Against Tottenham

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Just when it looked like he was putting a decent run of games together, it's been confirmed today that Jack Wilshere is set for yet another prolonged period on the sidelines.

Indeed, the Bournemouth midfielder hobbled from the pitch during last Saturday's defeat against Tottenham, though initial X-rays proved inconclusive.

Chelsea: Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Suffered Ankle Injury While Filming ‘Promotional Basketball Video’

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The keen-eyed amongst you may have noticed that Asmir Begovic made his very first Premier League appearance of the season betwixt the sticks for Chelsea as Antonio Conte's went down 2-0against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

This was because the Blues' first-choice goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, was ruled out of the vital match with an ankle injury.

Shane Long Used Pregnancy Breathing Techniques To Help Calm Seamus Coleman After Gruesome Double Leg Break

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Itwas quite possibly the tenderest scene Pies have ever witnessed on a football pitch the sight of Shane Long rushing to cradle teammate Seamus Coleman after the latter suffered a grim double leg break in the Republic of Ireland's recent 0-0 draw against Wales.

It's since been revealed that, in an attempt to keep Coleman as relaxedas possible in the immediate aftermath, Long actually implemented soothingbreathing techniques he'd learned while assisting his wife Kayleah with her pregnancy.

Champions League

‘It Was The Longest And Hardest 15 Minutes Of My Life’ – Marc Bartra Publishes Touching Instagram Update From Hospital Bed

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After undergoing surgery on a broken arm, Marc Bartra is currently still recovering in hospital after being injured during the explosive attack on the Borussia Dortmund team busjust hours beforeTuesday night's Champions League tie against Monaco.

Bartra suffered a fractured radial bone and had to have debris removed from his hand but, after being visited by his partner Melissa and their daughter Gala, the Spanish defender has since emitted a personal update from his hospital bed to assure fans that he's okay.

‘Everything Went Well’ – Dortmund Confirm Marc Bartra Underwent Surgery On Broken Arm After Team Bus Attack

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Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Marc Bartra is fine and recovering well after being the only person injured duringTuesday night's attack on their team bus.

It was widely reported that Bartra was injured by glass that was smashed by the explosions, with Dortmund revealing that the Spanish defender suffered a broken arm.

Newcastle United

It’s Unlikely To Be Good News On Top Striker

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With any hamstring injury you need a good few weeks to recover and even if Dwight Gayle could be ready in two or three weeks, it is very unlikely he would be risked in Newcastle's last couple of games, especially if the lads have already gained promotion by then. If Dwight had been able to [...]

Newcastle Could Get Injury Boost For Leeds Game

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After our poor performance on Saturday at Hillsborough the major question will be if any of our injured players are fit to come back into the side against Leeds United on Friday afternoon. Players who could possibly return include Isaac Hayden, Jack Colback, Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin and certainly if we can get Isaac [.

Burton Manager Nigel Clough Likely Playing Mind Games

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The talented Burton manager Nigel Clough seemed to be playing mind game yesterday as he bemoaned his players who are injured and even hinted the Brewers could play a weakened side tonight at St. James' Park against the Magpies. We're sure the Burton have injuries, but our players shouldn't take any notice of what Nigel [.

Yet Another Injury Blow For Newcastle Player

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24 year-old Curtis Good has been at Newcastle now for five years after signing for us for £400K from Melbourne Heart in the summer of 2012. Unfortunately Curtis has been injured a lot of the time he's been on Tyneside, but when he does play he's a good player, but his development has simply been [..

Two More Players Almost Fit For Run-In To Season

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Rafa Benitez gave some good news in his press conference yesterday and with the local journalists afterwards he went into more detail on the injuries of various individuals. Midfielder Isaac Hayden is back in the squad after his ankle surgery and we would expect him to start the game today against Wigan alongside Jonjo Shelvey [.

Newcastle Have More Good News On The Injury Front

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The Chronicle is reporting today some good news on the injury front and it looks like of the four players who pulled out of Internationals over the two week break, three will be fit to face Wigan Athletic at home on Saturday afternoon at St. James' Park. Those three are Paul Dummett, Grant Hanley and [.

Some Unsettling News On The Injury Front

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With the season ending five weeks on Sunday and there still being eight games to play, any injuries now will likely mean the players will miss quite a few games. Some bad news on the injury front for Newcastle is that the injuries to both Daryl Murphy and Ciaran Clark are worse than first feared. [..

Fit Again Player Will Be Key To Newcastle’s Run-In

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Isaac Hayden has turned out to be a stellarbuy for Newcastle afterwe picked him up from Arsenal for a measly £2.5M this summer. Rafa traveled to north London to talk to the player in earlysummer and Isaac said after their two hour meeting he had already decided to join Newcastle so impressed was he [.

Injury Will Rule Top Transfer Target Out Of Summer Move

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You cannot ever say that 25 year-old Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been lucky with injuries lately, but on the other hand they have shown what a tough and strong character he is. Callum suffered another serious ACL injury in early February to his left knee and will be out for the rest of the [.

Some Good News From Rafa Benitez

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There's some good news from Rafa Benitez this morning that Isaac Hayden should be back in training at Newcastle in a few days and there has to be a very good chance he will be fit for our next game at home to Wigan a week on Saturday. It will be a welcomereturn for Hayden [...]

Another Player Now Doubtful For Wigan Game

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Another injury blow to Newcastle yesterday when Daryl Murphy returned to the club with a calf injury after he left the Republic of Ireland squad and he is now doubtful for the vital game against Wigan a week on Saturday at home. Daryl had been sent for a scan on the injury by the Ireland [...]

Good News – Players On The Mend At Newcastle

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After the disappointing draw at Birmingham last Saturday Rafa has more players injured with Grant Hanley the latest to pick up a knock and he's now back at Newcastle having withdrawn from the Scotland squad. Grant picked up the injury at Birmingham so it wasn't while he was training with Scotland and it's an ankle [.

Newcastle Talented Midfielder Ready To Resume Training

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Issac Hayden hasn't played for Newcastle since the game against Derby on 4th February and a couple of weeks after that game he underwent surgery on his ankle and he was expected to be put about four weeks initially. Ir's fair to say we have missed Isaac in the side since Newcastle tend to be [...]

Better News On The Injury Front From Benitez

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Rafa Benitez has given an update on the injuries to DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett and they don't seem as bad as first reported yesterday especially with 23 year-old Yedlin. It seems the American could be back in two or three weeks and with the International break of two weeks coming up, [.

It’s Bad News For Newcastle On Injury Front

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This is not good news DeAndre Yedlin is now expected to be out for five weeks for Newcastle after having an assessment of his thigh injury in Los Angeles by the US team doctors. Initially it was thought he would be out for up to two weeks but that's not the case and he [...]

Newcastle Have Another Injury Problem

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DeAndre Yedlin was not available for the game last night and it looks like he will be out for a little while with Jesus Gamez getting a rare start last night at the Madejski Stadium in the 0-0 stalemate. Jesus is an experienced player and played quite well last night, but he tired in the [...]

Rafa Gives Overall Injury Update – Talks About Dwight Gayle

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Rafa Benitez had some good news in his press conference early yesterday afternoon when he said Dwight Gayle was fit and he had been pleased with him in training this week and that he was in the squad. Only Rolando Aarons and Isaac Hayden are now out of the squad and both could return for [...]

Rafa To Deliver Important Injury Update In Press Conference

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Rafa will give his press conference at 1:00 pm today and the first question from the local journalists is likely to be what the status of striker DwightGayle is and whether he is in the squad for tomorrow's vitally important game at Huddersfield. Rafa has been unwilling to put Dwightin the squad until he is [.

Bad News – Newcastle Pay Price For Bringing Striker Back Too Early

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It's not good news on Dwight Gayle today, who seems to have returned too early fromhis hamstring injury and Newcastle will have to pay the price for that. The local papers today are reporting he will miss the next two weeks of games at least through March 7th, which include the vital games away [..

Manchester United

De Gea injured but will return for Chelsea

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David de Gea wasn't named in the matchday squad for Manchester United's game against Sunderland but Jose Mourinho has revealed that the injury isn't serious.

De Gea should be back for next weekend's game against Chelsea while Sergio Romero, who starts against Sunderland, will play on Thursday against Anderlecht as he would have done anyway in the Europa League.

Mourinho: Rooney might play in the final

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Wayne Rooney has missed Manchester United's last four games with injury and Jose Mourinho has confirmed the captain will not return for tomorrow's game against St Etienne.

While Rooney will certainly miss the Europa League fixture, Mourinho has said it is yet unknown whether he will recover in time to play in the League Cup final against Southampton on Sunday.


Retro Thuggery: Velez Sarsfield Keeper Gaston Sessa Plants Studs In Rodrigo Palacio’s Face, Can’t Fathom Why He’s Been Sent Off, 2007 (Video)

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In the grandest tradition of South American goalkeepers, former Velez Sarsfield stopper Gaston Sessa was laced with just a soupçon of thinly-concealed lunacy.

On a related note, he's also the man responsible for one of the worst fouls ever seen on a football pitch, having once almost reduced Rodrigo Palacio's face to a plate of blood-spattered mince.

Retro Football: Young Roberto Martinez Demonstrates How To Defend Against Long Throw-Ins, 1996 (Video)

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Having pioneered a slew of innovative systems with Everton (the 'hopelessly isolated frontman' and the 'hideously exposed flat back two' instantly spring to mind) in recent years, it's largely agreed that Roberto Martinez is one of football's greatest tactical minds.

Atletico Madrid: Fernando Torres Fine, Well And Discharged From Hospital After Suffering Nasty Head Injury (Video)

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We'll start with the good news. Fernando Torres has been discharged from hospital this morning after suffering a hefty head injury during Atletico Madrid's 1-1 draw against Deportivo la Coruna last night.

Torres was left motionless on the turf after colliding with Alex Bergantinos and plummeting face-first into the ground.

International football

Sparta Prague: Tomas Rosicky Ruled Out For Rest Of Season After Managing Just 19 Minutes Of Football Since His Return

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In news that shouldn't come as much of a shock, Sparta Prague have gone ahead and sidelinedTomas Rosicky out for the rest of the season.

In a statement issued on their club website, Sparta confirmed that Rosicky's ongoing Achilles tendon issueisn't showing any signs of improvement and have therefore ruledthe 36-year-old midfielder out indefinitely after he elected to undergo further surgery.

Seamus Coleman Suffers Double Leg Break, Expected To Be Out For At Least Six Months

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It has been reportedtoday that poor Seamus Coleman suffered a double leg break in Republic of Ireland's goalless draw against Wales on Friday evening.

Colemanwas nobbled by a dreadful reckless lunge from Neil Taylor that left the Irish defender writhing in agony on the turf and his Welsh counterpart on the receiving end of a straight red card.


Dortmund Confirm Mario Gotze Will Not Play Again This Season Due To Ongoing ‘Metabolic Disturbance’ Issue

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Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Mario Gotze will not play again this season as he continues receiving treatment for the metabolic issue that has blighted his season so far.

Gotze, who has managed less than half an hour on the pitch since the turn of the year, was diagnosed with what Dortmund called "metabolic disturbance" last month.

‘It’s The Only Logical Step’ – VfB Stuttgart Terminate Kevin Grosskreutz’s Contract Three Days After Nightclub Scuffle

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VfB Stuttgart have terminated the contract of Kevin Grosskreutz after the midfielder got himself beaten up on a recent night out in the German city.

Grosskreutz and a small group offriends, reportedly members of the Stuttgart youth team, were mauled by a gang of teenagers after leaving thePerkins Park nightclub at around 2:15am on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

Kevin Grosskreutz To Press Criminal Charges After Being Beaten Up By Gang Of Teenagers Outside Stuttgart Nightclub

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VfB Stuttgart utility man Kevin Grosskreutz has vowed to press charges after reportedly being beaten up during a ruckus outside anightclub earlier in the week,

The former Germany international wentout on the tiles in Stuttgart on Monday nightbut ended up in A&Eafter being assaultedand splittinghis head open on the floor.

Borussia Dortmund: Mario Gotze Sidelined Indefinitely After Discovery Of ‘Metabolic Disturbances’

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Having barely made a dent since his grand return, Mario Gotze has been ruled out for the foreseeable future with what Borussia Dortmund are calling "metabolic disturbances".

A succession of musculartweaks had previously restricted Gotze to just nine starts for Dortmund this season, following his controversial transferback from Bayern Munich in the summer spending a cumulative total of less than half-an-hour on the pitch since New Year.

The Rest

Newcastle Defender – Next Five Weeks So Important

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Both our Scottish Internationals Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley managed not to play for Scotland over the Intentional break. Gordon Strachan surprisingly kept the in-form Matt Ritchie on the bench for both of Scotland's games for some strange reason and Grant Hanley had to pull out of the squad with a slight injury.