Jordan Henderson a Doubt for England Squad After Ankle Injury in Liverpool Clash With Bayern Munich

?Liverpool ace Jordan Henderson looks likely to miss England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers later this month, after leaving the field with an ankle injury early into his side’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

The holding midfielder had to leave the field for treatment after landing awkwardly when challenging for the ball against an opposition player, and his return to the pitch was short-lived, as he was forced to hop back off soon after. The 28-year-old is now likely to be ruled out of the Three Lions upcoming matches, which will open up a vacancy in the squad.

Jordan Henderson,Robert Lewandowski

Should ?Henderson be deemed unfit to play for England, then manager Gareth Southgate could perhaps turn to ?Southampton star James Ward-Prowse, who was hotly tipped for a recall to the side after a fine run of form with the Saints of late. However, it is unclear whether, should it come to it, the Three Lions boss would be willing to bring the 24-year-old back into the fold.

The squad already have Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and West Ham United starlet Declan Rice to choose from, as well as Ross Barkley and Dele Alli who play in more advanced roles, so Southgate may feel he has adequate cover for Henderson. The ?Reds ace has 48 caps for his country, and played an important role in the side’s impressive 2018 World Cup campaign.

[embedded content]

Meanwhile, ?Southgate has lavished new call-up Rice with praise ahead of the qualification matches, claiming that the player’s character, personality and leadership qualities had been important factors in deciding to bring him into the squad. The 20-year-old had represent the Republic of Ireland before, but was allowed to switch having only played friendly matches.

Let’

Pep Guardiola Warns Man City’s Incredible Form Will Not Continue Without Return of Injured Players

Speaking after Manchester City’s emphatic 7-0 victory over Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Pep Guardiola has warned that “it won’t be possible” for the Citizens’ winning run to continue if key players do not return from injury soon.

Following EFL Cup glory, the Manchester club are still competing for the Premier League title, the FA Cup and – perhaps most importantly – the UEFA Champions League, and Guardiola will be reliant on squad depth to ensure that fatigue does not get the better of his players as they approach the home straight of the 2018/19 campaign.

FBL-ENG-LCUP-MAN CITY-CHELSEA

?Man City face ?Swansea in the FA Cup this weekend, while ?Premier League rivals ?Liverpool will face Fulham at Craven Cottage in a league fixture; knowing that a win for the Reds will see them reclaim top spot.

With the Citizens expected to overcome the challenge of second-tier Swansea in the FA Cup, they will likely face further fixture congestion next month, which the City boss has identified as a key time in their season during which a fit squad will be essential.

“We want to continue this run, especially in April, but we need players to come back fit”, claimed Guardiola (quotes via by ?Goal). 

Should City progress to the semi final of the FA Cup they would play a total of eight matches in April, including games against ?Tottenham and ?Man Utd as well as a two-legged ?Champions League quarter final tie.

Kyle Walker

?Kevin De Bruyne and ?Fernandinho, who were both formidable in City’s title winning season last year, are currently sidelined through injury. Last season saw them win the Premier League with 100 points, as well as picking up the League Cup.

Their ability to improve on this in the current campaign will likely be determined by getting the two midfielders back fit and playing their best.

Let’

Former Crystal Palace Chairman Insists Club Could Be Sold for £200m in the Near Future

?According to former Crystal Palace chairman, Simon Jordan, the south London club are set to be put up for sale in a deal which could be worth up to £200m.

Jordan, chairman of the club from 2000 to 2010, has claimed he’s “heard rumours on the street” that the Eagles are up for sale.

Roy Hodgson

Reportedly the two American shareholders, Joshua Harris and David Blitzer – who each own an 18% stake in Palace – are looking to sell their shares as their commitment to the running of the club has waned.

The American duo, who also own Philidelphia 76ers of the NBA and New Jersey Devils of the NHL, are yet to comment on the recent speculation.

When questioned on how much the club could be sold for on TalkSport, Jordan suggested it is worth “whatever somebody is prepared to pay. You could be looking at £200m” (quotes via Sport Witness)

Wilfried Zaha

The sale would come less than a year after Harris and Blitzer unsuccessfully fought to maintain the ?Premier League’s even distribution of international TV money. 

Instead, the so-called ‘big six’ won their contest to have an increased share of the money, owing to their ability to attract more viewers to the Premier League due to their large, overseas fan bases.

Despite successful youth team products such as Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Eagles have flirted with relegation several times since their promotion in 2013. 

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Any potential sale could hinge on their ability to maintain their Premier League status this season. However, with the Eagles now sitting 14th in table, five points clear of the drop zone and with a far superior goal difference to the teams below them; it would take a disaster for them not to be playing top flight football next season.

Let’

Barcelona vs Lyon Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Barcelona host Lyon on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash, with the scores deadlocked at 0-0 from the first game.

La Blaugrana were unable to score an all-important away goal, and must be wary of a Lyon side brimming with attacking potential in the likes of Nabil Fekir, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay.

But after seemingly returning to form – including two wins over Real Madrid in both the league and cup – Barcelona will fancy their chances of booking their passage into the quarter-finals of the Champions League in midweek.

Check out 90min’s preview of the game below.


Where to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? ?Wednesday 13 March
?What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (GMT)?
?Where Is it Played? Camp Nou?
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?BT Sport 3
?Referee? ?Szymon Marciniak

Team News

?Barcelona’s biggest worry heading into Wednesday surrounds the availability of ?Ousmane Dembele, after the club confirmed that the winger had suffered a slight hamstring strain in his left leg during the clash against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The Catalan giants will also be without former Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (calf), whilst Rafinha remains a long-term absentee.

Nabil Fekir

For Lyon, doubts remain over captain Marcelo after the Brazilian seemed to pick up a leg injury during his side’s Ligue 1 tie against Strasbourg. In a big boost for manager Bruno Genesio however, talismanic forward Nabil Fekir will return from suspension to face Barcelona, with Lyon knowing an away goal would completely change the nature of the tie.


Predicted Lineups

?Barcelona ?Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Roberto, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Suarez.
?Lyon ?Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; Ndombele, Aouar; Traore, Depay, Fekir; Dembele.


Head to Head Record

The two sides have met on seven occasions in their history, with Lyon failing to win any of them. Their Spanish counterparts have dominated the fixture, with four wins and three draws to their name. However, in an impressive performance in the first leg, the French side showed a resilience to keep out the likes of ?Lionel Messi and ?Luis Suarez.

TOPSHOT-FBL-EUR-C1-LYON-BARCELONA

Anthony Lopes had an excellent game in the Lyon goal, with the visitors unable to convert any of the 25 shots they had. Genesio’s men almost claimed a famous win when Martin Terrier’s long-range driver was tipped onto the bar by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 


Recent Form

Since the goalless first leg last month, Barcelona have clicked into gear domestically, rattling off five successive victories in ?La Liga and Copa del Rey. The Catalans overcame a spirited Sevilla side 4-2, before doing the double over arch-rivals ?Real Madrid in El Clasico. 

Ernesto Valverde’s side claimed a famous 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu to clinch a cup final place at the expensive of Los Blancos, before beating them once again just a few days later. 

FBL-ESP-LIGA-BARCELONA-RAYO

Lyon on the other hand have endured a mixed bag since their first meeting with Barcelona. Les Gones slipped to a 2-0 defeat to struggling Monaco immediately after the first leg, before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over Caen in the French Cup quarter-final. Genesio’s side then thrashed 10-men Toulouse 5-1 in the league, but come into the midweek Champions League game off the back of a 2-2 draw with Strasbourg in which they had led 2-0.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five games:

Barcelona? ?Lyon
?Barcelona 3-1 Rayo Vallecano (09/03) ?Strasbourg 2-2 Lyon (09/03)
?Barcelona 0-1 Girona (06/03) ?Lyon 5-1 Toulouse (03/03)
?Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona (02/03) ?Lyon 3-1 Caen (27/02)
?Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona (27/02) ?Monaco 2-0 Lyon (24/02)
?Sevilla 2-4 Barcelona (23/02) ?Lyon 0-0 Barcelona (19/02)

Prediction

Despite producing a spirited display at the Lyon Olympic Stadium, Bruno Genesio’s side head to the Camp Nou on Wednesday knowing that Barcelona will be overwhelming favourites to get the job done. Despite the potential absence of winger Ousmane Dembele, both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are unlikely to forget their shooting boots at home as they did in the first leg.

FBL-ESP-LIGA-BARCELONA-RAYO

However, with the return of mercurial forward Nabil Fekir, Lyon’s dynamism and pace on the counter-attack may just see them score an away goal and make things more difficult for the home side. But, when it’s all said and done, Barcelona should have enough to seal their place in the last eight of the Champions League.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Lyon ?

Let’

Jurgen Klopp Insists That Liverpool Must Be ‘Exceptional’ to Beat Bayern Munich in UCL Last 16 Tie

?Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that only an ‘exceptional’ performance from his side will be enough to beat Bayern Munich and reach the quarter finals of the Champions League.

The Reds head to the Allianz Arena with the round of 16 tie firmly in the balance following a goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield in February. 

Jurgen Klopp,Jordan Henderson

Ahead of the game in Munich, the 51-year-old talked up the quality of their hosts, believing they are set to play a side who are in a ‘much more positive moment’ to the one they faced in the first leg. 

“It’s not for me to judge what they do, or did,” said Klopp when asked if ?Bayern will approach the game differently to how they did in the first leg, as quoted by the ?club’s official website.

“They are in a different moment now obviously, it’s a much more positive moment for Bayern – top of the table again, winning games comfortably again and all that stuff – so they are really back on track… if they ever left the track. I like that, not because I think it’s easier, just because it shows you in the analysis how strong they are.”

Since the stalemate at Anfield, Die Roten have won all three of their league games to go top of the ?Bundesliga, level on points with Borussia Dortmund, while ?Liverpool have slipped to second in the ?Premier League. 

Klopp however is adamant that his side are strong enough to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League at the expense of the German side, but only if they produce a special performance. 

He added: “We are strong enough to give them a proper game and that’s the only thing you can expect in a situation like that, in a good situation. That’s what I’m thinking about: how can we cause them problems they have never had in the season so far against other opponents?


“They have, of course, really strong opponents but if we are at our best we can be exceptional. But we have to be, actually – if we play a normal game there we have no chance and then we should go out.

“But if we can push ourselves in a special mood and play a proper football game, then we have a proper chance and that’s all I need.”

Let’