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Chelsea injury news: Midfield star Mateo Kovacic doubtful for Tottenham clash

Chelsea injury news: Midfield star Mateo Kovacic doubtful for Tottenham clash

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derby dilemma The Croatian maestro was missing during his country's visit to Wembley on Sunday Chelsea could be without midfield star Mateo Kovacic when they face Tottenham on Saturday. The Croatian is a major doubt for the game after picking up a muscular injury during the international break. Kovacic is racing to be fit for the derby Kovacic played no part in his country’s 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley on Sunday and ESPN reporter Liam Twoney revealed he did not train the previous day. However, there is hope the Real Madrid loanee will recover in time for the London derby. Kovacic not even in the Croatia squad despite Rakitic’s absence. I just spoke to some Croatian journalists who said he didn’t train yesterday & ...
Manchester United v Liverpool combined XI: Pick your midfield

Manchester United v Liverpool combined XI: Pick your midfield

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Cast your vote belowWednesday, March 7, 2018This weekend we will be treated to one of the fiercest derbies in the Premier League, as Manchester United host Liverpool at Anfield.Both the rivals sit inside the top four at this stage of the season, and are probably assured of qualification to next season’s Champions League.However, whoever finishes higher in 2017/18 will have bragging rights, and Jose Mourinho’s side are currently two points ahead of the Anfield club.As we prepare for this huge Premier League clash, talkSPORT.com are asking our readers to decide upon who makes it into a combined Manchester United and Liverpool team.Starting Monday, we have posted a poll asking for you to vote on who makes it into the XI.We’ve already got the results for goalkeepers and defenders, and today we...
Gareth Southgate reveals John Stones could play in midfield for England against France

Gareth Southgate reveals John Stones could play in midfield for England against France

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England manager Gareth Southgate is weighing up a surprise midfield move for John Stones.Speaking on the eve of his side's season-ending friendly against France, Southgate confirmed Harry Kane would retain the captaincy and promised goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Jack Butland 45 minutes each in place of Joe Hart - while also announcing the latter was still his 'number one'.But it was his revelation that Stones, Manchester City's £50million centre-half, was being considered for a switch into unfamiliar territory that piqued most interest.Stones was edged out of the team that drew 2-2 with Scotland on Saturday by Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill but Southgate feels he has the requisite ball-playing skills to operate further up the pitch and may hand the 23-year-old a first opportunity to test driv...