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Chelsea boss pins Costa's absence on back injury, not bust-up

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte played down reports of a bust-up with Diego Costa after the star was left at home for the Blues’ trip to Leicester City, telling reporters the Spain striker’s absence was the result of a back injury and nothing more. Conte also dismissed reports that Costa had become unsettled by a big-money offer from a Chinese club ...

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Zouma returns to Chelsea bench after lengthy injury absence

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma delighted Blues supporters Wednesday after being named a substitute for the clash at Sunderland. It’s his first appearance in Chelsea’s matchday squad since suffering a severe knee injury in February. Manager Antonio Conte allowed Zouma to test himself with the club’s Under-23 side in October. The 22-year-old then returned to training with the first team and ...

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Report: Liverpool resigned to Coutinho absence of at least 6 weeks

Liverpool is preparing to be without Philippe Coutinho for at least six weeks of the title-chasing club’s busy festive period, after he injured his ankle during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Sunderland, reports The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe. The Brazilian has undergone a scan on the issue, and although the Reds have yet to set a timeline for his return, the early ...

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Bailly facing 2-month absence with knee injury

Manchester United lost more than just three points and a lot of pride in Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea, as stalwart defender Eric Bailly is set to miss two months after suffering a knee injury in the match at Stamford Bridge. Bailly, 22, sustained what Jose Mourinho called a “really bad” knee problem, and the Ivorian centre-back ...

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3 ways Manchester City could line up in De Bruyne's absence

Not only was Kevin De Bruyne the finest player in Manchester City‘s ranks before he suffered a groin injury against Swansea City on Saturday, he was also the leading light in Premier League football. “(Lionel) Messi is on a table on his own. No one else is allowed. But the table beside, Kevin can sit there,” said Pep Guardiola a ...

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Butland confirms Euro 2016 absence

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has confirmed he will miss Euro 2016 after fracturing his ankle in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin. Butland, 23, will have an operation on Tuesday after hurting himself moments before conceding Germany’s opener. The player was in tears as he was taken off on a stretcher and England manager Roy Hodgson described the injury ...

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Ramsey set for four-week absence

Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is expected to be out for four weeks with a thigh injury. That timeline would rule him out of games in the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup, while he would also miss Wales’ friendlies with Northern Ireland and Ukraine. The 25-year-old was injured in Tuesday’s 4-0 FA Cup win at Hull. “His ...

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Kompany absence 'no excuse' for Man City

21 December 2015 Last updated at 09:17 By Martin Keown MOTD pundit and former Arsenal defender If Manchester City’s defence continues to be so reliant ...

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Hart set for 10-day injury absence

Hart was injured in the latter stages of the 1-0 defeat by Juventus in Turin 27 November 2015 Last updated at 17:53 Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart may be ...

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Champions League absence hits Man Utd

Manchester United revenues hit by Champions League absence 17 September 2015 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Manchester United saw revenues fall by £38m in the year to June, mainly due to failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Total revenues were £395.2m, down from £433.2m, but sponsorship income hit record levels, up by 14.1% to £154.9m. ...

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