BREAKING NEWS: Barcelona confirm Ansu Fati has torn meniscus

By Sports Desk November 07, 2020

Barcelona have confirmed forward Ansu Fati has suffered a torn meniscus. 

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  • Ibrahimovic must show he wants return to Sweden squad - Andersson Ibrahimovic must show he wants return to Sweden squad - Andersson

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic must prove he wants to play for Sweden again before head coach Janne Andersson considers recalling the in-form Milan striker.

    The 39-year-old recently hinted he is ready to end his international retirement by posting an image of himself in a Sweden top on social media, captioned: "Long time no see".

    However, Andersson was quick to rule out a return earlier this month after leaving Ibrahimovic out of his latest squad and stating that "the matter is closed".

    With Ibrahimovic lighting up Serie A once again this term, though, Andersson appears to have paved the way for a sensational return ahead of next year's rearranged Euro 2020.

    "First, it is necessary that he himself wants to be involved in the national team project," Andersson told Aftonbladet. "In 2016 he told me clearly he no longer wants to be part of it.

    "I respected his choice then and over the years since. He has to be the one who says he wants to come back. If that is the case, it will then be up to me to decide."

    Ibrahimovic is Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 62 goals in 116 matches but has not played for the Nordic nation since a 1-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016.

    And Andersson questioned whether the former Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United star is serious about reversing his international hiatus.

    "We haven't seen each other for a while," Andersson said. "I don't follow him on social media, but in any case I don't care what he says on there or how he says it.

    "I know what he told me and what we agreed when he left the national team. Since then, nothing has changed from my perspective."

    After two years in MLS with Los Angeles Galaxy, Ibrahimovic returned to European football with Milan in January on an initial six-month deal that has been extended until the end of 2020-21.

    He has been in phenomenal form in his second spell with the Italian giants, scoring 20 times in 24 Serie A outings this calendar year - only Ciro Immobile (23 in 27) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29 in 24) have managed more.

    The evergreen striker scored twice in Milan's 3-1 win over Napoli on Sunday before limping off with a hamstring injury, becoming the oldest player to net at least 10 goals in the first eight Serie A matchdays.

    His brace also saw him match Gunnar Nordahl for the second-most Serie A goals from the first eight games played of a season, only adrift of Marco Van Basten (12 in 1992-93).

    "I can't say I'm so surprised," Andersson said. "If I were, it would mean I didn't believe in his potential. I'm very impressed Zlatan can continue to have this hunger and drive.

    "He is really impressive, a great athlete, and by far Sweden's greatest player of all time. It is amazing what he is accomplishing, so hat off and congratulations to him."

  • Flick hopeful on Bayern's Hernandez but Sule's out for Salzburg game Flick hopeful on Bayern's Hernandez but Sule's out for Salzburg game

    Hansi Flick is hopeful Lucas Hernandez can feature in Bayern Munich's Champions League clash against Salzburg but confirmed Niklas Sule remains absent.

    France international Hernandez lasted just 18 minutes of the 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Werder Bremen at the weekend before being taken off with a pelvic injury.

    With Alphonso Davies also out with a long-term ankle problem, Leon Goretzka ended up filling the defensive void against Bremen.

    Head coach Flick will take a late decision on Hernandez but Corentin Tolisso and Bouna Sarr are both out of Wednesday's game.

    "We hope Lucas Hernandez can feature tomorrow, but Corentin Tolisso and Bouna Sarr will not be ready for tomorrow," Flick told a news conference. 

    Flick was reluctant to give away too much about who could fill in at full-back if Hernandez does not make it.

    "We have a few options. You will understand that I am not going to reveal too much now," he said.

    Centre-back Sule did not play against Bremen, with German publication Bild suggesting his omission was to do with Flick's concern about his fitness levels.

    Sule missed most of last season with a serious knee injury and tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but Flick said he may be involved against Stuttgart at the weekend.

    "Niklas Sule will also not be available tomorrow. We're hoping he will be by the weekend," Flick added.

    "He had two serious injuries. It is important that he is 100 per cent fit, we need his qualities.

    "He was in quarantine for eight days. The national team doesn't train as intensively as we do. He still has to catch up. Tomorrow he won't be there. We look from day to day."

    Holders Bayern are top of Group A and would guarantee their progression from the group stages with a win at the Allianz Arena.

  • Dortmund sensation Moukoko chasing his dreams 'like a lion' Dortmund sensation Moukoko chasing his dreams 'like a lion'

    Youssoufa Moukoko has been tipped for superstardom and the prodigious Borussia Dortmund talent has vowed to chase his dreams "like a lion".

    On Saturday, Moukoko made history when at the age of 16 years and a day he came off the bench in Dortmund's 5-2 win over Hertha Berlin to become the youngest player in Bundesliga history.

    Following that game, team-mate Erling Haaland hailed Moukoko as "the biggest talent in the world" – high praise indeed from a player who had just scored four goals to continue his own rapid rise.

    The reasons for optimism are plentiful. Moukoko made history in October 2019 when, still just 14, he became the youngest ever goalscorer in the UEFA Youth League.

    In the previous season, Moukoko earned promotion to Dortmund's under-19 team having scored 50 goals. He took to the new level with similar ease, netting 34 goals from just 20 games in the Bundesliga's youth division.

    A haul of 10 goals from three matches in 2020-21 preceded Moukoko's competitive first-team bow, which he was only eligible to make after turning 16.

    Many before have been touted for big things and fallen by the wayside but Moukoko is determined not to fall into that category.

    "I can't do anything about being good at football," he said in an interview with DAZN.

    "The one who works harder gets rewarded in the end.

    "It was always my dream to become a professional football player. And if you have that dream you have to chase it like a lion."

    Moukoko will be trying to emulate the achievements of 18-year-old Giovanni Reyna, who earned himself a new long-term deal at Dortmund last week after making a seamless transition into first-team football.

    The promising striker spoke about his relationship with the newly minted United States international.

    "We never talked because he did not speak German and I had my difficulties with English," Moukoko added.

    "But on the pitch, we understood each other. It was unbelievable."

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