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Hazard ruled out for three months

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first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is likely to miss the beginning of next season as the Premier League champions announced on Monday he is sidelined for three months after undergoing ankle surgery.The Belgium international fractured his ankle training ahead of the friendly with the Czech Republic and the 2018 World Cup qualifier with Estonia on Friday.“Eden Hazard successfully underwent surgery today after sustaining a fracture to his right ankle while training with the Belgian national team,” read a statement on the club website.“He is expected to return to training in approximately three months.”The 26-year-old, who was a driving force in Chelsea’s title win, posted a picture of himself in his hospital bed on Twitter. A message alongside read: “Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger. Thank you for your support!!”The Premier League season gets underway on August 12. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bolt to make world bow in career swansong

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first_img“But what we’re going to miss is not so much the fact that it’s unlikely for the forseeable future that someone’s going to win three Olympic titles in a row in the 100 and 200, relay, or a sackful of world medals, or world records, it’s just that the guy has a personality.“When we’re sitting here with the slightly pre-packaged sports stars that have to look left or right to be able to answer a question most of the time and are nervous, he has a view, he has an opinion and that’s what we’ll miss.”– Coe optimistic for athletics –Coe also tried to relativise the absence of Bolt from the world of athletics.“If we’d be sitting here 15, 16 years ago we’d probably be having the same discussions about the imminent retirement of Michael Johnson or Marie-Jose Perec,” the Briton said.“Athletes came through. Muhammad Ali retired, great boxers came through. You didn’t replace Ali but the sport didn’t suddenly die so I’m very optimistic about the sport.“He’s committed to staying and helping us engage in all those areas and those discussions will take place once these championships are out the way.”Another potential star of the world champs will be on show Friday: Mo Farah will be aiming for a 10th consecutive global title when he races the sole final of the night, the 10,000m.The 34-year-old Somalia-born Briton, who will switch his focus to road running at the season’s end, has shunned media in the run up to the worlds in a bid to avoid tricky questions about his coach Alberto Salazar and doping claims, since proved to be false.Friday’s session also features qualifying in the men’s discus throw and long jump, and women’s pole vault and 1500m.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Usain Bolt kicks off the defence of his world 100m on Friday in his swansong season, the first step to bringing down the curtain on his glittering career.Bolt, dubbed an “extraordinary competitor” by IAAF president Sebastian Coe, will take to the track in London as favourite for the blue riband event, having won eight individual finals at the past four worlds as well as in four 4x100m relay finals.The 30-year-old Jamaican has only suffered one hiccup: when he false started in the 100m final in Daegu in 2011.“That’s not going to happen this time,” joked Bolt, who also has eight Olympic golds to his name.“If I show up at a championships I’m fully confident.”Coe heaped praise on the Jamaican on Thursday, but said he remained optimistic for track and field in the post-Bolt era.“You won’t be particularly surprised when I say I’m sad he’s going,” said Coe, who won two Olympic 1500m gold medals for Britain.“I’m an athletics fan, I take my federation hat off, the guy has been a sensation.“He’s connected in a way that few, in or out of their sport, have connected. I can’t think of someone who’s connected that way really since Muhammad Ali.”Coe added: “There’s no conjecture, he’s the best sprinter of all time, the record books show that.last_img read more

Chelsea ‘old boy’ Salah concerns Conte

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first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is wary of former Blues forward Mohamed Salah as he insisted a heavy travel schedule could be no excuse for a sub-standard performance against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.The Egyptian has made a big splash since returning to the Premier League from Serie A club Roma in the summer, scoring nine goals to lead the scoring charts. “Salah is a good player and is very dangerous,” said Conte in Friday’s pre-match press conference.“He is a technical player, but at the same time is very fast, very strong, very good in one v one.”Salah joined Chelsea in January 2014 but the Egypt international was soon loaned out to Fiorentina and Roma, moving to the Italian capital club on a permanent basis before signing for Liverpool in the pre-season.Victory for Liverpool would see them draw level on 25 points with Chelsea, currently third in the table, and Conte is well aware of the threat posed by Salah.“He’s very good to finish. We must pay great attention, but not only to Salah, also to (Sadio) Mane, (Roberto) Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, (Daniel) Sturridge.“They have a good coach (Jurgen Klopp), they have a good identity. Great organisation, especially offensively. They are very dangerous.”The Italian was reluctant to discuss why the Liverpool hot-shot had left Chelsea given the 25-year-old Salah’s exit pre-dated his arrival at Stamford Bridge but said: “He was very young and I think he developed a lot.” Chelsea’s journey was further complicated when strong winds at Gatwick Airport, south of London, meant the plane needed two attempts to land, with Conte and his squad not getting to bed until about 6:00am (0600 GMT).“To get to your house at 6:00am is not simple,” he said. “To have only one day to prepare a big game, especially to have only one day to rest, is not right.“But at the same time we must be focused on the game, a big game against Liverpool. Don’t find excuses.”Chelsea will be going in search of a fifth straight league win as they aim to reduce a gap to leaders Manchester City that presently stands at nine points.They will kick-off with a familiar-looking Conte on the bench after he shaved off the beard he sported during the international break, deciding he would rather follow the advice of his daughter Vittoria than that of his wife Elisabetta, who had encouraged him to grow it.“I wanted to try a new look, but yesterday my daughter killed me. She said to me ‘Daddy, your look is older with the beard’,” Conte said.“My daughter is more important than my wife.”Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Chelsea beat Azerbaijan’s Qarabag 4-0 on Wednesday to qualify from Champions League Group C and returned to London on Thursday after a 2,500-mile flight from Baku.Conte has complained repeatedly about the scheduling of this weekend’s fixture given Chelsea have had a shorter recovery period than Liverpool, who drew 3-3 away to Spanish side Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday after squandering a 3-0 half-time lead.last_img read more

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