Annoying news for Chelsea as N’Golo Kante update confirms another hamstring injury for star in worryingly recurring issue

According to French publication L’Equipe, N’Golo Kante will return to Chelsea on Friday after suffering a hamstring injury whilst away on international duty for France.

The 29-year-old played the entire 90 minutes of Les Blues’ disappointing 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday, but will now miss the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

L’Equipe report via a statement published by the French Football Federation (FFF) that Kante felt ‘pain’ in the hamstrings on his left leg at the end of the game.

It’s added that medical examinations undergone by the midfielder revealed a ‘small lesion’, leaving Kane to return to West London tomorrow.

Kante only missed four games with a hamstring blow in January of this year, this blow signals the continuation of a worryingly recurring issue for the world-class defensive midfielder.

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Arsenal ace speaks out on possible summer transfer after a lack of playing time

Arsenal do have plenty of attacking options, but it still feels like there could be a major overhaul in that area in the next year or two.

Aubameyang is the undisputed starter when everything is going well but he’s had some discipline and form issues, while he’s also getting into his final prime years so he’ll need to be moved on.

Alexandre Lacazette isn’t far behind so a decision will need to be made on him soon, Folarin Balogun could still leave in the summer as his future is unclear and Gabriel Martinelli is always either injured or stuck to the bench.

It’s also easy to forget about Eddie Nketiah who hasn’t really been seen in recent weeks, and a report from Goal has looked at his situation.

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Joan Laporta makes decision over Ronald Koeman’s future as Barcelona manager

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has given Ronald Koeman the vote of confidence, despite his shortfalls in La Liga and the Champions League, according to Todo Fichajes.

Koeman endured a difficult start to life at the Nou Camp, but was hardly helped by the situation surrounding Lionel Messi’s future and Josep Maria Bartomeu’s leadership.

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As time passed, and the Dutchman had more time to work with his squad, things improved. Much of that is thanks to the introduction of younger players into the first-team squad. They’ve been like a breath of fresh air.

Pedri in action for Barcelona.

Ben Chilwell hilariously trolls Chelsea teammate on Instagram after questionable photoshoot

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has ruined teammate Mason Mount in the Instagram comments section after Blues golden boy did a pretty questionable photoshoot.

Chilwell only signed for Chelsea in the summer, but with several members of the England setup already on the club’s books, he seemingly had no problem settling in and making friends.

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One those players we are referring to is Mason Mount, whose meteoric rise at Stamford Bridge has earned him recognition from Gareth Southgate, with the midfielder now looking likely to start at the European Championships in the summer.

Mason Mount is now a full England international.

Video: Lionel Messi finishes off beautiful tiki-taka goal as Barcelona hit Real Sociedad for six

Lionel Messi scored his second goal of the night just a few minutes from the full-time whistle against Real Sociedad.

Barcelona are very much in the hunt for the La Liga title, but they needed a performance like the one they’ve produced tonight to really affirm their credentials as potential champions.

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Real Sociedad are a good team, with Barcelona fortunate enough to catch them on a bad night, but the attacking play from Ronald Koeman’s men has been absolutely sensational from start to finish.

With Barca already having five goals on the board heading towards the 90th minute, Messi decided that he wanted he wanted to sign off for the international break with a brace.

Arsenal and Spurs offered three-time Champions League winner on a free transfer this summer

There are numerous players in football who are made to look better than they are because they’re a perfect fit for their club.

That assessment could be harsh on Lucas Vasquez, but it looks like we could find out what he’s like at a different club as he looks set to leave Real Madrid this summer.

He’s one of those players who isn’t as good as his teammates in a technical sense but he works hard and never lets you down, so he will be an interesting pickup for someone.

A report from The Mirror has confirmed that he’s set to leave Real Madrid for free this summer after rejecting a new contract, while his agent has reached out to Spurs and Arsenal to offer his services.

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“So technically good” – Arsenal’s rising starlet names Man United superstar as the best player he’s faced

There’s a constant clamour from everyone to name who they think is the best in the world, but it’s more telling when you hear professional players talk about who they’ve come up against.

Emile Smith Rowe is still developing at Arsenal and he’s not been a regular feature in the team for very long, so it does mean he’s got some limited experience against the best teams.

A report from The Daily Mail looked at an interview with Smith Rowe and he was asked about the best player he had faced so far – and the answer was Man United star Paul Pogba, although Jack Grealish gets a shout out too:

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(Photo) – Kolar’s nasty cut and bloody face after horror kick from Rangers star Kemar Roofe left keeper needing to be stretchered off

A picture has now emerged of how the face of Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar was left after a nasty challenge from Kemar Roofe in his side’s dispatching off Rangers in the Europa League.

In the 60th minute of the second-leg tie, Roofe tried to latch onto the end of a long ball, with the striker jumping up to control the ball as Kolar rushed out to collect.

Of course Roofe’s leg was fully outstretched and his high challenge to win the ball ultimately left his boots cutting across the face of the Slavia Prague keeper.

A straight red card was rightfully shown by the referee, whilst Kolar had to be stretchered off the field following the incident.

An image has now gone viral of Kolar’s face in the dressing room after Slavia knocked Rangers out, the Czech Republic international has been left with a massive cut across his forehead, … Read the rest

“Tuchel is just too good” – These Chelsea fans wonder if Atletico Madrid win happens if Frank Lampard was still in charge

It’s easy to forget that Thomas Tuchel has only been in charge of Chelsea for a few weeks, but you can really see the difference between him and Frank Lampard.

Tuchel’s results haven’t been perfect and they still have some issues in front of goal, but you can see there is a clear plan when they take to the field and that is a major upgrade on what happened under his predecessor.

Atletico Madrid will feel like they haven’t done themselves justice over the two legs but a large amount of credit has to go to Tuchel and his players for nullifying the opposition and doing what they needed to get the win.

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Video: Arsenal fans will love what Martin Odegaard did at full-time to celebrate win against rivals Spurs

Martin Odegaard played the entire 90 minutes for Arsenal as they beat rivals Spurs in the North London derby on Sunday, with the Real Madrid loanee’s highlight an equaliser in the first-half.

The 22-year-old certainly isn’t someone that is taking the loan spell lightly and approaching it solely as a temporary move with the view to bolstering his chances at Real Madrid in the future.

That became abundantly clear after the playmaker’s immediate celebration as the Sky Sports cameras followed him off the pitch on the weekend.

After embracing one of Arsenal’s coaches, who no doubt congratulated the Norway international on a key equaliser right before halftime, the cameras continued to track Odegaard as he walked off.

As they zoomed in, Odegaard turned to the side and pumped his fist into the heart of the lens, beaming with a smile and seemingly in the process of blurting out a massive … Read the rest