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Football News: Review Of The Day 19th September 2019

Review Of The Day 19th September 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Can someone come up with a good caption for this photograph of Ben Foster he posted on his Instagram. Or explain it to me. I have no words.

 

Contracts

Victor Lindelof signs a new five year deal with Manchester United.

Maxwell Cornet has extended his contract with Olympique Lyonnais by 2 years to end in 2023.

 


Transfers

Aleksandr Kokorin has re-signed for Zenit St Petersburg after his early release from prison on a hooliganism charge.

 


Injury Round-Up

Mason Mount is being assessed after an ankle injury suffered in a challenge with former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin. The 20 year old Chelsea midfielder has been the standout for the Blues this season and manager Lempard has confirmed that he did suffer an injury in the Champions League defeat to Valencia. Lampard said: "We have to assess it over the next 24-48 hours to see the scale of the injury. We don't know how bad it is. It is an ankle injury and it is a shame. He's been playing so well and he started well tonight."

Manchester United will have to play their Group L game versus FC Astana without on fire winger Daniel James. The summer signing, who already has 3 Premier League goals this season, picked up a knock against Leicester City.

Leigh Griffiths is ruled out of Celtic's Europa League match with Rennes after picking up a thigh strain. The striker did not travel with the squad due to the injury.

 


Levein Gets Vote Of Confidence

Heart of Midlothian manager Craig Levein has been given the dreaded vote of confidence by the club's board. Despite fans' protests outside Hearts' Tynecastle stadium after the weekend's defeat to Motherwell, owner Ann Budge has said that the board are behind Levein. Budge's statement read: "In short, our Board remains behind the Manager, his coaching staff and his team. Not because he is 'untouchable', not because he is 'all-powerful', and not because we are 'weak', as has been suggested. We remain behind him because we believe in the plan we have jointly put together. What we do not do is overreact, throw all of our plans out of the window and start again! I am frequently asked in what way running a football club is different from running a 'normal' business. While there are many differences, I firmly believe that one thing is the same, no matter what business you are running. Certain reporters and pundits have made numerous ill-informed 'statements' regarding how things operate at the club, how decisions are made and who is involved in the decision-making process. I would simply point out that, unlike other managers, who may get called in front of the board if/when things are going wrong, Craig has to present to the full board at every board meeting on how things are going against [the] plan across all areas of the football operation, including highlighting issues and discussing courses of action."

 


Ricksen Loses MND Battle

Former Rangers midfielder Fernando Ricksen has sadly succumbed to motor neurone disease after 6 years battling the disease. A fan favourite at the Glasgow club due to his heart and desire, as well as his ability, he spent six years playing for the blue half of the Old Firm after fellow Dutchman Dick Advocaat signed him in 2000 from AZ Alkmaar. He spent the time following his diagnosis raising money to find a cure, issuing a "don't give up" message to other sufferers. He was just 43 years old.

 


UEFA Youth League Draws In The Scouts

A UEFA Youth League game between Ajax under-19s and Lille under-19s saw 80 scouts (yes eighty!) pack the stands to check out the latest players to come through the famed Ajax academy. Ajax's youth ran out 4-0 winners and no doubt left those scouts with something to consider.

 


Emery Rest Ozil After 71 Minutes Of Action

Unai Emery has told a press conference that he left German midfielder Mesut Ozil at home when Arsenal travelled to Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt because he needed a rest! Ozil has so far played just 71 minutes this season, in the weekend's match with Watford. He also left Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home for a rest. Emery said: "We are playing now a lot of matches and I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first 11 and in the 19 players in the squad for tomorrow and Sokratis and Mesut they rest this match. I prefer after the Sunday match to rest that match and to train and to be ready for Sunday. Because we are going to play another match on Sunday. My decision is because he played and also I'm thinking tomorrow the focus and the first 11. After that I decided who are the players who can be the best for tomorrow and also the players not and that is Sokratis and Mesut. Really the first match he played on Sunday, he played well and was good physically - also giving us his capacity and skills and after his first minutes (of the season) it was good for us. Now he is ready to help us, not tomorrow but on Sunday - we are going to play another match and tomorrow we are thinking to do some rotation."

Written by Tris Burke September 18 2019 21:07:09

 

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