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USMNT star Adams could miss start of Bundesliga season

first_imgRB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams is in danger of missing the start of the Bundesliga season as he recovers from a lingering groin injury.United States international Adams dealt with the problem last season following his January move to Leipzig from the New York Red Bulls, missing five of the club’s final six league games of the campaign.He then returned for club’s final Bundesliga game, starting and playing 64 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Adams then suited up for the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich a week later and put in 65 minutes in the 3-0 loss to the German champions. However, the injury returned over the summer and Adams was forced to pull out of USMNT duty, missing the Gold Cup, where the Americans finished second after a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the final.It was hoped Adams would be ready to return to the Leipzig squad at the end of July, had he began individual training while rehabbing the injury earlier in the month.Instead, Leipzig have confirmed he remains missing from team training, with his availability for the start of the new Bundesliga season in doubt.New Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said the team are doing all they can to get Adams back on the field, but they are taking no risks with the 20-year-old midfielder.”Our medical department are doing everything they can, but Tyler’s injury is complicated,” Nagelsmann told Bild. “Suddenly you’re pain-free and expect to get involved again, but it’s misleading.”Adams made a favorable first impression at the club after joining last January, appearing in 10 Bundesliga contests and starting eight of those. He contributed a pair of assists in his debut half-season with Leipzig, as the club finished third in the Bundesliga and qualified for the 2019-20 Champions League group stages.Leipzig will close out their pre-season programme with friendlies against Rennes and Aston Villa before getting their season underway on August 11 against second-division club Onsabruck in the DFB-Pokal.Their Bundesliga campaign starts a week later with a trip to newly-promoted Union Berlin.last_img read more

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Maurizio Sarri unsure of Kepa Arrizabalaga return to Chelsea team for Fulham match

Reuters LondonMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 17:04 IST Kepa Arrizabalaga had openly defied Maurizio Sarri during Carabao Cup final. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaurizio Sarri benched Kepa Arrizabalaga for Tottenham Hotspur match after the Wembley incidentIn the Carabao Cup final in Wembley, Kepa had refused to be substituted by CaballeroSarri said he was sure Kepa would feature in either of the next two Chelsea matchesChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga remains the club’s first choice but manager Maurizio Sarri is still uncertain if the Spaniard will be recalled to the starting team for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Fulham.Arrizabalaga was fined by the club for his refusal to be substituted by Sarri near the end of extra time in Sunday’s League Cup final defeat by Manchester City and he was dropped for Wednesday’s 2-0 league win over Tottenham Hotspur.”I’m sure in one of the two next matches he will be on the pitch,” Sarri told a news conference, suggesting Willy Caballero could continue in goal after making his first league appearance of the season against Tottenham.”Kepa’s the first choice, of course, he is very young, he’s improving, we know very well that he can become one of the best goalkeepers in Europe,” Sarri added.”But in this moment we know that Willy is doing very well. He [Arrizabalaga] is very important in our group and dressing room, so we need to consider him.”Sarri said Chelsea’s players had to take the opportunity to come closer together after the incident at Wembley last week.”After a difficult situation, a group is not the same. So there is the opportunity to be better, and you have to take it,” the Italian added.Also Read | Carabao Cup final: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa refuses substitution, winks at cameraAlso Read | Manchester City retain Carabao Cup on penalties after Chelsea rocked by keeper controversyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Maurizio SarriFollow Kepa ArrizabalagaFollow Willy CaballeroFollow ChelseaFollow Premier league Next Maurizio Sarri unsure of Kepa Arrizabalaga return to Chelsea team for Fulham matchMaurizio Sarri mantained that Kepa Arrizabalaga was Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper but said Willy Caballero was doing very well. The situation has risen since the shocking Wembley incident.advertisement read more