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Smith could be doubt for Ashes because of elbow surgery

Former Australia captain Steve Smith’s participation in the Ashes could be in doubt as he needs elbow surgery. Smith’s 12-month ban following the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal is set to end on March 28. The 29-year-old could have found himself back in contention for the baggy green again ahead of the World Cup and the Ashes, which are both to be staged in England. Injured Smith to undergo surgery: https://t.co/aqhO5IgVgZ pic.twitter.com/CpCgfHyy7j — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019 However, following the ligament problem in his right elbow which forced him to stop playing for the Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League, it remains to be seen how much recovery time the 29-year-old will now face. Cricket Australia revealed Smith is set to undergo surgery on Janu...

Massimiliano Allegri casts doubt on Aaron Ramsey transfer

Massimiliano Allegri raises doubts over Juventus’s interest in Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey by insisting that he already has “five top midfielders” to choose from. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has refused to confirm his interest in signing Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal. Reports in Italy this week suggested that the Serie A champions could announce an agreement for the soon-to-be free agent by the end of the weekend. Ramsey is said to have been given permission by Arsenal to fly out to Italy after Saturday’s match with West Ham United to finalise a switch, which will go through at the end of the campaign. Speaking for the first time since that fresh speculation emerged, however, Allegri appeared to raise doubts over whether a move for Ramsey is as far down the l...

Nantes striker Emiliano Sala’s proposed Cardiff City move in doubt

Neil Warnock admits to being doubtful whether Cardiff City can agree a deal with Nantes for striker Emiliano Sala. Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has admitted that his side are finding it “very difficult” to agree a deal for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala. Warnock travelled to France to watch the 28-year-old in action earlier this month after prioritising a new number nine for the second half of the season. The veteran boss has revealed that an initial fee was agreed between Cardiff and Nantes, but the French side are holding out for a higher cash sum amid possible interest from other Premier League clubs. “It’s very difficult,” Warnock told reporters. “I thought we agreed a fee with a club but then they came back with another couple of million. “...

Vardy in line for Leicester return but Chilwell a doubt for Palace trip

The England striker has missed the last two games with a groin injury. Jamie Vardy is set to return for Leicester against Crystal Palace this weekend after shrugging off a groin injury. Vardy has missed the last two games after coming off in the win against Watford last month but he was back in training on Thursday. However, Ben Chilwell is a doubt for the trip to Selhurst Park after sitting out the session with a knee problem and he will be assessed by the medical staff. “Jamie came back this morning with the squad and I think he will be in the squad for this game,” said boss Claude Puel. “Chilwell felt pain in his knee and we will see tomorrow and take a decision then.” Harry Maguire could return to the side after being on the bench for the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham following a knee injury...

Team Sky’s future in doubt as broadcaster steps away

The future of Team Sky is in doubt after their principal backer announced it would end its ownership and sponsorship at the end of 2019. Team Sky have been among the most successful teams in the sport over their nine-year history to date, winning 322 races, including eight Grand Tours. They delivered the first ever British winner of the Tour de France in Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and have gone on to win six of the last seven editions. But on Wednesday morning Sky announced it would walk away next year, with the decision coming in the wake of a £30billion takeover by US cable TV company Comcast earlier this year. Sky has announced that 2019 will be the final year of its involvement in cycling, drawing to a close an association spanning more than a decade of unprecedented success. Read mor...

Mexico GP future in doubt

A cloud has moved above the future of the highly popular Mexican grand prix. A cloud has moved above the future of the highly popular Mexican grand prix. The rejuvenated race at the iconic circuit in Mexico City was once again awarded the FIA prize for the best grand prix this year. But Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been elected the new president of Mexico, and senator Ana Gabriela Guevara now says the race could be in doubt. “We have to figure out how to solve this situation, but it will not be by making a tax to keep this event,” she is quoted by France’s Auto Hebdo. “In Mexico, there are more important things — a large part of the population lives below the poverty line. Corruption and bribes allowed the grand prix to return to Mexico City,” she add...

Unai Emery comments spark fresh doubt over relationship with Mesut Ozil

The playmaker did not play over the international break. Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s relationship with Mesut Ozil is under scrutiny again after the Spaniard appeared to suggest Sunday’s match at Bournemouth was too “demanding” for the German. Ozil was a substitute for the 2-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium, despite having had a two-week break during the international window and with a Europa League trip to Ukraine coming up where Emery is expected to use a number of his fringe players. Asked about the decision not to play Ozil, Emery said: “We thought how we can do better in the match, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity.” Unai was also asked about @MesutOzil1088 following #BOUARS 🔻 — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 25, 2018 He added: “But every player is important. In the ...

Result: Neymar could be PSG injury doubt against Liverpool after Brazil friendly injury

Neymar could be an injury doubt for Paris St Germain’s Champions League clash with Liverpool next week after limping off during Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon in Milton Keynes on Tuesday night. PSG’s £200million playmaker suffered an apparent groin problem and was replaced after eight minutes, to boos from a record Stadium MK crowd. Everton’s Richarlison, Neymar’s replacement, headed in on the stroke of half-time for his third Brazil goal on his sixth appearance to secure victory for the Selecao. Milton Keynes was the latest stop on Brazil’s global tour, billed as glamour locations for glamour friendlies. Stadium MK is situated in a retail park and by a Swedish furniture store and an incongruous occasion was highlighted by the stadium announcer advertising the next fixture. League...

Maddox a doubt for Cheltenham’s cup replay with Ebbsfleet

The midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, picked up an ankle injury in Town’s 3-0 win at Notts County on Saturday. Cheltenham have an injury worry over midfielder Jacob Maddox for their Emirates FA Cup first round replay against non-League Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night. Maddox, who is on a season-long loan from Chelsea, was taken off five minutes from the end of his side’s 3-0 win at Notts County on Saturday after sustaining a knock to his ankle. Cheltenham manager Michael Duff has not yet ruled out Maddox, but is confident in the depth of his squad as he ponders whether to make changes for the visit of Ebbsfleet, who earned a replay from a goalless draw earlier this month. For Saturday’s league game, Duff made two changes to the side that started last week’s Checkatrade Trophy victory over Coven...

Ticktum, Albon in doubt for Toro Rosso seat

A new question mark hangs above the second Toro Rosso cockpit for 2019. A new question mark hangs above the second Toro Rosso cockpit for 2019. Daniil Kvyat has been signed up already, but it is believed Brendon Hartley has been told he is definitely vacating the other seat. Robert Kubica was earlier mentioned as one potential driver, but the Pole said last week: “I will definitely not go to Toro Rosso.” Another favourite was thought to be Dan Ticktum, the 2019 Macau GP winner. But the Briton does not have enough points to secure a F1 super license. And the Japanese series Super Formula has announced on its Facebook page that the 19-year-old “will thrill Super Formula fans next season when he drives full time in the series”. Another big favourite is Alexander Albon,...

Everton forward Richarlison an injury doubt for Chelsea game?

Everton forward Richarlison reportedly missed training on Thursday and is now doubtful for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea. Everton could reportedly be without in-form forward Richarlison for their Premier League clash with Chelsea this weekend because of an injury problem. The Brazil international has started to pay off his near-£50m transfer fee by netting six times in nine Premier League matches since arriving from Watford in the summer. Richarlison, used in a central striking position by Marco Silva in recent games, is behind only Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eden Hazard in the scoring charts. Silva may have to make different plans for Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, however, as there are suggestions that the 21-year-old may miss out. Sky Sports News reporter Ala...

Troy Deeney a doubt for Watford’s clash with Huddersfield

Watford striker Troy Deeney is a doubt for his side’s visit of Huddersfield on Saturday. The Hornets talisman is still struggling with a hamstring injury he picked up before the international break and is training separately from the main group. Midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah joins him with a knee complaint but boss Javi Gracia has refused to rule either of them out. “Troy and Nathaniel are working out of the team on their own,” said Gracia at his pre-match press conference, reported on the club’s official website. “We’ll see on Friday if they can help us or not. At this moment they are training out of the team. “We thought maybe Deeney would be ready for the Wolverhampton game, but at the end he wasn’t available and now this week he is working out of the team again. He is working and we’ll...

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