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Groin injury to keep Messi sidelined for 3 weeks 

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has suffered a groin injury during the match against Atletico Madrid and will be out for 3 weeks, the club has confirmed.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw, a disappointing result for both sides but Barcelona turned out to be the biggest loser, as their star picked up an injury on the hour mark, after a tousle with Atletico’s Diego Godin.

With this new development, Messi will not feature for the Catalans for three weeks and this means he will Barcelona’s crucial fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach.

“To lose Messi means that football loses. With Messi we are stronger, but we will continue being strong,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique told reporters after the match.

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Pinnick believes Nigeria will qualify for Russia 2018

 The Super Eagles may be missing out on the next AFCON but the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick insists the Super Eagles will seal a ticket to the next World Cup which will be hosted in Russia by 2018.

Pinnick also revealed that he hopes the Super Eagles achieve a lot more than qualification at the World Cup.

“We have a good coach and the best set of players in Africa, and I believe these two factors will help us qualify for Russia 2018. Pinnick told Goal

“My dream is not just to qualify for the World Cup but to reach the last four of the tournament.

It’s no secret that the football governing body is cash strapped. However, Pinnick promises that the Super Eagles and their new coach Gernot Rohr, will not be affected by the financial difficulties the NFF is currently experiencing.

“We don’t have all the funds we need right now but I’m sure the team is currently in a good hands.” he concluded.

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Ayestaran slams Valencia for “unfair” sack 

Pako Ayestaran has fired Valencia for what he considers to be an unfair sack, after the club announced they will not be needing his services anymore.

Ayestaran took over from Gary Neville in March but an unfortunate series of losses saw the club make a swift decision to dismiss the 53-year old.

“I believe in myself, I had total belief to move this situation forward,” he said. “The decision to dismiss me is not fair.

“I feel strong enough to have been able to reverse the situation, but the club has not considered this the case and must be respected. They will have their reasons. I’m very disappointed, I have to analyze what my mistakes were so as not to repeat them. I want to thank everyone, it has been a great experience, despite being short, and it is a shame we’ve not been able to achieve the goals we set.”

 

Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan 

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