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Kylian Mbappé To Miss France Vs Croatia Game After Testing Positive For COV¡D-19



The France and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the Nations League match against Croatia, the French football federation has announced.

“Kylian Mbappe will not play in France v Croatia [on] Tuesday evening at the Stade de France,” an FFF statement said. “His Covid-19 test carried out by Uefa on Monday morning revealed a positive result. He was isolated from the squad after receiving the results at the end of training, and returned home in the evening.”

The statement added that Mbappé had provided negative tests before joining the squad, and before Saturday’s Nations League game against Sweden, where he scored the winning goal.

Mbappé is thought to be the seventh PSG player to test positive for Covid-19, with the other cases picked up by the club’s pre-season testing. The Ligue 1 champions begin their title defence on Thursday at Lens – a match in which Mbappé will now not be available to play.

The Manchester City players Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez have also tested positive for coronavirus. Both men are self-isolating as City prepare for their opening game of the new Premier League season against Wolves.

Laporte, who is Pep Guardiola’s defensive linchpin, and the forward Mahrez could be available as the trip to Molineux is on 21 September, in a fortnight’s time – the maximum period for quarantine, according to government rules. It is unclear when each player began quarantine, and thus when they can resume training with Guardiola’s squad.

A club statement on Monday said: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19. Both players are currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK government protocol on quarantine. Neither is displaying symptoms of the virus. Everyone at the club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season.”


I Will Make Sure ‘Some Individuals’ Go To Jail- Isaac Dogboe Threatens Youth and Sports Ministry



Former WBO junior-featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe has threatened an unknown number of individuals at the ministry of youth and Sports.

Dogboe in a tweet on Saturday said he will ensure that some individuals at the ministry face a jail sentence.

The 26-year old’s tweet, however, did not indicate any reasons he would want to see the unnamed persons face a jail term.

Dogboe recently made changes in his backroom staff which led to the exit of his father, Paul Dogbe as his manager.

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Super Clash Day: Check Out Team News And Possible XI Of Both Hearts and Kotoko



The first leg of the biggest game on the Ghanaian football calendar comes -off today at the Accra Sports Stadium as Asante Kotoko host Hearts of Oak.

Kotoko will engage Hearts in an outsatanding match day 14 game which was rescheduled due to the former’s participation in the CAF Confederations Cup.

With the game set at 3 PM kick-off time, gbafricanews brings the latest team updates from both camps and a possible eleven likely to start the match this afternoon.

TEAM NEWS (Asante Kotoko)

Patrick Asmah returned to full training earlier in the week after suffering an injury in a matchday 10 clash against Aduana Stars.

Kwame Opoku was set to serve his one game suspension if he had received a booking in the Bechem United game. However, that game was called off due to heavy rainfall so Opoku will be available for the Super Clash.

TEAM NEWS (Hearts of Oak)

Mamane Lawali is currently suffering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his right knee and is unavailable for the game.

The same can be said for Abdul Nurudeen and Daniel Yeboah who have knee and ankle injuries respectively.

Enoch Addo, who has pain in his left ankle is a doubt for the game.

Possible lineup (Asante Kotoko): 4-4-2

Razak Abalora; Imoro Ibrahim, Ismail Ganiyu, Yussif Mubarik, Christopher Nettey, Emmanuel Sarkodie, Latif Anabila, Fabio Gama, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Kwame Opoku, Naby Keita.

Possible lineup (Hearts of Oak) 4-4-2

Richard Attah; Raddy Ovouka, Mohammed Fatawu, Nuru Sulley, Mohammed Alhassan; Emmanuel Nettey, Frederick Botchway, Umar Manaf, Patrick Razak; Victor Aidoo, Kwadwo Obeng Junior

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Jose Mourinho Claims Gareth Bale ‘Looks Happier Than Ever’ And Has His Confidence Back



Jose Mourinho has claimed Gareth Bale is in his best shape since returning from Real Madrid and is finally free from lingering injury concerns.

Bale has looked sharper and hungrier in Tottenham’s last three games, scoring twice in the Europa League against Wolfsberger and making a positive impact from the bench in the 2-1 defeat at West Ham.

‘The mental is always a consequence of the physical,’ said Mourinho. ‘If a player feels great, if he is playing 100 per cent and if the feelings are all good, there are no psychological problems or fears.

‘When you have little worries and especially when you have a recent history of injuries, it’s normal to have some fears – and these fears have a consequence – but lately he has been fine.

‘He looks happier than ever, he looks confident. He has confidence back in training, the way he hits shots. His goal on Wednesday was a confident shot. A player with fear or negative feelings would never have hit that type of shot. To strike the ball that way, it means a lot. It means freedom: for this you need to be in a good condition and he is in the best condition since he arrived.’

It is only two weeks since Mourinho was at odds with Bale, criticising the Wales captain for a social media post about a ‘good session’ in training after requesting a scan because he could feel discomfort and was unable to play at Everton in the FA Cup.

Bale’s much-heralded return from Madrid on loan has been a disappointment but a spring flourish from the 31-year-old would lift faltering Tottenham.

‘It’s just a question of how many minutes he can play and how many days he needs to recover between matches,’ added Mourinho. ‘We trust him. Players with a lot of experience know their bodies better than anyone.’

The Spurs boss was also more positive than usual about Dele Alli, who has spent most of this season on the fringes and has suffered minor injuries.

‘I am happy with him,’ said Mourinho. ‘He came back and we had good conversations. He is training well, playing parts of matches. His condition is improving. We need him, we need them all. More than ever, we need a squad.’

Spurs have been drawn against Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Both clubs are confident they will be able to play the tie across two legs in their own stadiums.

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Jara: If Messi Comes To MLS, I’ll kiss His Feet



Former Argentina forward Franco Jara, now playing for FC Dallas in the United States, has flirted with the idea of Lionel Messi arriving in MLS.

The Barcelona captain has a decision to make come the end of his contract at the Camp Nou in June, with a move stateside one of the options being speculated over.

“If he [Messi] comes to play [in MLS], I’d kiss his feet,” Jara told 90min. “It would be insane, a madness.

“Over the course of my career, when I was in the national team, I had the chance to share [the pitch] with players like them but having him face to face is totally different.

“[MLS] have brought in Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], [Gonzalo] Higuain… let’s hope [Messi] gets the opportunity.

“As much for Messi as for Cristiano [Ronaldo], it’s an opportunity to live outside of football, to be a normal person.

“Me, you, we like to go out to eat, go to the cinema, go to the supermarket to buy… and the United States offers that.”

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