Football news LIVE: Dybala could miss World Cup after freak penalty injury, Chelsea hire David Grohl's physio | The Sun

Football news LIVE: Dybala could miss World Cup after freak penalty injury, Chelsea hire David Grohl's physio | The Sun

PAULO DYBALA could miss the World Cup after a freak injury when scoring a penalty winner against Lecce, Roma boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

Mourinho believes the Argentina striker has a "very bad" muscle problem that might sideline him until 2023.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have hired David Grohl's personal physio to advise on their medical department.

Freddie Murray has already got to work, started helping N'Golo Kante and Wesley Fofana as they recover from injury.

The former footballer turned physio is most notable for being the personal physio to several celebrities, including Grohl.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Mbappe unhappy with PSG role

    Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is understood to be unhappy with the position he's currently being asked to play by manager Christophe Galtier.

    Le Parisien report that the 23-year-old is a frustrated by his place at the top of PSG's attack, a role that sees him operate as a central 'pivot' for the likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi, Carlos Soler and Pablo Sarabia.

    Mbappe recently stated that he enjoys more freedom when playing wide for the French national team.

    Following a frustrating goalless draw at Reims on Saturday night, the forward posted an image of himself on Instagram with the caption 'pivot gang'.

    It is thought that the role he is currently being asked to play does not correspond to the promises he was made when he signed his bumper new deal in the summer.

  • Sam Dymond

    United confirm status as comeback kings

    Records tumbled at Goodison Park on Sunday evening, and this morning the history books are being rewritten.

    Not only did Cristiano Ronaldo finally net a landmark 700th goal of his club career, Manchester United also sealed their status as the Premier League’s comeback kings.

    In rallying from 1-0 down to win, the Red Devils claimed a 100th Premier League victory in matches where they have conceded the first goal.

    It’s the most such wins of any club since the English top-flight was rebranded in 1992.

    Ronaldo struck the winner on Merseyside after Antony had cancelled out Alex Iwobi’s early stunner.

  • Sam Dymond

    Emirates flashpoint to be investigated

    The Football Association are to investigate an incident that occurred during the second half of Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Liverpool.

    With the score locked at 2-2, referee Michael Oliver awarded the Londoners a penalty with 15 minutes remaining when Thiago was adjudged to have fouled Gabriel Jesus.

    The decision prompted a heated exchange among several players including Jordan Henderson, Granit Xhaka and Gabriel.

    Once tempers cooled, Oliver moved to the touchline to inform managers Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp of something that was alleged to have been said during the melee.

    An FA spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident that took place during the match between Arsenal and Liverpool. We are in dialogue with the match officials and will review the details of the incident.”

    Bukayo Saka scored the resulting penalty, and league leaders Arsenal went on to take all three points at the Emirates.

  • Sam Dymond

    Nerazzurri Inter City ace Ake

    Inter Milan will make a fresh approach for Manchester City defender Nathan Ake.

    That's according to transfers expert Ekrem Konur, who reports that the Serie A giants are preparing an improved €30m for the Dutch international.

    However, the Premier League champions have indicated that they have no intention of selling the 27-year-old in January when the transfer window re-opens.

    Inter were one of several clubs linked to Ake in the summer, a list that includes the centre-back's former side Chelsea.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Good morning footy fans

    Tearful Paulo Dybala could miss the World Cup after a freak injury when scoring Roma’s penalty winner against Lecce on Sunday.

    Roma boss Jose Mourinho believes the Argentina striker has a “very bad” muscle problem that could keep him out until 2023.

    Ex-Juventus hero Dybala, 28, pulled up clutching the left leg he had used to stroke home his 48th minute spot-kick.

    Team-mates who had rushed to congratulate him soon showed their concern as he grimaced and continued to hold his thigh.

    He hobbled off and was immediately substituted.

    Mourinho said: “The injury looks very bad. I’d say bad, but honestly after speaking with Paulo… I think very bad”.

    Chelsea have hired Dave Grohl’s personal physio Freddie Murray, according to reports.

    The Blues have been on the lookout for a new medical team after sacking former head physio Thierry Laurent and medical director Dr Pablo Biosca last month.

    Chelsea will work with Murray and his clinic Remedy on a consultancy basis and they will advise the club on its medical team and structures, report the Daily Mail.

    In fact, Remedy have reportedly already begun to work with Chelsea stars and have been helping out the likes of N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana and the other Blues players currently out injured.

    Murray, 40, is a former footballer turned physio and has helped out some big stars in and out of the game.

    After retiring aged 28 he trained as a physiotherapist and worked for the QPR academy under Harry Redknapp.

    Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany has confirmed Antoine Griezmann’s move to Atletico Madrid has finally been made permanent.

    The forward has been with Diego Simeone’s side since the start of last season after securing a two-year loan.

    A bizarre clause meant Atletico would have to buy Griezmann permanently for £35million if he played 30 minutes or more in over half their matches.

    To get around it, Atletico have often sent the 31-year-old on as a sub after the hour mark.

    Then reports emerged last week that Barcelona had accepted a fee of £17.5m – half the agreed figure – to put an end to the stand-off.

    And today Barca chief Alemany confirmed at a shareholders’ meeting that Griezmann is now an Atletico player for good.

  • Jon Boon

    Dybala World Cup injury woe

    Tearful Paulo Dybala could miss the World Cup after a freak injury when scoring Roma's penalty winner against Lecce on Sunday.

    Roma boss Jose Mourinho believes the Argentina striker has a "very bad" muscle problem that could keep him out until 2023.

    Ex-Juventus hero Dybala, 28, pulled up clutching the left leg he had used to stroke home his 48th minute spot-kick.

    Team-mates who had rushed to congratulate him soon showed their concern as he grimaced and continued to hold his thigh.

    He hobbled off and was immediately substituted.

    Mourinho said: "The injury looks very bad. I'd say bad, but honestly after speaking with Paulo… I think very bad".

  • Jon Boon

    Diet of Haaland

    Premier League scoring sensation Erling Haaland has taken the game by storm by feasting on a diet of hearts and liver.

    The Man City striker, who bagged his 20th goal of the season at the weekend, lifts the lid on his Hannibal Lecter-style routine in a documentary.

    The Norwegian series also reveals he only drinks water through a complicated filter system and tries to look at sunshine as soon as he wakes.

    Showing off huge chunks of heart and liver from his butcher, he says:

    “You (other people) don’t eat this, but I am concerned with taking care of my body.

    “I think eating quality food that is as local as possible is the most important.

    “People say meat is bad for you but which? The meat you get at McDonald’s?

    “Or the local cow eating grass right over there? I eat the heart and the liver.”

  • Jon Boon

    No Foo-ling around

    Chelsea have hired Dave Grohl's personal physio Freddie Murray, according to reports.

    The Blues have been on the lookout for a new medical team after sacking former head physio Thierry Laurent and medical director Dr Pablo Biosca last month.

    Chelsea will work with Murray and his clinic Remedy on a consultancy basis and they will advise the club on its medical team and structures, report the Daily Mail.

    In fact, Remedy have reportedly already begun to work with Chelsea stars and have been helping out the likes of N'Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana and the other Blues players currently out injured.

    Murray, 40, is a former footballer turned physio and has helped out some big stars in and out of the game.

    After retiring aged 28 he trained as a physiotherapist and worked for the QPR academy under Harry Redknapp.

  • Jon Boon

    Man Utd hold on

    Man Utd did just enough to hold on against Everton – winning 2-1 at Goodison Park.

    It was Ronaldo with his 700th career goal to end the Toffees' winning run.

    A nervy finish, but United will take it.

  • Jon Boon

    Saved by VAR

    Everton have been saved by VAR.

    Marcus Rashford appeared to have scored to put the game to bed and Man Utd 3-1 up.

    However, Rashford was adjudged to have handled the ball.

    Correct decision, in fairness, it ricocheted off Rashford’s home in a tackle with James Tarkowski, before the England star went round Jordan Pickford to score.

  • Jon Boon

    Griezmann deal complete

    Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany has confirmed Antoine Griezmann's move to Atletico Madrid has finally been made permanent.

    The forward has been with Diego Simeone's side since the start of last season after securing a two-year loan.

    A bizarre clause meant Atletico would have to buy Griezmann permanently for £35million if he played 30 minutes or more in over half their matches.

    To get around it, Atletico have often sent the 31-year-old on as a sub after the hour mark.

    Then reports emerged last week that Barcelona had accepted a fee of £17.5m – half the agreed figure – to put an end to the stand-off.

    And today Barca chief Alemany confirmed at a shareholders' meeting that Griezmann is now an Atletico player for good.

  • Jon Boon

    2-1 United

    It's that man Cristiano Ronaldo. Never write him off.

    And it's a goal made in Real Madrid – Casemiro sends a through ball to the Portugal man and he fires home at the near post.

    It's his 700th career goal. Nuts.

  • Jon Boon

    Liverpool injury blow

    Jurgen Klopp has confirmed both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz have suffered significant injuries in today's loss to Arsenal.

    Diaz was seen leaving the Emirates on crutches with his knee in a leg brace.

    Klopp told BBC Sport: "He (Alexander-Arnold) is injured unfortunately. Like Luis Diaz as well, it doesn't look good for both. That is the icing on the cake".

  • Jon Boon

    United on top

    United equalised through Anthony and have been the better team now.

    Taking control of the possession, they’ve fashioned a couple of opportunities to take the lead.

    Everton wobbling.

  • Jon Boon

    Toffees lead

    Alex Iwobi has fired Everton into an early lead after just five minutes.

    It's the in-form ex-Arsenal man with a stunning finish from 25-yards, after Casemiro lost the ball in midfield.

    Ten Hag didn't look happy.

  • Jon Boon

    Peep peep

    We’re underway at Goodison Park.

    Can United keep up with the chasing pack for a top four finish.

    They’re coming up against an in-form Everton team – unbeaten in their last six.

    Let’s see how it goes.

  • Jon Boon

    Everton team is in

    Everton face off against Man Utd at Goodison with this starting eleven.

    Six unbeaten, they will fancy their chances.

  • Jon Boon

    Zakaria talks

    Denis Zakaria is heading for talks over his Chelsea future after failing to play a single minute under Thomas Tuchel OR Graham Potter.

    The summer loanee from Juventus insists "I believe in myself 100 per cent" but has not even made the bench since Potter took over four weeks ago.

    And transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Zakaria's predicament will soon be discussed within the club.

    The Switzerland anchorman, 25, was linked with Manchester United and Arsenal when he was with Borussia Monchengladbach but instead joined Juve in January this year.

  • Jon Boon

    European Super League

    European heavyweights Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are reportedly set to launch ANOTHER bid to create a Super League.

    Controversial plans for a European Super League first came to light in April 2021 until backlash from fans quickly put an end to the project.

    But rebel clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have always remained keen on reviving the failed plot.

    And they are set to speak to clubs across Europe regarding a potential new format for their tournament after axing the idea of having permanent members, according to the Telegraph.

  • Jon Boon

    Palace 2-1 Leeds

    Crystal Palace came back from a goal behind to beat Leeds on Sunday.

    Eberechi Eze scored the winner in the 76th minute – as the Eagles completed the turn-around.

    Pascal Struijk had given Leeds an early lead, but his strike was cancelled out by Odsonne Edouard.

  • Ian Tuckey

    It's the Dwight time to face Utd

    Everton winger Dwight McNeil believes that now is a good time for his side to face Manchester United following their defeat to fierce rivals Man City last weekend.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, McNeil said: “We look at the players rather than their transfer fees, we try to assess their strengths and weaknesses and how we can exploit what they are not good at. There won’t be any feeling of inferiority.

    “Every team in the Premier League has top players. United do, so do we. We know the outcome we want.

    “It’s a good time for us to play United. At the weekend, they had a hard game obviously.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    What a Scam!

    Fulham are up in arms after West Ham were awarded a goal despite Gianluca Scamacca appearing to handle the ball.

    The Italian scored to put the Hammers 2-1 up and despite a check with VAR the goal stood.

    With the scores level at 1-1 Lucas Paqueta found Scamacca with a clever through ball, but the Italian seemed to use his hand to bring the ball under control.

    He did not hesitate though and beat onrushing goalkeeper Bernd Leno with a delicate chip.

    Interestingly, Scamacca did not celebrate his goal – perhaps thinking it would be ruled out.

    And Leno immediately began protesting, as did defender Tim Ream with the pair pointing to their arms to indicate a handball had been committed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal vs Liverpool: Today's teams

    Takehiro Tomisayu finally returns for Arsenal – albeit at left-back -while playmaker Martin Odegaard returns for the 4.30pm home clash with Liverpool.

    And they face an extremely attacking-looking Reds side: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Diaz, Nunez.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Kahn't help slipping over in fury

    Fuming Oliver Kahn slipped off his chair as he watched Borussia Dortmund score a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser.

    The exasperated Bayern Munich CEO, 53, sat in the stands helpless as his side were unable to hold on against their Bundesliga rivals.

    Anthony Modeste sent the Yellow Wall wild with his back-post header to make Der Klassiker 2-2 in the Bundesliga.

    But as the home fans erupted into huge celebrations, legendary goalkeeper Kahn slumped into his chair in the posh seats like any emotional fan.

    He could be seen furiously shouting and banging the glass in front of him in anger.

    But on the pitch, Modeste was mobbed by his team-mates while the substitutes and manager Edin Terzic ran across the turf.

  • Ian Tuckey

    More on Ronaldo to Miami

    Manchester United would want around £10million to let Cristiano Ronaldo go in January but there’s still no guarantee he’ll get his wish.

    Ronaldo still wants to leave United behind, especially with the former Juventus and Real Madrid star set to stay behind Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in Erik ten Hag’s pecking order.

    The Red Devils boss may still be unwilling to let the Portuguese leave as there is a risk he will not be given funds to replace him.

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