13.5 C
New York
Friday, February 19, 2021

EU news: EU army calls erupt as Macron blasts NATO and takes swipe at US | Politics | News

Macron criticised over push for EU army by Italian MEPThe French President defended his long-sought dream of security and defence autonomy for the Brussels...

    Joel Matip injury: Liverpool dealt injury blow as Reds defender forced off vs West Brom | Football | Sport

    Joel Matip was forced off with an apparent muscle injury in the second half of Liverpool‘s Premier League match with West Brom on Sunday night. The centre-back appeared to be struggling with a groin problem and was replaced on the hour mark.

    Rhys Williams came on in place of the Cameroonian, who went down after looking to have suffered a muscle strain while stretching to reach an aerial ball.

    He immediately flagged to the touchline before dropping to the turf and was promptly substituted given his poor fitness record since joining from Schalke in 2016.

    The 29-year-old has regularly suffered injury woes in his four-year stint on Merseyside and has only completed 90 minutes in back-to-back Premier League matches once in the last 15 months.

    A back issue recently forced Matip off at half time of a top-flight draw with Fulham although he played the full match in the rout of Crystal Palace after missing the win over Tottenham.

    DON’T MISS: Liverpool ‘assessing’ Mohamed Salah future after transfer comments

    Matip got an assist against Palace for one of Mohamed Salah’s goals and also supplied the pass for Sadio Mane’s opener at Anfield against the Baggies.

    The Premier League champions will be hoping and praying that Matip’s latest injury is only a minor one.

    Jurgen Klopp already has several fitness problems to deal with at the back with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez fighting to play again this term due to severe knee injuries.

    Any significant lay-off for Matip would leave Liverpool heavily reliant on Fabinho staying fit and available, with Williams and Nat Phillips then the players most likely to partner the Brazilian, who is naturally a defensive midfielder, at the back.


    We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

    For the latest news and breaking news visit: express.co.uk/sport/football

    Stay up to date with all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you.

    Follow us on Twitter @DExpress_Sport – the official Daily Express & Express.co.uk Twitter account – providing real news in real time.

    We’re also on Facebook @DailyExpressSport – offering your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout the day to like, comment and share from the Daily Express, Sunday Express and Express.co.uk.

    Source link

    Translate »