A pair of important yet relatively unsung players could make things interesting at the top of the table this weekend. Tottenham, sitting third in the Premier League standings, travel to Bournemouth in an early Saturday game without critical defender Toby Alderweireld. The 27-year-old Belgian is the Premier League’s newest Iron Man, having played every single league minute for the club since he joined in the summer of 2015, a massive string of 46 matches that ended this past weekend when he was forced off after an hour against West Brom with a knee problem. Alderweireld’s injury was a let-off, with the club initially fearing worse but scans midweek showed no lasting damage. However, he has been
Ever since he made his U.S. Men's National Team debut in March, American fans have been getting excited over Christian Pulisic. After all, it’s not every day you get to see a 17-year-old American getting first-team minutes at a major European club. From the moment he stepped on the field in a World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala, fans have been begging for more Pulisic, to the point that many were angry that he wasn’t starting at last summer’s Copa America. Pulisic isn’t the first American teenage prospect to be hyped though, and more often then not, the previous ones have flopped. That’s why every time Pulisic dazzled us we were quick to temper our expectations. “He’s just 17,” “we need
World Cup champion Lauren Holiday has had a brain tumor removed, one month after giving birth. Holiday’s husband, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, announced that his pregnant wife was diagnosed with an operable tumor in September, and Lauren Holiday has publicly thanked fans for support while requesting prayers. The Holidays welcomed their first child earlier this month, and Jrue left the Pelicans preseason to help his wife. The BBC added this tidbit: Unbelievably as a three-year-old, she had open-heart surgery to repair a defect and went on to become one of the world’s most respected football players. Get well soon, Lauren.