Sergio Aguero will miss Argentina’s upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers. According to the Argentine FA Aguero, 28, suffered a calf injury in Manchester City’s 3-1 victory against West Ham United on Sunday and he is no longer in their squad for the games against Uruguay and Venezuela. City’s main striker was subbed out in the 88th minute by Pep Guardiola and news of this calf injury comes amid controversy as there are calls for Aguero to receive a retrospective ban for his flailing elbow which caught West Ham defender Winston Reid in the face in the second half. If Aguero is handed a ban by the FA he will miss the upcoming Manchester derby against Manchester United on Saturday Sept. 10 (Watch live,
Multiple reports across both the United States and the Netherlands have claimed Nigel de Jong is close to a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray. A report by AD writer Maarten Wijffles states that De Jong is currently in the country for talks. However, while L.A. Times writer Keith Baxter confirms that a deal is in progress, he claims the player is still currently situated in the United States and has not left for Turkey yet. According to reports in Turkey, Galatasaray began its interest in De Jong only recently, when Newcastle enforcer Cheick Tiote apparently failed a medical. Other reports citing sources with Newcastle and the player have disputed this, saying talks instead broke down over personal
Sam Allardyce raised plenty of eyebrows with the omission of Everton’s Ross Barkley from his first squad as England manager. Allardyce, 61, named a 23-man squad for England’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia as he prepares his squad for his first game in charge. The former Sunderland, West Ham, Newcastle, Blackburn and Bolton manager surprised many with the inclusion of West Ham’s winger Michail Antonio, and in a press conference on Monday he also confirmed he would name his England captain on Tuesday. He also spoke about his decision to leave Barkley out. “We’ve had to make some very, very difficult decisions. None more so than Ross Barkley. It’s disappointing for him,” Allardyce said.