Messi has now missed or exited six consecutive games between club and country, and is questionable for Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup final against the Houston Dynamo.
Ukrainian football teams will boycott all competitions featuring Russian sides while Poland will refuse to play against teams from the country, their national federations said on Wednesday following a decision by UEFA to lift a ban on Russia's youth sides.England's Football Association were also against the lifting of the ban by UEFA, a spokesperson telling AFP their stance had not changed: "English teams will not be playing against Russia".
Man City's chances are surer, while Liverpool leapfrogs Arsenal and Spurs surge in odds to win the 2023-24 Premier League Trophy.
Aston Villa's women's players are "dreading" their first match of the WSL season because of the club's shirts, says Jacqui Oatley.
Bournemouth are still without a Premier League win after Sunday’s defeat at Brighton – but the difficulty level of their half-dozen opening fixtures remains a factor that should be taken into account. What will surely frustrate boss Andoni Iraola is that they led for a spell at Brighton – as they had in their other away games at Liverpool and Brentford – but have only a point against the Bees to show from those three road trips.