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Messi Unavailable For Valencia Clash & Doubtful For Dortmund Champions League Opener

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The Argentine continues to work away from the first team and will not be ready to feature on Saturday
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is all but out of Saturday’s La Liga meeting with Valencia as he continues personalised rehabilitation work away from the main group.
The Argentine has not made a competitive appearance for his club so far this term after picking up a calf injury shortly before the Blaugrana’s pre-season double-header with Napoli in the United States.
Head coach Ernesto Valverde did state that his star man would be available for selection following the international break and admitted to having his own hopes that Messi would be ready to face Los Che after Barca’s mixed start to the season.
However, Messi has continued to work alone on his recovery, missing Tuesday and Wednesday’s sessions with the main group and his participation against Valencia, who beat Barca in last season’s Copa del Rey final, appears to be off the cards.
The attacker’s injury has been closely monitored by the club’s medical team but no return date had ever been specified, with Messi’s levels of discomfort being looked at on a day-to-day basis.
And, while the Camp Nou captain has not stopped working on his recovery and was aiming to return against Valencia, the player lacks full match fitness and the rhythm of featuring in competitive clashes and is therefore unlikely to be risked.
He is also likely to miss out on the Champions League opener against Dortmund on September 17.

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Manchester City Star Proposed to Her Girlfriend

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Oleksandr Zinchenko proposing to her girlfriend

Manchester City star, Oleksandr Zinchenko has proposed to his stunning TV presenter girlfriend, Vlada Seda.
The 22-year-old midfielder got down on one knee at Ukraine’s national stadium in Kiev and proposed to his girlfriend, a broadcaster for Football 1/2 in her home country.
‘The most important YES in my life,’ elated Zinchenko wrote alongside a picture of his wife-to-be planting a kiss on him while they were wearing their country’s shirt and surrounded by a huge pile of roses.

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Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold Claims Guinness World Record

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Alexander Arnold with the award

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s name is officially in the record books with the Liverpool right-back snaring a place in the 2020 Guinness World Records collection.

The 21-year-old contributed an incredible 12 assists for the Reds last season in the Premier League to set a record for the most provided by a defender in a single season.

To make the achievement even sweeter, Alexander-Arnold has replaced Everton duo Andy Hinchcliffe and Leighton Baines as the new record holder in the process.

While 2018-19 was a very impressive campaign individually for the Englishman, he was quick to pay tribute to his teammates, with Liverpool falling just one point short of the league title.

“It’s an honour. I’ve always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible,” Alexander-Arnold said via The Mirror .

“It’s obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net, because football is a team game and without them this record wouldn’t be possible.

“It’s an unbelievably proud moment for me and my family, and something I hope will stand for a few years.”

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Alisson Ready for Injury Return Against Man Utd

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Allison in training today

Liverpool will have Alisson available for the visit to Manchester United on Sunday after their first-choice goalkeeper stepped up his recovery from injury during the international break.

The Premier League leaders have been without their influential keeper since the opening game of the season but, nine weeks after damaging a calf muscle against Norwich, the 27-year-old is expected to reclaim his place at Old Trafford.

Alisson has undergone an intensive and individually tailored training programme over the past week without repercussions. The Brazil international, named Uefa’s goalkeeper of 2018-19 during his injury lay-off, is fit to replace Adrián, who has proven an impressive deputy for Jürgen Klopp’s side and boasts a 100% record in the Premier League as a Liverpool player.

Mohamed Salah, who sustained an ankle injury against Leicester before the international break, is also expected to be fit for Sunday.

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