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Keeper Neuer breaks foot

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer may be sidelined for the rest of the season after fracturing his left foot during the 4-2 loss at Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg.

The 31-year-old was injured in extra time during the buildup to Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal as Bayern lost 6-3 on aggregate.

“Manuel Neuer suffered a fracture to his left foot in the 4-2 defeat away to Real Madrid according to an initial diagnosis,” the club said.

“Neuer will undergo a thorough examination on arrival in Munich prior to a decision on the appropriate treatment.”

Sport 1987 champions – 30 years on

Brazil’s Supreme Court has decided that northeastern club Sport were the rightful winners of the 1987 Brazilian league on Tuesday, bringing an end to a 30-year battle with rivals Flamengo.

A dispute at the time led to two leagues running concurrently, with Recife side Sport winning one and Rio giants Flamengo winning the other.

Flamengo rejected the chance to play off for the title and the two clubs have been arguing over who are the rightful champions since.

“Justice has decided once again that 1987 belongs only to the Leao,” Sport said, referring to the team’s nickname.

“Sport are still the 1987 Brazilian champions, just as they were 30 years ago.”

Wilshere suffers hairline fracture

Jack Wilshere is set to miss the rest of the season after fears he has suffered a broken leg.

The Bournemouth midfielder, on loan from Arsenal, sustained the problem in a collision with Tottenham striker Harry Kane, with the injury proving worse than first feared.

An initial X-Ray ruled out a break but a second scan has picked up a hairline fracture to his left leg, according to a number of national newspapers.

The prognosis, which was later officially confirmed by Bournemouth or Arsenal, is a similar injury to the one that ruled him out for most of the 2015-16 season and the England international could now return to Arsenal to receive treatment.

Dundee have taken a risk – McCann

New interim Dundee boss Neil McCann is “excited” about his surprise appointment but concedes the club look to have taken a risk.

The Sky Sports pundit and former Dark Blues winger, 42, has taken over the struggling Tayside club following the sacking of Paul Hartley on Monday.

“It is not a big risk for me, it is maybe a big risk for the club - a lot of guys will think because I’ve not been in a job before,” said McCann.

“But I appreciate the opportunity. I am not going into anything lightly.

“Yes, we are in a poor position at the minute but equally we are not far off (seventh-placed) Kilmarnock.”

Macheda grateful to Ferguson

Former Manchester United forward Federico Macheda has told La Gazzetta dello Sport he will always be grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson after finding form again with Serie B club Novara.

Macheda, 25, joined Novara in December – a move that had Ferguson’s backing– after being released by Cardiff City last summer and then training with Watford.

He returned to the headlines after scoring twice in a 3-2 win over third-placed Frosinone at the weekend.

“Yes, I spoke with him before coming to Novara,” Macheda said.

“He means a huge amount to me, both on a human and a footballing level. I will never be able to thank him enough.”

Liverpool not keen on Hart

Liverpool are not interested in signing Joe Hart from Manchester City as they consider him inferior to their current goalkeeper options, a senior Reds source has told ESPN FC.

The Sun reported on Wednesday that Hart, who has spent the season on loan at Torino after falling out of favour at City, is set for a £20 million move to Liverpool.

However, the Liverpool source told ESPN FC that the club have no interest in the England international and that the speculation is “completely fictitious,” with manager Jurgen Klopp rating Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius as better goalkeepers.


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