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Injured Ireland trio to miss Denmark World Cup playoff

(Reuters) - Ireland will be without defender Richard Keogh, midfielder James McCarthy and forward Sean Maguire for their World Cup playoff against Denmark which kicks off with the first leg on Saturday.


Spurs' Kane should be fit to face Real Madrid, says Pochettino

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has trained with the first-team squad and will be assessed ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Real Madrid at Wembley.


Rugby - Zebo out, Bundee Aki in for Ireland's November tests

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Winger Simon Zebo was a notable absentee from the Ireland squad named on Thursday for the November tests, days after the Munster winger announced he would leave his home country to play club rugby abroad next season.


Chelsea show resolve but Watford victory papers over cracks

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea, largely second best against Watford, showed great resolve to come back and earn a 4-2 win but the victory provided manager Antonio Conte with more questions than answers as he battles to keep their Premier League title defence alive.


Tottenham's Rose not ready for starting place against Liverpool

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur left back Danny Rose is unlikely to start Sunday's Premier League clash against Liverpool despite returning to action in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid this week, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.


Barca set for intimidating reception at Atletico

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona's 100 percent start to the Liga season will be severely tested at Atletico Madrid on Saturday in an atmosphere certain to be intensified by political fervour.


Liverpool out to halt United's charge in Anfield showdown

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool and Manchester United's globe-trotting squads must shake off the effects of international duty for one of English football's most eagerly-anticipated clashes on Saturday.


Ronaldo and Messi make it safely to World Cup but no U.S

ZURICH (Reuters) - The possibility of a World Cup without Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi turned out to be a false alarm, yet next year's tournament will still have a major absentee after the United States' extraordinary failure to qualify on Tuesday.


Man United's Fellaini suffers knee injury ahead of Liverpool clash

(Reuters) - Manchester United's midfield injury concerns deepened on Saturday when in-form Belgian Marouane Fellaini picked up a knee injury on international duty and could face an extended spell on the sidelines.


Aubameyang back to help Gabon’s World Cup bid

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to Gabon’s squad for their World Cup qualifier against Morocco in just over a week after missing their last two matches, he said on Friday.