Britain’s Andy Murray has cancelled his training block in Miami because of a groin injury that has left him unable to practise on the court, according to a report on Thursday.
The former world number one suffered a bruise to his pelvic bone during Britain’s Davis Cup campaign in Madrid last month, The Times newspaper said. He played one singles match before missing the rest of the event.
Murray’s Grand Slam comeback at next month’s Australian Open, which starts on January 20, is apparently not in doubt, however.
The three-time Grand Slam champion, ranked 126 in the world, will likely receive a wild card to compete in Melbourne.
The Scot, 32, is due to travel to Australia in late December to prepare for the new ATP Cup team competition, which starts on January 3.
Earlier this year he broke down in tears, saying the 2019 Australian Open could be his last tournament but he returned to the court after hip resurfacing surgery and beat fellow veteran Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open in October.
Murray has signed up to play in Montpellier in the week immediately following the year’s first Grand Slam, suggesting he does not expect to reach the latter stages in Melbourne.
Jurgen Klopp moved to allay fears over Mohamed Salah’s left ankle problem saying his departure five minutes before the end of Premier League leaders Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur was a precautionary measure.
The 27-year-old Egyptian star — who had missed the previous match with Manchester United due to the injury — scored the decisive goal to bring up his half century of goals at Anfield.
Salah, who reached the landmark in 58 matches with only Roger Hunt getting there faster, has a few days to rest up before Saturday’s away game at Aston Villa as he was highly unlikely to feature in Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Arsenal.
“It’s the ankle, the ankle he has struggled with since the Leicester game,” said Klopp.
“It’s good but the longer the game goes the muscles get a bit tired, stuff like this, (and) if you get a knock on it then you feel it more.
“It makes no sense to try to push it through because we had other players, still options to change, and that’s what we did. No, nothing serious.”
Klopp, whose side maintained their six point lead over champions Manchester City, said conceding an early goal to the team they beat in last season’s Champions League final had helped concentrate their minds.
The charismatic German — who took Liverpool agonisingly close to their first Premier league title last term only to lose out to City by a point — was delighted in the manner in which his players had responded.
“I am absolutely pleased, but to be honest, I expect it as well,” added Klopp.
“An early goal is obviously not the best thing that can happen, but sometimes it makes one thing clear: game on.
“The counter-press was exceptional, it was kind of back. I loved that, that was really good.
“I told the boys at half-time; ‘The only problem in this game so far is the result — apart from that, it’s good’.”
Inter Milan on Tuesday said Chile forward Alexis Sanchez will see a specialist in Barcelona to determine if he needs surgery for a serious ankle injury sustained on international duty.
Sanchez hobbled off in the 88th minute of a goalless draw in the friendly against Colombia in Alicante on Saturday.
He underwent medical tests in Milan on Tuesday which revealed damage to a tendon in his left ankle.
Inter said Sanchez, 30, will travel to Barcelona to consult with surgeon Professor Ramon Cugat on Wednesday to establish whether an operation is required.
Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda said on Monday he that the forward could be out for up to three months.
“We have to see what diagnosis they make in the club, because it is decisive for us,” the Chilean coach said.
“If there is surgery we could lose him two to three months, if not, it could be a matter of weeks. That depends on the club. They own the player.”
Chile play Guinea on Tuesday in another friendly, also in the Spanish resort, but Rueda said he was worried that the former Arsenal and Manchester United player might miss the start of South American World Cup qualifying in March.
Sanchez joined Inter on loan from Manchester United this season, but has made just four appearances.
He was sent off in his first full start after scoring in a 3-1 win over Sampdoria.
Inter are second in the Italian league one point behind defending champions Juventus after seven matches.
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will “almost certainly” be out of action for the rest of the year after his horror injury at the weekend, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday.
“It is difficult to say exactly how long he will not be available,” said Deschamps as France players gathered for their next Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Iceland on Friday and Turkey three days later.
“What matters to us right now is that he will not be with us for this round of games or for the next.”
France face Albania and Moldova in November.
Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow in conceding the opening goal of Spurs’ 3-0 defeat by Brighton on Saturday, dropping a cross before falling backwards and landing badly.
The Spurs goalkeeper was given oxygen and morphine as he was carried from the field before being taken to hospital.
“Almost certainly, he won’t be back on the pitch in 2019,” said Deschamps.
Steve Mandanda will take over in goal for France against Iceland while Paulo Gazzaniga, who replaced Lloris on Saturday, is likely to continue in the role for struggling Spurs.
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe will be out for four weeks and Edinson Cavani for three weeks after both came off injured in a Ligue 1 match against Toulouse on Sunday, the French champions have confirmed.
French World Cup-winning star Mbappe limped off after hurting his left hamstring during a trademark sprint in PSG’s 4-0 win at the Parc des Princes.
The injury means he will miss PSG’s opening Champions League group game, which is set for September 17 or 18.
He is also set to sit out three league matches as well as France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Albania and Andorra early next month.
Fellow forward Cavani came off with a hip injury in the same game and PSG confirmed the Uruguayan will be out for three weeks, meaning he could be ready in time for the start of their Champions League campaign.
The injuries come as uncertainty continues to surround Neymar.
The Brazilian’s desired move back to Spain has yet to materialise with just a week remaining before the European transfer window closes.
However, even if he stays, the world’s most expensive player is suspended for the first three games of this season’s Champions League.
“Doctor Xavier Mir will perform the operation in the presence of the Club Medical Services. Afterwards, he will make a statement to explain how the surgery has gone and to offer an approximate recovery date.”
Neto joined Barcelona this summer from Valencia, with fellow goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen leaving Camp Nou and going the other way.
Coach Ernesto Valverde is already likely to be without Lionel Messi against Bilbao. Messi missed the friendly win over Napoli on Saturday after sustaining a calf tear in training last week.
Neymar will not feature in Paris Saint-Germain’s last two games of their pre-season tour of Asia, French media reported on Sunday.
PSG play Sydney FC in Suzhou on Tuesday but, sports daily L’Equipe reported, Neymar, who missed Brazil’s victorious Copa America campaign with an ankle injury, and defender Presnel Kimpembe will stay behind in Shenzhen to work on their fitness.
The world’s most expensive player sat out the defeat on penalties to Inter Milan in Macao on Saturday.
He will also miss the French Champions Trophy against Rennes in Shenzhen next Saturday as he completes a six-match domestic ban for an incident involving a fan the last time the teams met, in the French Cup final.
If Neymar, who has made clear he wants to return to Barcelona, is still at the Parc des Princes he could feature in the club’s Ligue 1 opener on August 11 against Nimes.