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Tierney misses rest of season with Arsenal

4:47 PM: Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney will miss the rest of the season in the Premier League due to a knee injury. Tierney, 24, will undergo surgery later this week and is expected to be out of action for months.

Due to the surgery and the recovery time needed, it is unclear whether Kierney will be fit in time for the World Cup qualifiers with the Scotland national team scheduled for June. Tierney was not drafted last Monday in the lost game against Crystal Palace (3-0). Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta gave the reason that the injury of the Scottish footballer “didn’t look good.”

Arteta, who is fifth with his team, then confirmed that Tierney had returned from matches he played with the Scottish team with knee problems. Tierney played 90 minutes in the matches against Poland and Austria and was responsible for the 1-1 against Poland.

Bayern player Davies to Villarreal after heart problems

2:09 p.m.: Alphonso Davies can make his return to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Canadian defender is fit enough to play again after a corona infection and heart problems. Trainer Julian Nagelsmann is even considering giving Davies a starting place in the first game with Villarreal in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Davies, 21, played his last game on December 17. After the Canadian tested positive for the corona virus, he developed an inflamed heart muscle. The left wing defender therefore had to rest for a while. Davies resumed group training two weeks ago. He missed the final of the World Cup qualifiers, in which Canada qualified for the global final round for the first time since 1986. The Concacaf, the association for countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean, named Davies the best football player of 2021 on Monday.

Nagelsmann sees a dangerous opponent in Villarreal, which eliminated Juventus in the previous round. The trainer of the German champion specifically mentioned Orange international Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld. “A very dangerous attacker who comes from the left and sometimes from the right. Someone with a lot of speed and a lot of movement.”

Corentin Tolisso is back at Bayern for the time being. The French midfielder, who is haunted by injuries, suffered a muscle tear on Saturday as a substitute against SC Freiburg. “At first I thought he had intestinal problems, but it turned out to be a torn muscle,” Nagelsmann said. “He has returned to France to change his mind and regain new strength and energy.”

Real Madrid travels to London without positive trainer Ancelotti

12.04 pm: Real Madrid have traveled to London without coach Carlo Ancelotti for their first game against Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Italian is still testing positive for the corona virus, according to Spanish media. Ancelotti has therefore been missing from Real for almost a week.

According to the newspaper Marca, Ancelotti has hardly any complaints. Real Madrid therefore hopes that Ancelotti will test negative on Wednesday and then still be able to fly to London. The players boarded the plane without their coach on Tuesday morning.

Ancelotti (62) worked for Chelsea between 2009 and 2011, winning the ‘double’ (league title and FA Cup) in his first season. The Italian tested positive last week and was therefore absent from the bench on Saturday in the 2-1 won league match at Celta. His son Davide, who was part of the technical staff as assistant coach, was in charge of the Madrid team in Vigo.

Belgian Grand Prix in Formula 1 is already almost sold out

11.11 am: Just under five months before the Belgian Grand Prix in the Formula, almost all tickets have already been sold. For the race weekend, which takes place at the end of August on the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, only tickets for Friday and Saturday are available, about 3000 per day.

In total, approximately 100,000 visitors are welcome on the circuit in the Ardennes per day. “We have never known such success,” said director Vanessa Maes of the organizing committee in Belgian newspapers.

Many fans of world champion Max Verstappen are expected again at the race at Spa-Francorchamps. Last year, the Dutchman won the Belgian Grand Prix. Due to excessive rainfall, there was no racing at that time, but the drivers only drove a few laps behind the safety car on the wet track. The organization decided to halve the World Cup points. Due to the corona measures, there were about 75,000 supporters in the stands, including tens of thousands of Dutch people.

It is unclear whether Formula 1 will still have a race in Belgium after this year. The contract with the Belgian organization expires at the end of this year and has not yet been renewed. A week after the Belgian GP, ​​the Dutch GP at Zandvoort is on the program (September 4).

Kvitova gives up injured in Charleston

9.21 am: Petra Kvitova has given up injured in the first round of the WTA tournament in Charleston. The 32-year-old Czech, two-time winner of Wimbledon, decided to stop the fight during the second set of her match against Magdalena Frech from Poland. Frech was leading 7-6 (6) 3-2 at the time.

“I really wanted to stay on the track and fight for the win, but unfortunately my body didn’t agree with my thoughts,” Kvitova wrote on Twitter. The former number 2 in the world, now down to 29th, is struggling with a thigh injury. Simona Halep and Garbiñe Muguruza were injured last month. As a result, they are missing in Charleston and are missing part of the run-up to Roland Garros, the grand slam tournament on the clay in Paris that starts at the end of next month.

Brouwer has to postpone ATP Tour debut due to rain

07:48 am: Tennis player Gijs Brouwer had to postpone his debut on the ATP Tour for a day. The 26-year-old Dutchman would play against 40-year-old Spaniard Feliciano López in the first round of the Houston clay tournament on Monday, but due to the persistent rain, the entire program had to be shifted.

Brouwer had qualified for the main tournament of the ATP event via the qualifications. The number 361 in the world defeated Canadian Steven Diez in three sets in the last qualifying round, but that was preceded by considerable discussion.

Diez thought he would win on his third match point in the second set with a strong return to which Brouwer had no answer. The umpire shouted ‘game, set and match’, until Brouwer drew his attention to a print on the clay. According to the Dutchman, his service had gone out. After a minute-long discussion, the point had to be replayed and Brouwer took the lead after all (4-6 7-5 6-2). Diez complained about the situation in a lengthy message on Twitter.

Japanese speed skater Nana Takagi stops after disappointing Games

07:38 am: Japanese speed skater Nana Takagi has ended her career after the disappointing Olympic Games in Beijing. Takagi, 29, crashed into the final corner of the team pursuit final as Japan headed for gold. A few days later, she also fell in the same corner during the semi-finals of the mass start.

Four years earlier in Pyeongchang, Takagi had taken gold in both areas. The Japanese became the first Olympic champion in the mass start in South Korea. Irene Schouten succeeded her in Beijing.

Takagi won three world titles with the Japanese pursuit team led by Dutch national coach Johan de Wit, in 2015, 2019 and 2020. Her younger sister Miho won four medals at the Beijing Winter Games. In addition to silver in the team pursuit, the 500 and 1500 meters, the 27-year-old Japanese won gold in the 1000 meters, beating Jutta Leerdam.

“My sister helped me get this far,” said the older of the two Takagi as she said goodbye. “In the end I could go on the ice as Nana Takagi and not as Miho’s older sister. That was a good time to stop.”

De Wit announced his departure from Japan last month.