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Man Utd: Marcus Rashford set to bounce back

Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, has been given the green light to step up his rehabilitation following positive scans on a back injury.
The 22-year-old saw an impressive season brought to an abrupt halt in mid-January, leaving him facing a fight to return for England’s Euro 2020 campaign never mind club matters.
But with that tournament pushed back and the Premier League campaign suspended due to the coronavirus, Rashford has been quietly making headway in his recovery.

Messi confirms pay cut for Barca players, criticises board

Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona's players will take a 70 per cent pay cut and make financial contributions to ensure the club's other employees are paid in full during the state of alarm in Spain.

In a lengthy message posted on his Instagram account, Messi also took another swipe at the Barca board, led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, whom he accused of undermining the players during recent negotiations.

Benzema defends Giroud 'Formula 1' jibe: I was just telling the truth

Karim Benzema said he "simply told the truth" with his jibe at French compatriot Olivier Giroud.

Real Madrid striker Benzema said "don't confuse Formula One with karting" when asked on Instagram live about comparisons to Chelsea centre-forward Giroud.

Giroud has filled the void left by Benzema's continued international exile, which dates back to 2015, helping France to World Cup glory in 2018.

Britain 'laughed' at Italy, 'underestimated' coronavirus, says former Juventus defender, Ogbonna

Italy international Angelo Ogbonna thinks Britain "underestimated" the impact of the coronavirus, and says they "laughed" at his home country before being hit by the full force of the pandemic.

West Ham defender Ogbonna is currently under lockdown in London with his family, with his wife expecting their second child.

The former Juventus centre-back said he was struggling to keep his full fitness amid strict restrictions on movement in Britain, and said his current country of residence had reacted too slowly to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Barca former keeper, Recber, hospitalised with coronavirus

Turkey legend Rustu Recber was rushed to hospital after falling ill with coronavirus, the ex-goalkeeper's wife revealed on Saturday.

Recber, 46, represented the likes of Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Antalyaspor during his glittering career, while he also enjoyed a brief spell in Spain with Barcelona.

He is Turkey's all-time record holder for appearances, having earned 120 caps over almost two decades between the posts for his nation.

Recber is now receiving treatment in Turkey following a positive diagnosis for the pandemic virus.

'You can't put a price on Greenwood' - Man Utd teenager's calmness is 'mad', says Ferdinand

Mason Greenwood is "meant to be" at Manchester United, according to Rio Ferdinand, who has praised the teenage forward for his "cold-hearted" streak in the final third of the pitch.

Greenwood has enjoyed a superb breakout 2019-20 campaign at Old Trafford, after being asked to provide support for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctioned the departure of divisive duo Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez last summer as he looked to inject youthful energy and raw pace into the United attack, and his decision has been vindicated over the last few months.

Ronaldo, Mendes donate €1m to hospitals fighting coronavirus in Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo and agent Jorge Mendes have donated €1 million (£920,000/$1.08 million) to help three intensive care units in Portugal in their fight against coronavirus.

The pair’s donation will go towards buying crucial equipment for ICUs at Lisbon’s Santa Maria Hospital and the Santo Antonio hospital in Porto.

Similar donations have been made on Tuesday by Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola.

Why I left Arsenal, by Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas has revealed why he left Arsenal nine years ago, admitting to crying after defeats while naming Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri as the only players on his level "mentally and technically" at the time.

Arsene Wenger managed to snap up Fabregas as a youngster from Barcelona's famed La Masia academy in 2003, and he became the youngest player to appear for the first team in the club's history a month after his arrival in north London.

Barcelona ready to sell Griezmann for nine figures

Barcelona is ready to sell Antoine Griezmann one year after spending more than $130 million on the Frenchman.

Griezmann, who turned 29 on Saturday, has 14 goals and four assists in 37 appearances for the Blaugranas this season.

A regular 20-25 goal scorer during his days at Atletico Madrid, Griezmann has not found the same success in a bid to fit in with Barcelona.

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Manchester United ex-player, Fellaini, contracts Coronavirus

Marouane Fellaini has tested positive for the coronavirus. His club Shandong Luneng said Sunday that the former Manchester United player becoming the first known case in the Chinese Super League (CSL).

The 32-year-old Belgian international midfielder has a normal temperature and is feeling fine, Shandong said, but “is under observation and having treatment at a designated medical facility.”

“The club will do its best… to help in the treatment and recovery of the player.”

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