Man United star Pogba a doubt for derby after missing training with injury

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Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is an injury doubt for Manchester United’s derby clash with Manchester City after missing training on Friday.

The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes against former club Juventus on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho’s men came back to secure a stunning 2-1 win in the Champions League.

However, Pogba was conspicuous by his absence from United’s training session on Friday – an unneeded injury scare ahead of Sunday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium, where he netted a brace in April’s 3-2 victory.

The Red Devils will be hoping that what is being described as a “little injury” will not keep the World Cup winner out against City.

Press Association Sport understands Pogba did indoor work at the Aon Training Complex on Friday as a result of the issue.

Romelu Lukaku is already a doubt for the derby, having missed the trips to Bournemouth and Juventus with a hamstring injury sustained last Friday.

The striker trained with the group this Friday, as did Alexis Sanchez, who took a blow in Turin.

Mourinho said ahead of the session: “Lukaku is training with the team this morning.

“We have of course one more session tomorrow, but if the answer is positive, he’s ready.

“But in this moment, I can only say he trains with the team. I don’t know his answer.”

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Arsenal striker Welbeck faces lengthy spell out with "significant" injury

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Danny Welbeck could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after Arsenal described his ankle injury as “significant”.

Welbeck was carried off on a stretcher on the half-hour mark of Thursday’s Europa League stalemate with Sporting Lisbon.

The England forward continues to be assessed, with the Gunners set to provide a further update on his condition in the next 72 hours.

He is expected to miss his country’s fixtures against the United States and Croatia during the upcoming international break, having been named in Gareth Southgate’s squad earlier on Thursday.

“Danny remains in hospital and will continue to be assessed,” the club posted on arsenal.com on Friday afternoon.

“A further update will be issued over the next 72 hours.”

Welbeck has endured a wretched injury record during his career with knee issues costing him months on the sidelines.

His latest setback comes after he landed badly on his right ankle having jumped for a header in the 25th minute of the Group E encounter at the Emirates Stadium.

The 27-year-old received oxygen on the pitch and had his leg in a protective brace as he was taken off.

Gunners head coach Unai Emery admitted after the goalless draw – which assured Arsenal’s qualification for the knockout stages – that Welbeck’s injury weighed heavy on his players.

Team-mate Rob Holding has backed Welbeck to make another comeback and insists the Arsenal players will rally around their colleague.

“I didn’t see it because obviously I’m at the other end of the pitch so I didn’t see exactly what he’d done,” said Holding.

“But Danny is a tough lad so if he’s on the floor, I know its something serious and he’s gone off to hospital now and we’ll see what happens.

“He’s been so unlucky with injuries over the past few years but he’s a good character and got a good set of lads around him so we’ll lift him up and get him back as soon as we can.

“He can come back strong.”

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Chelsea's Ross Barkley excited for Everton return but expects hostility

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley anticipates some hostility from Everton’s visiting supporters in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old moved to Chelsea in January after 13 years at Goodison Park and faces the Toffees for the first time in opposition colours.

“I don’t think it (the reception) will be the best,” Barkley said in the London Evening Standard.

“I’m not nervous, I’m excited to play against my former club and team-mates – I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me.

“On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit strange. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the staff there who I used to get on really well with.”

Barkley did not play for Everton in the last seven months of his spell due to a hamstring problem and moved in a cut-price £15million deal, with his contract winding down.

He has previously insisted it was time to move on and make progress, and he has impressed Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri while scoring three goals in his last five Blues appearances.

“I was approaching 25 and I felt looking back I could have improved a lot more (at Everton),” Barkley added.

“At Chelsea I knew I’d improve a lot quicker around better players, world-class players.”

Barkley has played in the last three games, so may drop to the bench against the Toffees.

Alvaro Morata could return up front, despite Olivier Giroud ending a six-month barren streak in goal with the decisive strike in Thursday night’s 1-0 Europa League Group L win at BATE Borisov in Belarus.

Giroud quipped he contemplated seeking religious help, prior to ending a run of 794 minutes without a Chelsea goal.

Giroud told Chelsea TV: “It’s true I’ve been looking forward to it. I kept working hard in training, kept the faith. I always score goals.

“At the end of the day it has to come back. I didn’t know when, but I’m glad.

“I’m happy for the team and for myself I hope I will have the opportunity to score more.

“I was thinking shall I see a priest or something like that? No, I’m joking.”

Sarri was far from satisfied with the performance at BATE, despite sealing qualification for the knockout stages with two matches to spare, and is likely to restore rested defenders David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso.

Midfielder N’Golo Kante was a late call-up for the trip following illness to Cesc Fabregas, but the Frenchman did not feature and is likely to start against Everton as Chelsea bid to extend their unbeaten run to 18 games.
Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has a minor back problem, are the only doubts.

Giroud added: “Everything is not perfect, but we work on it.”

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