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Kamara suffers significant knee injury

Aston Villa midfielder Boubacar Kamara has suffered a significant knee ligament injury.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Villa Park and was replaced in the 65th minute by Moussa Diaby.

A club statement on Monday read: “Aston Villa can confirm Boubacar Kamara has suffered a significant knee ligament injury.

“The midfielder sustained the damage during yesterday’s fixture with Manchester United and has subsequently undergone a scan this morning.

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“Kamara’s condition will be reviewed ahead of a further consultation with a knee specialist.”

Should those examinations reveal an anterior cruciate ligament injury, it would put the rest of Kamara’s season and his hopes of representing France at this summer’s European Championship in jeopardy.

Kamara is the second Villa player to suffer a knee injury in consecutive weeks after defender Ezri Konsa was forced off in their 5-0 win over Sheffield United.

West Brom striker Dike out until 2025

West Brom striker Daryl Dike suffered a serious Achilles injury in the 2-2 draw at Ipswich Town and will be sidelined until the end of 2024.

A rupture of the USA international’s left Achilles will require surgery, followed by a period of rehabilitation.

Could Messi play at Paris Olympics?

Javier Mascherano has opened the door for Lionel Messi to represent Argentina in this year’s Olympics following the nation’s qualification for the tournament.

Argentina Under-23s head coach Mascherano invited Messi to join his squad after his side sealed their place at next summer’s football competition at Brazil’s expense.

The pair share a close relationship having played together for both Barcelona and the Argentina senior side and they could link-up again if Messi chooses to take up his former team-mate’s offer.

“Everyone already knows my relationship with Leo [Messi], the friendship I have,” Mascherano said.

“A player like him has the doors open to accompany us [at the Olympics], then it will obviously depend on him and his commitments.”

Will goalkeepers be exempt from blue card sin-bins?

A blue card for a goalkeeper will reportedly force teams to choose between putting an outfield player in goal or making a permanent substitution.

Under planned new sin-bin trials, managers will be exempt from being shown the game’s first permanent new card for more than half a century during the proposed pilot.

But there is no special provision for the goalkeeper.

The introduction of a third card, aimed to crack down on dissent and cynical fouls, is part of new sin-bin protocols drawn up by lawmakers at the International Football Association Board (Ifab) to mirror how the sanction is applied at grassroots level.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, teams would have to choose between a substitution or putting an outfield player in goal for 10 minutes if their goalkeeper is shown a blue card.

Napoli suffer AC Milan defeat

A first-half goal from Theo Hernandez was enough to seal a 1-0 victory for AC Milan over visiting champions Napoli on Sunday, helping Stefano Pioli’s side remain unbeaten in Serie A since the turn of the year.

The France defender controlled a brilliant pass from Rafael Leao on the edge of the box and sent it low past Napoli goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini to give Milan the lead in the 25th minute.

Milan, third in the standings on 52 points, extended their unbeaten league run to nine games, including seven wins.

Milan, third in the standings on 52 points, extended their unbeaten league run to nine games, including seven wins.

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