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By Timothy Akintola

Read news on international friendlies, Kobbie Mainoo, Erikson and Gradey Dick.

Lionel Messi to miss out on international games due to minor injury.

Argentina’s captain, Lionel Messi will not feature in the country’s upcoming friendlies against El Salvador and Costa Rica, scheduled for March 22nd and 26th in Philadelphia and Los Angeles respectively. This is due to sustaining a minor setback with Inter Miami. Twerking his hamstring in Inter Miami’s 3-1 win against Nashville in the Concacaf Champions Cup, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is to be placed on minute restriction for the next couple of matches.


Southgate finally calls up Kobbie Mainoo to England’s first team.

Manchester United’s talented midfielder, Kobbie Mainoo has been one of the best under-20 players across Europe this season. He has been one of United’s most consistent players since making his debut this season and after his superb performance to lead the club to a quarter final victory over Liverpool on Sunday, Gareth Southgate has decided to promote the midfielder straight to the first team and has been called up for the international friendlies against Belgium and Brazil. He is the first England player to be promoted to the first team without an under-21 experience since Jadon Sancho.


Gabriel Magalhães pulls out of Brazil friendlies due to injury.

Arsenal defender, Gabriel Magalhães has decided to pull out of Brazil’s squad ahead of their two international friendlies against England and Spain. According to reports from the Brazilian federation, the 26 year-old defender has decided to pull out due to a recently sustained injury. This news has worried arsenal fans who have expressed great shock, noting that there was no visible sign of injury in Arsenal’s last game against Porto in the Champions League. He will be looking to recover quickly ahead of title-deciding clash against Manchester City in the following week.


Christian Eriksen opens up on his lack of playing time at Manchester United.

Danish midfielder, Christian Eriksen was one of ten Hag’s most valuable midfielders last season, helping the team win the Carabao Cup and securing a top four finish. There has however been a turn of events this season, as the veteran midfielder has not been able to consistently feature, coming in mostly as a substitute. Ahead of the international friendlies, Erikson has revealed having a talk with the coach about his lack of playing time. Despite agreeing that the competition in the club’s midfield has become more intense with the inclusion of Kobbie Mainoo, he has expressed his wish to help the team more in an advance role and consistent playing time.


Gradey Dick comments on weird Jersey swap with Anthony Black.

Toronto Raptors’ rookie, Gradey Dick got media attention after his team’s 111-96 loss to Orlando Magic on Sunday for swapping his shirt with Magics’ rookie, Anthony Black. The jersey swap looked weird to fans due to the outlook of the players’ names, sparking different reactions from the NBA fans. Gradey has however commented on this situation, stating that NBA players swap jersey every time and it was a mere opportunity to have a swap with his friend. Regardless, this will go down as one of the weirdest Jersey swaps in the NBA history.


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