Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata out of Spain squad with injury

Alvaro Morata is out of Spain's two World Cup Qualifiers with a hamstring injury
Alvaro Morata is out of Spain’s two World Cup Qualifiers with a hamstring injury

Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata has withdrawn from Spain’s squad for the World Cup Qualifiers against Albania and Israel with a hamstring injury.

Morata was forced off after 35 minutes during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The 24-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Real Madrid during the summer, is one of three players Spain coach Julien Lopetegui wlll be without for the two games.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s doctor warns against rushing Manchester United comeback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nearing his comeback despite tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in the Europa League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nearing his comeback despite tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in the Europa League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s doctor has warned the striker not to rush his Manchester United comeback.

Ibrahimovic tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in the Europa League.

Dr Freddie Fu, the specialist who operated on him, wants the striker to have as much recovery time as possible.

Tom Westley, Mark Wood and Keaton Jennings named in England Lions squad

Tom Westley is one of three Essex players named in the Lions squad
Tom Westley is one of three Essex players named in the Lions squad

Tom Westley, Mark Wood and Keaton Jennings have all been named in the England Lions squad for a training camp in Australia in November and December.

All three played Test matches for England this summer and will be on hand in Australia should they be required to feature in the Ashes.

Westley is one of three of the stars of Essex’s triumphant season in the County Championship to be rewarded with a call-up alongside Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter.

Ben Duckett completes a quartet of players with Test caps in the squad, and the Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone is the fifth member of the squad with senior international experience.

Porter and Lawrence made their debuts for the Lions this summer and the England selectors have included four players yet to play for the Lions – Dom Bess, Paul Coughlin, Alex Davies and Amar Virdi – although both Bess and Virdi spent time training with the Lions squad in the summer, and Coughlin played in the North-South Series earlier this year.

Keaton Jennings is one of five players with international experience in the Lions squad
Keaton Jennings is one of five players with international experience in the Lions squad

James Whitaker, the National Selector, said: “This camp provides an opportunity for emerging young talent and some players with international experience to work hard on their game in Australia, in excellent facilities, under the guidance of Andy Flower and our other lead coaches. The players selected have a range of experience, and we believe they are an exciting group.

“This is a great chance for them to impress, before we select another Lions squad for the games against West Indies A in the second half of the winter. We would expect a number of other players to be in contention for that squad – for example Haseeb Hameed was not considered for the Australia camp to avoid him having to rush back from the injury he suffered recently playing for Lancashire.”

Mark Wood will join the Lions in Australia after injury kept him out of the Ashes squad
Mark Wood will join the Lions in Australia after injury kept him out of the Ashes squad

The Lions will spend a week at the Performance Centre in Loughborough before flying to Brisbane on November 14, for a two-week camp with a red-ball focus culminating in a three-day match against a Queensland XI at the Allan Border Oval from November 27-29 – although this will not be an official England Lions fixture.

They then head west to Perth for two weeks, focusing on white-ball skills during which they will play three T20 matches against a Scorchers team who will be preparing for the Big Bash.

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The Lions squad for a seven-week trip to the West Indies in 2018, including three four-day matches and three 50-over fixtures, will be selected in December, along with the squads for the North-South Series which follows in Barbados in March.

Chris Silverwood, the head coach at Essex, will join the Lions for a second consecutive winter, as fast bowling coach – with Adam Hollioake, the former Surrey and England captain, also appointed as fielding coach.

Lions: Dom Bess (Somerset), Joe Clarke (Worcestershire), Paul Coughlin (Durham/Nottinghamshire), Alex Davies (Lancashire), Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire), George Garton (Sussex), Nick Gubbins (Middlesex), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Keaton Jennings (Durham/Lancashire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Jamie Porter (Essex), Amar Virdi (Surrey), Tom Westley (Essex), Mark Wood (Durham).

Winter dates:

November 14 – depart for Australia.

November 15-29 – Brisbane, including three-day match against a Queensland XI at Allan Border Oval from 27-29

November 30 – December 16 – Perth, including T20 matches against Perth Scorchers on 11, 13 and 15

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Romelu Lukaku is training with Belgium and will not appear in court in Los Angeles on Monday, Sky sources understand, after he was arrested over an excessive noise complaint in July following repeated warnings from police in July.

The Manchester United striker was cited for a misdemeanour after five verbal warnings at a Beverley Hills home where he was staying earlier in the summer.

Lukaku was on the verge of a £90m move to Manchester United from Everton when he was arrested at around 8pm on July 2.

The Manchester United has scored 15 goals from 12 games in all competitions this season
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Days after the incident, he shared on Instagram a picture of himself in an apartment in the American city with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

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The 24-year old scored in United’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday at Old Trafford, taking his tally already for the season to 15 from 12 games.

United sit top of the Premier League table alongside rivals Manchester City on 19 points.