Bayern Munich have
signed Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola on loan until the end of
the season, the two clubs confirmed on Wednesday.
Spain international will bolster Bayern’s defence, which has been left
short on cover with centre-backs Niklas Suele and Lucas Hernandez
sidelined by knee injuries.
“We decided to comply with the request of our head coach Hansi Flick for reinforcements in defence and together we decided on Alvaro Odriozola,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement.
Frank Lampard says Chelsea can cope without
leading scorer Tammy Abraham after the England striker suffered an ankle
injury scare in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with 10-man Arsenal.
hobbled off the Stamford Bridge turf at fulltime as Chelsea failed to
capitalise on old boy David Luiz’s red card, thwarted by Hector
Bellerin’s late equaliser.
Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had scrambled Chelsea to victory with a neat finish only to see Bellerin steal a share of the spoils, after Gabriel Martinelli’s breakaway goal had cancelled out Jorginho’s penalty.
Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaer has been dealt a blow in that Marcus Rashford is out for at least the next six weeks and he joins Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe on the sidelines.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a doubt, but Eric Bailly was at least fit enough for the bench on Sunday, which is a boost, and comes at the opportune time after Victor Lindelof was sent home from training on Tuesday through illness.
Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata could both come into the side having started the loss at Liverpool on the bench.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes the
resilience his side showed in twice coming from behind while a man down
to hold Chelsea 2-2 at Stamford Bridge proves a “stepping stone” to a
brighter future for the Gunners.
Arteta’s men remain 10th in the Premier League, 10 points behind Chelsea in fourth, but while a point may be too little for their hopes of a return to the Champions League, the manner in which it was achieved gave their new manager cause for optimism.