Barca’s Dembele out with badly torn hamstring

French international forward Ousmane Dembele has suffered a badly torn hamstring, his club Barcelona announced on Tuesday.

“Tests
carried out on Tuesday on Ousmane Dembele have shown that the player
has a complete proximal hamstring tear in his right thigh,” the club
announced. “In the next few hours a decision will be made on the
treatment to be followed for his recovery.”

The 22-year-old has
struggled with hamstring problems. He had only just returned to training
from an injury to the right thigh he suffered in November before
suffering a fresh problem in training on Monday.

Perisic out for weeks after training injury

Bayern Munich striker Ivan Perisic will be
sidelined for several weeks after fracturing an ankle bone in Tuesday’s
training, coach Hansi Flick said.

The Croatian 31-year-old was
injured during a challenge with teammate Alvaro Odriozola and had to be
taken off the pitch in a golf cart.

“Ivan has an ankle bone
fracture. That means it will take four weeks until it fully heals. After
that there will also be rehabilitative training,” Flick said.

Torino dismiss coach Mazzarri after humiliating defeats

Torino parted ways with experienced coach
Walter Mazzarri on Tuesday after three successive defeats, the last two
of which saw them concede a combined 11 goals.

The 58-year-old
Mazzarri will be replaced by Moreno Longo, a former coach of the club’s
youth side, and leaves with Torino 12th in Serie A.

Torino
suffered their heaviest ever home defeat last month when they were
beaten 7-0 by Atalanta. The final straw for Mazzarri came with Sunday’s
4-0 loss at strugglers Lecce.

S. Korean court orders compensation for Ronaldo no-show

A South Korean court ordered a local promoter
Tuesday to compensate fans for Cristiano Ronaldo’s no-show at a
friendly match in Seoul last year.

The Juventus star stayed on
the bench throughout a 3-3 draw with a K-League all-stars team at the
Seoul World Cup Stadium in July, despite rounds of appeals from a
sell-out crowd of 65 000.

Match promoter The Festa had run adverts heavily featuring the Portuguese striker.

Tickets – priced from 30 000 won ($25) to 400 000 won – sold out in less than three minutes, with many eager to see the 34-year-old superstar in action.

Winning Champions League would salvage Man City’s season

With Liverpool set to take over as Premier
League champions, Manchester City should prioritise Europe and can still
have a “great season” if they win the Champions League, former England
striker Ian Wright has said.

City’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur
on Sunday was their sixth league defeat of the season, two more than in
the whole of the previous campaign, and left them 22 points behind
Liverpool, who are set to end a 30-year wait for a league title.

But Wright said City, who meet Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League this month, can still salvage their season.