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EPL: West Ham’s Ogbonna likely out for season – Moyes

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West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, manager David Moyes confirmed on Friday.

Ogbonna was injured in the 3-2 victory over Liverpool two weeks ago and will require surgery.

“We think surgery will take place over the next couple of days and that is really sad, he has done a great job for us, he is a great boy, a great team player,” Moyes told reporters ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“He is someone we love having around and more importantly his performances have been excellent for us so it is a real sad moment for him and us.”

Asked when Ogbonna could return, Moyes said: “Most people who know about injuries and cruciate ligament injuries know they tend to take somewhere around about nine months.

“You look at (Virgil) van Dijk and people of that ilk and how long it takes for recovery. There is not a quick return from cruciates, there is a period which has to be taken for recovery time. So I would probably say yes it will be hard for Angelo to play again this season.”

It is a blow for West Ham who have enjoyed a superb season so far, climbing to third in the Premier League and only three points behind leaders Chelsea.

Moyes believes there is more to come from his side.

“If the season finished now I would be ecstatic, drinking champagne because of how good the team has done but we have another 20 or more games to go so we just have to continue how we have been playing and keep the players pushing on,” he said.

“But I think we can play better, there is more to come and players who can step up again.”

He again played down West Ham as title challengers, but added: “But I want to challenge the top four.

“We finished two points outside last season but that is a good target to give the players.”

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West Ham have been further boosted by investment into the club by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky who earlier this month bought a 27 per cent stake in the London club.

“It’s great, we got a new coffee machine the other day!” Moyes joked. “I had a chance to meet Daniel after Liverpool he seems a very charming fellow and is a really good addition to the board and I am looking forward to working with him.

“It looks and feels like a good move for West Ham and we are looking forward to him having an impact and moving forward.”

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Ligue 1: Marseille stunned by in-form Brest

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Marseille missed the chance to cement their grip on second place in the Ligue 1 table on Saturday as Jorge Sampaoli’s side threw away the lead to lose 2-1 at home to a Brest team on a record winning run.

Brazilian international Gerson gave Marseille a first-half lead at the Velodrome with his second goal in as many games after playing a one-two with captain Dimitri Payet.

However, Brest drew level early in the second half as Romain Faivre scored a penalty awarded for a handball by Boubacar Kamara.

Franck Honorat then crashed a superb winner in off the underside of the crossbar as the side from Brittany made it six successive league wins, the best run in their history in the top flight.

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They are up to sixth, while Marseille remain second, 12 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain who are in action later on Saturday at Lens.

Kylian Mbappe could be rested for a PSG side already missing the injured Neymar, but Lionel Messi — who won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time on Monday — should start.

Marseille could drop down the table depending on results elsewhere this weekend, with Rennes and Nice both sitting within two points of the former Champions League winners.

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Bernardo stars again as Man City move to top of EPL with Watford win

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Bernardo Silva continued his scintillating form as Manchester City surged to the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 3-1 victory at struggling Watford.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a simple header on four minutes as the visitors threatened to run riot against the home side’s porous defence.

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Jack Grealish had several chances to double the advantage before the in-form Bernardo fizzed in a rebound from a narrow angle just past the half hour.

 

City continued to pose all of the questions following the restart and Bernardo grabbed his seventh goal of the season with a wonderful curler that flew into the top corner on 63 minutes.

For long spells it looked like a case of how many for the visitors but Watford did give the home support some cheer when substitute Cucho Hernandez acrobatically volleyed in a rebound 16 minutes from time.

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The result means City take advantage of former leaders Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham earlier in the day to move a point clear of second-placed Liverpool at the summit. Watford remain three points above the drop zone in 17th spot.

Pep Guardiola’s men will now turn their focus to Tuesday’s Champions League clash at RB Leipzig having already guaranteed top spot in Group A before hosting Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday. Watford travel to Brentford on Friday evening.

 

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