Neymar will be with Paris Saint-Germain for the final of the Coupe de France, although he is not ready to play, says coach Unai Emery.
PSG will complete a domestic treble if they can beat third-tier side Les Herbiers at the Stade de France on Tuesday.
Neymar has returned to the French capital after two months out with a foot injury and has completed gym work as he builds up his fitness levels.
But Emery confirmed the final is too soon for the Brazilian to make his return to action, with Marco Verratti also ruled out of the clash.
“Neymar will continue his work and he will be with the team tomorrow,” Emery told reporters.
“I spoke with Neymar but it has nothing to do with the final of the Coupe de France.
“Neymar and Verratti are out but as for the rest, we’ll see.”
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Of his fellow Brazilian, PSG captain Thiago Silva added: “Neymar is fine, his progress is very good, he will be here tomorrow.
“He is suffering from not being able to train with us or play.”
Les Herbiers beating PSG would be one of the biggest shocks in European football history, but Emery says the Ligue 1 champions will take nothing for granted.
“They have earned their final with their supporters, it will be a beautiful day,” Emery said. “There is a title to go.
“Everyone wants to play this final in a full stadium. Tomorrow, we will push and the best respect is to make a good match. We’re going to push 90 minutes but all the finals are tough.”
Nurnberg will return to the Bundesliga after three seasons away as a 2-0 win at Sandhausen on Sunday confirmed promotion for Michael Kollner’s side.
Goals either side of half-time from captain Hanno Behrens and Tim Leibold earned the crucial victory at BWT-Stadion am Hardtwald, moving them to the top of the table.
Nurnberg join Fortuna Dusseldorf in gaining promotion to Germany’s top flight and the pair meet next weekend in a match that will decide who claims the 2.Bundesliga title.
The odds appear slightly in Nurnberg’s favour – they are the home side and a draw will be sufficient for them to clinch the trophy.
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Holstein Kiel also have the chance to secure successive promotions as they will compete in the play-off against the Bundesliga’s 16th-place side, which will be Hamburg, Wolfsburg or Freiburg
Santi Cazorla took part in first-team training at Arsenal on Saturday for the first time since a horrific injury ordeal that began in October 2016.
The 33-yeard-old has undergone numerous surgeries on his right Achilles and lost eight centimetres from his tendon, while he also contracted an infection that saw him at risk of having the foot amputated.
The latest injury setback occurred in January, denting his hopes of returning to action this season, but the Spain international took part in a workout session before Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Emirates last week.
Cazorla has now stepped up his recovery, as he chases a potential appearance in Arsenal’s last three matches under Arsene Wenger, and the Gunners confirmed his return with a post on social media.
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The former Villarreal and Malaga’s man’s future is still up in the air with his contract due to expire at the end of the season and the Gunners yet to offer fresh terms.
“The objective is to play some part with the team before the season ends, but we have to take things carefully,” Cazorla told AS.
“After being out for so long it will take a while to get back into form, it’s a real struggle, but when you have been out like I have, you also notice pains elsewhere – apart from what I’ve had with my tendon.
“But all of that must mean that I am doing things right, and I hope to be back as soon as possible.”
Federico Fernandez is available to play for Swansea City in a crunch Premier League clash against Bournemouth, Carlos Carvalhal has confirmed.
Fernandez missed last week’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea, during which full-back Kyle Naughton was forced to play out of position in the middle of defence.
Winger Luciano Narsingh is also available after recovering from an ankle injury, but Kyle Bartley, Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony remain unavailable.
“Fede has recovered,” Carvalhal told reporters on Thursday. “He is training with the team with no problems so he is available.
“At this moment we just have Bartley who has not recovered yet and the two long-term injuries, Fer and Bony.
“Angel Rangel, Leon Britton, Renato Sanches, Fede Fernandez and Luciano Narsingh are all training and available.”
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Swansea sit a point and a place above the drop zone with three matches remaining, two of which are at home to relegation rivals Southampton and Stoke City.
The Sydney-born attacker proved a big hit in the blue half of Merseyside after leading Millwall to the 2004 FA Cup Final, spending eight seasons at Goodison Park and netting 56 Premier League goals.
He has remained a dedicated member of the Socceroos squad, breaking their all-time scoring record in 2014 – fittingly at The Den – and could set a new appearance record if he features at the World Cup.
But Cahill admits that the frequent to-ing and fro-ing from Asia to Europe meant he sometimes turned out for the Toffees still feeling jetlagged from the long flight back from international duty.
Speaking in the June 2018 issue of FourFourTwo, out now, he says: “Have I ever played while jetlagged? One hundred per cent. When you play for Australia and in the Premier League, it’s a recipe for disaster.
“You’ll finish a game on a Saturday, fly Sunday, get there Monday and train Tuesday, then play on Wednesday and fly back as you’ve got a game on Sunday. I did that so many times with Everton – that’s why you have to make better decisions later in your career. It’s a big reason why I left Everton.
“A few players were shocked [when I signed for New York Red Bulls in 2012] as I hadn’t told anyone about it – it was done so quickly and quietly, because that’s the way I like to do business.
“I remember going into the treatment room and Joleon Lescott, Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman were there. I told them: ‘I’m off.’ They said: ‘What?! Where are you going?’ I said: ‘New York – it’s being announced in an hour.’ They were like, ‘What?!’ I think Jags [Phil Jagielka] turned around and half-slapped me. He said: ‘Nothing ceases to amaze me about decisions with you!’ because one week I was playing and the next week I was off to MLS. But I wanted to experience a new adventure.”
Cahill is also quick to hail former Toffees boss David Moyes, and believes Everton have missed the authenticity of the Scot – now in charge of West Ham – since he left to join Manchester United in 2013.
“He was a massive influence on my career,” says the 38-year-old. “He’s like a father figure to me in football – someone I always call on for all of the big decisions. He believed in me from day one.
“What he did for Everton goes beyond being a great coach: they miss how much he really loved the club. You’ve got to be careful what you wish for when you want money and change, as you lose a little bit of authenticity. I love him just as much for the way he took care of his players off the park.”
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