Paul Pogba: Manchester United midfielder to miss Premier League match against Liverpool

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has played in five of Manchester United’s eight league games this season

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League meeting with leaders Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman, 26, is suffering from a foot injury that has limited him to two appearances since the end of August.

United are two points clear of the relegation zone while Liverpool have an eight-point lead at the top.

Goalkeeper David de Gea is also a doubt for the game – he will have scans on Thursday on a groin injury.

Argentine Sergio Romero will deputise against Liverpool if De Gea is ruled out with the injury that forced him off in the second half of Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Sweden on Tuesday.

Former England striker Peter Crouch has ended his playing career aged 38 after more than 21 years as a professional.

The former Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Stoke striker was out of contract at Burnley in June.

Crouch played for a total of 11 clubs and earned 42 England caps.

“If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals, I would have avoided you at all costs,” Crouch wrote on Twitter.

“It’s been an absolute dream come true. Our wonderful game has given me everything. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and helped me stay there for so long.”

Crouch gained cult status for his ‘robot’ goal celebration

Crouch said his decision to retire arrived “after a lot of deliberation”.

Having started his professional career at , he had spells on loan at Dulwich Hamlet and IFK Hassleholm before moving to Queens Park Rangers.

He then moved to Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Norwich on loan, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth again, Tottenham, Stoke and Burnley.

He scored 108 goals – a Premier League record of 53 with his head – in 468 top-flight appearances and won the FA Cup in 2005-06 with Liverpool and played in the Champions League final in 2007 as part of Rafael Benitez’s side.

Crouch admitted the prospect of retirement was “scary” and writing in the Daily Mail

John Isner is usually the one playing marathons at the All England Club. But in July, he was a spectator as he watched Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer go to a 13-12 fifth-set tiebreak in the Wimbledon final.

John Isner is bidding for his fifth Atlant trophy. (Getty Images)

The 34-year-old, who won his fourth title in Newport  on Sunday, and now is competing in Atlanta—where he has won five times—has also been successful as an older player. However, he is coming back from a foot fracture he experienced during the Miami final against Federer, which kept him sidelined until Wimbledon.

“It’s a tough injury to have… It just took some time,” said Isner. “But it happens, injuries [are] a part of sports.”

The break allowed the world No. 14 to spend extra time with his daughter, who was born following the 2018 US Open. Becoming a father has also had an effect on the American’s career.

“It’s still important, but family comes before that,” he said. “I think it’s helped me relax a little bit on court.”

Isner, who received a first-round bye, is the top seed in Atlanta.

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October 2019