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Diogo Jota was injured at the San Siro last night
Diogo Jota was injured at the San Siro last night

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Jota injury concerns Klopp

Liverpool are sweating over the ankle injury Diogo Jota picked up at Inter Milan last night. 

Jota, 25, who has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season, was replaced by Roberto Firmino at half-time as the Reds secured a 2-0 win In Italy. 

And while that first-leg victory puts the Merseysiders in pole position to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, boss Jurgen Klopp faces an anxious wait for news. 

He said: "I'm really happy with everything, apart from that Diogo had to go off with something around the ankle ligament. We will see, we don't know exactly. 

"He could have played on, maybe that's a good sign, but at half-time, the ankle was swollen anyway so we knew we had to change."

Gers ready for Dortmund

Giovanni van Bronckhorst insists Rangers are relishing their Europa League showdown with Borussia Dortmund — despite being underdogs.

The Scottish champs face the tournament favourites in the first leg of their knockout round play-off at the Westfalenstadion tonight. 

And Van Bronckhorst, 47, is adamant his players will embrace the daunting task at hand. 

He said: "We want to play against the best opposition possible in all the competitions we have, so it's normal to live the moments we are facing now.

"These are the games you want. From when you are young, you work hard to be able to play these games. Everyone is excited. 

"We're playing against one of the top sides in Europe. You know when you are still in Europe after the winter break you are going to play against very good opposition. 

"We are relishing the challenge to play against a top side in a nice stadium. We will go out and try to make it to the next round."

After being ruled out tonight, Dortmund's star striker Erling Haaland is battling to be fit for the second leg at Ibrox next Thursday. 

Auba is ready

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ready to face Napoli
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ready to face Napoli

Xavi has confirmed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ready to play his part in Barcelona's Europa League clash with Napoli this evening. 

The former Arsenal captain, 32, has made just two appearances from the bench since leaving the Emirates on a free last month. 

But Xavi insists the Gabon forward is raring to go — despite not starting a game since December 2. 

Speaking ahead of the first leg of the Europa League knockout round play-off at the Camp Nou, the Barca boss said: "Aubameyang is good and he trains really well.

"He's a player who can make a difference, he works well in spaces and makes good runs into the area. 

"He's put in performances in recent years that have been very good. I'm very happy with him, he's working positively in our group and he's very professional."

FA warn Roo

Wayne Rooney has been warned by the FA after revealing he deliberately injured John Terry when Manchester United collided with Chelsea in April 2006. 

Derby boss Roo revealed all in an interview with the Mail on Sunday earlier this month, prompting former Blues skipper Terry to take to social media to laugh off the incident. 

But the FA took a dim view of the comments from England's top goalscorer and asked for his observations.

Rooney, 36, now considers the matter closed. 

Molineux to host England games

Molineux will stage England's Nations League home games against Italy and Hungary in June. 

Roberto Mancini's Euro 2020 winners are due to visit the home of Premier League side Wolves on June 11, with Hungary colliding with the Three Lions at the same venue three days later. 

England's clash with the Italians will be played behind closed doors in accordance with sanctions imposed by UEFA last October. 

But Gareth Southgate's men can expect to be backed by a full house against the Hungarians as the FA continue the trend of taking the senior men's national team around the country. 

The Three Lions boss said: "While Wembley is our home, we very much enjoy taking the squad on the road where possible, particularly in the run-up to a major tournament. 

"This year promises to be an exciting adventure for England fans and it is great that one of English football's famous stadiums will be a part of that. 

"I know from my time in charge of the England Under-21s how much a Molineux crowd embraces the experience of international football, so we look forward to returning to Wolverhampton in June."

Cech hails Azpi

Petr Cech has paid tribute to Cesar Azpilicueta for captaining Chelsea to Club World Cup glory.

Kai Havertz netted from the penalty spot in extra-time to secure a 2-1 victory over Palmeiras in the final in Abu Dhabi last Saturday. 

And Blues legend Cech admits it would not have been possible for Chelsea to be crowned world champions without the leadership of Azpilicueta, 32, who has also lifted the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup since joining the club in 2012.

Chelsea’s technical and performance adviser said: "Azpi has now won everything — and that is an amazing achievement. All the credit goes to him. 

"When he arrived in 2012, he came first to compete for his spot. 

"He had a long-term injury the year before, so he had had a difficult time before he came to us. He had to start from scratch fighting for his place.

"He is one of those players who never disappoints you. He works hard, he does everything. 

"He is an honest player on the pitch and off the pitch he works hard. You know you can rely on him in any situation. That is the key to his success.

"No matter which manager was in charge, they all knew they could count on him, his attitude and his qualities. 

"Now he has the huge reward of lifting these trophies as a captain."

Azpilicueta, affectionally known as ‘Dave’ by the Chelsea faithful, is out of contract at the end of the season. 

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