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Nuno Espirito Santo revealed Son Heung-min is a doubt for Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace after returning injured from international duty.
The 29-year-old returned early from South Korea, missing their World Cup qualifier with Lebanon due to a calf problem suffered against Iraq.
And Nuno confirmed that Son, who has scored the most winning goals in the Premier League since the start of last term (8), may not feature at Selhurst Park.
“Like some of our players, he came back with some issues,” said Nuno, who was named the Premier League’s Manager of the Month for August on Friday.
“Sonny is not so well, but let’s wait for the club to make the proper announcement and explain to you better what kind of injury he has.”
Asked for further clarification, Nuno responded: “I don’t know. Let’s wait and see. The doctors will make the proper diagnostics.”
The potential loss of Son will place further impetus on Harry Kane, who has been involved in 12 goals in 14 Premier League games against Palace (7 goals, 5 assists).
Indeed, only Thierry Henry (43) has scored more goals in London derbies than Kane (38) but Spurs will also be without Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez as they look to maintain their perfect top-flight start.
When questioned on the whereabouts of his South American trio, Nuno explained: “I can tell you that they are in Croatia. That’s what we decided to do to try to avoid more problems.
“So the solution was to try to get them in a country where after that they can join the group. Now they are working with the sports science, a physio, in Croatia.”
Massimiliano Allegri has full faith in his Juventus squad turning around their campaign and challenging for the Serie A title after falling to a 2-1 loss at Napoli.
Juve’s slow start to Allegri’s second spell in charge continued on Saturday as second-half goals from Matteo Politano and Kalidou Koulibaly earned Napoli a comeback win.
The Bianconeri, who led through Alvaro Morata’s 10th-minute strike, have now failed to win any of their first three league games for just the second time in 52 Serie A seasons.
Saturday’s late loss also means Allegri has failed to win any of his past eight league games in charge of Juve either side of a two-year sabbatical.
After collecting just one point from their first three matches of the 2021-22 campaign, six-time Scudetto winner Allegri is adamant that his side will grow stronger.
“I have ample trust in this group. I know they will make up the lost ground,” he said. “This group is destined to grow thanks to the blows taken.
“This evening’s defeat was different and we must quickly put it behind us.”
After profiting from a Kostas Manolas error to take the lead in Naples, Juve themselves gifted their opponents – who now have three wins from three – a couple of goals.
Wojciech Szczesny parried Lorenzo Insigne’s shot into the path of Politano for Napoli’s leveller and could only push a poor Moise Kean header straight to Koulibaly for the late winner.
It is the first time since March 2010 that Napoli have recovered from a losing position to beat Juventus in the league and Allegri accepts his side were not good enough.
“I liked the attitude of the team in the first half, but in the second half Napoli got the upper hand. Sometimes you are made to pay for individual mistakes,” he said.
“Szczesny does not lack calmness. He made a mistake with his handling today, but he will be in the team on Tuesday.
“As for Kean, these things happen in football sometimes. We also conceded similar goals to Udinese and Empoli
“From a technical point of view, we could have done better. We haven’t won yet, but now we start thinking about our next match in the Champions League.”
That European tie with Malmo on Tuesday is followed five days later by a huge clash with Allegri’s former side Milan at the Allianz Stadium.
“We know that we need to be more lucid near the area, though the team did what I asked of them today from a tactical point of view against a good Napoli side,” Allegri added.
“In football there is no room for mistakes. We have an important test ahead of us that we must overcome in order for it not to become a mental thing.”
Juve, who were missing some key players on Saturday, managed just eight shots in total against Napoli and none at all on target in the second half.
That makes it back-to-back blanks for the Bianconeri since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club to rejoin Manchester United, but Allegri reiterated he is eager to move on from that high-profile exit.
“Ronaldo is part of the past, he made a choice,” Allegri said. “Now he’s gone. Juve let him go because you can’t keep a player against your will.”
Francesco Bagnaia produced a “perfect lap” to seal pole position for Sunday’s Aragon GP.
The Italian delivered a lap of one minute and 46.332 seconds on his second run to break the lap record at Aragon, which had stood since 2015.
Ducati team-mate Jack Miller was his nearest rival at just 0.366secs adrift, giving Ducati their first one-two in qualifying since Aragon 2018.
It marks Bagnaia’s second pole of the 2021 season and the 50th for Ducati in MotoGP.
“I think it was a perfect lap,” said Bagnaia. “It was great. I did a nice sector one, the sector two was incredible too and our bike in sector four helped us a lot.
“Also, entry to the last corner was incredible. I looked at the data of Jorge Martin this morning, who was doing a different line compared to me, and then I tried to do the same and I improved a lot. I didn’t expect to do a lap like that.”
Bagnaia has never won a MotoGP race and he is keen to avoid complacency ahead of Sunday’s race at MotorLand.
“I’ll just try to set my pace and be fast,” he added. “It will be important what happens with the tyres after 15 or 16 laps and in the last part of the race I feel strong, we will see if I am strong enough to win.
“The important thing will be to stay with the best from start to finish.
“It’s difficult to say that I’m ready to win or that I can win, but all the things are there.”
Fabio Quartararo completed the front row, extending his run of consecutive top-three qualifying results to 11 this season.
The French rider, however, does not believe he has the pace to keep up with the Ducati pair.
“I want to have fun. Of course, it would be great to fight for the podium,” he said.
“But to be honest, I don’t feel I have the pace, so I will try to manage the best result as possible and I will try to stay with the front guys and fight until the end.
“But right now, at least we need to make a step in the warm-up to be able to fight for the podium tomorrow.
“So, let’s hope for an improvement on the warm-up.”
1. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) 1:46.322
2. Jack Miller (Ducati) +0.366
3. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.397
4. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) +0.414
5. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) +0.556
6. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) +0.561
7. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) +0.840
8. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) +0.872
9. Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) +0.956
10. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) +0.966
11. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) +1.044
12. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) +1.610
British tennis was on a super Saturday high at the US Open as Emma Raducanu took centre stage – after Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett celebrated title success.
Salisbury completed a remarkable doubles double, adding the mixed title to the men’s crown he secured on Friday, and Reid and Hewett teamed up to clinch a calendar Grand Slam in wheelchair men’s doubles.
After Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram won the men’s doubles title by beating Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, Salisbury returned on Saturday to land another title, the fourth major of his career.
Salisbury teamed up with another American partner, Desirae Krawczyk, to see off Mexican Giuliana Olmos and Salvadorean Marcelo Arevalo 7-5 6-2 on Arthur Ashe Stadium, in the match directly before the women’s final.
Raducanu, the world number 150, was going for glory in the women’s singles final against another unlikely finalist in Canada’s Leylah Fernandez.
If she was seeking inspiration from fellow Britons, it was in plentiful supply, with wheelchair maestros Reid and Hewett scoring a 6-2 6-1 doubles victory over Japan’s Shingo Kunieda and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez.
That meant they sealed a clean sweep of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2021, becoming the first men’s wheelchair duo in history to perform that feat.
France’s Stephane Houdet previously won a calendar Grand Slam in the event, but he played with two different partners during the 2014 campaign, landing three titles with Kunieda and one with Joachim Gerard.
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