Long layoff makes it tough for Pogba, says Solskjaer

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says French midfielder Paul Pogba has been out of action for so long he faces a real challenge to get fully fit and back in the team.Pogba, whose future at the club has been the subject of much speculation, is still recovering from an ankle injury that has restricted him to eight United appearances this season. He last featured in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day.”Paul knows he has to work hard to get back to his best,” Solskjaer told British media. “He has been out now for so long now, it’s a challenge to get back into shape.” Pogba was not part of the United group that spent the mid-season break at a training camp in Spain but Solskjaer confirmed the 26-year-old was given permission to do his recovery work somewhere else.”He’s taken off his cast and started running on the treadmill now, so he’s getting closer,” said the Norwegian.When asked if Pogba would play for the club again he added: “Well of course, I’d like to say that as soon as he gets fit, he’ll be good enough to play for the team. I’m sure Paul’s desperate to play for us again.”United, who are ninth in the Premier League, trail fourth-placed Chelsea by six points with the clubs meeting at Stamford Bridge later on Monday.Topics :last_img read more

Mike Napoli retires from MLB after 12 seasons

first_img Former MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela “After much thought and consideration with my family, I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Napoli wrote, in part. “I dreamed about playing baseball since I was a little kid growing up in Hollywood, FL and I was lucky enough to get paid to play a kids game for 18 years.”THANK YOU… pic.twitter.com/CzhaoU9YUH— Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) December 8, 2018Napoli played on four different teams during his career as he spent time with the Angels, Rangers, Red Sox and Indians. He last played in the majors in 2017.  Related News “I hope to be remembered as someone who always tried to keep the clubhouse atmosphere light and inclusive, making sure that everyone was respected by his peers while leading by example, both on and off the field.”Napoli ended his letter with one more thank you as he explained he’s looking forward to the future and his next venture.”This is the end of my playing career, but the beginning of the next chapter in my professional life – one window closes and another one opens. I look forward to exploring opportunities in the baseball world as I plan to continue giving back to the game that has given me so much. Until then, again, thank you.” Mike Napoli is ready to call it a career after 12 seasons in MLB as he announced his retirement Saturday. In a lengthy letter posted on Twitter, the 37-year-old explained his decision while thanking everyone who helped him throughout his career.  “The memories will last forever – my first big league homerun in May of 2006 with Los Angeles; behind the plate for the 2011 postseason with Texas and 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City; at first base for the playoff runs with Boston in 2013 and Cleveland in 2016; and the list goes on and on.” Napoli ends his career with a .246/.346/.475 slash line with 267 home runs and 744 RBI. He owned a career .228/.322/.396 line in the postseason and hit eight homers with 30 RBI in 66 games over the course of eight playoff runs. Napoli hopes he is remembered not only for what he did on the field, but also the impact he had on his teams. last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps have been handed a blow with the news that Brian McGroary and Darragh Black are heading to the USA. Black played a handful of games towards the end of the 2014 season and impressed.However, he hasn’t kicked a ball in anger this term and is heading to America to play GAA for the remainder of the summer. Black is only 18 and is a talented player who will be a key player for Joe Boyle’s U19 side upon his return from the USA.Former Wolves and Derry City midfielder Brian McGroary has been plagued with injuries since joining the club.However, in the games he featured in McGroary was very impressive and was popular with the club’s supporters.McGroary was last seen in action against Shelbourne in April but hobbled off after just thirty minutes. The news he will be leaving the club will come as a huge blow to Ollie Horgan who is already resigned to losing Sligo Rovers duo Ruairi Keating and Regan Donelon.With Adam Clarke already departing the club and Gerard O’Callaghan expected to depart the Harps squad is looking threadbare and Horgan will be busy trying to acquire players to strengthen the squad for the second-half of the season.Harps players are currently enjoying their week off before meeting collectively again for a pre-season friendly against Carrowmeena FC on Sunday.FINN HARPS HIT WITH BLOW AS BLACK AND MCGROARY HEAD STATESIDE was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:brian mcgroaryDarragh BlackFinn Harps FCnewssoccerSportUSAlast_img read more