“And there is a risk of hurting yourself again with this kind of injury and I must give my final list to FIFA on June 4.”
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Adil Rami, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Blaise Matuidi, N’golo Kante, Steven N’zonzi. Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir, Thomas Lemar. Reserves: Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Benoit Costil, Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial, Adrien Rabiot, Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko, Kurt Zouma
Presidential aid in Peru
Peru’s president wants state authorities to help Paolo Guerrero try to overturn a doping ban which forces the captain to miss the country’s first World Cup in 36 years where they will face the Socceroos.
Martin Vizcarra asked the government and Peru’s ambassador to Switzerland on Wednesday to be ready to help Guerrero challenge his ban at the Swiss supreme court.
Guerrero can ask federal judges to study a ruling announced on Monday by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport which banned him until January for a positive test for cocaine metabolites.
The sports court extended FIFA’s six-month ban which expired this month to 14 months, ruling the 34-year-old forward out of the tournament in Russia.
The CAS said its panel accepted that Guerrero did not intend to drink contaminated tea, and that it was not performance-enhancing at a World Cup qualifying game last October. The judges’ full verdict explaining the decision has yet to be published.
The Swiss Federal Tribunal can intervene if legal process was abused. It could give an interim order before Peru’s World Cup program starts on June 16 against Denmark.
Over in Portugal …
Nearly half of Portugal’s triumphant Euro 2016 winning squad will miss the World Cup after national coach Fernando Santos made what he said were some difficult choices in naming his final 23 for Russia.
Centre forward Eder, who scored the winning goal in the Euro 2016 final against France, was among 10 players from that squad who were omitted from Santos’ list.
Other unlucky players included midfielders Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches, forward Nani and defender Eliseu.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer and most capped player, headed the list for the European champions, who face Spain, Morocco and Iran in a tricky first-round group.
Other stalwarts included goalkeeper Rui Patricio, central defenders Pepe (35) and Bruno Alves (36), midfielders William Carvalho and Joao Moutinho and flamboyant forward Ricardo Quaresma.
“As a professional, I have to make decisions and I know that I’m not going to please everyone,” Santos told a news conference.
“But, on the personal side, it hurts me to leave out players who took part in the European championship, and others who took part in the qualifiers and helped the team get this far.
“For me, this is always difficult.”
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting). Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica). Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Joao Mario (West Ham United), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting). Forwards: Andre Silva (Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas).
Neymar’s recovery on track
Neymar has been allowed to fly back to Brazil after resuming training with Paris Saint-Germain so that he can get ready for the World Cup.
“Neymar partially resumed training with his teammates today at the Parc des Princes and started his physical preparation with the ball,” the Ligue 1 club said in a statement.
“The fact that he is not available for the game at Caen [in the last round of Ligue 1] means that he has been allowed to go back to Brazil tonight to [continue his rehabilitation with the national team].”
Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for a record 222 million euros last August, has been out of action since spraining his ankle and fracturing his fifth metatarsal on February 25, which led him to undergo surgery in Brazil.
He was named in the Brazil squad for the June 14-July 15 World Cup finals in Russia.
Senegal’s Cup squad named
Senegal have named their final 23-man squad for the World Cup, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane leading a group that also includes key defender Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.
Coach Aliou Cisse, the captain of the 2002 Senegal team that reached the quarter-finals in the country’s only previous World Cup appearance, also gambled on Thursday on Monaco winger Keita Balde, out injured, and Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji, who is on his way back from injury.
The 20-year-old Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr also made the final squad.
Senegal face Poland, Japan and Colombia in the group stage in Russia.
Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Stade Rennes), Alfred Gomis (SPAL), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya). Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Kara Mbodii (Anderlecht), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Salif Sane (Hannover 98), Moussa Wague (Eupen). Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City), Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City), Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennes). Forwards: Keita Balde (Monaco), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Diafra Sakho (Stade Rennes), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor)
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