Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he’s never been happier with midfielder Paul Pogba, despite reports of a falling out.

The Frenchman will continue to captain the side this weekend at Brighton.


And Mourinho added there have been no cross words between them

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t surprised he’s lost one of his key players to injury after Kevin de Bruyne ((pron: broy-ner)) was ruled out of action for three months.

The Belgian damaged his knee in training, but won’t need surgery.

Guardiola says players are being pushed to the limit

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is confident that Spanish striker Alvaro Morata can be effective for them.

The forward has scored just three goals for the club in 2018 after an impressive beginning to his Stamford Bridge career.

Morata started their Premier League opener at Huddersfield and Sarri continues to back him

Brighton manager Chris Hughton says they will be without their captain for Sunday’s visit of Manchester United in the Premier League.

Bruno was forced off early with a hamstring injury in their 2-nil opening defeat at Watford.

But Hughton says the problem isn’t as bad as first feared

Dedryck Boyata won’t feature for Celtic again in tomorrow’s Scottish League Cup tie with Partick Thistle.

The Belgian said he wasn’t available to play for them in the Champions League defeat at AEK Athens in midweek, but manager Brendan Rodgers insisted he was fit to play.

Boyata is scheduled to return to training on Monday – and Rodgers’ assistant, Chris Davies, says the issue’s been a frustration

Celtic have brought in Daniel Arzani on-loan from Manchester City.

The Australian midfielder moves to the Scottish Premiership champions on a 2-year deal.

English title holders City signed him from Melbourne in the summer.

RUGBY

England rugby union international Danny Cipriani will face a disciplinary hearing next week, after being charged by the RFU with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game”.

He was fined for common assault and resisting arrest yesterday, following an incident at a nightclub during Gloucester’s training camp in Jersey.

Cipriani’s been left out of his club’s pre-season match at Ulster tomorrow.

SWIMMING

Sean O’Riordan is the first of 5 Irish swimmers to compete in finals at the World Para Swimming European Championships this evening.

The Cork man competes in the 100 metres Backstroke S13 Final at 6 o’clock in Dublin.

Jonathan McGrath, Patrick Flanagan, Ellen Keane and Ailbhe Kelly will also be aiming for medals at the National Aquatics Centre this evening.

BASKETBALL

Ireland Under 16 women narrowly lost out to Romania, 50-57, in their second game of the group stages at the FIBA Under 16 Women’s European Championship. Both teams fought hard but, in the end, Romania’s physicality gave them the edge over the girls in green.

Meanwhile, Ireland Under 16 men were unlucky again today as they lost out 63-78 to Finland in the 13th – 16th place classification games of the FIBA Under 16 European Championships.