Tuesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Liverpool will hope to make the most of home advantage when they take on Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie tonight.

The Reds are unbeaten in their previous 19 European matches at Anfield, but are short on defenders.


Virgil van Dijk is suspended while Dejan Lovren’s hamstring injury will be assessed before kick off.

Munich will be making their first competitive appearance at Anfield since 1981, but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says the Germans know what to expect from the Merseyside fans.

Kick off is at 8 o’clock.

Lyon host Barcelona in the night’s other Champions League last 16 tie.

RUGBY

Italy have suffered a massive blow ahead of this week’s Six Nations match against Ireland.

Captain Sergio Parisse will miss the game due to a head injury.

The talismanic back row forward suffered a head injury while playing for his club Stade Francais.

He has been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Rome having not made enough progress in the return to play protocols.

Robbie Henshaw has committed his future to Ireland and Leinster.

The 25 year old has signed a new I-R-F-U contract which will run up to June 2022.

Henshaw, who has earned 37 caps for Ireland and made four appearances for the Lions, missed last weeks Six Nations win over Scotland due to injury.

It is hoped that he will have recovered from a dead leg before Sunday’s match against Italy in Rome.

Finn Russell has been ruled out of Scotland’s game against France in Paris on Saturday.

The Racing 92 out half suffered a head injury while playing against Toulouse at the weekend, and has not made enough progress in the return to play protocols.

France have dropped half backs Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez.

Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack are selected at nine and ten for the first time.

GAELIC GAMES

Kilkenny legend Jackie Tyrell says Dublin have a great chance to win a fifth successive All Ireland Football title.

Tyrell won nine All Ireland Hurling medals with Kilkenny, but fell short of the five-in-a-row.

The Cats were four time defending champions when Tipperary beat them to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2010.

Tyrell feels the 2019 Dublin footballers are in a in a far stronger position.

RACING

Top British Trainer, Nicky Henderson says the recent outbreak of Equine Flu which led to a week-long shut-down of racing in the UK could not have come at a worse time.

He and others are continuing their preparations for Cheltenham in three week’s time amid erratic winter weather conditions and the added difficulties posed by the flu outbreak.

Speaking to Mike Vince, Nicky Henderson says that going to Cheltenham he has a number of exciting novice hurdlers playing support to star performers such as Beavair d’Air, Altior and Might Bite.

No there’s no racing in Ireland but there are three meetings taking place in the UK.

Weatherby is off at 5 to 2 with the going Good-good to soft in places
Taunton starts at 10 past 2 with going also Good-good to soft in places
And they run on the standard track in Wolverhampton from 5.30.