Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Liverpool know a win over Napoli this evening will see them progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.

The holders are boosted by Mo Salah’s return to training.

The Italian visitors have not won in six games, but were 2-0 victors in the reverse Group E fixture in September.

Kick-off on Merseyside is at 8pm.

Chelsea know three points this evening will see them through from Group H.

A defeat at Valencia though could push the London outfit towards the Europa League.

Midfielder Ross Barkley hasn’t travelled after he was pictured shirtless in a nightclub during the international break.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard though says he remains in his plans:

The action gets underway at the Mestalla (PRON: MES-TIE-AH) at 5.55pm.

Jurgen Klinsmann has been named as Hertha Berlin’s new manager until the end of the season.

The German legend takes over the Bundesliga (PRON: BUN-DESS-LEE-GA) club without a win since the start of October.

Klinsmann has previous managerial experience with Germany, Bayern Munich and the USA.

Temporary substitutions for footballers suspected of being concussed are likely to become compulsory for EURO 2020.

The International Football Association Board are considering a similar system to rugby for next summer’s tournament.

If sanctioned, the changes would come into effect on June 1st next year, before being implemented in the Premier League, EFL, and Scottish Premiership.

RUGBY

Connacht have been dealt a blow with centre Tom Farrell set to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The 26-year-old, who scored a try in last weekend’s Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse, has a fractured shoulder.

In better news for the province, Andy Friend will have a number of players returning for this Saturday’s Pro14 visit of the Southern Kings.

Bundee Aki, captain Jarrad Butler, Denis Buckley, and Niyi Adeolokun (PRON: A-DEE-OH-LOW-KUN) are among those back in the fold.

RACING

Gold Cup favourite Kemboy has been cleared to run by Horse Racing Ireland.

The horses’ owners, Supreme Horseracing Club, had been banned by HRI.

They have now agreed registrations from a new ownership syndicate.

Kemboy is now expected to be declared for the Savills Chase at Leopardstown, the feature race on day two of the Christmas Festival.