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By FRANCO PANIZO
The U.S. men's national team won't be the only team to suffer from Steve Cherundolo's ankle injury.
Having picked up the knock in the Gold Cup final against Mexico last Saturday, Cherundolo has been ruled out for four weeks, meaning he will miss all of Hannover 96's preseason preparations. It is likely, however, that Cherundolo will be healthy for Hannover's season opener on August 6 against TSG Hoffenheim.
The captain of the team, Cherundolo helped Hannover to a fourth-place finish last season.
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SANCHEZ, BARCELONA CONTINUE TO HOLD TALKS
Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez and Barcelona are continuing negotations over a potential transfer worth a reported $70.6 million. With Manchester City dropping out of the race to sign the 22-year-old, Barcelona are now the favorites to acquire him. Sanchez has only ever wanted to make a switch to Barcelona, according to Udinese, but the Italian club has not ruled out keeping its highly-coveted player.
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