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Midday Ticker: Germany-Netherlands cancelled; Balotelli out three months; and more


Due to security concerns, another friendly match in Europe has been called off.

Germany was prepared to host Netherlands in Hannover on Tuesday, but a little more than one hour until kickoff, the stadium was evacuated. Many German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were set to attend the game.

A suspicious object was allegedly found within the stadium, and according to the Guardian, a statement told spectators to leave “quickly, but should go without panic back home. Please go in small groups back home, it’s better this way.”

Belgium-Spain, which was also scheduled to play today, was postponed yesterday. These decisions come on the heels of attacks that were carried out in Paris, France, last Friday.

French and Belgian police are on the hunt for Salah Abdeslam, who is suspected of aiding his brother in the attacks that killed at least 129 people, including some next to the national stadium while France and Germany played in a friendly.

Here are some more news and notes:


After securing a loan move to AC Milan in hopes of resurrecting his Euro 2016 chances, Italian striker Mario Balotelli has been hit with more injury news. 

The on-loan Liverpool attacker is expected to be out for three months, as he will be recovering from an upcoming hernia operation. Reports out of Italy state that Balotelli has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, which will require an operation to remove.

The nagging issue had kept the Italian out of matches for Milan since the end of September, and it now seems he won’t see the field again before mid-February.

Balotelli has one goal in four Serie A appearances this season.


New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been thrown a lifeline as striker Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training.

The English forward is now closer than ever to making his debut under Klopp, with Sunday’s match against Manchester City marking his possible return to action.

Sturridge was injured in training just days before Klopp’s first game at the helm in October. The minor injury has caused more of a problem than originally thought due to a fluid buildup in the striker’s knee.

Klopp’s team could possibly earn a huge boost this weekend at the Etihad, as Jordan Ibe and James Milner also near a return to fitness.

Under Klopp, Liverpool have a record of 3-1-3 in all competitions.


Thierry Henry has made public his expectations that “the whole world will be French” Tuesday evening when England take on France at Wembley.

The French World Cup winner wrote a column in Britain’s The Sun in the buildup to tonight’s friendly match, speaking on the solidarity he expects to see from the two proud footballing nations.

The former New York Red Bulls attacker cites a 2001 UEFA Champions League game, when his Arsenal team had to play Real Mallorca only hours after the Sept. 11 attacks.

In memory of those that lost their lives in the attacks in France last week, Wembley will light up it’s arch in the French red, white and blue, while the lyrics of the visiting side’s national anthem will be put up on the big screen for all fans to sing.


Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago will be sidelined three-to-four weeks after suffering an injury in Spain’s friendly against England last Friday. (REPORT)

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger says the international schedule must be restructured in order to give players more rest. (REPORT)


Think cancelling the Germany-Netherlands game was the right call? What do you think of Henry’s comments? Will Sturridge be a big enough boost to help Liverpool to a win in Manchester this weekend? Will Balotelli have any chance at making Italy’s Euro 2016 squad?

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