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Midday Ticker: Sterling, Hart injuries; Buffon letter and more


Following injuries over the weekend, a pair of English internationals will miss out on the nation’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.

Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and goalkeeper Joe Hart have withdrawn from the two matches after suffering setbacks in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. Man City head coach Manuel Pellegrini expects the duo to each be sidelined for at least a month. (REPORT)

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon released a poetic piece via social media on Monday following his record-breaking performance over the weekend. The 38-year-old broke the Serie A record for most minutes without conceding a goal (974). (REPORT)

Antonio Conte has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, however, the Italy national team coach said it is quite possible he coaches a club team in Italy following Euro 2016. (REPORT)

Wolfsburg forward Max Kruse has been kicked off of the German national team after various off-field occurrences. Head coach Joachim Loew said, “I want players who are focused on football and the European Championship, also between matches.” (REPORT)

Chelsea loanee and Werder Bremen defender Papy Djilobodji is facing disciplinary action from the German Football Association (DFB) for allegedly making a throat-slitting gesture towards an opponent against Mainz on Saturday . (REPORT)

After suffering a devastating knee injury against Man United in February, Chelsea centerback Kurt Zouma is making positive strides in his rehabilitation process. The 21-year old posted a video on Twitter of him riding a stationary bicycle, with the caption: “Step by step.” (REPORT)

How will England cope without Hart and Sterling? What did you think of Buffon’s heartfelt poem? Where should Conte end up coaching after this summer?

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