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Monday Kickoff: Messi, Koscielny, Icardi and more


Several stars appear ready to shake off injuries in time for Champions League action, while one of Serie A’s top forwards looks set to extend his stay with his current club.

Lionel Messi has been kept out of Barcelona’s starting lineup by a groin injury suffered during the international break, but the star forward could return to the team’s XI in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Celtic. (REPORT)

After suffering an eye injury over the weekend, Arsenal centerback Laurent Koscielny trained on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

Following a summer full of transfer rumors, Mauro Icardi says he is on the same page with Inter Milan, while hinting that he could extend his contract with the Serie A club. (REPORT)

Mario Balotelli, who scored two goals in his Nice debut, says his move to Liverpool was “worst mistake” of his life. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho says Marcus Rashford will start in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Feyenoord. (REPORT)

Gary Cahill is reportedly “unlikely” to see discipline after criticizing the referees following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City. (REPORT)

In the wake of his failed stint at Valencia, Gary Neville says he may never return to coaching. (REPORT)


The Philadelphia Union were once again left frustrated after dropping points at home following a draw with the Montreal Impact. (REPORT)

DeAndre Yedlin scored his first Newcastle goal in a 2-0 win over Derby County. (REPORT)

Bobby Wood also found the back of the net for Hamburg, scoring his second goal in as many matches in a 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. (REPORT)

Houston Dynamo head coach Wade Barrett says he is proud of the fight shown by his side in a late draw with Sporting KC. (REPORT)

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