Theo Hernandez has arrived to undergo a medical at AC Milan before completing a transfer from Real Madrid this week.The left-back arrived in Milan to have the first part of his physical exam at La Madonnina private hospital on Monday evening and is scheduled for the second part on Tuesday.The Rossoneri will reportedly pay €20 million (£18m/$23m) to land the France Under 20 international, who had been linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen and Napoli. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Hernandez, 21, rose through the Atletico Madrid youth system before leaving for Real in 2017, signing a six-year contract.He appeared in 23 games for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit before he was sent to Real Sociedad on loan last season, where he made 28 appearances in all competitions.Hernandez was targeted by Paolo Maldini, who was promoted to technical director at Milan earlier this month.Initial reports said Madrid hoped to let him move to San Siro on loan with an option to buy, but Milan have held out for a permanent deal.The Serie A outfit are also set to sign Rade Krunic from Empoli for around €8m (£7m/$8m) after the Tuscany side were relegated from the Italian top-flight last season. Krunic has also undergone a medical in Milan but his transfer has not been made official yet.Meanwhile, they have been linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, who worked with new Rossoneri boss Marco Giampolo at Sampdoria. However, the Uruguayan has denied he is close to a return to Italy, insisting he has not received an offer from Milan.Milan have offloaded Gustavo Gomez to Palmeiras on a permanent deal while Stefan Simic has left to join Hajduk Split this summer.Despite finishing fifth in Serie A in 2018-19, Milan have been excluded from next season’s Europa League for breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.The Italian club have accepted the punishment for the violations which happened under the previous owners, saying in a statement: “Whilst saddened by the fact that our fans will not be able to see their team compete in European competition next season, the club recognises and respects FFP.”The club acknowledges it has no other choice but to accept the sanctions, as it seeks to forge a pathway back to full compliance.”
Liverpool tackle Chelsea on Wednesday at Istanbul’s BJK Vodafone Park for the right to lift the European Super Cup.The Reds approach the fixture as Champions League winners and having come off an impressive start to their Premier League season with an easy 4-1 win over Norwich on Friday.Europa League champions Chelsea, meanwhile, had a rather harder time of it 48 hours later against Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Frank Lampard’s top-flight managerial debut ending in 4-0 rout. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Will Liverpool enjoy another glorious night in Turkey where they famously won the Champions League in 2005, or can the Blues bounce back? Game Liverpool vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, August 14 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream TNT USA / TUDN USA fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate. It can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Liverpool squad Goalkeepers Adrian, Kelleher, Lonergan Defenders Van Dijk, Matip, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez, Hoever, Matip Midfielders Henderson, Milner, Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elliott Forwards Salah, Firmino, Mane, Shaqiri, Origi, Brewster Alisson will be out “for the next few weeks” after sustaining an injury in Friday’s Norwich clash, while Naby Keita looks unlikely to play after limping out of Tuesday training.Long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne is also missing.Jurgen Klopp is liable to make changes, with Sadio Mane expected to receive game time after only returning to training at the beginning of last week.Dejan Lovren has not travelled amid rumours of a move to Roma.Possible Liverpool starting XI: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Cumming Defenders Alonso, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Zouma, Christensen, Zappacost, Tomori, Kenedy Midfielders Kovacic, Kante, Jorginho, Gilmour, Barkley, Mount, Pedro, Willian, Pulisic Forwards Batshuayi, Giroud, Abraham Frank Lampard is set to be boosted by the return of Willian to fitness following a knee injury sustained at the Copa America.N’Golo Kante is a doubt after picking up an injury in the defeat to Man Utd.Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are both fighting back from long-term Achilles problems, while Antonio Rudiger has stepped up his return and is now back in full training. He will be on the bench.Possible Chelsea starting XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho; Pedro, Mount, Barkley; AbrahamBetting & Match Odds Liverpool are 13/20 favourites to win the game in regulation play with bet365. Chelsea can be supported at 9/2 while the draw is 16/5.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Liverpool start Wednesday’s European Super Cup final against Chelsea as strong favourites to lift the title for a fourth time.Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a positive start to the season, pushing Manchester City close in the Community Shield then easing to a simple win over Norwich as their Premier League campaign got underway on Friday.The Reds did not miss a beat, despite a string of players having spent much of the summer away on international duty, curtailing their pre-season preparations. Nevertheless, Klopp believes his team have returned close to their physical peak.“The players had a break,” he said on Friday. “For the body it was long enough, nobody asked for longer, so they didn’t lose a lot of their physical standards. We have to be a bit smart for the next two games, we have to make a few decisions and try to win both of those games, which will be difficult.”Rotation is inevitable for the Reds, who know from bitter experience last season that dropping even one point in the Premier League can be costly when facing a foe as tough and consistent as reigning champions Manchester City.“It’s not too cool to think about the next game really before you play the first one, but you can’t ignore it,” the German lamented. “We have to see but it’s more about that we are early in the season, a lot of players made a good impression in pre-season and some came back late, so that’s all good.“We have opportunities and I think we will use a few of them just to bring fresh legs, to show immediately that we can play good football in different line-ups and stuff like this. So yes, there will be a few changes I think.”Chelsea, meanwhile, have a point to prove for an altogether different reason. Outclassed against Manchester United at the weekend, rookie Premier League boss Frank Lampard will now be under no illusions of the test that faces him as he tries to negotiate a season in which the club are shackled by a transfer ban and hampered by the loss of star player Eden Hazard.“It’s a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I’ve never won it, a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything,” he told UEFA’s official website.“Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it’s going to be tough.”Last time the sides met, Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners at Anfield, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on target – and they would love a repeat. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
There may be more departures from Arsenal this summer, admits Josh Kroenke, but the club are also planning to discuss new contracts with key players and manager Unai Emery when the time is right.A busy Premier League transfer window for the Gunners saw a number of fresh faces brought on board, including £72 million ($87m) club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.To counter the arrivals, a number of players have also been moved on – either on loan or in permanent deals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It is possible that more exits will be sanctioned before deadlines pass around the world, with there still a number of figures on the fringes of the fold that could be deemed surplus to requirements.Kronke, Arsenal board member and son of club owner Stan, told BBC Sport when asked about possible outgoings: “I would defer to our football operations staff but I know there are a few names that have come up who might not see as much playing time this season, so whether that’s via loan or permanent transfer I know there are discussions going on. I’ll leave that to our football operations staff.”While expecting there to be movement out of Emirates Stadium in the near future, Kroenke is aware of the need to ensure that prized assets are not allowed to head for the exits.Arsenal have seen a number of players run down their deals in recent years, with there now a desire on their part to avoid any repeats.Kroenke added: “That’s 100 per cent on our football operations department, but I would say whatever we’re doing we’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to be decisive, and we’re going to communicate well and honestly through it all.“So from a player’s perspective, whether it’s good or bad news I think the best thing you can do is be honest with the player because they’ve only got a limited window where they can be at their physical peak. I would defer to all the [football operations staff] on all the contract decisions because I think they’re pretty good at it.”One contract that will need addressing at some stage is that of head coach Emery, with Kroenke having been impressed by the job overseen by the Spaniard since succeeding the legendary Arsene Wenger.“I think he’s doing a great job, has done a great job and is doing a great job,” said Kroenke.“Turning the page from such a legendary manager and figure as Arsene – not only at Arsenal but in European football – was always going to be a difficult page to turn and as a club I think we’ve turned it as elegantly as we could.“I think Unai’s daily approach is fantastic. He’s out there on the pitch, he’s working, he’s watching video, he’s communicating and his daily energy and devotion to his work is fantastic, it’s exactly what we need.”
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Deshaun Watson took the NFL by storm as a rookie in 2017. He was the favorite to win Rookie of the Year until a knee injury cut his season short.Watson is on schedule to be fully recovered from his torn ACL in time to lead the Houston Texans this season. When he’s healthy, the sky is the limit for the former Clemson star.But health is the main question mark for Watson. He suffered a knee injury in college and was able to bounce back even stronger, but at least some pundits are concerned about his staying power at the professional level.Fox Sports radio host Ben Maller is one of those people. In a segment today, Maller said Watson “ain’t gonna be around for long” because of his playing style and his body won’t be able to handle the NFL.— @benmaller: “Deshaun Watson ain’t gonna be around for very long. He’s going to be destroyed and obliterated again because his body can’t handle the rigors of the NFL.” https://t.co/Gt5f4dwoaf— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) June 11, 2018In case you were wondering how Watson feels about Maller’s opinion….read below.Lol Clown! https://t.co/9BfWrTt6Yo— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) June 12, 2018There you have it from the man itself.For what it’s worth, it seems premature to declare Watson’s career in trouble because of injuries. It is always a concern when a player is coming back from a major injury but Watson is young and uber-talented.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: People play ball before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)We’re about 30 minutes away from kickoff in Lincoln, Neb., where Nebraska is set to host Troy for its second game of the season. Of course, all eyes are on Huskers’ freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez in warmups.Where do things stand injury-wise with Martinez as we approach kickoff? Here’s the latest.Nebraska head coach Scott Frost just told the Big Ten Network that the Huskers are going to let Martinez warm up. They’ll see how Martinez, who is recovering from a knee injury, looks before kickoff.Then, the Huskers will make a final decision.“We’re going to let him warm up and see where he is, so we haven’t made a final determination yet,” Frost said.”We’re going to let him warm up and see where he is, so we haven’t made a final determination yet.”– @coach_frost on @MartinezTheQB availability in Week 3 pic.twitter.com/mnIq4Hifcq— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) September 15, 2018Frost had said earlier in the week that a final decision on Martinez might not be made until a minute or two before kickoff.“Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez ‘2 minutes before kickoff.’ Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be ‘strictly physical,’” Sam McKewon tweeted.Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez “2 minutes before kickoff.” Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be “strictly physical.” #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 13, 2018Martinez is the only scholarship quarterback on the Nebraska roster this season. The Huskers were forced to play a walk-on when he went down against Colorado last weekend.Nebraska and Troy are set to kick off at noon.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Herbie Husker celebrates a Nebraska Cornhuskers touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program is off to a rough start to the Scott Frost era. The Huskers are 0-2, coming off a home loss to Troy.There’s plenty of season left, though, and Nebraska has a big road game coming this weekend against Michigan. The Huskers are hopeful to have star quarterback Adrian Martinez back for that one.One of the team’s leaders, offensive lineman Tanner Farmer, had a lengthy quote about the team that went viral on Monday.???#Huskers OL Tanner Farmer speaking the truth. pic.twitter.com/My32g583zx— Hail Varsity (@HailVarsity) September 17, 2018Another college football coach seemed to appreciate this.FAU head coach Lane Kiffin, who was born in Lincoln, Neb., tweeted the following message:“Go big red!!! @HuskerFBNation #borninlincoln,” he tweeted.Go big red!!! @HuskerFBNation #borninlincoln https://t.co/zzMgCKKTSk— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) September 18, 2018OK then.Nebraska and Michigan are set to kick off at noon on Saturday. The game will be on FS1.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame got waxed by Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday night. Fighting Irish fans, predictably, are upset. It doesn’t help that they’ve seen this before.Notre Dame has now lost its last eight New Year’s Six bowl games – and they’ve come by an average of over 20 points.SBNation tweeted a list of the games. The three most recent are this year’s Cotton Bowl vs. Clemson, the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State a few year’s back and, of course, the 2012 BCS title game vs. Alabama.The streak goes back to 1994. It’s not amazing for fans.Notre Dame is now 0-8 in its last eight New Years Six bowl games with an average margin of defeat of 20.75 points.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) December 30, 2018Notre Dame has lost EIGHT STRAIGHT big bowl games1. Fiesta Bowl ‘942. Orange Bowl ’95 3. Fiesta Bowl ‘004. Fiesta Bowl ‘055. Sugar Bowl ‘066. BCS Championship ’12 7. Fiesta Bowl ‘158. #CottonBowl ’18 https://t.co/64vZHnxsHO— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 30, 2018Clemson, meanwhile, will take on the winner of Oklahoma vs. Alabama in the national title game next week.Notre Dame has had shots at national titles twice in the 21st century – first against Alabama back in 2012 and this year. Both times the team finished 12-0, only to get crushed on the biggest stage.Brian Kelly will likely have to answer more questions from fans after another disappointing finish.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)There has been a lot of analysis of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray as an NFL Draft prospect. There will probably be a ton more between now and the combine, let alone between now and the NFL draft in April.One of the most prominent criticisms of Murray as a prospect has been his size – listed at 5-foot-11 despite that number seeming tall. But one former NFL executive appears to be tired of hearing the worry over whether Murray’s size will translate to the NFL.Former Dallas Cowboys vice-president Gil Brandt took to Twitter on Wednesday and explained that his experience with Oklahoma’s relatively-tall linemen would allow him to overcome any potential size issues. He also pointed out that Murray found a way to thrive when his blind-side was exposed and could make throws in a shifting pocket.Lots of talk about whether @TheKylerMurray is big enough to throw over NFL linemen. Never was problem OL at Oklahoma where average size of the 5 starters was 6-5, 316. He found throwing lanes w/ pocket movement. Also had sixth sense w/ blind-side pressure. He’ll be just fine.Lots of talk about whether @TheKylerMurray is big enough to throw over NFL linemen. Never was problem OL at Oklahoma where average size of the 5 starters was 6-5, 316. He found throwing lanes w/ pocket movement. Also had sixth sense w/ blind-side pressure. He’ll be just fine.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 13, 2019History shows that being undersized has not been an obstacle if the quarterback’s on-field skill is good enough. Drew Brees, Doug Flutie, and Russell Wilson all famously thrived in the NFL despite being under the ideal height.Nevertheless, at least one team is expected to give Murray that chance, and invest pretty heavily in him in the process.Several mock drafted have Murray projected as a top-ten pick, with some have him going as high as No. 7 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid: The Wall is now shaping Indian cricket’s future Rahul Dravid, who turns 46 on Friday, was an ever-dependable batsman during his heyday. In his second innings as coach of the India A and the U-19 teams, the Wall is doing a phenomenal job of being the guiding light for several budding talents.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 12:19 IST Rahul Dravid coached the India U-19 team to World Cup glory in 2018 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRahul Dravid, who turns 46 on Friday, took over as U-19 and India A coach in 2015He led India to U-19 World Cup glory in 2018 after failing in the final hurdle in 2016Dravid has insisted that youngsters going on to represent India is more important than winning junior tournamentsThere was an appreciative as well as envious tone when former Australia captain Michael Clarke and England cricketer Nick Knight pointed out Rahul Dravid’s contribution to India’s bench strength during the final Test of the recently-concluded four-Test series between India and Australia.”The right coaches, at the right places for the right players,” quipped Knight during a post-match show on Sony Six. “It seems Rahul Dravid is having a huge impact on these youngsters at the moment,” Clarke chipped in.Rahul Dravid, who turns 46 on Friday, seems to be playing a crucial knock, this time in his second innings as a cricket coach.While some of the powerhouses of world cricket, including Australia, are having a hard time to find potential superstars, India seemingly have a problem of plenty. There is an assembly line of young cricketers waiting in the wings and keeping the stars in the senior national team on their toes.Thanks to the Board of Control of Cricket in India’s (BCCI) strong domestic structure and Rahul Dravid’s work with the junior teams, India have the luxury of replacing a faulty part of the machine with quality spare parts.Wishing The Wall – Rahul Dravid a very Happy Birthday. His exploits in whites are well known but we thought we would relive one of his knocks in blue against Pakistan #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/gJ1sgt6IrdBCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019Dravid was known to be a selfless and gritty cricketer, who relied on hard work to become the player he was during his celebrated career. Like always, Dravid’s contribution to Indian cricket, this time as a coach, is proving to be paramount.advertisementDravid started work as coach of India A and India U-19 teams in 2015 and ever since has given direction to quite a lot of budding cricketers’ aspirations.Dravid’s notion of success gives us a picture of the culture that has been cultivated in the junior teams, which have become a feeder for Virat Kohli’s Team India.”I am not trying to win the World Cup as a coach, but in developing these guys. Winning these Under-19 World Cups is not the be-all-and-end all. I will be happier if some of these guys represent India,” Dravid had said before his first U-19 World Cup assignment as a coach in India in 2016.Happy birthday to cricket legend Rahul Dravid! Here, a friendly rival shares an anecdote on why he respects Dravid so much #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/uUTkKXjlD7 cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 11, 2019Virat Kohli’s senior team is reaping the rewards of Dravid’s work with the U-19 teams over the last few years.Take Mayank Agarwal’s case for instance. The Bengaluru batsman, who scored truckloads of runs over the last few domestic seasons, has been working with Dravid on India A team’s tours.It is safe to say Agarwal has eased into international cricket like a duck takes to water. Against a top-quality Australian attack on his Test debut in Melbourne, Agarwal showed his class and managed to carry the confidence into his second Test in Sydney.”Playing under Dravid is good. We speak a lot to him about the game. He is there to help us and guide us. His advice has been very helpful. He has taught me to focus my mental energy,” Agarwal said after notching up his career-best Test score of 77 in Sydney last week.One cannot discount Rahul Dravid’s contribution to Prithvi Shaw making the progression from the junior to the senior level. The 19-year-old, who had spent most of his nascent international career with Dravid, set the stage on fire in his debut Test series against the West Indies last year, scoring 237 runs, including a century, from two matches at 118.50.Shaw has often admitted that he got the confidence to back his abilities and express his game, regardless of the stage after working with Dravid. It was not surprising to see the young opener smashing the West Indies attack to all parts of the park in his debut Test series.Called him before my debut: Hanuma VihariHanuma Vihari, who was impressive in the four-Test series in Australia, had this say before his Test debut in England last year: “I called him [Dravid] the day before I made my debut and told him I was making my debut. He spoke to me for a couple of minutes and gave his inputs and I thought it eased my nerves a little bit because it’s coming from a legend and you know that you belong here.”Let’s not forget another U-19 World Cup star, Shubhman Gill. He says he is “deeply influenced by Dravid”. The youngster is on the selectors’ radar and his chart-topping performances in the ongoing domestic season are only taking him closer tan a India call-up.advertisementThe world number one Test team is certainly heading in the right direction and if the assembly line is as resourceful as it is, the numero uno tag is not going away from the Asian giants, anytime soon.Also Read | Did you know Rahul Dravid was a commerce graduate: 19 amazing facts about ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricketAlso Read | When Sachin Tendulkar rode pillion on Ramakant Achrekar’s scooter to play up to four games a dayAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Next New Zealand face struggle to put together 11 fit players for final T20I vs Sri LankaNew Zealand vs Sri Lanka T20I series: New Zealand’s 14-man squad has been reduced to just 10 fit players. With the last match to be scheduled on Friday, the players have little time heal.advertisement India Today Web Desk KandySeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 17:11 IST New Zealand will face Sri Lanka for the final T20I on Friday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFour of New Zealand players have suffered injuries as they play Sri Lanka in T20I seriesLockie Ferguson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and Tom Bruce have suffered injuriesNew Zealand now struggling to ready 11 fit players for the last T20IThough New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 4 wickets in the second Twenty20 to pocket the three-match series, the tourists now face a stiff challenge ahead of the final T20I. After several of players suffered injuries, New Zealand are struggling to ready 11 fit players for the last match of the series.The injury bug first stung fast bowler Lockie Ferguson who resultantly got ruled out of the T20 series. Ferguson sustained a minor thumb fracture at a training session ahead of the first game.Ross Taylor also got ruled out of the second match with a hip injury, but the middle-order batsman has been declared available for selection. During the second T20I at Pallekele, Martin Guptill left the field with a strained stomach muscle and did not come out to bat.The injury woes for New Zealand further accelerated when Tom Bruce, who hit a half-century in to guide his side home in the second match, picked up a knee problem during the course of his knock and is being monitored now.With all these injuries, New Zealand’s 14-man squad has been reduced to just 10 fit players. With the last match to be scheduled on Friday, the players have little time heal. @kylemills79 warming up in the comm box after a couple of injury scares tonight! Mills and @Sdoull on standby for T20 #3 #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/239riAl4fd BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 3, 2019Seeing the situation of a troubled New Zealand, the side’s former cricketer Kyle Mills mockingly showed he was getting ready for the last match with a little warm-up in the commentary.advertisementOn Tuesday, Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce scored half-centuries and shared a 109-run partnership for the fourth wicket Tuesday to help New Zealand to a tense four-wicket win over Sri Lanka to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga elected to bat first after winning the toss and his team scored a competitive 161-9 in 20 overs, but New Zealand chased it down with two balls to spare in a tense final over.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Sri Lanka vs New ZealandFollow Tim SoutheeFollow Ross TaylorFollow Lockie Ferguson