Nigeria international Frank Onyeka is in contention to make his second start in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage in tonight’s meeting between former champions Liverpool and FC Midtjylland at Anfield.
The Danish champions will be travelling to Anfield in buoyant mood too, having launched a stunning comeback at title rivals Brondby to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win in the final half an hour at the weekend, including a 94th-minute winner.
Midtjylland have not fared too well on their travels in previous European competition, though, losing seven of their nine such games and only winning one of those
The former FC Ebedei defensive midfielder was spotted boarding a Great Dane Airlines flight to Liverpool yesterday.
Onyeka’s Champions League debut was one to forget as FC Midtjylland were hammered 4-0 by Italian visitors Atalanta last week.
If named in the starting lineup vs Liverpool as expected, it would be an important opportunity to put himself in the shop window amid speculation linking him with a departure from the Danish champions in the near future.
Onyeka started all the four matches played by The Wolves in the qualifying and playoff rounds of the Champions League, and got on the scoresheet against Slavia Prague while providing an assist vs Ludogorets.
Meanwhile, Dutch referee Danny Makkelie has been given Juventus-Barcelona, with English Anthony Taylor at the whistle in Club Brugge-Lazio.
The Old Lady welcome Lionel Messi and co to the Allianz Stadium and the UEFA Referees Commission has appointed Makkelie as the match official.
Lazio travel to Club Brugge on Wednesday, with English Anthony Taylor overseeing the Aquile’s trip to Belgium.
Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash
US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City
Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
By Agency Report
Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”