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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has explained that Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu is making progress in his recovery from injury.

The Black Stars man aggravated a thigh/groin injury while away on international duty and missed Ghana’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Egypt, as well as Newcastle’s 4-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend.

Footballers usually throw their jersey to fans at the final whistle but Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon stunned one supporter by giving him his shorts after Wednesday’s Champions League draw against Barcelona.

The 39-year-old Buffon was competing for the first time since his emotional international retirement after Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Barcelona advanced to the last 16 after the 0-0 draw in Turin but Juventus remain second in the group and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos on December 5.

Tony Pulis was in charge at the Hawthorns for almost three years

Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Brom boss after their 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
 
The 59-year-old leaves his role with the Baggies having won just twice in their last 21 league games, with the club just a point above the relegation zone.

The Brazilian playmaker admits that his successor as Barca No. 10 could one day decide to leave Camp Nou but is ready to stand behind his great friend.

Ronaldinho would back Lionel Messi if the Barcelona superstar decided to leave Camp Nou.

Messi agreed a new contract last summer but is yet to put pen-to-paper on a deal which would see him remain at Barca until 2021.

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