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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Barcelona star Lionel Messi treated for kidney stones

The ESPN FC crew discuss Barcelona's underwhelming 2-0 victory over Levante.
Luis Enrique is not concerned with personal milestones unless they lead to trophies for Barcelona.
Luis Enrique believes Barcelona has not reached the level they did at the end of last season, despite being in first place.

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will undergo a medical procedure for kidney stones on Tuesday but is not expected to miss Barcelona's match against Valencia, the club confirmed.

Messi did not train on Monday because tests had detected more kidney problems. The 28-year-old was sidelined by kidney stones...

Chelsea's Kurt Zouma says he will miss six months with ACL injury

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink comments on an injury to Kurt Zouma that forced him to be stretchered off the field.
Man United manager Louis van Gaal voices his dissatisfaction with referee Michael Oliver following their 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says considering the mistakes Man United and Chelsea made in the match, neither team deserved a win.

Kurt Zouma will miss the rest of the Premier League season and Euro 2016 after confirming that he injured his anterior cruciate ligament during Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Zouma landed awkwardly and twisted his knee in the Stamford Bridge turf after battling for an aerial ball during the second half of the match, leaving the field on a stretcher to be replaced by Gary Cahill on 68 minutes.

The France international will this week undergo knee surgery which will rule him out...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jonjo Shelvey best bargain of transfer window as China overpays

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe discusses Jackson Martinez's move to Guangzhou Evergrande and the sudden spending spree of Chinese clubs.

Jonjo Shelvey's move to Newcastle was the biggest bargain of the winter transfer window, while Guangzhou Evergrande easily overpaid the most in their €42 million acquisition of Jackson Martinez, according to a study by the CIES Football Observatory.

The study used an algorithm that correlated fees paid and prior results from more than 1,500 transfers since 2010.

Shelvey moved from Swansea to Newcastle in January for €16m (£12m), but the study reported the England international was...

Wayne Rooney: United fans should not blame Memphis Depay for draw

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says considering the mistakes Man United and Chelsea made in the match, neither team deserved a win.

Wayne Rooney has insisted that Memphis Depay should not be made a scapegoat for Chelsea's late equaliser against Manchester United on Sunday as he urged fans not to blame the Dutchman.

Substitute Depay, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes, gave the ball away before Chelsea broke away and Diego Costa made the score 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

While manager Louis van Gaal lamented the way possession was lost, supporters turned on Depay on social media.

Memphis Depay should retain fans' support despite his error against Chelsea, Wayne Rooney says.

But captain Rooney was adamant...

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp 'back in the race' after having appendix removed

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic believes pressure is not driving Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to attend their FA Cup match, despite having his appendix removed on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp has given himself a clean bill of health and called for his Liverpool side to find some consistency in Tuesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay at West Ham.

The Reds manager was back at work on Monday two days after having his appendix removed, and said he was fully recovered from the operation, which he revealed was carried out by a Liverpool season-ticket holder.

Having been diagnosed by club doctor Andy Massey on Friday night and admitted to hospital on Saturday, Klopp watched Saturday's...

26 African nations won't back Sheikh Salman at FIFA - Musa Bility

The African football confederation announced its support for Bahrain's Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa in the upcoming FIFA presidential election.
Star support including Jose Mourinho were on hand for FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino at his event in London.
FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino says he wants responsibility of restoring football's image as FIFA president.

MONROVIA, Liberia -- The outspoken head of the Liberia Football Association said at least 26 African countries will defy their confederation and not vote for Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in the FIFA presidential election.

Salman, the Asian Football Confederation president, was publicly endorsed by the Confederation of African Football on Friday, a major boost to his election chances. CAF urged its 54 member countries to vote for the Bahraini royal.

But Liberia FA president Musa Bility, who failed an...