Dual Manchester slump adds gravitas to EFL Cup derby
Any suggestion that Wednesday's EFL Cup showdown between Manchester United and City would lack the usual derby intensity has been removed by the gathering pressure on both managers.
BERLIN Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland this month due to muscle stiffness, his club VfL Wolfsburg said on Tuesday.
Gomez also missed their first qualifier in September after being injured during Euro 2016 in July.
"He called off the trip with the Germany team due to muscle stiffness and will miss training for a few days," Wolfsburg said.
It was not immediately clear if Germany coach Joachim Loew would replace him.
The Germans, who won their Group C opener against Norway 3-0 in September, take on the Czech Republic in Hamburg on Oct. 8 before hosting Northern Ireland in Hanover three days later.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte that his antics in whipping up the crowd during the London club's 4-0 victory on Sunday were "humiliating", according to Italian television.
Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan said he was not good enough to compete with the world's best players after reaching the International Championship second round in Daqing, China.