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Barca defensive problems mount with Vermaelen injury

Barcelona were dealt a new defensive blow on Monday with news that centre back Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for six weeks with a torn hamstring as the stuttering La Liga champions prepare for a gruelling set of fixtures.

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U.S. to defend Women's World Cup title after securing qualification

U.S. to defend Women's World Cup title after securing qualification

(Reuters) - World champions the United States will have a chance to defend their title at the 2019 Women's World Cup after a 6-0 win over Jamaica in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Championship on Sunday sealed their qualification.

Belgium's Vermaelen suffers fresh injury blow

Belgium's Vermaelen suffers fresh injury blow

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen has suffered another injury blow and will be out of action for several weeks after straining an adductor muscle on international duty.

Australia boss Arnold to give Rogic more freedom

Australia boss Arnold to give Rogic more freedom

(Reuters) - Attacking midfielder Tom Rogic will have more freedom to express himself in a new-look Australia side and is primed to go up "another level" in the next few years, Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has said.