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By Mark Gleeson

BURKINA CAPTAIN HIT BY COVID

COVID-19 testing at the Africa Cup of Nations finals continues to deliver plenty of positive results with many teams impacted. Burkina Faso captain Bertrand Traore is among the latest and will miss the weekend’s match, but Cape Verde islands should have coach Bubista back after he could not travel to Cameroon initially because he had to isolate.

 

BELGIUM FEELS COVID-19 IMPACT

Belgium’s top league resumes this weekend after a winter break but collectively teams will have 23 players missing, all called up by their respective countries for the Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Gent are among the hardest hit for tonight’s game against Kortrijk.

 

HAALAND WANTS GOALS IN 2022

Erling Haaland goes in search of his first goals of 2022 tonight when Borussia Dortmund host surprise package Freiburg tonight. Haaland didn't score but had a hand in all three goals as Dortmund hit back from 2-0 down to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 last weekend. The result, coupled with leaders Bayern Munich's 2-1 home loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach, enabled second-placed Dortmund to close the gap to six points.

 

DIGNE HAS A CRACK AT RAFA

Lucas Digne has aimed a parting shot at Everton boss Rafa Benitez with the Aston Villa-bound defender posting an emotional farewell message to Toffees fans ahead of his move. The French full-back, 28, is on the verge of joining Villa in a 25-million Pound deal after dropping down the pecking order at Goodison Park following reports of a rift with Benitez.

 

JOSE MAY PLAY NEW MIDFIELDER


Roma’s new Portuguese international signing Sergio Oliveira could play this weekend after joining on a one-million Euro loan deal from FC Porto with an option to buy for 13-million Euros. The central midfielder thus joins up with Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho.