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12:00 AM, April 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 16, 2019

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Neuer out for two weeks with calf injury

Bayern Munich have suffered a blow to their league title hopes with club captain and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer out for the next two weeks with a calf injury.

The defending Bundesliga champions confirmed Neuer, 33, will be sidelined for "around 14 days" after going off injured during Sunday's win over Fortuna Duesseldorf.

With five league games left, leaders Bayern are just a point ahead of Borussia Dortmund with the Bavarian giants on course for a seventh straight league title.

The injury-prone Neuer will miss at least their next two league games as reserve keeper Sven Ulreich steps up.

Neuer picked up the injury early in the first half of Bayern's 4-1 win, pulling up after making an apparently innocuous pass.                --Afp

Sanchez in surprise call-up for Barcelona clash

Alexis Sanchez could be in line for a surprise call-up for Manchester United's Champions League quarterfinal second leg with Barcelona after travelling with the club to Spain.

The 30-year-old Chilean forward, who scored 47 goals in 141 appearances for Barcelona from 2011-14, has been absent for six weeks due to a knee injury.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may turn to him after his side failed to muster a shot on target in the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in last week's first leg.

Sanchez, though, has rarely hit the sort of form he displayed for Arsenal prior to his move to Manchester in January 2018. A mixture of injury and poor form has seen him score just five goals in 41 appearances.     --Afp

Napoli delay Juventus' title celebrations

Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly bagged a brace as Napoli beat Chievo 3-1 to delay Juventus' bid to win Serie A and condemn the Verona side to relegation.

Juventus -- who lost 2-1 at SPAL on Saturday needed just a point to seal an eighth consecutive Serie A title.

They would have if Carlo Ancelotti's second-placed Napoli failed to beat Chievo, and it would have been a new record of winning with six games to spare.

But towering Senegalese defender Koulibaly scored either side of Arkadiusz Milik's strike for his first league goals this season to put Napoli 17 points behind Juventus.

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Woods' fairytale Masters win inspiration for Cardiff

Tiger Woods' epic comeback from career-threatening injury and scandal in winning the Masters on Sunday can spur Cardiff to avoid relegation from the Premier League, manager Neil Warnock said on Monday.

Cardiff are presently third from bottom -- Fulham and Huddersfield having already been relegated -- but can reduce the gap to two points between themselves and Brighton if they beat the latter on Tuesday.

Brighton would still have a game in hand but Warnock believes 43-year-old Woods' achievement in capturing his first major in 11 years can be an inspiration for his team.

Winning a fifth Masters title cemented a fairytale comeback to the pinnacle of golf for Woods, whose career imploded after a 2009 sex scandal and knee and back injuries that required a total of seven surgeries.        --Afp

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