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In-form Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been ruled out of theQatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Portugal on Thursday night.Portugal revealed earlier on Wednesday that Silva will miss the Ireland game after missing training due to injury.

Silva missed Portugal training with muscle complaints and has been ruled out of the important game against the Irish team. Portugal can move closer to securing a place at the World Cup with a win over the Republic of Ireland in Group A of the European section.

Manchester City star Silva didn’t train with his Portugal teammates on Monday due to muscle injury and he missed Portugal training once again on Tuesdaythereby ruling him out of the game against Ireland as confirmed by manager Fernando Santos in his pre-match presser on Wednesday. The Portugal boss is optimistic that Silva would be able to face Serbia at the start of next week.

Fernando Santos stated that Silva was tired when he joined his international colleagues in camp due to his efforts for Manchester City in the opening months of the season. The Portugal senior national team manager told reporters that Silva won’t travel with the team for the Ireland game.

Silva has been one of the best players in the Premier League after his impressive start to the season. He has been the standout player for Manchester City who are three points adrift of leaders Chelsea on the league table. Silva has three goals and one assist in 15 Manchester City games in all competitions this season.

Portugal international Silva scored his third goal of the season for Manchester City during the Manchester Derby clash with the Red Devils on Saturday. He scored the second goal in the first half to seal a 2-0 away win over Manchester United.

English defender Ryan Shotton has left Australian A-league outfit Melbourne Victory after a handful of games for the club. His exit from Melbourne Victory was confirmed earlier this week and the player has since returned to England with his family.

Ex-Stoke City player Shotton is the first player to leave Melbourne Victory amidst the disappointing campaign by the club this term. Melbourne Victory have had a forgettable season in the Australian A-league till date.

Injured centre back Shotton departs Melbourne Victory after playing just eight games for the Australian A-league outfit. The Englishman signed for the Australian top flight club in the last month of last year.

Apart from Stoke City,Shotton also played for Derby County, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City in the English Championship before he signed for Melbourne Victory in December 2020. Shotton was a part of the Stoke City squad that suffered relegation from the Premier League three years ago.

Shotton spent the majority of his time in Australia on the treatment table. He suffered from groin and knee injuries thus restricting him to feature in eight of the 23 games played during his time at the club.

On his premature exit from Victory, Shotton wished that he was able to contribute more on the pitch as he thanked the club for giving him the opportunity to play in the Australian A-league.

Victory have been a big disappointment in the top flight this season with the club in 11th place on the log with three games left to play. A new chapter will begin at the club as from July with new manager Tony Popovich to take charge of the team.The club has not been able to get the best out of their international stars like Rudy Gestede, Jacob Butterfield, Ryan Shotton and Callum McManaman.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has made six big changes to the previous blueprint employed by the last managerial dispensation under Mauricio Pochettino. Argentine tactician Pochettino guided Tottenham Hotspur to an unlikely Champions League final appearance last summer before his team lost 2-0 to fellow Premier League team Liverpool. He was then sacked five months later after a poor start to the campaign last season and was replaced by a more experienced and successful manager in Jose Mourinho.

Since his appointment, Jose Mourinho has been making big changes to the team according to journalist Rob Guest and that the former Chelsea, FC Porto and Inter Milan manager has been able to transform the North London club in the space of one year. With Mourinho in charge, it’s looking like it’s going to be a good season with the club just one point off leaders Leicester City on the Premier League standings.

Spurs are in second position on the table with 17 points from the first eight league matches of the season, while the Premier League pacesetters are on 18 points. Defending champions Liverpool are also on 17 points like Spurs but they have inferior goal differenceand are in third position as a result.

In addition, Tottenham are in the Capital One Cup quarterfinals with a meeting with Championship club Stoke City on the horizon for a place in the semi-finals of the competition. They are also on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

According to Rob Guest, Jose Mourinho has made the following changes to the team he inherited from Pochettino:

  1. Mentality
  2. The ‘too nice’ tag
  3. Leaky defence
  4. The holding role dilemma
  5. Lack of creativity and
  6. Attacking fullbacks

Mourinho has been able to transform Spurs into a strong top four contender and some believe they could even win the Premier League title ahead of the top two favourites, Liverpool and Manchester City.