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Man City winger Roberts joins Girona on loan

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Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts will spend the season in Spain on loan at Girona.

Signed from Fulham in 2015 for a fee rising to £11million, the 21-year-old has spent the previous two-and-a-half years collecting trophies aplenty on loan at Celtic.

Roberts has been linked with a return to Glasgow but will instead spend the 2018-19 campaign with Girona in LaLiga.

A City statement announcing the move read: "The 21-year-old's move to Girona will see him test himself in LaLiga, one of the world's most technical leagues, which the club feels is the ideal next stage in his development.

"Everyone at City wishes Patrick all the best during his time in Girona."

Girona are part of the City Football Group and Roberts follows Aleix Garcia in making the temporary switch there from the Etihad Stadium.


England head coach Bayliss to decide on Stokes' return

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England head coach Trevor Bayliss will decide over the next two days whether Ben Stokes is ready to make his Test return.

The influential all-rounder was acquitted of affray on Tuesday after a much-publicised trial at Bristol Crown Court and instantly recalled to the England squad ahead of the third Test against India, which starts on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference in Nottingham on Thursday, Bayliss said: "It's good to have him back around the squad.

"I'm happy for Ben and glad it's all over. I haven't actually spoken to him since...but I've got the next two days to assess where he's at."

Bayliss continued: "It's a good position to be in. Whether he plays or not we've got some guys in good form in the team.

"It's a difficult decision whoever misses out, whether it's Ben or anyone else. It's a position we've been trying to get into for a while. We have some good young players coming in."

On Stokes' recall to the squad, the Australian continued: "It was a collective decision. Myself, the management, the captain, Andy Flower, the board - everyone had a bit of a say and basically thought for his (Stokes') own wellbeing it was good to get him back around the cricket.

"There's nothing automatic about selections, we'll see how he is mentally as well as physically. He's not played for a couple of weeks. It's a difficult decision to make."


Arsenal's Maitland-Niles ruled out for six to eight weeks

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Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles has suffered a "small fracture" to his left leg and will be out for six to eight weeks, Arsenal have announced.

Maitland-Niles, 20, had been expected to a regular in the first-team squad this season following a promising previous campaign.

However, after suffering the injury during the first half of the opening Premier League match against Manchester City, Maitland-Niles could now be set for up to two months of rehabilitation.

Arsenal lost 2-0 against champions City in new head coach Unai Emery's first league game in charge.

The Gunners head to Chelsea on Saturday, and provided an injury update on Thursday morning, ahead of Emery's scheduled press conference.

Arsenal reported left-back Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck were both "in full training", so should come into contention for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Defender Carl Jenkinson is, however, also expected to be out for six to eight weeks after he "sustained a significant sprain to his right ankle", the club confirmed, which is likely to mean the player will not be leaving on loan to a Sky Bet Championship club.

Sead Kolasinac should return to training from his knee problem in October, while club captain Laurent Koscielny continues his recovery from Achilles surgery.

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