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Emre Can trains for Liverpool ahead of schedule

Emre Can holds his injured leg during Liverpool's match against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield. Credit: PA

Emre Can's return to training this week has handed Liverpool a boost ahead of their crucial Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal.

The Germany international was expected to be sidelined for about a month after spraining ankle ligaments against Borussia Dortmund on April 14.

However, Can rejoined first-team training on Monday, just 18 days after sustaining the injury which resulted in him having to wear a protective boot and use crutches for several days.

The 22-year-old trained with all the players who did not start the 3-1 defeat to Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

No decision has been made yet on whether he will be available for Thursday's crunch tie with La Liga side, who come to Anfield holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

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Braga edge past Sion to reach Europa League last 16

Braga edged into the last 16 of the Europa League after claiming a 4-3 aggregate victory over FC Sion.

Braga are the first team to reach the last 16. Credit: Reuters

Heading into the contest trailing 2-1 from the opening leg, Swiss outfit Sion breathed life into the tie when veteran forward Theofanis Gekas broke the deadlock after 16 minutes, latching onto Ebenezer Assifuah's cross before sending a neat backheel past Braga goalkeeper Matheus Magalhaes.

Braga hit back in the 27th minute when Josue scored from the penalty spot after Assifuah had handled in the area.

Gekas netted his second three minutes later, bundling in from close range after Magalhaes had produced a smart stop to keep out Assifuah.

Braga flew out of the blocks in the second half, with Nikola Stojiljkovic firing in from the middle of the box three minutes after the break to make it 2-2 on the night.

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Spurs boss says Alli still has a lot to learn

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is preparing to teach Dele Alli to rein in the uglier side of his game.

The Tottenham midfielder was arguably the best player for the visitors to Fiorentina on Thursday night - where the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the opening leg of the Europa League round of 32 clash.

Alli could have seen red. Credit: PA

But he was lucky to be on the pitch beyond the 30-minute mark having appeared to kick out at La Viola defender Nenad Tomovic.

"We need to look at the video and try to teach him," said.

"He is a young player and he has a lot to learn about elite football. It his first season in the Premier League at Tottenham.

"He came from League One, he needs to learn a lot, still learn. But I didn't see (the incident). Some people say yes, say no, so I don't know."

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