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Man United duo Pogba and Martial pull out of France squad

Martial left out of France World Cup squad, pulls out of upcoming fixtures. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and forward Anthony Martial have withdrawn from the France squad for the Nations League match against Holland and friendly with Uruguay because of injury.

Pogba was absent from the United squad which was beaten 3-1 at Manchester City on Sunday, with Martial completing the full game.

The French Football Federation confirmed on Monday neither player would be involved for the world champions over the international break.

A post on the France national team Twitter feed said Pogba's injury was a thigh problem, while Martial had an abductor-related issue.

Both players had reported to the squad's base at Clairefontaine and been assessed by Dr Franck Le Gall.

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette and Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko have been called up as replacements by Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps.

France can secure top spot in Nations League Group A and qualification for the finals when they tackle Holland in Rotterdam on November 16.

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Nasri closing in on Premier League return with West Ham

Nasri has played for both Arsenal and Manchester City in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Samir Nasri is expected to link up with Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham once his doping suspension ends, according to a report.

The London Evening Standard says Nasri, who played under Pellegrini at Manchester City, is undergoing a medical prior to signing a short-term contract with the Hammers.

The 31-year-old midfielder would not be eligible to play until January 1, but is permitted to train with any club from this month.

In February, Nasri was given a six-month ban after receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in breach of the World Anti-Doping Agency's rules.

The former France international received the treatment in December 2016 while on holiday. At the time, he was playing for Sevilla, on loan from City.

UEFA in August won an appeal for the ban to be increased to 18 months, backdated from July 1, 2017, although Nasri has played since then.

Nasri made eight appearances for Antalyaspor in Turkey between signing in August 2017 and leaving in January this year.

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Everton's Sigurdsson pulls out of Iceland squad with injury

Sigurdsson was scythed down by Jorginho in the draw against Chelsea. Credit: PA

Gylfi Sigurdsson will be unavailable for Iceland's Nations League clash against Belgium in Brussels because of the injury he sustained in Everton's goalless draw at Chelsea.

The midfielder was caught on the ankle by a challenge from Jorginho in the first half at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and he limped off with a little less than a quarter of an hour to go.

Toffees manager Marco Silva was critical of the tackle and hopes he will not lose Sigurdsson for an extended period, but the 29-year-old will be absent for Iceland's trip to Brussels on Thursday.

The Football Association of Iceland said in a tweet: "Gylfi Sigurdsson is injured and will not join the @footballiceland squad ahead of @UEFAEURO match vs @BelRedDevils on Nov 15th."

Iceland's relegation from the top tier of the Nations League has already been confirmed after losing all three of their Group Two fixtures, conceding 11 goals in the process.

It is not known whether Sigurdsson will return for Iceland's friendly against Qatar next Monday.

Sigurdsson has been an important presence in the Everton side this season, scoring five times in the Premier League, and the club will be keeping their fingers crossed he is not set for an extended period on the sidelines.

Everton welcome Cardiff to Goodison Park after the international break on November 24 before making the short trip to Anfield eight days later to take on Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Norfolk to host National Road Championships in June

Madison Genesis's Connor Swift celebrates winning the mens HSBC UK National Road Championships Road. Credit: PA

Norfolk will host next June's British Cycling National Road Championships, the governing body has announced.

The men's and women's time-trials will take place on June 27, with the road races on June 30, as part of the Great British Cycling Festival, a new concept.

The event will also include the fifth round of the cross-country series, in Norwich, and a sportive for amateur riders.

Previous winners of the men's road race have included Tour de France champions Sir Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas and 30-time Tour stage winner Mark Cavendish.

Lizzie Deignan (nee Armitstead) and Laura Kenny (nee Trott) have won the corresponding women's event.

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