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PSG's Neymar heading back to Brazil for treatment

Neymar suffered the injury back in November and has struggled with his rehab. Credit: PA

Neymar will travel to Brazil to continue treatment on his foot injury, Paris St Germain have announced.

The Brazilian star injured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during PSG's Coupe de France clash with Strasbourg last month and was ruled out for around seven weeks.

Neymar, who has received treatment in Paris and Barcelona, will head to Brazil on Thursday for a 10-day trip under the supervision of the club's medical department.

A statement on the club's website concluded: "Paris St Germain again shows its full support for Neymar Jr and the determination he has shown since the beginning of his recovery."

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Rudiger compares Sarri's methods to a school teacher

Rudiger's form has suffered in recent weeks for Chelsea despite a bright start. Credit: PA

Antonio Rudiger compared Maurizio Sarri's methods as Chelsea head coach to a school teacher.

The 60-year-old Italian's future as Blues boss is under scrutiny following humiliating losses at Bournemouth and Manchester City - the latter 6-0 defeat Chelsea's worst in 28 years - and faces a trying period.

Supporters' scepticism was voiced with an expletive-laden critique of 'Sarri-ball' - the possession-based style Sarri favours - in Monday's FA Cup loss to Manchester United.

And Sarri bemoaned a lack of time to mastermind an upturn in fortunes, with Thursday's visit of Malmo in the Europa League followed by City in Sunday's Carabao Cup final and Tottenham in the Premier League on February 27.

Sarri has introduced training on a match day, with Germany defender Rudiger downplaying the physical effects of the additional session, while admitting to the psychological challenge.

Rudiger said: "It's not like we are doing box to box runs. It's not physical. It's just the tactical things he likes to do.

"It's the same if you sit in the school the whole time listening to someone. Of course, sometimes, it gets mental, but at the end of the day you have to do your job."

Rudiger insists Chelsea cannot look beyond Malmo - the Blues hold a 2-1 first-leg advantage in their last-32 tie - but admits Sarri's Chelsea face a day of reckoning at Wembley on Sunday.

The defender said: "First of all, let's speak about the game tomorrow because it's important for us to stay in this competition and fight to win it.

"Then, on Sunday, a big game against City at Wembley. That will show the truth. That will show our way this season.

"The truth in terms of keeping up with opponents like City, and also Liverpool and Tottenham.

"You always play for your manager, but you want results. You want to win. No player on earth likes to have the kind of run we've had."

Young backs Man United to get even better

Ashley Young and Man United's performances have dramatically improved since the departure of Mourinho. Credit: PA

Ashley Young believes Manchester United still have "another gear to go" after swatting aside Chelsea and turning their attention to this weekend's crunch clash with Liverpool.

Having seen his 11-match unbeaten start to life at the helm come to an end against Paris St Germain last week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side bounced back impressively in Monday's FA Cup clash.

United brushed aside troubled Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the fifth-round encounter, with Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba sealing a 2-0 victory and progress to the quarter-finals.

"Very good to get the win away and the way we did," United captain Young said.

"We knew Chelsea's weaknesses and we knew how we wanted to play the game and I think we did that superbly well from the start until the end and it was magnificent and I think we had another gear to go.

"That says a lot about us bouncing back from midweek and getting a result here."

It is certainly a timely shot in the arm with Sunday's eagerly-anticipated match against bitter rivals Liverpool looming large.

"It gives us all massive belief," Young said. "Obviously you will get confidence from winning games and that's exactly what we have done (at Chelsea).

"We beat Spurs away, and Arsenal away and now Chelsea away.

"We knew it would be tough, we had to be on the front foot and we knew we would have to defend but it's a fantastic result for us."

Federer to make clay court comeback in Madrid

Federer hasn't competed at the French Open since 2015. Credit: PA

Roger Federer will play on clay at the Madrid Open in May, the tournament has announced.

Federer has skipped the entire clay swing for the last two years but revealed after losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas last month that he would return to the surface this season.

The rest of the Swiss star's schedule has yet to be revealed but Madrid is an obvious choice given he is a three-time champion and the relatively high altitude makes it significantly faster than other clay events.

Tournament director Feliciano Lopez said: "Federer is one of the best players of all time, it's no secret.

"We are happy because his return to Madrid is a gift to the tournament, but above all the fans will be able to see a unique player in the Caja Magica. Having the Swiss player back on clay with (Novak) Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal is going to be unmissable."

Federer, who has slipped to seventh in the rankings, is set to play at the French Open for the first time since 2015.

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