Messi on track in recovery

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi is recovering well from his back and rib injuries ahead of the Copa America Centenario. The Barcelona star had to be substituted during his side’s 1-0 friendly win over Honduras after a collision on Friday. Messi is continuing to undergo treatment as he slowly recovers, with Argentina also saying he is comfortable with basic daily activities.
 
 
 
Blind vows to fight for place under Mourinho
Manchester United defender Daley Blind has vowed to fight for his place amid reports new manager Jose Mourinho is ready to offload the Netherlands international. Blind has developed into a key figure at Old Trafford since joining the club from Ajax after the 2014 World Cup, but the departure of Louis van Gaal has cast doubt over his future at the club. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old is keen to work with Mourinho and is not thinking about leaving United just yet.
 

 
Aulas open to PSG bid for Lacazette
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas would be prepared to sell prize asset Alexandre Lacazette to Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain, providing the price was right. The 25-year-old scored 21 goals in the league in 2015-16 as Lyon claimed second place behind PSG thanks to a better goal difference compared to Monaco. It was a third successive campaign where Lacazette has hit double figures, but it was not enough to earn him a place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for Euro 2016 – although he is on the standby list.

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