Real Madrid will be without midfielder Isco for a spell after the club confirmed he has suffered a hamstring strain.The 27-year-old made his second appearance of the season as he started Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid.He was, however, forced off in the 68th minute due to injury and is now set for a spell on the sidelines with Madrid announcing on Wednesday that the Spaniard is struggling with a muscle problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? A timescale has yet to be revealed although, depending on the severity of the problem, it could well be that the Spain international is out for as much as four weeks.A statement on the club’s official website read: “After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Isco has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right femoral biceps. His recovery will continue to be monitored.”The good news for Los Blancos is that Isco’s injury has come shortly before the international break, giving him an extended period to recover.He is, however, now the sixth Real player to pick up a muscle injury already this season with Ferland Mendy, Brahim Diaz, James Rodriguez and Rodrygo all suffering similar issues.Eden Hazard has also been unable to make his first-team debut due to a hamstring injury that has seen him miss his side’s opening matches of the 2019-20 season.Spanish forward Marco Asensio is another who is sidelined having suffered a cruciate ligament injury in a pre-season friendly meeting with Arsenal.As a result, Zinedine Zidane faces selection issues with his squad looking so thin ahead of Sunday’s visit of Villarreal.Los Blancos kicked off their season with a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo, with goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez securing the three points despite a second-half red card for Luka Modric.They were, however, held by Valladolid in a shock result at the Bernabeu, with Benzema’s 82nd-minute opener cancelled out by Sergi Guardiola.After facing Villarreal on September 1, Madrid will then have a break 14 days before their next fixture against Levante, where Hazard could well make his competitive debut for the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims to need no “assurances” from the Manchester United board regarding his future and says there is money for him to spend in January.Plenty outside of Old Trafford have started to ask questions of the Norwegian coach’s suitability to a high-profile managerial role.With United continuing to struggle for consistency, it has been suggested that another mid-season change in the dugout could be on the cards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Solskjaer is adamant that no indication has been offered to him that such a move is being considered, with the former Red Devils favourite from his playing days still planning for the long-term and expecting to see out his contract.“All the talks I’ve had with the owners, with Ed Woodward and the club have been about me having a three-year contract,” the United boss told Sky Sports .“We’re planning long-term. I’ve been given the job and if you lose a game or two, you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances.“But we started out with a plan and a recruitment plan is in place. I’m 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it is always the manager who has the final say.”United were expected to be busy in the last transfer window, but there ended up being more outgoings than arrivals at Old Trafford .As reported by Goal , the Red Devils are closing in on a deal for Mario Mandzukic to arrive in January and Solskjaer confirmed there are still funds available should he need them.He added: “The money is there. We’ve been looking at players and we were close to a couple but it’s not right if you don’t get the right players. The money is there to strengthen in January and in the summer.“We’re planning and we’re looking. We’re refining our targets, but just before the summer transfer window ended, the ready-made players weren’t there. But the resources are there if the right players are available.”He added when asked if United could dip back into the market in January: “Yes, definitely.“Of course, we’re looking at one or two new signings. We’re one or two players light, and we’ve said that, but if the right ones are available in January then we might do something. If not, these players will give everything.”United sit 12th in the Premier League table at present, with nine points taken from eight games, and will return to action on Sunday with a home date against arch-rivals and league leaders Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Rock stars and actors have their own alcohol labels, so why not sneaker moguls? James Bond (not that James Bond), the co-founder and CEO of Los Angeles streetwear shop Undefeated, launched a California-made whiskey with fellow sneaker king Jon Buscemi — designer, sneakerhead, and mastermind behind luxury footwear brand Buscemi. (Yes, he’s a cousin of actor Steve Buscemi.)The name they chose for their spirit? Wolves Whiskey.The minimalist bottle comes in a bare wooden box and is branded with the engraving: “The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.”Uhh, we choose the wolf. And so did tons of other whiskey and sneaker fanatics. Among 898 “First Run” bottles, the entire stock was sold out in a matter of days from two exclusive retail partners, Flaviar and ReserveBar.com.At $150 a bottle, that’s mildly insane.So what gives Wolves its superior bite?First Run is a blend of three distinct whiskeys. Buckle up and try to imagine this hybrid: they start with a whiskey double distilled from a craft stout beer, aged eight years in French oak casks, then add a whiskey double distilled from a pilsner, aged in new American oak for five years, and lastly a spicy rye whiskey to round out the finish.If you’re imagining an intense whiskey, you’d be right. The Manual got a first-taste of Wolves Whiskey First Run and it was strong, sharp, and true to its 106 proof. Sip this booze, friends. Sip it.For those whiskey drinkers with a palate for bourbon (sweeter with a full body thanks to the corn mash), Wolves Whiskey may not be part of your pack. The rye mash is intense. Then again, so are Bond and Buscemi. Wolves even says in an official press release, “’First Run’ is not your standard bourbon experience.”“I wanted to sip something with my people at my house that was truly different, something you couldn’t find anywhere else,” said Buscemi of his new project. “When we found the master distiller in Northern California, we knew we found what we were looking for, for our first release. He’s an artist. We brought some special Rye to the table and blended a juice that is balanced and rich.”Artistry is no overstatement. According to Wolves, their 13th-generation Master Distiller, Marko Karakasevic, lived by the still for each small batch, sleeping in four-hour shifts so that no one else could touch the equipment. Karakasevic double distilled Wolves in an Alembic pot still that was imported from Cognac, France, which the brand says is one of five in the U.S.Because Wolves is distilled from craft beer, you would imagine the nose to be slightly sweet and hoppy, with a smooth finish. However, the rye power in Wolves is dominant. Much like a pair of rare Nike Air Jordan 4 Eminem X Carhartt sneakers, Wolves Whiskey is made to be collected.While you can get the Eminem X Carhartt sneakers online for about $25,000, you’re outta luck for Wolves First Run. A rep for the brand did say Bond and Buscemi are rearing for a second batch release, most likely in the fall and winter of 2019-20. What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy