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Tottenham is getting hit by the injury bug at a crucial point in their season. Already without Harry Kane, they learned yesterday they will be without Erik Lamela for the remainder of the campaign. He has been bothered by a hip injury since the fall and will need surgery to get himself back to 100%. He hasn't played since October, but was hoping to return before the season ended and provide a late season boost as they look to qualify for the Champions League once again.
Real Salt Lake have announced Mike Petke as their next head coach. Petke was hired by Real Monarchs, their USL affiliate, to be the head coach down there back in December. There was a feeling that he was a head coach in waiting at the MLS level when he was hired and that proved true when former coach Jeff Cassar was fired last week. Petke took charge of exactly one game at the USL level before the promotion.
Instant replay is slowly being phased into the game of soccer. It was first used internationally during this break during the Spain-France friendly and England is now considering giving it a shot in the EFL Cup for next year. They are already looking to implement the tech for the FA Cup Third Round and beyond next year, but the EFL Cup will provide more of a chance to nail down the process.
Finally, as the international break comes to a close, we get a new batch of FIFA Rankings! These become more important as the World Cup approaches since the top seven teams will be seeded and automatically placed in separate groups for the draw. Brazil hop into the top spot above Argentina. It's the first time Brazil are at the top in six years. Here is the rest of the top ten:
As far as we're concerned, the USA is up to 23 and Costa Rica is jsut ahead of them at 20, Mexico leads CONCACAF at 16. Elsewhere, the Netherlands has dropped to a record low of 32nd, a drop of 11 places from last period. The rankings don't become official until April 6, when FIFA publishes them. but all the math required to place the teams isn't changing before then.
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