Mohamed Salah joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric in running for UEFA Player of the Year

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their first goal against West Ham United in the opening game of the Premier League. (Reuters)
Updated 20 August 2018
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Mohamed Salah joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric in running for UEFA Player of the Year

  • Egyptian star Salah scored 10 times as Liverpool made it to the Champions League final
  • Ronaldo — the winner in each of the last two years — and Modric both starred for Real Madrid

PARIS: Mohamed Salah is alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric on the three-man shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award for the 2017/18 season, European football’s governing body announced on Monday.
Ronaldo — the winner in each of the last two years — and Modric both starred for Real Madrid as the Spanish giants won the Champions League for the third year running, while the latter also won the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup after inspiring Croatia on their run to the final.
Meanwhile, Egyptian star Salah scored 10 times as Liverpool made it to the Champions League final, before losing 3-1 to Real in Kiev.
Salah was forced off with a shoulder injury in the first half of that game after a clash with Real defender Sergio Ramos.
He also netted 32 goals in his debut Premier League season, with that tally a record for a 38-game campaign.
Lionel Messi came fifth in the voting by a jury of 80 coaches from clubs who played in the Champions League and Europa League, as well as 55 journalists representing each UEFA member nation.
The Barcelona star came second to Ronaldo last year but also failed to make the final three-man shortlist in 2016.
Atletico Madrid’s France star Antoine Griezmann, who scored twice as his club beat Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final, just missed out in fourth.
The winner will be named, along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year, in Monaco on Thursday, August 30, the same day as the draw for the Champions League group stage.


Andy Murray could make a return to the courts, says Mum Judy

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Andy Murray could make a return to the courts, says Mum Judy

  • Murray's Mum claims it is not beyond the realms of possibility that three-time Grand Slam champion could get back to the top.
  • Murray has had surgery on his problematic hip in a bid to save career.

LONDON: Andy Murray is currently recovering from his hip surgery, and his mother, Judy Murray, thinks the two-time Wimbledon champion still has a chance of making a return.
Murray announced last month at the Australian Open that he would compete in the season's first Grand Slam but might never be able to play again. He lost in the first round in Melbourne and had hip resurfacing surgery about two weeks ago.
Judy Murray, Andy's mum and former coach, said that she doesn't think her son is done just yet.
"I don't think we know anything, for sure nobody does," Murray said at the Rio Open.


"But I know that he would do everything that he possibly can to give himself a chance to play again.
"I think he had the same operation as Bob Bryan after the US Open, and he was playing doubles again, at Australian Open. But doubles is a very different physical proposition as singles. I think, right now, (we have to) wait and see."
When Andy Murray made his surprise announcement ahead of the Australian Open, he said he would at least like to keep playing until Wimbledon — the tournament he won in 2013 to become the first British male champion at the All England Club in 77 years.
Murray won the Wimbledon title again in 2016, as well as winning one US Open title and two Olympic gold medals. He was also ranked No. 1 in the world for 41 weeks.
Judy Murray said she thinks her son is still struggling with the idea of never playing again. If he sees a chance to return, he will take it, she said.
"I think he will, (but) I think he's aware that it might not be possible.”