Chelsea’s Werner expects to be fit in time for Liverpool clash

Chelsea’s Timo Werner, left, up against Brighton’s goalkeeper Mathew Ryan during their English Premier League match at Falmer Stadium on Monday. (AP)
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Updated 16 September 2020

Chelsea’s Werner expects to be fit in time for Liverpool clash

  • Germany star’s pace and astute movement made him a handful for Brighton’s defense even with injury

BRIGHTON: Timo Werner insisted he will be fit to face Liverpool on Sunday after Chelsea's new striker finished their 3-1 win at Brighton with an ice pack on his thigh.
Werner marked his Premier League debut by winning a penalty that Jorginho converted to put Chelsea ahead, but the Germany star took a whack on his leg as he was tripped by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan in the incident.

The 24-year-old close-season signing from Leipzig was able to play the entire 90 minutes despite the knock and was one of Chelsea's standout performers.

When he was interviewed after the final whistle with the icing on his injury, Werner said he expected to be fine for the visit of Premier League champions Liverpool.

"The knee of the goalkeeper hit me directly in the muscle and it went very hard," Werner told Sky Sports.

"The rest of the game it hurt a lot. I couldn't do some movements because the muscle went very hard, but at the end I'm happy that we won.

"I don't care about this. In one week it will be good. We did a good game today, we did well, and I'm happy I won the penalty because it was important for our game."

Werner's pace and astute movement made him a handful for Brighton's defense even with the injury.

One of the most prolific strikers in the Bundesliga in recent years, Werner admitted it was a fascinating challenge to adapt to the different demands of the Premier League.

"The game is totally different. There is more space but you come out in the second half and the game was totally different. Brighton gave us a lot of problems," he said.

"I played against three massive defenders; you don't have that in Germany. Happy to be here and I think it was a good first game for me and the team.

"The second game will become harder because it is Liverpool. I tried and did my best and got an assist for the team.

"We had a lot of players not in the rhythm now but I think we will get better and better when we play more games together."


Lakers beat Nuggets in Game 5 to reach NBA Finals

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Lakers beat Nuggets in Game 5 to reach NBA Finals

  • The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston in their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, most in league history

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida: LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA Finals — and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers.
James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals in five games.
James finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to become the fourth player to reach 10 NBA Finals. It took him two seasons to make it with the Lakers, after falling short of the playoffs in an injury-plagued first season following eight consecutive trips with Miami and Cleveland.
The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston in their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, most in league history. They haven’t played for the title since beating the Celtics in 2010 for the last of their 16 titles.
Anthony Davis added 27 points and will end his first season with Los Angeles by playing in his first NBA Finals.
Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant each scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who had fought off elimination six times before the Lakers finally put them away. Jamal Murray added 19 points and eight assists but the star guard struggled with some leg or foot pain and lacked his usual explosiveness.
The Nuggets had come back from 3-1 down in the first two rounds before being finally ousted a month since they would have departed the bubble had they lost the first time they faced elimination, in Game 5 against Utah on Aug. 25.