Goalkeeper David De Gea has not exactly lived up to expectations in his first season with Manchester United, and there is pretty legitimate reasoning to explain what has gone wrong.
He might need be able to see clearly.
De Gea reportedly requires laser surgery to repair a case of farsightedness. The 21-year-old Spaniard plays wearing contact lenses and was reportedly set to have the surgery last month before Atletico Madrid doctors suggested he put it off for a year.
Thought to be both Spain and Manchester United's goalkeeper of the future, De Gea has struggled with the Red Devils, losing starting duties to less-heralded Anders Lindegaard. He signed a five-year contract with the club back in June and was supposed to be the heir apparent to the spot left behind by the retired Edwin van der Sar.
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MILAN'S PATO HURT AGAIN
AC Milan can't seem to catch a break when it comes to Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato.
The oft-injured striker is set to miss up to the next four weeks with a muscle tear in his left thigh.
Pato suffered the injury after scoring the game-winning goal in Milan's Coppa Italia Round of 16 match against Novara earlier this week.
The 22-year-old Pato, rumored to be one of Paris-St. Germain's top targets this transfer window, has already been forced to miss time with a muscle injury this season and has repeatedly had to deal with muscle strains and tears throughout his career.
CANADA, COSTA RICA WIN WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS
Host Canada's Olympic qualifying campaign is off and running.
Christine Sinclair scored four goals to lead Canada past Haiti, 6-0, in their CONCACAF Women's Olympic qualifying opener Thursday night. The favorite to capture Group A, Canada wasted little time getting going, with Christina Julien scoring the opener in the seventh minute.
Sinclair took the torch from there, scoring the next four goals — two in each half — before Kelly Parker finished things off with a 90th-minute tally.
Costa Rica topped Cuba, 2-0, in their opener, getting goals from Saudy Rosales and Wendy Acosta to keep pace with the Canadians atop the group.
The U.S. women's national team kicks off its qualifying campaign Friday night at BC Place against the Dominican Republic as the nightcap following the Mexico-Guatemala match.
BRAZIL 2014 BEHIND SCHEDULE
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is a little more than two years away, but there is still plenty of work to be done before all logistical items are taken care of and completed.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke reportedly claimed that "there is not a single stadium ready today" in a conference in Rio De Janeiro. In addition to that, there is also a dispute over security issues and whether discounted tickets will be made available to students and the elderly, as is stipulated in Brazil law.
Another hiccup is the tug-of-war over beer sales in Brazilian stadiums. Local law prohibits the sale of alcohol inside stadiums as a means of reducing violence, but FIFA, which has Budweiser as a major sponsor, holds a strong stance that beer must be sold at World Cup games.
''We're not talking about alcohol, we're talking about beer,'' Valcke reportedly said.
What do you make of the De Gea situation? Think Pato will ever be healthy for a full season? How do you see CONCACAF Women's Olympic quailfying playing out? Think Brazil 2014 will go off without a hitch?
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