What happened in football today: February 12, 2021

James Justin ruled out for the season

Leicester defender James Justin will be out for the rest of the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

He could be out for up to nine months, according to manager Brendan Rodgers, who commented: “It seems to be around the same time as Ricardo (Pereira).”

Justin went down holding his right knee during the second half of Leicester’s FA Cup win over Brighton. He appeared to damage his leg clearing a high ball.

Mourinho strikes at Bale

Tensions have risen between Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho and Gareth Bale after the Wales captain posted a photo on Instagram captioned ‘good session today’.

Mourinho said Bale’s social media post was “completely untrue” after the 31-year-old was dropped from the FA Cup squad on Wednesday against Everton after complaining of discomfort.

The Portuguese added: “He wasn’t feeling well, he asked for a CT scan. He had a scan, the scan did not show any injury but his feelings were still there and coaches, sports scientists and doctors can never go against the feelings because the feelings of the player are much more important than all of us.

“So he wasn’t ready for the game. It’s as simple as that. If he’s ready for tomorrow, he’s selected for tomorrow.

Fabinho ruled out for Leicester game

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho will miss Saturday lunchtime game against Leicester with “a little muscle problem”, manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed.

Fabinho only returned for Liverpool in their 4-1 loss to Manchester City last Sunday, having missed the previous three games with a muscle injury.

New signings Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak are available for selection in place of Fabinho and both could make their debuts. Kabak was an unused substitute against City.

Arteta threatened online

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed he and his family have been threatened on social media this season.

He also called on social media companies to take action and tackle the growing threat of online abuse.

Social media companies have come under concerted pressure after Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe and Lauren James, Chelsea’s Reece James as well as Premier League referee Mike Dean have all suffered online abuse in recent weeks.

What if England, Scotland and Wales hosted the Euro?

With the Euros delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, and with Michel Platini’s initial plan to host the tournament in 12 cities hanging by a thread, Athleticism Dominic Fifield assesses what it could be like if England, Scotland and Wales hosted the tournament.

Go further below to learn more.

(Photos: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Glyn Kirk – Pool/Getty Images, Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

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