Sancho set to be on the sidelines for Champions League tie with Manchester City

In-form Borussia Dortmund winger unlikely to play a part against former team; Sunderland eyeing promotion windfall.

SOCCER: Manchester City have been handed a Champions League boost with the news Jadon Sancho may miss both legs.

The Borussia Dortmund winger has missed the last four Bundesliga games as well as England's World Cup qualifiers due to a muscle injury.

With the first leg kicking off on Tuesday night, chances of a reunion with his former club are in major doubt after he was unable to train on Sunday.

And, according to Dortmund daily Ruhr NachrichtenSancho is also unlikely to make the return leg on April 14.

Sancho had hit four goals and two assists in his four games before picking up the injury.

Without the 21-year-old, Dortmund have won just one in four and lost 1-0 in a vital top-four showdown to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

City are 1/3 to win the first leg with Paddy Power and 2/1 to win the competition outright.

The injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Sancho, who has drifted to 13/8 with Sky Bet to start England's first game of the Euros.

He is still rated a 1/10 chance to make Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad, however.

And looking further ahead, he is 5/2 with William Hill to be lining up in a Manchester United shirt for the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season.

Promotion will mean £60m in the kitty for Black Cats

SOCCER: Sunderland's billionaire owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is planning a £60million transfer spree if the Black Cats clinch promotion to the Championship, according to The Sun.

Sunderland sit in third position ahead of their League One crunch clash with Peterborough United today.

On the back of an 11-game unbeaten run, Sunderland have moved two points behind second-placed Posh having played a game less.

As the season enters the final straight, leaders Hull sit a further point ahead having played two games more than the north-east side.

Heir to an estimated £4billion fortune, the new Black Cats owner acquired a majority stake from Stewart Donald in February.

He said: "It is a fresh start.

"It has been many years now where the club had no real long-term vision and also cost-cutting at its forefront, which basically led to an asset-stripping in almost all departments, which required rebuilding from the start.

"It will be a long-term plan - hopefully we can take it forward together and bring better times to the club."

Sunderland are rated 1/3 to be playing Championship football next season with Sky Bet.

They are also priced as narrow 6/4 favourites to win League One, with Peterborough and Hull both at 7/4.

However, after the top three all scored late goals to win their Good Friday clashes, there promises to be many twists and turns to come before manager Lee Johnson can start writing a shopping list.

Moyes banking on keeping Soucek and Rice

SOCCER: David Moyes concedes West Ham will consider offers for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek this summer.

However, he said it would take monumental money to convince them to sell.

"Yes, any club can make offers for players but we've not had any big offers," he claimed in The Daily Mirror.

"I hope we don't get any but if we do, like any other club, we would consider them.

"I don't know where the Bank of England is for Tomas Soucek but I've said with Declan, it would take the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland to get him.

"It will have to be the Bank of Czech as well for Tomas!"

A top-four finish will certainly strengthen West Ham's hand when it comes to retaining their top players.

The Hammers, who have games in hand on the teams above them, are 9/2 with Paddy Power to finish inside the top four.

Despite Soucek and Rice's impressive campaigns, they are both 100/1 to be named PFA Player of the Year.

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes leads the betting at 10/11.

* All odds correct at time of publication

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