What The Papers Say - 21 January

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Reaction to Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion and news of the serious injury suffered by midfielder James McCarthy fills Sunday’s newspapers, while the Blues are linked with a Serbia international centre-back. 

The Sunday Express and Mail on Sunday are among the editions to reflect on the battle between the Blues and the Baggies, and how Oumar Niasse rescued a point with the fastest goal scored by a Premier League substitute this season.

The Express also report Sam Allardyce’s confirmation that McCarthy suffered a double leg fracture in a 61st-minute challenge with the blameless Salomon Rondon, who tweeted after the match to say he was “absolutely devastated” and to wish the Republic of Ireland international a speedy recovery.

Allardyce gives his verdict on Saturday’s game to the Liverpool Echo, while new-boy Theo Walcott, who set up Niasse’s equaliser on his Blues bow, reveals to the Daily Star Sunday how he nearly wound up featuring in a Harry Potter film.

Finally, the Leicester Mercury points to reports in Turkey suggesting Everton, Leicester City, Celtic, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace are all showing an interest in Besiktas’ 33-year-old Serbia centre-back Dusko Tosic. 

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