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Iturbe sidelined for two to three weeks
Roma have confirmed that Juan Iturbe has suffered a first degree groin strain. The winger was forced to retire midway through the first half of Champions League win over CSKA Moscow, and his club have now confirmed the extent of the damage done. Whilst Roma provide no recovery date on Iturbe's injury, it is reported through a number of outlets that a first degree strain will likely keep him out of action for at least two weeks.
Burnley face Sunderland without Ings
Burnley striker Danny Ings will miss Saturday's meeting with Sunderland due to a hamstring injury. Ings joins long-term absentee Sam Vokes (knee) on the sidelines after sustaining the injury in last weekend's draw with Crystal Palace, with the forward set to miss up to four weeks due to the problem. Matt Taylor is also out with a niggling Achilles problem.
Costa will start against City
Jose Mourinho will start with Diego Costa against Manchester City on Sunday, despite admitting that the Spain striker is still "not in the best condition" to play. Costa was rested in the Champions League on Wednesday as Chelsea only drew with Schalke and, after that game, Mourinho said that an injury to the 25 year-old's left hamstring had meant that it was impossible for him to play more than one game a week.
Dzeko injury doubt for Chelsea clash
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hoping Edin Dzeko is not ruled out of Sunday's game against Chelsea. Bosnia-Herzegovina international sustained a back problem in Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Bayern, but Pellegrini thinks the target man could recover in time for the match at the Etihad Stadium.
Stevan Jovetic is still sidelined by a hamstring injury, meaning that after allowing Alvaro Negredo to join Valencia on deadline day, Sergio Aguero is the only centre-forward who is guaranteed to be available.
Assou-Ekotto hit with three-match ban
Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been suspended for three matches by the FA after being found guilty of improper conduct. The charge relates to tweets made by the Cameroon international following the quenelle gesture performed by then-West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka in December 2013. Anelka was sacked by West Brom in March, but has recently joined Indian Super League outfit Mumbai City.
Arsenal duo fit for Villa clash
Manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers will be available for Arsenal's trip to Aston Villa on Saturday. Wenger also says right back Mathieu Debuchy will be sidelined for six weeks if he does not require surgery, and three months if he does. The France international suffered an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City last weekend.
Vlaar concern for Villa
Dutch defender Ron Vlaar is a doubt for Aston Villa's Premier League clash against Arsenal with the calf injury which forced him to miss last weekend's win at Liverpool. Christian Benteke has returned to training but will not play as the striker recovers from five months out following a ruptured Achilles. Libor Kozak is still sidelined as he continues his progress from a broken leg but Joe Cole has shaken off a calf problem and could feature.
Brandao handed six-month ban
Bastia striker Brandao was suspended for six months by the French league for head-butting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta after a league match last month. The 34-year-old Brazilian waited in the dressing room corridor for 20 minutes after being substituted, and as the players came off he walked over to Motta and butted him in the face before running away. Motta's nose was broken in the incident, and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi called for Brandao to be banned for life.
Taarabt suffers fresh injury blow
QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt limped out of training on Wednesday with an ankle ligament injury. The 25-year-old, who has previously been dogged by ankle trouble, is set to undergo a second scan to determine the full extent of the damage. Taarabt has figured for just one minute of this Premier League campaign and missed almost the entire pre-season programme with QPR as he held out for a permanent move to AC Milan following a loan spell last season.
Astori sidelined with knee injury
Roma will be without Davide Astori for several weeks after he suffered a knee injury during the Champions League win over CSKA Moscow. The central defender damaged his right knee during the 5-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico, but was able to complete the full 90 minutes.
"Astori was sent for tests which revealed a right knee sprain with damage to the collateral medial ligament," said a statement on Roma's official website. "The player has already started physiotherapy on the case."
McCown exits with thumb injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Josh McCown left Thursday night's game against the Falcons with a right thumb injury. McCown appeared to suffer the injury when he hit his hand on a helmet after throwing a pass. The journeyman completed 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards and an interception before leaving late in the second quarter.
Flacco misses practice
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was absent from Wednesday's practice with what the team said was an illness, reportedly a cold that's not expected to sideline him for this weekend's game in Cleveland. Also missing practice were defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee) and tackle Eugene Monroe (knee). Cornerbacks Asa Jackson (concussion) and Lardarius Webb (back) were full participants in practice.
Stanton out for rest of season
Miami Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton will officially miss the remainder of the season after being hit by a pitch in the face last week, the team announced Wednesday. Stanton was carted off the field and sustained facial lacerations requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage after being hit by fastball from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers. He hit .288 with 37 home runs and 105 RBI in 2014 and currently has a National League-leading .555 slugging percentage.
Stroman suspended six games
MLB has suspended Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman six games for intentionally throwing at the head area of Orioles' batter Caleb Joseph. Stroman will appeal the suspension and be allowed to play until the process has played out. The pitch came in the bottom of the sixth inning of Monday's game in Baltimore, which the Orioles won 5-2. Joseph was not hit, but the ball sailed behind him.
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