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Diego Costa fully fit after international rest
Diego Costa is fit for Chelsea's return to Premier League action but Jose Mourinho has yet to make a decision on whether Cesc Fabregas will face West Brom. The pair missed Spain's recent internationals but Mourinho says striker Costa has "fully recovered" from hamstring and groin complaints, while Fabregas is in contention after returning to training on Friday after a minor thigh tear. John Obi Mikel will also be assessed having returned from Nigeria duty on Friday, while Ramires is available for selection albeit "not in very, very good condition". Nathan Ake is out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury but Andre Schurrle is back.
Mixed news for United
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been given a timely boost ahead of his side's Premier League clash at Arsenal on Saturday, as Angel di Maria, David de Gea, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw all took part in Friday's training session. The quartet had all been fitness doubts for the match at the Emirates after picking up injuries playing for their respective countries during the recent international break. Meanwhile, striker Radamel Falcao will miss the trip because of a calf injury, while Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Daley Blind are also definitely absent.
Theo Walcott ruled out of United clash
Theo Walcott has been ruled out for Saturday's Premier League clash against Manchester United. The Arsenal forward has a groin problem while former United striker Danny Welbeck will also be assessed along with Alexis Sanchez, who was involved in a lot of travelling while on international duty with Chile. Captain Mikel Arteta has recovered from a hamstring problem while France striker Olivier Giroud is back in contention after three months out with a broken leg.
Fabregas set to return
Cesc Fabregas is set to return from a thigh injury in time to feature in Chelsea's clash with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. It was initially feared the Spanish midfielder would miss three weeks of action with a minor thigh tear that ruled him out of his country's games against Belarus and Germany during the international break. But Fabregas trained on Thursday and looks likely to feature at Stamford Bridge, returning to the side a week ahead of schedule.
The news could further fuel suspicions in Spain over the commitment of Fabregas and team-mate Diego Costa, after both played through the pain barrier in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield but pulled out of Vicente del Bosque's squad.
Iniesta back in training
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta was back in training on Thursday as he continues his recovery from a calf strain. Iniesta sustained the injury in last month's 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid and although he has yet to be given the all-clear by the club's medical staff he could feature in Saturday's game with Sevilla.
Thomas Vermaelen, who joined from Arsenal in the close season but has yet to make his official debut, and fellow defender Jeremy Mathieu also trained on Thursday as they bid to shake off niggling injuries.
Bulgaria part company with Penev
Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev has left his position in the wake of Sunday's 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifying draw at home to Malta, the team's third successive game without a win. The decision to part company with the 48-year-old was announced after a meeting of the Bulgarian Football Union executive committee, with president Borislav Mihaylov explaining: "We have time to look for Penev's successor as our next qualifier is not until next March, against Italy in Sofia. All I will say is that the next coach will not be a foreigner."
Di Santo ruled out
Werder Bremen have been dealt a blow with the news that star striker Franco Di Santo is out of this weekend's game against Hamburger SV with injury. The 25-year-old suffered damage to his knee ligaments on Wednesday and has been deemed unfit to feature on Matchday 12 after not training with the team the following day. Di Santo is currently joint-top of the scoring charts with six goals in eleven appearances.
Castan to undergo brain surgery
Roma defender Leandro Castan will have neurosurgery to treat a condition that caused dizziness and forced him off after 45 minutes in his only appearance this term. The 28-year-old Brazilian defender has not played since the 1-0 win at Empoli on 13 September, when he was replaced at half-time after complaining of acute dizziness. Medical tests later confirmed a cavernoma, a cluster of abnormal blood vessels that puts pressure on the brain.
Falcao suffers fresh injury blow
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has suffered a fresh injury, the club have confirmed. The striker will miss this weekend's clash with Arsenal, with it previously speculated he was edging closer to a return. Falcao has missed the last three games for the club, and has netted just once since signing on deadline day. The injury is related to his calf rather than the knee problem which saw him miss the World Cup. Louis van Gaal said Falcao will be out for at least another two weeks.
Giroud ready for return
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is fit to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday after recovering from a broken leg, manager Arsene Wenger announced on Thursday. The France international, 28, was provisionally ruled out until next year after breaking his leg against Everton in August, but he is now ready to return.
Mikel Arteta has also returned to fitness after a hamstring problem, but Wenger said that Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) and Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) were both around "three weeks away from full group training." German playmaker Mesut Ozil (knee) and back-up goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh) remain long-term absentees.
Bills-Jets to play Monday in Detroit
Heavy snowfall this week in the Buffalo area has forced the NFL to move Sunday's scheduled game between the Jets and Bills to Monday night in Detroit. The Bills will host the Jets at 7 p.m. ET Monday at Ford Field. The league said Thursday in a statement announcing the decision that public safety concerns over the ongoing weather emergency in western New York led to the rescheduling.
Cooks out for season
The New Orleans Saints have placed rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks on season-ending injured reserve with a broken thumb. Cooks apparently injured his thumb in the Saints' Week 11 loss to Cincinnati, but he never left the game. In 10 games, Cooks caught 53 passes for 550 yards, including three touchdowns. He also had 73 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries and was the team's primary punt returner.
Sabres-Rangers game postponed
The National Hockey League announced that Friday's game between the New York Rangers and Sabres in Buffalo has been postponed because of snow that has blanketed the area. A makeup date has yet to be announced.
Van Riemsdyk has surgery
Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk underwent surgery to repair a left patella fracture, the team announced Thursday. Van Riemsdyk, 23, is expected to make a full recovery in three to four months. He was injured when he was hit in the left leg by a shot against the Dallas Stars on Sunday. The team placed him on long-term injured reserve Monday.
Grizzlies without five players
Five Memphis Grizzlies players missed Wednesday's game against Toronto because of an illness. The five players, including guards Courtney Lee and Tony Allen, were not in the building for the game. Lee and Allen received fluids at a hospital because they were dehydrated. Kosta Koufos, Jon Leuer and Beno Udrih were also out.
McCollum out with broken finger
C.J. McCollum will miss up to four weeks with a fractured right index finger, the Portland Trail Blazers announced Tuesday. The second-year guard suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Monday's 102-93 win over New Orleans, and the team said he will be re- evaluated in four weeks. McCollum has averaged 5.0 points and 1.1 assists in 11 games this season.
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