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Cazorla to miss rest of the season
Arsenal will reportedly be without Santi Cazorla for the remainder of the campaign, as he is now eyeing a return from injury by August. The 32-year-old has been sidelined with an ankle problem since mid-October, having been forced off during a Champions League group stage win over Ludogorets Razgrad.
Cazorla underwent surgery to correct an Achilles problem and revealed at the time that he will be back in two months' time. But Arsene Wenger remained unconvinced about the timeline for his return and had recently suggested that he could miss the second-half of the campaign.
Mkhitaryan, Carrick could miss EFL final
Jose Mourinho fears Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick will not be fit for Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton. The Manchester United duo limped out of the 1-0 Europa League win at St-Etienne with hamstring and calf injuries respectively. This couldn't come at a worse time, with the EFL Cup final against Southampton on Sunday, the battle for a top-four finish heating up in the Premier League and Chelsea awaiting in the FA Cup quarter-final in less than three weeks.
Spurs must wait for Rose return
Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose is not set to return to training until March after the extent of his injury was revealed. The 26-year-old has damaged the medial collateral ligament in his left knee which means the player will be missing from action for some time yet. Rose, one of the stars of the Spurs team this season, has already missed four games for Mauricio Pochettino's side. Meanwhile, Erik Lamela remains sidelined with a hip problem and Spurs are yet to confirm a date for his return to full training.
Carroll ruled out of Watford match
Andy Carroll will miss Saturday's Premier League trip to Watford after West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic confirmed that his striker is still injured. Early indications now suggest that the 28 year-old could make his return to action during the home league fixture against Chelsea at the London Stadium on March 6. Carroll has six goals in 12 Premier League appearances so far this season.
Kondogbia sidelined with flu
Geoffrey Kondogbia has a fever and is a doubt for Sunday's match against Roma at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The French midfielder had aimed to return to the team after serving a suspension, but he suffered from flu-like symptoms. Jeison Murillo and Marcelo Brozovic underwent tests this week. A scan gave the Colombian the all clear, while the Croatian midfielder is recovering well from a fractured toe and could make the bench this weekend.
Bonucci will miss Porto clash
Max Allegri has confirmed that Leonardo Bonucci is out of the Juventus squad to face Porto on Wednesday after their bust-up at the weekend. Bonucci and Allegri had a heated bust-up during the Old Lady's 4-1 victory over Palermo on Sunday, with the argument continuing down the tunnel at the full-time whistle.
"Bonucci will not be in the squad tomorrow. It is right to do so on behalf of the club, fans and team," Allegri told his pre-match press conference. "As an important and intelligent Juventus player, Leo understands the decision."
Ozil suffering from back spasms
The Times claim that Mesut Ozil is suffering from back spasms, which caused him to miss Arsenal's FA Cup win over Sutton. He is said to have been playing through the pain for a while, including during a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich last week. And Wenger has now reportedly decided to give the playmaker some time off in the hope of getting him back to full fitness for the final few months of the season.
Arsenal do not play again until a week on Saturday, when they go to Anfield to face top four rivals Liverpool. Ozil, who has travelled to Germany to visit his family, is apparently expected to be fit to make the trip.
Napoli hit by Allan injury blow
Napoli will be without Allan for the immediate future after the midfielder sustained a groin injury during last weekend's clash with Chievo. The 26-year-old Brazilian underwent scans on Tuesday which diagnosed his injury and a statement on Napoli's official website read: "Today Allan underwent ultrasound exams which confirmed muscle distraction to the left adductor." Allan will definitely miss Saturday's Serie A match at home to Atalanta with the following weekend's trip to fellow high-flyers Roma also in doubt.
Alassane Plea out for the season
Nice's title hopes were dealt a blow last night when it was confirmed that French striker Alassane Plea would miss the rest of the season after undergoing a knee procedure. Plea suffered the injury two Sundays ago in a Ligue 1 encounter with Rennes. With Mario Balotelli suspended, Nice are very thin on attacking options. Anastasios Donis, a loanee from Juventus, and Alexy Bosetti, represent the only senior first team strikers available now.
Rooney back in training
Wayne Rooney returned to training with Manchester United on Tuesday morning and could be available for their Europa League game against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday. Reports suggested Rooney would miss United's next match and their EFL Cup final date against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday, but the club captain could now be available for both fixtures.
Gibson misses game
Goalie John Gibson is missing the Anaheim Ducks' game against the Boston Bruins with a lower-body injury. The Ducks recalled Jhonas Enroth from their AHL affiliate in San Diego to back up Jonathan Bernier on Wednesday night. Gibson is 23-15-8 with a 2.24 goals-against average while starting 45 of the Ducks' first 61 games in his first season as their No. 1 starter. He has posted five shutouts and a .922 save percentage.
Erik Johnson nears return
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is nearing a return after being sidelined since early December with a broken leg. Coach Jared Bednar said the Avalanche's top defenseman has been going through some of the contact drills in practice and "that's a positive sign." Johnson broke his leg while blocking a shot December 3 against Dallas. Forward Rene Bourque also is progressing after missing the past 14 games with a head injury.
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Wizards acquire Bogdanovic
The Washington Wizards added scoring punch to their bench acquiring swingman Bojan Bogdanovic from the Brooklyn Nets. Washington also got forward Chris McCullough in the deal and sent a lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick, Marcus Thornton and Andrew Nicholson to Brooklyn. Bogdanovic, 27, averaged a career-high 14.2 points a game as a starter for the struggling Nets. He is shooting 44 percent this season, including 37 percent from 3-point range. The 2011 second-round pick led the Nets with 99 3-pointers and was second on the team in scoring.
Plumlee out at least 2 weeks
The Hornets will be without backup center Miles Plumlee for at least two weeks after an MRI revealed a second degree calf strain in his right leg. Plumlee is the latest Hornets center to struggle with injury issues. Starter Cody Zeller missed time before the All-Star break with a strained quadriceps. Plumlee was acquired in a trade with Milwaukee on Feb. 2 and has appeared in five games, averaging 3.2 points on 72.7 percent shooting from the field along with 3.8 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game for Charlotte.
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football: latest transfers
|Jan 17||Manolo Gabbiadini to Southampton||€ 17m|
|Jan 17||Robbie Brady to Burnley||€ 15.1m|
|Jan 17||Leon Bailey to Bayer L.||€ 13.5m|
|Jan 17||Luka Milivojevic to Crystal Palace||€ 12.8m|
|Jan 17||Walace to Hamburger SV||€ 9.2m|
|Jan 17||Kamil Grosicki to Hull City||€ 9m|
|Jan 17||Anwar El Ghazi to Lille||€ 7m|
|Jan 17||Ashley Westwood to Burnley||€ 5.8m|
|Jan 17||Younousse Sankhare to Bordeaux||€ 3m|
|Jan 17||Robin Quaison to Mainz||€ 2.5m|