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Atletico boosted by the return of Koke
Atletico Madrid will be boosted by the return from injury of midfielder Koke for Sunday's game at Sevilla, coach Diego Simeone said on Saturday. Koke picked up a hamstring strain in the 4-0 victory at home to Real Madrid on February 7 and Atletico have stumbled in his absence, losing 2-0 at Celta Vigo in La Liga and falling 1-0 at Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League last 16, first leg. "He understands the game very well. He can play in different parts of the pitch. He is very good at set pieces," Simeone said. 'We are assessing whether he will play from the start tomorrow, which is likely."
Newcastle suffer another defensive blow
Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara pulled up in this afternoon's home game against Aston Villa and had to be stretchered off. Haidara was replaced by fit-again Ryan Taylor. Newcastle head coach John Carver is down to the bare bones in defence after losing a number of players, including Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett, to injury.
Coutinho returns for City clash
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho is back in for tomorrow's showdown with Manchester City while Jordan Henderson will face a late fitness test. Rodgers is also keeping a close eye on fit-again striker Daniel Sturridge who spent most of the first half of the season sidelined through injury. He said: "We try and manage Daniel as best we can. There has been very little training between games because of our schedule. We took him off on Thursday because he'd given everything and was very tired."
Niguez remains hospitalized in Leverkusen
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez remains hospitalized in Leverkusen after suffering a blow to the kidney in last Wednesday's Champions League loss to Bayer. According to the club's website, Saul continues to make improvements in blood, urine and kidney function. He is expected to return home this weekend.
Moura to miss at least four weeks
Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas will be out for a minimum of four weeks after an operation to treat a right hip muscle injury, ruling him out of at least six matches. Lucas has been sidelined since limping off against Caen on Feb. 14. The club said he had a successful operation in Qatar. PSG, which is in second to Lyon in the Ligue 1 standings, hopes to have him for the match at title rival Marseille on April 4.
Lukaku fit for Arsenal clash
Romelu Lukaku will be fit for Everton's Premier League trip to Arsenal on Sunday despite a Europa League hamstring scare. The 21-year-old striker took his goal total for the season to 15 by scoring twice in a 3-1 round of 32 second-leg win over Swiss side Young Boys at Goodison Park on Thursday, helping the club to a 7-2 aggregate win. He limped off early in the second half with suspected hamstring trouble, but manager Roberto Martinez says there is no reason for concern.
Robin van Persie sidelined for two weeks
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will miss Saturday's Premier League clash against Sunderland with an ankle injury. The Dutch international was hurt during last weekend's 2-1 loss at Swansea City and could be absent for at least the next two weeks. There was better news for United with midfielder Michael Carrick nearing a return after a near month-long absence with a muscle rupture.
Bale returns to Real Madrid training
Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric could be ready to mark his return from injury against Villarreal in La Liga this weekend, according to reports in Spain. The 29-year-old was sidelined with a thigh injury since November. Meanwhile, winger Gareth Bale has returned to training with his team mates as he continues his recovery from a minor ankle problem. Centre back Sergio Ramos and midfielders James Rodriguez and Sami Khedira are still sidelined as they continue their recuperation from injuries.
Schalke, Dortmund in Ruhr Valley derby
Both Borussia Dortmund and Schalke have injury concerns ahead of Saturday's Ruhr Valley derby. A bout of flu has hit the Dortmund squad leaving a question mark on Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa, defender Neven Subotic and winger Kevin Kampl, while defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is doubtful with a leg injury. Left-back Erik Durm is out with illness, while right-back Lukasz Piszczek will miss the next six weeks with torn ankle ligaments. To make matters worse, Kevin Grosskreutz, who can cover either position, is also out with a leg injury.
Schalke have similar problems with both goalkeepers injured, meaning teenager Timon Wellenreuther will make only his fifth appearance in Bundesliga. Forward Chinedu Obasi, midfielders Jefferson Farfan, Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka are also out, but Schalke have problems in defence with Sead Kolasinac, Joel Matip and Jan Kirchhoff all injured.
Tiote to miss remainder of season
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is unlikely to play again this season having undergone a knee operation. The 28-year-old had surgery to fix the injury that kept him out of much of Ivory's Coast's triumphant Africa Cup of Nations campaign. His season has been badly disrupted by injuries and Tiote has played only 12 matches for his Premier League side.
Blackhawks acquire Timonen
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen Friday in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks sent a 2015 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2016 fourth-round draft pick to the Flyers in the deal.
Timonen has not played this season since he was diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and lungs back in early August. He was cleared by doctors earlier this month and was scheduled to make his debut for the Flyers on Saturday. The 39-year-old native of Finland ranks third among active defenseman with 571 points in 1,092 career games over 15 seasons with Philadelphia and Nashville. He has posted four goals and 31 assists in 87 career playoff games.
Blue Jackets acquire Clarkson
The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forward David Clarkson from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday in exchange for injured forward Nathan Horton. The 30-year-old was in the second year of a seven-year contract he signed with the Maple Leafs on July 5, 2013. He had 10 goals and five assists in 58 games this season.
The Blue Jackets signed Horton to a seven-year deal in July 2013, but offseason shoulder surgery delayed his debut with the club until January. The 29-year-old hasn't played this season because of a back injury that could end his career.
Collison headed for surgery
The Sacramento Kings revealed Thursday that point guard Darren Collison will be out a significant period of time with a core muscle injury that will require surgery. The team reported that Collison will have a consultation at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia on Monday ahead of a planned procedure for Tuesday. Once that surgery is performed, Collison will be re-evaluated anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks.
Price out 6 to 8 weeks
Los Angeles Lakers guard Ronnie Price underwent successful surgery Wednesday morning to remove bone spurs and bone chips from his right elbow. The Lakers said Price is expected to be out approximately 6-to-8 weeks. Price has appeared in 43 games this season, averaging 5.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.56 steals.
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|Feb 15||Dame N'Doye to Hull City||€ 4m|
|Feb 15||Andy Kellett to Manchester United|
|Feb 15||Darren Fletcher to West Brom|
|Feb 15||Chung-Yong Lee to Crystal Palace|
|Feb 15||Lucas Ocampos to Marseille|
|Feb 15||Gilles Sunu to Evian|
|Feb 15||Afriyie Acquah to Sampdoria|
|Feb 15||Anastasios Donis to Sassuolo|
|Feb 15||Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea||€ 33.4m|
|Feb 15||Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg||€ 32m|
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