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Balotelli to miss vital match in Bulgaria
Mario Balotelli didn't travel with the Liverpool squad to Sofia ahead of their crucial Champions League clash against Ludogorets. He still hasn't recovered from a groin injury which kept him sidelined for the weekend defeat to Crystal Palace. Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique have both returned to be included in the group who are tasked with ending a run of four straight defeats in all competitions.
Sandro ruled out until after Christmas
QPR's Premier League survival hopes have taken a blow after Sandro was ruled out until after Christmas due to a knee injury. The Brazilian midfielder, who has struggled since his deadline-day switch to Loftus Road, limped out of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United. QPR's head of medical services told the club's website: "Sandro took a bad knock to his right knee, and has suffered damage to his medial ligaments. It is totally unrelated to his previous ACL injury. Unfortunately, he will now be unavailable for selection until after Christmas."
Illarramendi fit, Khedira and Pepe miss out
Asier Illarramendi returns to the Real Madrid squad for Wednesday's Champions League game at Basel after overcoming the minor issue which saw the Basque midfielder ruled out of Saturday's win at Eibar. Pepe and Khedira have remained at home due to unspecified muscle problems. Young midfielders Alvaro Medran and Lucas Torro make up the numbers in the 20-man travelling squad. Madrid go into the game fully in control of Group B, needing just one point from their last two games to ensure top spot.
Ribas ruled out for two weeks
Fenerbahce playmaker Diego Ribas has been ruled out for two weeks with an injury. Fenerbahce released a statement today: "Diego Ribas, who had to be substituted during last nights game with Bursaspor, has undergone scans at the Goztepe Medical Park hospital. The results of the scan show that Diego Ribas has an injury to his left thigh muscle." The former Atletico Madrid man has made seven appearances however is yet to register an assist or goal for his new side.
Greeks to resume league
Top-flight games in Greece will resume this weekend after the Hellenic Football Federation announced it was lifting the suspension imposed in the wake of a leading official being violently attacked. The move followed the election of a new Super League chief, Giorgos Borovilos, president of Asteras Tripolis, after he secured 13 votes out of the 16 teams in the league and then gave written assurances that fresh efforts would be taken to stamp out violence. Matches scheduled for this weekend will now go ahead as planned with the games that were not played last weekend to be rescheduled for January 10-11.
Asamoah considers knee operation
Juventus could be without Kwadwo Asamoah for up to two months as he considers a knee operation. The Ghanian last played in Champions League match on November 4, but has since been missing with a knee problem. According to Tuttosport, the 25-year-old has been feeling pain in his knee due to inflammation and may not make the trip to Sweden to face Malmo in the Champions League. The Bianconeri are keen to avoid surgery, but it may be the only solution to cure the issue, in which case Asamoah will be out for around two months.
PSG hampered by injury problems
Paris Saint-Germain head into their penultimate Champions League group game against Ajax with a lengthy casualty list. No fewer than six players will miss out for the French champions at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday in a match that could prove crucial to Les Parisiens' hopes of beating Barcelona to top spot in Group F. Captain Thiago Silva, midfielders Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Yohan Cabaye, as well as Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and Nicolas Douchez have all failed to prove their fitness in time.
Maicon to miss CSKA Moscow clash
Roma head coach Rudi Garcia has confirmed that Maicon will not feature against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. The Brazil international was rumoured to be in line for a return after over a month out injured, but Garcia has conceded that he is not yet ready to play. "Tomorrow we will have a right-back," he said. "Somma, Florenzi or another, which I'm keeping to myself. [Maicon] is not ready to play, it's as simple as that. Not least because he hasn't had any time to work with the team."
Vermaelen could require surgery
Defender Thomas Vermaelen could require surgery to cure the hamstring injury that has denied him a competitive Barcelona debut. Though he has returned to training numerous times, the club's doctors are yet to clear him to play. Sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta confirmed Vermaelen is once again undergoing medical tests and was not able to rule out the 29-year-old going under the knife.
"We are in the process of recovery," Zubizaretta said. "The evaluation will come from the medical services and they will decide what to do. We do not know yet if Vermaelen will need surgery, but we must do what is best for him."
Giroud out after Arsenal admin error
Olivier Giroud will miss both of Arsenal's remaining Champions League group matches after the club made the mistake of not including the striker on their original squad list. The French striker injured his ankle in August and was not expected to return until the New Year, after all the group fixtures had taken place. However, Giroud came off the bench against Manchester United on Saturday and marked his comeback in dramatic style with a stunning late goal in the 2-1 defeat.
Mallett out for season
Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle that will require surgery, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle. Mallett was on last week's injury report with a strained chest muscle, listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Cincinnati. He tried to play through the injury against the Bengals and struggled during the contest.
Head coach Bill O'Brien would not confirm whether Mallett's injury is season-ending at his Monday press conference, saying only that the team is still evaluating the fourth-year pro. Mallett was making just his second career NFL start on Sunday.
Loadholt tore pectoral muscle
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Monday that right tackle Phil Loadholt will miss the rest of the season. Loadholt tore his pectoral muscle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Packers.
The 28-year-old Loadholt is the second Vikings offensive lineman lost for the season. Right guard Brandon Fusco suffered a similar injury early in the year. Zimmer also told reporters that running back Matt Asiata is still going through the league's concussion protocol.
Pouliot out indefinitely with broken foot
Edmonton Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot is out indefinitely after suffering a broken foot in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced during the second intermission. Pouliot, who signed a five-year, $20 million contract with the Oilers in the offseason, exited after blocking Marek Zidlicky's shot. The 28-year-old has tallied three goals and five assists in 19 games this season.
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.
Henry suffers Achilles injury
Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry suffered a left Achilles injury during Monday's practice. Henry is undergoing an MRI exam to confirm what is suspected to be a ruptured Achilles, which would leave him sidelined for the season. The 23-year-old Henry has played in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points. He was limited to 43 games with Los Angeles last year due to a knee injury.
The Lakers already have lost Steve Nash and first-round pick Julius Randle to season-ending injuries.
Gordon out indefinitely
New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Gordon suffered the injury on Saturday against the Utah Jazz when he separated his shoulder. The seven-year veteran will undergo further evaluation throughout this week by the team's medical staff to determine the best course of action moving forward. Gordon is averaging 9.5 points and 2.0 assists per game.
Hamilton crowned F1 champion
Lewis Hamilton has been crowned F1 world champion for the second time after winning the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. The 29-year-old only needed a second place finish to secure top spot but overtook title rival Nico Rosberg on the line and led for most of the race. Felipe Massa crossed the line in second place ahead of his Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas. Rosberg lost places after reporting a power loss.
Red Bull drivers excluded from qualifying
Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have been excluded from qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after the stewards deemed their front wings to be illegal. As a result, Vettel and Ricciardo's times have been deleted, but they will be permitted to start the race from the back of the grid, as opposed to the pit lane. While it accepted the penalty, Red Bull was quick to express its frustration at being "singled out", as it reckons other teams are running similar designs.
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